I have been surprised, however, how many interactions I've had with people who don't know good adoption etiquette or positive language. I LOVE talking adoption, and if you are genuinely interested, I'll glady discuss about every aspect of it very openly. But some times people are just awkwardly nosy. Here's a little helpful chart from Adoptive Families:
HOWEVER, this video hits the nail on the head. It's from Rain City Church, filmed and edited by Spencer Findlay, and they say:
"Sometimes very well meaning people will say some pretty insensitive things to adoptive families. We can only assume that they're not trying to be mean, but instead lack the vocabulary to say what they're really asking. So that's why we came up with this rule of thumb: "If you wouldn't say it about a boob job, don't say it about an adoptive family."
It's pretty fabulous.
If the embedded video doesn't work, click this link to watch it over on Vimeo.
(Also, don't worry, friends and family, you aren't the culprits I am speaking of. It's more of the general public, and in all fairness, I don't think anyone is trying to be hurtful. I just thought this video was a fun way to look at it!)