Topic: Adoption

Mother and Child Holding Hands


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: AdoptionFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

heredity the natural process by which physical and mental qualities are passed from a parent to a child
e.g. Heredity plays no part in the disease.
biological or birth parents the parents of a child when the child is born : mother who gave birth to a child who has been adopted
put up for adoption the process of arranging adoption for a child
adoption agency professional agencies that connect adoptee and adoptive parents
adoptive parents a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child. adopter
adoptee a person who was adopted as a child
guardian someone who takes care of another person or of another person’s property
e.g. After the death of her parents, her uncle was appointed as her legal guardian.
consent form document that states agreement of certain condition (in this case, adoption)
e.g. Both birth and adoptive parents need to sign the consent form.
miscarriage a condition in which a pregnancy ends too early and does not result in the birth of a live baby
e.g. She had a miscarriage.
e.g. a woman who has suffered/had multiple miscarriages
 open adoption  an adoption in which the people who become the legal parents of a child meet the child’s biological parents


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What is adoption?
  2. Do you know of anyone who was adopted as a child? What do you think of their situation?
  3. Have you heard of anyone who adopted a child? What do you think of their choice?
  4. What are some of the reasons people choose to adopt?
  5. What is the difference between domestic and international adoption? Which one do you prefer?
  6. What are the views on adoption in your country?
  7. Would you want to adopt a boy or a girl? Why or why not?
  8. Do you think brothers and sisters should be separated in adoptions? Why or why not?
  9. Are adoptions common in your country? If not, what is the reason they are not common?
  10. Should families with birth children also adopt? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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