Adoption language can be confusing at first, and it varies from person to person. I’ll lay out some of the most common for you with some explanation.
Titles of people –
Adoptee/Adopted person – A person who was adopted at some point in their lives.
Former Foster Youth – A person who was in foster care at some point in their lives. They could have been reunified, adopted, or aged out of the system.
First/Birth/Natural parent – A person who has a biological child that they have been separated from by adoption. The terminology used varies from person to person.
Adoptive Parent – A person who has adopted a child.
Prospective adoptive parent – A person hoping to adopt a child.
Foster parent – A caregiver to a child in foster care.