Natural Parents

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natural parents

The man and woman who conceived a child together; also known as "birthparents" or "biological parents," usually used when the child is placed for adoption and parental rights and obligations are transferred to the adoptive parents.

The terminology "natural parents" is out of favor with many adoptive parents and adoption professionals, who point out that the opposite of "natural" is "unnatural." As a result, many adoptive parents prefer the words "birthparents" or "biological" or "genetic" parents. (See also BIRTHPARENT.)

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