Adoption quotes and sayings help express some of the concepts of adoption we are unable to explain. They help us feel and reflect. Because the adoption process is built upon loss there are multiple emotions throughout. Although a child is gaining a family, a birth mother is grieving her child. Although an infertile couple is finally becoming a family, there is always sadness about what was not. Please feel free to utilize these but don’t forget to credit the authors. Enjoy!
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I’m not afraid to grieve. I’m afraid of what will happen to these children if no one took the risk to love them.” – Unknown
“Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.” ― Jodi Picoult
“I was Chosen, I was Wanted, I was Cherished, I grew in their Hearts, I was the Missing Piece, I was Loved, I was Adopted.” – Unknown
“I always questioned if I was ready to adopt and then I realized no child was ready to be an orphan.” – Unknown
“As soon as we saw you we knew an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh
“Because now I know what I have been waiting for. I know exactly why the other processes didn’t work. I know I was supposed to wait for this little girl.” ― Nia Vilardos, Instant Mom
“My birth mother brought me into this world, but it was my adoptive parents who gave me life.” – Christina Romo
“Adopting one child won’t change the world; but for that one child, the world will change.” – Unknown
“ A Birthmother puts the needs of her child above the wants of her heart.”-Skye Hardwick
“ I say to everybody, Adoption is not for the faint of heart.”- Mariska Hargitay
“We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child.” – James L. Gritter
“If you have a heart for adoption, don’t let fear stand in the way.” – Doug Chapman
“Adoption is a commitment that you enter into blindly, but it is no different than adding a child by birth. It is essential that adopting parents are committed to making it work, committed to parenting this child for the rest of their lives, and committed to parenting through the tough stuff.” – Brooke Randolph
“There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” – The National Adoption Center
“Little souls find their way to you, whether they’re from your womb or someone elses.” –Sheryl Crow
“They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.” – Unknown
“Adoption has the dimension of connection — not only to your own tribe, but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family. It is a larger embrace. By adopting, we stretch past our immediate circles and, by reaching out, find an unexpected sense of belonging with others.” – Isabella Rossellini
“Not flesh of my flesh.
Not bone of my bone. But still miraculously my own.
And never forget for a minute.
You were not born under my heart.
You were born in my heart.”
“I didn’t give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.”
Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother
Two different lives shaped to make you one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears
One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.
Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of?
Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.”
– by Julie Anderson