Words of encouragement for adoption

Words of encouragement for adoption

  • “They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.”—Unknown. Shared on Nov. 7, 2013.
  • “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart but in it.”—Fleur Conkling Heyliger. Shared on Feb. 25, 2013.
  • “Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.”—Amalia G., Independent Adoption Center. Shared on Aug. 2, 2013.
  • “Adoption was a bumpy ride – very bumpy. But God, was it worth the fight.”—Mariska Hargitay. Shared on Jan. 13, 2014.
  • “A moment in my arms, forever in my heart.”—Unknown. Shared on Dec. 11, 2013.
  • “Be PROUD that you’re adopted! Every kid is different.”—11 year old who was adopted at 1 year old. Shared on Jan 9, 2013.
  • “I have four children. Two are adopted. I forget which two.”—Bob Constantine. Shared on Dec. 9, 2013.
  • “A mother’s love for her child is like no other love. To be able to put that feeling aside because you want the best for your child is the most unselfish thing I know.”—Mary, American Adoptions Birth Mother. Shared on Nov. 20, 2013.
  • “Adoption one child won’t change the world, but for that child, the world will change.”—Unknown. Shared on Nov. 25, 2013.
  • “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”—Desmond Tutu. Shared on Apr. 10, 2013.
  • “Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the call to give love, mercy, and patience.”—Hope for Orphans. Shared on Feb. 20, 2014.
  • “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”—Winnie the Pooh. Shared on Sept. 27, 2013.
  •  ‎”Adoptive Mom? I am Mom. I need no other label or prefix.”—Joanne Greco. Shared on March 2, 2013.
  • There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream. But…so does childbirth.”—Scott Simon. Shared on Jan. 29, 2013.
  • “[Adoption] carries the added dimension of connection not only to your own tribe but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties, and family. It is the larger embrace.”—Isabella Rossellini. Shared on June 3, 2013.
  •  “Adoption is complicated, but it is also rich with narratives of strength.” — Jillian Lauren
  • “When people tell me how lucky my children are, I offer a reply that upholds the girls’ dignity while acknowledging the complicated truth. ‘No,’ I say, ‘we are all blessed to have found each other.’” — Julie Higgenbotham
  • “God knew that it doesn’t matter how your children get to your family. It just matters that they got there.” — Kira Mortenson
  • “Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.” — Jodi Picoult
  • “Adoption – because family isn’t made from blood, it’s made from love.” — Unknown
  • “We do not need to know the beginning of a child’s story to change the ending.” — Fi Newood
  • “The circumstances surrounding your birth are not as important as the opportunity to live.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “Every child deserves a home and love. Period.” — Dave Thomas
  • “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” — Robert A. Heinlein
  • “The world may not change if you adopt a child, but for that child their world will change.” — Unknown
  • “If you think our hands are full, you should see our hearts!” — Unknown
  • “I am a living testament you can be adopted and successful.” — Daunte Culpepper
  • “Adoption is the most intentional process on Earth.” — Jody Cantrell Dyer
  • “It’s important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No. We adopt because we are rescued.” — David Platt
  • “Adopting an older child is a journey, a developing relationship, and a wonder to behold!” — Karlene Edgemon
  • “…for me, having been adopted was normal. Knowing I was adopted was as natural as having a belly button. It was just always there.” — Madeleine Melcher
  • “We always wanted to adopt, and when the opportunity opened up, we did it to help change a child’s life.” — Willie Robertson
  • “There is no friendship, and no love, like that of the parent for the child.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  • “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” — Richard Bach
  • “While adoption does not undo the past, adopting a child, and more specifically an older child, gives an adoptive family the privilege of writing the parts of the child’s story that have not yet been written.” — Caitlin Snyder
  • “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Adoption is the visible gospel.” — John Piper
  • “Adopted. Big deal; so was Superman.” — Christ Crutcher
  • “We look at adoption as a very sacred exchange. It was not done lightly on either side. I would dedicate my life to this child.” — Jamie Lee Curtis
  • “Little souls find their way to you, whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s.” — Sheryl Crow
  • “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” — Andy Stanley
  • “Belonging to a family is a natural and vital component of life, and every child deserves to be a member of a loving and nurturing family.” — Ronald Reagan
  • “If there’s a cause worth fighting for, it’s this: children belong in families.” — Nicole Skellenger
  • “Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.” — Nicole Kidman
  • “What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one.” — Barack Obama
  • “Adoption is a commitment that enter into blindly, but it is no different than adding a child by birth. It is essential that adopting parents are committed to parenting this child for the rest of their lives, and committed to parenting through the tough stuff.” — Brooke Randolph
  • “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
  • “My adoption was treated as a celebration.” — Michael Reagan
  • “All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller
  • “When children become actively involved in showing compassion to others, they learn about this value in a very deep and meaningful way.” — Signe Wilson
  • “Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” — Leigh Anne Tuohy
  • “There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” — The National Adoption Center
  • “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to be one.” — Jim Demint
  • “[Adoption] carries the added dimension of connection not only to your own tribe but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties, and family. It is the larger embrace.” — Isabella Rossellini
  • “If you have a heart for adoption, don’t let fear stand in the way.” — Doug Chapman
  • “We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell
  • “Adoption is a redemptive response to tragedy that happens in the broken world.” — Katie J. Davis
  • Through us, the power of each child’s story has the opportunity to change our world.” — Nicole Skellenger
  • “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone. But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart but in it.” — Fleur Conkling Heyliger
  • “Adoption is less about getting a child for your family and more about giving your family for a child.” — Unknown
  • “Motherhood is about celebrating the child you have not the child you thought you’d have.” — Joan Ryan
  • “…perhaps there is no greater miracle than finding a loving home for a child who needs one.” — Bill Clinton
  • “Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.” — Kailash Satyathi
  • “I think adoption is a blessing all around when it is done right.” — Hugh Jackman
  • “Adoption is a journey of faith, from beginning to end.” — Johnny Carr
  •  “Parenthood requires love, not DNA.” — Unknown
  • “To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.” — Pope John Paul II
  • “I learned that you need to be born into a family to be loved by one.” — Lisa Wingate
  • “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” — James 1:17
  • “Being a mother has enriched my life in so many ways, it’s opened my world, in a way.” — Michelle Pfeiffer
  • “We didn’t give you the gift of life. Life gave us the gift of you.” — Unknown
  • “When I have a family someday, I’ll probably adopt. Adoption has always been something close to my heart. There are so many kids out there who really need a family.” — Tim Tebow
  • “Love runs stronger than blood. Deeper than any name you could give me.” — Andrew Peterson
  • “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” — 1 Samuel 1:27
  • “A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.” — Jody Landers
  • “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “I say to everybody, ‘Adoption is not for the faint of heart.’” — Mariska Hargitay
  • “I believe one of the most sacrificial acts of love adoptive parents can do is to give up their preconceptions and agendas about what their child’s views “should” be and be open to hear the conflicting emotions and thoughts their child often experiences.” — Sherrie Eldridge
  • “so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” — Philippians 2:15
  • “Anyone who doesn’t have experience with adoption wonders, ‘Does love for a child come through DNA?’ I knew it didn’t.” — Katherine Heigl
  • “They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.” — Unknown
  • “Too many children in foster care are falling through the cracks. Be a hero, take the time to learn about adoption today.” — Bruce Willis
  • “Adoption was a bumpy ride – very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight.” — Mariska Hargitay
  • “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” — James 1:27
  • “Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it’s incredible and surprising.” — Nia Vardalos
  • “Whether your children are yours through biology or adoption, they are yours through love.” — Sadia Rebecca Rodriguez
  • “My adoption journey fully fuels my inspiration, my drive, what my vision of success is.” — Jordan Fisher
  • “My life has been shaped by the decision two people made over 24 years ago. They decided to adopt a child. They got me, and I got a chance at the kind of life all children deserve.” — Karen Fowler
  • “Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” — John 1:13
  • “There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream. But, I am told, so does childbirth.” — Scott Simon
  • “You don’t have to give birth to someone to be family. We’re all family – extended family.” — Sandra Bullock
  • “I always wondered if I was ready to adopt – then I realized: no child was ready to be an orphan.” — Unknown
  • “Adoption is when a child grew in it’s mommy’s heart instead of her tummy.” — Unknown
  • “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” — Psalm27:10
  • “However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” — Valerie Harper
  • “If the standard route for creating a family had worked for me, I wouldn’t have met this child. I needed to know her. I needed to be her mother. She is, in every way my daughter.” — Nia Vardalos
  • “Adoptive parents become the biological parents through connection.” — Dr. Karyn Purvis
  • “There are so many kids in this world, and in this country, that need homes. And so we’re perfectly content to look into adoption one day…” — Lisa Ling
  • “In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.” — Romans 9:8
  • “Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the call to give love, mercy, and patience.” — Unknown
  • “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone
  • “Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.” — Mother Teresa
  • “Adoption is not about finding children for families, its about finding families for children.” — Joyce Maguire Pavao
  • “And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” — Matthew 18:5
  • “I have four children. Two are adopted. I forget which two.” — Bob Constantine
  • “We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child.” — James L. Gritter
  • “You know, I truly believe adoption is one of the greatest unheralded blessings in the world. Think how beautiful it is to give a child a home and to become a family because you choose to! Maybe that’s the best way to make a family, don’t you think?” — Kristin Harmel
  • “By choice, we have become a family, first in our hearts, and finally in breath and being. Great expectations are good; great experiences are better.” — Richard Fischer
  • “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God made you also an heir.” — Galatians 4:5-7
  •  “Foster care is risky. Adoption is risky. Love itself is always risky.” — Orphan Justice
  • “My birth mother brought me into this world, but it was my adoptive parents who gave me life.” — Christina Romo
  • “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” — Desmond Tutu
  • “My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him.” — Derek Loux
  • “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” — Ephesians 1:5
  • “Adoptive Mom? I am Mom. I need no other label or prefix.” — Joanne Greco

Side Note: I have tried and tested various products and services to help with my anxiety and depression. See my top recommendations here, as well as a full list of all products and services our team has tested for various mental health conditions and general wellness.

Other words of encouragement you may be interested in

Words of encouragement for against bullying

Words of encouragement for after loss

Words of encouragement for adults



You can read more about the psychology behind encouragement here.

Was this post helpful?

[Sassy_Social_Share type="standard"]