Photo of adoptive parent holding her baby's feet, with a quote from Fleur Conkling Heylinger

Reading adoption quotes can be inspiring and encouraging, especially when you’re in the midst of your adoption wait. A lot of effort goes into adopting a baby, including paperwork, interviews, home visits, your adoption video, and your adoption website, to name a few of the tasks involved before adopting.
Waiting for your sweet child to join your family isn’t a passive experience. So it helps when you have as much support and encouragement as possible. Reading adoption quotes is an excellent method to lift your mood and feel connected to the adoption community.
Keep your heart and mind busy with encouraging words to lift your mood and help you feel connected to the adoption community. If you happen to face an obstacle in your adoption journey, re-visiting this list of adoption quotes can put you into a positive frame of mind.
Below we’ve listed some of our favorite quotes on adoption. You might save this list to your phone or your Internet favorites, so you can quickly access it when you need extra encouragement during your open adoption journey.

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“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins knows this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it’s incredible and surprising.”

– Actress Nia Vardalos
Graphic of adoption quote from Valerie Harper: However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.”
– Valerie Harper
“Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother?…I had a woman who had chosen to give me up; on the other, I had a woman who’d sat up with me at night when I was sick as a child, who’d cried with me over boyfriends, who’d clapped fiercely at my law school graduation. Which acts made you more of a mother? Both, I realized. Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.”
– Author Jodi Picoult, in the book Handle with Care
“Somehow, destiny comes into play. These children end up with you, and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.”
– Nicole Kidman
“Through adoption, Americans can forever change not only a child’s life but also their own.”
-Former President George W. Bush
“Oh no. He’s our son. He was meant to be ours…he was meant to be matched with us. So it’s perfect.”
– Connie Chung, in response to an interview question if adoption causes her to look at her son differently
“My adoption was treated as a celebration.”
Michael Reagan, former President Ronald Reagan’s adopted son
Graphic of adoption quote from Oprah Winfrey: Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.“After all, children are children no matter their background.”
– Julie Andrews
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“He is mine in a way that he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine, and so together, we are motherhood.”
– Desha Wood
“I have a lot of respect for my birth mother…I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance.”
– Faith Hill
“Time and experience have taught me a priceless lesson: Any child you take for your own becomes your own if you give of yourself to that child. I have born two children and had seven others by adoption, and they are all my children, equally beloved and precious.”
– Dale Evans
“I am a living testament you can be adopted and successful.”
– Daunte Culpepper
“It has been said that adoption is more like a marriage than a birth: two (or more) individuals, each with their own unique mix of needs, patterns and genetic history, coming together with love, hope, commitment for a joint future. You become a family not because you share the same genes, but because you share love for each other.”
– Joan McNamara
“Adoption isn’t a birth mother’s rejection but an unconditional love that inspires her to put herself last and do all she can for her baby.”
– Mary Hines, Birth Mother
Quote from Skye Hardwick: A birth mother puts the needs of her child above the wants of her heart.“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
“A birth mother puts the needs of her child above the wants of her heart.”
– Skye Hardwick
“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
“They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.”
– Unknown
“Not of my flesh, nor of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow in my heart, but in it.”
– Fleur Conkling Heyliger

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 19, 2014, and has since been updated. 

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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