Although it’s still relatively unknown, there’s a growing awareness of an unofficial symbol of adoption. It’s lovely — a triangle intertwined with a heart.
For many people, this symbol represents what they call the adoption triad or adoption triangle. The three points of the triangle representing: the child (at the top), the birth family, and the adoptive parents. (The adoption symbol notwithstanding, some people call the triad the adoption circle.)
Still, while these terms remain common in the world of adoption in general and open adoption in particular, others prefer to use the phrase extended family of adoption or, perhaps more poetically, the adoption constellation.
However one chooses to label the interconnectivity and personal relationships between the birth mom, her child, and the child’s adoptive family, the adoption symbol itself and the equal sides of the triangle capture something profound. They are symbols of one of the most loving decisions that a human being can make.
First, it honors the birth mother’s choice to begin making a plan for adoption. As we’ve discussed at length, there are many reasons why a woman would choose adoption. But regardless of the reason for placing a child for adoption, the mother is firmly placed among the adoption triad.
Next, the adoptive family earns its position in the adoption constellation by opening their homes, their lives, and their extended network of friends and family to a child waiting for adoption.
At Lifetime Adoption, we’ve been helping families come together for open adoptions since 1986. As a domestic adoption agency, we help build families with our extensive network of birth parents and families waiting to adopt. We provide valuable and timely resources, and we are very successful at forging connections that lead to happy adoptions after a child’s birth.
Our work is well represented by the adoption symbol. You’ll notice that the triangle has equal sides; that can be taken to mean that all three groups in the triad share equally in the open adoption process.
For these purposes, Lifetime Adoption offers a free download of the adoption symbol! To download the adoption symbol artwork you see pictured here, simply click on it. You’ll be taken to a download page.
Make sure to share this page with others to let them know where you found this delightful symbol of adoption! The adoption symbol can also be found in artwork, jewelry, clothing, and other formats.
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Now: What will your adoption symbol look like?
A beautiful symbol of adoption that many Christian adoptive mothers like are Adoption Prayer Bracelets. This adoption jewelry makes a wonderful gift for anyone touched by adoption!
An adoption bracelet can also serve as a lovely reminder to pray not only for your adoption journey but also for the women considering adoption; for their baby; and for others touched by adoption.
Adoption Prayer Bracelets are gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry to signify and declare your love for adoption. There are three different styles to choose from, along with many stylish color schemes. You might even consider purchasing an Adoption Prayer Bracelet for a child’s birth mom, as well.
This simple, precious gift honors all who travel the miraculous path toward adoption.
Best of all, each Adoption Prayer Bracelet is handmade and arrives in a pretty gift bag. Included with your purchase: a gorgeously-designed prayer card that you can personalize for your gift recipient.
Other Styles and Details
On the European-style charm bracelets and original style bracelets, there’s a special engraved charm attached. It says “My Adoption Prayer” on the front and “Pray Without Ceasing” from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 on the back.
On the bangle style, you can choose between the charm with the Thessalonians verse mentioned above or a charm that reads “The Lord bless you and keep you – Numbers 6:24.” This is a style that is often chosen to give to a birth mother as a special gift.
“My Adoption Prayer bracelet is such a precious reminder to pray for our adoption. Not only for us but for our future birth mother and all those who are on the same adoption journey as us. Wearing my bracelet and knowing that it was handmade with love encourages me that I am not alone in our journey and that waiting on God in this process is such a special place to be.”
— Adoptive mother, Rebekah.
All proceeds from sales of these bracelets benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Lifetime Foundation. This nonprofit adoption organization assists women who are thinking about adoption and provides basic necessities to those in need. The Lifetime Adoption Foundation also provides birth mother scholarships and adoption grants.
Shop for adoption jewelry online at AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com.
Would you like to learn more about how Lifetime can help you realize your dream of infant adoption?
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on October 9, 2014, and was updated on June 26, 2019.
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.”