15 Popular Adoption Quotes

When you are walking your own adoption journey, whether you’re in the process of deciding “yes” or “no,” or waiting for your adoption finalization, sometimes you just need some encouragement along the way. One of the best ways to feel supported is to read words of affirmation. Here are 15 popular adoption quotes to help keep you moving, with an encouraging spirit and a smile, in the right direction.

  1. “Born not from our flesh but born in our hearts, you were longed for and wanted and loved from the start.” – Unknown
  2. “God knew that it doesn’t matter how your children get to your family. It just matters that they get there.”  – Kira Mortenson
  3. “Some things are worth the wait.” – Unknown
  4. “Adopting one child won’t change the world; but for that child, the world will change.” – Unknown
  5. “Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.”  – Leigh Anne Tuohy
  6. “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
  7. “I’m in love with a child I haven’t met yet.” – Unknown 
  8. “Family is not defined by our genes. It is built and maintained through love.”  -Unknown
  9. “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Forest E. Witcraft
  10. “Love makes a family.” -Unknown
  11. “You may not have my eyes or smile, but from that very first moment you had my heart.” – Kathy R. Jeffords
  12. “He is mine in a way that he will never be hers. He is hers in a way that he will never be mine. And, together, we are motherhood.” -Desha Wood
  13. “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.” – Anna Grace 
  14. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” -Oprah Winfrey
  15. “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

These quotes can be so encouraging to those in the trenches of the adoption process, whether it be wrestling with the decision to submit an application to an agency, or deciding whether their adopted child needs to go into a group home for kids with behavior disorders due to trauma. I hope that these quotes find you where you are, lift you up back into the light, and strike hope into your heart.