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The process of adoption is a roller coaster of emotions: from anxiety and anticipation, to stress and exhaustion, to joy and relief. But you’re not alone –  the following quotes are from people who understand what you’re going through, both the ups and the downs. May their words inspire and strengthen you through the adoption process and your adoption journey.

On Faith and Courage

“Adopting any child is a walk into the unknown. It takes faith.” – Unknown

“If you have a heart for adoption, don’t let fear stand in the way.” – Doug Chapman

“I always wondered if I was ready to adopt- then I realized: no child was ready to be an orphan.” – Unknown

“Not sure how much longer she can continue her fight for the children or how much more of her there is to give, she pledged to keep going until she no longer can.” – Kay Bratt, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

“Sometimes when life doesn’t work out as you planned, there is a greater force at work.” – Deanna Kahler, From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption

“If you are going to start, don’t quit. But if you are going to quit, don’t start!” – Hanna Sulfridge

“You need to call on your best and strongest self.” – Kate Mulgrew, Born With Teeth

On Creating a Family

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach

“Little souls find their way to you, whether from your womb or someone else’s.” – Sheryl Crow

“We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child.” – James L. Gritter

“They may not have my eyes, they may not have my smile, but they have all my heart.” – Unknown

“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” – Leigh Anne Tuohy

“Not flesh of my flesh, not 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

“Adoptive parents become the biological parents through connection. We change their biology.” – Dr. Karyn Purvis

“I firmly believe that I have received the same child I was meant to receive, whether I gave birth or adopted. The same soul, the same entity, was meant to be mine, from the beginning of time.” – Debra Shiveley Welch

On the Big Picture

“Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the call to give love, mercy, and patience.” – as quoted by Hope for Orphans

“Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that one child, the world will change.” – Unknown

“Adoption is not about finding children for families, it’s about finding families for children.” – Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao

“I think adoption is a blessing all around when it’s done right.” – Hugh Jackman

“He who can reach a child’s heart can reach the world’s heart.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.” – Mother Teresa

“No, I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you.” – Unknown

“‘You know, I truly believe adoption is one of the greatest unheralded blessings in the world,’ she continues, her expression turning earnest. ‘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, The Life Intended

On the Lighter Side

“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, Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption

“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.” – Unknown

“Superman was adopted too.” – Unknown

“Keep calm and fill out the next form.” – Unknown

Every adoption has ups and downs from both the birth and adoptive family’s perspective. The key is to stay positive and remember that adoption is a shared gift for the birth family, adoptive family, and the child.

If you’re considering placing your child for adoption, our team is here to help you make the best decisions for you and the child. Contact us today and meet with one of our amazing caseworkers. We’re here for you.

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