Adoption Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old adoption quotes, adoption sayings, and adoption proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy.


I think adoption is a blessing all around when it's done right.

Hugh Jackman

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

Mother Teresa

He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart.     

Rudyard Kipling

However motherhood comes to you, it's a miracle.

Valerie Harper

Adoption was a bumpy ride - very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight.

Mariska Hargitay

Being a parent wasn't just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.

Jodi Picoult

After all, children are children no matter their background.     

Julie Andrews

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.

Richard Bach

Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks. Be a hero, take the time learn about adoption today.

Bruce Willis

I say to everybody, 'Adoption is not for the faint of heart.'

Mariska Hargitay

Adopting any child is a walk into the unknown. It takes Faith.


Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.

Sheryl Crow

It s important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers.No.We adopt because we are rescued.     

David Platt

There is so much loss wrapped up in adoption that it is unfair to ask a child to be thankful.

Brooke Randolph

It's not you against this child. It's you AND this child against it's childs history. It is not a personal attack on you.

Dr. Karyn Purvis

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.


A child born to another woman calls me mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me.     

Jody Landers

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, 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

Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.     

Amalia G.

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.

Desmond Tutu

Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the call to give love, mercy, and patience.

Hope For Orphans

Adoptive Mom? I am Mom. I need no other label or prefix.     

Joanne Greco

[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

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

Every child deserves a home and love. Period.

Dave Thomas

If you have a heart for adoption don't let fear stand in the way.

Doug Chapman