30 Loving Adoption Quotes for Birth Mothers and Adoptees

There is nothing that sparks emotion quite like reading a set of words spoken directly from the heart. Adoption is unique to each and every person, and no birth mother or adoptee is alike. It’s a time filled with joy and happiness for some, and great strength and struggle for others. These adoption quotes have the ability to change the way we feel about our actions, and will connect with you personally as you begin your journey. This is why we find them so heartwarming and believe it’s important to share them with others on their own paths to happiness.

So how can a few words change the emotions you’re feeling?

Life is full of decisions and how we process the choices we make, including our beliefs and expectations, determines how happy our lives can be.

Adoption is no different, as positive words can influence the way we view our actions. Just as a well-timed quote can fill an empty heart full of love and compassion that it once thought was lost forever.

Every decision we make begins with the same first step — a thought. If thinking is the core component of our actions, then adoption quotes are the perfect way to bring those actions into a positive light. You see it all begins with your thoughts – and a few positive excerpts from those faced with similar situations to your own can reshape the way you think.

Consider printing out a few of the quotes below that speak to you, and recite them when you begin to lose hope or are struggling to find happiness on the path you’re on. Above all else, always remember that you are not alone in the emotions you are feeling and there is always somebody out there willing to help.

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Here is the list of our favorite adoption quotes for birth mothers and adoptees:


1) “Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters."

– Kailash Satyarthi

When it comes to children and the bond they share with family, Kailash Satyarth’s message can be understood by all. As long as our children are our first concern, our decision will always be the right one.


2) “A mother always has to think twice.. once for herself and once for her child."

– Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is an Italian actor, singer and most importantly a mother who believed in sacrificing everything to ensure her children found the happiness in their own lives.


3) “There is only happiness in this life, to love and be loved."

– George Sand

The words of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant (pseudonym George Sand) presented the world with an excellent observation: When you condense the things in life that truly matter, you begin to realize that the only things left at the end of the day are love and bliss.


4) “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, and it need not be deserved."

– Erich Fromm

An expert on the love a parent has for their child, Erich Fromm has highlighted that all too familiar feeling we have around our family: safe and peaceful. Sometimes it’s hard to come by and other times it might not be deserved, but rest assured it is always there between a parent and their children.


5) “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to be one."

– Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint has found success in business, politics and publications, but his greatest accomplishment will always be his child. He couldn’t be more right in saying that there is no reward quite like that of being a parent.


6) “For when a child is born, the mother also is born again."

– Gilbert Parker

We believe this quote by Gilbert Parker to be one of the best quotes to live your life by. It reminds us that life is truly beautiful and the impact that we have in our children’s lives should never be underestimated.


7) “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

– Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an American poet who’s kind words always make it onto Top 10 Adoption Quotes lists, and for good reason. She has perfected the art of writing to shape the way readers think and the above excerpt is a great example.


8) “If no pain, then no love. If no darkness, no light. If no risk, then no reward. It’s all or nothing. In this damn world, it’s all or nothing."

– Glennon Doyle Melton

Nothing comes easy in this world, and most times the hardest choices lead to the happiest outcomes. Glennon Melton has authored countless books on the hardships she has overcome and how important it is to know you’re never alone in your journey.


9) “Where there is love, there is life."

– Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the top civil rights activists and embraced a spirit of positive thinking and sheer determination throughout his entire life. His words were often few in length, but always carried an invaluable life lesson.


10) “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."

– Jimi Hendrix

This short excerpt from Jimi Hendrix is one of our favorite quotes for parents struggling to understand how powerful their actions can be. It reminds us that our decisions must always come from a place of love rather than a place a power.


11) “In the end we discover that to love and to let go can be the same thing."

– Jack Kornfield

We love this pairing of quotation and image (above). Not all of the decisions we make will be easy, but there is peace in knowing the choices we make came from love. It’s tough to act with our imaginations painting a dark picture of the path ahead, but by moving forward we often find our future far less horrifying than what we envisioned in our minds.


12) “A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

– George Bernarnd Shaw

An excellent quote to change what you look forward to most each day, the Irish playwright, George Shaw, made this statement after discovering one of life’s most precious gifts: family. Nothing comes close to the moments you experience surround by the ones you love, knowing that happiness is spread throughout.


13) “I think our job as parents is to give our child roots to grow and wings to fly."

– Deborah Norville

A successful leader in both the movie industry and the business world, Deborah Norville simplifies the duty of parents into a few words we can all relate to. Our children are the future of the world we live in, and she couldn’t be more accurate in what they need to succeed.


14) “A Baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it."

– Frank a. Clark

In this powerful excerpt by Frank Clark, we learn an invaluable truth that has existed as long as we have. The importance of love is just as evident at birth as it is in adulthood. Love will always help those in need, and sometimes it’s the one giving that needs it most.


15) “Life is the flower for which love is the honey."

– Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo alluded to the positive relationship that exists between life and love. Our ability to love directly influences our lives, and likewise our actions in life will ultimately reflects our love for ourselves and others.


16) “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

– Angela Schwindt

Angela Schwindt wrote this encouraging quote to show how the positive impact our actions have often goes both ways. It’s important to realize how impactful just a single action can be, and how it may end up teaching you more about yourself than you thought possible.


17) “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do, not just who you are."

– Cherly Lacey Donovan

Author of The Ministry of Motherhood, Cherly Lacey Donovan has dedicated her life to providing wisdom regarding motherhood and the deep connection a child has with it’s family. While textually considered an adjective, it’s our actions that define the words “Mother” and “Father.”


18) “Life is the first gift, love is the second and understanding the third."

– Marge Piercy

At number 18, we have Marge Piercy’s words regarding the wonderful gifts of life. A well known name in the world of poetry and a novelist at heart, she creates a sense of fulfillment in knowing that you’re on the right path in life.


19) “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

– Rumi

One of the most famous quotes about life by ancient Persian poet Rumi, speaks to all acts of life, from adoption to parenting. A true optimist, he believed in the value of love and letting it steer your actions in the right direction.


20) “The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly father."

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Some say there is nothing stronger than the love of a parent for their child, and Samuel Coleridge was a strong believer in that philosophy. He found bliss in connecting his musical compositions to the love he had for his mother, eventually inspiring many to focus on the bond they shared with their own parents.


21) “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children."

– Nelson Mandela

History doesn’t always have to repeat itself and much like our thoughts, we have control over the future through the present. Nelson Mandela’s words serve both as an inspiration and a warning, that we are the ones who will ultimately shape the lives of our children.


22) “Making the decision to have a child – It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body."

– Elizabeth Stone

Elizabeth Stone was spot on in describing the feeling a mother has for her child. It will always feel like your heart is no longer directly attached to you, but the love that is shared between you two will always remain constant.


23) “Let us sacrifice our today, so that our children can have a better tomorrow."

– a.p.j. Abdul Kalam

We cannot accomplish anything in this world if we do not first realize that the world will live on with the children we raised in it. Giving up our own happiness and well-being to provide our children with a brighter future is the ultimate sacrifice, but one that is made with an infinite amount of love.


24) “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s lives."

– Richard Bach

Many believe the saying that “blood is thicker than water.” However, Richard Bach disproves this ideal with his wise words regarding the bond a family can have. What people fail to consider is the amazing things water can do, that blood cannot. Water doesn’t waste time focusing on the little things, but instead uses it’s strength to solve bigger issues.


25) “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life, and that word is love."

– Sophocles

Nobody ever said life was easy, and often times the most challenging part is the curveballs it throws at us at the most inopportune time. Being able to adapt and evolve with these adversities is what makes us strong, and our children stronger. Sophocles reveals the key to doing just that, by alluding to love and it’s ability to change the way we think.


26) “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty."

– Alexandre DumaS

It’s a known fact that thunder always follows shortly after lightning, however what is less known is that the same is true for positive outcomes. They always follow some form of suffering or hard work. Hard times create strong people and strong people always manage to find the positive outcome they seek.


27) “There is no friendship, and no love, like that of the parent for the child."

– Henry Ward Beecher

The deeper your connection is with someone, the more it consumes you. However, Henry Beecher alludes to the relationship between child and parent, and how it surpasses any other form of love in this world.


28) “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."

– Rosa Parks

There is nobody who knows self-belief as well as Rosa Parks, and her famous quote instills the idea that the only wrong choices are the ones made for the wrong reasons. We all need to believe in ourselves and our choices, because those are the actions that will count in the end.


29) “Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."

– Franklin P. Jones

Sometimes we need a reminder of what our purpose is in life, and it doesn’t always need to come from ourselves. Our love for another can be all it takes to uncover who we are, what matters to us and above all else what we are destined to achieve.


30) “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

– Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey’s wise words will conclude the list, and certainly leave you with something to think about. She reflects on the deeper meaning of the title parents hold and how it’s defined by our actions, not our circumstances.

We hope these adoption quotes have inspired you to take action and believe in everything you do. You’re the only one who can control your thoughts, and ultimately the way you feel. Use these quotes to re-tune your way of thinking and find strength in knowing everything you do comes from a place of love.


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Alexandher Peterson