What are the most popular adoption quotes?

edited March 10 in New to Adopting
What are the most popular adoption quotes?

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    Here are a few I see all the time, along with my thoughts about them:

    "He is mine in a way he will never be hers, and he is hers in a way he will never be mine, and so together, we are motherhood." - Desha Wood

    -I love that this quote recognizes that every adopted child (whether they are in an open or closed adoption) has two mothers. It's an unalterable truth. I often hear parents new to adoption say that they want a closed adoption because they don't want to have to "share" their child. But something fundamental to understand from the very beginning is that if you adopt, there's really no choice in the matter: You will NEVER be that child's only parents. Even if your child never know their birth parents, the people who gave them life will be a part of them. (And in most cases, it's best to let them know their birth parents. But that's maybe a discussion for another post.) But anyway, this is a truth that you have to prepare yourself for as an adoptive parent. You will never be that child's only parent. It can be hard to accept, but it also is what it is. Furthermore, it can be a beautiful thing. Think about it: there's someone else in the world who cares about your child as much as you do. What a gift for your child! What a gift for you!

    Here's a great story about open adoption.

    And I love this video about it too:

    "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

    A lot of quotes about adoption focus on the positive aspects: a child finding a family, a family finding a child. But this touches on an important aspect of adoption that anyone touched by adoption needs to recognize: All adoption starts with loss. It always starts with a child's LOSS of family and a family's LOSS of a child. And adoptive parents may also be coming into the process after suffering the LOSS of their original plans to build a family, the LOSS of the opportunity to have biological children.
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