Celebrity Quotes About Adoption

Aside from poorly told stories of adoption and foster care on TV and in movies, adoption is not in the limelight on a daily basis. The other main source of adoption information in the news is when a celebrity adopts a child. However, this also perpetuates the idea that adoption is only obtainable for the rich and connected. Regardless of the myths surrounding it, celebrity adoption has done a lot to bring adoption to the forefront. Here are four celebrity quotes about adoption that showed the world a different side of the adoption journey.

1. Angelina Jolie

When I was growing up I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents. It’s not a humanitarian thing because I don’t see it as a sacrifice. It’s a gift. We’re all lucky to have each other.”

Though she is one of the most popular celebrity adoptive moms, Angelina has been much more active than talkative regarding adoption. She has adopted a total of three children and has used her celebrity position to shine a light on adoption. She has always adopted quietly but advocated in her personal time for children in general through various organizations and as a Goodwill Ambassador.

2. Katherine Heigl

“Anyone who doesn’t have experience with adoption wonders, ‘Does love for a child come through DNA?’ I knew it didn’t.”

Katherine Heigl has come a long way since her days on Grey’s Anatomy. After marrying musician Josh Kelley, she adopted two daughters. Katherine announced that she was pregnant with a son in 2016, joking about preferring adoption over the hormones. Much of the reason that Heigl knew that the love for a child was more than just DNA was because her older sister was adopted from Korea. Heigl has been very vocal about her love for all of her children and her heart for adoption.

3. Hugh Jackman

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

While adoption is often referred to as “beautiful,” it is possible for adoption to be a negative experience for some. Adoption can be a blessing when everyone is on the same journey together and all sides are respected. Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Lee Furness adopted two children after suffering multiple miscarriages. Hugh and his wife also work in Australia through the Adopt Change Campaign that makes it easier for Australians to adopt in an effort to increase adoptions in Australia. For Jackman, adoption seemed like a logical step, and he speaks openly about how adoption has changed his family’s life. This quote is also featured on an adorable onesie you can purchase here!

4. Mariska Hargitay

Adoption was a bumpy ride — very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight.” Mariska Hargitay may play a tough-as-nails police lieutenant on Law and Order: SVU, but in her personal life, nothing is more important to her than family. After the birth of her biological son, Hargitay adopted two children, but as she said, it was definitely a bumpy ride. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Mariska details her first adoption journey, which ended in the child’s birth mother choosing to parent. Despite a failed adoption, she chose to press on and was able to grow her family through adoption twice, making the second portion of her quote incredibly true. The result was worth the fight!

4 Quotes About Being A Birth Mother

Quotes About Being A Birth Mother

Being a birth mother can hold some of the most beautiful and tragic emotions. Regardless of what a story may hold, there is no denying or hiding the emotions that come with placing a child. Fortunately, there is way more support for birth mothers today with social media than ever before. Not only is this support found on social media, but within the education that adoptive parents receive and the paradigm shift in adoption agencies as they realize birth mothers are of a great value to their child long after placement.

With these emotions, the feeling may ebb and flow as a child grows and a birth mother enters a new chapter in her life. Some of the most beautiful stories and poems have been written that outline the love a birth mother has for her child as well as the vulnerability she may feel as time passes. Here are four heart-wrenching and thought-provoking quotes about being a birth mother:

1. “When I chose adoption for my birth son, the last thing I did was give up.” – Sierra Kilpatrick

This quote unpacks the essence of the choice to place a child for adoption. Most birth mothers do not place their child because they did not want to try to parent. They placed their child because of many reasons that include bettering their life and the life of their child.

2. “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

This quote is not from, but rather about, a birth mother. This very much echoes my sentiments toward the birth mother in my life. I feel incredibly blessed to be an adoptive mom to two incredible children, but my heart breaks that their mom could not parent. I don’t believe for a second that “God’s plan” was for them to be mine. It was not plan A. I am a mother to my two precious babies out of a place of necessity and love for both them and their mom.

3. “Giving birth does not make a mother… Placing a child for adoption does not make her less of one.” – Unknown

I love my children with all of my heart and they are my beautiful babies, but their mom will always be their mom. I will share the title proudly. They will have a relationship with me that she will never have with them and they will have a relationship with her that they will never have with me. The more love they have in their life, the better.

4. “Don’t judge a situation you’ve never been in.” – Unknown

There seems to be some sort of stereotypical judgment placed on birth mothers that the placement of their child came from some sort of bad life decision. Women place their children for a multitude of reasons and often times resulting from nothing that they did wrong. Regardless of why a child was placed, it is no one’s job to judge the decision or make an assumption about a birth mother. My children’s birth mom is one of the strongest and kindest people I know. If you have not been where she has been, keep your assumptions to yourself.