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Adoption Poems

It is natural for both birthparents and adoptive parents to experience a wide range of emotions during the adoption process. There is a sense of joy and excitement about the coming baby. There may also be feelings of confusion or sadness as birthparents leave the hospital knowing they will no longer be the caregiver and guardian for their child. Adoption poetry provides a place to express these feelings and emotions in a way that creates a wonderful memento for you to share with your child.

Because poems can carry such a powerful message they have held an important place in the adoption community. Some individuals choose to write their own poems while others prefer to select a poem that has touched their heart. Some examples of places poems can be used are:

  • Journals and personal keepsakes
  • Letters or a special message to your child
  • Baby Announcements
  • Life Books
  • Entrustment Ceremonies
  • In a card to send a special message to your child’s birth parents

Here are a few examples of poems written about open adoption. IAC acknowledges the heavy emphasis on mothers in the poems listed below. There appears to be a lack of adoption poetry written by and about fathers. We encourage all the fathers out there to write their own poetry and share it with us. This way we can share your words and thoughts on what open adoption means to you.

Kissed an Angel
Today I kissed an angel
I knew it from the start
The first time my angel smiled at me
I gave away my heart

Today I kissed an angel
This angel child of mine
Though not of my creation
My child by God’s design

Today I kissed an angel
My heart is dancing wild
A family, by a miracle
Blessed by this angel child
--Author Unknown

The Day We Adopted You
If we had it to do over again
Adoption is what we'd choose
We got more than we had hoped for
The day we adopted you
For you have given us more in life
Than we could ever want or need
You made our house into a home
And made our family complete
We love you more than life itself
for all the things you say and do
And if we had it to do over again
You'd be the only one we'd choose.
--Author Unknown

The Legacy of a Child in an Open Adoption
Once there were two expectant mothers.
One carried and cared for you beneath her beating heart
She became your Birthmother.
The other carried the hope of you within her.
She became your Mom.
As the days passed, and you grew bigger and stronger,
Your Birthmother knew that she could not give you all you needed after your birth.
Meanwhile, your Mom was ready and waiting for you.

One day your Birthmom and your Mom found each other.
They looked into each other’s eyes and saw a friend.
Your Birthmom saw the life your Mom could give you.
Your Mom saw how much your Birthmom loved and cared for you.
They decided that what you needed was both kinds of love in your life.

So now you have two families,
One by birth, the other by adoption.

And you have a home where you can get:
your questions answered,
your boo boos bandaged,
your heartaches soothed,
And much needed hugs.

And a place where you can find:
answers to your questions,
your image in the mirror,
a part of yourself,
And much needed hugs.

Two different kinds of families
Two different kinds of love
Both a part of you.
--By Brenda Romanchick

Mother to mother
our love is one
brought together by a common son
with love filled tears
you let go of your boy
and my heart overflowed
with the purest of joy.

I look in his eyes
and an angel is there
bursting with love, ready to share
Far away thoughts
and dreams we can’t hear
he’s different I see, yet precious and dear

I want you to know
when the moon takes the light
and he’s safe in his bed I kiss him goodnight.
And when to him I say
“Mommy loves you”
I say it from me
and I say it from you.

Mother to mother
our love is one
brought together by a common son. . .
--Author Unknown

Longing For A Child To Love
Longing for a child to love,

I’d wish upon the stars above.

In my heart I always knew,

A part of me was meant for you.

I think how happy we will be,

Once I adopt you, and you adopt me.

I dream of all the joy you’ll bring,

Imagining even the littlest things.

The way it will feel to hold you tight,

And tuck you in every night
The drawings on the refrigerator door,

And childhood toys across the floor.

The favorite stories read again and again,

And hours of games with make-believe friends.

The day you took my outstretched hand,

A journey ended, but our lives began.

Still mesmerized by your sweet face,

Still warmed inside by our first embrace.

I promised to give you a happy home,
And a loving family all your own.

A house you’ve now made complete,

With laughter, smiles, and tiny feet.
--- Author Unknown

By Sarah N.

Believing that your child deserves the best life possible started your journey,

Including a couple with the desire for a baby & a family to call their own,

Radical grace is then poured out over a divine meeting of four hearts: the couple, yours & the baby’s.

Take a dollop of struggle, a heaping of love, a pinch of humor & souls full of hope,

Helping each other through the pain, the hurt, the emotional rollercoaster, the sadness & the tears,

Manifesting happiness whenever possible, happiness that can only come from peace of mind & decision.

Allow yourself time to grieve, cry, talk, dream of the future, remember your placement & to pray.

Marvel at the beautiful life you have brought into the world & the loving family you helped to create.

Ask yourself where you want to go from here, what you want from your life from here on out, & then go & LIVE your story out in love & joy.

A Hopeful Adoptive Mother’s Prayer
By Amy T.

Wet sloppy kisses and rocking to sleep
Beautiful, tiny hands and perfect little feet
The sound of baby sighs and cries
This is what I long for

Busy hands and pattering feet
Messy fun and learning new feats
The joy of Toddler discoveries
This is what I hope for

Bedtime stories and riding a bike
Off to school and oh so bright
The wonder of how fast they grow
This is what I wish for

Two hearts united in joy and pain
One Mother’s loss, another’s gain
The mystery of adoption love
This is what I cry for

Welcoming arms and open hearts
A family formed, no longer apart
The Journey of Parenthood beginning
This is what I ache for

Whispered prayers and silent tears
Our “happily ever after” finally here
The miracle of motherhood
This is what I pray for

To My Second Family
by T.

I have something to say, so bear with me if you please...
It has been a long journey, as you can certainly see.
I have thought this out through and through
My beautiful little boy, will not be making his debut.
My heart is full of Love & full of Sorrow
Two wonderful people, will be taking him home tomorrow.
I choose this decision with a heavy heart
I want my little boy to have a wonderful start.
He will be loved and cared for, no doubt in my mind
So when you see me, back to work, please be kind.
This is an open adoption, we are all happy here
I have no doubt, no worries and certainly no fear.
I can see him whenever I choose, or talk with him on the phone
These wonderful new parents, know he was once my very own.
On my return my head is held high... with a smile on my face
I know I made the right decision, because my heart is filled with grace.

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