Adoption Poetry

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A selection of poetry from well-known poems such as "The Adoption Creed" and "Legacy of an Adopted Child," to poems written for entrustment ceremonies and to express the widest possible range of emotions from guest contributors.

Poetry from our Readers
Members of our community have put their own experiences into words and share them with us. Contribute your own.

"The smug-faced answer came - Adopt, Adopt."

An Openly Adopted Child's Legacy
Adoption educator, author, and birthmother Brenda Romanchik's poem for families in open adoptions.

I Reflect As I Wait
A wonderful poem by birthfather, J. T. Niswonger. Waiting to meet the daughter he placed for adoption, the poem reflects on decisions of the past and hopes for the future.

Legacy of an Adopted Child
"Once there were two women who never knew each other..." This anonymously authored poem is perhaps the best known of all adoption-related verse.

No Right
Birthmother and author Mirah Riben at her best.

Silent Asylum
A masterpiece. You might want to start with "The Origin of the Mask."

Speak to us of children
Wise words from Khalil Gibran.

The Commuter
The story of search and reunion in verse, an intense personal journey by adoptee Michael Gray.

The Adoption Creed
"Not flesh of my flesh Nor bone of my bone..." Fleur Conkling Heyliger's words are among the most treasured by adoptive parents.

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