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Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
--Oprah Winfrey


Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it
--Fleur Conkling Heylinger


Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy.


Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
-- Psalms 68:5-6


If a mother and father can love more than one child,
then certainly a child can love more than one mother or father.


I wasn't expected; I was selected!


It has been said that adoption is more like a marriage than a birth: two (or more) individuals, each with their own unique mix of needs, patterns, and genetic history, coming together with love, hope, and commitment for a joint future. You become a family not because you share the same genes, but because you share love for each other.
--Joan McNamara


"I don't have a bank account, because I don't know my mothers maiden name."
-- Paula Poundstone


People ask me. "What about gay adoptions? Interracial? Single Parent?" I say. "Hey fine, as long as it works for the child and the family is responsible." My big stand is this: Every child deserves a home and love. Period.
-- Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy's


He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart.
--Rudyard Kipling

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