There are many ways to express adoption pride and your adoption journey. For some people, songs about adoption are the perfect way to connect to their personal adoption experience, whether as a birth parent, adoptive parent or adoptee.
Many times, songs about family, love and children can also be adoption songs. Like all music, songs about adoption can be interpreted in many ways, and adoption songs that particularly speak to you may not even be specifically about adoption, at all. What’s important is finding songs for adoption that express exactly what you’re feeling, as no two adoption journeys are alike.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of a few adoption songs, whether written specifically about adoption or interpreted that way, to listen to:
1. “When Love Takes You In,” by Steven Curtis Chapman
With lyrics like, “And somewhere while you’re sleeping / Someone else is dreaming too / Counting down the days until / They hold you close and say I love you,” it’s easy to see why this is often interpreted as an adoption song. In fact, Curtis Chapman and his wife adopted three girls from China, which many believe inspired this song.
2. “Naleigh Moon,” by Josh Kelley
This song is actually named after an adopted child — Naleigh Moon, adopted by the singer and his wife, Katherine Heigl, from South Korea. As he sings, “Halfway around my little world / You had no idea that you were my girl / You found my arms not a moment too soon / I couldn’t see past me ’til I saw you.”
3. “Amos Story,” by Aaron Ivey
Ivey and his wife have adopted three children, two of them from Haiti. He wrote this song while waiting for the international adoption process to be completed so they could finally bring their son Amos home:
“I hope you know / There is somebody searching / For the way to get you here / I will get you here.”
4. “So Far to Find You,” by Casting Crowns
Similarly, this adoption song is also about an international adoption — specifically, a daughter adopted from China. The songwriter says, “The lyrics speak toward Meeka Hope (his daughter), but the parallels of God reaching out to bring us home to him are evident throughout the song.”
As he writes: “We were waiting and praying / And longing to bring you home / And then we saw your face / In a moment you were wrapped up in our hearts / We took a step of faith / And now here we are.”
5. “Orphan,” by John Waller
A more spiritual adoption song, Waller said he felt the Lord calling him to adopt a child. He and his wife would go on to adopt three children from Ukraine, and he wrote this song for his daughter:
“Now she’s here, from halfway around the world / Cause Jesus hears the orphan / He is moving Heaven and Earth / All for one little girl.”
6. “Everything to Me,” by Mark Schultz
For a different perspective, check out this song about adoption written by an adoptee. In it, he sings to his birth mother:
“You gave life to me / A brand new world to see / Like playing baseball in the yard with dad at night / Mom reading Goodnight Moon / And praying in my room.”
7. “Orphan Lullaby,” by Lindsey Teefy
The singer/songwriter wrote this song about adoption for her son, whom she adopted from Ethiopia. She sings: “You are so lovely child / My heart, my dreams, my hopes / Are all for you.”
There are also several playlists of songs about adoption you can listen to. Here is one popular playlist with adoption songs for birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.