More and more adoptive parents are getting tattoos to honor adoption. A number of adoptive moms and birth moms have gotten the same tat. I’ve included a few here, along with their meaning.
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I created this one. It’s the Celtic knot of a mother & child with 2 additional mother symbols (my daughter’s birth mother & foster mother (adopted from Guatemala 15 years ago). This pic was taken right after it was completed, which is why it’s so red.
I adopted my daughter from birth. She is the light of my life. I got the adoption symbol tattoo as a tribute to the birth parents, our daughter and my husband and I as a sign of respect love and understanding. I got the simplest version of the tattoo but to me it means so much more, and I have it on my hand and will wear it proudly. ~B.G.
“This is what I got to celebrate the adoption of our son! ‘An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The red thread may stretch or tangle but will never break .’ -Chinese Proverb It is located on my foot. My husband and I have friends whose children are graduating from high school…their babies are leaving the nest while our 5 year old just came to our nest, he’s our little baby bird.? ~C.C.
“I got this to show my two sons the permanency of my love for them. The heart made from a vine is because they grew and continue to grow in my heart. The blue forget-me-nots represent them. And I have the first letter of each of their names, M and D. It’s on my ankle. I love it. My boys are only 4 and 5 so they’re a little young to appreciate the symbolism and they’re just learning their letters. They don’t recognize the fancy M and D yet. But they do like that Mommy got a tattoo for them. I hope as they get older it will become more meaningful for them.” ~S.H.
“This is on my right outer calf/shin. I always get so many asking me what it means, and I am so proud to explain the representation of adoption! The points of the triangle represent the birth family (or on our case just the birth mother) and next point is for the adoptee/child and the third is for the adoptive family. The heart represents the love between all. I also say it is that our daughter is “born into my heart” because I did not conceive her. “ ~B.B.
I have a quetzal to honor the birthcountry of my boys. They like to tell people that they were not in my tummy for 9 months, but will be on my shoulder for the remainder of my life.
The Guatemalan national bird with my children’s initials.
I got this for our girl we adopted at age 12.
This is the word love written in the language of my son’s birth country. An unexpected benefit of the tattoo is that it has served as a tangible reminder for my son of my love for him. He will rub it and say “love, forever and ever, never come off”.
Image credit: Foster Care Kids Need Love Too