Music has the ability to transform us – to take us away from the rabbit trails in our mind, to inspire us, to restore our hope. Every adoptive parent or would be adoptive parents needs this on occasion.
We asked for suggestions from the Creating a Family community, and the song suggested most often was God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts.
What song inspired you while you waited and as you parent? What song makes you think about your child’s birth parents? Does your kiddo have a favorite adoption song? Here are the runners up from our survey, ranked in order.
Songs For Waiting Adoptive Parents
- I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
- Wonder by Kellie Pickler
- Home by Phillip Phillips
- Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble
- I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
Songs For Adoptive Parents
- A Thousand Years- Christina Perri (from the movie Twilight)
- Lullaby by The Dixie Chicks
- When Love Takes You In by Stephen Curtis Chapman
- Naleigh Moon by Josh Kelley (I LOVE this one)
- I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
- Kings & Queens by Audio Adrenaline (written about adoption)
- Every Day (The Guatemala Song) by Anna Huckabee Tull (written about adoption)
- This Love by Mandi Mapes
- Mine all Mine by The Wilsons (written about adoption)
- Ho Hey by The Lumineers
- Wanted by Hunter Hayes
- Everything To Me by Mark Schultz
Songs For Adopted Kids
- Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon (personally I think this is one parents will enjoy more than kids, but it was the top vote getter)
- We are Family from Ice Age 4
- Now I See The Light from Tangled
- I’m Adopted by Slugs & Bugs
Songs for Birth Parents
These were songs suggested by adoptive parents that inspired their feelings about their child’s birth mother and father.
- I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan (who is also adopted)
- Hey Soul Sister by Train
- Somewhere Out There – recorded by many artists
- From God’s Arms, To My Arms, To Yours by Michael McLean (specifically written about birth parents)
What’s your favorite music for your adoption journey?Image credit: projects.accessatlanta.com
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I definitely connected with the song “Strangers like me” by Phil collins.
I always struggled with looking into the mirror and not looking like my family, and yet knowing that I do look like someone, but not knowing who. It was like being so close and yet so far.
After I found them, it was like an instant connection (even though they were still strangers) and I wanted to know everything and nothing at the same time. I just wanted to be close to them.
I leave to meet then for the 1st time on Tuesday!
Heather, thanks for sharing that. I’ve not heard that particular song in a long while, but as a Phil Collins fan, I’ll be checking it out again now. Good luck at your upcoming meeting. It’s great that you found your family. I hope you find the answers and connections that you are seeking. I’ll be thinking of you on Tuesday.
I need a song for a friend of mine that found her birth parents and I’m trying to make a video for them. does anyone have a suggestion?
As a Christian, my favorite is Third Day’s “Children of God.” Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jO7xhU_Pw
I sang “A Thousand Years” to my daughter every night that first year. I still sing it to her some. And “Ho Hey” is what we consider our family’s song about her. 🙂 One we also consider “her song,” which I think is especially great for foster parents or foster to adopt parents is Phillip Phillips “Home.” Best line: “Just know you’re not alone; ‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home.” It makes me cry just typing it. 🙂 So glad she is not in peril anymore, and our house is now her home forever.
I too love “Home”.
“Crazy Faith” John Waller —My favorite for sure 🙂
Love it, Chelsea.
For those families like us who wanted an international adoption, I loved this old song by Bing Crosby from Around the World in 80 days:
Around the world I searched for you
I traveled on when hope was gone to keep our rendezvous
I knew somewhere, sometime, somehow
You’d look at me and I would see that smile you’re smiling now.
It might have been in County Down
Or in New York, or in Paris, or even London Town
No more will I go all around the world
For I have found my world in you.
For when I’m waiting for placement or experienced a disappointment in the process… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-7nraIrrY
Karen’s suggestion was The Poozies-Another Train. See link above.
I’ve never been the most religious person in the world, but after fighting to get my four of my daughters home for over three years the song “Praise you in the storm” by the group casting crowns has been one of my all-time favorite songs… I must played it 1 million times, it still brings tears to my eyes.
Ann, I just went to YouTube to hear it. Love the words. Glad your girls are home now.
After my husband and I were matched with our son, we went to a little cafe for lunch. While we were sitting there eating and looking at photos of my son, a Savage Garden’s song “I Knew I Loved You Before I Met Before I Met You” came on the radio. When my son is married someday, that’s the song I want to play when I dance with him.
Awww, Debi, what a beautiful sentiment. It gave me goosebumps.
loved that one too!
Sweet child of mine was on the radio in the car on the way to the baby house the forst morning i met Annika. Also like Heaven by Live.
LOVE this post…. such a great diverse list of encouraging and hopeful music. Many of my faves were on here 🙂
I listened to them all as I put together the list. Found some new faves.
Here’s a new category — parents who are traveling.
And here’s a song for it:
Rather Be by Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne
No one suggested “Little Green” by Joni Mitchell? If you don’t know it, it’s a beautiful song about the daughter she placed for adoption. If you are an adoptive parent and want some insight into the emotions of a birth mother, it’s a 3 minute education that will take months to fully unpack.
Now how in the world, Brian, had I not heard that one before?!? Going to YouTube right now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZurmFcUOJpc