Top 20 Bible Verses About Adoption

There’s no more perfect time to search out God’s word than when you hit the waiting period of adoption. Adrenaline and excitement will get you through the classes, paperwork, and general nerves of becoming parents. The wait, even though some can be relatively short, can feel like an eternity. Diving into God’s word and the truth will be a wonderful comfort for you in the wait. I cannot imagine trying to get through life without God’s words and promises. I pray that you’ll find the perfect Bible verses about adoption within this list to help you through the long haul. 

Top 20 Bible Verses about Adoption

  1. Jeremiah 29:11 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” 

While this verse isn’t specifically focused on adoption, it lays out perfectly what God has for you if you trust and have faith in him. That can be hard when you have already waited, struggled, suffered in the process to grow your family. Whether it be through biology or adoption. Likely most of you have traveled down more than one road to parenthood. It’s not easy, but having the comfort of God’s promises can be sanity keeping throughout the process. I can assure you that it will be worth it. I promise. 

  1. Matthew 18:5

“Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me.”

The Bible urges you to help the widows and the orphans. It has been suggested over the years that in the time that over the time that the bible was written, the orphans and widows were of the most vulnerable population. While times have definitely changed, I would suggest that they are still amongst the most vulnerable populations. There may be others as well. While true orphans are less likely than they were in Biblical times, they certainly still exist. My belief is that this verse would be perfectly fitting if you are pursuing international or foster care adoption. 

  1. 1 Samuel 1:27

“I have prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

This verse speaks of great hope and truth. That with faith and trust God will eventually grant you what you have prayed for. It reminds me of Sarah and Abraham. Their faithfulness to God in their wait. Their disbelief at his prophecy that they should have descendants as great as the stars. I can imagine how hard that must have been for them to accept and believe. But they were faithful and trusted in God. 

  1. John 1:13

“Who were born, not of the blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Perhaps the most infamous story of adoption in the bible is that of Joseph and Jesus. While we may never know the whole truth, though I have some real questions for God, the bible tells the story of Joseph raising Jesus as his own son. He may have initial doubts but trusted the angel that visited him to relieve his doubts and concerns. 

  1. 1 John 3:2

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is.”

The ultimate adoption is the adoption of believers by Christ. This bible verse for adoption shows his love for you, which provides a guide for you for loving a child that is not yours biologically. It provides direction and hope when things can seem insurmountable. 

  1. Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”


A bible verse for adoption that doesn’t mention adoption. But such simple truth. From heartache and loss, God will always bring life, renewal, hope and beauty. What we need to learn early on is that we cannot control it. We have to trust his story, his path, and accept that his plan may very well be much different than our own. 

  1. Galatians 4:7 

“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” 

There are many verses in the bible. No matter where you go, Old Testament or New Testament, you will eventually come across the bible verse for you. It may not blatantly state ADOPTION, but God is subtle like that. He leads you to the verse you need. 

  1. James 1:27

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. 

This is likely the most frequently used bible verse for adoption. When researching this verse I stumbled on a video from adoption blogger/speaker Jason Johnson. He broke it down like this. Religion is the outward display of something that is inwardly true. When we step in to get involved with the most vulnerable, broken people and people in hard places it is God’s calling on our life. 

  1. Matthew 25:40

“The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

God urges us throughout the bible to take care of the widows and orphans. While the physical world has changed in numerous ways since the time that the bible was written, orphans and widows are still amongst the most vulnerable. What beauty and awesomeness come with the thought that in following your calling, you are quite literally caring for the Christ Jesus as well. 

  1. Deuteronomy 10:18

“He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”

So much healing and peace of mind in these words. Knowing that God will provide for all the vulnerable and their needs, physical and emotional. The calling for adoption is real. It will look vastly different and surprisingly similar for each of you. But know if you are called, your wishes will be fulfilled. 

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:18

“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. “

In guiding your heart and mind, he guides your calling. He leads by example. Calling you sons and daughters. And meaning it. Loving you despite your flaws and failures, showing you what a loving parent looks like at all times. 

  1. Isaiah 40:31

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. 

The bible verse for adoption may be the verse that most accurately describes the emotional and physical weariness that can happen. The journey of adoption is a beautiful one, but it will not be without twists and turns. Keep this one close. You may need it someday. 

  1. Psalm 146:9

“The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

Protection. God’s protection. “He frustrates the ways of the wicked.” To know he cares so completely to cover you and your child in protection long before that child becomes yours. That he sees you, sees this precious child, sees their birth parents. Can there be anything better than God’s protection?

  1. Galatians 3:26

“For you are all children of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Faith is a motivator for our hearts. When you know the good that God has for your life it’s easy to have believed that he makes all things for good. It can be easy to lose faith. To feel as though there isn’t a little someone out there waiting for you. But there is, you may just have to wait a bit longer. 

  1. 1John 3:2

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is.”

This bible verse for adoption reminds you to keep the faith. While you may not know what God looks like, you will know him when you see him. I truly know that when you see the child that is meant for you. You will know. That may be an ultrasound picture, a waiting child profile, a photolisting of a waiting international child. You will know. Your heart will know.

  1. Romans 11:17

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree.

God’s provision. That just like an olive shoot, you and your child can be grafted together to become a family. That graft takes time. It may not happen automatically, but it will happen. No matter what adoption path you take, you can and will, with God’s guidance form a new lineage. A new tree. A stronger tree. 

  1. Exodus 2:10


“The child grew, and brought him to Pharoah’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses and she said “Because I drew him out of the water.”

Moses’ story is the perfect example of a birth mother’s sacrifice for her child. Moses’ mother knew that she could not raise him. She knew that if she did he would certainly die. She lovingly laid him in a basket, watched the basket to know that he was safe, and went away when he was scooped up by Pharoah’s daughter. For many biological families, these painful decisions can only be made with the heart. 

  1. Judges 17:11

“The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.”

The bible is full of verses regarding adoption. Sometimes it can seem like a casual sentence in the middle of a story. This is a reminder that sometimes adoption is full of fanfare and celebration, and sometimes it’s as simple as a sentence in the middle of a story. 

  1. Psalm 82:3

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

God’s calling is strong. It can be hard to be resilient and hope-filled during the process of adoption. But then that one moment comes. The glimpse of hope of becoming a family, the photo of a sibling group that takes your breath away. Keeping your eyes on the end goal is important. This bible verse for adoption is a great example of how to keep your eyes toward God. 

  1. Proverbs 13:12

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

This. This verse is the epitome of the summation of the adoption journey. Someday soon you will stand in front of the judge, child/ren present, family and friends surround you. And you will know. This is what God has promised you. You will hold your child for the first time and all the broken pieces within you will instantly be healed. Parenthood will no doubt bring other fears and confusion, but enjoy that moment. The moment that God has promised you all along. 

There is no one size fits all verse. Only you will know the Bible verses about adoption that tug your heart. Maybe you will find it among these 20. Maybe you won’t. When you find the verse that fills you with trust, faith and hope, cling to it. It will get you through all the hills and valleys. God’s word and prayer is the perfect antidote for the hard times. If you don’t find it here, dig in. Just start reading and God will lead you to the perfect place, page, verse. He knows the words that will get you through this process. He knows exactly when, where, and how you will use his words as a balm for your soul.