Music For Foster and Adoptive Families

Songs Great for Foster and Adoptive Families

Another way to communicate with your kids is by singing songs with them. We realized early on that there would be times our children would be hard to reach. They had learned not to trust adults, and they knew little about unconditional love. Parenting would take all the tools we could get.

A breakthrough came one day listening to the lyrics of the song “Sticking With You” by Addison Road and realizing how much it applied to our situation and seeing those lyrics reaching the heart of our little girl (Read lyrics here). I started singing it to her over and over. We’d get in the car, and I’d play it again and again, and she and I would sing along. The boys were oblivious, but she knew I was speaking those words to her through that song. I sang of unconditional love, of sticking by her, of doing what had to be done, or seeing past the fight she was putting up, and I reached her little heart.

  • What songs have you noticed stuck out to your children?

This list includes songs for many different types of situations…helping a child understand you love them unconditionally, helping self esteem, encouraging parents on the journey…and much more! These songs have largely been compiled from fans suggesting songs or from other recommendation lists. We have not yet listened to all of the songs, so please have patience while we build out the topics more! Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean endorsement. We will review the songs as we have time.

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Title ArtistTopic/ThemeGenreiTunesAmazon
A Better PlanLundyn RaeBirth mother and HopeChristian Pop
AdoptedButler, Hughes & HayesAdoption Christian Pop
All About Your HeartMindy GledhillUnconditional lovePop
All I Really Want for ChristmasSteven Curtis ChapmanFoster child perspectiveChristian Pop
All of MeJohn LegendUnconditional loveR&B
All of MeMatt HammittStarting over and trustChristian Pop
Always EnoughCasting CrownsFaith & HopeChristian Pop
Amos StoryAaron IveyChild Search & Waiting parentsChristian Pop
Angel By Your SideFrancesca BattistelliLove & ComfortChristian Pop
Angels Among UsAlabamaFaith & ComfortCountry
A Place for YouWayne WatsonBelongingGospel
Ask Me AnythingChuck KentHonesty & Asking questions is okay Folk
A Thousand YearsChristina PerriUnconditional lovePop
Beautiful ThingsGungorSelf-worthChristian Pop
Better DaysGoo Goo DollsRock
BlackbirdSarah McLachlanPop
BlessingsLaura StoryComfortGospel
Bless The Broken RoadRascal FlattsCountry
Bring You Where I Am WickChristian pop
ChampionPoint5Faith & Overcoming situations Christian Hip Hop
Children of GodThird DayGospel
Child of My HeartBecky WrightPop
Children of the WorldAmy GrantChristian Pop
CinderellaSteven Curtis ChapmanChristian Pop
Cry Out to JesusThird DayOrphans' needsGospel
Count Your Rainbows 1 Girl NationBeing gratefulChristian Pop
Dancing with OrphansDanny OertliChristian pop
Daughters of ChinaTim ChauvinFolk
Elephant EarsJimmy WayneCountry
EngraftedDiego FullerInterview and ReviewChristian Rap
Every Single OneGeoff MooreChristian Rock
Everything to MeMark SchultzBirthmotherPop
Feels Like HomeChantal KreviazukCountry
Forever and For AlwaysShania TwainCountry Pop
From God's Arms, to My Arms, to YoursMichael McLeanBirthmotherCountry
God Help the OutcastsBette MidlerPop
GodspeedDixie ChicksCountry
Glorious UnfoldingSteven Curtis ChapmanChristian Pop
Happy Adoption DayJohn McCutcheonCelebrating adoptionFolk
Happy Adoption DayMike & the Mighty Magic PantsCelebrating adoptionChildren
Haven’t Met You YetMichael BublePop
He Didn't Have to BeBrad PaisleyGratitude Country
HeldNatalie GrantComfort & SecurityGospel
HeroesThe IsaacsGospel
He Would Be 16Michelle WrightBirthmotherCountry
Ho HeyThe LumineersBelongingPop
HomePhillip PhillipsBelongingCountry Pop
How Could You Leave Us?NFRap
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You(Elvis Version)Rock n' Roll
I Choose YouSara BareillesPop
I Didn't Come Here to LoseJimmy WayneCountry
If You Were MineFernando OrtegaParental LoveInspirational
I Get to Be the OneJJ HellerPop
I Give You to His HeartAlison KraussBirthmotherCountry
I Hope You DanceLee Ann WomackCountry
I Knew I Loved YouSavage GardenUnconditional LovePop
I Knew You Were Waiting For MeGeorge Michael & Aretha FranklinR&B
I Know What Love IsCeline DionPop
I Know You’re Out There SomewhereThe Moody BluesRock
I Know Your NameMichael W. SmithChristian Pop
I’ll Stand By YouPretendersRock
I Love You This MuchJimmy WayneCountry
I'm AdoptedRandall Goodgame "Slugs, bugs and lullabies"Adopted ChildChristian Children's Song
In My Daughter's EyesMartina McBrideCountry Pop
In Your EyesNichole NordemanChristian Pop
I Saw What I SawSara GrovesInspirational
I See the LightMandy MoorePop
I Want to Be Just Like YouPhillips, Craig and DeanChristian Pop
I Will WaitMumford & SonsRock
I WonderKellie PicklerCountry
I Won’t Give UpJason MrazPop
I Won't Let GoRascal FlattsCountry
Just May BeKaryn WilliamsInspirational
Keeper of the StarsTracy ByrdCountry
Kerosene KidJimmy WayneChildren's pop
Kings and QueensAudio AdrenalineChristian Pop
Life Means So MuchChris RiceChristian Pop
Love Came DownBrian JohnsonChristian Pop
Love Has Come For YouSteve Martin & Edie BrickellBirthmotherFolk
Love with JusticeRita SpringerChristian Pop
LullabyDixie ChicksCountry
Mama Always Comes BackChuck KentChildren's Song
Lullaby in BlueBette MidlerBirthmotherPop
Martyr's SongTodd AgnewBelonging Christian Pop
Meant to BeSteven Curtis ChapmanChristian Pop
Mine to LoveDave BarnesChristian Pop
My Forever FamilyLisa SilverInspirational
My Other MotherTamar and Katrina
Naleigh MoonJosh KelleyInspirational
One More Empty Chair Becca McCann and the EssiesInspirational
Orphan John WallerChristian Pop
Orphan LullabyLindsey TeefeyInspirational
Orphans of GodAvalonChristian Pop
OvercomerMandisaovercomingChristian Pop
Planting TreesAndrew PetersonChristian Pop
Right HereMiley CyrusPop
Safe & SoundMatthew WestChristian Pop
Same/Same: Songs for Adoptive Familiesalbum by Chuck KentChildren's Songs
SecretReba McEntireBirthmotherCountry
See You AgainCarrie UnderwoodCountry
Shake It OffTaylor SwiftSelf-esteemCountry Pop
Show You LoveJars of ClayChristian Pop
So Far to Find YouCasting CrownsChristian Pop
Someone's Waiting for Youfrom Disney's The RescuersPop
Something BeautifulSteven Curtis ChapmanChristian Pop
Sometimes I WonderChuck KentChildren's Song
Sometimes When We LoveBruce CarrollBirthmotherCountry
Somewhere Out ThereLinda RonstadtPop
Song for HannahPeter FoleyInspirational
Start OverFlameA New Beginning & Forgiveness Christian Rap
Sticking With You
[Read review here]
Addison RoadUnconditional loveChristian Rock
Streets of Heaven Sherrie AustinInfant or child lossChristian Pop
Sweet AmeliaSandra McCrackenFoster parent or adoptive parentInspirational
Swept AwayGeoff MooreUnconditional LoveInspirational
Take Another StepSteven Curtis ChapmanChristian Pop
Take Good Care of My BabyCarole KingBirthmotherPop
Tears in HeavenEric ClaptonChild lossChristian Pop
The Gift We Could Not Give Each OtherMichael McLeanFrom an adoptive mother to a birthmother
The One Who KnowsDar WilliamsBirthmother
The OrphanNewsboysChristian Pop
Paper AngelsJimmy WayneCountry
The PromiseJenae Wright Price
There Was A HeartbeatCindy Hughlett
This Is Amazing GracePhil WickhamChristian Pop
This Is HomeSwitchfootBelongingChristian Rock
This LoveMandi Mapes
This TimeJohn ElefanteBirthmotherChristian pop
Thought You’d Be HereWes King
Thy Will
[Song Review]
Hillary ScottFaithChristian pop
Twice LovedLeAnn HartPop
UnconditionallyKaty PerryUnconditional lovePop
UnwrittenNatasha BedingfieldPop
WantedDara Maclean
WantedHunter HayesCountry
Welcome Home
Becca McCann and the EssiesFirst meetingPop
Welcome HomeBrian LittrellA place to return toPop
Welcome to the FamilyKids Praise! 3Christian Pop
When Love Takes You InSteven Curtis ChapmanAdoptive parent songCountry Pop
Where You're GoingJimmy WayneCountry
Who Hears the CryJ. Brian HillHopeGospel
You and MeRosie ThomasLove and Encouragement Christian Pop
You Are My ChildShawna Fox
You'll Be in My HeartPhil CollinsRock
You're Where I BelongTrisha YearwoodCountry
Your OwnNate HussChristian Pop
Your Song Jenae Wright Price
1000 MilesMark SchultzPop

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Co-founder of Transfiguring Adoption. A husband and father of four adopted children. Darren is a dynamic graphic artist and social media manager. He is an avid fan of the Harry Potter series and a lover of coffee. Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: @darren_fink

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