Adoption's Big Picture

Adoption MandalaMandalas are a form of art found all over the globe and throughout history. They are symbolic representations of phases in human existence or states of being.

Adoption is defined in the dictionary from the perspective of the adoptive parents: "To take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child."

But the big picture shows more to the story!

I invented this Adoption Mandala as a gift for the Greater Adoption Community. It is my hope people will use this image as a tool for promoting adoption awareness and understanding. I believe it can be a healing balm for all those affected by Adoption. 

This image is for everyone.
Print. Color. Share yours today! 


A Very Basic Story on Mandalas:

Most people think of Mandalas as spiritual symbols. After studying mandalas for a short while, one sees they are a fundamental form found everywhere including in nature. Think of snowflakes, sunflowers, and star systems. The term Mandala is a Sanskrit word roughly translated as circle.  Other translations say Manda means  “the essence” and  La meaning “container” or in some places La means “to accept.” This leads us to see that a Mandala is a container for an essence. Or the way I see it, a mandala is a tool for acceptance on various aspects of human existence. In this case, the adoption mandala is a way to talk about adoption and rewrite the story so that it will be less painful for those hurt by adoption.


The Simple Story on this Mandala:

The center circle is the fertilized egg. It is protected by the mother’s body – the diamond with the crooked lines. The three lines going north/south and east/west are the adoptee, the birthparents, and the adoptive parents. The outer circles are the circle of life and the wheel of fate. The smaller circles in the four quadrants have multiple meanings. Think of four kinds of adoption; four realms of experience within adoption; the four legal changes needed; and here below are the four levels of adoption awareness:

Try this for Grade School
(K-12) Students:

Alternate Family Tree Project

It's Adoption Friendly!


Use your printer and your favorite 8.5 x 11 paper

Or Copy the files and use them at your favorite copy shop to make bigger poster size versions.

Four 4 inch Mandalas


One 8 inch Mandala


Or email me and I'll give you directions for making really really big ones. Also, you can take these files and get wild with a fun program like photoshop or (which is different from Paint).


Print it.

Color it in.

And make it your own.

Then share  it!


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