Famous Adoptions: Celebrities Involved in Adoption

November 10, 2010

As we celebrate National Adoption Month, let’s take a look at some of the many famous adoptions. Celebrities are among the many who are following the trend of helping needy children. Want to find out what big names have done this? Keep reading below for the full story, photos and videos.

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This picture shows the infamous Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, who are the probably the most well known couple who have taken in children. But they are not the only ones!

According to the Dave Thomas Foundation there are almost always close to half a million children in foster care, and about 115,000 available to a good home. More adults are becoming aware of the situation and the rate of helping these children by becoming their parents is increasing. A big help to this has probably been all of the famous adoptions.

Celebrities Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie have 6 children, three of which are from foreign agencies. Maddox from Cambodia (7), Pax from Vietnam (4), and Zahara from Ethiopia (3). Rumors also say that they are looking to add more needy children to their clan. They, however are not the only stars who have gone this route.

Jane Fonda became an adoptive parent of her daughter Mary with her second husband. When Tom Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman, they brought two foster children into their home, Isabella and Connor.

Some of our favorites from the stage or screen have also been a part of the lucky ones who were taken in by loving parents. Sarah McLachlan was born in Nova Scotia and was soon taken in by an American couple. Faith Hill was also a part of the system and found her home when just a baby. She is now a big proponent of adoption and does an annual “Homes For The Holidays” event which promotes it.

It is such a good feeling to know how many people have helped; however, there are many more children who need a home. Hopefully people get inspired by these famous adoptions. Celebrities have shown how important it is and will continue to promote it. What do you think about the increasing trend of helping kids? Check out these pictures of adopted/adoptees and this video, then leave me your comments.

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Photos: www.wenn.com/News Pictures, FayesVision, Dominic Chan, Judy Eddy, Apega

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2 Responses to “Famous Adoptions: Celebrities Involved in Adoption”

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    Joann Says:

    I think it is very important to distinguish between people who adopt older children from foster care and those who adopt infants. In many cases, young mothers (domestic or foreign) want to keep their babies; the child would be better served if someone helped her to do so rather than taking the child as their own and leaving her to grieve.

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    Mirah Riben Says:

    “Regrettably, in many cases, the emphasis has changed from the desire to provide a needy child with a home, to that of providing a needy parent with a child. As a result, a whole industry has grown, generating millions of dollars of revenues each year . . .” The Special Rapporteur, United Nations, Commission on Human Rights, 2003.

    It’s an ugly game of corruption, coercion and exploitation. Children are taken from families who love them as was very obvious in both of Madonna’s well publicized adoptions. 90% of the children in orphanages worldwide are not orphans but have at least one living parent and extended family as these two children do. They are not intended for adoption. All over the world people use orphanages to provide shelter, medical care or education they are unable to. Many of these people have no concept of permanent adoption and are told their children are coming West for an education.

    Aneglina Jolie adopted one of her children from a notorious baby broker who was subsequently arrested. And Sheryl Crow is keeping her children’s identity a secret so their birth mothers won’t know where they are.

    Adoption takes from the poor and gives to the rich, I call it Reverse Robinhoodism. It exploits poverty and ignorance. In China, Guatemala, nepal, India, Vietnam children are stolen and kidnapped, papers are forged and they are sold to orphanages as abandoned. When corruption has caused inter-country adoptions to stop in any of these nations, the number of alleged “abandoned” children dropped as well. When adoptions reopened, the reported abandonments escalated once again.

    To HELP children in need is to help them AND their families through Save the Children. or SOS Children’s’ Village, of UNICEF….or by becoming a foster parent.

    Mirah Riben, author, THE STORK MARKET: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry