Plenty of celebrities decide to go the route of adopting instead of carrying their own children. They have their own personal reasons for adopting whether it’s because they just believe in giving unwanted children a home or because they discovered they were unable to have children of their own. Parenthood comes in many shapes and sizes and these celebrities are rocking out the adoptive parent life. We could even say they are #parentgoals because of the awesome choice that they have made to bring children into their lives.
Celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, and Nicole Kidman have welcomed children into their homes, completing their lives in ways they could never have imagined. Bringing children into a home, regardless of the means, can be a true blessing in life but it can also have its hardships. Actress Mariska Hargitay, for instance, has stated that adoption is “not for the faint of heart” as it can come with its own complications. There are pros and cons of adoption just like there are pros and cons of conceiving naturally.
Check out these 20 celeb families that were made whole after adoption.
20 Mariska Hargitay Found Building Her Family Heartbreaking
Actress Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann have a biological son named August and they added to their family by adopting a girl and a boy. “I’m not gonna lie,” Hargitay admitted to Good Housekeeping magazine. “There were [hard] moments. I say to everybody, ‘Adoption is not for the faint of heart.'”
It can be especially hard when the birth mother backs out. But when it came time to adopt, Mariska would never think twice about it. “It was a no-brainer,” she said. “It was like … a miracle. And I don’t use that word lightly. I’ve never made a bigger decision so quickly.”
19 Madonna Adopted Twin Girls
You would think at her age that, Madonna would be done raising children as her own are older now. But when it came down to it, Madonna ended up adopting two children from Malawi and then proceeded to adopt two twin girls from there as well.
Now she has six children, just like Angelina Jolie.
“I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family,” she said. “I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time.”
18 Hugh Jackman Wanted A Big Family
As they were trying to start a family, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, unfortunately, experienced two losses. As a result, they chose to adopt instead.
They ended up adopting a boy and a girl, Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot. “I remember saying to her, ‘We were always going to adopt — let’s just adopt now,’” the father of two recalled after they experienced a difficult time to conceive. “Our motivation behind adopting was, ‘Where is the need?’”
“And we just knew from talking with people in that space, when we were looking around, that the biggest need is in mixed-race kids," he also added.
17 Charlize Theron Wanted To Make A Difference
As Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa, she knew a lot about the needs of children in the orphanages. For her, adoption was the first and only choice for her to have children.
In either case, she wouldn’t have it any other way. She adopted her son Jackson and then her daughter August came three years later. She has never been happier.
“Even when I was in relationships, I was always honest with my partners, that adoption was how my family would look one day,” she said. “This was definitely not a second option for me. It was always my first.”
16 Angelina Jolie Is Not Finished Adopting
Over the years, we have seen Angelina Jolie grow her family through adoption. She started before she met Brad Pitt and there’s a chance that she may continue to adopt. She has six children now with Pitt and she might even adopt another one once her promotional tour is over for Maleficent 2. “[Angelina’s] planning to adopt another child once she’s done filming and promoting Maleficent 2,” a source told OK! magazine.
The source said Angie thinks it’s the right time to adopt because “the kids are growing up and don’t need her as much.”
15 Sandra Bullock Knew It Was Her Destiny
When Sandra Bullock announced her divorce to Jesse James, she did it on the same day that she also announced her plans to adopt. She said being a mother was her destiny and it had a lot to do with the hurricane that hit New Orleans in 2005. Her son was born in New Orleans and Bullock said, “I did think, 'Maybe not.' Then [Hurricane] Katrina happened. I'm going to cry ... Katrina happened in New Orleans and something told me, 'My child is there.' It was weird."
She certainly took a sad event and made something beautiful out of it.
14 Nicole Kidman Believes in Protecting Her Children
When Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise married, they made the decision to adopt Connor and Bella at the same time. That would have been trying for anyone, but they wanted to give two children a loving home at the same time. When they divorced, the children decided to stay with their father in Los Angeles instead of moving with Kidman to Australia. “I’m very private about all that," she said in a new interview with Australian celebrity magazine Who.
"I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is.”
13 Cate Blanchett Wanted A Daughter
Cate Blanchett already had three biological sons when she decided to adopt a cute little girl. She took time off from her career in 2016 to spend time at home with the newest addition to their family. "It's always the first time, always," Cate said in Harper's Bazaar U.K.'s February 2016 issue, adding that her three biological children are "extraordinary" big brothers.
"It's been wonderful watching them become a little brood," She said, also adding the process was a quick one."We got a phone call earlier this year and we adopted a little girl."
12 Diane Keaton Said Motherhood Changed Her
Diane Keaton decided to become a mother at 50 years of age when she decided to adopt. She has a daughter named Dexter and a son named Duke.
She made the decision to adopt children following the passing of her father as it suddenly gave her a dose of reality about her own inevitable end.
"Motherhood has completely changed me. It's just about the most completely humbling experience that I've ever had," she later said. “Adopting my son and daughter late in life – and single – had a transformative effect on me.”
“I’m not doing what seems to be the normal route of being 71,” she also added.
11 Michelle Pfeiffer Adopted When She Was Single
Michelle Pfeiffer certainly started a trend back in the day when she applied to adopt her daughter shortly after her divorce. In her own words, she said,
“I wasn’t going to not have children because I wasn’t married.”
Funny enough is that two months after she applied to adopt Claudia Rose, she met the love of her life, David E. Kelley. “I was nervous about telling him, but I thought, ‘This will separate the men from the boys," she said. “Being a mother has helped me get out in the world and make friends I never would have made. It’s opened up my world, in a way.”
10 Connie Britton Felt More Open After Adoption
In 2011, Connie Britton adopted her son Yob. Since then, the actress has said that the child inspires her, “My son is adopted from Ethiopia, so I always say I can take very little credit, but he, from the beginning, just inherently has had such an open and curious heart and love of life.”
"He has changed her life for the better. He’s very into learning and seeing what’s happening and seeing what people are doing,” Britton said.“I just love that about him. And it immediately opens me up as well.”
Regardless of the method, having children can certainly be a life-changing event.
9 Mary Louise Parker Was A Little Scared
Adopting as a single mother can’t be easy and there is always some level of fear involved. While raising her two adopted children, Mary Louise Parker revealed she liked to have dance parties, “Sometimes we’ll get up in the middle of dinner and have a dance party just because there’s music on and everybody’s happy.”
At first, she admitted to being scared, “I finally just decided, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this, and it’s going to be really hard because I’m single, and I’m going to do it anyway.” Doing it alone is scary for anyone, even a famous celebrity but she did it!
8 Katherine Heigl Talked About It Right Away
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley weren’t even married yet when she started talking about adopting. “Josh and I started talking about it before we were even engaged,” she explained.
Heigl wasn’t a stranger to adoption as her own sister was also adopted. She said that when it came to her daughter Naleigh, the process was very quick. "She's a special needs baby…They wanted to get her to us as quickly as possible." It’s no wonder that she always knew that she would adopt,
“I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea.”
7 Kristin Davis Found the Process Unnerving
Kristin Davis adopted her first child Gemma in 2011 and then her second child in 2018.
“They tell you that when [your child] first comes, you should think of it as babysitting in case the birth mom changes her mind,” she explained to Anderson Cooper. “Every state is different, but in [California] it’s 48 hours. So, you’re trying to think that you’re a babysitter but that’s kind of impossible!”
“When I first got her I would sleep with her on my chest, because when you adopt you’re very concerned about bonding,” she also added. That would definitely be a stressful situation, especially when you are unsure whether you can keep the child.
6 Jamie Lee Curtis Found The Choice Empowering
Jamie Lee Curtis adopted both of her children, Annie and Tom. "Adoption is a very complicated road filled with incredibly emotional and challenging aspects. At its core, adoption is about loss. It’s one that needs a lot of good support for everybody, so that everyone is clear about the feelings that are being stirred up for everyone."
"Birthdays, for instance, are very hard for adopted children. For everyone else, it’s a celebration of the moment of birth, but for adopted children, it’s the remembrance of a birth family that they don’t have,” she also went on to say.
We certainly never thought of it in that way.
5 Calista Flockhart Saw Her Son Being Born
Calista Flockhart adopted her son Liam before she met her now husband, Harrison Ford. Flockhart actually met a mother of four who was pregnant at the time and an agreement was made that Flockhart would adopt the woman’s baby. She even watched the child being born, where a hospital nurse stated,
"I see new mothers every day, and I've never seen one happier than Calista. She adored that baby from the second she took him in her arms. It was a magical moment."
Flockhart was also allowed a room of her own for a chance to cuddle and bond with the new baby.
4 Viola Davis Adopted From Her Heart
Viola Davis adopted the child in 2011 and told InStyle magazine, "I always tell Genesis she was born from my heart, not my belly." That’s a great way to explain adoption to a small child especially when you want to express love for a child that isn’t yours. She stated she felt adopting was no different than birthing.
"There are so many ways to mother rather than to carry a child in your body. So many children need parents, and so many of us want to mother. Know that you will experience motherhood to the full extent."
She's certainly very right in her assertion and we’re happy that she found happiness with her daughter.
3 Sheryl Crow Thinks That There is Nothing Better
Choosing to adopt was a special decision for Crow and it made her rethink what was important in her life. "Adopting my boys -- that's just been the biggest everlasting event that has informed everything," the singer told People magazine.
"I didn't want to spend any more nights away from home," she also added. "When you have kids, your priorities definitely change. I really felt consistency is the most important thing."
There is no doubt that adopting a child brings a special new change into a mother’s heart. That’s why we tend to see a lot of mothers leave Hollywood because they aren’t willing to give up their families to pursue their careers.
2 Denise Richards Adopted Later On In Life
Denise Richards has two biological children with ex-husband Charlie Sheen. In 2011, she decided to adopt a little girl named Eloise. She stated in an interview that she always wanted to adopt, “I wanted to be a parent and want to raise my kids,” Richards said. “I love being a mom more than anything. Motherhood has changed whole outlook on life. It’s wonderful to see life through their eyes.”
Her home is as complete as it gets though, as she even has custody over the children she shares with Sheen. She has created a solid family unit for them now and that’s all that matters.
1 Meg Ryan Found Her Daisy
Meg Ryan stepped away from Hollywood in 2003 to raise her son Jack and then eventually Daisy. Many people were surprised to see her go but starting over and raising another young child wasn’t hard at all for Ryan.
“Daisy doesn’t feel hard. She doesn’t feel like…there’s no sweat on it man. She’s a good hang, and she’s easy. She’s very smart and she’s very generous. I love that she’s funny. I love that. I just can’t imagine what it was like before she came. Life is good, it’s so good with her in it. She and Jack get along great. All of us fit together beautifully,” she explained.