Celebrities Who Have Adopted Children
Even celebrities with biological children have embraced adoption to start or expand their families. Children all over the world need loving parents, and the celebrities in this round-up come with both a lot of love to give and some amazing resources.
Let’s hope famous adoptive parents like Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock continue to inspire others to take notice and consider adoption for their own families. So, who are some of the coolest famous parents to embark on adoption journeys? Let’s take a look!
Famous singer Lionel Richie and his first wife, Brenda, adopted their daughter, Nicole Richie, when she was 9 years old. At 4 years old, the couple welcomed her into their home, and the adoption was official five years later.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis and her actor husband, Christopher Guest, have two adopted children together. Their daughter, Annie, and their son, Thomas, complete this family of four. Thomas was born in 1996, and Annie was born in 1986.
Fitness powerhouse and reality TV star Jillian Michaels and her partner, Heidi Rhoades, went all in starting their family in short order. Their adopted daughter was brought home just two days after Rhoades gave birth to their son, Phoenix. Their daughter, Lukensia, was adopted from Haiti.
Nia Vardalos, who is known for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has been very open publicly about her and her ex-husband’s struggle with infertility. She and actor Ian Gomez adopted their daughter in 2008. After several failed in-vitro fertilization and adoption attempts, the couple finally found a match in their 3-year-old daughter.
Former Sopranos actress Edie Falco has adopted two children as a single mother. This successful and critically acclaimed actress has embraced adoption and taken single motherhood in stride. She adopted her son, Anderson, in 2005 and then adopted her daughter, Macy, in 2008.
Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow has two adopted sons and is a single mother. Crow adopted her first son, Wyatt, in 2007 and welcomed her second son, Levi, into her home in 2010, three years after his big brother, completing the Crow clan.
Actress Meg Ryan has one biological child with her ex-husband, Dennis Quaid, as well as one adopted daughter. Although Ryan already had a son of her own, she decided to adopt a child from China after she and Quaid separated.
Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb is a mother of two adopted daughters. Kotb first became a mother when she adopted her newborn daughter, Haley Joy, who was born on Valentine’s Day in 2017. She was previously married to Burzis Kanga, who was the former tennis coach at the University of New Orleans, but the couple did not have any children together.
Country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins, recently shared the news of the birth of their third child, which is their second biological child. Rhett and his wife first became parents with a lot of excitement thrown in. They learned they were pregnant after already being well on their way to adopting their first daughter from Africa.
Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews has two adopted daughters and one biological daughter, Emma Walton, with her first husband as well. After the couple split, Andrews went on to marry her now late husband, Blake Edwards.
Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, have a large blended family that includes seven children between them. The Spielberg clan consists of two adopted children and five biological children from their marriage together as well as previous marriages.
Actor Hugh Jackman is an adorable celebrity father. After he and his wife suffered two miscarriages, the couple decided to turn to adoption to complete their family. The Logan actor and Deborra-Lee Furness, his wife, have two adopted children together.
Kristin Davis, who famously starred as fertility-challenged Charlotte in Sex and the City, is a single mother of one adopted daughter and one adopted son. Sharing in her character’s famous adoption storyline, the actress became a first-time mom when she was 46 years old.
Michelle Pfeiffer was planning on being a single mother when she was going through the adoption process with her daughter Claudia Rose. She was introduced to her now-husband, David E. Kelly, who was the producer and writer of shows like Ally McBeal and The Practice, by a mutual friend via a blind date.
American pop icon Madonna has four adopted children. In addition to those children, she also has two biological children named Lourdes Leon and Rocco Ritchie. All four of her adopted children came from Malawi. She started her adoption journey with two children from Malawi named David Banda and Mercy James.
Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has two adopted children. She adopted her first son, Louis, in 2010. Two years later, with some prompting from her son, Bullock adopted her daughter, Laila. Bullock has spoken openly about the challenges she faced bringing home Laila from Child Protective Services and the foster care system.
The Law & Order: SVU star and her husband, Peter Herman, went from one to three children in no time. The couple had their biological son, August, when Hargitay was 42 years old. The actress has openly discussed how her age and the fact that both she and her husband wanted big families led them to adoption.
Actress Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter, Caroline, in 2007 from Africa. She was a single mother with one biological son at the time. Parker shares her son with actor Billy Crudup, but the couple broke up before their son was born in 2004.
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, welcomed their first baby girl together through adoption in 2011. Their daughter, who they named Genesis, is the couple’s only child together. Davis is also stepmom to Tennon’s son and daughter from previous relationships.
Actress Sharon Stone hasn’t always had an easy journey when it comes to motherhood. The single mother of three adopted sons has faced many miscarriages, a divorce, a custody battle and even a potentially deadly brain hemorrhage.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Two of the most famous adoptive parents are Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. The couple had a whirlwind Hollywood marriage in their 20s. Shortly after getting married, they also suffered two painful miscarriages while trying to start their family.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley are an adorable celebrity power couple. After the pair got married, they decided to adopt to begin their family. Heigl has spoken about her adopted sister and the profound impact the experience had on her.
Diane Keaton has never been one to shy away from the unconventional. This spunky, award-winning actress started her family as a single mother at the age of 55. Keaton became a first-time mother in 1996 when she adopted her daughter, Duke. Later, she adopted her second child, a son named Dexter.
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis, met on set and married in 1995. The couple has four daughters together. McGregor has two biological children as well as two adopted daughters. Shortly after marrying, the couple’s oldest daughter, Clara, was born. Six years later, the couple had their daughter Esther.
Denise Richards has two biological daughters with her infamous ex-husband, Charlie Sheen. When the couple was married, they had two children named Sam and Lola Rose. After a very public split, the couple divorced.
Acclaimed actress Connie Britton had dreams of being a mother. At 44, the actress realized that dream after a long, three-year adoption journey. Britton adopted her son, Yoby, as a single mother in 2011 when he was 9 months old. Yoby was adopted from Ethiopia, with his given name Eyob.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Two of the most famous adoptive parents — and most famous celebs in general — are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The future Jolie-Pitt clan started to form in 2002 before the couple was even together. Jolie adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 as a single mother. She then adopted her son Pax in 2003 and later her daughter Zahara in 2005.
Actress Calista Flockhart had dreams of becoming a mother. When she didn’t start a family the traditional way, she looked to adoption to begin her journey. In 2001, Flockhart adopted an infant son named Liam. Although she started raising Liam as a single mother, she met her now-husband shortly into motherhood.
Award-winning actress and mom Cate Blanchett wasn’t new to motherhood when she adopted her fourth child and only daughter. Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, adopted daughter Edith Vivian Patricia in 2015. The actress has shared that she and her husband had discussed adoption since their first son was born.
Actress Charlize Theron has made no secret of wanting to adopt children as her first choice for starting a family. She was raised in South Africa and notes that her time there had a profound impact on her life. Seeing many orphans and children in need, Theron hoped to one day provide a home for a child in need.