Whenever I’m in line at the grocery store, I can’t help but notice the latest headlines relating to the supposed lives of the most well-known celebrities. Articles about scandal and drama are, of course, highlighted more prominently. Yet, the titles that capture my interest the most concern celebrity relationships and family life.
Celebrities Choose Adoption
I think we often forget that behind the scripts and hours of on-screen time, celebrities are just like us. Humans. Regular people living their life. Acting and being in movies is just one aspect of that. Put simply, their job. Due to the demand and constant scrutiny they are under, many celebrities put off parenthood to advance their careers. As a result, more and more celebrities are choosing to become parents and grow their family through adoption.
Following is a non-exhaustive list of celebrities who have adopted infants and young children.
Louis Bardo Bullock, an African-American baby born in New Orleans, joined the Bullock household in 2012 when he was just three months old. Bullock and ex-husband, Jesse James, started out the adoption process together, but when they divorced, Bullock kept her plans to finalize the adoption to Louis out of the limelight until a few months following the split. She later adopted another African-American girl, then three years old, whom she named Laila.
On more than one occasion, Bullock has mentioned that she’s always wanted to be a mom, and that she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Even if that meant waiting until she was 45 before she could start a family. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina inspired her choice of adoption, and convinced her that parenthood was her ultimate calling. Since the moment Louis and Laila became part of her world, her heart and whole focus has revolved around them.
Infant daughter, Genesis Tennon, joined Davis’ family in 2011. Davis and her husband, actor Julius Tennon, had two other children from previous relationships, and chose to continue their family through adoption.
During an interview, the Oscar-winner told InStyle, “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.”
Best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Passion of the Christ, and his role in Person of Interest, Caviezel adopted three children — Bo, Lyn and David — from China. Two had brain tumors, and the other had cancer sarcoma. He, and his wife, Kerri, knew that the kids’ chance of survival was low, but wanted to give all three the best life possible.
“Love is a decision,” he stated during an interview. “I always thought that if I adopted I wouldn’t have the same feeling…if they were genetically my own children. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Caviezel has since become a passionate advocate of adoption.
X-Men’s Wolverine and The Greatest Showman actor and his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, chose adoption due to the growing demand of children needing loving homes. Adoption was always something he wanted to do, he said, and his wife felt the same. Together, they adopted two mixed race children, Ava Eliot and Oscar Maximillian.
He told People, “A lot of people [adopt] thinking it’s really important to them for the kid to look like them, and honestly, for Deb and I, that just never even was an issue.”
Celebrities who Adopted Infants
Other notable stars who adopted infants or young children include, but are not limited to: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Adoption Choices of Colorado
Adoption is a worthy choice. For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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