Adoption impacts every walk of life. It’s more common than you think. Statistics show that over 7 million Americans are adopted. White, black, yellow, red. Whatever your skin tone, nationality, race or sexual orientation, adoption is everywhere. It has even touched the lives of people we see on TV and in the movies.
Here are a few names among the pool of celebrities who were adopted as infants.
When his biological mother was in college, her parents didn’t approve of her dating a Syrian Muslim, so she made a plan for adoption for her child. Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs when he was a few days old. His biological sister, Mona Simpson, found him in 1985, who was also later adopted by his adoptive parents.
Oscar winner Foxx was adopted when he was seven months old by his maternal grandparents. His biological parents split up shortly after his birth, so his grandmother, Esther Talley, raised him. Because she made such an impact on his life growing up, Foxx is now an adoption advocate, and has a very high regard for her.
Five-time Grammy Award-winner, this country music star was adopted in Mississippi as an infant by Edna and Ted Perry. To Billboard magazine, she says that she knew she was adopted growing up and that she used to dream she was Elvis’ daughter. In her 20s, she found her biological mother and discovered that she had a brother.
“I have a lot of respect for my birth mother,” she stated. “I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance.” Faith Hill developed a solid friendship with her birth mother.
In 1968, the Tony Award-winning singer and actress was adopted by her parents, Jerry and Julie Chenoweth. In a 2015 interview with People magazine, Chenoweth said, “Growing up, my parents explained my adoption by telling me, ‘We chose you.’ It was a wonderful way to put it to an adopted child.”
Known as the founder of Wendy’s, the late Dave Thomas was adopted when he was six weeks old by Rex and Auleva Thomas. During his life, he also founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Through this, he made adoption more affordable and more accessible to families around the country.
Actor and comedian Paul Gilbert and his wife, Barbara Crane, adopted Melissa the day after she was born. Because of his influence, Melissa Gilbert gained the role of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. Her adopted brother, Jonathan, also starred with her on the show.
This New York Yankees outfielder was also adopted the day after he was born. He was raised by Wayne and Patty Judge, and stayed extremely close to them. “I know I wouldn’t be a New York Yankee if it wasn’t for my mom,” Judge stated. “The guidance she gave me as a kid growing up, knowing the difference from right and wrong, how to treat people and how to go the extra mile and put in extra work, all that kind of stuff. She’s molded me into the person that I am today.”
Celebrities who were Adopted
The above list of names is non-exhaustive. There was many other celebrities who were adopted as infants or as a young child. They all have their own stories and experiences, and give glimpses of what a blessing adoption can be.
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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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