It’s common knowledge that Hollywood stars Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt are proud parents of adopted as well as biological children. Just recently in December 2015, Sandra Bullock adopted her foster daughter (Laila) after adopting a son (Louis) in 2010. However, there are many more celebrities who have opened their hearts and homes to children they didn’t bring into the world themselves.
Here are five celebrities you didn’t know were adoptive parents.
The award-winning actress, along with husband Julius Tennon, adopted a daughter named Genesis as a newborn in 2011. She is also stepmom to her husband’s two sons. Having described herself as a child who, “lived in abject poverty and dysfunction,” she makes sure her children will not experience the same outcome.
After this well-known superhero endured two miscarriages with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, it was a very challenging time for the both of them. Determined to add to their family, they adopted Oscar and Ava. In his own words, having children saved his life.
The star of Modern Family has a modern family of his own. Burrell and his wife Holly adopted two daughters – one in 2010 and another in 2012.
Starting the adoption process in 1993, Michelle Pfeiffer both married David E. Kelley and finalized the adoption of their daughter, Claudia Rose, the same year. The following year, she gave birth to a son, John Henry.
The late African-American entertainer supported the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s by adopting 12 children of different ethnicities. Dubbed “The Rainbow Tribe,” Baker sought to portray the message that people of different ethic backgrounds can still be brothers and sisters.
Salendria Mabrey is a Communication and Development Associate at Foster and Adoptive Family Services.