Adopting a child can be a challenge, and when you decide to adopt from a foreign country, it can become even more challenging - with the different set of rules, laws and languages. And now, with the case of the mom - who sent back an adopted boy to his home country of Russia alone on a plane- it’s just getting even more complicated. Russia has just put a ban on all adoptions to U.S. families. Let’s hope this singular event doesn’t cause long lasting issues with families who want to give children homes from around the globe. Celebrities have garnered lots of attention for their adoption of children from foreign soil. Check out 9 celebrity families who have adopted from oversees.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Maddox – Adopted from Cambodia
Zahara – Adopted from Ethiopia
Pax – Adopted from Vietnam
Angelina is said to be working on a United Nations-like family with her children being adopted and born all over the world. She even gets the coordinates of their births tattoos tattooed on her arm.
David Banda– Adopted from Malawi
Chifundo “Mercy” James – Adopted from Malawi
Madonna first adopted David in 2008 and she wanted to add another child to the family so she adopted another toddler from Malawi, Mercy. Her rep said that the reason she went to Malawi to adopt again was that, “’Madonna is committed to maintaining an ongoing relationship with David’s Malawian roots.” But it hasn’t been smooth sailing. She’s had to battle with David’s biological father over the adoption.
Lark Song – Adopted from Vietnam
Summer Song – Adopted from Vietnam
Soon-Yi – Adopted from Korea
Mia Farrow was, until Angelina Jolie took her place, the poster woman for large international adopted families. But there has been lots of heartache in the family with the scandal that arose when her partner Woody Allen left her for her daughter Soon-Yi and the Lark passing away in 2008.
Naleigh – Adopted from Korea
Katherine named her 10-month old daughter Naleigh which is a hybrid of her mother and sisters names, Nancy and Leigh. Katherine said of the adoption, “my sister is Korean and my parents adopted her back in the ’70s, and so I just always knew that this is something I wanted to do.”
Daisy – Adoption from China
Meg adopted the 14-month old baby girl named Charlotte back in 2006. But as soon as Meg got to know her, she changed her name to Daisy, which suited her better.
Caroline “Ash” – Adopted from Ethiopia
Mary-Louise discussed adoption sayin that “I still think it’s something everyone should do if they can and want to. Especially after having been to a Third World country and having seen the desperation there and the need and all the children and holding those children and seeing them and touching them,” she said. “I can’t adopt 500 children,” she continued to say, “but I did adopt this one beautiful little girl, and it was an amazing thing.”
Tindyebwa Agaba aka Tindy – Adopted from Rwanda
Emma and her husband adopted Tindy when he was a teen. He had been a child-soldier in war-torn Rwanda and was rescued and brought to England. Emma had met him at a Refugee Council event and thought “’he was an enchanting boy”. He has since graduated from the University of Exeter.
Amy – Adopted from Vietnam
Joanna – Adopted from Vietnam
Julie and husband Blake Edwards adopted the two Vietnamese girls back in 1974, shortly after the end of the Vietnam war.
Jamiyan – Adopted from Mongolia
Ewan and his wife added to their family with the adoption of four-year-old Jamiyan back in 2006. He refuses to discuss his family with the press opting to keep it private.