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Charlize Theron Adopts: 12 Other Celebrities Who Adopted as Single Moms

New Mom Charlize Theron

The is no question about it, being a single mother is hard. But being in a relationship be it if you are married or living with someone doesn’t make you a better mom. And the conventional family of a mom + dad = children doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes the urge towards motherhood is so strong, that one doesn’t have the patience to find a mate or even feel the need to have a partner in parenthood.  What do many women do especially in Hollywood to start or add to their families? They adopt and adopt as single moms.

Oscar winner Charlize Theron just joined this group of women raising kids on their own (with the help of family, friends, and nannies of course). And she is in some very, very good company. Check out these other 12 famous moms who opted to adopt.

  • Sandra Bullock 1 of 12
    Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock began her adoption process when she was still married to Jesse James. They brought Louis home in January and the couple officially broke up in March. Sandra finished off the adoption process as a single mother. Jesse James said to People of the split and the adoption, "The decision to let my wife end our marriage, and continue the adoption of Louis on her own, has been the hardest. The love I have for Louis cannot be put to words. Not having him around to love and to hold has left a huge hole in my heart."
  • Denise Richards 2 of 12
    Denise Richards
    Denise Richards opted to add to her family and wanted a new baby to join daughters Lola and Sam (from her marriage to Charlie Sheen). In May, 2011 she brought home baby Eloise. "Some people think if a celebrity wants a baby, they get one the next day, " Richards told US Weekly " The adoption took two years, and there were times I felt discouraged, times when I got close to adopting a baby and it fell through. But I knew the right baby would find us."
  • Madonna 3 of 12
    Madonna
    Madonna and her husband Guy Richie opted to expand their family with the adoption of David Banda (joining their son Rocco and Madonna's daughter Lourdes) while they were still married. Madonna went on to adopt daughter Mercy after their break up, now being a single mom of four!
  • Angelina Jolie 4 of 12
    Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie adopted Maddox (who was from Cambodia) in 2002 in what was to be a joint adoption with then husband Billy Bob Thornton, but they broke up during the process and she adopted as a single mom. She later went on to adopt Pax (from Vietnam) and Zahara (from Ethiopia). All have since been adopted by Brad Pitt.
  • Sheryl Crow 5 of 12
    Sheryl Crow
    Songstress Sheryl Crow has adopted two sons, Wyatt (born 2007) and Levi (born 2010). The process took a long time but she was finally able to finalize the adoption of the two boys.
  • Calista Flockhart 6 of 12
    Calista Flockhart
    Calista adopted her son Liam in 2001, years before she started to date (and eventually marry) Harrison Ford. Ford has happily taken on the role as father for Liam, so Calista's time as a single mom was short lived.
  • Edie Falco 7 of 12
    Edie Falco
    The Sopranos and Nurse Betty star has had many ups and downs (amazing acting success as an up and a battle with cancer as a down) but her proudest moments are those of mom. She adopted two children as a single mother son Anderson (born in 2004) and Macy (born in 2008).
  • Sharon Stone 8 of 12
    Sharon Stone
    Sharon adopted son Roan (after suffering several miscarriages) when she was still with her ex-husband Phil Bronstein. She went on to adopt two more boys after their divorce.
  • Mary-Louise Parker 9 of 12
    Mary-Louise Parker
    Mary-Louise Parker has a biological son named William Atticus. She went on to adopt daughter Caroline "Ash" from Africa in 2007. Mary-Louise Parker never thought she'd be a single mom saying, "I don't think in terms of 'oh if my life were...' That's not good for them" she's said. "Your children suffer when you have one foot in the past."
  • Kristin Davis 10 of 12
    Kristin Davis
    Although her character in Sex in the City was all about being married, Kristin Davis went against typecasting and adopted as a single mom. In 2011 she welcomed home daughter Gemma Rose Davis.
  • Diane Keaton 11 of 12
    Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton has been in several high profile relationships (like Woody Allen and Al Pacino) but she never got married. As she got older she decided she really needed to become a mother. She adopted two children Dexter (born in 1995) and Duke (born in 2000).
  • Meg Ryan 12 of 12
    Meg Ryan
    Meg Ryan had one biological child with her ex husband Dennis Quaid (Jack Henry who can be seen in the new film The Hunger Games). In 2006, Meg as a single mom adopted Daisy True from China.
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