Mary-Louise Parker talked about adoption during a fundraiser for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation in New York City. She encouraged other people to take the adoption plunge.
Parker, who adopted her daughter Caroline “Ash” Aberash from Ethiopia in 2007, describes adoption as magical, amazing, profound and dramatic.
Her advice to other people considering adoption is that” they should do it.”
She says, “There’s no downside to it. Unless you’re a mean, horrible person and you plan to make them clean your garbage up or something, there’s nothing bad about it. It’s only good. This is going to sound very strange, but even if you’re a mediocre parent, you’re going to give them way more than they have now. You’re going to give them attention, food and clothes.”
When Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter, her son William was 2. The Weeds actress says that the two children got along from the start.
“They get along like siblings,” Parker says. “They’re brother and sister. They’ve always been brother and sister. They’re really sweet together, and sometimes they hurt each other. They’re like me and my brother, really.”
Parker’s experience has gone so well, she might be considering doing it again. “I might do it again,” Parker admits. “I don’t know. I would love to, but children take a lot of energy. They’re a lot of fun.”
Aside from encouraging would-be parents to consider adoption, Parker refrained from offering other parents advice. “I think every kid is different,” she says. “You have to figure it out on your own.”
Amen to that!