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Written In The Stars: 24 Celebs Who Are Pro-adoption

Sandra Bullock with adopted son, Louis Bardo

Everyone has different reasons for adopting — some do it out of charity, others because of infertility but whatever the reason, adoption is worthy of admiration. It’s certainly not something all people are willing to spend time or money on pursuing. These celebs are the exception. Whether they traveled abroad to adopt from China or Africa, or adopted domestically from New Orleans or L.A., one thing’s for sure: these celebrities have opened up their homes — and their hearts — to deserving kids from around the world. Find out if your favorite celeb is one of these special adoptive parents, after the jump!  — Jenn Gimbel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley 1 of 20
    Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
    In 2009, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley adopted Naleigh, now 3 years old, from Korea. Heigl told Scholastic's Parents & Child magazine: "My sister Meg is Korean, and my parents adopted her three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea."
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  • Sandra Bullock 2 of 20
    Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock didn't let the end of her marriage to Jesse James stop her from adopting son Louis Bardo (now 4 years old), from New Orleans. On having a son of her own, Bullock told People she's excited to be like other proud mamas: "Telling everyone I meet about the most beautiful man I know, including his poop schedule."
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  • Sheryl Crow 3 of 20
    Sheryl Crow
    After battling and beating breast cancer, Sheryl Crow decided to start a family of her own … on her own. She adopted now 5-year-old Wyatt back in 2007 and Levi James, who will be 2 years old this year, in 2010. On being a mom, Crow told People: "My life is definitely richer."
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  • Denise Richards 4 of 20
    Denise Richards
    Inspired by her late mom, Denise Richards decided to add another child to her growing brood and domestically adopted Eloise Joni (named after her mother, Joni) last June. Her blossoming little girl will turn 1 year old this year!
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  • Mary Louise Parker 5 of 20
    Mary Louise Parker
    In 2007, Mary Louise Parker decided to expand her family of 2 (she had a son, William Atticus, with actor Billy Crudup) and went to Ethiopia to adopt a baby girl, Caroline ‘Ash' Aberash. On adopting, Parker told People, "I wanted to go somewhere where there was a need. It's not like I only wanted to enlarge my family. I really wanted to give a child a home."
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  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 6 of 20
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
    We couldn't leave this famously adoption-friendly family off our list! Angelina Jolie adopted her first son, Maddox, now 10, back in 2002 from Cambodia with then-husband Billy Bob Thornton. Jolie went on to adopt two more children with her new hubby, Brad Pitt: Zahara Marley, now 7 years old, from Ethiopia in 2006, and Pax Thien (also 7) from Vietnam in 2007.
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  • Diane Keaton 7 of 20
    Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton wasn't going to let a man … or her age … deter her from becoming a mother. In 1996, happily single at age 50, she adopted her daughter, Dexter (now 15 years old), followed by her son, Duke (now 10 years old), in 2001. When asked how adoption has changed her life, Keaton told CBS News, "I think it extends your world view about people — because you realize that each and every one of us is exceptionally special."
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  • Madonna 8 of 20
    Madonna
    Although the Material Girl faced many legal challenges in the adoption process, she was eventually able to add two adorable kids from the African nation of Malawi to her family. David Bunda (now 5 years old) was adopted back in 2008, and Chifundo "Mercy" James (also 5 years old) was adopted in 2009.
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  • Hugh Jackman 9 of 20
    Hugh Jackman
    After Jackman and his wife struggled with 2 miscarriages and countless IVF treatments, they turned to adoption, adding Oscar (now 11 years old) and Ava (now 6 years old) to their family. Jackman tells Celebrity Baby Scoop: "I don't think of them as adopted — they're our children."
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  • Kristin Davis 10 of 20
    Kristin Davis
    In October last year, Kristin Davis domestically adopted a little girl, Gemma Rose. On the excitement of her new baby girl, Davis told People: "Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed."
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  • Michelle Pfeiffer 11 of 20
    Michelle Pfeiffer
    Back in 1993, newly single and craving a family of her own, Michelle Pfeiffer adopted daughter Claudia Rose, now 17 years old. On becoming a mom, Pfeiffer told People: "I think children teach you [to not be controlling]. Because you can't control them — the more you try, the more you make matters worse."
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  • Calista Flockhart 12 of 20
    Calista Flockhart
    The Brothers & Sisters alum adopted her son Liam (now 11 years old) in 2001, just before she started dating her current husband, Harrison Ford. On the adoption, Flockhart told ABC News: "I [had] always wanted to adopt a child, and I am overjoyed that I have been blessed with a beautiful and healthy son. I'm completely enchanted and awe-struck."
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  • Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw 13 of 20
    Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
    This Hollywood pair have 7 kids in their large brood, two of which were adopted — Theo (who's now 23 years old) and Mikaela (who's now 16 years old). This couple's love for adoption didn't end there, though. They founded the Children's Action Network, an organization that helps promote adoption and fostering throughout the country.
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  • Sharon Stone 14 of 20
    Sharon Stone
    This Hollywood mom took parenting by storm after adopting three kids: Roan Joseph (now 11 years old) in 2000, Laird Vonne (now 7 years old) in 2005, and Quinn (now 6 years old) in 2006. Stone told People the most surprising thing about being a mom is that "I can actually accomplish it all every day. And get them under blankets every night."
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  • Kirstie Alley 15 of 20
    Kirstie Alley
    Though Kirstie Alley has had difficulty with weight and body image issues in the past, one thing she hasn't struggled with is becoming a good mother, what she tells People is her "best quality." Alley adopted two children, William True (now 18 years old) and Lillie Price (now 17 years old) with her now ex-husband, Parker Stevenson.
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  • Viola Davis 16 of 20
    Viola Davis
    First a new baby … then an Oscar nomination! Viola Davis' last few months have been very exciting, beginning with the adoption of her daughter Genesis with husband Julius Tennon.
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  • Jamie Lee Curtis 17 of 20
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband, Christopher Guest, adopted two children, Annie (now 24 years old) and Tom (now 15 years old). To help adoptive children and families cope with the issues that arise, Curtis wrote the children's book Tell Me About the Night I Was Born, which has been embraced by adoptive families all over the world.
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  • Mariska Hargitay 18 of 20
    Mariska Hargitay
    Over the past year, Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, adopted two children domestically — a son, Andrew Nicolas, and a daughter, Amaya Josephine, both less than a year old. "We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!," Hargitay tells People of the whirlwind adoption process.
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  • Meg Ryan 19 of 20
    Meg Ryan
    In 2006, "on a mission to connect with somebody," Meg Ryan headed to China and adopted her daughter, Daisy (now 7 years old). "I am convinced, completely convinced that there was nothing random about [the adoption]. She is the daughter I should have," Ryan told Redbook.
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  • Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise 20 of 20
    Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
    During their 10-year marriage, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise adopted two children, Isabella (now 19 years old) and Connor (now 16 years old). After the pair divorced, Kidman was saddened to admit that her two children chose to live with their father, Cruise.
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