1. Choosing Your Family

Adoption is a beautiful thing. People who want to be parents and either can’t or prefer to give parentless children a home are special people. There’s more than enough adopted children in the world who go on to make amazing contributions in the world. God bless the people who take them in. Check out these celebrity adoptive parents and celebrities who have been adopted.

2. Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson, the star of Top Five has joined a long line of celebs who have adopted children. According to Page Six, Dawson has adopted a 12 year-old girl. Adoption is very close to the 35 year old native New Yorker; she was adopted by her stepfather at the age of 1.

3. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

After his father’s death, Nelson Mandela was adopted at the age of nine by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people.

4. Mary Louise Parker

The “Weeds” star adopted African-born daughter Caroline Aberash in 2007.

5. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

After Sandra was divorced from her cheating husband Jesse James, she committed to adopting her son Louis Bardo.

6. Madonna

Madonna’s adopted two children from Malawi, David Banda and Mercy James.

7. Viola Davis

Viola revealed 3 years ago that she and her husband Julius Tennon adopted a baby girl named Genesis.

8. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Charlize adopted an African baby boy named Jackson in 2012.

9. Brangelina

Brad and Angelina have adopted three kids–Maddox, Pax and Zahara and have three biological children–Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox.

10. Rachel Crow

Rachel wowed us all on “The X Factor” when she was only 13 -years-old. Apparently her White adoptive family wowed the world too! In an interview once, she said, “It is crazy because everybody is like, ‘she is not your real mom.’ And I am like, ‘yeah, she is!’”

11. Connor & Tom Cruise

During a news conference for his role in “Red Dawn,” Connor Cruise, the 17-year-old son of Tom Cruise, learned for the first time that he was actually adopted. An entertainment reporter for the St. Louis Gazette, accidentally revealed the adoption secret, when he asked Connor if taking a look at the original “Red Dawn” before shooting the remake, made him want to take a look at his real parents.

12. Lionel & Nicole Richie

Nicole went to live with Lionel and his wife Brenda when she was three-years-old because her birth parents could no longer take care of her. Six years later, they adopted her.

13. Snooki


Even though she was born in Chile, Snooki was adopted as a 6-month-old by her Italian parents.

14. Marilyn Monroe

After being abandoned by her mother as a child, Marilyn bounced around to several foster homes.

15. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Jamie’s mother (who was also adopted) lived with his grandparents for his entire life.

16. Eartha Kitt

Eartha is sadly the result of a rape. Her family also disowned her because of the lighter color of her skin. She spent most of her life living with a family that wasn’t her own.

17. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Jobs’ birth mother Joanne Schieble’s parents disproved of her relationship with his father, Abdulfattah Jandali. Schieble gave birth to Steve, but Paul and Clara Jobs adopted him.

18. Reverend Jesse Jackson

Reverend Jesse Jackson

Jackson’s mother’s second husband adopted him when he was 16.

19. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was born to a single/widowed mother and was sent to live with his grandparents as a child and they adopted him.

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