11 Stars Whose Kids Are Adopted

It's a difficult process for celebrities too, they say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2014 8:42 AM CST
11 Stars Whose Kids Are Adopted
Hugh Jackman points out NBA players to his son Oscar, 8, second from left, and Oscar's friends Ned, 7, second from right, and Jack Sachs, 8, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Dec. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, the Stir rounds up 21 celebrities who've adopted kids:

  • Kristin Davis: The Sex and the City star adopted not just on the show, but in real life. She adopted Gemma Rose domestically in 2011, calling it a "wish come true."
  • Mary-Louise Parker: She gave birth to a son, then adopted a daughter from Ethiopia three years later, in 2007. "I thought, I'm single, it's too hard," she once said. "But then I thought, I don’t want to be on my deathbed not having done something because it was too hard."
  • Denise Richards: She already had two children from her marriage to Charlie Sheen, then adopted Eloise Joni in 2011. "Some people think if a celebrity wants a baby, they get one the next day," she once said, but it took two years.

  • Nia Vardalos: The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star struggled with fertility and then struggled to adopt. Eventually she adopted Ilaria, now 8.
  • Hugh Jackman: He and his wife adopted their children, Oscar and Ava, and as he once explained, "Mixed-race babies have such a hard time being adopted that Deb and I checked off that box specifically when we were filling out our forms."
  • Calista Flockhart: She adopted son Liam when she was single and 36; she was there when he was born.
  • Meg Ryan: She already had a teenage son when she adopted a daughter, Daisy, from China in 2006. "I just saw that face and I knew we were just related," she once said.
  • Sheryl Crow: Her sons Wyatt and Levi are adopted, and she echoes the idea that it's not easy: "We've been going through this for a year," she said before Levi was adopted in 2010. "Getting ready for a baby; it falling apart; getting ready for a baby; the mom changing her mind."
  • Sharon Stone: She's adopted three boys over the past 11 years, and says she's open to adopting another older kid.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis: She and husband Christopher Guest adopted their son and daughter, and Curtis has even written a children's book about adoption.
  • Diane Keaton: She was in her 50s when she adopted daughter Dexter and son Duke, and she said the experience of becoming a mom made her more "giving" and caused her to realize, "I was completely self-involved. I’m an actress after all."
Click for the complete list—and pictures. (More Kristin Davis stories.)

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