A Look At Hollywood’s Adoptive Families

Not only has Sandra Bullock become an Academy Award-winner in 2010, she’s also become a mom, and sadly, a divorcée.

We were all blindsided with the news yesterday that Sandra adopted a New Orleans-born boy, Louis, in January. Sandra and her estranged husband Jesse James began the adoption process four years ago.

Now 3½-months-old, baby Louis has become Sandra’s greatest joy: “He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way.”

Sandra opened up about the first time she laid eyes on her gorgeous son:

The first time I met Louis, it was like the whole outside world got quiet. It was like he had always been a part of our lives. All I said when I met him was, ‘Oh, there you are.'”

Click below to read about other celebrity families who have adopted…

  • Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman:

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted daughter Bella, now 17, and son Connor, now 15, during their 11-year marriage. The Top Gun star told Oprah in 2005 that they’re doing a great job raising the kids despite their break-up.

Nic and I are doing a terrific job. I’m really proud with how we’re raising the kids. I think we’re both really proud.”

Both Tom and Nicole have since welcomed biological children with their new spouses. Tom and Katie Holmes are the proud parents of 4-year-old daughter Suri, while Nicole and Keith Urban welcomed daughter Sunday, 1 1/2.

  • Sheryl Crow:

A year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Sheryl Crow adopted her now 3-year-old son, Wyatt. The songstress said she always knew she’d be a mom.

There was a shift in my life when I got diagnosed, [with breast cancer] because it demanded I look at everything and redefine my life. I always felt I would be a mom. I have strong ­maternal instincts.”

  • Madonna:

The Queen of Pop has adopted two children from Malawi – David, 4, and Mercy, 4 – and has since given back to the impoverished African nation.

A close friend of Madonna’s said the singer was thrilled to bring Mercy home after a long legal battle.

She’s ecstatic. She made a promise that she wouldn’t give up on Mercy and, believe me, she could move mountains when she’s this determined.”

Madonna is also mom to biological children Lourdes, 13, and Rocco, 9.

  • Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness:

Hugh Jackman is happiest, “being with my family, definitely, without a doubt.”

The sexy Wolverine star and his wife of 15 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, have two adopted children Oscar, 9, and Ava, 4. The hands-on dad said it was a “no-brainer” for them to adopt children in need.

When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember, they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ And they said, ‘Well, what about the race?’ We’d ticked mixed race. And he said, ‘Now, listen. Please don’t, please don’t just tick that because you think it’s the right thing to tick.’ And he said to me, that we turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.”

  • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:

A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are parents to six children: Maddox, 8, Pax, 6, Zahara, 5, Shiloh, 3, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 1.

Their three eldest children were adopted from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Angie said she always wanted a big family.

Wanting a big family is one of things that brought us together.”

Adds papa Brad, who says there could be more children – adopted or biological:

Always said if I were to do it, I’d do it big.”

  • Meg Ryan:

After trying to adopt domestically for years, Meg Ryan opted to try her luck in China. In 2006, she brought home her daughter Daisy True.

As mysterious and magical as it is to have a baby you gave birth to, I have that exact same thing with Daisy. I feel like we made some agreement, long ago and far away, to meet in the way we did.”

Meg is also mom to biological son Jack, 18, with ex-husband, Dennis Quaid.

  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley:

Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh from Korea when she was 10-months-old.

[Adoption has] been a big part of my life and my family,” Katherine said. “My sister is Korean and my parents adopted her back in the 70s and so I just always knew that this is something I wanted to do.”

Katherine went on to talk about her now 16-month-old daughter:

She is a special needs baby and because of that it all moved so much faster. They wanted to get her to us as quickly as possible.”

  • Joely Fisher and Christopher Duddy:

Joely Fisher and her husband Christopher Duddy are parents to daughters Skylar, 8, and True, 3. The couple decided to adopt as well and began the process overseas.

I always thought that I would adopt. I’ve had many friends go into China, Africa or wherever [to adopt]. I went to Africa — not in search of a baby, as Ambassador for Save the Children — and they don’t really want you to take their children. They want to sustain. They want to have a way to keep their countries prospering and have happy, healthy children. It’s tough over there.”

The coupled decided to go for a domestic adoption and welcomed their daughter Olivia from their home state of California.

There are 70,000 children in foster care in the state of California,” Joely said. “That’s 7-0. It’s unbelievable! There are many children in our own city that need parents.”

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  1. Anonymous

    I can’ t tell who the third pic is. Of course I know Sandra & Angelina.

  2. lynn

    i think adoption is great. i was adopted as a child myself from Korea. and i have loving parents (who are divorced). but they are my family still.

  3. lynn

    i think adoption is great. i was adopted as a child myself from Korea. and i have loving parents (who are divorced). but they are my family still. i am a happily married mother of 1 now.

  4. Jesse is not alone mrs king too

    Yes and once you have your own child the adopted
    is usually put on the back burner and their own child
    is more important.. look at Tom and Nicole divorced
    and both have their own daughters.. Now that Katie
    is their mother.. So go ahead and say that adopted
    families work

  5. Anonymous

    I didn’t’ see Brad /Angie Putting Maddox and Zahara on back burner after Shiloh was born

  6. nicoleC

    looks like a trend right now in Hollywood

  7. Anna

    Everybody was scared about adoption on how complicated was or what kind of child i’m bringing home but now they are making other people think about adoption and about give kids healthy homes and teaching your own kids about true love

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