15 Totally True Celebrity Quotes about Adoption

Adoption can touch the heart of any person—including the people you see on the big screen.

MK Menon August 18, 2018

When people choose to adopt, it can be for a myriad of reasons including fertility issues, emotional desire, relationship status, and “just because,” to name a few. Celebrities are not immune to the motivations that propel them, like anyone else, to adopt. Here are some quotes from celebrities that have chosen adoption as a path to grow their family. They know that—while in many aspects of their lives—their celebrity status provides them with a different life experience than us normal folk, they, of course, feel heartache and love just like the rest of us.

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Katherine Heigl
1. Katherine Heigl

"Anyone who doesn't have experience with adoption wonders, 'Does love for a child come through DNA?' I knew it didn't. The moment you hold your child, you're wholly in love. And you'll do anything to protect them and shelter them."

Sandra Bullock
2. Sandra Bullock

"Let's all just refer to these kids as 'our kids.' Don't say, 'my adopted child.' No one calls their kid their 'IVF child' or their 'Oh, sh*t, I went to a bar and got knocked up child.' Let's just say, 'our children.'"

Nicole Kidman
3. Nicole Kidman

"I relate to [unconditional love and being deeply maternal]. I feel that for my own children who are adopted. It's not about anything else other than 'I wanted you.' It's that deep and personal, and whatever your journey is, I'm here to love and support you."

Mariska Hargitay
4. Mariska Hargitay

"There were wrenching moments. I say to everybody, 'Adoption is not for the faint of heart.'"

Angelina Jolie
5. Angelina Jolie

"I never thought of myself as a mother, [but after playing with Cambodian children], it was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere. He is my son, but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that means to him and to us."

Connie Britton
6. Connie Britton

"And the second I saw his picture, I was done . . . that was my son!"

Lauren Akins
7. Lauren Akins

"It is definitely the hardest thing we've ever been through. But I think it needs to be hard because you have to fight for that baby. I've done both now—I've had one biological and I've had one through adoption. It's a battle to bring your child home. And it just strengthens you as parents and as a team. It is hard but it's so worth it."

Viola Davis
9. Viola Davis

"I always tell Genesis she was born from my heart, not my belly."

10. Madonna

"It's inexplicable. It's like saying, 'Why do you fall in love with the people you fall in love with?' You look into the eyes of somebody, you feel their soul, you feel touched by them—that's it."

Kristin Davis
11. Kristin Davis

"It is terrifying, partly because with adoption you always know there's the chance that it won't work. So you're on pins and needles."

Sharon Stone
12. Sharon Stone

"The other day, I asked my son Laird if he knew how much I loved him, and he said, 'Yeah. Because you chose me.'"

Charlize Theron
13. Charlize Theron

"Even when I was in relationships, I was always honest with my partners that adoption was how my family would look one day . . . this was definitely not a second option for me. It was always my first."

Meg Ryan
14. Meg Ryan

"I am convinced, completely convinced that there was nothing random about it. She is the daughter I should have. I never felt like I was on a rescue mission or anything like that. I just really wanted a baby; I was on a mission to connect with somebody, and Daisy and I got to meet each other this way at this time. We are so compatible."

Hugh Jackman
15. Hugh Jackman

"We struggled, a couple miscarriages, [in vitro fertilization]—it was not easy. It was difficult, obviously particularly on Deb. I remember saying to her, 'We were always going to adopt—let's just adopt now.'"

Ty Burrell
16. Ty Burrell

"In a weird way, it wasn't planned. It's a weird thing how adoptions can sometimes be as irrational as regular birth."

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MK Menon

MK Menon is a transracial international adoptee. She was adopted as an infant in a closed adoption yet managed to successfully trace her roots in her twenties. This year she hopes to publish her memoir about her journey to her birth mother. She's a vocal advocate for adoptees tracing their roots. She works as a research scientist and freelance writer. When she and her husband aren't chasing their toddler around the house, she loves cooking up a storm. She currently lives in California.

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