Actress Kristin Chenoweth: “Adoption is a Full-Circle Blessing”

Chenoweth, who was adopted as an infant, has some advice for all members of the adoption triad.

Denalee Chapman January 17, 2016
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Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth shared with People her love for adoption:

“I’ve always known that I was adopted. It was never a secret or held from me. I knew that my birth mother loved me so much that she wanted to give me a better life. And my parents, Jerry and Junie Chenoweth, were looking to adopt a baby and found me—literally less than one week after I was born.

“Growing up, my parents explained my adoption by telling me, ‘We chose you.’ It was a wonderful way to put it to an adopted child. And I think it’s true. An adoption is a full-circle blessing.”

Adopted just one week after birth, Kristin is grateful to her birth mother who “loved her so much that she wanted to give her baby a better life,” reports US Magazine. Celebrating National Adoption Day last November, Kristin posted on her WhoSay Account, “First of all, it’s a blessing (and a huge sacrifice) for a birth parent to make the decision to give his/her baby a better life.  Sometimes people can’t take care of that baby just yet . . . But what a gift they are giving to both that child and the family who wants to adopt.” She then advises hopeful adoptive parents:  “Next, if you’re thinking about adopting a child, remember that it’s a gift you’re getting and it comes with just as much responsibility as if you had your child biologically. On top of that, it’s a beautiful blessing that you were chosen to take care of this child and become his or her parent.”

Kristin is careful to encourage adoptees as well:  “I encourage other adoptees to remember what blessed lives we have. We weren’t abandoned; we were chosen. We were given a chance. I’m not saying it’s not hard or that it’s easy for people to understand. But it really isn’t for the world to understand; it’s for the people who are involved.”

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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