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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.”