Found Family! Celebrity Parents With Heartwarming Adoption Stories!

Households are available all styles and sizes, so at the moment we’re celebrating the celebrities who’ve grown their shut circles by means of adoption! We suggest you seize a field of tissues as a result of these tales are that heartwarming! 

From an actress who grew up with an adopted sibling and needed her household to seem like the one she at all times knew, to musicians who took in teenagers once they wanted a guardian essentially the most, uncover how a few of your faves turned a father or mother (beneath)!

Luke Bryan

(c) Luke Bryan/Instagram

Luke Bryan might have one of the notable adoption tales and that’s as a result of it’s extremely distinctive. Sadly, it’s also very unhappy.

The singer has been candid concerning the devastating losses he and his family members have suffered through the years. When you don’t know, the Most Folks Are Good vocalist grew up in a tight-knit household in Georgia, however when he was 19 years outdated, his brother was killed in a automobile accident. Then, his sister Kelly died from unknown causes in 2007, leaving her husband Ben Lee Cheshire to care for his or her three youngsters by himself. Seven years later, tragedy struck once more when Lee handed away unexpectedly in 2014. 

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With out skipping a beat, Luke and his spouse Caroline Boyer took in Jordan, then 20, Kris, then 16, and Til, then 12, to assist assist them through the unimaginably powerful time. They joined the American Idol choose’s youngsters Tatum “Tate” Christopher, then 6, and Thomas “Bo” Boyer, then 4. The women had been rapidly off to varsity, however the mother and father confronted an surprising problem when instantly thrust into parenting a teen as soon as Til moved in with them, the nation crooner informed Folks:

“It type of simply occurred and I wakened someday and I’m elevating a teen. And it’s a problem as a result of my major factor with Til is simply correctly giving the correct amount of recommendation and realizing you’re speaking to somebody who’s changing into an grownup. I’ve to be that father or mother position the place if he does one thing, he must get in bother, however I wish to be a good friend to him too.”

Whereas Luke and Caroline won’t ever (and don’t intend to) change Kelly and Lee, they share an unimaginable bond with their nieces and nephew, now 26, 23, and 19, respectively! In addition they formally adopted Til since he was so younger when he misplaced his mother and father.

Hugh Jackman 

Hugh Jackman Has Two Adopted Children!
(c) Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Hugh Jackman and his spouse Deborra-Lee Furness are the mother and father of two adopted youngsters, daughter Ava Eliot, 16, and son Oscar, 21! There isn’t a lot details about how the Iron Man lead and his vital different welcomed the kids into their household (and we received’t be publishing a pic for the reason that mother and father choose to maintain them off social media), however they’ve been vocal about honoring their youngsters’ cultural backgrounds. So vital! 

Furness, the founding father of an adoption non-profit referred to as Hopeland, which advocates for all youngsters to “develop up in a protected, loving household,” informed Folks:

“When my son was youthful, he came upon he was half Bosnian, so we went and received this Croatian/Bosnian cookbook and he was very proud to hold that round when he was 7 years outdated. My daughter has a Mexican lineage, so we’ve been to Mexico.” 

Together with respecting her youngsters’s backgrounds and honoring all that makes them them, the momma famous that it may be a singular expertise not sharing the identical genetics as her youngsters. Whereas some would possibly discover it disappointing to not have the identical inherited traits as their little ones, Deb thinks that may be a great factor, particularly whenever you don’t have “the identical dislike.” She defined:

“So it opens me as much as be extra open to, ‘Ah, take a look at that chance,’ as a result of so many occasions, if it’s a start household, you’ll have the identical dislike — you each don’t like mayonnaise or one thing. You’ll have that, however we’ve different completely different spices in there, so it will probably make it tougher and it will probably make it extra thrilling.”

What an incredible analogy! It’s so true — adopted youngsters and their backgrounds carry a lot to a household!


Sia Adopted Two Teenagers From Foster Care
(c) Dan Jackman/WENN

That is an unimaginable story. Sia adopted two teenage boys from the foster care system in 2019 after struggling to get pregnant by way of in vitro fertilization together with her ex-husband Erik Anders Lang years prior. In an interview with InStyle, the pop star admitted she had at all times needed to change into a mom however following her divorce in 2016, she needed to put these goals on the again burner. That was till she watched the HBO documentary Foster about foster care and “every part modified.” The 44-year-old recalled:

“I discovered the story of a 16-year-old boy and immediately fell in love with him. Older youngsters have a very exhausting time getting adopted, and once I noticed him, I mentioned to myself, ‘That’s my son.’”

So, she got down to discover {the teenager}, she shared:

“I knew I needed to assist him. By the point I discovered him, he was 18 and getting old out of the foster care system. I informed him that I needed to undertake him, and since he was an grownup, he left with me that day.” 

However the story will get much more particular. The boy, whose identify has not been revealed, had one request: for his cousin to come back alongside!

“The one factor he requested was if he might additionally carry his cousin Che, who had lived with him in a gaggle house. I had two spare bedrooms, so I mentioned, ‘Certain!’ And despite the fact that I’d by no means met Che earlier than, he additionally moved in with me that night. Later I came upon that they weren’t actually cousins, simply mates. [laughs] However I didn’t care in any respect.”

LOLz!! All of it labored out as Sia rapidly realized “Che was meant to be my son too.” Simply because it was all written within the stars doesn’t imply this transition hasn’t been with out its challenges. Not solely has the musician’s thoughts been open to the issues inside the foster care system, however she needed to educate her sons learn how to be “rigorously sincere and stay within the second with out utilizing any substances,” she defined:

“There was lots of heartache. There was lots of misplaced belief after which lots of regained belief. However I do belief them each. And I’m proud as a result of they’ve come a really good distance.” 

The younger males at the moment are devoted to creating change inside the foster care system so others don’t must undergo the best way they did. Inside weeks of their adoption, the youngest additionally welcomed two youngsters into the world making Sia a grandmother now! 

Thomas Rhett

Found Family! Celebrity Parents With Heartwarming Adoption Stories!
(c) Lauren Atkins/Instagram

Nation star Thomas Rhett and his spouse Lauren Akins adopted their first youngster, Willa, in 2016. And their journey to “get this lady to her house” is so lovely. 

Akins first met her now-daughter whereas on a visit to Uganda. Although she had at all times thought-about adopting as a result of her mother was adopted, she didn’t have infants on her thoughts in the intervening time (or so she thought). Upon assembly Willa, she knew that the younger lady deserved a endlessly house. Whereas sharing her story on The Kelly Clarkson Present, the 30-year-old recalled:

“I used to be so moved. The second I touched her, it was electrical. I used to be like, ‘Oh, this little lady has simply taken my coronary heart.’ And I used to be like, ‘Honey, we’ve received to seek out her her endlessly house. Like, I do know that’s why I’m right here — to get this lady to her house.’”

Whereas telling her hubby all concerning the candy lady on FaceTime, he instantly instructed that they change into that endlessly house, recalling:

“After I talked to [Lauren] on the cellphone that night time and he or she mentioned that we have to discover her a house… It was after a live performance, and I used to be going to mattress, and I used to be like, ‘Properly, carry her house.’ And I don’t absolutely bear in mind even saying it. It was such a non secular factor for me that it simply got here out of my physique. And actually two weeks after, we had been having house assessments and speaking to adoption businesses.”

Wow! Only one yr later, they finalized the adoption and discovered they had been welcoming a second youngster since Akins came upon she was pregnant! They’re now a household of 5, with two organic daughters, Ada James, 4, and Lennon Love, 1.

Katherine Heigl

Gray’s Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl was impressed to undertake a toddler after rising up with an adopted sister!

The actress, who’s a mother to 3 youngsters (two of which had been adopted), spoke with Scholastic about why she selected to undertake youngsters. Within the interview, she revealed there was by no means a query about how she would develop her household, admitting she at all times “needed my circle of relatives to resemble the one I got here from.” Katherine’s older sister was adopted from South Korea, so it was a pure determination for the mother and father to undertake Naleigh from the identical nation when she was 9 months outdated. Love that!

Naleigh even impressed a sentimental tune carried out by her father Josh Kelley (beneath).

By 2012,  Heigl and Kelley welcomed their second adopted daughter Adalaide, who was born within the US. 4 years later, they expanded their household with their first organic son Joshua, now 4. After the pandemic, the 42-year-old appears content material together with her little ones and isn’t planning so as to add one other human to the group (although she would take into account a number of extra canines, LOLz). 

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Now that her adopted daughters are getting older, 12 and eight respectively, she’s open to them studying as a lot about their start mother and father as they need, she informed Mother and father Journal in March:

“They do have extra questions as they become older. We’ve got mentioned to them, ‘That is your story. We don’t have any details about your organic fathers, however we do have a bit about your organic moms. When you guys wish to discuss extra about them, you may have as a lot or as little data as you need. Inform us what you’re snug with realizing.’”

Have a look at that candy fam (above)! They’ve been residing on a household ranch with a number of animals, giving the children consolation to develop up out of the general public eye as a lot as doable. 

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton Adopted Two Kids
The fam collectively in 2018 / (c) Apega/WENN

Diane Keaton was sluggish to comprehend she needed to change into a momma, however when the sensation struck her at age 50, she knew she couldn’t wait round for a person to assist her increase a toddler. The actress received candid about her life main as much as adopting two youngsters, telling MSNBC‘s Girls Residence Journal in 2006:

“I’ve had such an uncommon life. Clearly career-oriented. I used to be comfortable to be a daughter nicely into my 40s. That was one thing that meant loads to me. I didn’t suppose that I used to be ever going to be ready to be a mom.

Motherhood was not an urge I couldn’t resist, it was extra like a thought I’d been considering for a really very long time…I needed to be in a great relationship. These good relationships which might be sturdy and substantive by no means occurred for me, and that extended my indecisiveness.”

Ever since welcoming daughter Dexter, now 26, and son Duke, now 21, into her shut circle, she’s loved specializing in somebody apart from herself, including:

“You possibly can’t sit there and go, poor me.”

Whereas at one level she wished she hadn’t been a single mom, Diane appears to have accomplished an incredible job elevating her youngsters all by herself. Her daughter even received married over the summer season!

Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb Adopted Two Kids To Live Out Her Dream Of Becoming A Mother
(c) Hoda Kotb/Instagram

The At present Present host Hoda Kotb at all times knew she needed to be a mom — it wasn’t ever one thing she needed to suppose twice about. Sadly, after a battle with most cancers left her unable to conceive and a divorce from her husband Burzis Kanga, she felt the playing cards simply weren’t on the desk.

For a very long time, Hoda felt “a gap” in her life that she believed might solely be stuffed by parenthood. That void was so painful that she generally fantasized about ditching the highlight for a job as a trainer or summer season camp counselor! It didn’t assist that folks would typically ask her about youngsters, she shared:

“Folks would say, ‘Oh, do you’ve youngsters?’ And I’d really feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was imagined to be for me.”

Simply as she was transferring in together with her now-fiancé Joel Schiffman, she determined to broach the subject, recalling:

“I used to be afraid to even say it out loud, as a result of then it felt so actual. I mentioned, ‘Give it some thought for a day or every week or no matter.’ And he mentioned, ‘I don’t want a day. Let’s get this journey going.’ At that time I blubbered like a child. It was just like the dam burst.”

Quickly after, she welcomed house her first youngster, Haley Pleasure, now 4, with the assistance of a New York adoption company. In 2019, the couple adopted a second youngster, Hope, 2. They’re patiently ready to undertake a 3rd youngster, however the course of has slowed down through the COVID-19 pandemic, with fewer infants up for adoption, in line with Hoda’s present company.

See the candy household bonding throughout Hoda’s maternity go away (beneath)!


Madonna adopted 4 youngsters from a small southeast Africa nation named Malawi. She was already the mother of two, in order that made her the busy mother of Lourdes, 25 (whom she shares with Carlos Leon), and Rocco, 21, and her adopted kiddos David, 16, Mercy, 15, and twins Estere and Stella, 9. Unbelievable!

Whereas talking to Folks in 2017, the pop star mirrored on the unlucky response she acquired when she first adopted David, who she met whereas visiting Residence of Hope, an orphanage in Malawi’s capital metropolis. He was combating pneumonia and malaria on the time, and he or she knew from the second she laid eyes on him that they shared a particular connection. After finalizing the adoption in 2018, she mirrored:

“Each newspaper mentioned I kidnapped him. In my thoughts, I used to be considering, ‘Wait a minute. I’m making an attempt to save lots of any individual’s life. Why are you all s**tting on me proper now?’ I did every part by the e book. That was an actual low level for me. I might cry myself to sleep.”

Oh, my… That’s horrible!!

Issues proved more and more difficult as she tried to undertake Mercy, whom she met across the identical time as David. As a result of she had just lately divorced Man Ritchie (with whom she shares Rocco), Malawian officers didn’t suppose she was “able to elevating a toddler.” WTF?? So sexist!

After all, the adoption ultimately went by means of and he or she added twins from the identical orphanage in 2017, as nicely. However simply because she’s adopted so many youngsters, the musician insisted it’s been additional troublesome for her due to her movie star standing:

“As a result of I’m a public determine, individuals don’t wish to be perceived as giving me any type of particular therapy, so I get the exhausting street.”

It was clearly price it although! The Queen of Pop likes to gush about her kiddos on-line, whether or not she’s wishing them a cheerful birthday or exhibiting off one among their many skills. Love that!

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie Adopted His Daughter Nicole
Nicole, Lionel, Sofia, and Miles! / (c) FayesVision/WENN

One final distinctive adoption story for ya! Lionel Richie adopted his daughter Nicole from one other musician. In 2015, the American Idol choose opened up concerning the adoption for the very first time, telling Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan’s Life Tales:

“I went to a Prince live performance and there on the stage in the course of the live performance was this four-year-old child taking part in the tambourine. So I went backstage and I knew the mom and I knew the daddy [Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo] and, in fact, they had been having difficulties with their relationship. I mentioned, ‘While you’re having the issue the child is sitting out right here in limbo so I’ll let you know what I’ll do, simply put the child in my home till the tour is over with after which we’ll type this out later.’”

The start mother and father had been high quality with that, so off the “little button” went with Lionel. In time, they’d quickly create a really particular bond, the proud father, who additionally shares youngsters Miles, 27, and Sofia, 23, with ex-wife Diane Alexander, added:

“And so it took about perhaps a yr for me to only fall in love and he or she was a bit button, and naturally by that point I used to be Dad and so I mentioned, ‘OK here’s what we’re going to do, you’re going to make everybody want that that they had adopted you. You’ll make everybody in your loved ones want they really had an opportunity to get you again,’ and that’s once I mentioned, ‘Let’s undertake her.’”

Awww!! Through the years, Richie has confirmed how sturdy his bond is with Nicole. When she was arrested for heroin possession in 2003, the songwriter was fast to point out assist, recalling:

“I mentioned, ‘After I was rising up I misplaced three mates, they had been the hippest mates I ever knew in life … I mentioned, ‘It’s going to occur to your technology. I don’t need you to be in that record of three as a result of after that you simply’ll be simply high quality.’”

Sadly, over these subsequent few years, the now 40-year-old misplaced two mates. Frightened she would change into the “third” to die due to her dependancy, she referred to as the musician for assist. He immediately canceled his tour and checked Nicole into rehab. At present, she’s doing nice and even has two youngsters of her personal, Harlow and Sparrow, whom she shares with husband Joel Madden. We love a cheerful ending!

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