Starting a family requires planning, no matter what route parents take — such as giving birth, using a surrogate or adopting a non-biological child. When it comes to adoption, the process isn’t always simple, but it is a path that many adoptive parents — including famous ones — follow. Check out these celeb parents who took on a journey to welcome kids through adoption.
Theron credits her interest to adopt as a part of her childhood dream. While being interviewed by Diane von Furstenberg for her podcast InCharge with DVF, Theron explained how keen she was to adopt at a young age. "My mom has a letter that I wrote her when I was eight years old, and in the letter, I ask her if we could for Christmas go to an orphanage to adopt a brother or sister for me." In 2019, Theron told The Daily Mail that Jackson, then seven years old, is a transgender girl. She expanded on her daughters and parenting by stating, "They were born who they are, and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide."
"To have a young person move in with you and to have to really consciously work through triggers and that kind of stuff is a really different thing than being pregnant and having your baby grow up in front of you — to be able to see how we're getting closer and closer. We are a family, and it's beautiful."
In 2021, she reflected on this time during an interview with Hemispheres magazine, when she explained, "[Nashville] was a very ambitious, difficult show. It was extremely long hours, I was a brand-new mother, and I had no support system in Nashville. So, at least initially, I would say being a mother mostly taught me grit, frankly. And to rely on myself and my instincts. So I do think that being a mom has brought that out even more in my work — and in everything, really."
The O’Donnell family continues to grow now that the children have become parents. In 2018, her eldest daughter Chelsea welcomed O’Donnell’s first grandchild.
Since then, Madonna has committed to helping the children of Malawi, later welcoming three new children into her family, including Mercy and twins Estere and Stella.
She opened up about the adoption experience during an episode of the Making Space with Hoda Kotb podcast, where she gave great credit to her mother for helping her kick start this journey by stating, "The story I was telling myself limited what I thought I could have until somebody stepped in and said, 'Wait a minute, your story doesn't have to look like your mom and dad's story.'"