Jolie's first child, Maddox, was also the first child she adopted. Traveling to Cambodia, Jolie spoke in 2003 of the healing and renewing effect becoming a single mother was. She also recalled to People how Maddox seemed to bond with her immediately while discussing how he came into her life. "Somebody told me that if you’re going to adopt an orphan, you should adopt from a country you love, because that’s the only history you’re going to share with them," she said. "I went into an orphanage and decided I’d not go for the cutest child but just go to the one that connected to me." Jolie said of Maddox, "He was asleep, and he woke up and smiled. As soon as I saw him smile, I felt like this kid wasn’t uncomfortable with me. He seemed OK in my arms."
Jolie became a mother multiple times over after that. She adopted her daughter Zahara in 2005 with then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, and she and Pitt adopted their son Pax in 2007. Soon after that, Jolie gave birth to her three youngest children: Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
Jolie is once again a single mother following her divorce from Pitt.