Adopting a child is a pretty big decision and one that can enrich the lives of both adults and children. But not all kids are adopted into two-parent homes — according to recent figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 28 percent of those adopted from foster care are taken in by single parents.
Many of these single parents have famous faces — some embarked on the parenting journey when they weren’t in a romantic relationship, others were initially coupled up, then split but decided they still wanted to pursue parenthood. Celebrities from Sheryl Crow to Sandra Bullock and Sia have created families on their terms by welcoming children from infants to teenagers into their homes.
And the payoff has been real — Sharon Stone has called raising her three adopted sons, “The great privilege of my life” while Diane Keaton has said, “Motherhood was not an urge I couldn’t resist” although as a single woman, she had initially delayed the process of adopting her two kids.
According to the Adoption Network Law Center, two percent of American families have adopted a child and about 140,000 children are adopted by U.S. families every year. The reasons people adopt are individual, ranging from experiencing infertility to not finding the right person with which to start a family, and others feel in their hearts that adoption is the right thing to do.
Check out a few of our favorite celebrities who adopted kids as single parents.