Celebrities who here adopted prove that talent doesn’t necessarily need to run in the family genetics. Adoption touched their lives, and their stories inspire many adoptive parents and hopeful birthmothers. Many celebrities have spoken out about being adopted. These people have used their spotlight to openly talk about their experiences, so we want to share some stories about famous people who were adopted that may surprise you.
- Steve Jobs was adopted as an infant by Paul and Clara Jobs in 1955. He was the innovative founder of Apple Inc and he has focused on his work to improve the lives of millions of people through technology. He passed away in October 2011, but we still remember his charity work.
- Faith Hill is a well-known country music singer. She was adopted as a baby by loving parents Ted and Edna. She was able to meet with her biological mother, and she said “ I have a lot of respect for my birthmother. I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance”.
- Actor Jamie Foxx was raised by his grandparents who adopted him when he was seven months old. He told Oprah magazine that he was never short on the love of mother and father because two people who raised him cared deeply for him. The Oscar winner is a dedicated dad himself, and he says that connecting with his daughter is the most important thing in his life.
- Marilyn Monroe was the daughter of a schizophrenic who spent much of her life in institutions. A young Marilyn spent years as a foster child before getting married at the age of 16 just to avoid being sent back to the orphanage. She’s wasn’t legally adopted, but somehow it’s important to mention her story to remind us that there are more than 100,000 children waiting in foster care system.
- Ray Liotta was adopted at six months old in New Jersey by Mary and Alrfecd Liotta. His sister Linda is also adopted. He shared his adoption story with the world and he even met his birth parents and siblings in his 40s.
- Dave Thomas was placed for adoption only six weeks after his birth. He was adopted by Auleva and Rex Thomas from Michigan. He always reminded himself about how adoption has changed his life, and he even started the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. He passed away in 2002, but his Foundation for Adoption is one of the most recognizable non-profit organizations that helps find loving and caring homes for children waiting in foster care system.
- Nelson Mandela was adopted when he was nine. His father passed away and he was adopted by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo as a good turn to Mandela’s father. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and the following year he became South Africa’s first black president.
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