18 Celebrities Who Adopted Kids

In today's society, there's no such thing as a "traditional" family, and biology doesn't dictate which people you consider as such. No one knows this as well as these celebrities do, considering their own families include the children that they adopted. Whether these stars are raising exclusively adopted children or have also given birth to their siblings, they know that family is where the love is — and they certainly have a lot of that to go around. Click through to read about the celebrities that adopted children.

Angelina Jolie

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Jolie adopted her first son on her own, and later welcomed her other children with partner Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie

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The Unbroken director — who assumed she would never have children — clearly changed her mind when she adopted her son Maddox in 2002. After becoming involved with Pitt, the couple adopted children Zahara and Pax. The Jolie-Pitts also have three biological children, daughter Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.

Sandra Bullock

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Bullock adopted a son shortly after splitting with then-husband Jesse James.

Sandra Bullock

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Bullock adopted Louis in 2010 and told the ladies of The View that she may be interested in giving Louis another sibling sometime soon.

Tom Cruise

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Cruise and his then-wife Nicole Kidman adopted their first two children.

Tom Cruise

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Cruise and Kidman adopted their daughter Isabella in 1993 and their son Connor in 1995. Connor and Isabella chose to live with Cruise following their parent’s divorce.

Sharon Stone

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Stone adopted her three children after a series of painful miscarriages.

Sharon Stone

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Stone has three sons by way of adoption. She adopted son Roan in 2000 with then-husband Phil Bronstein. She adopted her next son, Laird, in 2005 and her third, Quinn, in 2006.

Sheryl Crow

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Crow has two sons by way of adoption.

Sheryl Crow

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Crow adopted her two children, sons Wyatt and Levi. Though the single mom says she’s done adopting children on her own, she is open to adopting the children of a future partner.

Madonna

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Madonna adopted two of her four children from the African nation of Malawi.

Madonna

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The “Material Girl” singer adopted her son David and daughter Mercy from the country and has promised to bring the children back to their home for a visit every few years.

Nia Vardalos

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The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star turned to adoption after a series of failed infertility treatments.

Nia Vardalos

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Vardalos insists that adopting her daughter was the best decision she could have made, and even wrote a book on the adoption process called Instant Mom.

Charlize Theron

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It took two years for Theron to finally bring her son home.

Charlize Theron

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After a long, challenging adoption process, Theron finally brought her son Jackson home in 2012.

Kristin Davis

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Just like her character Charlotte on Sex and the City, Davis adopted her daughter.

Kristin Davis

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Davis brought home daughter Gemma Rose in 2011 after going through the process of domestic adoption.

Connie Britton

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The Friday Night Lights actress adopted a son as a single mom.

Connie Britton

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Britton adopted her son Yoby from Ethiopia in 2011.

Diane Keaton

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Keaton chose to adopt children later in life.

Diane Keaton

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Keaton adopted her daughter, Dexter, and her son, Duke after she turned 50, and her father passed away. The actress has said that motherhood has “completely changed” her.

Jillian Michaels

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Michaels' partner Heidi Rhoades gave birth to their child only days before they officially adopted a child.

Jillian Michaels

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Michaels and her partner brought home Lukensia from Haiti two days after they welcomed her brother Phoenix into the world.

Meg Ryan

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Ryan had a biological son with then-husband Dennis Quaid and adopted a daughter years later on her own.

Hugh Jackman

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The Les Miserables actor and his wife chose to adopt after they struggled with infertility.

Hugh Jackman

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Jackman and his wife may have had challenges conceiving naturally, but Jackman insists that they always had plans to adopt — it just happened earlier than expected. Today they have two adopted children, a daughter, Ava, and a son, Oscar.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Curtis has two adopted children with Christopher Guest.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Curtis, who adopted her daughter, Annie, and son, Oscar, wrote a children’s book called Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born to teach other adopted children about how they found their families.

Mariska Hargitay

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Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann have one biological son and adopted another son and daughter.

Mariska Hargitay

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Hargitay admitted to Good Housekeeping that adoption “isn’t for the faint of heart,” after a birth mother they met with changed her mind about giving up her child. They went on to adopt two children months apart, their daughter Amaya and son Andrew.

Denise Richards

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Richards recently added to her family of two girls with another adopted daughter.

Denise Richards

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It took over a year and a half, but Richards eventually brought home her daughter Eloise in 2011.

Edie Falco

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The Nurse Jackie star adopted two children as a single mother.

Edie Falco

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Falco adopted her son and daughter as infants in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Falco is an advocate for adoption, telling Anderson Cooper: “The second you are handed a newborn, it is yours. It doesn’t matter what body it came out of. I’ve never felt more strongly about anything in my life.”