Cate Blanchett Opens Up About Adoption

by Jaclyn Anglis

Cate Blanchett is describing her fourth time around having a baby as "extraordinary." Of course, it is always wonderful to hear a new parent enthusiastic about a child, but what is significant about this time is that unlike her first three children, which were all conceived naturally, her fourth child was adopted, as she confirmed earlier this month. And now, Cate Blanchett has opened up about her decision to adopt a child in a new interview with Australia's Sky News. She said,

There's a lot of children out there who don't have the good fortune that our biological children do, so it's wonderful. It's wonderful to welcome a little girl into our fold.

As said before, it's always worth congratulating a new parent who is excited about the birth of a child. But in the case of Blanchett, it is also worth applauding her for raising awareness and serving as a reminder of what can be a wonderful option that many aspiring parents might not automatically think of doing right from the start.

Of course, everyone knows that adoption exists. But unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions that exist about adoption today as to whether it is more challenging than having a biological child or whether it can be heart-breaking to reveal the news to the child. There have also been many exposés about adoptions gone wrong in the news lately. These troubling stories may make parents-to-be hesitant about taking the adoption route, or may make them see it as a last resort. But Blanchett's enthusiasm shows that when adoption is taken up by the right family, it can truly be a wonderful and worthwhile thing.

The actress' use of words like "wonderful" and "welcome" show her enthusiasm in showering her new daughter with just as much love as she has her biological children. It is clear that she feels good about her decision and that she feels ready to be the best parent she can be to the newest member of her family, who seems to be anything but a last resort in this case.

Another great thing that Blanchett is shedding the light on is the fact that there are so many children out there up for adoption that come from much less fortunate backgrounds than her biological children. After all, many of these children come from families that feel they would be unable to support a child, either financially or emotionally or both. Seeing a high-profile family step up to the task of fulfilling those important parental duties could serve as inspiration for other potential parents to do the same.