Today Host Hoda Kotb Adopted a Baby Girl! Check Out 26 Other Celebrities Who've Adopted
Babies come into homes in many different ways, and Hollywood homes are no different. Some are born at home, some breathe their first gasp of air from the operating table, and some are born to one mother only to find a home with another. Celebs have traveled the world in search of babies to call their own.
Hoda Kotb is the latest celebrity mom to expand her family through adoption and is now the proud mother to a 1-week-old baby girl. The Today host called into her Show on Feb. 21 to announce that she adopted a daughter, Haley Joy Kotb, a Valentine's baby born on Feb. 14, 2017. Hoda posted a photo from Today wishing her congratulations on the adoption to her Instagram and Twitter with the caption, "My girl #haleyjoy."
Check out these other celebs who have turned to adoption to help complete their families.
Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis are the parents of two biological daughters and two adopted girls. The family welcomed Jamiyan from Mongolia in 2008 and Annouk in 2011.
Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon adopted their first child together in October of 2011, Genesis.
In 2007, Sheryl Crow adopted her oldest son, Wyatt. Three years later, she added another son to her family with the adoption of Levi, but it wasn't quite as smooth a process the second time around. She explained:
We've been going through this for a year — getting ready for a baby; it falling apart; getting ready for a baby; the mom changing her mind. So [now] we were excited but conservatively excited.
Denise Richards always knew she wanted to add another baby to her family. In 2011, the mom-of-two added a third daughter to her home with the adoption of Eloise Joni.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have spoken openly of their adoptions of Oscar and Ava, saying:
Mixed-race babies have such a hard time being adopted that Deb and I checked off that box specifically when we were filling out our forms. Our lawyer brought the form back to us and said, "This is not the time to be politically correct. Are you sure this is what you want?" We were definite about it. Adoption is about taking a baby into your home — and your heart. It's the best thing we've ever done.
Edie Falco had an unusual reason behind her decision to adopt her children, Anderson and Macy. She said:
I'm just not one of those people who thought having biological children was that important. To me it was more about wanting to raise a child. I have this dog named Marley, and it is a kind of love I had never known. I have a hard time believing Marley did not come from my body. I know that sounds insane, but I feel that connected to her. She made me realize I wanted to adopt children.
Three years after giving birth to her son, Will, Mary-Louise Parker adopted Caroline "Ash" Aberash from Africa. A year after the adoption, she commented on it, saying:
I think it's something everyone should do if they can and want to. I can't adopt 500 children, but I did adopt this one beautiful little girl and it was an amazing thing. Especially after having been to a Third World country, and having seen the desperation there, and the need, and all the children, and holding those children and seeing them and touching them.
I hear the comment, "Why not adopt from this country?" There's a lot of need in this country. And I think if you want to adopt anywhere it's a beautiful thing, but it's not a contest. So you shouldn't say "Why don't you adopt this child over that child." A child is a child and every child deserves to be loved.
After marrying Blake Edward, Julie Andrews extended her family in 1974 by adopting two girls from Vietnam.
We wanted a child and weren't being successful. It's been wonderful to watch two pale, sad-eyed creatures blossom.
Calista Flockhart was 36 and single when she adopted baby Liam. She was in the room when the tot was born. Later, she said, "It's the best thing that I have done in my life and it really changes who you are."
Meg Ryan's son, Jack, was already a teenager when the actress decided to adopt a little girl, Daisy, from China. She told the LA Times, "I always thought I'd do it. It's such a deliberate act, this adoption, as opposed to getting pregnant . . . I just saw that face and I knew we were just related. It taught me a lot about any expectations you have in life. Just toss them away. Throw them out."
Sharon Stone has adopted three boys, Roan (with ex-husband Phil Bronstein), Laird, and Quinn, over the past 15 years.
Nia Vardalos has spoken candidly about her struggle with infertility that eventually led her to adoption. She opened up about the adoption process, saying:
During the time I tried to adopt, it kept falling through until I connected with American Foster Adopt. Now, I feel a freedom in talking about it. I'm just publicly acknowledging that, perhaps, if women or men out there are going through what I went through, they should consider contacting an organization like American Foster Adopt where all the details will remain private.
Last year, the actress served as the national spokeswoman for National Adoption Day.
Madonna's 2008 adoption of David Banda from Malawi led her to return to the country a year later and adopt Mercy. The second adoption played out in front of the small nation's courts, as a lower court there ruled that the singer hadn't spent enough time in the country. However, that didn't stop her from going back in 2017 to officially adopt twin girls.
Already mom to 4-year-old August, Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann adopted Amaya in 2011. The actress said:
We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered. We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multiracial family. We're just so happy she's here.
It took four years of paperwork, home visits, and more before Sandra Bullock finalized her March 2010 adoption of son Louis. The actress just expanded her family again with the adoption of a 3-year-old girl named Laila.
I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren't going anywhere. My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That's a family.
Lionel Richie informally adopted his band member's 4-year-old daughter, Nicole, and completed the process when she was 9.
I went to a Prince concert and there on the stage in the middle of the concert was this four-year-old kid playing the tambourine. So I went backstage and I knew the mother and I knew the father [Karen Moss and Peter Michael Escovedo] and, of course, they were having difficulties with their relationship. I said, 'While you are having the difficulty, the kid is sitting out here in limbo so I'll tell you what I'll do, just put the kid in my house until the tour is over with and then we will sort this out later'.
One of the most celebrated adoptive mothers, Angelina Jolie first adopted 7-month-old Maddox from Cambodia in 2002. Three years later, she adopted 6-month-old Zahara from Ethiopia, and in 2007, Angelina and Brad Pitt adopted 3-year-old Pax Thien from Vietnam.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley traveled to South Korea to adopt Naleigh in 2009. The couple then welcomed Adalaide to the family in April of 2012. With a sister who was also adopted from South Korea, the actress explained, "We still talk about having biological children as well. I'm not ruling anything out [but] adoption has been a part of my life and a part of my family, so it was how I wanted to start."
At 36 years old, Charlize Theron announced that she adopted a baby boy. According to her rep, the actress "is the proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson."
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted Isabella in 1993 and two years later added a son, Connor, to their home. Discussing his adopted children vs. his biological daughter, Tom Cruise said:
My adopted children are my own children. There is no separation in that for me whatsoever. There's no way there is any difference and anyone who has adopted would say the same. I've been up in the middle of the night changing diapers, there's no question in terms of me being the father; that bond couldn't be any stronger.
In October 2011, Kristin Davis announced that she had adopted baby Gemma Rose domestically. The Sex and the City star said, "This is something I have wanted for a very long time. Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed."
In 2012, Jillian Michaels shared news that not only had she adopted a baby (plans she had previously announced), but her partner had also given birth days earlier. In discussing her adoption of Lukensia from Haiti, Jillian said:
Adoption is a calling. There is something in you that can't be denied. You just know in the deepest part of your being that you are meant to find this little soul and guide them through life.
In November 2011, Connie Britton announced that she had adopted son Yoby from Ethiopia. The Nashville star said she never thought she'd have a baby on her own, but life doesn't always go according to plan.
If you hold hard and fast to the plan regardless of where you're at, then you go against the flow of your life. Even after a long, difficult day, coming home and being with Yoby just washes any stress away.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis and her husband, Christopher Guest, have two adopted children, daughter Annie, and son Thomas.
Pheiffer adopted her daughter, Claudia, from birth in 1993. Later that year she married David E. Kelley, who then adopted Claudia as well.
In March of this year it was confirmed that Blanchett adopted a little girl, Edith, to join her three sons, Dashiell, Roman, and Ignatius.
Today host Hoda Kotb called into her Show on Feb. 21 to announce that she adopted a daughter, Haley Joy Kotb, a Valentine's baby born on Feb. 14, 2017. Hoda posted a photo from Today wishing her congratulations on the adoption to her Instagram and Twitter with the caption, "My girl #haleyjoy."