10 Celebrities With Adopted Children


Adopting a child is truly a rewarding experience. Every year, there are over 135,000 adoptions in the United States alone. Some of the most famous cases of adoption are with celebrities. Here is a list of ten well-known celebrities with adopted children. Some may surprise you!

Famous Adoptive Parents

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise, along with former wife Nicole Kidman, have two adopted children -Isabella Jane and Connor Anthony. Though the couple divorced in 2001, the children chose to live with Tom Cruise.  

“I feel as a parent, my job is to educate them and give them the ability to make good decisions and learn about the world. And they have an opportunity that I never had. They get to see the world. So they have a great life, you know. I want to be my kids.” -Brad Pitt

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has six children. His oldest son is with his first wife, Amy Irving, and his other four children with his current wife, Katie Capshaw, two of whom are adopted.  

“I always like to play with my kids. And I always have the time to do that. That’s my priority and always has been. So just interacting with my kids and being with them is great, and that’s how I relax these days.” -Steven Spielberg

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Along with their three biological children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have four adopted children together.

“They’re as much my blood as I am theirs. And they are brothers and sisters. One came from Ethiopia, one from Vietnam, one from Cambodia, and one was born in Namibia. And they are brothers and sisters, and they have fun and they squabble and they fight, just like any other family. And it makes me so proud.” -Brad Pitt

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock has two children whom she adopted: Louis in 2010, and Laila, who was born in 2012.  

“When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here. I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.”  -Sandra Bullock on adopting her daughter

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis has two adoptive children with her husband, Christopher Guest. Their daughter Annie was born in 1986, and their son in 1996.  

“It’s a complicated terrain but still a beautiful way to make a family. You have to just be really open to all sides of it.” -Jamie Lee Curtis

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness adopted two children after suffering from two miscarriages. Hugh Jackman’s son, Oscar, was born in 2000 and their daughter, Ava, was born in 2005.  

“I think adoption is a blessing all around when it’s done right.” -Hugh Jackman

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan has one biological son named Jack, whom she has with ex-husband Dennis Quaid. However, her adoptive daughter, Daisy True, was born in 2004 in China.  

“I am convinced, completely convinced, that there was nothing random about [the adoption], she is the daughter I should have.” -Meg Ryan


Madonna has six children, four of whom were adopted from Malawi. The sixty-one-year-old adopted David Banda in 2006, Mercy James in 2009, and twins Esther and Stella Mwale in 2017.  

The adoption process was very difficult for the renowned singer. She comments, “It’s complicated, but it’s so worth it.”

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews has one biological daughter, two step-children with husband Blake Edwards, and two adopted children from Vietnam. Her daughters Amy Leigh and Joanna Lynne were adopted at two and five months old. 

“We wanted a child and it hadn’t happened. Amy came into our lives and it was wonderful. Then Saigon began to fall and within three months, 
we had another one. We said [to the orphanage where Amy had come from], ‘We know you are not going to be able 
to do this for long. Once the South falls [adoptions will cease] so if you care to send us another one, please do.’ So suddenly Joanna was with us and they were not sisters, but like sisters.” -Julie Andrews

Adoption is Rewarding!

Though the adoption process can be difficult for some, it’s extremely rewarding. These ten celebrities with adopted children have no doubt benefited from sharing their love and extending their family!