In the world of celebrities who've adopted children, it's hard not to immediately think of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, right? This A-list couples has adopted several times, and show no signs of stopping the expansion of their family. With both biological and adopted children, they've set the picture-perfect family bar pretty high. But they're not the only celebrities who've adopted kids.
For some, like Katherine Heigl, the adoption stemmed from a precedent of always wanting to adopt. For others, like Calista Flockhart, Sheryl Crow, Sandra Bullock, and more , they were single women who wanted to become mothers, and turned to adoption to do so on their own. And for many, like Hugh Jackman, Julie Andrews, and Nia Vardalos, adoption came to fruition by facing the challenges of fertility.
Regardless of how or why they came to the adoption process, they made it here, and many have become vocal advocates for adoption along the way. However different in their careers and backgrounds, the one thing all of these celebs have in common is that they've all opened their arms and provided a loving home to a child in need. And that's way, way cooler than winning an Oscar, right?
1. Charlize Theron
2. Sandra Bullock
3. Kristin Davis
Life imitated are for this former Sex and the City star. In October 2011, Davis announced that she had adopted baby Gemma Rose domestically to Us Weekly.
4. Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman
Cruise and Kidman adopted daughter Isabella together in 1993 and son Connor, in 1995.
5. Viola Davis
According to Hollywood Reporter, Davis and her husband Julius Tennon welcomed their adopted daughter Genesis into their family in October of 2011.
6. Ty Burrell
Modern Family star Burrel and his wife Holly have adopted twice, according to E!. Their daughter Frances, and another daughter in 2012.
Madonna's 2008 adoption of David Banda from Malawi made headlines, but it didn't stop her from returning to the country a year later and adopt her daughter Mercy.
8. Connie Britton
According to Us Weekly, Britton never thought she'd have a child on her own, and in November 0f 2011, adopted her son Yoby.
9. Hugh Jackman
10. Mariska Hargitay
Hargitay opened up to Good Housekeeping about the adoptions of her two children, August and Amaya.
11. Meg Ryan
12. Mary Louise Parker
Three years after giving birth to her son, Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter Caroline "Ash" Aberash.
13. Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart was a single lady when she adopted her son Liam.
14. Katherine Heigl
According to Us Weekly, Katherine Heigl has adopted twice; her daughter Naleigh in 2009, and daughter Adelaide in 2012.
15. Michelle Pfeiffer
People noted that Pheiffer adopted her daughter Claudia Rose in 1993, having begun the process before she met her husband David E. Kelley, who later adopted Claudia as well.
16. Cate Blanchett
In early 2015, Blanchett adopted her daughter, Edith, to join her three biological sons, Dashiell, Roman, and Ignatius.
17. Sheryl Crow
In 2007, Sheryl Crow adopted her oldest son, Wyatt. And in 2010, she adopted another son, Levi.
18. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis are the parents of four children, two biological and two adopted daughters. The pair adopted Jamiyan from Mongolia in 2008, and Annouk in 2011.
19. Julie Andrews
Andrews and her late husband Blake Edwards adopted two daughters, Amy and Joanna from Vietnam in the 1970s.
20. Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos has been very open about her struggle with infertility, and how it eventually led her to adoption.
21. Diane Keaton
In 1996, the actress adopted daughter Dexter, followed by son Duke six years later.