Yesterday, Jessica Alba appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The family featured, the Beach family, had adopted 8 children in addition to 4 biological children! Father Larry Beach said, “No matter if you’re in a travel trailer or a big house like this, we all have one calling; we’re all special to God. That’s why we search out children who otherwise wouldn’t have a home. That’s what we hope comes out of all this. There are a lot of children out there. Maybe they’re not perfect in the world’s eyes, but they deserve a home as much as any child.” So inspired by the Beaches, Alba went on to say that she plans to adopt herself. Alba is currently a mom to her 2-yr-old daughter Honor Marie with husband Cash Warren.
I wanted to highlight a couple other celebrities who have chosen adoption. When these individuals speak out and share their adoption experience, families and individuals across the country are made aware the need for adoption and are shown that all it takes is for someone to step forward and want to make a difference in the life of a child.
Recently, Katherine Heigl and husband singer Josh Kelley adopted a daughter with special needs, Naleigh, from Korea. Heigl has always known she wanted to adopt, and even approached the subject with her husband before they were engaged. Heigl’s sister, Meg, is Korean, so the choice of where to adopt from seemed obvious.
Just over a month ago, actor Willie Garson’s adoption of a 8-yr-old boy from foster care was finalized. “From the first time I met him, I said, ‘That’s my kid.” Garson met his son, Nathen, at an adoption fair in Los Angeles.
While Nathen’s story has a happy ending, Garson commented on the older teens in foster care who were at that same adoption fair. Their stories more often have a sad ending of aging out of foster care without ever being adopted. Across the country, this is true for almost 30,000 youth each year. Together, we can raise awareness about these youth, and dispel the negative myths about youth in foster care. These celebrities are helping to show Americans that we can step up and make a difference.
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Also Katherine Heigl’s daughter has special needs – she had a heart defect that required two surgeries.