There are many reasons why people choose to open their hearts and homes to adopt.
Whether it’s due to fertility issues, the hope of helping a baby in need, the strong desire to become a parent or to extend their family, one thing is clear: every child deserves access to a safe, nurturing and permanent family home.
Sia says she adopted because her ex-husband kept all of their embryos
Sia has confirmed she has adopted two teenage sons.
In an interview on Thursday with Nova 96.9’s Fitzy and Wippa Sia confessed that while she’d originally planned on having her own children, her divorce saw her go down the adoption route.
“I bought this massive house, I was married at the time and then I got a divorce. All my embryos are with that dude so I thought I was gonna have loads of children but I can’t now so I adopted two.”
Speaking to a US radio show, Sia said she adopted the boys when they were due to leave foster care because of their age.
“I actually adopted two sons last year. They were both 18 – they’re both 19 years old now,” she revealed.
“They were ageing out of the foster care system, Yeah, and I love them.”
The Chandelier singer also spoke about how the boys had been coping amidst the coronavirus pandemic and said that one in particular had been struggling with the social restrictions.
“They are both finding it pretty difficult, one more so than the other. But they’re both doing things that are really good for them right now, that are really helpful. They’re really doing a lot of educational stuff that’s good for them,” she said.
Sia first spoke about becoming a mum in January, 2020 during a GQ interview.
The 44-year-old singer was chatting about her close friend, British rapper, Diplo (the two are part of pop group, LSD) when she casually dropped the adoption news:
“Much of our relationship is just being spent trying not to have sex so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship, because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia teased.
“This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one of five people that I’m sexually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest of my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship.”
Sia was previously married to documentarian Erik Lang. The two split in 2016.
Suits star Katherine Heigl and her musician husband, Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun Kelley, from South Korea in 2009.
This is also the birth place of Katherine’s adopted sister.
In 2012, the couple adopted a daughter Adalaide Marie Hope from the US.
“I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea,” Katherine, 41, said after adopting her first daughter.
“We have talked about having biological children as well, but we decided to adopt first. I just wanted to be a mum.”
The former Grey’s Anatomy star gave birth to a son, Joshua Jr. in 2017.
Angelina Jolie and her former husband, Brad Pitt are famously known for their blended family.
Angelina adopted her first child, Maddox Chivian from Cambodia in 2002.
In 2005, Angelina adopted Zahara Marley from Ethopia.
In 2006 Angelina legally moved to change both Maddox and Zahara’s last names to Jolie-Pitt.
In 2007, the actress adopted her son Pax Thien as a single parent (per Vietnamese rules about unmarried couples adopting children) and Brad later adopted Pax.
The Mr. and Mrs. Smith stars had their first biological child, Shiloh Nouvel in 2006.
The couple then welcomed twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline in 2008.
After marrying in 2014, Brad and Angelina divorced in 2016.
Actor Hugh Jackman, 50 and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, 61 share two adopted children, Oscar Maximillian, 19 and Ava Eliot, 14.
In 2004, Deborra-Lee revealed that they adopted because she previously suffered miscarriages.
In 2011, Hugh said he doesn’t think of his children as adopted, saying “they’re our children. Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children.”
Actress Charlize Theron adopted her son Jackson, in 2012 and her daughter, August in 2015, from Africa.
In 2019, Charlize, 44 revealed to The Daily Mail that she was raising Jackson as a girl.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: “I am not a boy!”‘
She continued: “So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”
In 2006, actress Meg Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China, named Daisy True.
The When Harry Met Sally star also has a son, Jack Henry, from her marriage to actor, Dennis Quaid.
Meg, 58 and Dennis divorced in 2001.
Oscar-winning actress, Sandra Bullock has two adopted children, Louis, 10 and Laila, 8.
The Bird Box star, 55 adopted Louis in 2010 and Laila in 2012.
Sandra has spoken out about not referring to her kids and “adopted”.
“Let’s all just refer to these kids as ‘our kids’. Don’t say ‘my adopted child.’ Let’s just say, ‘our children'”.
Australian adoption laws
Each state and territory has its own rules and regulations for adoption.
All Australian states and territories except for the Northern Territory allow adoption by same-sex couples.
Likewise, all states and territories allow adoption by LGBT individuals, though in the NT it has to be ruled as ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Most states and territories allow individuals to apply for adoption, with the exception of Victoria.
Australia practices open adoption for both domestic and international adoptions.
For more details visit, Adopt Change.