White Celebrities Who Adopt Black and Bi-racial Children

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August 5, 2011 ‐ By

I’ve always appreciated and looked up to individuals who adopt children and take great care of them. Keyword, take care of them. (Because we know some trifling people do it for a check) There are so many risks when you adopt children, and it takes a special person to open up their home to a child and make them feel like part of the family when they have no connection to them beforehand. But I’ve noticed a lot of talk lately about the fact that big name white celebrities have been adopting black and bi-racial kids. There’s been a great deal of apprehension about it. A lot of people, mostly black folks, aren’t as excited about it, some claiming celebrities adopt black children like they’re the newest handbag or accessory. But others do bring up the valid point that there is a worry that adopted black children may wind up not being fully exposed to their culture and heritage, making it hard for them to relate to their own people. But what do you think?

While you ponder the thought, check out the awesome slideshow put together by our friends over at Uptown Magazine, which lists some of the most high-profile celebrities and their adopted black and bi-racial kiddies. Some you might not have known about before, others you’ve heard about time and time again. And whether you’re a supporter of these adoptions or not, it’s better that these children who need a home, get one. And you can’t lie, these folks are more than financially stable enough to take care of those kids…now if we could just get them to get their hair together…

To see the full slideshow and check out the story that inspired it, click over to Uptownmagazine.com.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/margaret.wilmer Margaret Wilmer

    Lucky!! I’m 26.. I was an orphan will still am… I wish I was adopted by a celebrity or som1. Sad story though.. I din’t get adopted but gladly finish college on my own- got by as working student being a housekeeper. I don’t think children in the orphanage need to wait to be hand pick and be psychologically brain wash to hope that someday will be picked by a great family.

    Cause I certainly didn’t and alot of us didn’t get that chance either -to get out and survive the world that had rejected us.

    Anyhow if I could just advice a few people working in the orphanage its not about pressuring us to someday be adopted but supporting us until we can afford to be on our own 2 feet.

  • Jennifer

    You’re right,  I was raised by a black man, I cant even relate to alot of black folks today.lol

  • http://twitter.com/AlaiaWilliams @AlaiaWilliams

    I am all for kids being adopted. They need homes! And let's be real – the stats have typically shown that black children have the toughest time getting adopted. A harsh reality. So, you know what, if a white family wants to adopt black kids, I say more power to them. To any family who wants to adopt any kind of kid – especially minority and disabled children who seem to be the least "wanted."

    And it's a shame how hard adopting a kid here in the states can be, period. A friend of mine (white woman with a white Jewish husband) just went overseas to Ethopia and adopted the CUTEST little girl ever. They love her to pieces. They also want her to understand her culture. They kept her African name and they connect with other families who've adopted Ethiopian kids and they take monthly trips to Little Ethiopia. They do what they can – and most importantly, EVERYONE LOVES HER.

    God bless all (good) adoptive parents!

  • Citizenval

    I love to hear of any child being adopted, specifically in America, and specifically a black child. Why? I'm American, and believe charity begans at home. Also, know simply being born black in racist America, has a strike against you.

  • tiredofthebs

    @Joy no one cares :D and the reality is you’re talking about a small number, because the first thing a lot of women with mix and Black kids ask about is how to do their hair, which makes sense if u have never had or took care of that texture.

    U can say what u want, but you’re on Black website talking about what White women could do better, which is offensive. Some ppl no matter their race, cld do things better than the other, but when u come in their house, u shld show respect.

  • Victory LeRoi Smith

    It is important to understand, too many Moors won't adopt. The Euro folks need to be schooled on the dynamics the adopted kids will have to navigate. It is awesome that some Euro folks will embrace the need these kids have for a home, sweet home.

  • Kristen

    I know I sound like a negative Nelly but I wonder how many Hollywood starts adopt black children because they really want to do something good and how many adopt because black kids have become the latest accessory.

    The only one I really give props to is Steven Spielberg and his wife, because they adopted multi-cultural children before it became a trend, and they didn't feel the need to do it in a flashy way to get some good PR.

  • Amy

    Quote from article "I’ve always appreciated and looked up to individuals who adopt children and take great care of them. Keyword, take care of them. (Because we know some trifling people do it for a check)"

    You don't get paid for adopting. You get paid for being a foster parent which is not the same as adoption.

    • Josephine

      Foster parents also are caring ppl and take proper care of their foster children. Me and my husband are already an interracial couple I am black and he is white, and we have shared our home with over 10 foster children. We care for mainly black and latino children.

  • Joy

    And some of us are really good at hair…even better than some black moms :)

    • Muse

      Joy, you are right. I am black and have 3 daughters. One of my good friends who is white with 2 biracial daughters taught me how to braid and beautifully style their hair and keep it healthy. Go figure, huh? LOL

  • Joy

    It would have been nice for the author to have used positive adoption language, and a little research would have been good too, (the little blond girl who looks just like Brad Pitt was not so much adopted from Africa) but it was good to see some of the stars who have adopted transracially. I had no idea that Spielberg was an adoptive dad!