Meet Sandra Bullock’s New Daughter Laila

December 2, 2015  |  

There are so many children, so many Black children, living in the foster care system and they all need good homes. So we were happy to learn that Sandra Bullock has adopted a 3 1/2 year old girl from the foster care system in Louisiana.

The fact that Laila (pronounced Lila) was adopted past infancy is remarkable in and of itself as this is not the case for many children.

In the cover story for People, the 51-year-old actress talked about the process of adopting this little girl, five years after she adopted her son Louis in 2010. She shared her journey and was photographed by her boyfriend Bryan Randall. Bullock kept the full view of Louis and Laila’s face obscured but decided to pose with the children in an attempt to bring awareness to the 415,129 children living in the foster care system in the United States.

“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.” 

Interestingly enough, the idea to adopt little Laila, three years ago, came from an unexpected but beautifully poetic and apporpriate source.

“Louis spearheaded the whole journey.”

Bullock, who has a sister of her own, wanted her son to have a sibling, someone to talk to and complain about their mother together. Those of you with siblings know how important this ritual can be.

Today, Bullock says Louis and Laila have an inseparable bond; but in the beginning stages of her adoption, the transition required patience and plenty of reassurance.

“I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere.”

Bullock said that little Laila has brought pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans.”

Bullock described her family of three saying, “My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That’s a family.”

To learn more about the foster care system in America and to give back, not necessarily through adoption, go to adoptuskids.org and kidsaalliance.org.

For a long time, for right or wrong, people believed interracial adoption was a celebrity fad. Of course, I could never speak to their intentions. Though I hoped and prayed that these celebrities were raising these children of color to be prepared for the world in which we currently live. What I do know though is that adoption can be such a beautiful thing when done right. And from what I’ve seen of Sandra and Louis, she seems to be very aware of the realities of raising Black children and doing it with love.

Check out this precious video of what he did for her on Mother’s Day.

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