*This is a topic that never gets old. It appears more and more, white celebrities are choosing to adopt black children. Not Indian. Not Hispanic. And definitely not white. But African and / or African American. Children of all races need love. Foster care is overweight with children of all ages waiting for homes. Internationally, families are begging for Americans to come over and take their children to a better life in America.
But the question remains: why are there so many white celebrities choosing to adopt black children?
We take a stroll through the years and put some faces to this question. Some of the stars have been more public about the adoption than others. You may even find a surprise or two.
When Jane Fonda offered to let me live with her in 1982, I left East Oakland for good. Although she was not technically my legal guardian, we ran into zero trouble; when you’re with Jane Fonda, red tape tends to fall away.–Mary Luana Williams
“This is something I have wanted for a very long time,” actress Kristen Davis tells PEOPLE. “Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed.”–Kristen Davis
“From the moment this baby came into our home….those two dogs have never been more in love. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed,” actress Charlize Theron said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres about her two pups welcoming Jackson. “People keep saying, oh you’re a single mom and I’m like actually I’m not. I got two boys (her dogs) helping me out. It’s incredible.”
“I am just in complete denial that she’ll ever be over 13,” the Emmy Award winner, 44, told Us Weekly about his daughter, Frances. “She’s so cute. She’s getting cuter every moment. I’m in a very blissful period with her.”
According to Madame Noire, when Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, learned that mixed-race kids are the least adopted, they made a conscious decision to adopt their son and daughter, who are both half black.
Other white celebs who have taken the step to adopt black children include director Steven Spielberg and actress wife, Kate Capshaw and actress Michelle Pfeiffer and television writer husband, David E. Kelley. With seven kids in all, Spielberg has two black children: son Theo, 20, away at Yale University and daughter, Mikaela, 17, seen with her dad below.
Pfeiffer is mom to 20-year-old daughter, Claudia Rose, seen below.
In 2007, Pfeiffer said this to Good Housekeeping about her then 14-year-old daughter, Claudia Rose:
Boy, there’s nothing typical about my girl. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and an amazing human being. I wanted her to be a really independent, outspoken young woman, and I sure got that! She’s also very creative and inquisitive. And what’s exciting about this age is that she’s really coming into her own. She’s everything I’d hoped she would be.
Of course there are many more white celebrities that have made it a conscious choice to adopt black children. And there is probably a myriad of reasons for each family’s decision. As we said at the start, every child needs love. And one can only hope that the family’s who have taken on this huge responsibility of raising a black child, will not neglect to ensure their child learns about his or her culture from those who are equipped to teach it. It would be a disservice to them to teach that the world is color-blind.