Some people are nervous about adoption because they think that ‘no good can come from an adopted child because they’re so damaged’. Nothing is less true which this post will prove to you. From world leaders to innovators to famous singers and comedians. Adoption is a 2nd chance for both child and family and in most cases there are no major issues (see other blogpost about stats)

Nelson Mandela
After his father passed away when he was 9, Nelson Mandela – born Rolihlahla Mandela, in 1918 – was adopted by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo as a good gesture to Mandela’s father, who had advocated Jongintaba’s ascension to chief years before.

John Lennon
John Lennon’s parents, Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon, separated when he was 3 years old. Soon after, his seaman father virtually disappeared, and by the time John was 5, his mother begrudgingly allowed him to be raised by his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George. She had frequent interactions with Lennon, but never raised him full-time for a host of speculated reasons, including family pressure that she was unfit because of her lifestyle.

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was born on 30 November 1874 in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. A descent of the Spencer family, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born to a politician father Lord Randolph Churchill and mother Lady Randolph Churchill who was the daughter of an American millionaire. Winston Churchill had a brother John Strange Spencer. Throughout his schooling life, he performed average in academic but showed a particular interest in English and History. He did not see much of his parents in his early life as he stayed with his grandmother and this made him relatively independent and rebellious in nature. He was believed to have cold relation with his father. His father passed away on 24 January 1895.

Sarah Ann McLachlan
Born in 1968, Sarah Ann McLachlan was adopted in Nova Scotia, Canada, by Jack and Dorice McLachlan, who also had two adopted sons, Ian and Stewart. McLachlan found out she was adopted at 9 years old; in an interview with American Baby, she said: “Even then it wasn’t a big deal. …Perhaps I was too young to understand it really, but it just never was a big issue to me.” Later in life, she met her biological mother, who had been a 19-year-old artist when she became pregnant.
Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman
After his birth to a homeless woman in 1968, Gary Coleman – who played the lovable Arnold – was adopted by Edmonia Sue Coleman, a Chicago nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a fork-lift driver. From a young age, Coleman had to deal with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a chronic kidney disease that necessitated daily dialysis. This and the medication used to treat the condition stunted his growth and gave him child-like features even as an adult. However, the condition didn’t stop him from rising to stardom.

Deborah Harry
Best known as the lead singer of Blondie, the ’80s pop sensation who produced hits such as “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass,” Deborah Harry was given up at three months and adopted by a couple from New Jersey. Harry led the typical rock-star lifestyle, but she has lived to tell the tale. Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and Harry continues to tour and act.

Malcolm X
The childhood of the man who would become “black power” leader Malcolm X was not a happy one. His father, Earl Little, was a Christian minister who was killed in 1931 when Malcolm was a small boy. Following his father’s death, his mother had a nervous breakdown and was committed to a mental hospital. Malcolm and his siblings were put into an orphanage and later fostered by various families. Malcolm X would later convert to the Nation of Islam and emerge as one of the most influential civil rights activists of the modern era.

Steve Jobs
The co-founder of Apple Computers and the brain behind the iPod, Steven Paul was adopted as an infant by Paul and Clara Jobs in February 1955. Jobs held an internship with Hewlett-Packard and did a stint at Atari, Inc., before he and Stephen Wozniak developed the first Apple computer. These days, the white cord of the iPod is ubiquitous, and Macintosh computers are synonymous with style and technical savvy.

Marilyn Monroe
Born in 1926 to a single mother with a less than stable mental state, legendary screen siren Marilyn Monroe lived in many foster homes as a young girl and spent two years in an orphanage. When she was barely 16, she had the option of another orphanage or marriage. Monroe chose marriage to merchant marine James Dougherty, whom she remained married to for four years. In the years following her rocky beginnings, the blonde bombshell would nab a place in American culture unparalleled before or since.

Melissa Gilbert
Best known for her portrayal of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert was adopted at birth by Ed Gilbert and Barbara Crane, both Hollywood actors. Ed Gilbert died when Melissa was 11, and Michael Landon, who played her father on television, became a surrogate father to her. Melissa’s siblings include adopted brother Jonathan Gilbert, who portrayed Willie Oleson on Little House, and her sister Sara (who is not adopted) played Darlene on Roseanne. Melissa continues to act, mostly in made-for-TV movies, and she served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

Dr Ruth
Everyone’s favorite sex therapist was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1928. Siegel was put on a train when she was ten years old and sent away from home to avoid Hitler’s Nazis. Her mother and grandmother told her she was going off to school, but in reality Siegel was sent to an orphanage where she remained for many years. Dr. Ruth would go on to study at the Sorbonne in Paris and reached household name status with her radio program, Sexually Speaking, which aired during the 1980s.

Faith Hill
Adopted when only a few days old, Audrey Faith Perry was raised in Star, Mississippi, by Ted and Edna Perry. The country music superstar was the only adopted kid in the family and formed a good relationship with her biological mother later in life. Faith always knew she was adopted and refers to her childhood as “amazing.”

Jamie Foxx
Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx was born Eric Bishop in 1967. His parents separated shortly thereafter, and his mother didn’t feel capable of raising him on her own, so he was adopted at seven months by his maternal grandmother. Years later, during his Academy Award acceptance speech for his role in the critically-acclaimed biopic Ray, Foxx thanked his grandmother for her hard work and unconditional love. He has also hosted holiday specials concerning adoption and often mentions the cause in interviews.