Katherine Heigl Adopts a Second Child
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
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News broke recently that Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley have adopted a second child. Their first daughter Naleigh, was adopted in 2009 from Korea when she was 10 months old. The newest addition, a baby girl named Adalaide Marie Hope, was adopted as a newborn in a domestic adoption. Heigl has been vocal in the past about her plans of expanding her family through adoption. One reason she adopted her first daughter from South Korea was because she has a sister who was also adopted from South Korea and she wanted her daughter to have a family member who looks similar and has similar background.
Unfortunately, as with most announcements of this kind, the haters on the internet were out in full force. Many made fun of the name, which I think is cute; others were angry that they were adopting at all, and some people were still bitter over the international adoption of their first daughter. I think the anger over the adoption is unfair to Katherine and Josh. Many people wonder why they are adopting at all instead of having biological children. Some speculate that Katherine wants to preserve her body and so she selfishly wants to take the “easy” way out and adopt. I think all of this is very unfair; no one has a right to criticize another family’s choices regarding building their family.
Katherine has always said she wanted to adopt but we don’t know if that is just because adoption is part of her family or if there are medical reasons for needing to adopt. Would people be more sympathetic if she revealed she was infertile? I also understand why she adopted internationally the first time. I have been vocal on this blog about thinking that international adoption is a little unfair to those children waiting in this country to be adopted. However, after doing more research and reading the stories of others who have adopted both domestically and internationally, I understand the struggles facing couples wanting to adopt domestically. International is often less stressful and less expensive than a domestic adoption.
Have you ever considered adoption?