Actress Charlize Theron proves that you don’t need a man to adopt a child. Read on to find out how you can follow in her brave footsteps!
On March 15, the gorgeous and talented actress Charlize Theron, 36, revealed that she adopted a baby boy named Jackson! We here at HollywoodLife.com could not be happier for the first-time mom and think she’s a role model for single women everywhere.
Charlize, who has been single since her divorce from actor Stuart Townsend in 2010, said last year during an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight that marriage was “never something that was important,” but has often talked about her desire to have children.
“I’m sure Charlize is ecstatic,” said Sarah Gerstenzang, licensed social worker and Executive Director of New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children. “It’s very healthy for single women to adopt. Many adoptive parents are single parents. I suppose the screening process may be more difficult, but it shouldn’t be.”
Like other adoptive parents, Charlize endured a lengthy application and screening process in order to adopt baby Jackson. “Just because you have a lot of money, it doesn’t make you a better parent,” Sarah explains. “When a person is considered to become an adoptive parent, social workers really look at if the person can provide a lifetime of love and attention for the child. It’s really all about the child’s needs.”
Though no details surrounding Charlize’s adoption have been released, one report said that the baby was adopted from South Africa where Theron was born and raised. “Charlize can definitely be a role model for other people. Maybe she can inspire other single parents to adopt and reduce the stigma,” Sarah notes.
There are many resources available for women — regardless of their relationship status — interested in adoption including websites, books and support groups. Even if the process seems daunting, “Thousands of single parents adopt children every year,” Sarah assures. “There is also information for adoptive parents, like Charlize, to help them explain to their kids that they are adopted and how to answer questions the children will have over time. Basically, it’s all about being open and honest.”
What do you think about Charlize’s decision to become a single parent HollywoodLifers? Would you ever consider adopting?
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