What Adopted Children Grow Up to Be

What Adopted Children Grow Up to Be

We all want what’s best for our children. Parents have hopes and dreams that their kids would grow up to happy, confident, secure and accomplished people. This is true for everyone, including prospective birth parents who choose adoption.

Are you considering adoption for your baby today? You’d probably like to know more about the kind of life they might live and what adopted children grow up to be.

Children who are adopted and loved can grow up happily adopted to become anything they want to be. Don’t believe us? Here are some examples of all the different things that adopted children grow up to be.

What Adopted Children Grow Up to Be

Here are a few things that adopted children grow up to be. You may be surprised to learn that some of the names below (names you have heard your whole life) were actually adopted.

Music Stars

Some of our most beloved musicians — like Faith Hill and John Lennon — were adopted. Hill has spoken about how being adopted and loved gave her some of her most important values.

“Having been adopted, I really have a strong sense — a necessity almost — for stability, a foundation where my family is concerned.” she said. “[Success] would be meaningless without anyone to share it with.”

NFL Players

NFL athletes like quarterback Daunte Culpepper and offensive lineman Michael Oher were adopted. You may be familiar with Oher’s story, made famous by the movie “The Blind Side.”

Oher’s story is one of the most well-known, but he’s far from alone. As reporting from Slate has found, there are many stories of adopted children becoming professional athletes. There seems to be a common thread of perseverance and a drive to take advantage of every opportunity.

Company Founders

Adopted children grow up to be business leaders, as well. Some choose to give back to the adoption community, showing an appreciation for the gift adoption gave them. Perhaps the most well-known is Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s as well as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which is one of the largest adoption nonprofits in America.

Film Producers

From big-budget blockbusters to life-changing documentary work, adoptees have made their impact on the world of film. Michael Bay, who is one of the most profitable directors in Hollywood, was adopted.

At the independent film level, Angela Tucker has transformed hearts and minds through “Closure,” her documentary film about reconnecting with her birth mother.

Social Leaders

Remarkable faith is often formed through overcoming obstacles. Being adopted may not always be easy, but it can produce values and ideas that shape the world. Look no further than activists like Civil Rights icon Jesse Jackson to see how adopted children grow up to be people who can change lives.

Adopted children grow up to be anything they want. Many children find opportunity and a space to thrive in the safe, loving care of their adoptive family. While the list above is full of exceptional individuals, it clearly shows that adopted children can grow up to be anything.

The Birth Parents’ Role in What Adopted Children Grow Up to Be

You may have seen fictional depictions of adoption where the birth mother leaves the baby on the doorstep of an orphanage or firehouse. This is not actually how the process works.

When you place a baby for adoption, you are in charge of the process. One big part of the process is choosing the adoptive family. If you have certain things you want your baby to experience, you can pick the family you think will give them the best life.

What matters most to you? Maybe it’s a faith tradition, the size of the family, or certain views on education. Whatever it is, you can look for those things in an adoptive family. By finding the right family, the prospective birth parent plays a huge role in what adopted children grow up to be.

What Being Adopted Means

Being adopted is a unique journey that relatively few people will experience. As you can see, it doesn’t put any limitations on your life. While being adopted comes with unique challenges, it also provides unique opportunities.

If you are considering adoption for your child and wondering what being adopted will mean for them, we hope this gives you a sense of peace about their future. They can be anything they want to be. A fulfilling life is possible for any child whose parents choose to place them for adoption.

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Do you have more questions about adoption? If so, it can helpful to speak with a professional. You can contact us today to speak with one of our adoption specialists. This is totally free, and you’re never obligated to choose adoption.