Angelina Jolie’s Adoptions

On March 10, 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan.  He was born on August 5, 2001 as Rath Vibol in Cambodia, and he initially lived in a local orphanage in Battambang. Jolie decided to apply for adoption after she had visited Cambodia twice, while filming Tomb Raider and on a UNHCR field trip in 2001. After her divorce from her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie received sole custody of Maddox. Like Jolie’s other children, Maddox has gained considerable celebrity and appears regularly in the tabloid media.

Jolie adopted a six-month-old girl from Ethiopia, Zahara Marley, on July 6, 2005. Zahara was born on January 8, 2005. She was originally named Yemsrach by her mother, and was later given the legal name Tena Adam at an orphanage. Jolie adopted her from Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa. Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition. In 2007, media outlets reported Zahara’s biological mother, Mentewabe Dawit, was still alive and wanted her daughter back, but she later denied these reports, saying she thought Zahara was “very fortunate” to be adopted by Jolie.

Brad Pitt
was reportedly present when Jolie signed the adoption papers and collected her daughter; later Jolie indicated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt Zahara together. On January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved Pitt’s request to legally adopt Jolie’s two children. Their surnames were formally changed to “Jolie-Pitt”.

Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund, Namibia, by a scheduled caesarean section, on May 27, 2006. Pitt confirmed that their newly-born daughter would have a Namibian passport, and Jolie decided to sell the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images herself, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these valuable photographs. People paid more than $4.1 million for the North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the international rights for roughly $3.5 million. All profits were donated to an undisclosed charity by Jolie and Pitt. Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it was the first infant re-created in wax by Madame Tussauds.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a three-year-old boy from Vietnam, Pax Thien, who was born on November 29, 2003 and abandoned at birth at a local hospital, where he was initially named Pham Quang Sang. Jolie adopted the boy from the Tam Binh orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City. She revealed that his first name, Pax, was suggested by her mother before her death.

Following months of tabloid speculation, Jolie confirmed she was expecting twins at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. She gave birth to a boy, Knox Léon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline, by caesarean section at the Lenval hospital in Nice, France, on July 12, 2008. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for $14 million—the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The money went to the Jolie/Pitt Foundation.



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8 responses to “Angelina Jolie’s Adoptions

  1. Wew nice tips and nice share…bro

  2. I think its wonderful that Angelina Jolie has highlighted the needs of orphaned children worldwide. Its an important mission. However, I am writing a book about both the joys and dangers of international adoption, especially children who’ve been in orphanages (as opposed to foster care). I’ve worked extensively with both Ron Federici and Jane Aronson, and both support my project. Since the adoption, our son has been diagnosed with FAS, autism, attachment disorder, seizures, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and a potentially fatal mitochondrial disorder (not yet definitively diagnosed). We have brought him so far but at the same time he has altered our lives, our futures, decimated our once secure financial futures, and in many ways isolated us from friends and family. I think this story needs to be told too. I am hoping someone on your staff might read, and consider finding a way to help publicize, what I truly believe is an equally compelling message. We love our son but hate the disabilities that plague his future and bring chaos to our daily lives. Thank you. Mary Greene

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  4. Although I am not a huge fan, I respect anybody that steps into the adoption world and works towards improving the lives of children.

  5. Scott45

    Every child deserves a home!

  6. Julie lien

    I admire you and Brad for your choice to adopt and have followed this journey of yours. I am a teacher in Texas, from Missouri, and I have lost several of my own pregnancies. If you ever find a child needing a family and can see yourself sponsoring the family financially to adopt the child, please PLEASE think of us. We married in July of 1994 and have one bio son, 10 year old Joey. We are willing and simply cannot afford the 25,000-40,000 it takes to file for the child who might need us.

    I keep dreaming of a little Asia decent girl, unwanted in a basement waiting for me. I wish I knew why! Is this a message…who knows.!.!.

    Please, Please if you have the means to sponsor or have words of wisdom to share-please respond. We tried the Texas state system, but it did not work for us – nearly killed us actually-literally.
    In closing, congratulations on the life you all have made for yourselves and the children you have welcomed home. I send my personal prayers for your happiness and safety. Blessings, Julie

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