Famous Adopted People and Foster Children

When given a chance, children can grow beyond their supposed limitations and become successful adults who make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Below is a list of people who did just that, all because someone intervened in their lives and helped them discover their full potential.

Famous Foster and Adopted Kids

Alexander the Great – King of Macedonia, 356-323 B.C.
Andy Berlin – entrepreneur: chairman of Berlin Cameron & Partners
Anthony Williams – politician
Aristotle – philosopher
Art Linkletter – comedian
Bo Diddley – musician, performer
Brent Jasmer – actor
Buffy Sainte-Marie – musician, actress
Carl Theodor Dreyer – Danish film director
Charles Dickens – writer
Charlotte Anne Lopez – Miss Teen USA
Christina Crawford – author
Clarissa Pinkola Estes – author
Crazy Horse – Lakota war chief
Dan O’Brien – decathlete
Daunte Culpepper – football player
Dave Thomas – entrepreneur: founder of Wendy’s
Debbie Harry – singer
Edgar Allen Poe – poet, writer
Edward Albee – playwright
Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady
Eric Dickerson – athlete
Faith Daniels – news anchor
Faith Hill – country singer
Freddie Bartholomew – actor
George Washington Carver – inventor
Greg Louganis – athlete
Halle Berry – actress
Ingrid Bergman – actress
James McArthur – actor
James Michener – author
Jean Jacques Rousseau – philosopher
Jesse Jackson – minister
Jesus – adopted by Joseph the carpenter (Bible)
Jett Williams – country singer and author
Jim Casey – entrepreneur; founder of UPS and Casey Family Programs
Jim Palmer – athlete

John J. Audubon – naturalist
John Hancock – politician
John Lennon – musician
Langston Hughes – poet and writer
Larry Ellison – entrepreneur: chief executive of Oracle
Leo Tolstoy – writer
Les Brown – motivational speaker
Lynnette Cole – Miss USA 2000
Malcolm X – civil rights leader
Mark Acre – athlete
Matthew Laborteaux – actor
Melissa Gilbert – actress
Michael Reagan – dancer
Moses – Biblical leader
Nancy Reagan – First Lady
Nat King Cole – singer
Nelson Mandela – politician
Patrick Laborteaux – actor
Peter and Kitty Carruthers – figure skaters
President Gerald Ford – politician
President William Clinton – politician
Priscilla Presley – actress
Ray Liotta – actor
Reno – performance artist, comedian
Rep. Jim Lightfoot – politician
Richard Burton – actor
Sarah McLachlan – singer
Scott Hamilton – figure skater
Sen. Paull H. Shin – politician
Sen. Robert Byrd – politician
Shari Belafonte-Harper – actress
Steve Jobs – entrepreneur: co-founder of Apple computer
Surya Bonaly – figure skater
Tim Green – football player/commentator
Tim McGraw – singer
Tom Monaghan – entrepreneur
Tommy Davidson – comedian
Victoria Rowell – actress
Wilson Riles – educator

Well Known Foster & Adoptive Parents

Julie Andrews
Henry Fonda
Harry Belafonte
Erma Brombeck
Beau Bridges
George Burns
Jamie Lee Curtis
Bette Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
John Denver
Patty Duke
Peter Faulk

Lou Gossett Jr.
Sen. Jesse Helms
Bob Hope
Diane Keaton
Patti LaBelle
Hedy Lamar
Willie Mays
Sen. John McCain
Ed McMahon
Paul Newman
Carroll O’Conner
Stephen Spielberg

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