Normally when you hear about celebrities and adoptions it is in the tabloids. It usually involves someone like Madonna or Angelina Jolie adopting another child. The tabloids are eager to get the scoop and get photographs of the child. However, that is not all that celebrities do to bring attention to adoption as was highlighted in a recent feature in Town & Country magazine about the Australian actor Hugh Jackman. He is most famous for playing the role of Wolverine in movies based on comic books. However, he is also an adoptive father and an adoption advocate.
Jackman and his wife, Deborah-lee Furness started a National Adoption Awareness Week movement in Australia and they are now attempting to make it an international movement. They have the support of other celebrities, including Meg Ryan, Alfre Woodard and Marie Osmond. On its website the group offers resources for parents and teachers to help with the international adoption process. As Jackman says in the feature article, there are 153 million orphans around the world. His National Adoption Awareness Week movement seeks to highlight their plight and how international adoptions can help them to find safe and loving families to care for them.
It is wonderful that Jackman and his wife created this movement to bring positive attention to adoption. People do emulate celebrities and if Jackman’s National Adoption Awareness Week can convince some people to consider adoption, then he has done a great thing for orphans. It would be great if celebrities in the United States followed his lead and did the same type of thing here.