Sandra Bullock Wants To Change How We Talk About Kids Who Were Adopted

"Let just say, 'our children.' "

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock adopted her two kids, Louis and Laila, but she doesn't refer to them as her "adopted children," and she doesn't think other parents should either. Bullock made the point in a new interview with InStyle, in which she also spoke about her activism for foster children


The organization Children's Rights cites a report showing that there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States on any given day. 

Bullock told InStyle that the situation is not getting better "quickly enough," adding, "Look: I'm all for Republican, Democrat, whatever, but don't talk to me about what I can or can't do with my body until you've taken care of every child who doesn't have a home or is neglected or abused."

Bullock then got "teary-eyed" as she discouraged parents from qualifying their children as "adopted," making an important point about how other moms and dads describe (or rather, don't describe) their kids. 

"Let's all just refer to these kids as 'our kids,' " she said. "Don't say 'my adopted child.' No one calls their kid their 'IVF child' or their 'oh, shit, I went to a bar and got knocked-up child.' Let just say, 'our children.' "

In 2015, when Bullock adopted Laila, who had been in foster care in Louisiana, she told People, "I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time." She joins a number of other celebrities who became parents or expanded their families through adoption, including Hugh Jackman, Mariska Hargitay, and Viola Davis.

Bullock, who stars in this summer's highly anticipated Ocean's 8, went on to say at the time, "My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That's a family."

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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