National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness about adoption and bring attention to the more than 110,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving families. More than 65,000 foster children have been adopted, thanks to the annual efforts. This year it's November 18, and there are events planned around the country.
Most of us know someone personally who has adopted or been adopted. Here are 17 celebrities you may not realize were adopted either as infants or young children.
Nicole Richie was adopted when she was 3. Her parents, Lionel Richie and his then-wife Brenda Harvey, knew Nicole's biological parents, who were incapable of providing for her financially. She went to live with and be cared for by the Richies and, when Nicole was 9, she was legally adopted.