Sandra Bullock has expanded her family: she adopted a daughter! Laila (pronounced “Lila”) is three and a half years old. She comes from Louisiana, just like her brother Louis, and had been in foster care.
Sandra shared her big news with People:
When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here. I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.”
She began the adoption process three years ago with Louis’s support.
Louis spearheaded this whole journey.”
She said the siblings have now bonded well. Sandra’s priority was giving Laila a sense of security.
I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere.”
Sandra said she hopes to bring attention to the issue of children in foster care and how many need permanent homes. SO true. She tried to keep Laila’s adoption quiet for a while.
You feel it’s very much like witness protection.”
However, she was forced to go public after a paparazzo got a snapshot of them.
Unbeknownst to me, a photographer had followed us and taken a photo of us in line. The next day, I learned that a photo of her was being shopped around for sale to every outlet around the world. I had promised and legally agreed to protect her from something like this, and here I was chasing down lawyers — having them begging them to keep her safe.”
Given Laila’s foster care background, Sandra is especially sensitive to her need for security at this time.
Most foster children are in foster care because they were taken from their birth homes under tragic circumstances — and the last thing I wanted was to bring more harm to her because of the nature of my job.”
That had to have been a tough decision! However, I’m sure it’s all worth it. Sandra said that Laila has brought “pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans.” I love it! She also had this to say about her family:
My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That’s a family.”
Hear, hear! This will be a very special Christmas in the Bullock household.
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