Did you know that your adopted child has a lot in common with a comic book character who dresses in a stretchy blue suit and a red cafe and flies? That’s right. Your child and Superman have a lot in common. They were both adopted. When we first talk to our children about adoption, we use very positive language in order to reinforce positive feelings about adoption. In fact, I have observed some adopted children who feel so positive about the fact that they are adopted, that they want to tell the world!

As the child gets older and approaches school age, though, they begin to realize that joining one’s family through adoption is not the way most people come into a family. And they also realize that the kids in school do not react like their parents do when talking about adoption.

This is an important time for parents to help their child understand that being adopted is not so strange or unusual. If there are other children in his class that you know were adopted, mention that to him/her. Invite another adopted child over to play. Having that special bond between to children may develop into a special friendship. Pointing out to your child that there are a lot of famous people who were adopted may help as well.

Here is a partial list of famous adoptees to get you started:

  • Louisa May Alcott-writer
  • Aristotle—philosopher
  • Ingrid Bergman-actress
  • Halle Berry-actress
  • Richard Burton-actor
  • Peter and Kitty Carruthers-figure skaters
  • George Washington Carver-inventor
  • Nat King Cole-singer
  • Charles Dickens-writer
  • Melissa Gilbert-actress
  • Sara Gilbert-actress
  • Scott Hamilton-figure skater
  • Faith Hill-country singer
  • Steve Jobs-co-founder Apple Computer
  • Jesse Jackson-minister & politician
  • John Lennon-musician
  • Art Linkletter-comedian
  • Greg Louganis-diver
  • James Michener-author
  • Marilyn Monroe-actress
  • Moses-Biblical leader
  • Dan O’Brien-decathlete
  • Jim Palmer-athlete
  • Edgar Allen Poe-poet, writer
  • Priscilla Presley-actress
  • Dave Thomas-founder of Wendy’s
  • Mark Twain-writer

And here are some famous adoptive parents that you may not have known about:

  • Gracie Allen-comedian
  • Woody Allen-actor
  • Kirstie Alley-actress
  • Loni Anderson-actress
  • Julie Andrews-actress
  • Harry Belafonte-singer
  • Sen. Lloyd Bentsen-politician
  • Erma Bombeck-comedienne
  • Art Buchwald-comedian
  • George Burns-comedian
  • Connie Chung-news anchor
  • Tom Cruise-actor
  • Jamie Lee Curtis-actress
  • Ted Danson-actor
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.-entertainer
  • Rosie O’Donnell-actress
  • Marie Osmond-singer
  • Jim Palmer-athlete
  • Michelle Pfeiffer-actress
  • Sally Jessy Raphael-talk show host
  • President Ronald Reagan-politician
  • Oscar de la Renta-designer
  • John Denver-singer
  • Mia Farrow-actress
  • Sen. Jesse Helms-politician
  • Bob Hope-entertainer
  • Kate Jackson-actress
  • Magic Johnson-athlete
  • Diane Seaton-actress
  • Nicole Kidman-actress
  • Kris Kristofferson-singer
  • Patti LaBelle-singer
  • Dan Marino-football player
  • Sen. John McCain-politician
  • Ed McMahon-entertainer
  • Paul Newman-actor
  • Burt Reynolds-actor
  • Roy Rogers-entertainer
  • Linda Ronstadt-singer
  • Stephen Spielberg-film director
  • Sharon Stone-actress
  • Kurt Yonnegut-author

Note: Information for this article was obtained from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.