The Adoption Network estimates that nearly 100 million Americans have experienced adoptionin their immediate family, whilethe US Census claims thatone in 25 families in America have an adopted child. Chances are you probably know someone who wasor hasadopted.

Obviously, celebrities are part of these statistics. From Nelson Mandela to Ice-T, see which of your favorite famous faces were brought up by non-biological parents.Jack Nicholson was shocked to find out that the woman he believed to be his mother was his grandmother ‘ and that his sister was actually his mother.Nicholson’s birth mother was 17 when she had him, so she asked her mother and father to take Jack and raise him as their own. They agreed, and Jack didn’t find out the truth until he was 37, a decade after his his mother and grandmother had passed away.He has since said of the potentially life-shattering revelation, “I’d say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing…As a matter of fact, it made quite a few things clearer to me. If anything, I felt grateful.”Marilyn Monroe bounced around the California foster care system due to her birth mother’s inability to care for her.Monroe’s mother struggled with mental illness, and her father was unknown, leaving her to bounce around betweenfoster careand orphanages until the age of 11. While several families expressed interest in adopting her, her mother wouldn’t sign the papers. She ended up moving in with her mother’s best friend, Grace, and later her great-aunt Olive. At age 16she married her 21-year-old neighbor, James Dougherty.Steve Jobs never met his birth parents.Jobs’ birth parents,Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali,a Syrian immigrant, were unmarried when he was conceived, and Schieble’s parents did not approve of their relationship.Schieble secretly traveled to San Francisco to give birth to Jobs, where he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.At age 27, Jobs found out that he had a biological sister, Mona Simpson: his biological parents had married and given birth to a daughter two years after giving him up for adoption.The two became close, with Jobs calling her “one of my best friends in the world” in an interview with the New York Times. However, he never felt the need to meet his biological parents, and considered the Jobs’ his real parents.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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