Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock has adopted her second child, a 3 1/2-year-old girl from Louisiana whom she had been raising as a foster child.
Without disclosing the formal date of the adoption, Bullock says in the cover story of this week’s People magazine, due out Friday, that, “When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here.” She added, “I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.” The 51-year-old “Our Brand Is Crisis” star revealed in April 2010 that she had adopted a baby boy, Louis Bardo Bullock, that January.
Bullock said the 5-year-old Louis had “spearheaded this whole journey” and had helped the little girl overcome her anxiety over the adoption, she says. “I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere.”
“The Blind Side” Oscar-winner had fostered Laila (pronounced Lila) before adopting her, People said, without giving a timeframe.
As she had with Louis, Bullock conducted the adoption with great privacy, explaining, “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,” she says.
At one point, the burgeoning family encountered paparazzi during an emergency room visit before the adoption was complete. “Unbeknownst to me, a photographer had followed us and taken a photo of us in line,” Bullock says. “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 … to keep her safe.”
Bullock, whose People photos were taken by her beau, Los Angeles photographer Bryan Randall, said she hoped to create awareness of the 415,129 American children now in foster care needing permanent homes.