“I always thought that I would adopt. I’ve had many friends go into China, Africa or wherever [to adopt]. I went to Africa — not in search of a baby, as Ambassador for Save the Children — and they don’t really want you to take their children. They want to sustain. They want to have a way to keep their countries prospering and have happy, healthy children. It’s tough over there.”
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So Joely, who has two older sons – Cameron, 24, and Colin, 22 – from a previous relationship, and two daughters – Skylar, 7, and True, 2 – with current husband Chris Duddy, decided to adopt domestically instead, and they didn’t look any further than their home state.
“There are 70,000 children in foster care in the state of California,” she says. “That’s 7-0. It’s unbelievable! There are many children in our own city that need parents.”
The family welcomed Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy into their family soon after, and everyone is totally in love,
“They’re great big sisters — they’re totally in love. And they have two big, big brothers too. So it’s a big, crazy family.”