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Parents to adopted kids Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness were excited to learn that the first ever Adoption Awareness Week was to be held in their home town of Sydney, Australia, and they decided to attend the event, even though it was the day before the world premiere of Hugh’s movie Australia.
Twelve years ago, after two miscarriages and multiple attempts with IVF, the couple turned to adoption, only to find the process in Australia extremely difficult. Adoption laws in the country, which have not been changed since 1964, ensure that the process to adopt a child can take as long as six years, and the cost – about $40,000 – prevents most couples from even attempting to adopt, making Australia the second lowest country in the world in terms of the number of inter country adoptions. Hugh and Deborra eventually decided to use their US citizenship to adopt from the United States, a process that only took 9 months and resulted in them taking home a newborn Oscar. Ava was also adopted from the US.
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“People are waiting for so long – a minimum of three years and sometimes up to 10, and you hear there are 133 million orphans in the world. There are families for the children – let’s make it happen faster,” Deborra-Lee said at the event. “I always push for ethical, transparent adoption and parents absolutely should be put through all the hoops, but we can do it faster.”
Deborra-Lee began pushing for Australia’s adoption process to be overhauled, saying, “I would like to feel pride, as an Australian, that we are standing up and contributing. At this stage, I don’t think we’re doing enough.”
Hugh was just named People magazine’s “Sexist Man Alive” for 2008.
Photos: ICON/Fame Pictures
According to Forbes, Suri Cruise is the hottest celebrity tot in Hollywood. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2-year-old daughter topped the second annual list, which ranks celeb kids up to 5 years of age based on media attention and their parents’ popularity.
Reportedly, Suri appeared in more news articles and blogs than all three of the Jolie-Pitt children. Shiloh, 2, ranked in second place, Zahara, 3, popped in third place and Pax made it to the fourth spot.
Rounding out the top 10: Sam Woods, daughter of Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin; Cruz Beckham, son of David and Victoria Beckham; Matilda Ledger, daughter of Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger; David Banda, son of the recently split Madonna and Guy Ritchie; Sean Preston Federline, son of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; and Sam Sheen, daughter of Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen.
What do you think of this list? Are these the top 10 tots we cover the most?
Photos: INF daily.com/Bauer-Griffin
Hugh Jackman Is The Sexiest Man Alive – Celebitchy
Winona Ryder Rushed To The Hospital – I’m Not Obsessed
It’s All Out War Between Brangelina & Jen – Popbytes
Raising Thankful Kids – ParentDish
Lil Tip: Find New Places To Stay – Lilsugar
According to Jennifer, the man, Steven Burky, “has been stalking and harassing me,” sending “packages and letters containing delusional and paranoid thoughts and following me around the country …”
Burky has been harassing her since 2002, but in the last year “his obsessive and harassing behavior has escalated to the point of becoming dangerous and threatening.” He has even shown up at her home and said, “God has sent him a vision of her [Garner] being persecuted in some manner that may result in her death.”
In the declaration, Jennifer also says, “I am currently pregnant and fear for the safety of my second child once born.”
A judge issued a temporary restraining order earlier this month, and there is a hearing tomorrow to make the order permanent. Burky is currently under a 5150 psychiatric hold.
Jennifer and husband Ben Affleck are also parents to Violet, 3 next month.
Actress Jodie Sweetin talked to Us magazine about Zoie’s latest milestones!
“She’s starting to crawl,” Sweetin, 26, says “And, like, babble and talk…and she’s got almost four teeth on the bottom and one on the top. She’s so cute!”
Jodie also commented on getting her post baby body into shape. “I’ve been doing NutriSystem and working out,” she said. “I am the laziest person ever…I had a trainer for awhile, and he taught me a lot of stuff I could do at home and now I actually do…On Demand videos on Workout TV!” she says. “[They're], like, 20 to 30 minutes. Perfect!”
Jodie has a lot coming up in 2009. She has a book and 2 films coming out as well as a potential Reality TV show. Sweetin, a former meth addict, is busy “with the baby and my husband. My life is so full right now, so that’s great,” she said. “I’m so blessed.”