Modern families: Stars using surrogacy and adoption to fulfill their dream of becoming parents

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Modern families: Stars using surrogacy and adoption to fulfill their dream of becoming parents

In March 2012, Charlize Theron surprised fans when she revealed that she had adopted a little boy named Jackson. It wasn't a shock to those who knew the single star though; Charlize had known she would take this path since she was a young girl.

Revealing that her mother had found a letter she had written when she was eight that read "Would you please take me to the orphanage so I can go and adopt a baby?", Charlize added "I always knew I would adopt - always."

The Oscar-winner has also been very open about the roller-coaster two-year adoption process she embarked on to become a mum. "My mum said the most beautiful thing," she told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.

"She said 'You know, it took me nine months to fall in love with you while you were growing in my stomach, and it took you two years to fall in love with this little baby."