I have always been a big Queen Latifah fan but now she has tripled in star status in my eyes. What I didn’t know about the actress and singer was that she was gay and while at first I felt pretty stupid about this since she’s been with her girlfriend since like, forever, I felt better when the story I was reading mentioned that they hadn’t openly come out. But it turns out that this pair also want to adopt and unlike all those other stars that need to reach into the far corners of the Earth and see what kind of child they pull out, Queen Latifah and Jeanette Jenkins plan to adopt a child from the United States that needs a good home. From Celebitchy,
“It’s top secret right now, but they are hoping to have a little one by Christmas,” a longtime pal told The Enquirer. “They’re trying to keep it quiet because they don’t want to jinx the whole thing.” Latifah’s sister, who works in New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services, is helping guide her through the red tape, said the source.
“I can understand why people go outside the U.S. You can adopt someone here, and the birth parents have three years to come back and get that child. That’s terrifying,” said the Oscar-nominated “Chicago” star. But she says poor American children “can use just as much assistance as someone from around the world. I want to do something here.”
Adoption has been on her mind for a long time. The “Mad Money” star told a reporter last year, “I’ve always wanted to have [babies] and adopt. When I was little, I remember seeing TV shows and a child would be adopted and be happy. I just always felt like there are so many kids out there who need a parent.”
This makes my heart soar as I have just about had it with celebrities who overlook the needs in their own country before reaching out to others. Can you imagine how much fun Queen Latifah would be if she was your mom? I think this will turn out to be a great family and I’m very happy for them!