Meet Laila: Sandra Bullock introduces adopted daughter
Word got out in September that Sandra Bullock was in the process of adopting a second child. It turns out the rumor was true. The Oscar winner opened up to People magazine about the process of fostering and adopting her 31/2-year-old daughter, Laila.
The 51-year-old Our Brand Is Crisis star revealed that the newest addition to her family is a little girl from Louisiana who had been in foster care.
“When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” said Bullock, mom to 5-year-old Louis, whom she adopted from New Orleans in 2010. “I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.”
In the spread, photographed by Bullock’s boyfriend, Bryan Randall, the family appears playful and content following the three-year process that brought them together.
“Louis spearheaded this whole journey,” said Bullock, who added that although Louis and Laila are now inseparable, the process was emotional.
“I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere,” she said.
Protecting Laila’s privacy had been a top priority throughout the foster and adoption process, an effort that was jeopardized when a photographer spotted Bullock carrying Laila into Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in September.
“Unbeknownst to me, a photographer had followed us and taken a photo of us in line,” Miss Congeniality said, adding, “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 — having them begging them to keep her safe.”
“You feel it’s very much like witness protection,” she said of keeping the adoption private.
When an Associated Press reporter prematurely wrote that she had adopted a second child, Bullock made sure to correct the writer.
“There’s only one adopted child in my household and his name is Louis,” she said at the time. “If I had a second adopted child, everyone would be hearing about it. I would be loud and clear. And say, 'Yes, I have officially adopted a second child.’ Right now, Louis must be it.”
Bullock hopes to bring attention to the 415,129 children currently in foster care in the United States.
“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 said of her daughter.
“In this lifetime we are lucky, because we can make the family that makes us happiest,” she said. “And sometimes you just need to go out and find it and bring it home.”
“If a traditional home is one that is filled with lots of love and poop jokes, no sleep, schedule books filled with more kids’ social events than adults’ and lots of yelling over who touched who first . . . then I have a very traditional family.” — Sandra Bullock