It seems Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t the only one feeling the adoption bug while filming ‘The Blood Diamond’ in South Africa. According to Star Pulse, Jennifer Connelly also seriously considered (and is still desiring) adopting a child from the Sierra Leone orphanage. Her decision was heavily based on what effect such a move would have on her nine-year-old son, Kai. Apparently, Kai is still reeling from his mom’s recent separation from photographer dad David Dugan. Connelly has since remarried, but the urge to help a child in need was powerful. From the article,
“One of the kids I became close to was older than him. What would that mean to my family? Would my son feel displaced, all of a sudden having an older sibling who didn’t speak the language and would need so much more time and attention?
“These are all concerns of mine and reasons why I didn’t come home with a child even though, believe me, I would call Paul at night when he was away. I’d say, ‘There’s this baby and I don’t know what to do and I love him so much and if I leave him here he might die.’ It’s complicated, but we are still considering.”
Tough position, but no doubt stars like Connelly and DiCaprio really helped these kids out even in the short amount of time they spent with them. It’s got to be hard to visit these children and not feel the urge to sweep them up and give them better lives. Either way, every bit of attention — through media or charity — helps. Hit the article for more.