Adoption Trivia

Interesting Adoption Facts You Might Not Know!

What famous baseball player was adopted? (hint: his nickname was The Bambino)

Babe Ruth 

Born George German Ruth, Jr. in 1895, Babe Ruth was sent to an orphanage at age seven. Babe attended St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. It was there that Babe met Brother Matthias, who taught him how to play baseball. The rest is history – he went on to become one of the greatest and most beloved players to ever set foot on a baseball field.


What fast-food restaurant mogul was placed for adoption at birth?

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas, the founder of fast-food restaurant giant Wendy’s, was given up for adoption at birth. Sadly, his adoptive mother died when he was five. Thomas left high school in the tenth grade to work full-time at a restaurant. After a stint in the army, Thomas moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he opened his first Wendy’s restaurant in 1969. He would later found the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to promote adoption law simplification and reduce adoption costs in the United States

Source: The Editors of Publications International, Ltd..  “13 Famous People Who Were Adopted”  11 September 2007.

What famous adoptee pioneered a series of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone and iPad?

Steve Jobs

As an infant, Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs and named Steven Paul Jobs. Clara worked as an accountant and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. The family lived in Mountain View within California’s Silicon Valley. As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage. Paul would show his son how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, a hobby which instilled confidence, tenacity and mechanical prowess in young Jobs.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computers in 1976. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.

Source: Steve Jobs Biography 

Name the adoptive mother who was the first woman network news anchor on ABC news starting in 1976

Barbara Walters 

After Walters had three miscarriages, the couple decided to adopt a baby girl they named Jackie. Having a child, says Walters, “made her life complete.”

Over the years, Walters discovered there were many others inside the ABC community who have made the decision to adopt, including weekend anchor Carole Simpson and former ABCNEWS correspondent Connie Chung, as well as talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell.


What famous folk-rock singer from the 70's became a birthmother in 1965 and went on to write a song about the daughter she placed for adoption called Little Green?

Joni Mitchell

She soon moved to Toronto, where she began performing on the local folk scene and gave birth to a baby girl. At the time, the social stigma of being an unwed mother was so intense that Mitchell didn’t even tell her parents about the baby. Without money, a job, or even a home, in 1965 she entered into what she later termed “a marriage of convenience” to folksinger Chuck Mitchell. They moved to Detroit, where Mitchell felt she had no option but to place her daughter, named Kelly Dale Anderson, up for adoption. She and Chuck Mitchell soon divorced.


Name two cartoon movies that deal with topic of adoption.

Despicable Me

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