Three years after giving birth to her son, Will, Mary-Louise Parker adopted Caroline "Ash" Aberash from Africa. A year after the adoption, she commented on it, saying:
I think it's something everyone should do if they can and want to. I can't adopt 500 children, but I did adopt this one beautiful little girl and it was an amazing thing. Especially after having been to a Third World country, and having seen the desperation there, and the need, and all the children, and holding those children and seeing them and touching them.
I hear the comment, "Why not adopt from this country?" There's a lot of need in this country. And I think if you want to adopt anywhere it's a beautiful thing, but it's not a contest. So you shouldn't say "Why don't you adopt this child over that child." A child is a child and every child deserves to be loved.