Tiffany Haddish, who grew up in foster care, is getting ready to adopt older kids from the system


Tiffany Haddish revealed that she is working towards adopting children!

“I’m taking parenting classes now to adopt,” Haddish told E! News’ Daily Pop.

The comedian, who spent part of her childhood in foster care, has spoken in the past about adopting older children in foster care. Babies and younger children tend to be adopted out of the system more easily than older kids, and generally, the older a child is, the harder it is for them to get adopted. She is aiming to help an older child who might otherwise be passed over by other families … although she used her signature humor to laugh off her selflessness.

“I’m looking at 5 and up, really like 7,” Haddish told E! “I want them to be able to know how to use the restroom on their own and talk.”

“I want them to know that I put in the work and wanted them,” she continued.

Since she spent many years in the foster care system, she knows firsthand how difficult it can be.

“You’re dropped in these strangers’ houses, you don’t know these people, these people don’t know you, you don’t know if they’re gonna hurt you, if they’re gonna be kind, you don’t have a clue what’s going on,” Haddish said of the experience on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”


When Haddish was a child, her mother was in a serious car accident that left her with many injuries and altered her personality, causing her to become erratic and violent — and unable to care for the kids. Haddish, who is the eldest of five, was 12 years old when she and her siblings entered foster care, and she remained until she was emancipated from the system when she became an adult.

In foster care, the comedian spent years moving from home to home, with all of her belongings in a trash bag.

“I remember when I got my first suitcase, I felt like I was a traveler, like I had a purpose, like I’m a person, like I’m not garbage. I got this — it’s mine, and my things are in here, and wherever I go I can take this with me and I’m going somewhere,” Haddish told Letterman.

Haddish tells a lot of these difficult but inspiring stories from her life in her book, “The Last Black Unicorn.”

Congrats to Haddish for taking this important step toward becoming a parent! We know whatever child she ends up adopting will be so loved and so nurtured — and feel like they’ve got the funniest mom around.

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