The 13 Best Adoption Storylines on TV

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:07 p.m. ET

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Lily on Modern Family

Lily Mitchell Cam
Source: ABC

On Modern Family, Cam and Mitch adopted Lily from Vietnam. And a couple of seasons ago, they talked about potentially adopting a little boy, too. Lily needs a little bro, guys. Get on that.

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Rachel on Glee

Lea Michele
Source: FOX

Lea Michele's character on Glee was adopted by her two dads as a baby. And do you remember who her birth mother is?

Beth on Glee

Quinn Puck Baby
Source: Fox

Rachel's birth mom is Shelby, the substitue teacher at McKinley who decided later in life that she wanted a daughter. So, she adopted Puck and Quinn's baby girl, Beth, at birth. Full circle, guys.

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Dixon on 90210

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Source: The CW

Dixon got adopted into the Wilson family on 90210, which is amazing for him because then he got Lori Loughlin as a mom and Shenae Grimes as a sister. Win-win.

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Lily on Sex and the City

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Source: HBO

When Sex And The City's Charlotte and her hubby, Harry, couldn't get pregnant, they adopted their daughter Lily and the rest is history. But then in the SATC movie, Charlotte gets pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl!

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Disney's Jessie

Source: Disney

On Debby Ryan’s Disney sitcom, Jessie nannies for a family in NYC that adopted 3 out of 4 of their children, Ravi, Zuri and Luke.

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Victor on Parenthood

Source: NBC

When Joel and Julia of Parenthood decide that they want another kid, they adopt Victor, a troublesome 12-year-old. Those two have clearly got their hands full.

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Elena on The Vampire Diaries

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Source: The CW

We learn early into The Vampire Diaries that Jeremy Gilbert is adopted, and then later, his sister Elena learns that she's adopted, too. Double whammy.

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Zola on Grey's Anatomy

Meredith Grey Zola
Source: ABC

Zola came to Seattle Grace first as a patient from Africa, but Meredith and Derek took to her so much that they adopted her as their own. Meredith then gave birth to their son, Bailey, on last season's finale!

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Ricky on Secret Life

Ricky Secret Life
Source: ABC Family

Ricky grew up in foster care until he was adopted as a kid a few years later. We get introduced to his birth mom, Nora, in later episodes of Secret Life, so he went from having no moms to two moms just like that.

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The Fosters

The Fosters
Source: ABC Family

And speaking of foster care, pretty much all the kids on the ABC Family show The Fosters went from living in foster care to living with adoptive families. Happy stories all around.

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Miranda caleb ravenswood
Source: ABC Family

And one last ABC Family that deals heavily with foster care and adoption is the PLL spinoff, Ravenswood, which got canceled after its first season. The two main characters—Caleb and Miranda—end up spending their whole lives in foster care separately before meeting each other and becoming friends in that creepy town in Pennsylvania.

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Source: CBS

In the final episode of season 1 of CBS' Mom, 16-year-old Violet gives birth and makes the tough decision to give up her daughter to a couple who can't have kids of their own. It was a heartfelt and perfect ending to the season.


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