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    Brad to adopt Angelina's kids

    Brad Pitt to Adopt Angelina Jolie's Kids
    Friday Dec 02, 2005 11:20pm EST

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    Brad Pitt has started the process to adopt Angelina Jolie's two kids, the actor's publicist informed the Associated Press on Friday.

    A legal petition seeking to change the names of the children to Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt was filed in Los Angeles, publicist Cindy Guagenti said in a written statement.

    "We are confirming that Brad Pitt is in the process of becoming the adoptive father of both children," the statement said. "No further comment is being made."

    Jolie, who is a single mom to Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 11 months, told PEOPLE at the first annual Worldwide Orphans Foundation benefit on Oct. 24 that she wants to adopt again.

    "I'm planning on it," Jolie said. "Most of the night I just thought about how quickly I want to adopt again. It's a very special thing. There's something about making a choice, waking up and traveling somewhere and finding your family."
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    Re: Brad to adopt Angelina's kids

    Pitt faces adoption red tape By William Keck, USA TODAY
    Aside from love, Brad Pitt, 41, has a few legal reasons to make his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, Angelina Jolie, 30, his real-life Mrs. Smith.
    Pitt: Seeks to adopt Jolie's two kids, Zahara (left) and Maddox.AFP photo
    The actor's decision to file to be the adoptive father of Jolie's two children, Maddox, 4 and Zahara, 11 months, will result in months of paperwork, in-home supervision and a steep fee he could avoid with a wedding.
    "This is not the easiest way of doing things," says David Baum, president of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. "Frequently what you do if you are in a relationship with someone and you want to adopt their children, you marry them and do a step-parent adoption. There are extra requirements when you are not related by marriage to the children you are adopting."
    In Los Angeles County, the fees for a step-parent adoption are $775, and the process probably would take three to six months, Baum says. But with Pitt filing as a second parent, the star can expect to pay a home-study fee of $2,950 and submit to far more scrutiny.
    And Pitt shouldn't expect star treatment. "It isn't about how famous you are or how much money you have," Baum says.
    The county also will seek letters of reference, which will remain confidential to protect the children, as do the home-visit reports.
    When asked why Pitt would opt to seek adoption as a second parent rather than marry Jolie and adopt as a step-parent, his publicist had no comment.
    Us Weekly editor Janice Min says the extra work might be worth it to the marriage-shy couple: "These are two people for whom marriage hasn't necessarily worked out, especially for Angelina."
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