Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly finalizing plans to adopt an orphan from war-torn Syria. The Daily Mail reports Jolie, a UN Special Envoy for Refugees, met with three Syrian orphan brothers on a recent mission to the country.
“Angelina was heartbroken to learn the three of them had seen their father taken away by Syrian soldiers and their home was also bombed. And they lost their mother in the bombing,” a source told Radar Online.
The actress initially wanted to adopt all three, per the source, but Brad was worried how the sudden change in family dynamics would affect their other children, and said no.
Pitt and Jolie already have six children together, three biological including Shiloh, eight, twins Knox and Vivienne, six, and three adopted, Maddox, 13, from Cambodia, Pax, 11, from Vietnam, and Zahara, 10, from Ethiopia.
“Going from six children to nine was just way too much, and Brad was concerned about how it would impact their other kids,” said the source. “But Angie didn’t put up a fight. She knew it just wouldn’t work.”
A business associate of the couple told UK’s Daily Express earlier this year that the conflict raging in Syria has emotionally affected Jolie.
“She has been moved to tears on several occasions over the plight of youngsters orphaned in the Syrian conflict,” the associate said in April. “Now she has sorted out her health issues, she and Brad believe the time is right to adopt another orphan from there, most likely a daughter.”
Angelina and Brad are now said to be going through formal requirements to finalize the adoption, but it could take another four or five months until the boy is brought to the United States, per the source.
“It has been a very long process to adopt the Syrian orphan. The red tape has been almost impossible at time.”Jolie has visited Syrian refugee camps at least six times as special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.