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F E R T I L I T Y R O A D C E L E B R I T Y S P O T L I G H T “ I’ve always been very honest in saying I wanted a family. I’ve always known I wanted a family, I’ve always been very aware of balance and, even before I had a child, my life always takes priority to my work. ” CHARLIZE THERON AFRICA OUTREACH PROJECT © Paul Weinberg/OAN/CTAOP Adoption and life as a solo mother In 2012, after an intercountry adoption process that took two years Charlize finally adopted a son, Jackson, as a solo mother. This followed the end of her nine year relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010, although adoption had been a long-term objective of hers since childhood. Charlize told Australia’s Madison magazine that her mother found a letter she had written as a child saying “‘Would you please take me to [an] orphanage so that I can go and adopt a baby?”. There has been a significant decline in the global number of intercountry adoptions since its peak in 2004. In 2004, approximately 45,000 intercountry adoptions took place but by 2010 the global total had fallen to under 30,000, partly attributed to a decline in eligible children following social and economic changes in countries like China, Russia and Guatemala and also work by developing nations to implement tougher domestic adoption regulations to retain children. Charlize’s decision to adopt a little boy from South Africa rather than create her family by other means publicly endorses intercountry adoption and the vital role adoption can play in giving opportunity and life chances to vulnerable children in need around the world. Charlize’s decision to adopt as a solo mother was also the product of her decision to prioritise having a family rather than waiting to find Mr Right. In an interview with Vogue, she said “I’ve always been very honest in saying I wanted a family. I’ve always known I wanted a family”. Charlize’s experiences as a mother have enriched her life and ensured that her work/life balance is firmly rooted in favour of her personal life saying “...Jackson is great. I’ve always been very aware of balance and, even before I had a child, my life always takes priority to my work”. Like Charlize, increasing numbers of single women are taking the decision to become solo mothers rather than hold out for their perfect life partner. The decision to start a family is always a big one, but it raises additional challenges for solo parents who carry the sole burden of parenthood. Solo parents must take extra care to ensure they legally secure their family unit, especially if they become parents through adoption or conception with a known donor, and ensure they put in place a valid Will to appoint legal guardians for their child and secure their child’s financial future in the event of their unexpected death. Charlize Theron’s commitment to live life to the full is impressive. Her passion for her work, her personal life and family and the welfare of others marks her out as an exceptional woman and role model who strives to make the world a better place for us all. CTAOP was created in 2007 by Charlize Theron in an effort to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is Sub-Saharan Africa, the primary area of focus has been Charlize’s home country of South Africa. In collaboration with Oprah’s Angel Network, CTAOP provide funding to Mpilonhle, a community based South African non-profit organisation that offers mobile health services to secondary schools in the rural uMkhanyakude District of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, one of the most impoverished regions of South Africa. Mpilonhle provides HIV/AIDS preventive education, health screening, counselling, psychosocial support, voluntary HIV testing as well as home-based care and treatment for those who are infected. Other programs include peer counselling, computer literacy courses, food parcel distribution, and a sports and health curriculum. To date, Mpilonhle has supplied services to over 60,000 students, including more than 30,000 who have had individual health counselling sessions. With the general lack of roads, electricity, schools, hospitals and health clinics, as well as a lack of portable water and sanitation services, CYAOP have helped Mpilonhle to embarked on a more holistic approach to address the broader needs of the community in ways which have only worked to enhance their HIV prevention work. In early 2011, construction began on a collaborative community initiative called Home Field Advantage (HFA) which aims to bring clean water, sports fields, food gardens, community laundry basins, and non-contaminating toilet blocks to secondary schools. The generosity of CTAOP’s supporters, including the Annenberg Foundation, ONEXONE, Orange County Center for Living Peace, Red Granite Pictures and many others, enabled Mpilonhle to create hubs of activity at these schools that will allow their health services to reach beyond enrolled students to the community at large. To find out more about CTAOP and how you can get involved please visit our website. APRIL - MAY 2013 | WWW.FERTILITYROAD.COM | 17

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