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Sandra Bullock Opens Up About Her Daughter’s Adoption

Congratulations to Sandra Bullock!

The 51-year-old actress is now the proud mother of two beautiful children after revealing she quietly adopted her 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Laila.

Sandra is featured on the latest issue of People and reveals the adoption process and the struggle of maintaining her daughter’s privacy was like being in “witness protection.”

“You feel it’s very much like witness protection,” the star, 51, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story.

Bullock, who fostered Laila (pronounced Lila) before adopting her, feared that the process would be jeopardized by the intense spotlight of her stardom — a fear that proved especially scary during an emergency room visit before the adoption was complete.

“Unbeknownst to me, a photographer had followed us and taken a photo of us in line,” says the actress, who adopted 5-year-old son Louis in 2010.

“The next day, I learned that a photo of her was being shopped around for sale to every outlet around the world. I had promised and legally agreed to protect her from something like this, and here I was chasing down lawyers — having them begging them to keep her safe.”

Congrats to Sandy and her growing family.

Scoop the latest issue of People for more. 

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