Giving a child up for adoption is never an easy thing to do. The bond between parent and child is one of the strongest things in the world, and to break that bond can often break the person too. Luckily, in this day and age of search engines and social media, many children reunite with the parents who gave them away. Others are sadly not so lucky. Here are 20 famous people who gave their children up for adoption and what happened after they did.

Kate Mulgrew

The Orange is the New Black star fell pregnant in 1977, just as her acting career was getting off the ground. Fearing that having a baby may harm her career and being unwilling to marry the father, Kate Mulgrew took the difficult decision to give her baby girl up for adoption. Mother and daughter were reunited in 2001.