In her pursuit to adopt Maddox, Angelina Jolie faced several legal challenges two decades ago. Her journey began when she traveled to Cambodia in 2000 to film Tomb Raider and developed a strong connection with the country. During her trip, Jolie visited an orphanage where she met Maddox and felt an instant connection with him. With the assistance of her partner, Sarath Mounh, Jolie was able to navigate the adoption process smoothly. Mounh revealed that Maddox is a cheerful and intelligent child who won Jolie’s heart with his infectious smile and positive outlook. Despite being a young boy, Maddox impressed Jolie by standing up and smiling at her instead of crying like other children. This incident left a lasting impression on the actress and ultimately led her to choose Maddox as her son.
During a visit to newborns, Angelina Jolie was delighted to see Maddox smiling among the crying babies. However, adoption in Cambodia was difficult at the time due to widespread child trafficking. To ensure a proper adoption, Angelina sought the help of her colleague Mr. Sarath Mounh. He legally adopted Maddox before transferring custody to Angelina through a signed document.
Sarath Mounh has stated that he would like to become the adoptive father of Maddox, so that Angelina can take her son with her to the United States legally. Angelina’s adoption of the Cambodian orphan boy has had a significant impact on his life, providing him with the chance to relocate to America. The news of Maddox’s adoption by a famous personality like Angelina was met with great enthusiasm and delight by the people of Cambodia, who are hopeful that he will remember his heritage and accomplish great things in life.
Angelina received a helping hand from Sarath, who can be seen in the picture on the rightmost side. Sarath aided Angelina in conquering the anxiety stemming from her inability to complete the adoption paperwork.
The momentous occasion when Angelina Jolie journeyed to Cambodia to reunite with her child was documented through unique and private photographs.
Maddox has had the opportunity to gain knowledge about Cambodia’s beneficial traditions and habits through his regular trips back to his motherland.