Jodie Sweetin revealed that her parents had struggled to have kids and decided to go for an interfamily adoption.
"Full House" star Jodie Sweetin has opened up about how she was adopted by her parents as a baby and how it affected her relationship with her biological family. Sweetin revealed that her father had an interesting connection with her biological family. She said Sweetin’s father, Sam, first met her at his ex-wife, Rose's home. Rose was Sweetin's biological father’s aunt. Sam often visited Rose as they shared three children. “(Sam) would go over there to check on her, check on the house, make sure things were working right, whatever. He was still around that family, and he saw me there,” she revealed to the “Conversations With Olivia Jade” podcast.
At the time, Sam and his second wife, Janice, wanted to start their own family but were struggling and that's when they decided to adopt. “My parents really wanted to have kids and they were having some struggles, so it wound up that they were able to adopt me sort of through that chain,” said Sweetin, reported TODAY. “It’s an interesting story, and actually, I think it’s a story that happens a lot." She said interfamily adoption was unnecessarily stigmatized and was more common than perceived. "People don’t really talk about it, because I think there’s this weird sense of shame if there’s an interfamily adoption. But I think that interfamily adoption happens a lot, so I like sharing my story now, because I think that more people are like, ‘Oh my gosh, me, too.' It doesn’t feel as isolating and weird and outside of the norm.”
One of Sweetin's prominent roles came as Stephanie Tanner in "Full House" where she played the daughter of Bob Saget’s Danny Tanner. She was just 5-years-old when she began filming "Full House." She also opened up about her bond with Bob Saget and how she considers him an important father figure to her. “I would spend time with Bob’s family on weekends,” she said, recalling her childhood. “It was just a family unit, and I’m so incredibly grateful for it because I just gained this huge family of people that I know love me no matter what. Whatever happens, our differences or whatever, we just genuinely love each other. And no matter what happens, we’ll always show up for each other,” she said.
Bob Saget tragically passed away at the age of 65 earlier this year in January. Sweetin said Saget set the example on how to raise kids and it's something that resonates with her and she applies to her own parenting. “I remember Bob just being really inclusive of his kids, and he didn't talk to them like they were idiots” said Sweetin. “And he did the same with me. He treated me with respect as a young person, and so did John (Stamos) and Dave (Coulier). I understood that when I had kids, you can joke with them, you can have real conversations."
Sweetin is a mother to two daughters, Zoie, 14, who she shares with ex Morty Coyle, and Beatrix, 11, who she shares with ex-husband Cody Herpin. She paid tribute to Bob Saget after his death in an Instagram post. "Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob," she wrote. "He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls, and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. I would always say “you’re the best TV dad ever”. And he was."