Bullock, 57, adopted her daughter Laila, now eight, through foster care; she also has an 11-year-old son named Louis
Before a then two-and-a-half-year-old Laila came to live with her in 2015, Bullock took classes on parenting children with trauma
She said that the little girl would stock away food and hide in the closet with all her clothes on 'telling me she's leaving'
It wasn't until about two years ago that she would go to sleep without Bullock and her partner, photographer Bryan Randall, in the room
Bullock said Laila 'was in three different systems before I found her' and described the little girl as the 'most glorious child'
Bullock also spoke about suffering from PTSD after a home invasion in 2014 and using EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy
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Sandra Bullock has opened up about what it was like to adopt her daughter Laila through foster care, revealing how the trauma the little girl had suffered made her hide food and constantly prepare to leave — before, just about two years ago, she finally felt secure enough to fall asleep without the actress in the room.
Bullock, 57, began fostering Laila, now eight, when she was just two-and-a-half, and already she had been through three foster care systems.
Speaking on a new episode of Red Table Talk to hosts Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Bullock discussed how she had to take parenting classes about caring for a child with trauma before bringing Laila home.
And for several years, they'd deal with 'triggers' on a daily basis, and Bullock would have to reassure Laila that she wasn't going anywhere.
Sandra Bullock has opened up about what it was like to adopt her daughter Laila through foster care
She revealed how Laila, now eight, had suffered trauma that made her hide food and constantly prepare to leave
Bullock came to motherhood a bit later in life but said she had her heart set on it.
'I knew I would be a mother. I knew I wouldn't be a mother at a young age,' she said.
She adopted her son, Louis, in 2010 when he was three-and-a-half months old, and brought Laila home through foster care in 2015.
'I had an extraordinary experience through the foster care system. It was incredibly hard, but, I have the most glorious child to show for what exists within that system,' she said.
But it wasn't easy. Bullock continued: 'She was in three different systems before I found her, and she was only two and a half.
'It's a system that exists and people don't know about it because it's a difficult thing to talk about. It gets deep, and it gets dark.
'When I first went through the process myself, you have to prove that you are a capable parent. And you're in the judgement cage. I got halfway through it and I said, "I can't do this."
'They literally sit down and they ask you, so what do you think is the worst kind of abuse? What is the worst kind of drug, and alcohol? And I go, I don't know, they're all bad. You're just going, "If I don't answer this right, I'm not fit,"' she said.
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