Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is speaking out for the first time about fostering and adopting her 31/2-year-old daughter, Laila.
The 51-year-old tells PEOPLE that she adopted little Laila from Louisiana where she had been living in foster care.
“When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” says Bullock, who adopted son Louis, 5, in 2010.
“I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time,” she adds.
The process of expanding her family began three years ago, with Louis helping to lead the way.
“Louis spearheaded this whole journey,” she says, and while the two siblings have since formed an inseparable bond, Bullock says the first stages of bringing Laila home required patience and plenty of reassurance.
“I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere,” she says of her daughter, who has brought “pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans.”