October 07, 2010 09:00 AM

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Having been lucky enough to be adopted by a loving family as a baby, Kristin Chenoweth is now thinking about continuing the cycle — and adopting a child herself.

“When I see other single parents, I think, ‘Maybe I can do it too,'” the Tony-winning actress and singer, 42, said Wednesday in accepting an Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a group with which she works.

“I was shuffled around and got into the right home,” she told PEOPLE. “I was lucky.”

Chenoweth recently paid for 14 foster children to see her on Broadway in the musical revival of Promises, Promises. Asked if she would take in a foster child herself, Chenoweth told PEOPLE: “I could very easily be that person.”

Chenoweth was adopted by two chemical engineers, and says it was funny to see how much their talents and hers diverged.

“They couldn’t understand why I never understood math or science,” she says. On the flip side, “They should never sing aloud,” she jokes. “I tell them to keep that inner voice.”

But Chenoweth, who is bringing her April Rhodes character back to Glee this season, has found a new talent lately: shoe design. A shoe that she created will go on sale at ShoeDazzle.com in November — National Adoption Month — with proceeds going to benefit foster kids.

“I’m not a scientist,” laughs Chenoweth, “but I’m really good at shoes.”

— Wendy Grossman

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