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Mariska Hargitay Talks Adoption with Good Housekeeping

Posted Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:51 AM GMT

She's a mother to two adorable adopted children, and Mariska Hargitay opens up about her loving family for the May 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping.

Set to hit newsstands on April 10th, the 48-year-old "Law and Order" actress reveals the devastating loss that led to her two new babies, opening up about the adoption process.

Highlights from Miss Hargitay's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Good Housekeeping!

On her burgeoning family:
"I'm not gonna lie. There were wrenching moments. I say to everybody, 'Adoption is not for the faint of heart.' "

On getting a call from her adopted child's birth mother, only to have her change her mind:
“The long and short of it: The birth mother changed her mind. It was nothing short of devastating. But…this is what I’ve come to understand about life: It was probably the greatest, happiest ending. I mean, it was so painful for us, but it was deeply joyful and deeply right for her.”

On finding another chance for adoption:
"The whole thing was kind of…storybook. It was almost too good to be true. Peter and I held her, and then the birth mother and I hugged for a long time. That was profound. That was one of the most meaningful moments I’ve ever had in my life.”

On then adopting a premature boy:
“I don’t really know what to say about it, other than it was a no-brainer. Peter and I both thought, Let’s do it! I’m in! It was like…a miracle. And I don’t use that word lightly. I’ve never made a bigger decision so quickly. The whole thing happened in a total of two days.”

“Adoption was a bumpy ride—very bumpy,” she says, as a huge smile lights up her face. “But, God, was it worth the fight.”

Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping