Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann gained much attention last year after adopting two children within six months time. Although the couple were delighted to adopt, Mariska and Peter were not happy about the process. In an exclusive interview with Good Housekeeping, Mariska opened up about the adoption process saying, “I’m not gonna lie. There were wrenching moments. I say to everybody, Adoption is not for the faint of heart.”

Hargitay reflected back on a time when she and Peter adopted a newborn. After naming her and two days of parenting, the baby’s biological mother decided to resume guardianship. Mariska and Peter were heartbroken. The actress states, “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.”

Although she describes the adoption process as a “bumpy ride,” Hargitay says it was “worth the fight.” Mariska and Peter are the proud parents to children Amaya Josephine, 13 months old, and sons Nicholas,9 months, and August, 5½.

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  1. Miriska
    Would make a great actress of a police woman in louisiana
    Behind the badge in Atchafalaya.
    Both her and our native louisiana’s own police woman could be doubles
    I was adopted and it was great.
    Now I’m 57

  2. Wow, what a beautiful beautiful baby girl. Congrats to the happy couple. I would love to see more black celebs adopting black kids. Since so many people always making negative comments about white people adopting black kids.

  3. I went back and read the article. It’s very confusing. Was Amaya then returned to Mariska and her husband or was she a subsequent adoption?

    • A subsequent adoption with another birth mother. The same thing happened to my neighbor but it was the birth father who changed his mind.They got another baby eventually, though.

    • It was kind of was confusing but the 1st baby girl was returned to her mother after 2 days. A few months later they get a call about another woman (Amaya’s bio mom) and they adopt her child Amaya, then Andrew.

  4. Love Mariska! So happy her daughter & son are black so I get to see them on here all the time. They look so happy..love it!

    Thx Robbie, I was wondering about that. Amaya was meant to be their daughter. She’s looking at her mom with love in her eyes.

  5. Cute. They both look so happy .
    BTW It wasn’t Amaya’s birth mother that changed her mind. It was another baby girl that they had to give back. Amaya was adopted after that.

    • That must’ve been so devasting. To have to give back a child that you’ve bonded with and longed for. God bless them.

  6. Kudos to Mariska for adopting such a beautiful baby doll…the both of them look like they are having the time of their happy lives !!!!.

  7. omg how adorable li chocalate drop she luks healthy & happy lk a li baby doll make me wanna hav anothr baby but aftr having 3 i think not lol beautiful baby

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