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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann's Quotes on Adoption

Mariska Hargitay Opened Up About What Adoption Means to Her, and We're Tearing Up

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann attend the screening of

Mariska Hargitay always knew she wanted a family with her husband Peter Hermann, regardless of whether they had children biologically or not. In a recent interview with People, the mother of three shared how adoption had always been in the forefront of the couple's minds. After welcoming their oldest son, August, via emergency C-section in 2006, they went on to adopt two more children — Amaya and Andrew — within four months of each other in 2011.

"Having lost my mom at a young age, I then grew up with my stepmom, and I have half siblings, and so I know that families can be built in all sorts of different ways, that there isn't just one way to create a family and that it isn't just about biology," she explained.

Knowing the adoption process can take a long time, Mariska and Peter were surprised that Andrew was able to come into their home for good so quickly. "We adopted Amaya, and Andrew, I always describe it as this angel that fell out of the sky, because he was a little unexpected," the 55-year-old mom said. "It's something that happened very quickly, when adoption can take a long time. We were so beautifully and surprisingly . . . not because we're not in sync, but surprisingly in sync about something so huge. So momentous."

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Peter agrees, explaining that the way their children came into their lives didn't matter to him. "It's funny, I always get so private about our kids, but I think that the easiest way or the easiest answer is we just wanted a bigger family and we feel incredibly blessed," the 51-year-old said.

Nope, it doesn't get any sweeter than that!

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