Mariska Hargitay & Teen Adopted Daughter Hug in Rare Pic Years after She Cried Becoming Her Mom

Mariska Hargitay’s journey to motherhood has been marked by challenges and triumphs, culminating in the joy of raising her three children, including her only daughter, Amaya, who recently turned 12.

Years before Amaya joined their family, Mariska endured the heartbreak of a failed adoption. However, when an African-American mother entrusted her child to Mariska, she embraced motherhood with open arms, cherishing her multiracial family.

Known for her role in “Law & Order,” Mariska typically keeps her family life private. However, a rare glimpse was shared on Instagram, showing Mariska, her husband Peter Hermann, and their children enjoying a moment together.

Mariska’s journey to motherhood began when she gave birth to her first son, August, at the age of 42. Inspired by their desire for a larger family, Mariska and Peter explored adoption, facing numerous challenges along the way.

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – JULY 20: Mariska Hargitay with children Amaya Andrew, and August attend The Children’s Museum Of The East End 5th Annual Family Fair at Children’s Museum of the East End on July 20, 2013 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)

Their perseverance paid off with the adoption of Amaya, who brought immeasurable joy to their lives. Despite initial setbacks, the couple’s determination led them to expand their family once again with the surprise adoption of their son, Andrew.

Mariska and Peter’s journey highlights the power of perseverance and the blessings of a loving, multiracial family. Despite the hurdles they faced, their enduring love and commitment have created a beautiful life together.