• My Faith Pulled Me Through

    Mariska Hargitay is among America's favorite celebrities on Law & Order: SVU. It took years. It almost broke her heart. Here, for the first time, Mariska Hargitay shares the tender story of how she adopted her two precious new kids."This is the fun house!" Hargitay says, buoyant in a Manhattan mom's outfit of black jeans, riding boots, and layered tees that reveals her to be, refreshingly, as normal-size around the midriff as any top actress dares to be. Read More
  • Championing for the Misunderstood Birth Mother

    As a birth mom I have my own story and it is unique. It can often be easy to romanticize the ideal adoption scenario; a young girl gets pregnant and loves the baby so much that she decides to give it a better home and life than she can offer. But there is much more to most birth mother’s stories than that typical, idealized notion. Read More
  • A Heart of Gold

    Jessica Tatiana Long was born in Siberia with fibular hemimelia, missing most of the bones in her lower legs and feet. She was 13 months old when American Steve and Beth Long came to Jessica’s orphanage and adopted her. Read More
  • Infinite Possibilities

    Simply put, I am the son of a very brave woman. Anita, my birth mother, was just 16 when she discovered my existence. When my birth father discovered that Anita was pregnant, he decided that he did not want to be a part of any of this. He chose to leave her to face these challenges alone. Read More
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    Shannon loved her unborn daughter and chose to give her a family. Della loved her baby girl and chose to give her a home and the opportunity to have a relationship with her birth mother. Elizabeth loves both her mother and her birth mother for the tough choices they made to give her a life full of possibilities. Read More
  • Adoption and Birth Plans

    The future can seem overwhelming when you first find out you are pregnant, especially if you also have to struggle with the hard decision between adoption and parenting.There is so much to do to prepare for the birth of your child, so many factors to consider. Take a deep breath, and let us walk with you through each step as you make your decision and plan for your baby's birth. Read More
  • Celebrities for Adoption

    "I thought about what I would say to my birth mom if I ever had a chance to meet her. Tears started running down my face and the only words I could come up with were, ‘Thank you for this life that you have given me.'” Read More
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  • Miracle Adoption

    The Christmas gift arrived unexpectedly in the heat of summer when a woman in rural Washington County picked up the phone and was confronted with a choice that she knew would ultimately alter the course of a life. Read More
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A Story of Love

My Faith Pulled Me Through

Mariska Hargitay Adoption StoryIt took years. It almost broke her heart. Here, for the first time, Mariska Hargitay shares the tender story of how she adopted her two precious new kids

Mariska Hargitay is among America's favorite (not to mention highest-paid) TV actresses for one very good reason: her portrayal on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit of Olivia Benson, the grave, rarely smiling but deeply compassionate sex-crimes detective.

So it's happily jarring to enter Hargitay's sprawling but comfy New York City apartment and find...the trappings of a party. Dozens of helium balloons bounce against the ceilings of the living room and office; it was Hargitay's 48th birthday recently, and her husband, actor Peter Hermann (who recently starred in the Broadway play War Horse), surprised her with a hayride-themed party. While the bales of hay have thankfully been removed, those balloons remain a happy reminder of the soiree. A massive teddy bear is also a permanent fixture in the living room.

"This is the fun house!" Hargitay says, buoyant in a Manhattan mom's outfit of black jeans, riding boots, and layered tees that reveals her to be, refreshingly, as normal-size around the midriff as any top actress dares to be.

Her Family Plan

Hargitay gave birth to August at 42, an age after which subsequent pregnancies aren't always easy. After a few years of Hargitay and Hermann's enjoying new parenthood, "August wanted siblings, and Peter and I both envisioned this big family because we both come from that. Plus, we just had so much love to give," she explains. "I was really letting the chips fall as they might, because I do think so much is up to God. I always said, 'I don't know how this is going to end up. I don't know if I'm going to get pregnant and have twins. I don't know...,' " she says, throwing her hands up theatrically, " 'if somebody's going to leave a baby on my doorstep.' But I really did think that down the line, Peter and I would adopt a child. That was always part of the plan."

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A Heart of Gold

Jessica Tatiana Long was born in Siberia with fibular hemimelia, missing most of the bones in her lower legs and feet. Her parents, Natalia and Oleg, were scared, impoverished, unmarried teenagers. The doctors who delivered Jessica told her young parents that they would not be able to care for such a severely disabled child back home in their village. So Natalia and Oleg reluctantly decided to place their baby girl in a Russian orphanage, though they felt certain that no one would want to adopt a crippled child.

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Infinite Possibilities

Simply put, I am the son of a very brave woman. Anita, my birth mother, was just 16 when she discovered my existence. She knew there was nothing easy about being a pregnant unmarried teenager, but she never could have predicted all of the trials and obstacles she would have to conquer over the next nine months. When my birth father discovered that Anita was pregnant, he decided that he did not want to be a part of any of this. He chose to leave her to face these challenges alone.

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I Couldn't Get Her Off My Heart

baby myaThe White family of Louisville, Kentucky knew what hardship was. The recession had hit the family hard and they had been forced to downsize from their large family home to a small rental. However, one of their four children, ten year old Ryan Elizabeth heard about kids with even less than they had. Reading about the orphans in Haiti, Ryan urged her parents to do something. Couldn't they adopt some of the orphans who had no one to take care of them?

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Our Mission

Love's Choice was created to take an honest look at the painful beauty of adoption, and to provide tools to help each woman honestly assess the choices before her.

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed as you try to make the best plan for yourself and your child.  We are here to help and encourage.

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