My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos recently shared her personal adoption story with Celebrity Baby Scoop: “I really think this all happened to me for a reason…We all found each other: my husband, our daughter, me, our dogs. We all adopted each other. This was supposed to happen this way.”
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) honored Nia, along with NFL Linebacker Scott Fujita, on Wednesday night (October 5) at the annual Angels in Adoption Gala in Washington, D.C. As an adoptee himself, Scott is passionate about raising awareness surrounding adoption. And of course, Nia said that adoption changed her life: “A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter.”
My husband and I were matched with our daughter via American Foster Care, and the minute we met her, our lives changed forever,” Nia said in a statement to Celebrity Baby Scoop. “At three years old, our perfect little girl walked into our house, and turned it into a home.”
Football star Scott Fujita also talked about the joys of adoption, and the importance of sharing adoption stories.
“The more I’ve bounced around this country, the more I’ve realized how important it was for me to share my family’s story,” he said. “Adoption is a fantastic way to provide children with the safe, nurturing, and permanent homes they deserve. And it’s also a way to build and complete the families that so many loving parents dream about.”
There are thousands of kids waiting and hoping to be adopted, and I think it’s important for those considering adoption to hear stories like ours. My brother and I were both adopted, and we both feel so fortunate to have THIS family,” the NFL star added.
Scott’s parents said that they consider their lives “deeply enriched by the experiences we have shared with these two fantastic sons,” and noted that “yes, we have had the usual ups and downs of any family raising two rambunctious boys. But all those moments are what make a family and create the most treasured memories.”
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