Mariska Hargitay Welcomes New Baby Boy: 5 Celebs With Adopted Children

 @ibtimes on October 19 2011 4:51 PM
  • Mariska Hargitay
    Actress Mariska Hargitay from the television show "Law and Order SVU" welcomed newly adopted baby boy, Andrew Nicolas on Wednesday. REUTERS
  • Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid
    Meg Ryan has a 2-year-old adopted daughter, Daisy. Ryan also has a son who turns 15 this month, Jack Henry, whose father is her ex-husband, Dennis Quaid. REUTERS
  • Kristin Davis
    Sex and the City star Kristin Davis has just announced a new addition to her home - a baby girl that she adopted. Reuters
  • Sandra Bullock poses with her award at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills
    Sandra Bullock, 45, began the adoption process four years ago for Louis Bardo Bullock, a 3½-month-old boy, born in New Orleans. REUTERS
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, are proud parents of a newly adopted baby boy, Andrew Nicolas, according to People magazine.

The couple had also adopted a baby girl, Amaya Josephine, only six months ago, and have a biological child together, five-year-old, August.

We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said 'Yes, yes, yes!' the 47-year-old star and mom of three told People.

In September, Hargitay also donated a gift of $100,000 to her alma mater, UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), which will go toward a new scholarship in her name.

Hargitay said she plans to continue working four days a week on SVU while her kids bond.

“They’ll lie in the crib together, and she’ll hold his hand and put her arm around him,” said Hargitay speaking about Andrew and Amaya. “She’s already so protective of him.”

Some other celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Meg Ryan, have also adopted their children from foreign countries such as Cambodia and China, while many other stars have opted to adopt domestically, including Sandra Bullock and Denise Richards.

Richards, who kept her two-year-long baby adoption process “extremely quiet,” says she was inspired to adopt a child from the U.S. after her own mother, Joni Richards, died of cancer.

Bullock adopted her baby boy, New Orleans-born Louis Bardo, shortly after her divorce from ex-husband Jesse James in 2010.

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