Nia Vardalos On Being An Instant Mom

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When Nia Vardalos first thought about having children, she did not expect to become an instant mom. After years of fertility treatments — she had 13 failed IVF procedures — the actress became disillusioned with adoption and becoming a parent. That all changed one day when she was driving down a road she had been down a hundred times before she noticed a sign that she had somehow missed, a billboard for foster care adoption.  

“I didn’t understand what it was,” she says. “All I thought was, ‘I don’t want to do that. The child will be placed with me, then eventually taken away.’” However, Vardalos did her research and learned that in the United States there are 135,000 kids who are legally emancipated and available for adoption. After the initial process, her life changed overnight when she got the call that there was a 3-year-old girl that they had been matched with and they had just 14 hours to prepare.

Vardalos explains in her new book, Instant Mom that the moment she laid eyes on her now 8-year old daughter Ilaria she knew this girl was meant to join her family. She says, “The first thing I did was whisper in her ear, ‘I will always take care of you.’” Vardalos and her husband, Ian Gomez have now become advocates of foster care adoption.

I cannot imagine being a childless woman one day and waking up the next with a 3 year old. I think going the foster care adoption route takes great courage and faith and I respect Vardalos and her husband for their decision. I think it is even more important that she and her husband are bringing awareness to the thousands of children that need a home – what an amazing responsibility.

How would you have handled becoming an instant mom?

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Nia Vardalos On Being An Instant Mom

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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4 comments

  1. Phammom says:

    This an awesome story.

  2. nichole says:

    i think i would get scared if i had no kids, and then all of a sudden a small child who depended on me, but also had a mind of their own (like all 3 year olds do lol). its scary enough starting out with one who cant walk and run from you, or talk back or anything yet. but now that i have kids, i dont think it would be as scary sence i have an idea on what may come. good for her for adopting via foster care. too many kids are without familys, but they all deserve them

  3. Ericka says:

    Yes. She did. She wrote, "After the initial process, her life changed overnight when she got the call that there was a 3-year-old girl that they had been matched with and they had just 14 hours to prepare."

  4. Sara Sarles says:

    While the article is sweet and touching, I don’t think the writer does a very good job of explaining what an "instant mom" is.

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