Nia Vardalos’ Adoption Story

My Big Fat Greek Wedding star speaks on adoption in her life.

Jessalynn Speight June 01, 2014

“When I first saw her, I had this feeling of, ‘Oh!  I found you!’”

Nia Vardalos speaks about how adoption has played a significant role in her life.

She and her husband adopted a three-year-old girl from foster care and it has changed her life greatly. She was able to become a mother and feel the joy that brings.  She is now acting as an advocate for the 120,000+ children in foster care who are ready to be adopted, trying to spread awareness about this wonderful way of building families and providing homes for children.

It’s so good to see these positive adoption stories in the media, especially from celebrities in Hollywood.



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Jessalynn Speight

Jessalynn Bills Speight placed for adoption 5.5 years ago. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She placed her in the arms of an incredible family and share a wonderful open adoption. When her birth daughter was 6 months old she started a blog called, 2 years later she got married to a stud muffin. She now has two kids and 2 fur babies. She resides in good ol' Utah. She started hosting retreats for adoptive couples and has now moved on to hosting birth mother retreats as well. She has presented at conferences and taught classes at women's retreats. She recently had an article in Cosmopolitan, was featured on Fox National News, The Kelly File, and several local news channels. She's helped film a documentary about adoption, a video called the Agape Project, and has blogged for many other websites and online magazines. She is an avid foodie and enjoys cooking, traveling, rescuing animals, learning about holistic healing, history, and photography.

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