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Actress Nia Vardola Talks Adoption

a blog by Claire, April 8, 2013

In an interview with the Today show on Tuesday, actress Nia Vardola discussed her journey through infertility and adoption, and aspirations to become an advocate for adoption education.

Known for her role in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardola has recently embarked on a mission to become a spokesperson for adoption, which includes authoring her first publication. Her new book not only highlights references and resources for pursuing adoption, but also details the process Vardola and her husband went through leading up to the homecoming of their adopted daughter in 2008. Vardola underwent thirteen cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) before deciding to move on to adoption.

In an effort to correct misconceptions about adopting older children, Vardola revealed her own struggles with bringing home a young child (versus an infant) and how she and her husband were able to help their daughter transition. “It was really, really hard. She wouldn't let us hold her or kiss her. And I am here today because within six months from the time we finalized her adoption, she was completely transitioned and loving and attentive and attached, and that is the fear that people have,” she stated.

Vardola admits that she struggled to keep her battle with infertility private and could not let the sadness overcome her otherwise positive personality.

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