Finding Family: Nia Vardalos, Jillian Michaels and Comedian Kym Whitley

An honest, candid conversation about motherhood and adoption.

Although Katie was not adopted and did not adopt any children of her own, many of her friends have adopted and she thinks it’s an important topic to cover. But to have an in-depth conversation about adoption, Katie realized that she would need a co-host who has actually gone through the process, so she invited friend and actress Nia Vardalos. Nia’s Big Greek family got bigger when she added a daughter.

“I’m supposed to be using my big fat mouth to talk about adoption.” -Nia Vardalos

Actress and comedian Kym Whitley also became a mother through adoption. However, unlike Nia who tried for years to become a mother, Kym only had one hour to decide whether she would adopt her son Joshua.

“This new life saved me.” -Kym Whitley

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels is another adoptive mom. And although she whips people into shape every week on The Biggest Loser, her parenting style is anything but tough love.

“In that moment I was like…this is my daughter.” -Jillian Michaels

For some families, welcoming a child into their home can happen literally overnight, but for others, it can be a time-consuming struggle. It took Andrew and Jennifer DeTolve from Montgomery, Illinois five and a half years to adopt their son from Guatemala.

“We were his parents.” -Andrew DeTolve

Five and a half years, 16 trips and over $80,000 later, Andrew and Jennifer DeTolve were finally able to bring home their son, Byron.

“We have to advocate for adoption and we have to advocate for the kids left behind.” -Dr. Jane Aronson

Julie Von Zernick was forced to give up her daughter for adoption when she was 19-years-old. Little did she know that 40 years later, her daughter, Kathy Hatfield, would track her down for an incredible reunion.

“I had no idea when I was watching that show that I was watching my sister.” -Kathy Hatfield

Is adoption the right choice for you and your family? Adoptive moms, Nia Vardalos and Kym Whitley, and Dr. Jane Aronson, founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, share their advice for families.

“If he came through me or to me, it is still the same.” -Kym Whitley

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