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Adoption photos: The moment I became a mom

Laura Willard is a law school grad who has successfully avoided using her education for eight years and counting. She's a wife and an adoptive mom to two kids. Motherhood is the best job she never knew she wanted so much until she had it...

Moms meeting their babies for the first time

For moms whose families were created or expanded through adoption, few things are as emotional as meeting her child for the first time. In honor of Mother's Day, we've gathered special photos of those first moments – a precious few seconds shared between a mom and the newest member of her family.

Moms meeting their babies for the first time

Kate Hamernik, mom of three, pictured with Charlotte, who was born in the U.S.

"We knew Charlotte came with a lot of question marks and concerns. We knew that our match was not a coincidence. We were scared, but we embraced her and just felt vulnerable and powerful at the same time – we just wanted to help her reach her potential, no matter what that might be."

Kate also shared a letter to her daughter on her blog.

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