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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, pictured with Silas, who was born in Russia

"We had spent months preparing for our trip to Russia to meet a little boy we only knew in a photograph. I had spent my entire adult life dreaming about adopting from an orphanage - just a weird dream I had. Watching him come around the corner with his nanny was an overwhelmingly perfect moment. Totally different, and oddly the same as when my oldest (biological) daughter was born. It is funny how before he even touched us we just knew we were meant to be family."

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