Sutton Foster Talks About Adopting her Daughter

Sometimes you need a little help from your friends and this rings true for actress Sutton Foster. Foster recently sat down with her co-star Peter Hermann to promote their TV Land series The Younger and Sutton revealed she turned to Hermann for guidance and support through the adoption process.

The 43-year-old actress welcomed her 15-month-old daughter Emily via adoption with husband Ted Griffin in the spring of 2017. Foster gives credit to Peter for being a pivotal player in her and husband Ted’s triumph in adopting their little girl. “I met my husband later in life and there are many ways to have a family,” Sutton reveals. “And when we started approaching the road towards adoption, he’s the guy we talked to.”

“Peter’s a huge reason why we found our daughter. I’m going to start crying when I think about it,” she says. Hermann, 50, who is married to actress Mariska Hargitay, 54, has a biological son August Miklos Friedrich who turns 12 this month. The couple adopted son Andrew Nicolas, 7, this summer and daughter Amaya Josephine.

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Foster went on to say, “We basically followed in your footsteps,” referring to Peter. Hermann has a few words of wisdom to families wishing to adopt, “Go-simply that.”

“I think parenthood, in general, is not for the faint of heart,” he continues. It’s something to go into with a lot of thought and with a lot of courage and a lot of joy.”

“And parenthood in whatever form, whether biological or adopted kids, it is an exquisite journey to bring a young person into your life. I just can’t say enough good about it.”

Foster gushed that her “life is sort of renewed” since Emily’s arrival. Things that went unnoticed before her daughter she now is hyperaware and sees, “every children’s store, every park, every festival.” Foster admits, “I feel feelings I’ve never felt before. I smile sometimes so hard I feel like my face is going to explode.”

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  1. I always love hearing stories of adoption. Each person needs to go with what is right for them… but I wish more people realized genes are not what make a child yours… love is. It sounds corny, but it is true.

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