Mariska Hargitay Adopts A Girl

Mariska Hargitay attends the Stand Up For Heroes benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Town Hall, NYC, November 4, 2009 -- WireImage

Mariska Hargitay has a new bundle of joy in her life!

According to People, the "Law & Order: SVU" star and husband Peter Hermann have adopted a baby girl.

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The couple's baby, Amaya Josephine, was reportedly born outside the United States approximately a week ago.

"I'm deliriously happy," the 47-year-old actress told the mag. "From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love.

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"We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered," she adds.

"We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family. We're just so happy she's here."

The actress said their 4-year-old son August is thrilled to be a big brother to baby Amaya.

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"He is over the moon," she explained. "He calls her his baby because he says the whole thing was his idea. He always talks about how he's going to protect her. He's going to be a great big brother."

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