Last October, broadcaster Hoda Kotb revealed that she and her partner Joel Schiffman were ready to grow their family. The couple shared that they had filed the paperwork to adopt their third child. Now, Hoda is opening about the challenges she and Joel are facing with their adoption.


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The TODAY Show co-anchor adopted her first child in 2017, a daughter named Haley Joy. She expanded her family again in 2019 when she adopted another daughter named Hope Catherine. When she revealed that she and Joel were ready to add another child to the family, the author said, “We wondered, would our family be better with another child? Do we have enough love? Do we have enough time? Will we be a better family? And the answer to all those questions seems to be yes.”

It would seem the couple is hitting some bumps in the road in the process. During her appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Hoda shared, “You know what’s funny about the adoption stuff that’s going on now, apparently it’s really slow during this time, during COVID. They said that a lot of people who maybe would normally feel like it would be something they’d want to do, have a child and then give it to someone to raise because they couldn’t, are holding onto things because they don’t have anything [at] that moment. So that’s what I’ve heard from our agency, everything’s slow, but they say wait wisely and just be, so we’re just going to be.”

We wish Hoda and Joel all the best as they continue their journey to adopting their third child together and hope they’re able to expand their family soon!

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