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Edie Falco: Why I Chose to Adopt

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Edie Falco with her children on July 30, 2011.

When it came time to start a family of her own, Edie Falco says adoption seemed like the obvious choice.

In an appearance on Anderson (airing Thursday), Falco, 48, discusses her decision to adopt her two kids, son Anderson and daughter Macy, as a single mom.

Though the former Sopranos actress had never considered adoption before, "At that time I was single and the idea to adopt came to me," Falco tells host Anderson Cooper. "I just knew at a certain point it was time to raise kids."

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Falco's two children are still young (she adopted Anderson in 2005 and Macy in 2008, both as infants), but that doesn't stop the Nurse Jackie star from having candid conversations with them about their family dynamic.

In fact, she says, "I don't know if they know that not every one of their friends is adopted. My son says, 'So then the lady has the baby in her belly, and then I [say], 'And when the baby comes out, she gives the baby to the mommy.'"

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Jokes Falco, "I'm thinking I'm going to wait [to tell them] the fact that some ladies keep their babies for their own…We will get to that."

When it does come time to have that discussion, Falco explains she has no qualms talking with her children about how other families do things.

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"I don't [worry] because I am really clear in my head what it's all about," the actress tells Cooper. "The second you are handed a newborn, it is yours. It doesn't matter what body it came out of. I've never felt more strongly about anything in my life."

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