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Willie Garson Finalizes Son's Adoption

02/05/2010 at 09:00 AM ET
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Willie Garson is officially a father – after having begun the process of adopting his 8-year-old son, Nathen, a year ago.

The adoption, fostered by The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Westside Children’s Center, was finalized in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Sex and the City actor, who currently stars on the USA Network’s White Collar, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“From the first time I met him, I said, ‘That’s my kid,’” says Willie, 45. His biggest challenge so far as a single parent? Helping Nathen with his homework.

“He’s in third grade, and I’m in the third grade,” jokes Willie, who reprises his role as Stanford Blatch — the best guy pal of Carrie Bradshaw — in the upcoming Sex and the City 2, which hits movie theaters May 28.

– Monica Rizzo

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Ellen Smith on

I’m so thrilled for Willie. I think he’ll be a great dad.

Vida on

Congratulations to Willie and his son Nathen! Good luck with the homework situation it just gets harder as they get older. :-)

Heather on

As a foster mom, this just warms my heart!

meghan on

Yah!! I’m so happy for Willie and his son Nathen. Best of luck in what the future brings!

Mrs.B on

Congrats and best of luck!

KSmomx5 on

This just makes me smile. I’m so glad another child has found a parent.

ll65 on

Congratulations to Willie & Nathan.

Elby on

Congratulations to them both, it’s so nice to see a celeb adopting a child instead of baby.

Janna on

Congratulations to both father & son!

Shaunie on

Aw, congratulations to Will & Nathen!

And LOL @ the homework comment.
I don’t have any kids, but I have younger siblings where there is a large age gap between me and them. Nothing makes me feel DUMBER than attempting to do elementary school homework!!! It’s so hard! LOL

I sometimes wonder how I got through high school and college if I can’t even manage to understand a third, fifth, and sixth graders homework assignments! haha

Lacey on

I love that he adopted an older boy. I think it’s so silly when people only want babies. I get that you want to do the whole “journey” of parenthood, but older kids need homes too.

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