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Meet Hoda Kotb's two daughters Haley and Hope, who she shares with ex Joel Schiffman

Hoda, 59, adopted he two girls in 2017 and 2019

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
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Today Show's Hoda Kotb is a proud mom to two daughters, whom she is raising with her ex Joel Schiffman. 

Hoda, 59, adopted Haley and Hope when they were newborns, and they often make sweet appearances on the anchor's social media accounts, and even occasionally on NBC's The Today Show. Hope and Haley are both growing up knowing they are adopted, with Hoda once sharing that when Haley asks if she came from her mommy's tummy, Hoda replies: "No you came from mommy's heart." 

They often join their mom in the New York studios – in April, after Hoda wrapped up her duties in studio 1A, she took daughters to Kelly Clarkson's studio for a surprise visit, where they met Kelly and Meghan Trainor. And despite Hoda and Joel's split in 2022, they have maintained a close relationship for their girls, and on Father's Day in 2024 she shared a sweet snap of the girls snuggling on the sofa with Joel at Hoda's waterfront home. 

Hoda with her daughters© Instagram
Hoda with her daughters Haley (L) and Hope

She captioned the post: "Happy Father’s day to the best dad." 

Here is all we know about Haley, seven, and five-year-old Hope… 

Haley Joy, seven 

Haley Joy, seven, visits the Today Show studio © NBC/Instagram
Haley Joy, seven, visits the Today Show studio

Hoda was 52 when she welcomed Haley into her world in 2017. Haley was named after Halley's comet, which can be seen once every 70 years, and her middle name, Joy, was picked because of the emotion she brings to her family. 

"She seemed so one in a million," she told Today co-host Jenna Bush Hager during a June 2022 episode. 

Haley and Hope visit The Today Show studio and take a picture with Al Roker© Hoda Kotb/Instagram
Haley and Hope visit The Today Show studio and take a picture with Al Roker

Hoda called into The Today Show on February 21 2017 to confirm she had become a mother seven days earlier, breaking down in tears as she told her co-anchors including Al Roker that "she is the love of my life!" 

Jenna Bush Hager was also in the studio at the time, and was also seen in tears, overjoyed. In 2021, Hoda opened up about the moment she first saw Haley, admitting she couldn't "even remember who was carrying" the baby because "all I could see was her". 

Speaking to People, Hoda said: "They put her in my arms … she fit like she was born there. I looked down and these eyes were looking at me and I thought to myself, 'Forever, for as long as I am breathing, you will be protected and loved and cared for'." 

Joel Schiffman cuddles with his daughter Haley and Hope on a sofa © Instagram
Joel Schiffman cuddles with his daughter Haley and Hope

Hoda Kotb's daughters surprised their famous mom with a special message

"She felt like mine right then," Hoda continued. "It didn’t take any time. It happened instantly for me." 

In 2018, Hoda published a children's book, I’ve Loved You Since Forever, which was dedicated to Haley.

Hope Catherine, five

Hope Catherine, five, is ready for the 2024 Super Bowl© NBC/Instagram
Hope Catherine, five, is ready for the 2024 Super Bowl

 Two years after Hoda adopted Haley, a new baby joined their family, Hope, and when it came to naming Hope, Hoda called the decision a "no-brainer". 

In reference to being with Joel at the time, and their wish of having children, she explained: "That's what we'd been doing, was hoping, and then she came. That was just simple." 

Hoda called into The Today Show again to reveal the special news, sharing that Haley was loving being a big sister.

Haley and Hope visit The Today Show studio and take a picture with Al Roker© Hoda Kotb/Instagram
Haley and Hope visit The Today Show studio and take a picture with Al Roker

"This morning at breakfast, (Haley) was trying to feed (Hope) her raspberries, and I was like, 'Not yet, babe,'" Hoda told Today Show viewers. "She was literally marching around saying, 'I’m a big sister!'" 

"In my heart I was like, 'Please, God, I hope this is something you anticipate for me,'" she added of how it felt to expand their family. "To get the call is so mind-blowing, you can't believe someone's saying, 'Come and get her, she's here.' It's amazing." 

Hoda Kotb takes a selfie with her mom, daughter Haley (L) and Hope © Instagram
Hoda takes a selfie with her mom, daughter Haley (L) and Hope

In March 2023, when Hope was three, Hoda took a break from The Today Show in order to care for her daughter who had been hospitalized with an illness. 

"My youngest, Hope, was in the ICU for a few days and in the hospital for a little more than a week," Hoda said at the time. "I’m so grateful she’s home. She is back home. I was waiting for that day to come. And we are watching her closely. I’m just so happy." 

“You know what I realized, too, Savannah? When your child is ill, the amount of gratitude you can have."

In August 2023 Hoda then shared that she had written another book, Hope is Like a Rainbow, in honor of her second daughter.

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