Emily & Jessica

Dear Birthparent(s),

We are Jess and Emily and we are a very happy, married couple who have been together since 2004. Though people often talk about sports bonding people, we didn’t know how true this was until sports actually brought the two of us together. We owe the sport of soccer a lot, as we met when we were both coaches for the same soccer team. Ever since that fateful fall season, we have been inseparable. In 2009, our own little team was made official; we were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by our amazing friends and family. Shortly after that, we knew we wanted to add another tinier member to our team. We are both blessed with unconditional love and support from those in our professional and personal lives and our support systems were instrumental in our decision to become parents. So, with their support, we adopted our daughter, Olivia, in the fall of 2013. Now we are hoping to expand our team further and adopt a second child, which is why we are writing to you.

The Beginning:

We feel blessed that throughout our relationship we have continued growing closer as our life goals have evolved.

Early in our relationship we enjoyed travelling (from exploring or skiing on various mountains in the winter, to relaxing on beaches and hiking trails in the summer). Though we have become a bit more frugal in order to afford certain life goals, such as our first home and our beautiful wedding, we have done so with the same amount of excitement and passion.

In 2009, we were fortunate enough to spend our wedding day with 80 of our closest friends and family. It was an incredible day that we will never forget. To be able to celebrate our love with the people we love most is something we feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to experience. It does not hurt that it was also a lot of fun!

Emily on getting to know Jessica:

Jessica and I met as coworkers at a university close to where we live now. Through coaching with Jess, I learned that she epitomizes the role of a team player. She allows herself to be inspired and motivated by other people’s successes and she can easily lead others to follow her example. From our first encounter to now, Jess has inspired me to be a better person. While we are no longer coaching together, as I have moved on to another college and Jess is working for her family’s business, we look back at our five years of coaching together very fondly. Most importantly, however, the same values that we once worked to instill in our athletes still hold true for our family. We know that a relationship built on honesty, accountability, and hard work really does foster a successful and positive environment. Just as we are sharing these values with Olivia, we hope to share these family values with your child if you choose us as his or her adoptive parents.

Jessica on getting to know Emily:

Emily and I knew of each other as college athletes from rival schools, but we didn’t officially meet until we began working together. I feel very fortunate that I was able to get to know Emily through this environment. Emily is a successful college coach and I was able to be a part of that part of her story for five years. In our years coaching together, we were able to become the most successful soccer coaches in that program’s history. Working toward that common goal was an amazing way to allow our relationship to grow. Coaching beside Emily really allowed me to see how passionate and invested she was in the future of all the college athletes we were coaching. Emily has a great way of inspiring and challenging others that really instills a great deal of confidence in each individual. While we miss coaching together, we are grateful that our jobs allow us to be home during those early, formative years of a child’s life. We are excited that this means we will be able to see our adoptive child’s milestone moments, from their first steps to their first words, as they grow.

Our Home:

We live in a coastal New England town, which is conveniently located next to a bike path, playing fields, and numerous playgrounds. While we are home, most of our time seems to be spent in our kitchen and living room. Our kitchen island is the perfect place to share our love for cooking or allow Olivia space to get creative with coloring, paints, or Play-Doh. Our home has evolved through many childproofing stages and from that we’ve maintained a large open area in the heart of our living room, offering us plenty of space to let our imaginations run wild. In addition, we love our suburban town, appreciate the diversity it offers, and are excited to raise our children here.

Our Family:

We both hail from large immediate, and extended, families and we love the idea of adding another little member to our family so we can grow. Emily is one of five kids and is very close with her three brothers and one sister. Jess is also extremely close with her twin sister and her older brother. Each of our siblings has at least one child, so, in all, we currently have thirteen nieces and nephews (and that number is still growing). While our siblings, parents, and ourselves all have our own parenting style, we are all bonded by two values; family and love. Because of these values, we all get together for holidays, camping trips, and lots and lots of birthdays. We are excited to hopefully add another birthday party to the list, your child’s birthday, if you select us to be your child’s adoptive parents.

Two integral people in our lives are our mothers, the “Grammys.” When we told these two special women of our desire to adopt again, they immediately joined in our excitement. The happiness Olivia expresses when she knows a grandparent visit is on the horizon is overwhelming and a joy to see. Whether they are teaching the grandchildren how to bake cookies or taking a trip to the beach, these experiences are all greeted with the patience and excitement that only women with 30 plus years of parenting could have.

As parents, we are dedicated to the bonding process during the younger years and we are eager to make the time that this beautiful experience requires. Emily’s work schedule as a college coach is very flexible during the fall and winter months; this allows her to spend a considerable amount of time at home (and means free college tuition for our children!). Jess currently works a flexible schedule with her family business and is able to reduce her workload to be home more in the first years. We feel fortunate that our schedules allow at least one of us to be at home each day, if not both, during the first year.

Summers are a magical time for our family. Because Emily has a nine month work schedule (with summers off) and Jess’ job is flexible, we are able to really stop and focus on what is important to us during those warm months; our family. When we think about family, we automatically think of Jess’ family home on Cape Cod. Summering on the cape is a tradition that has been in place since Jess’ childhood and we feel incredibly grateful that our family has this environment to share with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins each summer. The family home sits just steps away from a quiet bay where we make daily trips. From navigating the beach terrain in their early walking stages, to jumping over the waves, searching for crabs at low tide, or learning how to swim, the Cape Cod Bay is the perfect place to watch a child grow. We hope that one day soon we will be able to bring another child, your child, with us to continue this family tradition.

Emily on Jessica’s Family:

There has been no better way to get to know Jess’ family then by actually spending summers with them on Cape Cod. The words to best describe Jess’ family are genuine and caring. They are big huggers, but they don’t just give any type of hug. They somehow make this everyday interaction extra special with their sincerity. Getting a hug from them is like being surrounded in a glowing, warm embrace of love and support. I admire how freely they show their appreciation for each other and I know our children will always gain a lot from this environment.

Jessica on Emily’s Family:

Becoming a member of Emily’s family has allowed me to realize the chaos and excitement of being one of five children. Emily is very close with her three brothers and one sister and their bond shines through when we all get together. Each of Emily’s siblings has been blessed with a tremendous sense of humor and this has been their tool to show acceptance and really bring each other’s partners into their family. I know they will bring this same love and acceptance as they welcome another child into our family.

Our Community:

As lesbian parents, we’re aware, first hand, of how difficult facing discrimination can be. While we know we can’t always protect our children from the judgements of others, we feel very strongly that our schools and community must foster an environment of acceptance, so our children and others can focus on learning, playing, making new friends, and growing as individuals. We may not be mirror images to our children, but, as parents, we will work tirelessly to make sure there are other positive people in our lives who can be mirror role models for them.

Our family and friend groups are diverse and made up of various types of relationships and family units, from same-sex couples, to interracial and adoptive families. Within our larger community, we have surrounded ourselves with people of many cultures and ethnicities as well. From the teachers who care for Olivia, to our doctors and co-workers, we have made a conscientious choice to make sure our children have the opportunity to grow up learning that our world only works because it is full of so many different and amazing people. Therefore, with our community’s support and guidance, we feel confident in stating that we are comfortable raising a child of any ethnicity.

Along with having the support from family, friends and community, we feel fortunate to have found a preschool for our daughter that also shares our values and our dedication to diversity. Though Olivia is Caucasian, we chose her school largely due to the racial diversity of the student body and the school’s mission to create an environment of inclusivity. We are grateful for the kind and thoughtful environment they provide and plan to provide that same opportunity to another child.

Our Road to Parenthood:

In 2011, two years after we were married, we began the process of building a family. We began the journey through the use of donor sperm. After a miscarriage and many failed pregnancy attempts, we found ourselves at a crossroad, either pursue more drastic fertility treatment or go another path. From that moment on, we knew in our hearts that adoption was the path we were meant to take. We have not looked back. Now we spend every day thankful for all it has given us already and all we hope it will bring us in the future.

Emily on Jess as a Parent:

Jess really doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Whether it’s a little dirt on an outfit before school or some impromptu puddle jumping, Jess always keeps a healthy perspective: the dirt was to come eventually, that day it just happened before 9 am (it doesn’t hurt that we also haven’t encountered a pair of sneakers that can’t recover from a day of puddle stomping). What’s most amazing about Jess’ perspective, though, is how it transcends to the rest of our family. When life brings stresses it doesn’t take long for Jess’ composure to offer a calming effect. Even in the midst of the most frantic toddler tantrums, I can see our 3-year-old’s stress dissipate with Jess’ calm touch and a good dose of her positive reassurance. I know she will bring the same tranquil energy to anything parenting a second child will bring.

Jess on Emily as a Parent:

Ever since the day I first met Emily, she has always exuded a “carpe diem” (seize the day) approach to life and as a parent she takes on the same role. As a result of Emily’s influence, Olivia has had many fruitful experiences, be it a quick trip down to the water to end a summer day with a swim or never hesitating to coming with us on the annual College Coaches Conference in Disney World. Emily makes the most of every moment and I’m excited to watch her show another child how to live life to the fullest.

Our Feelings about Adoption:

It’s hard to describe the excitement we felt when we first began pursuing adoption. The anticipation of meeting a new little person to share our love with is like nothing else. To put it simply, adoption feels overwhelmingly “right” for us. In putting together this letter and starting the adoption process again, the same resurgence of excitement has sprung in us that occurred during our first adoption. While we have traveled this road before, we also realize that navigating the world of parenting, especially parenting a child who is adopted, is a lifelong journey. We take this responsibility very seriously and constantly seek out new opportunities for us to grow and learn through online education, books, and peer-support.

A great resource for us in particular has been our good friend, Derek, who was adopted. Hearing about Derek’s journey and seeing the amazing man he has become has been incredibly helpful and inspiring. Along with helping us see how wonderful the adoption experience can be, by sharing his story, Derek has also shown us the importance of having an open adoption. Derek’s adoption was a closed adoption and as a result Derek has no connection with his biological family. Though Derek has identified many reasons why this has been difficult for him, most prominent has been his inability to learn of his biological family’s medical history. Derek is a parent of two, our two godchildren, the oldest of whom was born with a congenital heart defect. Because Derek has not been fortunate enough to build a relationship with his biological family, he is unable to look to them for information that may help him better understand his own son’s condition. While Derek has worked to come to terms with this, his journey has helped us to realize just how important it is for any child, particularly an adopted child, to have some sort of knowledge of, and connection with, their biological relatives.

While Derek’s situation has highlighted for us the importance of an open adoption for the purpose of health information, we understand the benefits are actually much greater. We believe fostering the connections between a child and their birth parents also allows them to have greater sense of self. It allows a child to grow up fully understanding where they have come from and it surrounds them with more people who love them in thought or in presence. For these reasons, and the hundreds more that would take too much room to list, we are open to keeping connected with you in whatever way feels most comfortable.

Our Gratitude:

Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for our child. We are extremely grateful that you are exploring this option and that you are considering placing your child for adoption with a hopeful family such as ours. Throughout this letter we hoped to bring you comfort and peace in your decision by showing you how much unconditional love and support we, and our whole family, are ready to offer your child. We admire the courage you are displaying by weighing all of your options and we are grateful for this opportunity to share a little bit about ourselves.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. If you would like to learn more about us or speak with us please contact Full Circle Adoptions at 1-800-452-3678.

Warmly,

Emily & Jessica

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Karla & Dave

Dear Birthparent,

577-karla-dave-profileWe are Karla and Dave and we had our first date on Halloween! A mutual friend met us separately and immediately knew the two of us were destined to be together. She quickly realized our personalities and senses of humor would flow well together. So, shortly before Halloween, she introduced us and we immediately clicked. That Halloween, we dressed up as a two person costume, and from then on we were a team. We knew we were meant to be together and each of us knew we had found the right person to start a family with. Our teamwork throughout life, our love of smiling and laughing, and our senses of belonging in one another’s family have, since day one, been vital parts of our relationship and have enabled us to continue growing stronger as a couple. In addition to all of these similarities, we are both elementary school educators, who hold the well-being, happiness, and education of all children near and dear to our hearts. Because of our careers, we both have extremely flexible schedules that will allow us an exorbitant amount of time, including around a year of maternity and paternity leave, to always be there to raise and love a child. This is where we are hoping you will come into our story!

Soon into our relationship, we knew we wanted to have a family together. While we were sad to learn we could not give birth to a child, due to infertility issues, we regained excitement about the hope of becoming a family when we started looking into and decided on adoption. While a baby cannot grow in Karla’s belly, our adoptive child has already started growing in our hearts. We feel that the strength and love it takes to be in both your and our roles as birthparent and adoptive parents is powerful, admirable, and ultimately vastly rewarding for the child involved. Our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even our acquaintances are rooting for us to adopt, as they all believe we were meant to be parents.

We hope that you can grant us the opportunity to raise, nurture, and love your child as our own. We have so much love to give and there is so much room in our family for a child to grow to their fullest potential. It took a long time to find one another, but it was definitely worth the wait and now we would like to make up for the time we spent trying to find each other and pursuing IVF to try to conceive a child, by adopting. We cannot wait to begin this next chapter of our lives, so we can grow as a family and make a child’s life one full of joy, laughter, and love.

Karla (via Karla)

I have been chosen as a godmother to my friends’ children three times and, now, I hope you will choose me to be an adoptive mom as well. Being asked to be a godmother was the biggest honor I could have imagined each time. All three of my godchildren are beautiful, smart, fun, unique little individuals, and they all strive to play and learn about the world through a strong sense of family. One of my nine year old goddaughters currently lives in Ethiopia, as her dad works for a non-profit group aimed at evading famine in various countries and her mom works at the international school wherever they are stationed. My other two goddaughters, who are seven and nine years old, live in the same town as me and are begging Dave and I to adopt a baby. I hope you choose us so we can fulfill this dream of all of ours.

Not only have I been chosen as family to these three girls, I am also the proud aunt of my sister’s children, my four-year-old niece and two-year-old nephew. I see them as often as I can and celebrate the beautiful characters they are with encouragement and love. Both children are kind, intelligent, adventurous, and silly and are excited to have a new baby cousin.

Aside from all of the children in my personal life, I have also been surrounded by children in my 20-year-long career as an elementary educator. I spent the beginning of my career teaching overseas and then moved back and have been at the same school for the past 18 years. My role has changed from kindergarten teacher, to 4th grade teacher, and now to a math coach in the school. But, overall my love of children has remained strong and my work with them has made me yearn to become a parent, myself.

While I have thoroughly enjoyed the trials and tribulations of teaching about 20 children a year, I am ready and eager for Dave and me to raise a child of our own. My experiences as a godmother, aunt, and teacher have undoubtedly prepared me for the various developmental stages our own child will go through in their early life. I also believe that whatever interacting with my students, goddaughters, niece, and nephew have not prepared me for, my desire to be a mom and instincts will help me navigate through.

Dave (via Dave)

I have always had a strong connection with children and they’ve always been drawn to me. I began my career in education in a Montessori elementary classroom, as I like to give children the freedom to follow their interests and the opportunities to learn by exploration. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than giving them support when they run into obstacles and celebrating their successes with them when they triumph. I currently spend my days working with kindergarten children, at the same diverse public school at which Karla works. I find joy in helping children of all ages as they navigate their way through the ups and downs of life and as they explore the world around them. For this reason, I cannot wait to become a father and help my son or daughter do the same.

I look forward to starting a family of my own and feel that I have found the perfect match to achieve this dream in Karla. Early on in our relationship, we discussed how we both wanted children. Although I was disappointed that our efforts to conceive a child naturally or through IVF were unsuccessful, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the chance to build a family through adoption with your help. I love playing with Karla’s niece, nephew, and godchildren, whether this involves dressing up, playing robots, or just making silly faces with them and I am excited for the chance to spend time with my own child the way I spend time with all the other children in my life.

One other thing that you should know about me is, along with enjoying working with children, I also love working with my hands and am usually involved in some home improvement project or other. I also enjoy building model wooden ships in my spare time. These passions of mine make me excited that I will be able to use my skills someday to build our child a swing-set or a doll house. I have also recently renewed my love of cooking and baking and am excited to, one day, teach our child how to bake a cake for a birthday or make to-die-for biscuits for breakfast.

Karla (via Dave)

When meeting Karla, people are often struck by her sense of humor, passion for life, tenaciousness, honesty, and strong sense of right and wrong. She has an infectious personality and she makes people feel uplifted and light-hearted. Karla is excited and passionate about creating peace and beauty in her home, work, and surroundings, which are traits that will make her an amazing mother. She loves to create order out of chaos and feels happy when everything has a place. Karla is one of the most honest, straightforward people I have ever met. She considers accountability and integrity amongst the most critical traits for a person to have and I have no doubt she will help instill these beautiful values in our adoption child one day.

Along with being an all-around amazing person, Karla has spent her life following her passion of helping children along their life paths. Karla has been an elementary teacher for almost 20 years now and I have had the good fortune to work in the same school with her for the past three. After years of seeing her interact with children I have learned that she is a passionate advocate for every child in the school and that she has earned a reputation of being firm, but fair in the classroom.

From the very beginning, children have played an important role in our relationship. It was a priority to Karla that I meet the kids in her life and be given the stamp of approval by them early on. As she has said, she is the godmother of three young girls and has a niece and a nephew, all to whom she is absolutely devoted. In addition to visiting them on a day-to-day basis and taking random trips with them to the beach, Karla goes above and beyond in her efforts to go to their every birthday, recital, and holiday celebration. Close friends of ours recently had a newborn baby and Karla delights in holding and comforting her any chance she gets. I am excited to see her be able to hold and cherish a child we can call our own someday soon.

Dave (via Karla)

People are naturally drawn to Dave. He has a kind, light-hearted, helpful, and positive demeanor that is unmatched by anyone I have ever met. I have never once heard Dave be negative about a situation; instead, he is always hopeful and encourages positive thinking in those around him. His sense of humor is intelligent, fun, yet always tasteful, and will make for the great type of “Dad Jokes” that will make our child belly-laugh with him when they are little and laugh at him when they are a teen.

As Dave has said, he teaches kindergarteners at the same school for which I work. I can honestly say there is nothing more sweet than walking by the classroom and seeing him sitting in a way too small chair to assist a five year old write a story or solve a math problem. I have often seen him partaking in a make believe dinner time in the play kitchen, wearing some costume or another, and sipping from a tiny tea cup. As he leads his students to lunch, he is in constant communication with them. He highlights their successes, while also supporting them in recognizing what they can do to become more successful in other areas. His students love him and crave his clear expectations. He will make an amazing father.

Dave cherishes the mountains and peaceful walks in the woods. I cannot wait to see him strap on the Baby Bjorn carrier and head to the woods for a hike. Overall, I admire his temperament, his positive thinking, and his well-balanced lifestyle. It helps that he is quite the handyman around the house as well! Watching him baby-proof the house was a sneak preview into the care and diligence he will put into future tasks, from assembling bicycles the night before a birthday, to building a child sized desk for our child to lean on while coloring. Oh, and he is in charge of most meals as he is a fantastic cook and can bake up a storm. I can just imagine Dave and our child making a fun mess of the kitchen to produce something scrumptious like cookies or holiday pies.

Most importantly, however, Dave is kind; he is compassionate for everyone and everything. He says acceptance is a characteristic he wants to make sure we model for and instill in our child and I cannot wait to raise a child with him.

Karla’s Family

I come from a solid, tight-knit family. My immediate family lives in the same state and visits are often and always desired. My mom spends a lot of time with her two grandchildren and is eager to spread her love and good energy to another grandchild when we adopt a child. As soon as she heard we were adopting, she got out her knitting needles to make a pair of booties, little sweaters, a crib blanket, and some hats for her future grandchild-to-be. She is thrilled to have her family grow with the addition of another child, hopefully your child. My sister and her family also live close to us, on a local island, and have an open door policy for family visits. Her young children are excited to have a new cousin and already have ideas for things they can teach and share with him or her.

Aside from my biological relatives, I also have a very special family that has been blending and growing into my immediate family since 1974. They are family by choice and are every bit as loved and cared about as my mom, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew. I grew up next door to a family with three boys, all who were around my sister and my age. As we grew up, our families grew closer together. Holidays were, and still are, spent all together as one big family. Their support for Dave and my adopting is 110% and they are even more excited to share their generosity and love with our future child. Dave and I spend quite a bit of time up at their northern New England farm, complete with a swimming hole, horses, and a filmmaker son, who manages to get every child who visits in a weekend movie role. This individual will be our child’s uncle, and that alone brings me excitement for a child to become part of our family.

My mom came from England and her mother, brother, and his family still live there. My English cousin works as an adoption agent in England and is over the moon with our decision to adopt. The next time we visit them, over in England, it is my hope that we are stepping off the plane with an infant in my arms to show off.

My mom is already a grandmother, and an energetic, creative, playful one at that. She has so much energy and love to give to her grandchildren and is eager to share even more of that love with our child. Her home, near the ocean, is set in a small village with a mini-golf course, an ice cream parlor, and weekend family music. I know she cannot wait to put our child in her arms and dance on that stage to lively music and show off her newest grandchild in her fun fashion.

As for my dad, he was born and raised in Minnesota (ironically where Dave lived for many years before I knew him). His four sisters were a bit older than him and adored him. As a young man, he joined the Air Force and pursued his education. My dad passed away from cancer when I was 22 years old and I have lived my life hoping to be a person he would be proud of and would admire. His morals were impeccable. His nature was understanding, accepting, kind, humorous, and motivated. While I know he would have been extremely proud of me for adopting your child, I am also happy to know he will be watching over our family with a heavenly smile.

Dave’s Family

My entire family is excited for the chance to welcome a child into their lives. My parents, Tom and Gerlinde, are fully prepared to assume their role as grandparents by spoiling them completely. Our child will be their first grandchild and they are happy to see our family move into the next generation. My whole family lives in Massachusetts, which is great because we are close and enjoy spending time together. We often get together for Sunday meals, which are filled with dogs, smiles, and laughter. We also celebrate momentous birthdays, anniversaries and other family events by vacationing together. These trips are reminders of our own childhood summer vacations spent camping or visiting relatives. We spent many summers packed into the family station wagon (dogs included) driving cross country. Many of our favorite memories (and most embarrassing photos) come from these trips. I look forward to bringing a child, hopefully your child, on our family vacations in the future.

My father, Tom, is a retired college physics professor and computer engineer. He was raised in the Midwest, which influenced his sense of hard work and honesty. He often cracks us up with stories of our childhoods, as well as our own. In his retirement, he has become a fantastic furniture maker. His work is scattered throughout his house as well as his kids and I am excited to see the pieces he builds to add to our child’s nursery.

My mother, Gerlinde, worked in the Physical Therapy Department at a university, before she retired. She was born and raised in Germany and often visits her family there. She has a hilarious sense of humor and laughs at herself as much as anything, but she also jumps into everything with both feet and with the confidence that things will work out in the end. I think she is the most excited of anyone at the prospect of Karla and me adopting a child. She has been waiting for some time to become a grandma and cannot wait to teach a child about her heritage and swaddle them in love.

Deb and Mike Smith are my sister and brother-in-law. They are both working professionals, who also play the role of “Aunt” and “Uncle” to many of their friends’ children, and thrive in it. They are both also fantastic cooks and (fortunately for us) often host our family meals. Mike likes to smoke his own meats and it is a treat to go home from a family gathering with a side of his home-smoked bacon or rack of ribs. To go along with that treat is one of Deb’s homemade desserts. She is a wonderful baker, who hosts a holiday cookie baking party. This cookie party is always highly anticipated and I can just picture Karla and me baking batches of cookies with our child to bring to bring to the party someday soon.

Finally, Steffan, is my brother and he is newly married to Julianna. Like Karla and I, he is also a school teacher. Steffan teaches middle school science, which coincides with his love of nature and all outdoor activities. In fact, he loves the outdoors so much that he has initiated Karla to the joys of camping. Although, since he has been camping so long and has all the comforts of a plush camp, he calls it “Glamping.” He has always been a positive role model to me and I know he will be the same for our child. Julianna is a marine biologist and aspiring author. Until recently she had lived in New Orleans, but Steffan and Julianna just moved into a new house in Massachusetts. They will make a great aunt and uncle to their niece or nephew and are excited to pass on their vast knowledge of nature and the sea.

Our Home Life

We are currently living in an open style apartment overlooking a creek and the ocean on an expansive oceanfront estate. The estate offers gorgeous walks, ocean views, a private beach, chickens, a frog pond, and tennis courts. Dave’s brother is married to the daughter of the owner of the home and Dave helps her maintain the land and it’s amenities after school and on the weekends. The town has both a big and small town feel. Its schools are diverse and strong academically. Our child will grow up with access to fun, enriching, community experiences, all in the safety of family and neighbors.

When we are home, there is typically relaxing and feel good music in the background, a puzzle spread out on a table, hot water boiling for tea, and the scent of a soup that Dave has concocted filling the air. Our dog, Chocolate, is usually lying on her back awaiting a belly rub, if she is not playing with her large, stuffed, hedgehog friend. This comfortable, safe environment just needs the sound of a child’s laughter to complete the scene. Pictures our child creates need to hang on our refrigerator, toys need to fill the family room, and a nursery needs the sound of our baby peacefully sleeping.

At least twice a day we open the door and follow Chocolate out for a walk around the property. Close by we have the YMCA complex which is going to provide us with family events, healthy workouts, and more friends for our child. Often we have sat in the cafe overlooking the pool and envisioned our child signing up for swimming, tumbling in the gymnastics area, and following in Dave’s footsteps by climbing the rock wall.

On the weekends and vacations, we typically visit with family, either on a nearby island, down on the shore, by Karla’s mom’s house, or up at our extended family’s farm. We look forward to signing up our child for all sorts of activities of his/her choice year round, indoors and outdoors, packing him/her up in the car for a fun family visit and relaxing in our own home all together.

577-karla-dave-profileIf you choose to move forward with us as your child’s adoptive parents, please know that you will always be an important part of our child’s story. As his or her birth parent, we are open to communication, letters, pictures and visits with you. We will also happily respect your wishes in regards to communication, as we would want you to know and always be assured that your child is safe, happy, and loved in our family. We wish you the best in your decision and with the birth of your baby. The love with which you use to make this decision will be forever remembered and always admired. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us as your child’s potential adoptive parents. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision has been for you and we want you to know you have our support, our understanding, and our partnership. Choosing us to raise your child would be an unbelievable gift to us and also to your child.

Warmly,

Karla and Dave

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James & Denny

Dear Expectant Parent,

574-denny-james-profileWe are James and Denny. On a snowy winter night more than three years ago, we met for the first time and ended up walking around downtown Boston looking for the perfect place for a first date. We have been together ever since and made it official by getting married in January of 2016. Throughout the rest of this letter we’ll tell you more about ourselves, how we met and got married, why we want to start a family, and some of our hopes and dreams for the future. But before we get to those details, we want to say that, if you choose us as adoptive parents, your child will be loved, supported, and protected forever. As an adopted child, Denny’s adoptive parents always let him know how thankful they are to his birthmother for choosing them to raise him as their own. Because of this, Denny grew up knowing he was loved and that his birthmother made the toughest decision of her life to make sure he had the best life she could give him. And, you can be sure that, if you choose us, the love you’ve already shown for your child will always be a part of our family’s story and will always be honored in our home.

Who We Are Together

We met for our first date after meeting on an online dating site. After a series of long, hilarious, and surprisingly open phone calls, we agreed to meet in person to see where things went. Denny had his doubts when he first saw the tall guy in the goofy, puffy, winter coat walk into the packed restaurant. Those doubts grew a tiny bit when James revealed that he didn’t have a dinner reservation. But, after a snowy walk through the streets of Boston, we settled on a quiet little place right across from the Public Garden where we ate dinner and smiled goofily at one another the whole time. It was the first of eight dates in ten days. Denny would later say that he knew on that first night they would get married and for James, it might have taken another day before he had reached the same conclusion. Two years later, we would be cracking up as we watched our Puggle puppy, Ollie, leap and bound through two feet of freshly fallen snow. And, the next year, on another winter night filled with falling snow, we celebrated our wedding surrounded by more than a hundred friends and family. We recently moved into a brand new place with extra space, knowing this could be where our family grows from two to three (well four, if you count Ollie!) Our jobs give us lots of flexibility to work from home or even take our kids with us to work thanks to on-site daycare. And now that we’ve gotten to a place where we can give a child the best life we can possibly provide, we’re excited to start our journey of building our family.

Who We Are

Since you’ve now read a little about the two of us together, we want to also tell you about who we are individually. We struggled with how we should write about ourselves, but, in the end, we thought it was best to let each of us tell our personal stories in our own words. We hope it gives you a better idea of who we are as people and the kinds of parents we would be for your child.

Denny

When I was five months old, I arrived at JFK airport in New York City after a 20-hour flight from South Korea. I have seen the looks of joy and happiness on my adoptive parents’ faces as they held me for the first time, thanks to a video of my arrival, that my parents like to show all of my friends whenever anyone even mentions my adoption. Despite any embarrassment I might feel about this video, it’s also helped me visualize what it will be like when James and I hold your child in our arms for the first time.

Being Korean with adoptive parents who are Irish, Swedish, German and Italian, it didn’t take long for me (and others) to realize I was adopted. My adopted parents told me early on about how I came over from Korea and began my life as a member of the family. One of my favorite bedtime stories was the story of how I got adopted from Korea. My adopted mom would begin, “A long time ago, your dad and I were very sad because we wanted a baby to love. Then, your birthmother, who loved you very much, answered our prayers. She loved you so much that she chose us to raise you and trusted that we would give you the best life possible.” One day, when James and I are blessed with a child, we hope to tell them their own adoption story so we can share how amazing a person you are for choosing us to be your child’s adoptive parents.

After my parents adopted me, they also adopted my sister. Though we looked different from our family, my adopted parents surrounded me and my sister – who was adopted from a different South Korean birthmother – with family and friends who loved and supported us unconditionally. They taught me that it was okay to talk about my adoption; that it wasn’t something that had to be kept a secret. As I got older, I started to have questions about my birth family and where I came from. I was lucky to have my adoptive parents and other people in my life who were there to help me find answers to a lot of these questions. Ultimately, I am so happy to not only know I was raised by my adopted parents, but, to also know I was born to a mother who made such a huge personal sacrifice by placing me for adoption because she wanted to give me the best life she could. I can’t wait to be able to share my adoption story with our child and let them know that they are just as lucky, if not more, to have a birthmother who selected us to be their adoptive parents.

Growing up in a suburb just outside New York City, some of my favorite memories were riding my bike through the neighborhood with my friends and selling lemonade and cookies on hot summer days. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I set up a fake classroom in my basement, forcing my sister to be one of my students, while I got some practice for my current career in life: teaching. I love teaching and am blessed that, as a teacher, I have a have school vacations and summers off which will allow me to spend quality time with our child.

I grew up in a family where being with each other and following traditions held a very important role in our lives. This is something I want to foster with James and our child one day. Christmas was, and still is, our family’s favorite holiday. When I was a child, my mother would go all out decorating the house festively, starting the day after Thanksgiving. As Christmas drew closer, we had a Christmas tradition of going to the local garden shop to pick out a tree. We would spend forever bickering about which tree was the best, until it would become too cold to keep searching and we’d decide on one just so we could escape the winter air. After we picked out a tree we would trek to a local gift store and buy a few new ornaments every year. Then, on Christmas morning, my dad would always buy me a checkers set, rattle it in the wrapping, and then hand it to me to unwrap. For some reason this became a yearly Christmas tradition and, now that my father is no longer with us, it is something I hold near and dear to my heart. There are many other traditions that I could mention, but the traditions that matter the most to me are those we will be able to start as a family and what they might someday mean to our child.

As James and I began thinking about starting a family, it was clear to me that adoption – instead of surrogacy – would be our choice. Luckily James felt the same way! As you can guess, adoption holds a special place in my heart. It has given me a life full of opportunity, education, love, and support through the tough times. James and I want so much to give another child – hopefully your child – the same kind of opportunity, education, love, and support. For me, in particular, becoming an adoptive parent will help me return some of the kindness and love that has been given to me through my adoption experience. Finally, when our son or daughter eventually asks that inevitable question, “Where did I come from?”, I can speak from experience when I tell them how much their birthmother loved them and answered our prayers by trusting us to raise them and give them the best life we possibly can.

James

My name is James. I was born and raised in a small city in rural Georgia before moving up to Massachusetts a few years after college. When I was growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money and there were definitely times when we all had to make sacrifices. But, my mom and dad always made sure that my brother and I had what we needed, and that our house was always full of laughter and conversation. My dad grew up on a farm with four brothers before serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, while my mom grew up in the suburbs with only one brother before going to college and starting her career. My parents worked hard and taught my brother and I to set goals, work hard, and believe in ourselves no matter what. I’ve used those lessons to keep myself moving forward through the tough times as I left home, put myself through college, built a successful career and earned an MBA. As a father, I will instill the same belief within my kids, and show them that they can achieve anything they want as long as they work hard and treat people with respect.

Growing up, both of my parents placed a lot of importance on school, and went out of their way to help us study and do the best we could. My mom would even stay up the night before a test, write out a bunch of questions from our textbooks, then get us up early the next morning to go over the answers. Dad had to be up early for work, so instead of outlining chapters and quizzing us in the morning, he would call my brother and I into the room to watch nature documentaries and always made sure he was home in time to watch the nightly news with us. I can’t say that my brother and I were always model students (or perfectly behaved), but we both knew that it was important to mom and dad to be curious about the world around us and make an effort to learn as much as we can in and out of the classroom. As a teacher, I know that Denny will place a lot of importance on our kid’s education in the classroom and because of my mom and dad, I know that I will encourage our son or daughter to always ask questions about the world they live in. We will both be active in our child’s educational lives, whether they choose to go to college and get multiple degrees or pursue other dreams after high school.

As a kid from the country, my brother and I spent lots of time outside running around and getting dirty. After school you could probably find us with a bunch of neighborhood kids playing some made-up game or building a fort in the woods. (After we did our homework, of course.) Now that I’m older, going home to visit my family also means I can show Denny all of the places my brother and I played together when I was little. And, once we become parents, I can’t wait to bring our own children to see their grandparents and play some of the same silly games I did when I was their age.

Our Home

We currently live just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. For us, this type of location is ideal since it enables us to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer (from art, to music, shopping, museums, historical significance, and delicious food), while allowing us to live in a quieter neighborhood, where there are parks for our future child to play in, side streets for them to ride bikes on, and small local restaurants and stores where we can make memories together as a family. We love our neighborhood and the general Boston area and plan to always live in this area. Boston is the city we both moved to when we arrived in Massachusetts. Boston is city where we fell in love with each other and Boston is the city that has become our home. We love this city and we want to raise our adoptive child in the area. We hope that one day we will be able to take our child on their first DuckBoat tour, on swan boats in the Boston Garden, to baseball games at Fenway, and to Quincy Market, where they can eat their way through the various cuisines.

Though the general Boston area is the place we call home, more specifically, we currently live in a newly constructed two-bedroom apartment. The apartment community has many open, shared spaces, like an indoor basketball court and a club room, and our apartment is beautiful and tastefully designed. While our apartment is great in and of itself, the dynamic that we have created in our home is what we value the most. When we first met, and as our relationship has developed, the thing we have always valued about being together was that we could be our genuine goofy, random, and weird selves around each other. So, what our home has come to represent, more than anything else, is a place where we can always be ourselves. This means that on Saturday mornings, as James is washing dishes, he sings a silly, made-up song about Denny. This means that Denny often asks our dog, Ollie, a question and that James responds in a silly voice we have given our dog. This means that the sound of Jeopardy, along with the sound of both of us answering the questions out loud, even if we are in different rooms, can be heard echoing through our home on weeknights. Having both come out as gay to our parents at various stages of our lives, we recognize the importance of having a place to call home that is filled with people who always make you feel proud, accepted, and loved. We know that our child will grow up with their own unique personality, likes, dislikes, and quirks and we feel confident that “home” will always be the place they can be themselves and know they will always be loved unconditionally.

Our Family

Both of us come from different backgrounds and family structures that have helped to make us who we are today. We were both raised in Christian households and, when coming to terms with being gay, struggled, to some extent, to reconcile our families’ religious beliefs with who we were. Despite the various hurdles in telling members in our family about our sexual orientations, or them finding out and having various responses, we were both able to build a system of support around us throughout our adult lives. Moving to Boston, away from home, has also helped us redefine what we mean by “family.” Family is not simply made up of parents and siblings for the two of us; instead, family is also made up of the groups of people with whom we have chosen to surround ourselves. Both of us have a tight knit group of friends, many of whom now have children of their own, that we know will be a significant part of our child’s life. We want these friends and their families to be part of our child’s life from the beginning, so that when they, inevitability, have their first loss, breakup, or fight with us, they not only have us, but another adult in their life they can go, vent to, and explain how they’re feeling, and even how unfair they think we’re being. Additionally, we know that our immediate families will be a part of our child’s life and we will take countless trips to Georgia, where James’ mom lives, and to Amish Country, Pennsylvania, where Denny’s mom lives. We have two very enthusiastic future grandmothers-in-waiting and we can’t wait to adopt a child so they, along with our siblings, aunts, uncles, and friends, can engulf our child in love and support.

Our Hopes, Dreams, and Values

There are many things that we hope for our child and our family in the future. Recently, we took a weekend trip up to Maine and stayed in a hotel on the beach. The hotel allowed pets, so we took our dog, Ollie, along with us. At one point, we walked Ollie down to the beach and watched him experience the ocean, sand, seaweed, and waves for the first time. We both laughed when we saw Ollie’s reaction to all of these first-time experiences. But, as we laughed, we started to think about the trips we would take in the future; we thought of how we can’t wait to see our son or daughter put their toes in the ocean for the first time and generally experience all the firsts of life so that we can share these experiences as a family. Whether we’re going to the aquarium for the first time, taking our first road trip to grandma’s, or just giving them their first taste of ice cream, the two of us will never take these moments for granted.

Though we look forward to experiencing these things with our child, as clichéd as it might seem, we ultimately just want our child to be as happy and healthy as possible. One of the greatest gifts our relationship has provided us with is the ability to always be ourselves around each other—quirks, sense of humor, and more. Ultimately hope our child will grow up always feeling secure and in a place where they can just be who they are. Beyond this, we want our child to understand the value of empathy and always caring for other people. This is a value we try to live out every day, whether it is through James’ involvement in Big Brothers of Boston or Denny’s yearly volunteer trips to Camp Sunshine, a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses.

As we’ve talked about in this letter, we hope to provide a variety of different experiences for our child, whether that be traveling, learning a foreign language, or going apple picking. Though we hope to share these experiences with our child, we are also excited to have them develop their own unique personality and interests and be ready to engage with the world around them. We hope our child will be able to become their own person and think for themselves and we hope they will be resilient and equipped with the skills to persevere even when life gets difficult. Both of us went through the unfortunate experience of losing our fathers and, while their deaths were the most difficult things either of us has ever experienced, we were able to lean on our support systems, so we could healthily grieve and move on with life, while still always remembering our dads. We know that life is not always easy, but we want to make sure that our child will always be able to say what they feel and know it is okay to have a mix of feelings throughout the road bumps in life.

574-denny-james-profileAs we come to the end of our letter, we want to take this time to say thank you, just, thank you. The choice you are making is going to change a lot of people’s lives. We realize that you may have considered other choices aside from adoption, and that none of these choices were easy. But, through all of this, you’ve chosen to turn your choice into a gift. We truly cannot think of a greater act of love. So, even if we aren’t matched and we never have any connection beyond this paragraph, we just want to say thank you for making the choice to change people’s lives for the better. But, if you do choose us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the greatest gift we could ever receive, a child to love and bring into our family.

Warmly,

James & Denny

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Andrew & Brian

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Thank You

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking a moment to consider us as potential parents for your child. This is a difficult time for you, and we admire your bravery in setting out on this journey.

Know that it is our commitment to you, if you choose us to parent your child, that he or she will be unconditionally loved, and raised in a happy, nurturing, healthy, and loving home.

552-Andrew-Brian-profileWho We Are 

With these words, we hope to share some of who we are and how we live our lives. We are Brian and Andrew; we’re in our 30s, and we have been together for more than 10 years. As long as we have been a couple, we have known in our hearts we want to be parents. We both have younger siblings and cousins, and have enjoyed being a part of their lives and watching them grow up. Whether attending school or church events, or just playing in the yard, we know that the experience of being involved and nurturing older brothers will serve us well as parents. For us, building a family through adoption offers us the opportunity to extend that love and support to our child.

We are fortunate enough to come from large, supportive families and have worked hard to build a strong financial foundation for our futures. We are also a bilingual couple – Andrew grew up speaking English, and Brian grew up speaking Spanish with his parents and extended family. Our intent is to raise our children bilingually—learning English and Spanish—not only because of the way knowing Spanish will help our child connect with Brian’s family and culture, but also to share in our love of world languages and cultures.

We also intend to raise our child with the full understanding that he or she has become part of our family through adoption. We want you to know that we are open to having in-person visits, sending you photographs and letters, and generally helping you and your child stay connected over the years.

We want to know more about your personal wishes, but, want you to know that we see you as part of our family and are interested in hearing what would meet your needs and be meaningful to your child as well.

Family Means So Much to Us

Our families are both incredibly excited for us as we make plans to become parents through adoption. Our siblings can’t wait to be aunts and uncles, and our parents are so excited to spoil a new grandson or granddaughter. Even Andrew’s 92-year-old grandma is thrilled—she has been knitting baby blankets for us!

Some Special Kids in Our Lives

In addition to the many nieces, nephews, and cousins in our lives, there are some very special children with whom we have particularly close relationships.

Our godson Boden is two-and-a-half years old, his favorite color is red, and he likes trains and trucks. He calls us Uncle and Tío (the Spanish word for “uncle”) and although he lives in Wisconsin, we see him just about every-other month. He likes it when we read to him or play trains, and we love making up silly games with him. This summer, we took him on his first trip to the beach near our house and he loved it!

We are also the uncles to our beautiful little one-year-old niece, Hannah, who is Andrew’s brother’s daughter. Andrew was able to be in Chicago, where his brother and sister-in-law live, to be present for Hannah’s birth. We have visited them several times since and love snuggling with her and watching as she discovers new things all the time. Recently, we visited for her first birthday party – it was a ladybug theme!

Since our families are so spread out, we are on video chat with them almost every week, checking in and having big “family gatherings.” We travel to see family many times throughout the year, to be part of family events or just to sit around and enjoy the warmth of the people we love.

And, our families love coming to visit us in Boston – we can always count on having visitors throughout the year. We have every intention of making sure our child knows his or her family and feels as loved as we do.

Our “Family of Friends”

In between family visits, we have a wonderful “family of friends” right here in Boston. Many of our friends live a short walk away and they are so happy to be part of our adoption journey. Among our very best friends are Jim and Amy, who we see almost every single week, sometimes two or three times! We have been friends for more than a decade, and we’re very lucky we have all ended up living just a few blocks apart here in Boston.

We have Sunday dinners together, go to baseball games in the summer, and Brian and Amy often run races together. They’ve also been there for us through tough times, providing us strength and a shoulder to lean on if we need it.

Besides Jim and Amy, we have a great tight-knit circle of friends, many of whom have their own small children – and they are eager to share the joy of becoming parents with us.

Our good friends Kathy and Josh had twin boys last year – their hands are pretty full, so whenever we can we walk over to their apartment to sit and play with the boys, just to give them a break! They are such cute, smiley little babies.

What We Do for Fun

We are fortunate that our network of friends is very diverse; some of our friends we’ve known since we were kids ourselves, and others we’ve met as adults.

We have friends who are from other countries and cultures, friends who have different family backgrounds and religious upbringings; friends who live on farms and friends who live in the heart of bustling cities.

All these people make up a wonderful circle of smart, caring people who will surround us and our child with support and love as we grow together.

The diversity of our friends is something we cherish. We both love learning new things about different cultures, and getting exposed to things we’ve never experienced.

We have also had the good fortune to be able to travel together extensively – we’ve been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, England, and France, and plan to share our love of travel and adventure with our child. It’s important to us that our child has both a strong sense of home and community, and feels connected to his or her world.

On a quiet evening at home, we’re both avid readers and plan to share our love of books with our child. We enjoy watching a classic movie together, or just sitting around playing fun card games and laughing about shared adventures. There are so many kid-friendly activities right outside our front door – we’re really excited to be able to start sharing them with our child.

Meet Brian – Written by Andrew

I promise, if you hear Brian’s laugh just once, you’ll understand immediately what I love about him. He’s always happy, always smiling, and his laugh is infectious. You can hear it two rooms away!

Brian is also the smartest person I know. He earned his doctorate in psychology from a highly ranked university in the Midwest, and, before that graduated from a top Ivy League university. He loves to learn! But, if you met Brian, you would understand right away that he is the most humble, loving, caring person you could know. He is always learning and always teaching, and that’s how I know he will be a wonderful father.

Brian’s family all live in California, and he has a large family! He has over 50 first cousins and many aunts and uncles who are always around for holidays and even just a Friday night in the backyard. His mom and dad grew up in Mexico, and came to the United States to live in California where Brian was born. Brian, his sister, and his brother still speak Spanish at home with their parents and extended families.

When you visit Brian’s family, you understand right away why he is so full of love and caring – they are very welcoming, and you will never go hungry! He has learned to make many of his mom’s Mexican dishes, although he says he’ll never make them as well as she does.

Brian is an excellent cook; he loves being in the kitchen cooking foods from all over the world, and I love eating them! I am so excited that we will be able to raise our child in a home full of tastes and smells from so many different cultures and countries.

Introducing Andrew – Written by Brian

There’s an expression that says someone is so generous he’d give you the shirt off his back—I’m convinced they were talking about Andrew! He is one of the most caring, charitable and genuinely selfless people I know. Andrew has a sympathetic heart and loves to help others. He spent many summers as a teenager, not goofing around, but, rather, helping families by building homes or cleaning up neighborhoods.

Andrew gets this strong sense of generosity and community from his tight-knit family. He is very close with his parents and his brother and sister and they have video chats almost every weekend to keep in touch. Family is very important to Andrew, and is one of the first things I noticed and loved about him – since I come from a large, but very close extended family. His family quickly and genuinely included me in family events and made me feel welcome in their home! I know they can’t wait to do the same with our child.

Whether we’re traveling across the country, world, or enjoying the city back home in Boston, you can rest assured that Andrew is taking a photo of the sights around him. He loves photography and is fascinated by camera technology. His love of photos helps us capture memories so that we can treasure them forever.

Andrew not only likes to take pictures, he’s really good at it. Photography lets him capture the beauty in everything, even in the most ordinary moments.

Photography also demonstrates Andrew’s creative side: he attended a performing arts-focused high school and loves music and the arts. While he’s the natural artist between the two of us, we both love visiting art museums and watching plays or musicals.

It is exciting to think that our child will have the opportunity to live in an environment that gives them the opportunity to be inventive, creative, and imaginative!

We look forward to learning what interests our child has and supporting them in exploring their passions – whether they are sports, arts, music, tinkering with computers, or exploring the outdoors.

Our Home

We live in a beautiful neighborhood in the heart of Boston, just steps from everything the city has to offer. Our home is a two-bedroom apartment inside a converted old school building, which we think just fits who we are so well. Our home is warm and comfortable, and the building is quiet and very family-friendly.

Our apartment is on a tree-lined cobblestone street, surrounded by young families just like we hope to be. There are parks to play in, schools with an excellent reputation for strong education, and kid-friendly activities all within a short walk from our home.

We love to just go walking to wherever we need to be! Often, we go on long walks to enjoy the many neighborhoods of the city. When friends and family come to visit, we take them all over town exploring the fun things that Boston has to offer – our favorites for kids are the swan boat rides in the Boston Public Garden, and the old-fashioned carousel in the Boston Common, both less than a 10-minute walk from our house.

A Little Fun Outside the City

When it’s time to get out of the city, we love to go exploring around the beauty of New England. Whether it’s apple picking among the autumn leaves, splashing in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean on a hot summer day, or doing a puzzle by the fire on a snowy winter afternoon, the beauty of our surroundings is something we love to share with each other and with our friends and families.

We also think it’s wonderful to live in the backyard of some of the country’s leading colleges and universities. Our kids will always be connected to education and will grow up with parents who love learning and exploring.

We are committed to helping our child attain his or her dreams, and have already started an education fund that will provide the financial support our child will need to make his or her educational or vocational goals a reality.

Our Jobs

We both work in the human resources field, which means we spend our days helping people in the work world.

Andrew’s work is focused on helping people understand things like their health benefits or other kinds of complex information that they might not otherwise be able to interpret.

And Brian does work to make sure that companies are creating diverse, inclusive workforces and that everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

Fortunately, our jobs are both extremely flexible. We both work within walking distance of our home, and can frequently work from home or adjust our schedules as necessary. Since we plan to continue working after we start our family, it was important to both of us that we have jobs that are supportive of us as parents.

We will always be able to attend school events and come to school for kindergarten lunch! In fact, both our jobs provide some great benefits to parents of young children, including paid paternity leave that will make sure we have plenty of time to bond with our child!

552-Andrew-Brian-profileWhen we are at work, and when our mothers aren’t spending the week with our child, we’ll have loving in-home child care. Since both of our mothers work in schools, they are very excited to spend summers in Boston with their newest grandchild.

We Thank You So Much

Thank you for reading about us. We know you’re on your own incredible journey, and we are happy to have been able to share a little bit about who we are, and how we plan to raise our child. Our child will always know a home filled with love and laughter, and we can promise you will always be a part of our child’s life. You have our heartfelt gratitude for considering becoming part of our family’s story.

We look forward to hopefully having a chance to talk with you. Please feel free to reach out to Marla or Meredith at our adoption agency, Full Circle Adoptions, at 1-800-452-3678 to learn more about us or to ask to speak directly with us.

Warmly and with gratitude,

Andrew and Brian

 

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Bonnie & Tara

Dear Expectant Parent(s):

For us, family means everything. We cherish the times we can share with our immediate families, and our close friends who are like family to us. We look forward to knowing the future birth-family of the child we’re blessed to adopt. You are your child’s family too, and we respect you as you consider all the best choices for your child.557-Bonnie-Tara-profile

I, Bonnie, am the youngest of three children, and, my aunt, uncle and six first cousins grew up three houses away on the same block. Our parents and aunt and uncle owned a business together and our lives were intertwined on an almost daily basis. I am the youngest of the nine (combined) children and our families created holiday traditions that started before I was born and still continue today. We grew up understanding the importance of family holidays and times spent together.

I, Tara, was blessed with an older brother who didn’t mind having his little sister tag along. Our mother was an at-home parent and our grandmother, also at home, was an avid chef. I have many fond memories of learning to cook with my grandmother and helping my grandfather work in the yard. Our grandparents often took me and my brother swimming, fishing and on day trips. We enjoyed family times cooking, playing games and hanging out with Dad, playing horseshoes and other outdoor games, when he was home from work.

We both come from close families and enjoy spending our free time with our families and friends who are an essential part of our lives. We are blessed to have a large extended family and everyone will enjoy and welcome the child we adopt into our bustling family times. Bonnie will be a full-time at home mom when our child joins our family. Having an at-home mother was so important to both of us growing up and we want to give this experience to our child as well.

OUR HOME & COMMUNITY
Prior to dating and marrying, each of us had always dreamed of having a family and we wanted to move to a house that would be the ideal place to raise a child. While looking for a home, we had children on our minds and wanted to make sure we settled in a safe town and neighborhood with a great school system. Finally, we found our home located in a nice town on a quiet cul-de-sac with a large yard which is an ideal play space for a child. The best surprise about our new home was the friendly neighbors next door who greeted us the first day we moved in. Amidst smiles and welcoming, they told us to let them know if we ever needed anything. We thought that type of friendly neighborhood only existed in the movies or on television. Soon we discovered that all of the neighbors are friendly and welcoming.

We live in a neighborhood with many children playing and cannot wait to spend time outside teaching our child to play ball and to learn to ride a bike in the cul-de-sac. We can picture him or her running around the yard with their friends smiling and laughing. One of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters isn’t too far away and we can’t wait to share the fun and excitement of seeing a drive-in movie with our child before that classic past-time fades away. Our home is a great place for a child to run and play and explore his or her interests, favorite activities and sports. Our son or daughter will always feel secure and loved.  Our home is a warm, safe and loving place where memories will be created with our family and friends and someday with our child as well.

When we bought our house, we decided to have our wedding in the back yard. This way we could look out the back window or sit on the back deck and see the exact spot where we pledged our vows to one another. Our family and friends still talk about how much fun our wedding was and even ask if we could get married every year. We always respond by saying, “Of course, if you want to pay for it.” Unfortunately, so far no one has taken us up on that offer, but an annual celebration would certainly be a fun event. Perhaps a new family tradition!

Soon after we began dating, we both recognized that we had an undeniable connection and quickly noticed that we shared the same sense of humor, hobbies, interests, and values. Most important to both of us is that we both had a strong desire to have a family and similar views on parenting. We can’t wait to be parents and shower our child with a shared sense of love, responsibility, great education and extended family. While dating, we also noticed some other interesting similarities. We were surprised to learn that we had both named our dogs the same exact name, Cali, which isn’t a very popular dog name. We also noticed a shared interest in board games; one night when we were playing the game, Battleship, we noticed that each of us had placed our 5 ships in exactly the same spots on our boards.

OUR FUTURE LIVES AS PARENTS
We both love to be active and spend a lot of time outside. Both of us play on a softball team, enjoy golfing and have cookouts with our friends and family in the summer, spring and fall. Playing board games with our families is some of our fondest childhood memories and we can’t wait to have family game nights. Tara still has many of the original board games she used to play with her brother when she was a child and can’t wait to play those same games with her child.

We both love sports, whether it is watching a game on television at home or going out to a game a few times a year.  We cannot wait to teach our child about sports and activities and discover what our child’s interests may be; whether he or she is interested in team sports, dance, music, or art, we are excited to learn what his or her favorite activities will be and how we can be encouraging. Music is an important part of our lives. Music is always on in our home, whether we are singing along to the radio, dancing around the house, attending a concert, or singing karaoke, we love music and are also very excited to be learning to play guitar.  Your child will learn about all types of music. Music has an amazing ability to bring people together and to make people happy and we can’t wait to share that joy with your child and discover which types of music he or she will love.

Our home and family also includes our amazing dog. Cali is our 8 year old golden retriever. She is a very happy, loving, wonderful family dog. She adores children and absolutely loves to be part of the family and enjoys playing in the yard. She especially loves to chase her tennis ball and to go for long walks. Cali is wonderful with children and would love to have a new friend to play with and love.

TARA ABOUT BONNIE
Bonnie is truly an amazing person and undoubtedly my ‘other half’. She has an amazing personality and is the funniest person I know (and I know a few stand-up comics). She is very smart, intuitive and balanced. Her laid-back demeanor enables her to take the time to think things through. She is a loyal and devoted friend and has a very big heart. She would make an absolutely amazing, loving and caring mother. The day that Bonnie came into my life, was the day my life changed forever. I had found my soul mate and partner in life, a rare thing that I cherish more than anything.

Bonnie is very hard working and devotes herself completely to something until she is satisfied that it is accomplished. Whether it is a craft project or painting a room in the house, she devotes herself to something until she is completely satisfied with the result. Bonnie wanted our wedding day to be special and hand crafted all of the place cards, decorations and favors. It took several months of hard work, but the result was beautiful. As much as I try to be crafty, I leave the creative art to Bonnie.

When Bonnie and I first began dating, and I met her very large family, I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed. Coming from a small family, I was not used to very large family gatherings. I recall the first family party I ever attended while we were dating, the annual family 4th of July cookout. There were a ton of adults and kids playing games, swimming, talking, laughing and eating.  I met so many wonderful and happy adults and children that day, that I was overwhelmed by trying to remember all of their names. Bonnie reassured me each time she introduced me to a family member that there wouldn’t be a name quiz at the end of the day. Her family was so welcoming and it was very obvious that they were a very close, loving and fun bunch that I was very excited to be part of.

One of the things I like most about Bonnie is that she is truly a family-oriented person and always thinks of others before herself. She is very giving and loving and would do anything for someone in need. As I got to know her family and friends, it became apparent that she had very strong relationships with the people in her life and that she is a very loyal friend. Bonnie couldn’t wait to share her family and their celebrations with me once we started dating. Christmas Eve is also a big deal in Bonnie’s family and is filled with a tradition that spans over five decades!

The first time I attended one of Bonnie’s family Christmas Eve parties, I was completely amazed and wished I had grown up with such an exciting tradition. On Christmas Eve, her large family which includes many young children gathers at a family party. The adults supervise while the children make small holiday craft projects.  Around 8:30pm everyone begins to sing Christmas carols.  When a family friend dressed up as Santa is ready, the adults start singing ‘Here Comes Santa Clause’ and all the children know that it is time for the special visitor. Santa comes in the front door bringing gifts and joy while ringing his sleigh bells. It is truly an amazing sight to see; the children are glowing with excitement as Santa takes a picture with each child and gives each child one gift. All the kids cherish the annual visit from Santa more than anything. There is nothing like seeing the pure joy and excitement on a child’s face when they see Santa coming into the room on Christmas Eve. As Santa leaves, the adults and children start to sing ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ as Santa goes on his way until the next year.

I feel very blessed to be a part of Bonnie’s large and close-knit family and cannot wait to share these magical family events together with our child. It is truly obvious in Bonnie’s personality and loving nature that she grew up in a warm, caring family and she will provide that same love and joy to our child. She will be an absolutely amazing mom and I cannot wait to share that experience with her.

BONNIE ABOUT TARA
I knew I wanted a responsible, loyal, honest, and hard working person that wanted to be a parent as a partner in my life. When I started talking to Tara through email to get to know her I was pleasantly surprised that she was all of that. As we started to spend more time together, it did not take long for me to know for sure that she had all of these non-negotiable qualities that I was looking for. Tara is one of the smartest and most determined people that I know. Now that I know her very well, the only regret is that I did not meet her earlier in my life.

I love music and always thought I loved music more than anybody else in the world. I was wrong. Tara absolutely loves music more than anyone I know. Her first job was at a concert venue where she got to attend many concerts for free and her love of concerts shows today because she always manages to get us concert tickets. She was also a DJ at her college radio station and it certainly shows because she makes playlists for every cookout and gathering we have.

Recently, we had a cookout to gather our friends and I invited a new friend from work. Tara did not know her well, but asked me what types of music she liked so she was sure to put some of her favorite artists/songs on our barbecue playlist. Honestly, life is busy and there are few people that pay that much attention to detail.  Every day I notice and appreciate things like that about Tara. She searched for music that a person she does not know may enjoy in order for her to feel welcomed at our cookout. It may seem like a small thing but I appreciate that she was that thoughtful for somebody she had just recently met. I can definitely picture her making playlists and teaching our child about all types of music and taking him or her to their first concert.

Education is very important to Tara and it is also important to me. She attended college and obtained degrees in Psychology and Political Science. After college, she got the most rewarding job of all, working in a group home with developmentally disabled individuals with autism and Down syndrome. As a case manager, she helped to develop life plans to teach activities of daily living such as laundry, cooking and cleaning and also enjoyed teaching them reading and writing skills. She loved the bonding experience and when she wasn’t teaching living skills, she was having fun with them by taking them to the mall, restaurants and dance clubs. They each became an important part of her life and taught her about patience, love, strength and acceptance.

She talks often about this experience as one of the most rewarding jobs she ever had. She knows they changed her life as much as, if not more than, she changed theirs. I think that because that was such a large part of her life and still holds so much importance within her, it shows what type of person she is. It’s that caring person, along with her incredible work ethic for which I have a tremendous amount of respect and love. It is just one of the reasons I think she would be a selfless, loving mother.

There is no doubt Tara is the brains of our family and I am the creative one. I think we complement one another very nicely. Years after graduating from college, Tara decided that her educational journey was not complete and she decided to go to law school at night. The hard work paid off and Tara currently works as an attorney. I know that Tara cannot wait to spend time teaching our child to read, and write and can’t wait for the times when she can help him or her with homework. I will help him or her with the crafty school projects.  Together, we will sing lots of songs!

OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT PARENTING
We both dreamed of one day having a family and have waited so long for this opportunity. Both of us were blessed to have our mothers at home when we were kids, and feel it was a rewarding experience that we would like to also give to our child. Once the baby arrives, Bonnie will stay at home during the day and work part-time nights and weekends when Tara is home to care for the child. Both of us are fortunate to have flexible work situations so we can always be there for our child.

We will provide a loving, supportive, and nurturing home for our child. Parenting is a journey and a life-long experience filled with many wonderful experiences along the way and we can’t wait to have those experiences. The strong family foundation that each of us had growing up has shaped who we are today and has guided us in our daily lives. Our child will have a life filled with the loving support of family and friends. We are blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends in our lives and our child would be surrounded by love and encouragement. Our friends and family are extremely excited about our possibility of becoming parents and cannot wait to meet our child and welcome him or her into their lives and hearts.

Our home will always be filled with love, laughter, joy and continuous support. We would raise our child to be accepting and loving and caring for others and to not be judgmental or inconsiderate.  He or she will be taught to respect others and will be instilled with morals, values and ethics to always guide him or her to do the right things in life. Education is also very important to us and will be an important part of our child’s life. Both of us attended college and value education very much. We settled down in a town that has a great school system that will offer our child the best educational opportunities. We have started a college fund so that our child will have financial support needed to follow their educational dreams. He or she will always be encouraged to learn and we cannot wait to help our child with homework and class projects and to see him or her discover things for the first time.

THANK YOU
Thank You! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and to learn about us. We realize this is a big decision and an important journey that you are on. The plan that you are considering is one that is full of courage and strength and shows great love for your child.  We can only imagine how difficult this decision must be for you and we appreciate that you are searching for the right family for your child, one that will provide love, support and happiness.  As the birth parent, you will always hold an important place in your child’s life and we will always speak of you in a loving and positive manner. We are excited to provide unconditional love to an amazing child through adoption and would love to discuss a plan for ongoing communication that suites your needs and comfort level.

If you choose us to be the adoptive parents for your child, you can take comfort in knowing that we will always provide a loving, financially secure, supportive and safe home. We would provide your child with a life full of love, guidance, fun, learning, laughter and joy. He or she will be taught about their adoption story and will always know how much you love them. Your child will be fully welcomed with open arms and loving hearts into our family and circle of friends.557-Bonnie-Tara-profile

Our dreams have always been to have a family and our hope is that this letter will provide you with the story of us and our journey to build a loving family together.  Please know that we would provide your child with continuous encouragement and support of his or her dreams.  Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We would be truly honored for you to share this incredible gift with us to make our dream come true of building our loving family.

With love, respect and hope,

Bonnie and Tara

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Sarah & Jonathan

Dear Expectant Parents,

It is difficult to express the many emotions we have as we sit down to write to you. We know that adoption is a choice that you are considering with much thought and deep reflection We can imagine some of the challenges this decision might hold for you while also considering the joy it would bring to the adoptive family you choose. It is impossible to describe the gratitude we will feel when we are given the precious gift of a child, especially after the grief of infertility. Thank you for reading our letter. At the outset, we’d like you to know that, depending upon your wishes, we are very comfortable with having an open adoption relationship with you. We would be glad for the opportunity for you and your child to know each other as he or she is growing up. If this is something that you would like, we would like to learn more about what you feel might meet your needs. We like the idea of your child knowing the love of all those who love him or her, particularly including you. We want nothing but the best for you and for you to be able to have a connection with your child over the years, if this is something you might want as well. And if now is not the right time, but later is, please know we want to honor your wishes.

549-Sarah-Jonathan-profileAlthough young, we’ve been together for many years. We were fortunate enough to meet each other in high school and fall in love; we’ve been in a stable, committed relationship for over a decade. We became close friends our junior year in high school when we were lab partners in Chemistry class and began dating senior year. We were lucky enough to share experiences like our senior prom, graduations and many other important milestones. Each year we share birthday parties as well since we are only seven days apart in age.

Through the years we have grown together and formed a marriage based on mutual respect, trust, and a shared sense of humor. After seven years of dating, we were married by Sarah’s great uncle who urged us to kiss twice at the altar after he thought the first kiss was too tame. All of our friends and family laughed when Sarah fixed Jon’s crooked bow tie after the conclusion of the vows and they all cheered us on as we showed off the moves we learned at our dance lessons.

Although it is cliché, we are best friends. We both look forward to Friday movies nights curled up on the couch with McFlurries. On most weekend mornings, Sarah makes a big breakfast after we come home from the gym. We play in the same Fantasy Football league in the Fall (Sarah is the defending champ) and we enjoy spending time outdoors hiking. Our favorite place in the world is the beach on a hot summer day, Sarah with a good book and Jon enjoying one of his thousands of records on his i-Pod.

Last year we built a new home on a quiet, dead end street near a large conservation area. We have accomplished many goals together thus far, and we are excited to become parents together as well. We knew early on in our relationship that we were both committed to being parents and raising children. One of the things that drew us together was our similar goals and hopes for our future family.

One year into our marriage we decided we were ready to begin that next, exciting step in our lives together. After a year and a half without conceiving, we learned that we have infertility, and would not be able to conceive a child without extensive medical intervention. After multiple medical appointments, exhaustive research, and much soul searching, we chose to forego medical intervention, which may not even be successful for us, and focus all of our efforts and resources on growing our family through adoption. We built a new home close to family and friends and began preparing to become parents.

As we dealt with our infertility, we realized that what we ultimately want is to raise children and expand our family and that we can love a child regardless of biological connection. Parenting is a process and we hope to grow and adapt to the child’s needs through each stage of development. We understand that adoptive children can face unique challenges as they grow up and we hope to be able to meet those challenges with empathy and grace by educating ourselves and speaking with other adult parents and adoptees. We’ve already undertaken a lot of education about adoption and feel confident of our ability to help a child grow up with a strong sense of self and feel positive about their adoption story.

Our lives have been blessed and we are grateful to you for considering us as potential parents for your expected child. As future parents, what we want most for a child is that he or she grows to be a happy, healthy and independent adult. Education is very important to both of us. We want to reassure you that we’ll be able to provide for our child’s college or vocational education –whatever he or she would like to pursue. We’re excited to  support our child’s  exploration of sports, music and all of his or her dreams.  When building our new home, we were particularly excited about the miles of nearby paths where we can someday hike with our child and teach him or her how to ride a bike. We each look forward to sharing the hobbies we love most.

As a child, Sarah vacationed with extended family each year on a private beach in Canada. She is excited to share the same family getaway with her child who would be much loved by dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles. Sarah also looks forward to staying home with a child and sharing the quiet moments – a morning walk, fingerprinting and quiet cuddles after a nap. Sarah looks forward to reading many of her favorite childhood stories for a child and teaching a child how to garden and bake. She will be thrilled to bring a child to church and help him or her to know the joys and responsibilities of feeling a part of a caring community of faith.

Jonathan particularly looks forward to the holidays with our children and whatever family members we spend them with. Both sides of our family are fun to be with during the holidays and typically we see both sides of the family in the same day. Jonathan’s family usually has lots of cookouts in the summer. His father grills steak and chicken while Sarah and his mother make potato salad from his grandmother’s recipe and decorate our favorite summer dessert, “flagcake” which is really just an excuse to eat fruit in buttercream frosting. We go out to a fun restaurant for each family member’s birthday and then eat cake and share presents. For big family parties at Sarah’s parents’ home, we have a nice outdoor seating area with a fire pit where there is always s’mores and laughter.

If our child enjoys sports, Jonathan also looks forward to learning which ones capture our child’s interest and sharing those experiences with her or him. We both like to hike and go camping which was always a yearly family trip for Jonathan and his family. Jonathan would also like to give our child the experience of learning a musical instrument. If they have an interest in drums, Jonathan is ready to give our child his or her first lessons. He is also excited to help with homework, especially math problems

Although we have been a happy family of 2, we both feel with have so much to share with a child. As a teacher, Sarah mothers children in a way every day, but only for a small portion of their lives before they move on the next grade or the next class. She yearns to know and love a child from the time of infancy to adulthood and appreciate all the rewards and challenges of each stage. Sarah is excited to support and cheer our child on at recitals, school plays and sporting events as a mom, in addition to her professional role as a supportive teacher to other children. We would both love to have a child for our nephew to play with and our parents and siblings to dote upon.

We built a home in 2014 on a quiet dead end street surrounded by conservation land and wildlife preserves. We always wanted to live in a rural area similar to those we grew up in. There are miles of paths near our home where we can walk, hike and bike as a family. There are many young families in our neighborhood and we are less than 8 minutes from all of the excellent community schools. Although our home is in a rural area, we are only 5 minutes from the closest highway and less than 15 minutes from the downtown areas of the neighboring cities.

Family Times

We live less than 20 minutes from both our sets of parents and all of our siblings (5 sisters between the two of us); this makes it easy to get together on Sundays or meet for ice cream weekly. Our children will be able to see their cousins regularly and will be welcomed by dozens of aunts, uncles and extended family members. We get together with Sarah’s family for big Sunday dinners a  couple times each month, eating and laughing together until we’re ready to walk it off in her parent’s rural neighborhood. Sarah’s father enjoys taking his grandchildren for 4-Wheeler rides around the yard and is excited to share that with a child who joins our family once he or she is old enough. Jon’s family loves to Bar-b-que in the summer and get together for football games in the fall. We relax in front of their fireplace with spiced cider and cheer on our favorite teams, although sometimes they are on opposing sides. Jon’s mother has saved his favorite childhood stuffed animals and is very excited to dote on a grandchild for the first time. We spend time with our nephew Sebastien once a week and look forward to seeing him interact with any child we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to parent.

Sarah’s cousin has adopted two infants within the last 6 years and has provided a great example for our family. Sarah also has a great uncle who was adopted and two cousins who were adopted in the 80s. Our family has been warm and accepting in each case, celebrating the new families that could not have been created otherwise. Both of Sarah’s adoptive cousins have great relationships with their birth families and spend time with them or invite them to important events in their adult lives like weddings and baby showers. Friends of the family have very recently adopted infants as well, and it is our hope that a child we adopt will have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships with those new additions based on their shared experiences as adoptees.

About Jon (by Sarah)

Jon is the best friend and partner I could ask for. He is full of enthusiasm for life and can get excited about almost anything. Our friends and relatives often mention his “joie de vivre” and his easy sense of humor. He is the life of the party, initiating games or activities and laughing contagiously, so contagiously that he won “best laugh” in middle school and high school. While he is responsible, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is always willing to compromise and work towards being a better husband, a skill which I think will transfer well to fatherhood. Jon is ambitious in his career. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and both a Bachelors and a Masters in Math. He works very hard, currently as a Data Analyst, to support our family and to make it possible for me to stay home with young children, a dream I have always had for our family.

Jon shows his love in a wide variety of ways. He is very affectionate, and many members of our family look forward to his bear hugs. Each year, on our anniversary, he purchases a small coconut flavored cake from the shop that made our wedding cake. Jon does little things to show me he has been thinking about me throughout the day from doing the dishes when I have a lot of other work to bringing home desserts and candies he knows I really like. He is always up for whatever new adventure I want to try, but he is also just as happy to walk the same wooded paths for the 20th time.

Jon is eager to learn and participate when we babysit my young nephew once a week. Our friends’ children love when he comes to visit and they can’t wait to ask him to play monster trucks or catch. Jon fits so easily into their world, adding new elements to their games and playing right along with them. My nephew recently started to enjoy peek-a-boo and their combined enjoyment is amazing to watch. Based on his interactions with children and his personality in general, I have no doubt that he will be a compassionate, loving and involved father. And a lot of fun.

Jonathan is a Data Analyst for a software company and because most of his work can be done remotely via computer, he has the flexibility to work from home and stay with the children occasionally if there is a need. Jonathan does not have to travel for his job so we will have family dinners each night and time, together for story time and bedtime routine.

About Sarah by Jon

Sarah is very funny and knows how to always make me laugh. She is very caring, loving, and nurturing. She continuously makes me be a better person and challenges me to work hard and succeed. She is probably the most patient person I have ever met. Sarah is responsible, trustworthy, and extremely easy to talk to. Family and friends love being with her, but even strangers will just start talking with her when we go out. She is extremely smart but very humble. Sarah has always wanted to be a teacher because she loves being with children and has a great ability to explain concepts and ideas.  As a plus she is the best cook.

Every morning before Sarah goes to work she hugs me and kisses me goodbye while I’m still in bed. For Valentine’s Day, we get a couple’s massage and then Sarah always makes me a homemade cheesecake which is my favorite present. We go on “dates” either out to breakfast or out to dinner every weekend.

I’ve seen my wife spend time with many babies including her god daughter and our nephew. She is very nurturing and responsive to the child’s needs. She is very good at soothing the children when they are upset and seems to always know how to calm them down. She has a very soft, warm, and soothing demeanor. She’s going to be a great mom and I look forward to being parents together.

Sarah has worked in education for 6 years and feels her experience as both a teacher and a special education assistant has expanded her understanding of children at many developmental stages and has helped shape who she wants to be as a parent. Sarah has worked with children at all ability levels, from gifted students in her Honors history classes to children with learning challenges ranging from ADHD and Autism as well as a variety of behavioral and emotional issues. Although her teaching career is both rewarding and challenging, she also looks forward to being a full time at home parent. Sarah plans on staying home with our child during the early years of their life. Once our child is ready to attend school, Sarah will also return to work. Since she’s a teacher, she will still have the ability to be home with our son or daughter after school and during school vacations. We hope to provide a safe, loving home where a child can grow to reach his or her full potential.

Children have a special kind of love that you cannot find elsewhere in life. There is something special about raising a family and trying to give your children more than you yourself had growing up. It must be an incredible journey to watch a child grow up from a baby to adulthood. Of course we can’t know exactly what it will be like, but we imagine taking the child to sports practice, teaching them how to catch a ball and how to read their favorite books, over and over again. Family has always been very important to us and we can imagine that there is nothing more rewarding than watching a child grow and develop and showcase his or her own personality. Like all new parents, our lives would undergo a profound change, but it is one we anticipate with great excitement. After 11 years of growing together, we can’t wait to share our lives, our home, and our love with a child.

We admire your courage and strength as you plan the future of your baby. We understand that life does not always the way you planned or expected, as this is true for us as well. Sometimes life can lead to difficulties and choices you never imagined. We deeply respect and admire your willingness to consider adoption despite the personal sacrifices involved. We hope that building an adoption plan brings you peace and hope for your expected child.

It is our hope to be as open with our child as possible.

549-Sarah-Jonathan-profileWe hope that by being open and honest from the beginning in age appropriate ways, we will be able to support your child’s love and respect for you while also welcoming him or her fully into our family. You are one of the most important people in your child’s life, and it is important that your child knows as much about you as you would like to share. The relationship you already share with your child is one we would like for you to continue in whatever way you choose and feel comfortable with. If you would like, we would love to meet you in person and remain in regular contact with you as your child grows. If you would prefer, we would also be happy to provide you with letters are pictures as your child grows or to communicate with you electronically, whichever you find the most convenient.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our family for your child. The opportunity to parent your child would be an immeasurable blessing to us. We cannot promise that we will be perfect parents, but we can promise to love your child unconditionally and provide everything it needs to grow and thrive. Like you, we want to do everything possible to ensure that your child grows up happy and healthy, with the love and support necessary to thrive. As in our own relationship, we hope to handle the tough times with humor, patience and respect. We will also make sure to honor you so that your child grows up knowing the love you showed for him or her and how you considered his or her best interests even before birth.

We wish you well in whatever choice you make and we hope that the rest of your journey brings you peace. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

With love and respect,

Sarah and Jonathan