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We are Adam and Justin and we are so excited to become dads. We’ve been together for nearly ten years, we got married as soon as it was legal, and we’ve been making plans to start a family for over two years now.
We think we’ll be a great parenting team. Adam loves cooking and conversation, and Justin loves teaching and creativity. We both love staying active, being outside, traveling, and having fun.
We live in a diverse and welcoming neighborhood with parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and kids everywhere, from all different kinds of families.
We both grew up in loving and stable homes, and we cannot wait to provide a wonderful home for our little one. We are very close with both our families, and our favorite times of year are when we get to visit with them. We are also counting on our wonderful siblings and close friends to be great aunts, uncles, and godparents as we raise our child. Many of our closest friends have young children, so our child will have tons of friends.
Thank you for reading this. We admire how strong you are and that you want the very best for your baby. We hope you’ll get to know a little more about us by looking at our profile, and we hope to get to know a little more about you too! Wherever your journey takes you and your baby, our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish you all the very best.
With love, Adam & Justin
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have such deep respect and admiration for you as you make this difficult choice. We hope that this letter will help you find peace in knowing that your child will be unconditionally loved and supported by us, our family, and our friends.
Even before we met ten years ago, each of us knew that we wanted to have children and build a family. Since then, we began our family by adopting our son, Orin. We are surrounded by loving relatives, nieces and nephews, and friends with young children. We want to continue to build our family together, and to make a home to share with a second child. Adoption has been a huge blessing to our family, and if you choose us, we would be thrilled to start this journey together with you.
We both come from big, loud, lively, loving families, and we are lucky to have their strong support as we go through the adoption process. Andy grew up on a farm in New Jersey, where his parents and siblings still live. Alan grew up on Long Island, where his parents still live. Alan has an older brother and sister who live nearby and both already have children, so when we all get together there are always many children. We also have tons of friends who live within walking distance and who have young children. We spend all of our holidays and birthdays together with our families, including Christmas and Easter with Andy's family and Jewish holidays with Alan's family.
We believe that the most important thing that we can give a child is love and unconditional support. We know that we can provide a loving, nurturing home, helping the child to achieve his or her full potential as a person. We both grew up in close-knit, warm families, and we know how important those feelings of mutual respect and support were to making us the people we are today. And we both know how important religious faith and close ties to our communities are in bringing up a happy child who knows his/her roots.
We hope this introduction gives you a feeling for who we are individually and as a family. We will strive to raise our child to learn that s/he is loved by us, our family and friends, and his/her birth family. We know that you have a lot to think about as you look to find the best fit for you and your baby; we wish you, your family, and your child all the best through the whole process.
Alan and Andy
Hi, we are Abram and Amanda. We have been together for eight wonderful years filled with love, travel, game-playing, and gut-wrenching laughter. We are unbelievably excited about becoming parents, and we are so grateful to you for taking the time to look at our profile.
Abram works as a data analyst for a bank and loves biking, camping, and just about anything else outdoors. Amanda teaches second grade near the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood where she grew up. She is absolutely passionate about her teaching. Amanda is a total comedy geek. She loves stand up and sketch comedy. We both like to hang out drinking coffee and watching TV. Project Runway is our jam.
More than anything, we love to spend time with friends and family. We live in a a vibrant, diverse, urban neighborhood with churches, mosques, synagogues, parks and farmers markets, and playgrounds that burst with activity when the weather is nice. We have a wonderful community of close friends, with whom we've spent countless evenings and weekends sharing meals, going on walks, and playing games. Our friends are expanding their families, so our game nights continue, but the games take longer because we keep stopping to play with the children.
Amanda's sister and sister-in-law and their three children live near by. They are so supportive, loving, and fun, we couldn't ask for better family. We see them all the time. Abram grew up in Los Angeles, a 10-minute walk from the beach. Even though his mom and dad still live on the other side of the country, we see them at least twice a year.
We are so ready to welcome a child into our family. We look forward to enriching our family with even more love and fun. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and consider us as prospective parents to your baby.
Amanda and Abram
Hello- My name is Andrea, please call me Andi. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate you looking at my profile and considering me as a parent for your child. This must be an incredibly difficult time for you and I wish you much peace of mind. I honor you for the courage that you have as you make the important decisions in front of you. Thank you for considering me.
I am a life long Philadelphian. I am an outgoing person who loves to connect with people. I am a single woman with a large extended family of parents, aunts/uncles and cousins in the area. In addition, I am part of a large community. Though I left the area for ten years of schooling I have been back in the community for 16 years. I live in a wonderful, safe and diverse area in a home that I own right outside of the city.
I have an extremely close relationship with my siblings and parents. My parents are wonderful people and they are local. My dad is family doctor. My mom had her own business for many years and now does volunteer work. My brother lives an hour away with his family, and my sister and her family live in Boston. We speak every day and are very much a large, loud and loving extended family. We love to gather for holiday dinners or for lazy days down the shore in the summer. I am very close with my teen niece and nephew.
Professionally I work as a member of the clergy. I am a rabbi and I work at a large synagogue as part of a team. I love to meet families at all points in their lives and to help them to find spiritual meaning and comfort. I am also an activist for those in need.
Fifteen years ago I founded a food pantry. My work involves a great deal of time with children of all ages. My congregants often tell me that I would be a wonderful mom; I yearn to be a mom and to provide a warm, loving, fun, creative home for a child. Because I work in a large community I have some flexibility in my schedule and my co-workers and congregants are very excited and supportive of my building a family.
In my work and family I have always loved helping kids to discover who they are and what special gifts they have been given. Though I am not yet married, I do hold out hope for that kind of committed relationship. In the meantime, I do not want to miss out on the blessings of raising children. With that in mind, and with the strong support of all those around me, I am excited to build my family through adoption. Please know that in my family your child would always know unconditional love, and I would, of course, be open to having you in our lives also.
When I am not working I love to cook big dinners for friends and family. I love to ride my bike, especially at the shore. I also love to sing. There is always music in my life. I am a movie buff and love pop culture. I enjoy travel and would want my child to see the world and experience many cultures.
As you can see, I am a person of faith and consider my life to be blessed. I would love to add one more blessing of children to my life, and to share my blessings. I wish you good luck in your upcoming decisions and in the months ahead. I am hoping that I will be able to learn more about you and your family.
Hello, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you our story. We are Andrea and Tracy and we are very excited to continue to grow our family through adoption. We have been a couple for fifteen years and have a son named Daniel.
We first met on-line, discovered we were in the same graduate program and agreed to meet for coffee. Since that first cup of coffee, our friendship blossomed into a loving and fun relationship. Today we are truly each other’s best friend and we like to think we make a great team.
It was always a dream of ours to be parents and Daniel joined our family through adoption in September 2012. He is a fun loving and energetic little boy and we cannot wait to have another child "join our team".
We cannot imagine how difficult this process must be for you – you have our respect and our prayers. Even in the midst of this difficult time, we believe that you are making a very courageous choice to consider adoption. We know that you want the very best for your child and we will devote our lives to nurture, care and love your child.
We are very grateful for our son but know our family is not complete. We love being parents and feel we have much love to give. Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about us.
Andrea and Tracy
Thank you for viewing our profile! We are April & Brendan. We feel honored that you're considering us to parent your child. We met 8 years ago while singing together in an opera and have been together ever since.
We are deeply in love and, for a long time, have been committed to raising Brendan's two children, Conor and Bridget. Conor is a sophomore in college in Vermont, and Bridget is a senior in high school who is preparing to go to college next year. Now that they are grown, we want to pour our love into a little one of our own.
Brendan works as a software executive, and April works at a museum in Philadelphia. Along with Brendan's two, grown children, we are eager to expand our loving and adventurous family, and are humbled by your strength and desire to consider an adoption plan for your beautiful child.
April grew up in Lancaster County and attended college locally but studied abroad in Germany (she's fluent in German!). She became a teacher before building a thriving career as a museum administrator. Brendan grew up in Brooklyn and attended an Ivy League university. He is a devoted father to his two teenage children, an avid reader, and proud founder of a start up software company.
We are active people who travel frequently, and especially enjoy skiing all over the country. Our extended families are a huge part of our lives, and we love our annual vacations we spend with them in places like Maine and Vermont.
Adopting is something both of us have always wanted to do, for years before we even met. We have both faced some serious adversity in our lives but through hard work and some luck we have built a stable and loving family and household, and we can't wait to share it with a special child and give them the best possible chance at a happy and healthy life.
April & Brendan
Hello! We are Blythe and Matt, a fun-loving couple who have been married for eight years. We thank you for the time you're spending to learn about us. We understand that this time is difficult for you and we honor your feelings and choices as you decide what is best for you and your child. We know these difficult choices are made out of love and we admire your strength and courage. We are honored and grateful that you are considering us.
We have been together for thirteen years and having a child has always been a dream of ours. We came to adoption after struggling to have biological children. As we embrace all of the important people in our lives as family, we recognize that family is built on love, not biology. We are excited to become parents through the gift of adoption.
We have loving and supportive family and friends who will share in our joy as we welcome a child into our lives. We will unconditionally love our child, nurturing them as they grow and encouraging exploration of their unique interests and talents.
We hope this book provides a sense of who we are and of all of the love, caring, and support we're ready to give as we welcome a child into our family. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us. We wish you peace and strength now and always.
Matt and Blythe
Hello, we are Bronwyn and Linus. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us! We appreciate the courage it takes for you to make this tough decision and we are so grateful that you are considering us. We are very excited to grow our family through adoption.
We have been together for twelve years and married for six. We fell in love in high school and have been growing together ever since. We got married after college in 2009. We have a strong and happy marriage, which is, based on trust, a mutual love for each other and our commitment to our family. We decided to grow our family through adoption after Linus finished medical school in 2013. Just as Linus started his first job as an emergency doctor we were blessed when we adopted our son, Beckett. It has been an amazing two years watching Beckett grow. He is a funny, happy and very active child who will make a wonderful big brother. Bronwyn loves being able to stay at home with Beckett. We are so ready to add to our family again through adoption. We are so happy but know our family is not complete yet. We have so much love in our hearts and space in our lives to raise another child.
Thank you so much for considering us!
Bronwyn and Linus
Thank you so much for taking the time to look through this book and getting to know us. We truly hope we get to meet you someday. The emotion and energy it takes for you to make this decision is so amazing. Please know that we admire you and the choice you are considering.
We have been married for almost five years, and we live in Philadelphia, a city we love. Brian is a professor of education. He trains people who want to be high school social studies teachers. Charlotte is a writer. She studied poetry, and now works as a fundraiser and writer for a museum.
The most important thing we want to tell you is that we will love your child more than anything else in the world. We are so excited to give our love to a child, and to raise that child in a safe, nurturing home where they can have fun, be happy, and always be comfortable with who they are and where they came from. We thank you for your strength and your courage, and we hope you have support as you make this difficult decision.
Brian & Charlotte
We are Chris and Eric and would like to thank you for taking a look at our profile! We are both chemistry professors and have been together for eight years. We met when we were living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Philadelphia six years ago. We recently moved to a diverse street in Philly full of young families with kids and found our true home. We are ready for our home to be filled with the sounds of a child.
We have always wanted to start a family together and have so much love to share! It's hard to put into words all the feelings we have in writing this letter. Excitement, gratitude and hope don't begin to cover them. We are so glad you are considering helping us grow our family!
We are an energetic and fun couple. We both love to be outside hiking or spending time in a nearby park. Chris loves to run and garden. Eric likes books and computers. We both love to read, watch sporting events, and cook. We like spending time together.
We both come from large, supportive families eager to share their love with a new child. Growing up, we both were surrounded and supported by aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, and we know our child will experience the same network of love and support.
We have put this book together so you can learn more about our family and us. We realize this must be an overwhelming decision for you to make, so we hope this book will offer you a glimpse into our lives, to understand who we are both as individuals and as a couple. The life we have built is ready for the next step of raising a happy, beautiful child together.
Love, Chris & Eric
Thanks for checking out our profile as you look for the family that is the best match for you and your child. We admire your incredible courage and recognize all the strength and love it takes to consider adoption.
Trust us when we assure you that a new baby will be so loved, cherished and nurtured in our home. It's next to impossible to explain in a brief letter just how much love we already have for your baby. All we can really do is just pray that something about us touches your heart and you feel our sincerity through these simple words.
We are Chrissy and Donald. We have been married for 7 years and have been together for 14 years, since Chrissy was 17 and Donald was 20. We've grown and changed so much since the time we were kids. We have completed so many "first steps" together from going to college, starting careers, buying our two homes, getting married, and even beginning parenthood, with our first son, Tripp William, who came to us through the miracle of adoption in May 2013. Our next adventure is to begin parenting again! Adoption is absolutely the best choice for us after many years, and tears, of unsuccessful fertility treatments.
For the past two years, we have been living in an extremely kid friendly community in South Jersey. We selected our home because of the excellent school district, safe environment and beautiful surroundings. Our home has five bedrooms and a full basement with plenty of room for fun and play! Our big backyard already has a playground with a baby swing waiting for a new little love. Our private neighborhood houses a beautiful lake, tennis courts, a basketball court and even an in-ground pool and kiddie pool. Our home is the perfect spot for a new child! We are both extremely passionate about education.
Chrissy has been working for 9 years as a Special Education teacher for students in grades 3 + 4, while Donald is an educator for high school students. We both work in similar urban school districts about 20 minutes away from our home. Chrissy was awarded Teacher of the Year after 5 short years working in her current position. Chrissy is a true teacher-leader within her school and functions as a head of many committees and councils and holds 2 masters’ degrees in Education. Donald is also viewed as a leader in his school and was honored with being called upon to participate in his School Leadership Council.
We both love all kinds of music from Dave Matthews Band, to Biggie, to Rascal Flatts and pretty much everything in between. We also enjoy cooking, baking, reading and golfing. Philly sports teams have a special place in our hearts too. Bringing our children to the games is a dream we can't wait to fulfill! Travel is another love of ours and we can't wait to travel with our children and show them the world! We even enjoy day and weekend trips to Baltimore and the Jersey Shore, which is home to Chrissy's family shore house. We simply can't wait to bring the baby to the shore for the first time!
In everything we do and are able to experience we praise God. Our church is an amazing place, welcoming families of all sizes, colors, backgrounds and religions. Your child will grow up in a genuine place of worship where they can learn about God in a nonjudgmental and inviting atmosphere. We can't wait to begin our life as parents of two! We wait for this miracle in faith, hope, love and excitement.
The way we see it, the more people there are to love them, the better. We would always honor you and welcome a relationship with you if that's what you choose. Ultimately, we just want our child to know that they're loved by all of us and that our family came into existence simply through your deep love.
-Chrissy and Donald
First we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We are Barb and Cin. We recently married after 5 solid years of a peaceful, humble, loving relationship that grows every day. Our happiness and success not only comes from “loving one another” but “liking one another”. We are truly best friends! We accept each others weaknesses and strengths. We view life positively and simply. Our home is our safe, peaceful haven which we enjoy coming back to after a long day. Cindy is a Nursing Home Administrator and Barb is a nurse. We are active and love to be outdoors. We are true to ourselves and both possess the power of forgiveness. We long to raise a happy child together. We want to be able to share our growing love for one another with a child that will know and feel that love every day. We have a strong foundation and a solid base to assure a little one’s life will begin and continue on a successful journey. We are so excited! We both understand that this is a very difficult decision that you have to make in your life, one that you probably wished you didn’t have to. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Our promise to you is that we would love this child with all of our hearts. We would be honored if you selected us to help make our dreams come true.
With much appreciation,
Barb and Cin
From the bottom of both our hearts, thank you so much for taking the time to consider us as potential adoptive parents to your baby. Although we can't know exactly what this time is like for you, we recognize that it is difficult, and we know that whatever path you choose will be the best for you and your child. We hope this profile will give you a good sense of what makes us who we are and the kind of loving home we provide for our family.
We met through a mutual friend in 2003, and we both knew fairly early on that we had found something special. When we started dating, Eric had already committed to begin work at a law firm in New York City the following fall. Eric followed through on his commitment for several months, but eventually was drawn back to the Philadelphia area where he and Kurt have lived together ever since and were married in 2008.
So, what are we like? We are friendly, smart, and silly guys who love spending time together and with our daughter, Gretchen. Whether we're food shopping, running errands, going out to dinner, spending time with family and friends, vacationing in Disney World, or just spending a quiet evening at home, we have a ton of fun. We both enjoy movies, music, theater, politics, and video games. However, we're also as different as we are alike. For example, Kurt tends to be the quiet and relaxed one while Eric is usually outgoing and intense, and Eric is a little bit on the messy side while Kurt likes things neat and tidy. We balance out each other quite well and make a great team. The most important thing to us is family. We are both extremely close to our families; in fact, the night Eric realized he had fallen in love with Kurt was the night he was sick in bed, but could hear Kurt and Eric's dad watching Finding Nemo and laughing out loud together.
Kurt is a bit of a stereotypical geek in multiple ways. He studied computer science in college and worked in Information Technology for nine years. He loves getting his hands on the latest gadgets and gizmos. He has also carried over from his childhood a love of Transformers with a current collection of over five hundred figures. Kurt also has an immense love of music, which he inherited from both sides of his family. He sings, plays piano, and loves listening to and singing along with musicals. Eric is a bit of a geek in his own way. He loves being a lawyer, is an avid reader of American history, and is a pretty talented cook as well. He loves all things having to do with sports and outdoors, especially baseball, gardening and fishing.
Because family is so important to us, we've always known we wanted to raise children. We began our family in 2012 with the adoption of our daughter, Gretchen. Gretchen is an amazing girl and brings us so much joy. We are so lucky and grateful to have her and her birth family in our lives. We've also always known that we wanted to have two children relatively close in age, so we're ready to grow our family again. And Gretchen is ready to be a big sister!
Again, thank you so much – we are honored that you've considered us to raise your child.
Erica and Dustin
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to find out a little about us. We are Gwyn and Scott and we are very excited about growing our family through adoption. Quite frankly, we can’t wait to be parents!
We have been married for 17 years and have lived in our home for about the same amount of time. Our home is warm and well loved and filled with books and records, fabrics, photographs and plants. Our neighborhood is diverse and active, with many shops, schools, playgrounds and parks. We are in walking distance to farmer’s markets, our community garden and the movies. We ride our bikes to work every day (Gwyn close, Scott far!) and walk just about everywhere else.
We both love music, gardening, playing games, reading, and hiking. Ideally, these things are done with friends and family, when we can also be silly with our nieces, nephews and the many children of friends that are part of our life. At home, we take turns cooking- Scott is the master baker of the house and Gwyn makes a mean soup!
We are gentle, kind and loving people who enjoy the simple things in life and can’t wait to share those things with a child of our own. We are excited to watch a child grow and learn, and to be reminded to look at things from a child’s perspective of wonder and awe. We are excited to share the things that we love, to read and sing to them, and to run around in the garden, picking raspberries and sniffing the roses.
We had always considered open adoption as a way to grow our family after we had a child of our own. When we discovered that we couldn’t conceive a child we began our research into adoption and soon found Open Arms. We have a deep appreciation of the responsibility of adoption and a commitment to raise a child to be proud of who they are. We look forward to helping guide our new family member in this journey of discovery. We have a large supportive network of family and friends who are just thrilled to watch us become parents and to open their hearts to our new family member.
Sincerely, Gwyn & Scott
We're James and Japa. We're humbled by your courage in considering an adoption plan, and are so thankful you're taking the time to learn about us.
Ever since getting married five years ago, we have wanted to share our love with a child. When we learned that we might not be bringing that child into the world on our own, we knew that adoption was part of the story of how our family would grow. We're overjoyed that you might consider becoming a part of that story.
We're a simple, laid back couple that shares a passion for food, travel, reading, and games. We both come from small, loving families who are a sustaining presence in our lives. We now live in Pittsburgh, where we are both professors.
Our diverse, welcoming neighborhood is filled with loving families, and we’re lucky to have some of our closest, life-long friends living just around the corner. We’re so grateful to have the support of our family and friends, who are eager to help us welcome a child into our lives.
We're honored to have your consideration, and wish you strength in your journey.
-James & Japa
We are Jeff and Herbie and we are honored that you are interested in learning about our family.
We met 8 years ago through mutual friends and have been together ever since. In December of 2014, we were married and would like to start the next chapter of our lives. We would like to fulfill our dream of becoming parents.
We live close to many parks, restaurants, sport centers, and dance studios. There is something for everyone nearby. Our local school district is nationally ranked. There are children of all ages in our neighborhood and we have many nieces, nephews and friends with children close by.
Jeff has many interests including playing softball, fishing, and is great at DIY projects. Herbie is very active and has played in numerous sports leagues including flag football, basketball and tennis. He also loves to show his creative side by baking and doing many craft projects with his nieces and nephews. We play softball together and love to be outdoors. We make a great team and the differences in our personalities complement each other.
We both grew up in loving and stable homes and would make sure our child does as well. Our families are very dear to us and we've only gotten closer to them as we further explore becoming parents through adoption. We love spending time with our nieces, nephews, and Godchildren. Holidays are always a special time for us. Christmas Eve morning we take our nieces and nephews to lunch, host Jeff's family at night and the spend Christmas Day with Herbie's family. Most of our brothers are parents and will be a valuable source of information, love, and support to us and any child who should join our family.
We hope that you learn more about us by looking at our profile and hope that we get the opportunity to learn more about you. Whatever you should decide, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your child, and we wish you all the best!
Jeff & Herbie
We are Nathaniel and Jennifer (call me Jen). We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and for even considering us as parents for your child. We admire the courage it takes to make an adoption plan for your baby. We see it as the ultimate act of love, and we know it is not an easy decision.
We met in 2008 and had the most unique first date at an art studio! After several years of marriage our love continues to grow stronger. We are so lucky to live in a quaint little tree-lined neighborhood. There are tons of children and our neighbors are nice and friendly. We live in a walkable town where everything we need is close by. We can walk to the park, the playground, the library, and our favorite pizza shop! Living near a major university, we have a link to music, art, live theater, and so many interesting and diverse people! We also have the love and support of our parents who live within a quick drive of our house.
Nathaniel works in the finance industry. On the weekends he loves to plan special day trips so we can spend time together exploring new cities and cultures. Jen is a speech therapist for children with special needs. At the end of each day, Jen loves to cook and usually prepares a yummy and healthy dinner.
We are so excited to add a child to our family. We are a loving, caring couple who can't wait to become parents. Thank you again for reading about us; we hope to learn about you someday.
Jen and Nathaniel
We are Libby and Matt. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us.
The fact that you are considering adoption for your child is truly amazing and we can honestly say that we are humbled by your courage and strength. You know what is best for your child and we respect the decisions that you will make.
We have known each other for nearly 15 years and have been happily married for seven. We have a great relationship built on mutual respect, trust and compromise. We always wanted to have a family and adoption is the best choice for us. We are so happy about the possibility of being parents.
We both work in marketing—Matt on the research side of things and Libby on the more creative end. In our free time, Matt likes to grow his own vegetables and is a grill-master extraordinaire. If there is a long week-end, you’ll find Matt smoking a brisket and Libby making the side dishes for a backyard barbeque. We both love to entertain our family and friends when we have the chance. In recent years, Libby has taken up sewing and likes to create things for her home, family and friends. Libby is also a musician and is looking forward to sharing her love and appreciation for music with her child.
We live just outside of Philadelphia in Ardmore, PA in a very close-knit, family friendly neighborhood with many children of all ages and a great elementary school within walking distance. While Libby’s family lives in Ohio and we visit a few times a year for birthdays and holidays, Matt’s family lives in Philadelphia and we see them all the time. Both sides of our family are looking forward to welcoming a new member and couldn’t be more pleased that we’ve chosen adoption to grow our family.
Again, thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
Libby & Matt
We are Kris and Mark and thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We know that as you are reading this, you are faced with perhaps the most difficult decision of your life. We want you to know that whatever you choose to do, we are honored that you considered us, and we admire the love you must have for your child to face these tough choices.
We met in Philadelphia eight years ago and have been together since. Over time our lives have changed a great deal. Kris began a new career at the National Park Service and Mark went to graduate school to study art history. We've traveled all over the world together, bought our first home and then our second, and we recently got married. Through it all we've talked about having children, planned for them, and now are ready to devote ourselves to being good parents.
We moved earlier this year and our new neighborhood is full of young families of all types, great parks, restaurants, and shops. We both love being at home and Kris loves to do home projects, like building planters for our garden. When he's not working on a project, he's often planning a new trip for us, since we both share a passion for traveling. Mark likes to keep busy gardening and decorating, but he's also a big reader, and he's always reading several books at once. We try to approach our life together as a team, whether it's work or fun, so we always make time for one another, whether it's to eat a nice meal or watch a good movie.
There's always something delicious cooking in our house! Kris loves to cook and Mark enjoys baking, so we think we make a great entertaining team. We have friends over for dinner every week and we believe there's always room for an extra person at our table. We're close to our friends, who are like family to us, and we love to spend time with them. We're also lucky to have Kris's sister and her husband nearby, so our house always feels full. We feel blessed knowing that there will be a great network of people around our child, loving and supporting our family.
We're excited to tell you all about our lives and we hope that this book can be a start.
Mark & Kris
Hello! We are Matthew and Matt.
First, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read about us. We understand that you are making an important decision that may be difficult for you. We recognize your courage. We are honored that you may be considering us as part of your adoption plan and hope you enjoy this glimpse into our lives.
We have been in a loving relationship for 10 years and have been dreaming of starting a family for a long time. We have thought a lot about how to best provide for our child, and know that our child will not only be loved by us, but will also receive love and attention from our large extended families and our friends. We also believe that an important part of providing for our child will be helping them have a strong sense of who they are and where they come from. We look forward to building a relationship with you that is within your comfort zone.
We’d like to tell you a little bit more about us and our lives. We have both dedicated our lives and careers to working with children. Matt is the founder and principal of an elementary school in New York City and before that he was a special education teacher. Matthew is a child psychologist.
We have a large but close-knit extended family. Between us, we have 6 siblings and 8 nieces and nephews. Almost everyone lives nearby, and we see family members on a weekly basis. We have been very active in the lives of our nieces and nephews and look forward to inviting the love and support of aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins into our child’s life.
We have so much love in our hearts that we are ready to give to a child.
-Matthew and Matt
Hi, I am Robin and I have a son named Ben. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption once more.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey, which is where my parents still live. My family is very close and we visit each other at least once a month and speak on the phone everyday.
I work as a reading teacher in the school district of Philadelphia. I am really lucky to do what I love and to impact the lives of the students in my class.
Ben joined me a few days after birth in April of 2014 and his adoption became final in October 2014. He is an incredibly happy, easygoing child. He loves to laugh and give kisses. He loves to play with his blocks and look at books. He is fascinated by babies and really enjoys playing with other children.
Throughout my life, I have met people who have become part of my extended family. Because of them, our life is filled with love, laughter and fun. I consider us extremely blessed to be welcomed into so many peoples' lives as a member of their family and look forward to welcoming you and your child into ours, if that feels comfortable to you.
Thank you again for allowing us to share a little about our life, our hopes, and our dreams for the future.
We are deeply honored and humbled that you are taking the time to consider our story as you consider such a profound, difficult decision. We want to thank you for your courage and your willingness to read more about us. Our hearts go out to you, and we wish the very best for you and your child, today and in the future.
We're Sandra and Liza. We first met each other and fell in love 14 years ago, and we adopted our first child, Santiago, four years ago. We have always known we want to raise a family together, and we are eager to welcome another child into our lives--and Santiago very much wants to be a big brother!
In our daily lives, we believe in living in the moment and in soaking in each new day with its joys and challenges. We love the outdoors, the simple pleasure of sharing meals together, and the opportunity to laugh every day. We take as much joy in a walk around the block with our dog as we do in a hike in one of the National Parks we love to visit. We care deeply about our community and the wider world, and are committed to living a simple life full of rich experiences. We live with intention and believe in letting our actions show who we are and who we want to be.
We are both passionate about our work as teachers; we both teach at Quaker schools because we share in the Quaker belief that there is something sacred within each and every individual. Sandra teaches Spanish, her native tongue, and Music to students in pre-K through 4th grade. Liza teaches English Literature, her greatest passion, to middle and high school students. We are both at our best when we are sharing our knowledge and our love of learning with young people; we both see teaching as a way of being in the world, not just a profession or career. Our experiences as teachers have given us a deep desire to provide our children with love, freedom, and safety as they explore many different passions, beliefs and ideas.
We believe strongly in the value of knowing one's past and history, and in the importance of honesty and integrity. We feel so lucky to include Santiago's birth family in our lives through visits, stories and photographs. We are committed to having an open adoption with you if that is something you would like. We would love our child to know the woman who made this choice and to recognize the love and the courage she has shared with both our child and with us.
Again, we thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about us through this profile. We have great faith that you are on the path to finding the best parents for your child, and that our second child is on his or her own journey towards us.
Liza & Sandra
We come from a big, loving family where the door is always open, and everyone is welcome to a seat at our dinner table. Just be prepared, our Sunday dinners can last for 12 hours and 6 courses! Therefore, it is from the bottom of our hearts that we say; we are honored to have you be a part of our family, even just for a few minutes to get to know us!
We are Marcello and Sarah. We met when we were 18, but it took 2 years of friendship before Marcello had the courage to ask Sarah out on their first date! Over good food, we discussed our desire to have a big family similar to the ones we grew up in. It has been 10 years and we have never looked back.
Marcello is a Chemical Engineer, and Sarah is a Pediatric Emergency Room Doctor. In our free time we enjoy getting outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family. We love holiday traditions such as pumpkin carving contests and Christmas Carols as early as October!
In the spring, we bought our dream home on the water. Our house is just outside a diverse city making it possible to preserve and celebrate the heritage of a child (something that is VERY important to us). A child would know nothing but overwhelming love and support at the center of our family.
You will be in our hearts in hopes that you find the path that is right for you, even if it is not with us!
With Love, Sarah and Marcello
Hello! We are Jeff and Shannon.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity to introduce our family to you. We admire your strength and courage in your journey and are humbled to be considered as the potential adoptive parents to your child.
Along with our two-year-old daughter, Lilah, Jeff also has two older children, Moira (21) and Will (19). We are looking forward to expanding our family with another child, and Lilah can’t wait to be a big sister!
A little about us: We live in a diverse neighborhood in South Jersey, about 15 minutes from Philadelphia. We have two golden retrievers, Jackson and Amos. Our circle of friends includes four families with adopted children.
Jeff loves sports; especially the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and good health is an important part of his life. He is a regular at the gym and also enjoys golf, camping, and bike rides with Lilah.
On the weekends you can find Shannon, Jeff, and Lilah hanging out at the neighborhood pool or taking a bicycle ride to get ice cream after dinner. Shannon also enjoys yoga, horseback riding, gardening, and projects around the house.
We are both passionate about our jobs. Jeff works as a homebuilder and is the “chief problem solver”, always coming up with a solution to problems that seem unsolvable. Shannon works as the creative director for a non-profit in Camden that serves hundreds of children and teens each year.
We feel blessed with the opportunity to expand our family again through open adoption. It’s important for us that our child grows up with a full sense of his/her history, including you. We look forward to finding a fit that works best for the child, you, and us which will allow for a developing relationship together over the years. We are committed to ensuring that our child grows up feeling loved, valued and protected.
Thank you for considering our family and allowing us to introduce ourselves.
- Jeff and Shannon
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My name is Stefanie and I am very excited about creating a family through adoption. I am sure I do not know how it feels to be in your shoes at this moment. I would like to extend my warmest wishes for you. I sincerely believe that you will make the best decision for you and your child. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you both well and extend my utmost gratitude for considering adoption and considering me.
I have a lot to offer a child, all of which I can’t wait to share. I live in a safe, child-friendly neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Children play in the courtyard of my complex and in the park one block away. The library is just around the corner. My parents, two sisters, and their families are also very excited to welcome a child into our family through adoption and support my decision 100%. I have a circle of loving friends near by who are supportive and ready to lend a hand. Being a college professor gives me financial stability, flexibility to take care of a sick child, and summers off to play. My job also means I have a strong commitment to education and know what children need in order to get to college and be successful there and beyond. I pursue an active and healthy lifestyle, so I’m ready to keep up with a little one. I know motherhood is sure to throw plenty of challenges at me. I am prepared to meet them.
I look forward to showering a child with love. My heart is ready for the joy of raising a child. I look forward to watching him or her grow, learn and experience the world. I think it is important to encourage the unique person that child becomes. I know how fortunate I am and am grateful for the many blessings life has granted me. I am eager to devote those blessings to a child.
I honor the sacred decision before you. I wish you wisdom, courage, and peace in your mind, heart and soul, now and always.
Hello! We are Mike and Susan and we would like to thank you for making the loving decision to consider adoption. We appreciate this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our lives, our families, and why we would like to become parents.
We are very excited to begin our adoption journey and believe that adoption is the greatest form of love. We promise to open our hearts and provide a home for a child that is filled with unconditional love, support and encouragement. We admire your strength and courage in making this decision and would be deeply honored if you would consider us as parents for your child.
We have been together for eleven years and married for two years. Our relationship is built on a strong foundation of faith, love, and mutual respect. We are an outgoing, fun loving couple who enjoy making the most out of each and every day. We met through an on-line dating website and had our first date at a cute little neighborhood restaurant. Our next dates included a long walk along a scenic canal, going on a bike ride and getting caught in the rain, and going to see one of our favorite bands at an outdoor summer concert. It quickly became apparent that we had a lot of mutual interests and couldn't wait to spend more time together!
We both come from large families and have a total of twelve nieces and nephews, ranging in age from one to nineteen. We enjoy spending time with them, taking them to the movies and visiting local attractions in Washington, D.C. including monuments and museums. The best times are spent playing games, going to the park, and just having fun!
We both have secure and stable jobs. Mike works as a finance manager and Susan works in health and education policy. Our home is located on a quiet, tree-lined street with friendly neighbors, most of whom have young children. Our community has many parks and recreational activities, as well as great schools. We have a nice sized backyard and our home is just one block away from a large playground. The neighborhood is very welcoming, with people representing many diverse cultures. Children’s activities include swimming at the community pool, soccer, softball, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, parades, and after school activities.
If your heart leads you to choose us, we promise that your child's life will be full of love, laughter, and support, surrounded by friends and family. We promise to provide a safe, stable, and secure home and to nurture your child's interests and help them explore the world they live in. We promise that your child will be raised in a loving family that will provide unconditional and forever love.
Our Christian faith has guided us on our journey to become parents. We believe we have a lot to offer a child, most importantly two parents who deeply love one another and who have built a strong foundation to raise a child. We live in a comfortable home with plenty of room for a child to play and grow. Our neighborhood is very child-friendly with great schools, playgrounds, and community activities. We have the loving support of our families who are excited about our decision to adopt and cannot wait to meet their new niece or nephew. We share many interests, most importantly the desire to raise and nurture a child. We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our family and all that we would offer your child. We wish you continued blessings in your life.
-Susan and Mike
Hello! We are Matthew and Suzanne. We are honored that you are interested in getting to know us better. We admire the courage and strength that you have for considering adoption and the gift to a family. We are excited about fulfilling our dream of becoming parents.
Adoption is already in our family as Matthew's mom, Ann, was adopted as an infant. Matthew's grandparents provided a loving home for Ann. Matthew has fond memories of Grandpa Bill and Grandma Jane, Ann’s adoptive parents.
We are a modern romance as we met online through a dating website. We were attracted to each other through our mutual love of city living, the arts and sports, in particular soccer. We have been married three years and have lived in our home for the same amount of time. Our home reflects our hobbies of carpentry, interior design, cooking and entertaining. We host Christmas Eve dinner and Easter brunch as well as cook for friends regularly. Holidays are a special time for us as we enjoy the traditions that we are creating in our home. We both grew up in loving and stable homes. We are close with our families. We enjoy spending time with our nieces, nephews and god children.
Matthew is on faculty of the Theatre department at a major university. He has many interests including: sports, playing as well as watching; gardening; camping, and home improvement projects. Suzanne works in sales in the interior design industry. Her passions include trying new recipes; designing our home; reading and learning. Together our professional lives are very flexible to meet the needs of raising a child.
We are a fun-loving, adventurous couple who enjoy visiting new places, both near and far; seeking a great yard sale; eating at new restaurants, and dreaming of our future.
We hope you will learn more about us through our profile. We would be blessed if you consider us for your child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and wish you the best as you make your decision.
Thank you, Matthew and Suzanne
Hi! We're Christian and Tina. Thank you so much for looking at our profile and considering adoption. We understand you have such a difficult decision ahead of you but we want you to know that we would be honored to be selected as parents. We have a lot of love to give!
We've been married for 9 wonderful years and have a 4 year old daughter named Keira. We love being parents. Our daughter brings so much joy to our lives and we have fun taking her new places and teaching her new things. We always wanted a big family so when Keira was 1 year old we started trying for a second child but it wasn't meant to be. We are now so excited to add a child to our family through adoption. Keira is excited too! She has expressed on many occasions that she would love a baby brother or sister.
Tina is a teacher and Chris is a finance project manager. We have a lovely home in New Jersey that has plenty of room for more kids. You will learn more about us from our book and we hope to learn more about you too.
Tina & Christian