I have wanted a child of my own for as long as I can remember. I have long imagined the first moment I hold my baby in my arms, first smiles, first steps, temper tantrums, loose teeth, questions, scraped knees, soccer games, school work, broken hearts, little successes and setbacks, ordinary moments and beyond…the whole deal! I am so excited and ready to start this journey.
I promise to provide a home full of love and security. And books and laughter and music. I will help this child become a citizen of the world-one who makes the world a better place, just by being in it. My job is to help this child grow and to support his or her talents- to overcome challenges, tolerate disappointments, and celebrate success.
I am not choosing to adopt lightly. I have family members who were adopted and have a close friend who adopted a little boy about two years ago. As a pediatrician, I have worked with families who chose to place their child with an adoptive family and with adoptive parents. I've seen the different ways that families come together. I have thought and planned about every aspect I can think of, from emotional development to religious education, to academics, to cultural participation.
In my life and in my work, I've studied child development carefully. I understand how children think, learn, and understand the world, and how to adjust expectations to different children. As a physician for children with disabilities, I can see that every child has a spark and that if we can nurture that and celebrate the child's differences, we can help every child to be happy. I can't wait to discover my child's spark(s) and help them grow! I've also had a lot of practice with my niece and nephew and the children of several close friends and I know that I connect and build attachment easily and well. I became a pediatrician because I love working with children and their families and because I'm passionate about helping kids start their lives on solid footing.
I'm committed to education in all its forms-not just school but arts, culture, communication, relationships, languages, hands on experiments to figure out how things work. My parents provided these opportunities for me, and this is what I intend to do for my child as well. From swimming and art lessons to museum visits and school, learning to fight fair, learning to show love, I've had a great foundation and I want to share all of that with a child.
As biological parent, you are an important and central figure for the child and I hope that you will continue to be a part of the child's life. I commit to sharing photographs and letters and communicating via email or telephone. If you wish, we can arrange in-person visits. I will respect your wishes, but hope that we can maintain contact.
I wish you the very best as you move through this process. If not me, I hope you will find someone who is a good fit for you and your expected baby.Sincerely and with love and gratitude,
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