Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and the type of parents we hope to be. We are so excited to be on this journey towards completing our family through adoption. We have always believed that the child who joins our family is the one who was meant to be there all along, and we we can't wait to find out who that will be!
Adoption has been a huge part of Molly's family. Her parents had three biological children, but always knew they wanted to complete their family through adoption. When Molly was 17, her younger brother was adopted from the state foster care system. He was 9 years old and fit in with our family immediately. He is now 25, and has two children, much to the delight of the entire family. Although there have been challenges along the way, we can't imagine our family without him or his children. Because of this experience, we are very aware of both the rewards and the challenges of adoption. We also have witnessed firsthand that it is first and foremost love that makes a family, not biology.
We believe that because of this experience, our family has a unique perspective on adoption. If we have questions about the effect of adoption on a child, we are able to simply ask my brother his thoughts and feelings. Additionally, we have a number of friends who have either completed an adoption or who are in the process of adopting. It has been valuable to hear their perspective as adoptive parents, and comforting to know that our child will have playmates who have also experienced adoption.
Cultural diversity is something that will always be a part of our family's story, and it is something we plan to embrace with our child. We know that becoming a transracial adoptive family is a tremendous responsibility - and it is a responsibility we are honored and excited to take on. We live in an awesomely vibrant and diverse community, and plan to expose our child to many activities and events which will promote their understanding of who they are and where they come from, as well as developing an understanding of other cultures and backgrounds.
We understand the challenges that becoming a multiracial family will bring, and it is important for us to embrace the cultures that shape all members of our family. We are lucky enough to have a support network of family and friends who allow us to foster diversity and acceptance for all members of our family.
Education is very important to us. We both love to learn and value education in all forms - both formal education in school and the education that happens at home, through experience. Molly is a first grade teacher and we plan on our children attending the school where Molly teaches. This provides us with a unique opportunity to be involved in our child's education, ensuring that our child is receiving the best possible start to their school career. Molly has always been committed to working at a school where she'd be proud to send her own children, and she can't wait to share what her school has to offer!
We are also firm believers that education starts at home. We are committed to providing our child with a strong foundation from the start - this includes lots and lots of reading at home! This also includes providing experiences that will help shape our child's worldview. We love to travel and don't plan on stopping that once we have children. Seeing how people live in other parts of the country and the world is important to us, and will be important to our child, too!
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