Nothing is more important to us than starting a family. Since we are unable to have children of our own, we thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents. With the support of our families and friends, we would welcome the opportunity to adopt a child and begin a family of our own. We hope that you continue to read on and learn more about us. In the meantime, we will continue to pray for you throughout this journey in the hopes that you will be guided to help us begin the next chapter in our lives: parenthood.
We are both Optometrists (eye doctors) who have specialized training in pediatrics, developmental vision, and vision therapy. Similar to other forms of therapy, vision therapy is the process of retraining the brain to instruct the eyes to perform its task in a more effective and efficient manner. Our clinical interests include examining children with special needs and exploring the relationship between vision and academic performance. Prior to moving to Western North Carolina, we both worked full-time and owned a private practice specializing in vision therapy. Our goal is to continue increasing awareness of vision and academics with the theme that "20/20 vision is not enough." We campaign for early detection of eye disorders through comprehensive eye exams beginning between age 6 and 12 months. Currently, John works full-time in a large group surgical practice and Amy works four weekdays in several private practices. We regularly attend local, state, and national conferences in order to provide the more up-to-date clinical care to our patients and their families.
Traveling to different parts of the country and the world has long been a dream of ours. We fell in love with Italy after visiting early in our marriage. In a few years' time, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and plan to travel to London and Paris. John is eager to visit Australia and New Zealand (he thinks that he will be able to adopt a pet penguin, his favorite animal) and Amy wants to return to New York City during the Christmas holidays (a fond childhood memory).
We want to provide our future child the gift of travel and to experience different parts of this country and of the world. Given all of the wonders, we hope that our future child will develop a global love and respect for members of different countries, cultures, religion, language, and customs. As John F. Kennedy once said, "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." We also truly believe in the bumper sticker that says, "Co-exist."
Three members of our extended family are adopted: Amy's father was adopted from Italy as a young child; Amy's maternal grandfather was adopted as a teenager; and Amy's cousin's daughter was adopted as a newborn. We have great respect and admiration for these birth parents having made such a difficult decision. It was only through adoption that Amy's family was formed and we gather the strength for our adoption journey from these individuals. Amy's father and grandfather spoke openly about their adoption story. It was never a family secret and we will use their sincerity and honesty as a model to discuss adoption with our future child.
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