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Andrew & Crystal
We feel very blessed to grow our family through adoption. We have lots of love and affection to share and are ready to take on the ups and downs of parenthood together. We know firsthand how welcoming and supportive our family is to an adopted child and are so thankful you are considering us. We would be lucky and grateful if you choose us!
Our Promise to You
We know you are facing a difficult decision about your child. We cannot adequately imagine the various emotions you are feeling or the worries that may keep you up at night. We know that placing your child for adoption will not erase those difficult emotions, but we pray that choosing us to love and care for your child will give you peace in your mind and heart.
Please know that we have your child's best interests at heart. Our promise to you is to cherish your child, raising them in a warm and loving family and environment. We promise to teach, snuggle, encourage, guide, share, challenge, kiss their boo-boos, and tuck them in at night. We promise to raise your child to be kind, intelligent and independent.
Adoption will never be a secret or be taboo in our household. Our promise to you is for your child to know who you are. We will always speak of you positively and encourage a relationship that both you and your child are comfortable with.
Our promise to you is that we will always be grateful for the sacrifice and hard decision you made and for choosing us!
As parents we will recognize and celebrate diversity and embrace the uniqueness in all of us. Through our relationships, travel and study, we will continue to educate ourselves on cultural differences so that we can teach our child about their heritage and culture. We want our child to be confident and we hope to instill this confidence by providing them opportunities to explore their diversity and the diversity in others. We plan to surround our child with multicultural books and toys, attend multi-cultural festivals and events, and surround them with diverse schools, friends and community. Through cooking, art, entertainment and conversation, we will incorporate our child's heritage into our everyday routine. Most importantly we will show our child love and respect them for who they are physically and emotionally.
Our city has an abundance of options to embrace Black, Hispanic, Asian and Anglo cultures. Offerings include food, festivals, art, music and dance.
Our Pups, Cleo & Raja
Dogs have always been part of our family life, both as a couple and as children growing up. For us having a dog is about companionship, love and helping us stay active. Whether we've had a good day or bad day they are waiting at the door when we get home, ready to give hugs and kisses! We are confident our pets will be good companions to our child, offering love, patience and protection.
We have two dogs, Cleo and Raja. Cleo is a 5-year-old Basenji/Terrier mix and Raja is a 3-year-old Husky mix. Cleo is a loyal, energetic, curious and well-mannered dog who loves to go on walks, watch squirrels, and cuddle up on the couch or bed. She loves to play with our nieces when they visit. Raja loves hanging out in the backyard where he can watch the neighborhood kids play. He is extremely loyal and affectionate, loves belly rubs and keeps us active. His "singing" lets us know he's ready for his walk.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb of a large city in Texas. It's a quiet community with a lot of families and outdoor activities. Our house is located in a cul-de-sac with a lot of young families, adjacent to a park. The neighborhood kids set up a basketball hoop for evening and weekend games. There are rustic hiking trails nearby so we can enjoy nature and get some exercise as a family. An annual tradition on our street is over-the-top Halloween lights and decorations to give the children a fun and memorable experience. Our community has regular farmer/artisan markets and live music for families to enjoy. We also have a great library!
Our home has four bedrooms, allowing our child to have a unique space to personalize as they grow. Our favorite places in the house are the living room, nursery and backyard. Our living room is bright and airy with a large, comfy couch. We spend a lot of time here in the evenings. When family visits, our living room is the congregation area for the kids, dogs and adults to play together. The nursery was designed for resting, reading and play. It has a cozy rocking chair and lots of books. It includes several items we grew up with and want to share. Our backyard has a good mix of grass, flowers/plants and places to lounge. It also has a pool for summertime fun and is the preferred hangout for our dogs.
Our Extended Families
We enjoy spending time with our extended family. Since Andrew's parents and sister are a quick plane ride away, we visit each other several times a year. During our visits we play games, watch movies, tour local sites and spend time catching up on life. We plan a family vacation with them every year. It often involves a cabin and outdoor activities, but we've also taken vacations abroad together.
Both Andrew and Crystal's parents live near each other, so we can see both sides of the family during the same visit. Crystal's parents live on a lake and we appreciate visiting in the summer when we can kayak, fish and have a campfire.
We are able to spend time with Crystal's sister and her family regularly because they live within a few hours. Walks, bike rides and adventures to neighborhood parks are typical activities with our nieces and nephew. In the summer the kids enjoy hours of fun in our pool and like to try the unique flavors of our local ice cream shop.
We celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families. Most often we travel to Crystal's sister's home or Andrew's parents' home and stay several days. We look forward to continuing those traditions with our child, as well as starting some of our own!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. First, we want to acknowledge your bravery and the thoughtfulness you are giving this decision. We know your decision isn't easy, but your selfless love will not be forgotten and will be part of your child's story forever. We hope this letter provides better insight into our journey and a vision for how we will navigate the privilege of parenting.
A little bit about us. We have been married 11 years and have 2 wonderful dogs, Cleo & Raja. Both of our careers are focused in the accounting & finance industry which provides great stability for our family. As we grow our family, Crystal is considering a transition into a full-time stay-at-home mom. Whether this occurs or not, we will share the parenting responsibility and look forward to actively participating in our child's development. We specifically look forward to providing our child a wide range of educational experiences, including frequent visits to the local library, parks and cultural events put on by our local community.
While we always wanted children, we did not realize the journey to parenthood would be so difficult and require so much patience. Similar to many couples, we experienced losses along the way, but we have taken the time to grieve and reflect. Through our reflection we realized that we did not care about how we became parents, what mattered was becoming parents. As a result, we have spent the past couple years educating ourselves on the adoption process and discussing how we would blend an adoptive child into our family. We are so excited to CHOOSE adoption as the path to growing our family!
Our extended family is beyond excited that we have chosen adoption and everyone is ready to welcome a new child with unconditional love and attention. This will be the first grandchild on Andrew's side of the family, as a result his parents and sister are over the moon excited. Our nieces and nephew on Crystal's side cannot wait to be the big cousins and we know they will be great role models for our child. We look forward to creating wonderful memories with our child through family vacations, birthday parties and holiday celebrations.
As parents, we look forward to instilling the values of kindness, hard work, and gratitude. We will allow our child to explore their passions and will nurture their talents, whether it is in the arts, sciences, athletics or something else. We will provide self-confidence in our child, so they are able to share their personality and talents with those around them. Ultimately, we hope to raise a child that is as selfless as you.
You are such an important part of your child's story. We will be excited to share your child's journey through letters, photos, videos, and if interested personal visits. We will value retaining your connection to this child and will make intentional steps so it can be a healthy, long lasting and meaningful relationship.
Our promise to you is we will provide unconditional love and protection to your child and we will always be grateful for your sacrifice and choosing us.
With love and gratitude,
Andrew & Crystal