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Anthony & Sunita
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. Early in our relationship, we discussed Sunita's adoption and how it changed her life; when we were later faced with infertility, we knew adoption was our chosen path. As an established suburban family, we have created a wonderful home environment and life that is ideal for a child to thrive with love, fun and opportunities. We hope you consider us.
Adoption in Our Lives
Sunita was adopted from India and arrived in Minnesota when she was 2½ months old. One of her sisters was also adopted from India and arrived 2 years after her. Growing up as adoptees, her mother made sure that they always knew their adoption journey as well as their cultural heritage. Sunita had the opportunity to go back to India with her mother when she was a young adult, and that trip was truly an experience. Sunita was able to see the hospital where she was born, the agency building, and the surrounding cities. Being able to see where she came from really made her understand the gift her birth mother gave her, and she understands that she was placed up for adoption to have more opportunities. Sunita understands what it means to be adopted, how special a relationship can be with the birth mother/family, as well as the wonderful bond with the adoptive family. Sunita knows that adoption has its challenges but being able to share the child's adoption story can add so much. Although Anthony had friends growing up who were adopted internationally and a friend as an adult who adopted two daughters, nothing hits closer to home than considering the butterfly effect of Sunita's life colliding with Anthony's. We would more than likely never have met had Sunita's mother not pursued adoption; acknowledging a plethora of life events that have brought us and these big families together, the premise is the adoption that occurred at the beginning.
What It Means to Become Parents
We want to share life experiences with a child and to grow along with them. Although we may be homebodies at times, when we are not at home or entertaining, we are most assuredly spending time with family and friends. We particularly look forward to adding another person to our ever-expanding immediate family, friends, and diverse community. As kids, we were both raised with siblings in environments that promoted exploring hobbies and activities to determine what we enjoyed doing, whether good or "not so good" at whatever that hobby was; similarly, we look forward to introducing a child to activities and hobbies of their own and letting them decide what they enjoy. To us, good parenting includes teaching a child basic life skills, preparing them for the various stages of their life through friends, schooling, and careers. Along the way, we look forward to camping, traveling, attending family functions, and attending community events as well as teaching them how to cook, how to maintain a home, and potentially developing projects that we can all work on together. We look forward to being able to travel and show a child the world and an understanding of the country they come from as well as where others come from and an appreciation of other cultures.
Our Pups, Islay & Kona
We had entirely different upbringings when it came to pets in the household. Sunita was raised with a wide variety of pets, in a home that was frequently referred to as the "neighborhood zoo." Sunita's childhood home had pets including, cats, dogs, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, snakes, guinea pigs, birds, and frogs. Conversely, other than a brief time when Anthony's sister had a fish or as a teen, his mom had a cat, he was not raised with many pets in the home. About two years into our relationship, Sunita convinced Anthony that they should get a dog ... let's just say, despite Anthony's hesitation, Islay (now 7 years old) quickly became a best friend to both of them. It was wonderful to grow our relationship more with Islay as our furbaby. We were able to learn a lot about one another and made choices together when dealing with Islay. Several years later, they decided to get a friend for Islay and again found another mini-boxer, Kona (now 4 years old), who has also become a best friend to the three of them. Having the two of them together, we see and experience their different personalities and learn together how to respond to their differences and make decisions for the four of us. Both pups are wonderful around children and have had many memories with our nieces, nephews, and our friends' kids. Our dogs are family, and we treat them as such. We take them on trips, hikes, they love to go boating and frequently occupy any of our free time. We are looking forward to bringing a child into the lives of Islay and Kona and we know that they will love him or her unconditionally. We don't think we will go to the extreme, "neighborhood zoo" level that Sunita had as a child, but we will have pets in our lives going forward.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home in a suburb of Minnesota where we plan to live for a very long time. Our house is turning into our dream home after a series of upgrades and renovation projects to make space for children, entertaining, and hosting visiting family. The kitchen and living room are the hubs of the home. We both enjoy cooking, whether baking cookies or smoking chili, we love trying new recipes or cooking methods. Your child will have his or her own room with a relaxing view of our huge backyard for playing. We live in a friendly suburb outside of two major cities, which gives us easy access to diverse community activities such as festivities, fairs, events, markets, etc. Also, the schools are excellent; each of the schools that this child will attend is only a couple of miles away from our home. Within just a few blocks of our home is a park, playground, ice rink, and baseball/soccer/football fields. Our community also offers a variety of youth programs and sports, shops, and restaurants which we continue to explore. It is difficult to imagine a finer neighborhood to raise a family.
Our Extended Families
Family is everything to us. We both come from uniquely blended families and we can all come together for BBQs, birthdays, holidays, a random Sunday, and everyone is included. All our parents live nearby and are excited to add another grandchild to our bunch. We are lucky to have some siblings and nieces/nephews who live close by, and we spend many weekends together. Although we have siblings and extended family living in other states, we visit each other and travel together, as we are able. We have a close-knit group of lifelong friends, whom we consider to be family. Many of them have young children of their own; these lifelong friends would become like aunts and uncles to a child. Both our families and friends are excited to welcome your child into our lives and are looking forward to making memories that will last a lifetime. Frequently accompanied by friends and family, we enjoy everything Minnesota has to offer; hiking, two zoos, camping, malls, the horse track, swimming pools, and local parks. We regularly meet up with our friends and go to events or just meet at someone's house to catch up. We are also a family to help with house remodeling projects, travel, bowl, cook, and both watch and play sports. While we have traditions based around holidays and getting together as a family, we also have some nontraditional annual events like pizza parties or a gathering where everyone must cook something new.
From Us to You
We are truly humbled that you have taken the time to consider us in this process. Acknowledging the tremendous decisions you're under, we can give you some solace in the fact that your child will be raised in a loving household, with a huge support system and in a diverse community. We understand that adoption is an amazing experience, and we are excited to share our love with your child.
After pursuing our educations, venturing on travels, and advancing within our careers, we ended up meeting about 10 years ago through online dating (eHarmony). While dating, we quickly discovered that living on opposite sides of the city was quite inconvenient so over the next few years, we finished Sunita's house, finished Anthony's house, and combined our resources into what is now our long-term home. We spent much of our younger years building a solid foundation and support system then began looking at expanding our family only to find that nature was not on our side, and adoption was our chosen path forward.
For a future child, we will value the importance of family, education, respect, strong character, and a strong work ethic. We are committed to raising a child who tries many things to find their passions, interests, and endeavors. We want to develop their strengths, foster their weaknesses, and teach them to be productive, responsible, and giving community members.
We are committed and welcome diversity into our family. We are looking forward to finding ways to celebrate what makes us different as much as what makes us the same. Our families are both very close-knit and we look forward to our own family participating in activities we have as children and with our nieces and nephews. We spend a great amount of time with family and friends and we are looking forward for your child joining our crew.
You will be a significant part of us, and we are happy to send email updates with pictures and stories as well as Zoom calls. We are eager to know you and look forward to maintaining a healthy relationship. We will always honor who you are and the brave decision you have made. We respect you for the choices you are making and are excited to welcome you as extended family.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child; we can't wait to learn more about you and your adoption journey.
Anthony & Sunita
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