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Brian & Allison
We understand that this is one of the most difficult and important decisions that you'll ever face. Allison was adopted as a child and we know first-hand what a gift adoption is. We want you to know that we promise to love your child with all our hearts. We will make sure that they know how much you love them too. We will raise your child in a home full of love, laughter, and kindness. To choose us to be your child's parents would mean the world to us.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Since we are both teachers, one of our strongest family values is being able to celebrate and respect the differences in people. This includes recognizing the different skills, talents, and attitudes that cultural diversity will bring to our family. We have several family members and close friends who were also adopted into multicultural families.
We are lucky enough that cultural diversity is something that is very prominent in the community where we live. Our child will grow up in a culturally diverse community and attend schools that honor this. It makes both of us very happy to walk through our schools and see so many different students with different backgrounds and cultures. We know that our child will grow up with friends from different races and cultures.We would like you to know that even though our skin color will not match our child’s we will love our child with all of our hearts. We believe diversity within a family is an amazing thing and we will not ever hide where our child came from. We excited to learn about our child’s culture and heritage and to be able to teach them about it as well. We will do our best to help our child feel loved, accepted, and proud of who they are. We both believe that no matter what your race or religion is, love and family is what matters the most.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Allison About Brian: What I love most about Brian is his enthusiasm towards life. He truly lives each day as if it is his last. His spontaneity is one of the things that I struggled with then I first met him, but now it is one of the best things about him. He loves to laugh, play, and have fun with whatever he is doing. Brian’s passion for his students is contagious to anyone who enters his classroom, or knows about his students. His passion for his students will also be shared with our child. He is so excited to be a dad and I find that to be one of the amazing things about him.
Brian About Allison: Allison is the most giving person I know. She will do anything for the people she loves. She has an amazing outlook on life, she is able to focus positives and not dwell on the small problems that can occur. She has amazing sense of humor, she does not have any issues with being silly and having fun. I love her for totally accepting me for who I am, flaws and all. She is a dedicated person when it comes to helping others. She is not only my partner but my best friend. She keeps me grounded. I love her creativity; whether it is her cooking, coming up with a fun weekend adventure or in her teaching. I love how dedicated she is to her students and would jump through fire for them. Her passion for life, for her career, and for the people she loves is always an inspiration for me.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is in a beach town in Maine, where Allison’s family owns a cottage. This place is magical! The village is made up of 100 small cottages overlooking the ocean. There is a big field where kids are seen playing games after dinner, and there is also a candy store that opens every night at 7. There are children everywhere, with plenty of smiles and laughter to be heard and seen. This is a real family place, where the cottages have been in people’s families for generations. Several of Allison’s aunts and cousins also own cottages here.This is such an amazing place for children and adults. At low tide, the mud flats are showing and children can walk out and look for snails and crabs, or lay on a float and go with the current. We have a row boat and kayaks we use during high tide. The ocean itself is a great place to build sandcastles and boogie board the waves. We love being able to wake up and look out at the ocean and spend our days on the beach. We cannot wait to share this place with our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We bought our house beautiful home three years ago. We live in a cape style house, with three bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, an open concept kitchen, dining room and living room. It is a cozy house with brightly colored walls and pictures Allison has taken of beautiful scenery. We have a basement that we would like to do over at one point, but for now its the perfect place for a child to ride a bike on, or draw with chalk. Our favorite room is our sunroom. It has windows on all sides, and looks out onto our gardens and backyard. Last year Brian built an amazing patio for all of our summer entertaining.
The street that our house is on, is made up of two small dead end roads where there is a total of 9 houses. There is lots of trees and trails located in our neighborhood. Our neighbors are all extremely friendly, and we even have several potluck meals throughout the year where everyone joins in. We have the perfect street where a child can learn to ride a bike, play with our dog, or even roller skate on.We cannot wait to share our neighborhood and house with our new child.
Our Extended Families
Allison grew up with her mother, father, and younger brother, although, it was never just the four of them. Allison comes from a huge Italian family made up of plenty of aunts, uncles and cousins. Family gatherings were always a big event. These gatherings always revolved around good food and plenty of laughter! While Allison’s family lives two hours away, we make it a point to see them at least once a month. Allison’s family loves the ocean, and when she was 12 they purchased a summer home on the ocean in Maine. To this day we still all go down and spend most of our summer in this great tiny little cottage on the ocean.
Brian grew up with his mother and his sister, as well as his father and his step-mother. Brian comes from a much smaller family with only two aunts, an uncle and one cousin. Although his family lacks size in comparison to Allison’s you would never know it. To this day his mother and sister are not just family but one of his closest friends. Brian’s sister, aunt, uncle and cousin live in North Carolina. His sister has a son named Liam who loves his uncle Bubba (His sister’s nickname for Brian) Brian’s family also loves the ocean, as they grew up in a house on the water.
Both of our families could not be more excited to help us welcome a new child into the family!
From Us to You
Where do we possibly begin? First off, we are extremely thankful and appreciative that you are looking at our profile and considering us to be potential parents of your child. Secondly, we cannot even begin to understand what you must be going through or what you might be feeling. The strength you possess is undeniable and does not go unnoticed. Considering adoption is such a courageous and selfless decision and we recognize that you have a difficult path in front of you. We would be honored to be a part of this journey with you.
As a child who was adopted, Allison has always felt this genuine love and gratitude towards her birth mother. She knew that she was unable to give Allison the life she wanted her to have, so she made the difficult decision to place her with a family that could give her all that she wanted Allison's life to be. Her adoptive family provided her with so much love, and always made sure that she knew how much her birth mother loved her. We will do whatever we can to make sure that your child knows how much you love them, too!
Now for a little about us. We have been married for just over three years. We both are special education teachers in the same district, and that is actually how we first met. Our family and friends would tell you that we are a loving, passionate, and goofy couple, who truly live each day to the fullest. We love spending time outside, whether we are walking our dog, working on our yard, playing in the snow, playing in the sand, or sitting around a fire with family. When we are inside you can usually find us curled up on the couch with our pets either reading, watching a movie, or playing board games. We are truly excited to share the pastimes we love with our child, as well as creating new ones with them.
Family means the world to us. We are extremely close to both of our families, and we enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. Our nephew and cousins mean the world to us. When they are around, you can always find us running around with them outside, playing games, or make believe. Now that we are ready to start our own family, we are so excited to add our own children into the mix. Our families have been both so supportive throughout the entire adoption process, and they are just as ready as we are to meet our first child.
We dedicate our lives to helping children succeed. We truly believe in the saying, “Love what you do, and do what you love." We want to be able to share our love for life and education with our children. Our parents always taught us that life is too short to not do what you love. We want to be as supportive of our children as our parents are for us. No matter what they want to do, we will encourage them to do something they are passionate about, and we will help them in any way we can to achieve their goals.
Once again, we cannot imagine how hard this decision is for you, but we can assure you that we will give your child an amazing life! If you choose to trust us with your baby, we promise to love your child with all of our hearts and will make all of their dreams come true. We promise to provide you with updates and send photos so that you can see how your child is flourishing and is adored, if that is something you would like. We promise you that our family and friends will give lots of cuddles, love and affection and that your child will never want for anything, nor doubt, how very much of a dream come true he or she is to us.Sincerely,
Brian & Allison
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