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David & Julie
Adoption is a treasure we keep close to our hearts because it has always been part of who we are as a family. Julie and her sister were adopted, we adopted our daughter Lizzie, and many cousins were adopted. We understand the love and sacrifice that goes into the decision and promise your child will share the same appreciation. If selected, we'll ensure your child has every need and want met, including educational opportunities, financial security, and most of all, lots and lots of love to share with a child!
Adoption in Our Lives
We feel we can provide a loving and supportive home for a child, because of our first-hand experience with adoption. Julie was adopted as a baby and was raised in a household with other adopted children in an environment that was grateful of her birth mother's love and sacrifice. Since Julie's was a closed adoption, she did not know much about her biological family. When she turned 18, she took the initiative (with the encouragement of her adoptive parents) to find her birth mother. It was a very exciting and emotional moment, which has grown into a strong loving relationship with her entire biological family. Julie feels so blessed to have both women in her life and to have an adoptive family who is open to having a relationship with her biological family. We currently raise our adopted daughter in a similar way we were raised- in an open, understanding, and loving home. As early as possible we encourage discussions where she feels comfortable talking with us about her birth mother and adoption. We created a hardback photo book that tells the story of her adoption. We read it during our bedtime routine which is one of the things we do to help her understand the words adoption, birth mother, and family. Because we have many adopted family members, there are many other opportunities for a child to learn and grow confident in who they are and where they came from. Also, Julie's biological mom, who is lovingly called mom-mom by the young children in our family, helps them understand from the birth mother's perspective, all the love involved in the difficult decision of adoption. This is our parenting style we intend to carry forward with any child joining our family.
Our Leisure Time
We have a healthy, fun-loving lifestyle in which we enjoy both high activity and relaxing down-time. We enjoy many things together, such as volunteering, traveling to new places, and doing home improvement projects. We have a Labrador named Fitz, who we adore. He & Lizzie have so much fun playing in the backyard. He is an older, calmer dog who is very tolerant of Lizzie and her friends' tough play antics. We are very supportive of each other's hobbies. Dave likes to play the guitar, cook, and running. Julie likes creative and adventurous activities like painting, trapeze, or skydiving. Family is the center of our life. We look forward to the weekends; it's our time to spend quality time together - either exploring new places or staying local relaxing. A typical weekend is walking up to the farmers market, hitting a playground or two to play with friends, and eating out at a neighborhood restaurant. We visit the zoo and children's museums often. Everything is within walking distance from our house and we feel very lucky that everything is close to us, so we rarely get in the car on the weekends unless it is to visit out of state family or go to the beach. Speaking of, another big part of our lifestyle is going to the beach since it is only a couple of hours away. We have a beach house and throughout the year, we go often as we can with our extended family which include Julie's birth family, so we can enjoy the ocean, boardwalk, bonfires, and playing games together.
Our Family Traditions
Some of our family traditions are like most people's - Christmas dinners, Easter egg hunts, and family vacations. We do have some other family traditions that we enjoy that may not be as typical. Julie's family LOVES St. Patrick's Day and celebrate the festivities together. They dress in as much green as possible and they make sure to keep it fun for kids at all ages. We started an annual tradition with our niece & nephew about the mischievous leprechaun. We play tricks on the kids and blame the leprechaun - such as turning the milk green with food-coloring or placing their toys in odd spots. Each year the kids build a clever trap to try and catch the leprechaun. Dave's family enjoys special foods at holiday dinners such as Ricotta Pie, Seven Fishes and sweet breads. We spend each Mother's Day at the beach with our extended family to kick off the summer and enjoy our first bushel of Maryland Bluecrabs. Eating crabs is an all-day event that our family loves. Julie taught our young nephew how to pick the meat out of crabs, which is an art that needs to be learned at an early age. Every Easter all the children visit our uncle's farm for Easter egg hunts and to play with newborn lambs and chickies. We are excited to have our family share and teach these wonderful traditions with a new child in the family and continue the fun memories!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a great suburb which is described as little main street USA. It's a great, quiet, friendly neighborhood tucked away from the nearby hectic major city. Our house has 3 bedrooms, a large finished basement, and a nice backyard.
The community is made up of young families with children, so the town has many family-oriented events throughout the year. For example, every first Saturday of the summer months, the main street becomes a free street festival with live music, food vendors, and family entertainment. Our area has some of the best schools, parks, and museums in the country. We feel it is a great environment full of opportunities for children to learn and play as they grow up.
Many of the neighbors on our street have children who we enjoy getting together with for barbecues, kids playdates, or just hanging out on the porch to take in a nice summer evening.We also have a beach house nearby where we spend many summers with our family enjoying the sand and ocean.
Our Extended Families
We truly enjoy spending time with both sides of our families. When we all get together, there is a lot of laughter. We all have a good sense of humor; we know how to laugh at each other and ourselves. We spend as much time with our families as possible and we have many close friends that we consider family as well.
Julie's family lives close by so we see them often and spend summers together at the beach. Dave's family lives in Florida, so we travel there often, especially in the winter months. We think our family is unique because it is not just defined by our blood relations. Julie, Julie's sister, our daughter, and several cousins were adopted, and Julie has a close bond with her biological family. We realize that being able to adopt a child is an amazing gift and that family bonds are just as strong even though we're not biologically related.
Our families have similar values which has strengthened the bond between us. All of our family and friends are very excited and extremely supportive of us bringing an additional child into our family. They're looking forward to it, just as much as we are, and they can't wait to celebrate with us in further expanding our families.
From Us to You
We're so excited that you are interested in learning more about us. We want you to know it would be an honor to be selected and promise to love your child unconditionally and provide them the very best. For us, adoption wasn't an 'if'; it was a 'when'. Adoption has always been the way we wanted to grow our family. With Julie being adopted at birth and our strong bond with Julie's biological mother and family, we understand your decision to consider adoption is likely the most difficult choice you've ever had to make, and that it is being made out of love.
We have been best friends for 10 years and husband & wife for 7 years. It is our dream to be parents and share all that we have with a child. We feel we have much to offer because of our situation in life - many loving friends and family, cute home in a wonderful neighborhood, a summer home at the beach, successful careers, and our positive outlook on life. We try to live life to its fullest. We enjoy traveling, being active outside, and relaxing at the beach house. Julie loves how Dave can be silly and funny, especially around children. And she admires how smart and caring he is, which made her realize early in their relationship that he would be a great dad. What attracted Dave to Julie is that she's smart, beautiful and very compassionate. He admires her creativity which is seen in the things she builds and paints for our homes. Julie painted murals on both her niece and nephew's bedroom walls that both kids still brag about.
Family is the center of our lives. Our family's' values and upbringing made us the good natured and fun- loving couple we are today. We grew up in homes filled with laughter, love, and encouragement. Just like you, we want the best for your child. We promise to provide the same loving home and present many opportunities for a child to grow and succeed in life.
We will be very open and honest with the child about their adoption. We want them to be proud of who they are and to grow up to be confident and fulfilled. They will know how much joy you gave us through your strength, love, and courage. If we are chosen, you will remain an important person throughout the child's life as we will honor the selfless choice you made of selecting adoption. You can decide how involved you want to be in the child's life and we fully understand that involvement may change as your life changes. With the support of her adopted parents, Julie personally knows the importance and uniqueness of this relationship with her biological mother.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We understand how difficult of a decision this is for you. Please know that you will forever be loved in return, by our entire family, for your most special gift.Sincerely,
David & Julie
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