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Adam & Molly
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and the type of parents we hope to be. We are so excited to be on this journey towards completing our family through adoption. We have always believed that the child who joins our family is the one who was meant to be there all along, and we can't wait to find out who that will be!
How Adoption has Affected Us
Adoption has been a huge part of Molly's family. Her parents had three biological children, but always knew they wanted to complete their family through adoption. When Molly was 17, her younger brother was adopted from the state foster care system. He was 9 years old and fit in with our family immediately. He is now 25, and has two children whom we adore. Molly's family would not be complete without adoption, and because of this experience, we are very aware of both the awards and the challenges of adoption. We also have witnessed firsthand that it is first and foremost love that makes a family, not biology.
We believe that because of the way Molly's family was formed, we have a unique perspective on adoption. As we've watched my brother grow into adulthood, we've seen how adoption can truly change a family for the better. Additionally, we have friends and other members of our extended family who have either completed an adoption or who are in the process of adopting. It has been valuable to hear their perspective as adoptive parents, and ensures that our child will have playmates who have experienced adoption and whose families look like ours.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity is something that will always be a part of our family's story, and it is something we plan to embrace with our child. We know that becoming a transracial adoptive family is a tremendous responsibility - and it is a responsibility we are honored and excited to take on. We are committed to making sure our child sees him or herself in the people we choose to surround ourselves with, and will continually seek out opportunities that bring us into contact with people and places that will promote their understanding of who they are and where they come from, as well as developing an understanding of other cultures and backgrounds.
We understand the challenges that becoming a multiracial family will bring, and it is important for us to embrace the cultures that shape all members of our family. We are lucky enough to have a support network of family and friends who allow us to foster diversity and acceptance for all members of our family.
Education We will Provide
Education is very important to us. We both love to learn and value education in all forms - both formal education in school and the education that happens at home, through experience. Molly is a first grade teacher and we plan on our children attending the school where Molly teaches. This provides us with a unique opportunity to be involved in our child's education, ensuring that our child is receiving the best possible start to their school career. Molly has always been committed to working at a school where she'd be proud to send her own children, and she can't wait to share what her school has to offer!
We are also firm believers that education starts at home. We are committed to providing our child with a strong foundation from the start - this includes lots and lots of reading at home! This also includes providing experiences that will help shape our child's worldview. We love to travel and don't plan on stopping that once we have children. Seeing how people live in other parts of the country and the world is important to us, and will be important to our child, too!
Our Extended Families
Molly's family is very close. Her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew live about ten minutes away and we see them often. Her parents and brothers live about two hours away, and we enjoy frequent weekend trips to visit one another. Her brother has two children as well, and her parents are thrilled to be grandparents. As adoptive parents themselves (one of Molly's brothers is adopted), they have been a huge source of support and advice as we go through the adoption process. Molly's extended family is huge! Her mom has 15 siblings which means Molly has 40 first cousins on that side alone. There is never a dull moment when the family gets together!
Adam has two sisters. Both are married and have children - one of his sisters has a son, and the other has three girls. His parents are amazing and loving grandparents, and we can't wait to add another child to the fun and noise at every family gathering! In addition to a close immediate family, Adam is also very close to his extended family. He has a number of cousins that live nearby who also have children, and we enjoy celebrating holidays and special occasions with them. Adam is also lucky to still have all four of his grandparents. We consider ourselves very fortunate that our child will know his or her great-grandparents!
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home! It's a newer ranch style home in a suburb of a major metropolitan area. Our favorite part of our home is our sun porch, where we spend most evenings in the summer. We spend the winter by our fireplace. Our neighborhood is peaceful, with lots of families and children nearby. A walking path surrounds our neighborhood where we walk our two dogs every night. There is a nature preserve as well as two parks within walking distance, and the public library is a two-minute drive from our home.
We live near a major city that is diverse and full of cultural opportunities. There are museums and zoos, as well as numerous seasonal festivals and events. We are so excited to rediscover our city and all of the family friendly activities it has to offer. We also have many friends in the area, most of whom have small children who are very excited about a new playmate!
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about who we are and what kind of parents we hope to be. We are so humbled by the thought that you might consider us to take on the enormous responsibility and honor to parent your child.
When we went on a blind date almost seven years ago, we had an inkling that it might become something special. We met for lunch and began a conversation that lasted until dinnertime! We both went home that night knowing that our lives had probably changed forever. Three years later, we were engaged, and a year after that we were married! We knew from the start that we wanted a family but decided to enjoy our first year of marriage just the two of us (and our beloved puppies!) We had no idea that having a biological child would be such a challenge, but the silver lining of that struggle is that we came out on the other side with a strengthened relationship and deepened commitment to starting our family.
Even before we knew that having biological children might not happen for us, we had discussed adoption as a way to complete our family. Molly's younger brother is adopted, and so we've always known that biology is not what makes a family - love is. We are so excited for the opportunity to follow in Molly's parents footsteps - they have set an amazing example for us as loving and accepting adoptive parents. One thing that has helped us as we struggled with infertility was the unwavering faith that the child who will one day join our family is the child we were absolutely meant to have. We cannot wait to see whom we have been waiting for all this time!
We know that your decision to place a child with us to parent is a great honor, and it is not a responsibility we take lightly. We are committed to raising our child to know who they are and where they come from. You will never be a mystery to them - we will always raise this child knowing that you loved him or her so much that you made an enormously difficult decision. He or she will also know that was your decision that created our family, and for that we will be eternally grateful. We commit to sharing our child's life through letters, pictures, phone callls and e-mails at whatever interval you desire. We want you to be able to see your child blossom and grow, knowing that it is your love and your choice that allowed him or her to blossom and grow with us.
We are so excited to be on this journey that is just beginning for our family. Having both grown up in strong, close-knit, and loving families, we cannot wait to create a childhood that reflects those values. Every birthday, holiday, and special occasion is a reason to get together and celebrate with one or both of our families, and we both have numerous young nieces and nephews who are so excited for another cousin. This child will have no shortage of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even second cousins (and of course our dogs) to love them!
We want you to know that it does not escape us that in order for our family to be complete, you will have to make an incredibly difficult decision and ultimately, a selfless sacrifice. Should you choose to place your child with us, that child will always know that their story began with that love and selflessness. Words cannot express how humbled and grateful we would be if you were to honor us with the gift of parenthood.
Adam & Molly
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