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Justin & Val

Welcome to our family profile! We are happy you found us. Our names are Justin, Valerie, and Alexandra, and we are excited about expanding our family through adoption. We would be honored to share our love, laughter, and experiences with another child. Some of our interests include traveling, playing music, painting, gardening, reading, and spending time with our dogs.

About Us

Clinical Pharmacist
Clinical Pharmacist
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Pharmacy
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

All Smiles on Our Backyard Deck

We have a daughter named Alexandra; she is amazing! She is three years old and is curious about the world around her. Alexandra is affectionate and likes to observe others before initiating new activities. She gets along well with children, adults, and our two dogs. Alexandra has a strong will but is easy to soothe when upset; she has a calm and cheerful temperament.

Alexandra became part of our family through adoption. We send pictures, letters, and e-mails to Alexandra's birth family. Alexandra's birth father and his mother came to visit us, too. It will be so special for Alexandra and her new brother or sister to have a bond through adoption. We feel that Alexandra might be able to relate to and sympathize with an adopted sibling in ways we could not (despite our best efforts). We would love it if each child could experience a sibling relationship. Another child would complete our family.

Our Leisure Time

At a Wildlife Preserve

We enjoy a variety of activities in our leisure time. Traveling to lakes, beaches, state parks, or theme parks is both relaxing and exciting. We like to try new things while traveling, like parasailing, snorkeling, exploring caves, and riding roller coasters. Since Alexandra became part of the family, we have traveled to see the forest, mountains, beach, and desert. Alexandra has been part of our travels to meet with extended family and friends.

When we are around the house, we relax and enjoy activities, such as gardening, throwing a Frisbee to the dogs, playing in the autumn leaves, riding a sled down the backyard hill, taking trips to the children's museum, painting, reading, and playing music.

Relaxation and entertainment are central to our leisure time priorities and we would love to share these fun experiences with another child.

What It Means to Be Parents

We think of parenting as an awesome responsibility and a fulfilling adventure! A parent's role changes over time. Initially, parents are translators by interpreting the baby's coos and cries, and focusing on the baby's most basic needs. As time progresses, parents become guides by being role models. Parents learn when to lend a helping hand and when to step back and let the child take important steps alone. It is important to help a child explore his or her own skills and interests, which can lead to defining and achieving goals. Eventually, parents become consultants, allowing the young adult to take the reins, but still being there for advice when requested. Throughout a child's life, being a parent means unconditional love and understanding, especially during challenging situations. Our favorite part about being parents is watching our child experience all the wonders of life for the first time!



At the Beach in the Bahamas
At the Beach in the Bahamas
Justin 'Learning to Fly'
Justin "Learning to Fly"
Val Painting a Picture
Val Painting a Picture
Ice Cream on the Porch
Ice Cream on the Porch
On the Trails of Meramec State Park
On the Trails of Meramec State Park
A Sunny Afternoon Together
A Sunny Afternoon Together
Alexandra at a Royal Ball
Alexandra at a Royal Ball
At a State Park in Nashville, Tennessee
At a State Park in Nashville, Tennessee
On Vacation in the Virgin Islands
On Vacation in the Virgin Islands
At the Coca-Cola Museum
At the Coca-Cola Museum
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt
At a Wedding in Alabama
At a Wedding in Alabama
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At the Beach in the Bahamas
At the Beach in the Bahamas
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Justin 'Learning to Fly'
Justin "Learning to Fly"
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Val Painting a Picture
Val Painting a Picture
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Ice Cream on the Porch
Ice Cream on the Porch
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On the Trails of Meramec State Park
On the Trails of Meramec State Park
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A Sunny Afternoon Together
A Sunny Afternoon Together
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Alexandra at a Royal Ball
Alexandra at a Royal Ball
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At a State Park in Nashville, Tennessee
At a State Park in Nashville, Tennessee
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On Vacation in the Virgin Islands
On Vacation in the Virgin Islands
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At the Coca-Cola Museum
At the Coca-Cola Museum
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Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt
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At a Wedding in Alabama
At a Wedding in Alabama

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a beautiful Georgian-style house in Illinois. Our house is surrounded by flower gardens that we have been building upon each spring. The first floor includes a family room with a bay window overlooking our backyard. We have a large deck and sloping lawn that is fun to sled down in snowy winters. Our family room fireplace is a cozy place to warm-up while sipping hot chocolate. Our home theater is in the basement, complete with an old-fashioned popcorn machine. If we cannot walk our dogs to the nearby pond, we can exercise using our treadmill and weights in the basement. Upstairs, we have four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is used for hobby supplies, such as Justin's guitars and Val's arts and crafts.

Our city has been rated safest and one of the best to raise kids in America. The public libraries were ranked best in the country for many years, and we visit them often. One of the libraries and our district's elementary and junior high schools are all less than two miles away from us. Alexandra enjoys visiting a children's museum and taking mommy-and-me classes through the park district. Our family also enjoys the Riverwalk and independent shops downtown. In the summer, we try to attend some of our city's popular music and food festivals. A forest preserve, complete with a dog park, lake, and hiking trails, is located just down the street.

Our Extended Families

Auntie Reading to Her Nieces

We are fortunate to have family members that live nearby. Justin's parents and sisters live within an hour's drive and we regularly visit. One of Justin's sister's is married with two children. Our visits include greetings from our dogs and walks around our gardens. We cook meals for each other or order take-out. Sometimes Val makes home-made treats for dessert. Our family visits are fun and low-key; Alexandra likes to entertain company with her sweet and fun personality.

Fun With Grandparents

Valerie's uncle, parents, and sister's family also live nearby us. Her uncle and parents also enjoy gardening. Valerie's sister's two daughters love coming to our house and playing with Alexandra. Valerie's family likes to try different restaurants together and meet-up for holidays. Alexandra has enjoyed trick-or-treating with these two cousins each year.

We also use technology to keep in touch with family living out-of-state, like Justin's brother and his daughter. Justin set-up family video calls every other Sunday.

We are so happy to have new family members through adoption. We keep in touch with Alexandra's birth parents and were happy to have in-person visits with her birth father and his mother. We love being able to share Alexandra's latest milestones and her funny mannerisms with them.

Our family has been very supportive of our decision to adopt again and would love to see a new little addition sharing in the love and fun!

From Us to You

Thank you for considering adoption. We know that this is not an easy decision and hope that you have support throughout the process and beyond. We admire your bravery during this challenging time and hope that you find peace in your decision. Thank you for taking the time and effort to review our profile.

The desired level of openness is an important and personal decision. Our updates will include pictures and letters. We are open to communicating through e-mail, phone/video calls, and scheduled visits.

We want to assure you that the child's needs and desires are our foremost concern. Justin and Valerie have been married for over ten years and parents for three years. Our journey to becoming parents has been challenging, but ultimately strengthened the bond between us. After unsuccessful attempts at natural conception, we found that our best chance of conceiving was through in vitro fertilization. One of our attempts ended in a miscarriage. We were devastated. Justin and Valerie both took time to seek counseling and guidance through this emotional experience. After the miscarriage, we did not want to pursue having a biological child any longer. Adoption became our new avenue to parenthood.

We are both health care professionals. In fact, we met during our first year of pharmacy school. Justin works as a pharmacist at a veteran's affairs hospital. He visits veterans and caregivers at their homes and suggests changes to improve their medication regimens. Valerie works at a community hospital and has a special focus on medication safety. We share values of being helpful, patient, and understanding of other people. Even though we still want to continue our careers, Valerie only works as needed so she can spend more time being a mom.

Our family grew in July of 2016, when we adopted our sweet and beautiful daughter, Alexandra. Our extended families have welcomed her with open arms. We are so happy and privileged to be parents. At first, we were nervous about having contact with Alexandra's birth family, but we soon got over that. They are amazing people who opened their hearts to us from the start. Our open adoption includes sending pictures and letters to Alexandra's birth parents. We also share an online photo/video folder, exchange emails, and have occasional video/phone calls. Alexandra's birth father and his mother came out to visit us twice, and we hope to continue in-person visits with them.

We both grew up in the suburbs. We live in a safe neighborhood that affords many opportunities for personal growth and development. The public school system is highly ranked, as are the libraries. There are many recreational areas nearby, including forest preserves, an arboretum, children's museum, and downtown shops. We have two loving dogs, Snuggles and Brogan, who enjoy playing as much as cuddling. Most of our extended family lives near us. We will travel to visit with more family or just for the pleasure of a new experience. We are both musicians; Justin plays stringed instruments, such as the guitar, and Valerie plays clarinet. We also both like reading novels, either hard back, electronic, or audio. Painting and gardening are relaxing hobbies that we enjoy as a family.

We value assertiveness, integrity, and individuality. It is exciting that our children may have different interests than us. We are happy to support our children as they explore their developing abilities and personality. Ultimately, our role as parents is ultimately to cultivate their successful independence. We look forward to nurturing this growth and sharing our love for life through adoption.

Justin & Val


Edward Norton
Daniel Craig
Diane Keaton
Charlize Theron
Ayn Rand
Stephen King
Atlas Shrugged
Candy Bar
The Simpsons
South Park
Childhood Memory
Playing catch with my dad and brother
Running in the neighborhood and throwing water balloons with my sister and friends
Childhood Toy
My Little Ponies
Children's Book
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Wailea-Makena, Hawaii
Classic Movie
Star Wars
It's a Wonderful Life
Day of Week
Turtle Sundae
Ice cream
Disney Movie
Finding Nemo
The Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Ford Shelby GT500
Corvette convertible
Dream Job
Puppy sitter
Dream Vacation
Galapagos Islands
Family Activity
Playing games
Flower / Plant
Sensitive plant (Mimosa Pudica)
Rice (especially with cheese on it)
Form of Exercise
Playing Guitar
Mixing Aromatherapy Scented Oils
Holiday Song
Sleigh Bells
"O Holy Night"
Holiday Tradition
Letting the dogs help open presents
Decorating the house
Ice Cream
Homemade Butter Pecan
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Frisbee with Our Dogs
Watching Movies
PC Magazine
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Watching our daughter's face light up when she sees me in the morning
A day full of first words for my daughter
Memory with Spouse
Getting into the limo after our wedding ceremony
Justin's marriage proposal
The Truman Show
Beautiful Mind
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"These go to eleven" (Spinal Tap)
"Baby steps" (What About Bob?)
Movie Type
Sweeney Todd
Musical Group
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
The Cure
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
"Mary had a Little Lamb"
Olympic Event
Ice Hockey
Figure Skating
Personal Hero
Janis MacKichan, a teacher who inspired me to teach my own way
A Streetcar Named Desire
Defending the Caveman
e. e. cummings
Quality about my Spouse
Her integrity
His Creativity
"Life Isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
The Cheesecake Factory
Peanut butter and jelly
Shopping Store
Best Buy
New York and Company
"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" by Francisco Tárrega
"Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder
Sport to Play
Mini golf
Sport to Watch
Ice Hockey
Sports Star
Jonathan Toews
Billie Jean King
Sports Team
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Bulls
Subject in School
Campy Batman (Adam West)
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Time of Day
Putting up Christmas lights
Watching fireworks on Independence Day
TV Show
Flight of the Conchords
Gilmore Girls
TV Show Character
Dwight from "The Office"
Stefon from "Saturday Night Live"
Type of Music
Alternative rock
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Ice Hockey
Bubble Bobble

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