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Stew & Jennifer
We are excited to build our family through adoption. We have lots of love, life, and laughter to offer, and will provide a great home to your child. Choosing us to give your child the chance to flourish in a wonderful environment would mean the world to us. We truly appreciate you reading our profile and considering us as adoptive parents.
Our Leisure Time
In our free time, we like to stay active. We love hiking with our dogs, we volunteer in the community, and we are both taking classes to learn a second language. We often go into nearby Washington, DC. to visit a museum or to see a show. We also enjoy dancing together and have taken dance classes. Most recently we’ve taken up gardening and eat vegetables we grew ourselves throughout the entire summer! Finally, community is of great importance to us and we are deeply engaged in running a charitable family foundation dedicated to children’s health.
Stew loves watching and playing sports. He currently plays in a softball league with friends and in a league with Jennifer’s father. Stew also enjoys trivia, often joining team trivia nights. He was even a winner on the game show Jeopardy! Jennifer enjoys artistic activities; she loves photography and painting and has most recently taken up pottery. We believe strongly in artistic expression and plan to set up a wall for our children to draw and paint on.
We also enjoy special adventures, such as boating trips with friends. We are both very interested in exploring all that the world has to offer and have often traveled together. We look forward to sharing these experiences and activities with our children, both around the world and at home.
How We Met
We met over ten years ago at Stew’s college; Jennifer was visiting for a special event. It was a very memorable meeting and we kept in touch as friends over the next few years. Stew finished school and became a pilot in the U.S. Navy, and Jennifer continued her education and worked in Europe for some time. We started dating officially when we both lived in the U.S.A. again; our first date was at a museum and it was love from that day forward. Since then, we’ve done a lot together- from hiking and camping in national parks to learning to make sushi together. We are definitely best friends and have supported each other through the good and the bad. Since we got married, we have grown closer each day. We cherish every moment we have together and have long-desired to expand our family.
Adoption in Our Lives
Stew has three cousins who were adopted and make up transracial families. Additionally, one of Stew’s aunts is a birth mother who made an adoption plan. Jennifer’s family has lifelong friends who adopted internationally and transracially in addition to their two biological sons. Since we have seen adoption up close and day-to-day, we recognize it as a very normal part of life in our understanding of the world and family dynamics. Adopting children is something that we both always knew we wanted as a way to grow our family, and we are thrilled to be able to share our love with your child.
The individuals who were adopted in our lives have all had very different experiences with their birth parents. Being close to a birth mother who made an adoption plan has also opened our eyes to the complexity and difficulty of this decision. These special people in our lives and their experiences has made us very open to the beauty and difficulty that can come with adoption. We understand the importance of a relationship with birth parents, and we are comfortable with any contact you'd prefer.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a well-established city in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. We own a single-family home that we love. We have a large fenced yard where our dogs, Digby and Paddington, love running around and chasing squirrels. We are glad to have found a tight knit community filled with lots of young families with children and pets. We feel fortunate that a child would have many peers in the community.
Our two-floor home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large airy kitchen that opens into the dining room and living room. Our bottom floor has a large, finished area to play and opens up to the backyard. We love the open plan design of the house; it is especially nice when we are hosting friends. We also have a library area with tons of books ranging from children’s books to college texts. We love spending time in this place reading or chatting over a cup of tea, and then ending the night watching a T.V. episode. Digby and Paddington also have many beds throughout the house and are an integral part of our home and family.
Our home is only a short ride by Metro from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. We often go downtown for special events, like the National Christmas tree lighting and art exhibitions. There is so much there for children to experience!
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have a great deal of family and friends who are like family in our lives. Jennifer’s immediate family lives just twenty minutes away from us! We get together for dinner at least once a week. We will often meet to go to museums or for other local outings. Jennifer’s extended family lives throughout the USA and there is always a place to visit where family lives.
Stew’s parents live in New York and often come to visit. We also enjoy going up to New York to visit with his entire extended family, including his 92-year-old grandmother! The rest of his extended family lives up and down the East Coast. Stew’s sister and her family live in Massachusetts. Our nephew, Thomas, can’t wait to have his first cousin! We all love to get together a few times a year and always for holidays. The child that joins our family will be showered with love. Stew also has a relative who is a birth mother, as well as a few cousins who were adopted and warmly welcomed by the entire family. Our parents are thrilled about our plan to expand our family and are eager to welcome a new baby to the family.
From Us to You
We are incredibly thankful that you are considering us as adoptive parents. We understand that you are facing one of the most difficult choices of your life. We promise you that we will always hold you in the highest regard. It is important for us to share your child’s adoption story with them from an early age and we will never take your decision to place your child with us lightly.
We will make sure that this child has many chances in life to learn and find their passion. Kids vary a lot and we are dedicated to finding and understanding a child’s unique needs, personality, and interests. It is also important for us to share in these interests, whether that means being a fan or coach of their sports teams or joining in their art projects. We each have unique jobs and interests that we hope to share with this child, but also accept that he or she may bring new and exciting interests to our family. We can think of no greater reward than watching a child develop and being a part of that journey.
We are prepared to be involved parents who show love and individualized attention. In both our families there were always parents and grandparents available for us and we plan to have a stay-at-home parent during the child’s early life. We have a stable, loving environment to offer. Our large community of diverse friends and family, near and far, will also become part of this child’s village. We know that a child needs the love and support of family, and we look forward to bringing our family - especially nieces and nephews - into this child’s world. Our entire family is excited to welcome another child into theirs.
We will also always provide this child with lots of activities and look forward to sharing in their interests. It is important to us to encourage kids to reach their potential, but to also make sure that they have fun and experience a memorable, positive childhood. As a family we value nature and travel and want to make sure that a child has the opportunity to explore the world, whether it is international travel or just a short nature walk at the park near our house.
We are dedicated to raising kind, thoughtful, and happy children. We hope to share with a child our ability to laugh together regardless of the circumstance. Throughout our marriage and our fertility difficulties, we have learned that while life never quite turns out how anyone may expect, humor can always be a part of life and joy can be found in each day. Our house is filled with laughter, and we will share that gift with our children as well. We will always make our home a safe space for a child and offer unconditional love. It is important to us that a child can rely on their family and for them to always feel trust and most importantly, for them to always feel loved.
We realize that this is a very hard decision for you to make and we are humbled that you are open to considering us. We promise to share as many pictures and letters with you as you'd like. We're open to the type and level of communication you’d prefer, including future visits together, and will remain respectful of your wishes.
Our hearts are so full and we are thrilled to finally expand our family. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
With love and deep respect,
Stew & Jennifer
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