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Stew & Jennifer
We are a young couple who believes in helping others and are excited to build our family. 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.
Our Leisure Time
In our free time we both take classes, follow hobbies and volunteer. Stew, especially, loves to watch and play sports. He plays on a softball league with his college friends and also plays on a league with Jennifer’s father. We can’t wait to encourage a child’s potential love of sports and other team-based activities. We also enjoy dancing together and have taken dance classes.
Jennifer is the one with a bit more interest in artistic activities. She loves to paint and knit. For the last few years she has taken pottery classes and there are dozens of hand-made ceramic pieces around the house. She believes strongly in artistic expression and plans to set up a wall in the basement for our child to paint on if they so wish.
Stew is an avid trivia player and often joins team trivia nights. He was a Jeopardy! Champion twice. He is also working hard on a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management at George Washington University. We look forward to instilling a sense of civic duty and a joy for helping those less well-off to our child. Jennifer volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the foster care system. We are also deeply engaged in running a family foundation dedicated to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth specifically.
How We Met
We met over ten years ago at the United States Naval Academy where Stew went to college. Jennifer was there for a special event. We kept in touch as friends for the next seven years. During this time, Stew became a pilot in the US Navy, while Jennifer continued her education in the United Kingdom where she received an MSc at the University of Oxford and a PhD from the London School of Economics. During her time working in Paris (France), Jennifer and Stew reconnected. We had our first official date at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. when Jennifer officially moved back to the USA. Since then we’ve done a lot together—from hiking national parks to learning to make sushi. We got married in D.C. at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the rest is history.
Adoption in Our Lives
Stew has three cousins who were adopted and make up transracial families. Jennifer’s family has lifelong friends who adopted international and transracially in addition to their two biological sons. Since we grew up so close to adoption, we see it as a very normal part of life in our understanding of the world and family dynamics. Adoption of a child(ren) is something that we each individually always knew we wanted to pursue and it is a great thing that we hold this shared value. We believe that there is a perfect match for us with a child who needs a loving home and we are thrilled to be able to provide such a place.
The individuals who were adopted in our lives all have had very different experiences with their birth parents, ranging for no contact to frequent updates and visits. Understanding the dynamics of these open adoptions has made us better understand the overall relationship and to be totally comfortable with however you would like to maintain contact.
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 fence around our large yard; our dog, Digby, loves running around the yard, 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 home is two stories and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large airy kitchen that opens onto the dining room and living room. 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; we also occasionally watch TV. Digby, also has three different beds throughout the house and is an integral part of our home and family.
Our house is within walking distance of many stores, restaurants, a park, a large community center, and a swimming pool. And we take advantage of all these places and activities frequently.
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 grateful that you are considering us as adoptive parents. We realize that this is a very hard decision for you to make and we are humbled that you are open to entrusting your child to our care. Our hearts are so full and we are very excited to expand our family. We are a happily married couple and have known each other ten years. We and our extended family and friends will bestow tons of love on a child.
We are a relatively successful couple who will make sure a child has many chances in life to learn and find their passion. We both did well in school and college in addition to being involved in a number of extracurricular activities. We both come from hard-working families and this skill is seen as key to creating a child who can cope with the adversity that comes with life. Stew is a Systems Engineer who is trained as a Naval Pilot and Jenn is an environmental economist who manages work on community resilience. To this point we are both service-minded and work as civil servants.
We have a stable, loving environment to offer and a committed community of friends and family, near and far, who will also become part of the child’s village. We both have unique educations, jobs, and hobbies, which we can’t wait to share with a child. We will always provide the child with lots of choices for activities, formal and informal, and will strive to allow them to choose those they love best to further nurture and develop. It is important to us to encourage kids, but let them be kids who play and have a memorable, positive childhood. Our home is based on gratitude and we will bring a child up in faith, with a belief in G-d and an appreciation for all they have in life.
We expect parenting to be the most rewarding and hardest task we will ever undertake. Kids vary a lot. We are dedicated to addressing our child’s unique needs, personality, and interests. Regardless of our child’s personality we are dedicated to bringing him/her to understand the importance of public service and gratitude for all they have in their life.
We have extended family who will be there for a child; all of whom are very excited for an addition to our family. Our nephew can’t wait to have a cousin. We also love our sweet dog, Digby. He loves kids and babies; Digby will be thrilled to have a child in the house full-time.
We have seen adoption modeled by family and friends and feel strongly that it is a calling for us. We recognize the importance of birth parents throughout a child’s life and sincerely hope to continue an open relationship with regular communication to the extent that you, as the birth parent, want to have contact. We will always send letters and photos to you and are open to thinking about other facets of communication.
Thank you for your selflessness and bravery in choosing to consider us as adoptive parents for your baby. We are so very grateful to you.
Stew & Jennifer
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