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Joseph & Dawn
Thank you for reading our profile and learning more about us. We have so much more love to give and are excited to be parents again. We knew the moment we had our daughter that we were meant to be parents. Losing her has been a tough road, but has made our relationship stronger and our desire to have more children deeper. We hope you'll consider us and we look forward to traveling the path before us!
Our Daughter, Zoey
Our daughter, Zoey, was born in May of 2014. We'd struggled to get pregnant and were overjoyed when we found out that Dawn was pregnant. At our 12-week appointment, we learned that there were indications that something was not "normal" with the pregnancy. As Zoey grew, we learned that she had Trisomy 18, a chromosome condition considered incompatible with life. We felt strongly that she should be given every chance to get here so we could meet her. After delivery and a short stay in the hospital, we were able to take our little girl home. We loved that she was able to go home with us-- we wanted to just be able to snuggle with her, have her meet family and friends and be as normal as a family for as long as we could. She was absolutely amazing. Beautiful, sweet, cuddly. We held her almost 24 hours a day and we wouldn't have it any other way. We miss her terribly but are better for being her parents. She taught us so much about life, hope and most of all, love.
Favorite Vacation Spot
We love to travel and explore new places-- but we are always drawn to the beach. We've been blessed to visit many places in Florida, Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean. We were married on a beach in Jamaica, where it was awesome to recite our vows, barefoot on a beach with the waves lapping the sand behind us.
Our favorite spots are Jamaica, Kauai, Hawaii and St. John in the Virgin Islands. They are absolutely beautiful locations and are full of rich history and amazing people. We can't wait to introduce a child to these places too-- we have this image of walking the beach with a toddler, his/her toes in the sand, splashing in the water, squealing in delight. We have a special connection to the ocean and can't wait to share it.
When we're not on a beach, Dawn would pick Disney World as her next favorite. We've been many times and always love the magic there. It would be so amazing to see it through a child's eyes!
Our Hopes for an Open Adoption
We want to be very open about the adoption process as long as you are comfortable with that decision. We feel that a mother that chooses adoption for her child is making that choice out of deep love and a desire to provide the best opportunity and life for her child. We believe adoption would be part of a child's story. We’d begin by including children’s books about adoption while he/she was little and gradually share more information as he/she grows. We think it is important for a child to know where he/she comes from and as much of his/her story as possible.
While we can never fully understand what you are going through, we do understand making difficult choices for your child. We hope that our experiences have made us more empathetic and understanding of the difficulties you will face. We understand both loss and loving your child even though he/she is not physically present. We will do everything we could to reassure you that your child is in a warm, loving home and that we will always share a message of love with your child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small neighborhood in a suburb outside of a metropolitan city. It's the perfect combination of living in the country but near a city. We have biking trails really close by and enjoy using them on nice weekends. Some of Dawn's best friends live in the same neighborhood, so we enjoy stopping by to visit with them and their children and going on ice cream runs! We're just 20 minutes from a large city where we frequently find ourselves at the zoo. We also enjoy attending baseball and hockey games.
We have a three-bedroom home with a finished basement. There's tons of natural light and it is really cozy and livable. There's a large backyard where it's great to play and a patio where we sit outside during the summer to read or talk. The room that would belong to our child has a large picture window that makes it bright and warm.
Our Extended Families
Joe’s parents live close by and he has three brothers who have given us nine nieces and nephews! Joe’s family gets together for holidays, pool parties and other events which is always a little chaotic, but fun! The boys love crawling all over Joe—they think he’s a jungle gym. Dawn enjoys talking to the kids about school and what books they are reading. Right now a few of our nephews are reading the Harry Potter series so we talk about what's happening at Hogwarts!
Dawn is very close to her mom and grandma who live nearby along with her brother. She also has a cousin who has been a “fill in sister” since they were kids. Dawn’s mom retired when we had Zoey to help care for her, but is now working at a local Senior Citizen Center as an activities' director. Dawn’s grandmother is 93 years old and still going strong—she lives on a 100-acre farm that has acres to roam, trees to climb and ponds to fish.
Both of our families are very supportive of our adoption plan. They all enjoyed Zoey while she was with us and miss her deeply but are excited about the prospect of having another grandchild/niece or nephew. The kids are all super excited, too.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family; we are amazed by the world of adoption and people like you who consider entrusting families like ours with your child. We have no idea what you are going through, but we think about you and wonder about who you are. We are grateful you might consider us to raise your child.
We’d like to introduce you to our family. Dawn was born and raised in a small town near a large city in the Midwest. She works in marketing for a sports television network and teaches spinning classes. She loves to read and travel. Dawn loves to bake and often pictures herself in the kitchen teaching a little one to crack eggs and measure flour. She also loves Disney: the movies and the theme parks!
Joe was born and raised in the same area but also spent time in Germany during high school. He works as an electrical engineer for a robotics company. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, a movie buff and an avid traveler. He’d be at the beach right now if he could. Joe loves sports including soccer and hockey.
We met many years ago but began dating about 13 years ago. We were married in 2008, barefoot on a beach in Jamaica, surrounded by family and friends. In 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Zoey, into our lives. While pregnant with her, we discovered she had a condition called Trisomy 18. It’s a chromosome abnormality and is generally considered “incompatible with life,” but she was born on May 1st and came home with us about a week later. Zoey lived for 120 amazing days.
We know that grieving our daughter is a life-long journey. But we also know we have more love to give and more parenting to do with another child. We feel strongly that joy can walk hand in hand with grief, that darkness allows us to appreciate light and that death allows us to appreciate life. We will always feel the loss of her. She will always be our daughter. In a way, we feel like the loss of Zoey gives us a different perspective. It gives us depth. We understand the struggles involved in making difficult decisions like the ones we had to make about her health and how we were going to spend our time together. We understand a parent making choices out of deep love for his/her child. We did not stop being Zoey’s parents when she died. That is a connection that cannot be severed by anything, not even death.
We love Zoey and we miss her terribly. But we know that our lives continue even without her. Our marriage is even stronger now and we continue to navigate this journey together. As mentioned before, we feel we have more love to give a child. We tried to get pregnant again but exhausted our infertility treatment options. Over time, we found our way here to the adoption process, and feel adoption would be a wonderful way to build our family. A child cannot have too many people to love him/her, and we are really excited about the possibility of bringing another child into our lives.
While we can never fully understand what you’re going through, we do understand difficult decisions and know you want what is best for your child. We would make every effort to reassure you that you’ve made the right choices for your child. We are open to sharing photos, letters and visits. We have so much to offer a child: stability, a large and wonderful family, a warm home and, most importantly, love. While there is no doubt that Zoey is a much-loved child, we know there’s room for another in our lives. We hope you find peace in your decision and know that if you choose our family, we would love your child with all our hearts.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing more about our family.
Joseph & Dawn
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