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Cameron & Jennifer
We are beyond excited to adopt a child into our home and life. Thank you for considering us to join you on this journey. We try to fill our lives with adventure, and we cannot wait for the day that we have a little one to grow, learn, wonder, love, and thrive with us. We are excited to share all of that with a child and are eager to walk this path with you.
How We Met
We first fell in love when Jen was just a freshman in college, when a relationship of this magnitude was too intense for us at that age. We decided to part ways after two years together and went on our separate paths. During our time apart, Jen had a daughter, Sofia. While apart, we each often thought of the other and wondered, "What if?" When we reconnected, many years later, it felt as if no time had passed. We realize now that we were always meant to be together, but were too young to know that when we were 18 and 22.
Sofia views Cameron as her dad and was even the one to encourage us to get married. She wanted a close family unit and we feel that now is the time to grow our family. Due to a chronic thyroid problem and a chromosomal issue, it is very difficult for us to carry another child to term. We have had three losses while we've been married and it was harder each time. We have always considered adoption as a way to grow our family, and have each seen the benefits of going through the process first hand. Cameron's aunt was adopted, as were two of his extended cousins. Jen has a family friend that has adopted two boys and has been able to see the process from start to finish. The family was so blessed to have been able to adopt twice. We truly feel that there is a spirit out there that is meant to be with us and we are very excited for when that day happens.
Our Leisure Time
We spend our free time in a variety of ways. We enjoy travel, having been to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Greece, England, France, Italy, and visit New York annually to see family. We want to instill a sense of culture, and look forward to travelling with our children.
We love to be outdoors – camping, hiking, sledding in the winter, going to the beach, zoo, baseball games, concerts and festivals, pumpkin farm, community pool, waterparks, disc golf, or just a quick trip to a local park.
We also love the theater, both movies and plays/musicals, as well as visits with our families, or sometimes just a simple night in reading or playing board or card games together.
We hope to do the same activities with another child and spending time with them in other activities we enjoy, and we envision many years of fun outdoors, traveling around the world, cheering from the stands for any event that our child wishes to be in. We will be their biggest supporters and encouragers.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jennifer About Cameron: Cameron is a very energetic, fun-loving, optimistic man. He balances me out completely and is the best father to my daughter that he can possibly be. He is kind-hearted and completely self-less. He enjoys coming home and cooking dinner with me and doesn't mind cleaning up the kitchen while I give Sofia a bath and complete our nighttime routine. During our time apart, he never got married and always held out hope that I would come back to him. I am so thankful that he waited. He is my rock and my best friend. My only dream now is raise a baby with him, along with Sofia.
Cameron About Jennifer: Jen is a passionate, intelligent, caring, driven woman, who has built her life around helping and teaching children to become the best version of themselves. This is not just what she does, it's who she is. This carries over into every aspect of her life. I am a better person because of her. Sofia is a better person because of her. Jen's students are infinitely better because of her, and on multiple occasions she has received official commendations and awards from those students. This happens because she cares so deeply. A rare trait in teachers these days. But as much as she cares for her students, that commitment doesn't even compare to the love she has for her family. I consider it a great honor that such an amazing woman chose to spend her life with me.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a comfortable and spacious two story, three bedroom home in a newer subdivision in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. Guests often compliment on how warm and inviting our home is! We chose this community because it is filled with young diverse families and is known for its excellent schools. We feel that our neighbors know us well and we know them; they are like an extended family to us. Every day there are children riding bicycles or playing basketball in the driveways. Parents often push their strollers or ride their bicycles to the park down the street, which has an amazing playground for the children and large fields for throwing a Frisbee or playing soccer. We also have ample yard space in the back for grilling, sitting around a small fire, or pool parties in the summer! There is so much to do where we live! There are festivals, parades, movies in the park and a children's museum to explore. Chicago is just a short train ride or car trip away and we love to go there for plays, baseball games, museums, or the zoo.
Our Extended Families
We both come from large, loving families. While we have only one sibling each, our parents and grandparents have many, leaving us with very large extended families with which we have gatherings on a regular basis. We love holiday traditions, such as celebrating Thanksgiving or hunting for Easter eggs in our parents' backyards. We enjoy having dinner with our families and playing board games or cards while we laugh and reminisce. Most of our extended families live here in Illinois, with a few family members in New York, who we visit each year.
We were blessed to have parents who have been together for over forty years and have modeled what a strong and loving relationship is. They worked hard to provide us with full lives and instilled strong values in us that we will pass down to our children. Both sets of parents live nearby and we see them about once a week. They are all extremely excited to welcome another grandchild into the family! They spoil Sofia whenever they get the chance and have had endless patience and love for her. We both remember all of the great moments we had with our siblings growing up. Cameron's sister, Heather, and her husband Ken have two boys, Zander and Kessler. Jennifer's brother, Patrick, lives down the street from her parents. Pat and his wife Brooke have two girls, Addison and Reese. We are hopeful that Sofia will soon get to experience life with a sibling just like we did.
From Us to You
It is an amazing decision you are making to bring your child into the world and you are helping us achieve a dream that we cannot make possible on our own. We realize that there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in this situation, but most of all there is tremendous love in your heart and in ours. That love is the reason that you have chosen to offer an alternate life for your child. The paths that we are on may not have been what we planned or envisioned, but we believe that we will be guided to the right mother, and the right mother to us.
Our names are Cameron and Jennifer. We met when Jen was just starting college and were together for a few years. The love we felt at that time was so intense that neither of us were ready for it at that age, and so we parted ways. During that time apart, Jen had a daughter, Sofia, who is now six. Fifteen years later we found our way back to one another and have realized that we never fell out of love. Shortly after reconnecting we were engaged, and the following year were married, bringing almost seventeen years of love to fruition. Since then, we have experienced some painful fertility issues. After experiencing three losses, we realized that adoption was the path that we were meant to be on. Weathering these hardships has made us much stronger as a couple, and has reaffirmed not only the love that we share for each other, but also the desire to share that love with another child. We truly believe that fate led us to each other not once, but twice, and we know that fate will again lead us to our future child.
Being parents absolutely means the world to us. Cameron will be a very fun and energetic dad, always planning the next adventure. He is eternally optimistic and a very patient person. Jennifer loves being a mother and cherishes all the hugs and kisses and daily interactions she has with Sofia. Through her job as a teacher, Jennifer is able to build relationships with diverse children. In her profession, she is often on breaks and will be able to spend a lot of time at home with the children. We both care about education deeply and we've seen in our own lives how it has given us opportunities and created possibilities. We have a strong support system of friends and family who are very excited about us being able to grow our family through adoption. We both love all the fun activities we do as family, but more importantly we love the day to day routines. Every night Cameron cooks dinner while Jennifer gives Sofia a bath and picks out clothes for school the next day. We eat dinner together as a family and then help Sofia with her homework. The night rounds out by playing a game of UNO or Candyland before a bedtime story.
Our promise is to offer unconditional love to our child. We know in our hearts that this is the path we were meant to follow and we welcome a connection with you. We pray that you agree to share in this journey with us because our family's story should include your story. We will share with our child from the beginning how much you love and care for them. It is important to us that our child understand how special their story is and how amazing it is that so many people love them. They get to share two families that will forever be connected by a bond most people could not imagine. We will share as many pictures and letters with you as you'd like and we're open to as much or as little communication as you prefer. This is a collective decision, and we will take your lead in how open you would like to be. We are anxious to understand your desires and for you to understand that we are in this together.
With love and respect,
Cameron & Jennifer
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