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John & Amy
Nothing is more important to us than starting a family. Since we are unable to have children of our own, we thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents. With the support of our families and friends, we would welcome the opportunity to adopt a child and begin a family of our own. We hope that you continue to read on and learn more about us. In the meantime, we will continue to pray for you throughout this journey in the hopes that you will be guided to help us begin the next chapter in our lives: parenthood.
Our Professional Lives
We are both Optometrists (eye doctors) who have specialized training in pediatrics, developmental vision, and vision therapy. Similar to other forms of therapy, vision therapy is the process of retraining the brain to instruct the eyes to perform its task in a more effective and efficient manner. Our clinical interests include examining children with special needs and exploring the relationship between vision and academic performance. Prior to moving to Western North Carolina, we both worked full-time and owned a private practice specializing in vision therapy. Our goal is to continue increasing awareness of vision and academics with the theme that "20/20 vision is not enough." We campaign for early detection of eye disorders through comprehensive eye exams beginning between age 6 and 12 months. Currently, John works full-time in a large group surgical practice and Amy works four weekdays in several private practices. We regularly attend local, state, and national conferences in order to provide the more up-to-date clinical care to our patients and their families.
Our Family Dream
Traveling to different parts of the country and the world has long been a dream of ours. We fell in love with Italy after visiting early in our marriage. In a few years' time, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and plan to travel to London and Paris. John is eager to visit Australia and New Zealand (he thinks that he will be able to adopt a pet penguin, his favorite animal) and Amy wants to return to New York City during the Christmas holidays (a fond childhood memory).We want to provide our future child the gift of travel and to experience different parts of this country and of the world. Given all of the wonders, we hope that our future child will develop a global love and respect for members of different countries, cultures, religion, language, and customs. As John F. Kennedy once said, "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." We also truly believe in the bumper sticker that says, "Co-exist."
Adoption in Our Family
Three members of our extended family are adopted: Amy's father was adopted from Italy as a young child; Amy's maternal grandfather was adopted as a teenager; and Amy's cousin's daughter was adopted as a newborn. We have great respect and admiration for these birth parents having made such a difficult decision. It was only through adoption that Amy's family was formed and we gather the strength for our adoption journey from these individuals. Amy's father and grandfather spoke openly about their adoption story. It was never a family secret and we will use their sincerity and honesty as a model to discuss adoption with our future child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently moved (and remained in state) from Fayetteville to Waynesville (just West of Asheville). We are in the process of selling our five-bedroom house in a suburb of Fayetteville. While we wait for this sale, we are currently renting a three-bedroom apartment. Once our home has sold, we want to remain in the area, and will search for our perfect house: 5-10 acres on the top of a mountain so that we are able to enjoy year-round views, spring flowers, summer greens, fall foliage, and snow-capped peaks. We love watching sunrises and sunsets and seek a home allowing for this peaceful time of day. With our families living in different states, we will have plenty of room for them to visit and enjoy an extended stay.
Our current neighborhood has a rec center, pool, and playground all within walking distance in the apartment community. In addition to the local restaurants and shops, Fall is peak festival season. There are arts and craft fairs each weekend from Labor Day through Christmas. We love viewing the local art, sampling the farm to table food, and enjoying the community harvest atmosphere which makes Western North Carolina truly unique.With our cats (and possibly a dog in the future), we look forward to welcoming a child along with our friends and family to many backyard BBQ's, games, outdoor movie nights, bonfires, and of course, s'mores.
Our Extended Families
Our family could not be more excited to welcome the new addition. Amy is an only child and her parents live in upstate New York and have a second home only 45 minutes away from us. They have increased the frequency of their North Carolina visits to 4-5 months per year. They are both former middle and high school math teachers. Now in their retirement, they teach chain-mail jewelry making at a Lapidary Arts school in Georgia. We are excited of their proximity and they have already volunteered for baby-sitting future grandchildren.
John's parents live in Pennsylvania and travel to visit with us 3-4 times per year. His father is a retired vocational school guidance counselor and with his free time he is an avid LEGO builder and collector. John's mother is a medical technologist at the local hospital and is two years from retirement! She enjoys traveling, creating family photo album scrapbooks, and knitting. Near his parents lives his younger sister with her husband and their 2-year old daughter. We value our time with both of our families and especially love playing and laughing with our niece, Julia. She has told us (in not so many words) that she is longing for a cousin as a playmate.
Our four-legged felines: Jeffrey, Wesley, and Noel complete our family.
Both of us have grown up with unconditional love and support ensuring that our future child will have the benefit of our "village" to raise him/her.
From Us to You
We thank you for spending time getting to know us and hope that we will learn more about you in the near future. What a strong person you are to consider the needs of your child and seek the path of adoption. We cannot imagine how you are feeling but please know that we are ready to provide a nurturing and compassionate life for your child.
The running joke between us is "Who asked who on a date." Each of us will say the other made the first move (the jury is still out). We met over 10 years ago and have been married for almost 7 years. Since that time, we have grown closer each day. We cherish every moment we have together and have long-desired to expand our family. It was difficult for us to accept that we would not be able to conceive biological children. Only through support from our family and faith in God did we accept that there was an alternative plan to become parents.
We are both pediatric eye doctors and spend our days working with children. The most rewarding part of our day is helping a child to achieve their potential through identifying vision problems that will interfere with their future success. We enjoy our jobs; however, we are looking forward to beginning the next chapter in our lives. Becoming parents is our life-long goal and we can think of no greater calling. We realize that parenting has its "ups and downs" and we look forward to every minute of this journey. Our parents and extended family will play an active role in our future child's growth and development. We are very close to them and welcome all of their contributions.
Our parents provided us amazing childhoods and we plan to provide similar opportunities such as activities, vacations, sports, and scouting. We believe in education and will support and assist our future child's goals and dreams in every possible manner. Everything is not learned in the classroom and we will supplement their learning with educational trips and family outings. Our family heritage is important and we plan to travel to our parents' and extended family's homes to provide insight into our childhood. We have a common Christian faith (John is Catholic and Amy is Methodist) and we will raise our future child in a loving and Christian faith according to God's word.
One of our strongest attributes as a couple is our dedication and determination to accomplish any goal we set. We have devoted years to our medical training. Now accomplished, we want nothing more than to start a family. This dedication will be very important in our adoption process and will transfer to the needs of our future child. We will be dedicated and determined to provide the best life possible with a stable, loving, and caring environment.
We believe that one will not be able to know where they are going until they understand where they came from. We truly embrace the open adoption concept and we will be your champion in telling your child his/her adoption story. We will send you pictures, letters, and updates to ensure that you know that they are safe and healthy and to show you how much we love them. We will discuss adoption with openness and honesty. You will always be represented as a positive person who was faced with a difficult decision.
We sincerely hope that learning about us has provided you peace of mind. You face a difficult decision and we admire your strength and selflessness. If you wish, we are open to sharing anything about ourselves and look forward to meeting you in the future. We will continue to pray for you and your child as you continue on your journey. We are sincerely grateful for you to consider adoption. We cannot wait to become parents and it is only with your help that we may achieve our hearts desire.With hope,
John & Amy
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