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William & Justine
Before anything else, we want to commend you for reading this profile. You are taking the time to find the best fit, and we admire that so much. To us, adoption is not a single act, but rather a lifelong journey. Parenting is on our minds and in our hearts! We welcome you to share this wonderful venture with us.
We live a well-rounded life where we find fun in the little things, engage in many different activities and always find time to learn something new. Fun for us is anything that makes us laugh. We could spend time watching our cats do silly things, and end up laughing so hard there are tears running down our faces. We believe that it is important to take the time to discover life’s little treasures.
We always find time to participate in different activities. We love the outdoors, biking, hiking, and playing sports. William is on a basketball and softball team while Justine enjoys yoga and Zumba! These activities go hand in hand with a routine of eating healthy. Additionally, we enjoy activities such as game nights with friends, a trip to the movies, dinner out or a trip to a local farmer’s market. We try to enjoy life by engaging in it as much as possible.
Exercising a lifestyle of a life-long learner is important to us. Our city is incredibly diverse, so it isn’t hard for us to spend an evening at an art museum or a cultural exhibit. You will most likely find us curled up watching documentaries about what life is like in other areas of the world. We are curious souls that find fulfillment in learning!
Being adopted means that the child has an adoptive family and a birth family, which is something unbelievably extraordinary. As potential parents, we have put a lot of thought into what we will tell our child about their adoption.
First of all, we will never do anything to hide the adoption from our child. As our child grows, we will integrate his/her adoption story into our conversations. We already have children books purchased and ready to share with our little one. As he/she grows and matures, we will have more serious talks about his/her heritage, and what it means to be adopted.
Our goal is to make sure that he/she understands that their birth mother and birth family loved them, and went through with one of the most selfless acts of all. Tough questions from our child are likely to come up, and we are prepared. We want to tell them every time they ask about their birth parents that they are loved. We will be open with our child and never minimize his or her feelings around adoption. One day, we hope our child will be able to tell their adoption story with courage and strength.
We are a couple that comes from two different heritages. Justine comes from a family with Jewish heritage, while Will’s family has roots in northern Europe. Our families are different from each other, and we have enjoyed integrating our traditions.
As we enter the journey of adoption, we are making sure we are aware of cultural considerations. One thing that we will do to address cultural diversity is use what we were taught as children and continue to educate ourselves. This entails engaging with others that are not from our cultural background. Our area offers an abundance of opportunity to do that. Additionally, we will make sure that our child has role models that are of his/her race, whether that be doctors, teachers, or characters in children books. As a couple, we are well-equipped to handle cultural diversity.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-story, single-family home located in a village-like neighborhood in Washington. We love the geographic location of our city. We’re just 25 min outside of downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound, which is a melting pot of an area. It is also less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains. As a result, we have access to so many different types of people and activities. Our city is known for its family-friendly charm, and we are excited to introduce a child to all that this area has to offer.
Our home is warm, cozy and a fun place to be. We take a lot of pride in our home, and do our best to keep it beautiful. When spending time in our house, you will most likely have a couple kitties following you around wherever you go. The neighborhood that our house is located in is quite lovely. A special thing about our neighborhood is that most families do a lot for the holidays. On Halloween, forget about just handing out candy! The families in our neighborhood set up things like cookie decoration stations for the kids and coffee for the parents. Overall, our neighborhood is an ideal place to raise a family.
Our home is not just where we live, but it is where we create the fondest memories. We are excited to build these fond memories as a family.
Our Extended Families
We both come from close-knit and caring families. We think that is what caused us to connect in the first place. Amusingly, we spent our first date just talking about our families and how important they are to us.
Justine’s family is small, but incredibly close. Justine has a younger brother who happens to be extremely tall! The funny thing is most people think he is the older one. Justine and her brother are more like best friends, who love meeting up for dinner and swapping goofy stories. Justine’s mother is kind, compassionate and always determined to be the best mother out there. Justine’s father is hard-working and a quiet intellectual. Her maternal grandmother lives nearby as well, and is always happy to cook up a big meal for everyone. Justine’s family loves get-togethers with homemade food and lots of laughs. Let’s not forget about the holidays, those are always big and festive.
William’s family includes his mother, father and two younger siblings. They are very left-brained, all of them being lovers of science and math! What means the most to them is spending time together, and they love sports! You will most likely find them huddled around the TV watching basketball or football. This family loves to get together for hiking and other outdoor adventures as well. They are very open and thoughtful people, who make time to be together, even when life is busy!
From Us to You
First of all, we want to share with you how excited we are to be telling our story. Let us say, we are over the moon that you are reading our profile, as this is the most important thing we have ever written!
A little about us! We met in college in 2009 and got married four years later. While in college we found that our degrees were very different. William was into mathematics while, Justine, was interested in Psychology. Although our career paths couldn’t be more different, our sense of humor and personalities aligned perfectly. Our ideas about parenting have also aligned. We have since settled into our careers, and continue to find the joy in each other, just like in those early college days. Life has been fantastic, yet one thing is missing. We want to have a family.
Our desire to have children has remained strong between us, even as we have struggled to conceive naturally. Our yearning to be parents has never faltered. Over time, what it means for us to have a family has changed. As we have matured we have come to understand the true meaning of family. A family can be a single mother and her child. A family could also be a mother/father and a yard full of kids. Most importantly, we know that a family can be a couple like us raising a child that is not biological, but truly ours. For many years, the desire to create our version of a family has been in our hearts.
Looking at profiles of adoptive parents can be overwhelming. We would like to take the time to share what makes us unique. Justine grew up with a younger brother with Autism. While growing up with him, she had to learn patience and strength. She also had to stand-up for her brother when others wouldn’t. Having a sibling with Autism has helped her learn how to be a more open-minded and caring individual. William has also taken the time to learn about Autism. His kindness towards Justine’s brother is truly wonderful. We think this will benefit us greatly as we transition to becoming parents.
We promise that from day one, you as the birth mother will be included in our journey. Relationships between adoptive parents and birth parents are bound to be complex, but we will not let that hinder a healthy connection. Our promise is not to create a division between you and us, but to rather create a lifelong team of people who care about a special little one! Our promise to the child is to love him or her unconditionally. We promise to care for our child and do everything in our power to create a safe and loving home. Our child will know about his/her beginnings, where they were born and who they came from. We want the child to feel loved by everyone in his or her life.
We want you to know that whatever involvement you choose will be a blessing. This is not just our journey, but yours as well. We find it exciting to know that we could share pictures and phone calls if that is what you so desire. We also look forward to an in-person visit. Childhood is filled with many incredible milestones, and we would love to share all of those with you.
Lastly, let us just say that we admire your strength and courage, despite what decision you choose to make. We are thrilled to be the potential parents of your little one. Thanks again for taking your time to read our profile. We commend you for your bravery!
William & Justine
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