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Amine & Jamila
We have felt a calling to adopt a child for a long time. We are a warm, generous, and loving family that believe in sharing love in this world. If you choose us as your child's adoptive parents, you can know that your child will always come first in our lives.
Our Leisure Time
We have a busy life outside of our day jobs, but Amine is slightly more of a homebody than Jamila. Just this weekend, Jamila went white water rafting while Amine relaxed and cooked. Depending on the child’s interests, we will do what makes the child happy. Sometimes Jamila enjoys staying home with a good book, and she hopes to share this love of reading with the child. She often participates in Church-related activities (such as a Walk for the Homeless). She also enjoys going for long walks with our dog, Kiya. We live near forests and lakes with wonderful trails to explore.
Amine enjoys working on his cars and spending time relaxing at home – gardening, watching movies, catching up with his family in Morocco, and meeting up with friends. He often cooks the most delicious Moroccan meals that we are sure the child will love, and hopefully pick up some cooking skills as well eventually.
Why We Chose Adoption
Jamila has always wanted to adopt. She knew that adoption would enrich her life in many ways. When we encountered fertility issues, Jamila immediately chose adoption over other options. Amine was a bit more hesitant at first, but once we prayed about it, we both came to an agreement that it was ideal for us. We both came to the realization that, with so many children who need homes, why not move forward? We have so much love to give.
While we are eager to adopt, we are also aware that it will not be without its challenges. We hope to have regular contact with you so that there is open communication and the child will be aware of who you are. We believe that maintaining this contact is an essential step. We are willing to travel to any location in the U.S. to meet up with you if that is something you would like to do.
Cultural diversity is a common theme in our household. While Amine is originally from Morocco and Jamila has parents of Swiss origin, cultural diversity often comes up in our household. We have different approaches to life and different world views. Jamila recalls when a woman at her church referred to us as an interracial couple. She remembers being surprised and a bit shocked because, frankly, she had never even viewed our relationship as such. To us, it was about being in love with another person, regardless of skin color. However, in the eyes of society (sadly) we are evaluated by the color of our skin, whether we choose to believe it or not. Amine always selects “Other” when filling out forms, because (in his view) his race cannot be defined by being black or white. In his view, he is neither one nor the other. All of us choose to define ourselves through the lens in which we see ourselves, not that of society. However, we will often come into contact with people who don't always look past our skin color.
Our Extended Families
We have two nephews, both adults, that live in the area, so we have family nearby. Jamila has one brother who is six years younger than her, and to whom she is very close. He lives in NYC and we try to see him at least once a month. Jamila's father lives about two hours away and her mother lives four hours away, so going to visit family on the weekends is always an option. Amine has two older sisters who live in Morocco. We try to see them at least once a year by either visiting Morocco or them visiting us. He is very close to his sister Zahra, who is 20 years older than him. She is like a mother to him and is very sweet kind and caring.
When family comes to visit, we go on long walks with the dogs in a beautiful park near where we live. There are geese and beautiful flowers. Amine likes to cook for the family, making homemade pizza and chicken wings. We watch comedy shows and movies together. What makes our family unique is the love and respect we have for each other.
Our family is very supportive of our adoption plan. Jamila's mother will visit and help take care of the newborn. Amine's nephew has agreed to being an active part of the child's life as the child's Godfather. They can’t wait to welcome a child into our lives.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the beautiful state of Maryland, home to beautiful parks, landscapes, and delicious seafood (crabs in particular). Our community has many activities held throughout the summer months and even during the winter. Farmer's markets are an ideal Saturday activity for children to enjoy fresh food. There are parades during the 4th of July holiday and fireworks. Our neighborhood has a number of families with kids for our child to play with.
We have a cozy townhouse with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. We have a backyard with flowers and plants. Our favorite room is the living room, which is roomy and comfortable, perfect for curling up with a good book to read. There are also tons of pools in the area, ideal for kids to go swimming.
We love taking long walks in our neighborhood with the dog. There are great hiking trails in a nearby forest as well as an abandoned golf course that has wonderful lakes and wildlife. In our town there is also an initiative to paint rocks with positive affirmations - a creative and fun endeavor that kids can participate in. Children love finding the rocks in the neighborhood.
From Us to You
We have been married for almost five years and are very excited to raise this child together. You, as the birth mother, will be an important part of our lives. We will send you letters and pictures as often as you like, and are open to exchanging e-mails, phone calls and even future visits. Should you choose us as parents, know that this child will always come first in our lives. You will know that you made the right decision because we have so much love to give! You will be included, not to worry.
Raising a child is not an easy task, and it truly takes a village. We will value your input and will also want to know your hopes and dreams for the child. You will know if we are the right fit for your child once you get to know us, and that will take time, of course. We will even FaceTime you (if you are comfortable with that) so that you still feel close to the baby.
Aspects of parenthood that we are both looking forward to include sharing our love and creativity with the child. Amine loves to cook and spend time working on projects at home. He wants to cook special meals for our child and teach the child the fun of doing projects at home. Jamila wants to take our child to some of the wonderful museums that Washington, D.C., has to offer, instilling the love of art that she has in the child. We are excited to share the tradition of Christmas with the child, which includes making holiday cookies and decorating the Christmas tree together. We are both very excited and can't wait to meet the child!
It will be important for us to hear from you often - that comes with the territory with an open adoption. We value honesty, so we'd like to you to be as honest with us as we are with you. If you think we could be doing something better, tell us. If you miss the child, tell us! We are willing to travel often, depending on your location. Or we can meet at a halfway mark, on neutral ground, for you to spend time with the child.
We know that placing a child for adoption is not an easy choice, but sometimes it is the best one. We truly feel blessed that you have gotten this far and are reading our profile. Sometimes photos and a video give you just a surface impression, but words can go deeper. We know that you are thinking about this decision and might have some concerns and doubts. Those should lessen once you meet us and spend time with us and the baby.
We want to know how you are feeling about the adoption, because that will have an impact on the child. Children sense how adults are feeling, and it is best for the child if he/she knows that both the parents and you are on equal ground. You will still have a huge impact on the child's life, and nothing can change that.
We have come this far knowing that this is the right decision for us, but it must also be the right decision for you. We are confident that we will make wonderful parents and know how to raise a happy child. Happiness and love are the most important thing for a child. Children grow up and develop their own personalities. We, as parents, have the responsibility to guide them through that process with a lot of love and support.
Amine & Jamila
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