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Todd & Pritha
Thank you for reading our profile! We chose adoption three years ago for our first baby and our lives have changed because of that. Changed from the love, laughter, and wonder that our son brings into our lives. We want to extend that love by growing our family again through adoption. We hope you consider us as parents for your beautiful child.
Adoption in Our Lives
The adoption of our first baby was the most wonderful event in our lives. Our love for our son is beyond measure. We will remember forever the first time we saw him, held him and kissed his little nose. We feel a great sense of responsibility for him and he is our priority in life. Because of him, we want to be better people every day. He looks up to us for guidance and it is our role as parents to provide the best we can. We also understand that we are all different and a new baby gives another opportunity to nurture and raise a child. We have also learned that parenting is hard work with a lot of reward. We are proud to say that we are parents and we cannot wait to raise another child with an equal amount of love, care, warmth and fun as we have with our first baby!
Our Leisure Time
We are a very active family. We are both avid runners and triathletes and have completed 25 marathons and multiple shorter distance races between the two of us!
We now include our son in our active pursuits. It's not uncommon for us to go on a long bike ride on weekends with our son in the bike trailer or for a jog with him in the stroller. On any day of the week, we always make sure to carve out some time for physical activity of some sort. In fact, we both met in a running group and found that we had a lot in common. Our house is on a bike route and we go on many bike rides. In addition, we have two dogs, Mika and Linus, that we love dearly. We go on daily walks with them, and go to the park to run around and play. We rescued both of them from a shelter, and they are our "fur-children."
On weekends, you'll find us at the zoo, park, or the local miniature railroad. We stay actively involved in our local volunteer community as well.
Our Cultural Heritage
Todd is originally from Wisconsin and grew up on the Green Bay Packers, cheese, and brats! Todd's family is of Czech origin, and some in his family still bake traditional pastries such as Kolaches over the holidays for us to share.
Pritha is originally from India, where she was born and lived until the age of 22 when she moved to the U.S. India is one of the most diverse countries on earth and contains people of all religions, ethnic groups, and color. Pritha brings with her a ton of Indian culture and traditions, such as the Indian festival of lights, Diwali, when the whole family gets together and celebrates with bright lights, fireworks, sweets, and gifts for the children.
As a family, we have come up with our own traditions which are a meaningful mix of both of our cultures. It is very important to us that we share our unique mix of traditions and culture with our child. We have introduced our child to all the good things about our combined cultures as well as embraced his cultural background in our lives. We continue to make every effort to surround ourselves with supportive family and friends. We celebrate all cultures already. We are open about discussing race and ethnicity and will continue that with any children we adopt.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in medium sized city in Missouri. Our neighborhood is surrounded by 100 year old homes, large trees and many parks for children to play in. We live in a three story house with three bedrooms on the second floor and two more on the third floor. Our favorite room is the "side room" where our son plays with his toys and we read books to him.
The backyard is large enough for our two small dogs to run and play and includes a swing on an old tree for our son to enjoy. Each year there's is a Fourth of July parade for the children in the neighborhood. Our son decorated his tricycle this year and had a blast eating a red white and blue popsicle at the end.
Our neighborhood keeps growing in terms of families with children. Just last week at our favorite park we met another new face.
Our Extended Families
Todd has two brothers, a sister, a niece, and a nephew. They live in Virginia, but visit us over the holidays. Todd is originally from Wisconsin, and some of his family still lives there. Although both of our fathers have passed away, our child has two loving grandmothers. We usually visit Wisconsin over the holidays, and the whole family gets together to celebrate, and open presents together.
Pritha has a brother who is married and has two sons. Pritha's mother lives in India and visits us every year. She visited us when our first son was born and helped us out for the first four months. Our family is very unique because Pritha grew up in India and has many Indian traditions that we cannot wait to include our younger child in! For example, we celebrate a festival called Diwali. Our extended family is very excited about the adoption and is looking forward to welcoming this child into our family.
From Us to You
We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to write you this letter. The words "Thank you" don't even begin to express how grateful we are that you are considering us as potential parents for your precious baby. We understand what a difficult decision this must be for you, and are in awe of your courage and compassion in considering adoption.
Let us start out by saying that we understand how important it is for you to know how your child is progressing. We will definitely send letters, pictures, and emails periodically. We currently have an open adoption agreement with our older son's birth mother. We are open to setting up such an arrangement with you as well. We are also open to setting up a yearly visiting agreement. That said, we will respect the level of openness you are comfortable with. From the very beginning we will also tell your baby about the incredible, courageous woman who let us love and raise him or her.
We both grew up in different parts of the world - Todd in a small town in Wisconsin, and Pritha all the way over in India. After having lived in many parts of the country and the world, we found each other through our mutual love of running. We have been married five years, but have known each other for about eight years. We knew all along that we wanted a family, and when we realized that having a biological child was not a possibility, adoption seemed like the most natural thing to do.
We live in a nice, family-oriented suburb. Our five-bedroom home is on a tree-lined street, within walking distance of several parks. We have a large backyard with a swing set and plenty of room to run and play games. Our city has an amazing array of museums, children's activities, a great zoo, and sports teams. Our older son goes to a private school and we plan to give our younger child the same opportunity towards education. We are both fortunate to be able to pay and plan for the best in high school and college education.
We lead a comfortable life made possible because we both work. While we both have a strong work ethic and enjoy our professions, family is the most important thing to us. We are extremely lucky to have flexible hours, so we know that we will have the luxury of being able to take our child to school, be there in the afternoon when they come home, and to attend any activities or school functions. Being parents will always be our first priority.
Our neighborhood has many wonderful festivals and activities. Family-owned stores host themed activities during the different seasons carnivals in the summer, a Fourth of July parade, a costume parade on Halloween, and Christmas visits with Santa. We enjoy these events with our son and cannot wait to add another little one to our family.
We love to travel and see new places. Between the two of us, we've traveled to Europe, South America, and Asia. Within the United States, we've been to Hawaii, San Francisco, New York City, and of course Disney World. Todd's family lives in Wisconsin, and we have made several trips with our older son to many places. We also welcome the quiet times we have at home, snuggling with our son and our puppies on the couch or reading a good book.
Family and friends mean everything to us. Both grandmas, aunts, uncles, and cousins are waiting to welcome this child into our family. Your child will not lack for love, attention, nurturing, and a safe place to grow up to their full potential. We cannot wait to share our home, our values, and our life with another little one. The importance of a good education, hard work, physical activity, and treating everyone with kindness and respect are just some of the values we hope to teach our child. They say it takes a village to raise a child. You can be assured that your baby will be surrounded by a loving village who will watch out for and protect him/her. Our families look forward to embracing your child and welcoming them as our newest member.
Todd & Pritha
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