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Rishi & Melissa
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to view our profile! You have a lot of strength and courage. We cannot imagine the flood of emotions that you must be having right now as you check out these profiles. We are very excited about potentially becoming a family through adoption and raising a child in our new racially diverse neighborhood.
What Made Us Who we are Today
We believe that our childhood had an enormous effect on who we are today. Rishi grew up in a low income environment in India. That situation (along with his parents' and grandparents' expectations) pushed him to be successful in school so that he could experience a more prosperous life as an adult. That is where his ambition to have a good life comes from today. He wants to love and encourage a baby that is placed with us to be successful too while taking into consideration that the child will be different from him and have its own unique skill set.
Melissa is who she is because of who her parents were too. Both of her parents were very family oriented. She knew that she and her brother were her parents' priority. Her mother was her Girl Scout Troop leader and her dad was her coach for her volleyball teams. They went on family vacations to the beach and went hiking in the mountains closer to home. Melissa wants to be able to provide that same secure feeling of love and adventure for her baby too. She wants to be involved in the child's life while giving the baby enough room to become independent. Her mom was also a teacher which inspired Melissa to become a school counselor.
Our Religious Beliefs
We both grew up in different religions. Rishi is from India and was raised in the Hindu religion. However, after he came to the United States about 10 years ago, he developed an interest in Christianity. Melissa was raised in the Christian faith. We routinely went to a Methodist church together when we lived in a different city. Now that we are in a new location in North Carolina, we are looking forward to becoming part of a church family here. We want to expose a baby who is brought into our lives to Christianity and we want them to have biblical knowledge. We want them to have an opportunity to develop a relationship with Christ while learning about other religions. It is important to us to teach the child to respect those around her or him including those who have a different religion and belief system. Melissa went to church camp every summer for several years and had some of her most meaningful religious experiences and fun memories while away at camp. We want to provide an opportunity similar to that for a child in our lives too.
We will love and embrace a little one of any race. Rishi is from India and has brown skin. He is prepared to lead and guide a baby on how to manage being different in a predominately white society. Melissa is aware and sensitive to racial discrimination and will focus on empowering a child from any race. We have discussed what it will be like to be a conspicuous family especially if we all three have different skin colors and the baby doesn't look like either one of us. We have also discussed what it would be like if we were given the opportunity to be the parents of a brown baby that would look more like Rishi and we have discussed what it would be like if we were given the opportunity to be the parents of a white baby that looks more like Melissa. We are open to all the different race scenarios. We believe that what really matters to us most of all is that we have a baby to love, protect, and encourage throughout life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We just moved into a spacious and newly constructed two story house in North Carolina. It is located in a very racially diverse neighborhood. We’ve seen young children who come out to ride their bikes and play together in the evenings. Our back yard is fenced in and big enough for a swing set that we plan to install for the baby to use safely. In the house, we have selected the room closest to us for the nursery. It will be full of books to read to the baby at bedtime and large enough for the baby to have a play area. We are still getting familiar with this city, but we are seeking out parks and pools for the baby to go to with us and have fun. We are located in the middle of North Carolina, so we will be able to easily access the beach or the mountains on a weekend trip.
Our Extended Families
When our families get together with us, there is usually a lot of focus on the children in the family. Melissa's family lives only about three and a half hours away in Tennessee and Rishi's family, unfortunately, lives far away in Northern India.
Melissa and her family really enjoy boating and they are all renting a boat together this summer at the beach for extra fun in the water. Melissa's family is also very interested in sports and her dad put up a basketball goal in their back yard that her nephew uses while her dad coaches him on his skills. The goal will still be there for another grandchild to enjoy if a new little one enters into the family.
Rishi's family also likes being part of adventures. We do not get to see his family all that often which makes us sad. However, we all went to a Tiger National Park in India recently when we visited. We brought our nieces along for the excitement, but unfortunately, we did not see any tigers. We did all love being outside in the jungle and getting to see a few monkeys though! Rishi's family is interested in coming to America for the first time to meet the baby if one enters into our lives.
From Us to You
Hello and thank you for spending your valuable time reading our letter. We can only imagine the flood of various emotions you must be having as you consider placing your baby for adoption. We believe that you are very courageous and we also believe that you have a lot of strength to face your options so thoughtfully and carefully. We imagine that you might even be under a lot of pressure to make a certain decision that others in your life want you to make. We recognize that above all else, you love your little one very much and you are looking for a way to give your baby the very best life possible while taking into consideration the resources that you may or may not have available to you at this time in your life.
If you choose to place your baby for adoption, and if you choose for us to be the parents of your baby, we want to assure you that we will have deep and unconditional love for you child. We also want you to know that we will also care about you. We understand that you will be interested in how your baby is doing as it grows throughout the years. We are open to exchanging letters and pictures of the baby with you directly so that you do not have to go through the agency. We are also open to a few visits that we can all participate in together.
We will teach the baby that you are an essential part of her or his life and that you, as the birth mother of the baby placed with us, are also an essential part of our lives. We recognize that it is only because of you and your choice to select us that we get to be parents. If you do choose to place your baby for adoption and you do choose us to be the parents, we will always be grateful to you, and we will still think of you with an abundance of gratitude even when the baby is an adult.
We have been married for almost four years and we have a strong relationship. We have kept our commitment to each other even when some circumstances such as our infertility have been extremely difficult. We will provide your baby a stable and secure environment. We are looking forward to changing and growing as individuals as we settle into our role as parents. We are also looking forward to experiencing how our relationship will grow and change over the coming years with a child in our lives.
In closing, we want you to know that we won’t always be perfect parents, and sometimes we may not know exactly what to do in a given situation. However, we will always do what we think is best for your baby at that period of time. Being a parent to your child will be our priority, and we will continuously try to educate ourselves on how to be better parents by using tools such as books, adoption support groups, and by talking to our family and friends. We believe the very best teacher for us to become better parents will be your child. We will learn how to improve through our experiences with the baby and through conversations with the child as she or he grows. If you choose us to be the parents, we will consider your baby to be the most important person in our lives, and we will do everything we can to give your little one the best life and the best opportunities possible.
If you do choose to place your baby in the care of others, we truly hope that you will choose us to be the parents. We wish you peace in your heart as your consider placing your baby for adoption. We also hope for you and your baby to both have the very best future possible.
Rishi & Melissa
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