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Jon & Ami

Becoming parents has been one of the greatest privileges and joys in our life. It is something that we could not have achieved without adoption. To be considered as potential parents is a greater gift than we could ask for. We have a lot of love to give and are excited to expand our family. We admire your strength and courage and welcome a long-lasting, healthy, open relationship with you.

About Us

Jon
Ami
Job
Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations
Business Founder
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy
Master's Degree in Marketing/Business Administration
Children
Charlie
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Our Family

Finding each other a bit later in life, we were faced with fertility challenges that meant having a child wasn't going to happen biologically for us. However, we had both dreamed of becoming parents. Several of Jon's cousins are adopted and we have always seen it as a natural and loving way to build a family. Adoption was an easy choice for us and we were blessed to welcome our son, Charlie, into our lives via adoption.

Charlie is an extremely happy and healthy child. Charlie's personality is warm and bubbly. He is not shy of new people and will engage and play with all babies/children at home and in playgroups. He loves the outdoors and we spend a lot of time watching birds and squirrels and ducks. He loves anything "puzzle-like" and has a knack for the mechanics of things. He's also started trying to "read" his own books. He cannot wait to have a sibling!

We are big believers in open adoption and are fortunate to have a very open relationship with Charlie's birth mom (and more recently birth dad). We communicate every month and are working on a visit when she is ready. We believe that open adoption allows children to grow up knowing who they are and that they are loved by many, we have been telling Charlie his adoption story since he was born — it is part of what makes him so special. Charlie has opened our hearts more than we ever thought possible. We have so much more love to give and can't wait to make our family complete with a second child and sibling for our son.

Our Leisure Time

Ami Scuba Diving

We love to travel and learn about new places and cultures. One of our favorite ways to experience a new country is to take local cooking classes. We are excited to introduce this tradition to Charlie and his future sibling. We think cooking is a wonderful way to learn, be creative and create bonding experiences as a family.

Jon Fishing

You can also usually find us on the water — either scuba diving, sailing or out on a boat with the local fisherman taking in the daily catch. We also love to play golf, ski (Jon)/snowboard (Ami) and hike. But some of our most memorable moments have been close to home, playing at the beach or cabin with family and friends.

When hanging at home, Ami can be found engrossed in arts and crafts or DIY (she can fix anything) — with Charlie in tow. Jon can be found out looking in fox holes, bird watching and other general exploring with our son.

Our top 10 activities are: Fishing of any kind (deep sea, lake, fly fishing), Scuba Diving, Cooking Classes, Sailing, Golfing, Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Reading - and of course - Playing with Charlie.

Our Dreams for Our Children

We have talked a lot about what it means to be great parents. It is an amazing responsibility and privilege. Our philosophy on raising children puts them at the center of our lives.

  • We believe that children are a gift and should always feel love, security and happiness. We want them to know that they can always count on us for unconditional love and support. For us this stars with active, involved parenting. Ami left the corporate world to consult from home so that she could devout her time to raising our family. Jon has only a 15-minute commute and plans early mornings as his special one on one time with our son and future child.
  • We believe that life should be full of fun, adventure and laughter. We want to foster a sense of curiosity and exploration with our children. We want to share our passions and interests with them so that they can find out what excites them most.
  • We believe that education enables dreams and we will ensure that our children are given every opportunity to live out their dreams. We want our kids to know that they can be anything they choose in life. This starts with creating a love of learning, being there to support them on the journey and giving them the confidence they need to become smart, independent, happy people.
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    Hitting the Slopes
    Hitting the Slopes
    Charlie at the Park
    Charlie at the Park
    Ami and Our Niece
    Ami and Our Niece
    A Night Out in Florida
    A Night Out in Florida
    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!
    Exploring a Waterfall in Hawaii
    Exploring a Waterfall in Hawaii
    Camping
    Camping
    All Smiles at the Beach
    All Smiles at the Beach
    Clamming
    Clamming
    Best Friends
    Best Friends
    All Dressed Up for a Friend's Wedding
    All Dressed Up for a Friend's Wedding
    An Afternoon at Our Neighborhood Beach
    An Afternoon at Our Neighborhood Beach
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    A Night Out in Florida
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    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!
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    Exploring a Waterfall in Hawaii
    Exploring a Waterfall in Hawaii
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    Camping
    Camping
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    All Smiles at the Beach
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    Clamming
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    An Afternoon at Our Neighborhood Beach
    An Afternoon at Our Neighborhood Beach

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in a quiet coastal community. Our neighborhood is a special place for children to grow up with access to swimming, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, frog catching and all sorts of outside adventure. It is quiet and safe with private roads, so there is no traffic. On any given day, you will see plenty of our neighbors out walking their dogs or kids riding by on bikes. There is a nice blend of young families and old in our neighborhood. There are 8 children under 2 in addition to many other elementary school aged and older kids. Ami is the social chair of the neighborhood and we hold several community events a year including kids Halloween, a Holiday Carol Sing event, a Spring Party and Summer Lobster Bake. We also have a community beach and tennis club for residents. The area has great schools. The town is close by and very welcoming with activities like little league parades and community theater in the park. We have made many friends in the 5 years that we've lived here, who can usually be found swimming in our pool or barbecuing with us on hot summer days. Our house is relaxed and airy with a beachy feel and sits on the water. We have 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a nice big kitchen and playroom for kids. Outside we have a pool, a dock, a pond and lots of climbing trees on several acres of land.

    Our Extended Families

    Ami's Family

    Our families are a huge source of joy in our lives. Jon comes from a family of six and has three sisters: Meg, Jen and Rikki. Jon's parents, Jack and Margie, have been married for 55 years. The family spent their summers camping and exploring the US, nurturing a love of nature and thirst for adventure in all of the kids. They are very close, and while his parents and siblings are in Seattle, we still manage to spend several holidays or vacations a year together - camping, skiing, scuba diving, fishing or just gathering together under one roof. Jon's mom retired from law and local politics and Jon's dad was a professor and entrepreneur. Ami comes from a family of four. Moppy and Pappa have been married for 50 years and live in Maine. Pappa is from India and is a retired engineer. He and Ami would work on "science" projects every weekend. Moppy was a restaurateur, horticulturist and art lover. They took the girls all over the world while growing up, teaching them about art and culture. Ami's older sister, Leela, is her best friend and confident. She is middle school language teacher in addition to mother of five children in their mid to late teens. They live near Boston and we get to see them monthly. Our son Charlie is very close to all of our family, who dote on him every chance that they can get. They cannot wait to welcome a new addition to our family.

    Jon's Family

    From Us to You

    Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We truly are honored to be considered as adoptive parents for your child. The gift of family is the most unique and treasured gift in the world and we do not take that gift lightly. It is an amazing responsibility that we embrace with arms, and hearts, wide open.

    Our story starts about 10 years ago. We met at work and fell in love immediately. Three years later, we were married. We quickly found out that our hopes and dream to build a family would be met with many years of fertility struggles. However, we are both very fortunate to have close relationships with our parents, siblings and a large group of extended friends and family. This group helped us through our journey with an abundance of love and support. Very quickly, we started to hear all sorts of adoption stories, within our families and among our friends. Jon soon realized that more than nine of his cousins were adopted! Armed with an amazing support network, we started the process to adopt our first son, Charlie.

    It's impossible to put into words the love and gratitude that we feel for Charlie's birth parents, but we have the opportunity to try frequently. While we had established a relationship with his birth mom during her pregnancy, we had the opportunity to meet his birth dad and grandma in the hospital. We have an open adoption plan and send updates and photos every month to Charlie's birth mom. She always send messages back and sometimes photos ... such as a snap shot of her brother, who holds a remarkable resemblance to Charlie when he was young. These are things that Charlie will have forever. We reach out separately on Holidays or if we just feel like either of us need some extra contact. We wish each other Happy Mother's and Father's Day. We have been planning a visit for when she feels she is ready and may start with Skype as a way to ease into it. While his birth dad has been less involved, he recently reached out to us, and we are looking forward to starting to build a relationship with him as well. Their photos are on the shelves in Charlie's nursery, including one of the 4 of us when he was born. His adoption story is just part of who he is. We think every day about how lucky our son is to be loved by so many ... including four sets of grandparents! He has an army of love behind him. We know he excited to share this love with a sibling.

    We have a shared interest in giving this child every opportunity in the world. Unconditional love, security and happiness are givens. We also want to ensure they are afforded every opportunity to fulfill their dreams ?" whatever they may be. As a family (and extended family), we love to travel the world and explore, getting to know people, cultures and places. Education is important to us. We laugh a lot, we are silly and we value the importance of good old fashioned fun. We are committed to ensuring that our children have a well rounded background and awareness of the world and the people in it. We will teach them what it means to love and respect themselves, others and to give back.

    We want you to know that if you choose us as adoptive parents, your child will always know about you and your love for them. We are open to any level of openness that you may be interested in, and welcome you as part of our extended family.

    Wishing you the best in your decision and journey. Thanks again for taking the time to learn more about us.

    Jon & Ami

    Favorites

    Jon
    Ami
    Actor
    George Clooney
    Denzel Washington
    Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Sandra Bullock
    Animal
    Fox
    Elephants
    Author
    Tolkien
    J.K. Rowling
    Book
    Catcher in the Rye
    Harry Potter
    Candy Bar
    Heath Bar
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    Cartoon
    South Park
    The Flintstones
    Childhood Memory
    Family Camping Trips
    Cooking with Mom & Dad
    Childhood Toy
    Rubix Cube
    Cabbage Patch Doll
    Children's Book
    Llama Llama Red Pajama
    The Whale and the Snail
    City
    Paris
    London
    Classic Movie
    Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Casablanca
    Color
    Blue
    Orange
    Day of Week
    Thursday
    Sunday
    Dessert
    Key Lime Pie
    Peanut Butter Pie
    Disney Movie
    101 Dalmations
    Moana
    Dream Car
    65 Mustang
    Tesla Model S
    Dream Job
    Wild Life Photographer
    Artist
    Dream Vacation
    Bali
    African Safari
    Family Activity
    Boating
    Cooking
    Flower / Plant
    Gardenias
    White Hydrangeas
    Food
    Sushi
    Chicken Parmesan
    Form of Exercise
    Running
    Pilates - Barre
    Fruit
    Peaches
    Strawberries
    Game
    Frisbee
    Scrabble
    Hobby
    Fishing
    Arts & Crafts
    Holiday
    Halloween
    Halloween
    Holiday Song
    Ole Lang Syne
    I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
    Holiday Tradition
    Thanksgiving Dinner
    Neighborhood Christmas Eve Carol Sing
    Ice Cream
    Salted Caramel
    Peanut Butter Cup
    Junk Food
    Cheetos
    Cheetos
    Leisure Activity
    Snorkeling
    Golfing
    Magazine
    The Week
    Real Simple
    Memory with a Child
    Playing with the garden hose with our son on a hot summer day
    Our sons first real giggle
    Memory with Spouse
    Her first scuba diving adventure
    Our first Sailing trip
    Movie
    Clueless
    Good Will Hunting
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Sour Patch Kids
    Movie Quote
    "I hope not sporadically" - Clueless
    "I'll have what she's having" - When Harry met Sally
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Fantasy Fiction
    Musical
    Rent
    In the Heights
    Musical Group
    Carrie Underwood
    MGMT
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    Hush Little Baby
    Olympic Event
    Skiing
    Snowboarding Halfpipe
    Personal Hero
    Elon Musk
    Indira Gandhi
    Play
    Macbeth
    Mamma Mia
    Poet
    Maya Angelou
    Robert Frost
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her zest for life
    His compassion for everyone & everything
    Quote
    It is not interesting if it is not impossible
    "Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave" - Indira Gandhi
    Restaurant
    Nobu NYC (Japanese)
    Il Buco Alimentary NYC (Italian)
    Sandwich
    Turkey and Cheese
    Cuban
    Scripture
    Do to others as you would have them do to you
    Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
    Shopping Store
    Costco
    Home Goods
    Song
    Hey Girl by Billy Currington
    Listomania by MGMT
    Sport to Play
    Golf
    Scuba Diving
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Winter Olympics
    Sports Star
    Jonathan Toews - Blackhawks
    Rodger Federer
    Sports Team
    Chicago Blackhawks
    Red Sox
    Subject in School
    Math
    Science
    Superhero
    Ironman
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Steak
    Banana Bread
    Time of Day
    Early Morning
    Early Evening
    Tradition
    Canoeing in Northern MN with college friends
    Annual family sailing trips with friends from college
    TV Show
    Game of Thrones
    Game of Thrones
    TV Show Character
    Daenerys Targaryen
    Daenerys Targaryen
    Type of Music
    Country
    Alternative Rock
    Vacation Spot
    Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Video Game
    Donkey Kong
    Rock Band

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