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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.
Adoption in Our Lives
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
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.
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.
Our House and Neighborhood
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
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.
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
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