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Matt & Lindsay
We would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We admire your love and courage to consider adoption, as we understand that you have tough decisions to make ahead. If we are fortunate enough to be chosen by you, we promise you that your child will know unconditional love, safety, and encouragement. We are excited to become parents and we look forward to the journey that lies ahead.
Matt is a professor who specializes in African American history and culture. He has devoted his career to writing and teaching about the black experience and is excited to pass down that knowledge down to our child. There will never be a shortage of books and images in the house that reflects our child's background. Lindsay not only grew up in a diverse city, but has grown up in a multi-religion household. Her parents raised her to not only embrace one religion, but also to learn and respect another way of life. We both value learning and exposing ourselves to other cultures, religions, and points of view and will continue this as we raise a child. We're also lucky be in the university environment where a child will be exposed to role models of many different backgrounds and grow up with a diverse group of friends from birth. We want to make sure that our child never feels out of place. For us, that means raising a child in neighborhoods and schools that encourage diversity and acceptance. We think it is important to be actively exposed to different experiences that are separate from our own to strengthen a child's own cultural identity, and will continue to encourage this learning throughout a child's life.
Our Leisure Time
Leisure time is very important to us and we try to engage in several activities including sports, music, and local community events. Sports have been an important part of both of our lives. Matt played college soccer and high school basketball. Lindsay played softball and basketball competitively throughout her life. Matt is already thinking about where he can put a small soccer goal in the house.
Music also plays a large role in our leisure time. Lindsay enjoys playing the piano and Matt is learning how to play the guitar. Both of us frequently listen to local live music and hope that we can share our love for music with a child.
Our community is extremely child-friendly, home to several kid-based businesses and community activities. We are looking forward to watching a child experiencing new things such as the science center, trampoline parks, and library events. We have community parks and pools nearby that we frequent. We plan to introduce our child to as many different activities as we can and support our child to follow whatever activity sparks an interest.
Our Life Priorities
Our family is so important to us, and we know this will always come first and foremost. We are always supporting each other and making sure we are available for each other and our extended families. We have so many amazing experiences with our family, and cannot wait to add another member to the fun! Another important priority is that we never value work over daily life. The saying, "You don't live to work, but work to live," holds significance to us. We make sure that we while we understand the value of our careers, we know that life outside of work is much more important and strive to make that a priority every day. Growing up, our families instilled upon us the value of treating everyone with respect, love, and an open mind as we walk through life. We will make sure that our child has experiences that strengthen this way of thinking so that he/she becomes a compassionate and caring individual to everyone in life. We don't value things, but we do put value in experiences. Our promise is that we will always work hard to teach our child our values by example as a child grows with love, laughter, and passion.
Our House and Neighborhood
One of the many things our city can boast is that it is a family friendly place to live. Most activities around the city are tailored for families with children, and the school districts here are some of the top in the nation. There are many activities all year round, such as story telling at the library, arts and crafts at the YMCA, a science center, museums, and plenty of seasonal activities! Our friends that have children are active in community events, so our child will have plenty of friends to share their experiences. The sun shines almost all year round, making it so easy to be outside and engage in activities every day!
We recently sold our house and decided to rent a three-bedroom townhome on a cul-de-sac until we find the perfect house for our family. We love how our living space is open and welcoming, and is our favorite spot in the house. While we haven't lived in this neighborhood long, we have seen many families and young children outside playing during the cooler days when we walk our dogs. There are several parks and playgrounds around the area, as well as a few community pools that we go to frequently when the weather is nice. We can't wait until we are able to share our home with a child to experience these activities and make friends as he/she grows.
Our Extended Families
We love to be around our family as much as possible, as they are such an important part of our lives. Usually, we'll be spending time having game nights, cookouts, going to dinner, going to sporting events or vacationing together. Because we are from both coasts, neither one of us have family that currently lives in town. Even though they do not live close, we do see them several times and year, and travel to the coasts as often as possible. Lindsay does have some extended family within driving distance who we see often. We are both incredibly close with our family and value our relationships that we have with not only our immediate families, but our extended families as well. We were both brought up spending quality time with our cousins growing up, and that continues on even into adulthood. We cannot wait to share these experiences and new memories with a child. Both of our families are so excited for us to be adopting! This will be our parents' first grandchild and they cannot wait to spoil and shower him or her with so much love.
From Us to You
First and foremost, we want to thank you for considering us. We can't begin to understand how difficult this is for you, but please know how much we appreciate you. We would never be able to be parents without you. We hope that we can support you in any way we can and offer some peace of mind by showing you that we will provide a caring, loving, and stable home.
Our original plan was to have one child biologically and adopt a second. About two years ago, not long after we were married, we learned that we wouldn't be able to conceive a child. It was initially difficult to hear but we quickly got excited about adopting a child.
The most important thing we can offer is a strong relationship. When we met four years ago, it was like one of those moments when the world suddenly clicked together and our lives made sense. We are truly best friends and have nothing but love, support, and admiration for each other. We have the best time together, whether we are trying something new or having a nice cozy night at home.
Matt is a history professor at a close by university focusing on African American history. Lindsay works as an occupational therapist for both adults and children. We both love our jobs and value not only what we do, but the relationships we have formed over the years. We really value our professions, but also value our life outside of work more. We enjoy hosting dinners or game nights, and love to be outdoors or travel as often as possible.
Both of us have strong relationships with our family, including extended family, and have many family traditions from childhood that we cannot wait to share with your child. Lindsay has a family tradition of Christmas bingo for grab bag gifts. Now that many of her cousins have now have children, it's been great to watch her little cousins have the same experiences growing up as she did. Matt has Thanksgiving traditions with his family spending time at his aunt and uncle's home.
We are so excited for our future and the chance to expand our family. We've been wanting to be parents for what seems like such a long time, and are eager start this next chapter in our lives. Your child will never have a shortage of love, support, travel, experiences, and family. We cannot be more ready to become parents and know that it wouldn't be possible without your strength.
We will never forget you or the difficult decision you made. We will send letters and pictures. We are also open to more contact, such as the exchange of emails, phone calls, or even future visits. We will work with you so you can have the type of contact that you hope to have. It is important to us to make sure that your child not only knows our family traditions and history, but yours as well so that they can grow to find their own identity. Your baby will be so immensely loved by not only us, but by our family who also eagerly await.
Our gratitude and respect for you will be endless and strong for the rest of our lives, and we will make sure that your child knows that every day.
With love and admiration,
Matt & Lindsay
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