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Louis & Andrea
Hello! We are the Louis and Andrea. We have created a life we love and surround ourselves with family. Whether it's going to the zoo or enjoying dinner around the table, there is laughter and joy. We are excited to be starting the adoption process again. We are honored that you have taken the time to view our profile and allow an opportunity for us to be a part of your journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is already a part of our hearts as our beautiful daughter, Maricela, came into our lives through adoption. Adopting our daughter brought a whole new perspective and love for adoption. When starting the process in 2016, we had some fears like, what if the birth mom did not like us? Or would we feel insecure during the getting to know you stage? However, as we got to know Maricela's birth mother prior to the birth, we learned she had fears, too. We expected her fears to center around the fear of not knowing how her daughter will grow up. However, she asked us directly, "I want to make sure you want her." This affected us completely — we immediately assured her that we wanted to be parents and how honored we were that she had picked us. We realized how important it was for her to know we wanted to love and care for her child. We have nothing but love for both Maricela and her birth mother. We are a family today because of her incredibly brave choice and we will forever be grateful to her. Today, we feel the same — our hearts are open and ready to welcome another child into our family and we are so looking forward to becoming a family of four!
Our Leisure Time
Since we became a family, a lot of our leisure time revolves around participating in family events such as going to the zoo, Science City or local community family events. We are always looking for opportunities to expose our daughter to further learn about the world around.
Other activities we like to participate in sand volleyball and golfing. Andrea loves to play sand volleyball while Louie and our daughter watch and play in the sand. Louie loves to play golf. His father and he used to play frequently and Louie continued the hobby. Andrea joins Louie every now and then to have some fun together.
Andrea is a social worker and supervisor at a women and children’s shelter. Andrea loves where she works and often times Louie volunteers to help with Andrea’s special events. Andrea’s job has provide flexibility around her schedule so often times, Andrea is off of work on Fridays so she and our daughter can participate in the local Parents as Teacher’s activities.
Our leisure activities have changed since becoming a family of three. However, we love every minute of it! The best part is seeing our daughter learn and grow each day and we are a part of it. We are excited to grow our family again to create even more memories together.
Our Cultural Heritage
We are both from Mexican and American decent. We grew up experiencing American culture with Hispanic cultural in the home. We plan to tell our daughter, and future child, the story of her ethnic descent.
Andrea’s grandmother is from Mexico and was brought to the United States as a young girl. Andrea grew up going to local Fiestas, listening to Tejano music and watching novellas on Univision with her grandmother. But most of all Andrea remembers dinners around her grandmother’s table with her family and enjoying her favorite grandmother’s enchiladas.
Louis’ family has roots back to San Luis Potosi. His abuelitos, Espirderion and Soledad Moran would talk to him in Spanish and spoil him with empandadas or pan dulce. Louis’ parents sent him to Foreign Language Academy in elementary school where he perfected his Spanish.
Regardless of the race or culture of the child, we want to build a connection to our child’s ethnic and cultural heritage. This could be traveling to different areas of the world or doing local research and attending one of our areas many cultural festivals, such as Hispanic fiestas, Ethnic Enrichment festivals. Also, nearby, there is a jazz district, Negro league baseball museum to celebrate and educate about African American history. Culture is an important piece to person’s identity and we want our child to have a sense of their heritage in addition to being a part of our family traditions, language and history.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb south of a larger metropolitan city. We have diverse groups of friends which allow us to see all parts of the city from the western suburbs to the bustling downtown area.
We recently moved into our forever dream home. We have four bedrooms and large back yard, which our elderly dog enjoys. Even though we technically live in the “city,” our neighborhood is quiet and family oriented. Within the first weeks in our new home, every neighbor came by introduce themselves and we learned everyone around us has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and excited to see children in the neighborhood again.
We live down the road from a local park and love taking our daughter to play. Every weekend morning there are always 5-10 families at the park with their kiddos as well. If we are not at the park, we like to attend a local community family event or take a trip to the local zoo or science city.
We love hosting family and friends at our home for brunch or dinner. This holiday season, we plan to host Louis’ family. This will include his 8 uncles, many cousins and second cousins! We look forward to starting many traditions in our home.
Our Extended Families
Both our families live near us. Louis was raised in the inner city and growing up, Louis’ family did not have a lot, but his parents provided a loving home. Louis’ parents were married 35 years. When Louis was in middle school, his father became a Master Electrician and is mother became a permanent employee at a local automobile company. In August 2017, Louis’ father passed away from cancer. This was devastating to our family but we supported on another learn a new normal. We have family dinner with Louis’ mother (Nana) and brother 1-2 times a week and always watch Sunday football together. Nana spoils our daughter and loves being a grandmother as much as uncle Popo enjoys being an uncle. They are excitedly looking forward to have another little one around.
Andrea grew up in a small suburban community. Her parents divorced when she was young. Her father worked 30+years as a utility technician and spent his free time coaching Andrea and her sister in sports. Andrea’s grandmother and aunt lived around the corner where many weekends, evenings and summers were spent. Now days, we spend time with Andrea’s sister’s family. Once a weekend, we all get together to take the kids to a local community family event or play at a local park. Andrea’s mom took care of our daughter while we went to work for the first year. She loved every minute of it and looks forward to the job again!
From Us to You
Hello! We are Louis and Andrea. We have been together for 12 years and married since June 2013. In 2016 our hearts grew through the adoption of our beautiful daughter, Maricela.
Louis has always been family oriented while Andrea has a passion for serving the community. We love participating in family oriented events in the community or spend time with our own families. We are excited to grow our family to create more memories with love and joy.
Our eyes where open during our first adoption. We realize we cannot begin to imagine what thoughts and feelings are going through your mind and heart. As we enter the adoption journey again, we are honored to be a part of your story. Whether you choose to pick us or another family, please remember that considering adoption is the ultimate selfless decision any person could ever make. We want you to know, that should you choose adoption, your selfless decision will be the greatest gift to someone.
To give you a better idea of who we are, we want to share with you a little piece of what we love: Andrea is passionate about her career. She has been in the domestic violence field for 10 years and she manages a domestic violence shelter. Andrea is able to balance the two things she loves most in life, her passion and family. She is fortunate to work for an organization that supports her family values. Andrea has the flexibility to work 4 days a week and spends an extra day with our daughter. On Fridays, she takes our daughter to the zoo or play at the park. Growing up, Andrea did not have a lot of exposure to community events or educational opportunities, so she strives to expose our daughter to as many learning and fun activities as possible.
If you ask what Louis loves, he will say, "I love being a family man." He loves having his one-on-one time with our daughter. He loves making her laugh and playing hide-and-seek. Louis grew up admiring his parent’s marriage and saw how they faced ups and downs. He provides balance and support in our marriage. Growing up, Louis was one of the older cousins in his family so changing a diaper or soothing a fussy baby was easy for him. He has even been nicknamed, "the baby whisperer." Seeing his family overcome a poverty stricken community, Louis works hard to meets goals at work to provide us the home and life we want.
At the end of the day we both look forward to coming home and spending time together as a family. Three years ago, we would daydream about what life with a child would be like. We faced infertility and it was because of adoption that our hopes and dreams came true. We love being parents, and are fortunate to have one another. Our relationship strengthened during our infertility struggle and our hearts grew tremendously as parents.
We furthered our understanding about compassion and selflessness when meeting our daughter's birth mother. We are going through two different journeys however will be forever connected as an adopted family and birth mom. We used to have many questions about how the relationship with our child's birth parents would be. However, after the adoption of our daughter, we see how meaningful and important this relationship is.
If you choose us, we are open to future contact, such as emails, phone calls or visits, if that is something you will like. We are grateful to be a part in your journey of courage and strength. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and considering giving us the opportunity to grow our family.
Louis & Andrea
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