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Alex & Smisha
Our deepest hope is to welcome a child into our family to love, nurture and raise to their fullest potential. We have been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful and caring family and friends. In our multicultural family, traditions span multiple countries and spiritual beliefs which bring a world of adventure and fun into our home. Your consideration to have us parent your child means the world to us. We wish you all the strength and courage as you make this difficult decision.
Our Professional Lives
Both of us work as professors in universities, and our careers are focused on improving the lives of mothers and babies. As a doctor, Alex delivers babies and treats pregnant women, children and adults in his clinic. He is also an assistant professor of family medicine and medical director at a major University. Delivering babies and caring for new mothers brings him the greatest joy. He also loves teaching medical students and doctors-in-training. Smisha's research and teaching is focused on improving health services for women and children in Asia and Africa. She has a lot of flexibility in her schedule and can often work from home. She has about 4-6 overseas work trips each year where she has the great fortune to meet with nurses, doctors and other health workers to understand how we can work together to ensure that women and young children can get the health services they need to lead wholesome lives. We are both so grateful to work in professions that give us the opportunity to make the world a better place. We hope to teach our child the value of hard work and the joy in serving others.
What It Means to Become Parents
Our experiences have taught us to have an open mind to what parenting might involve. Since no two children are the same, no two parents' experiences can be the same.
We believe that we have several qualities that will make us excellent parents. First and foremost, we love each other and have so much love to share. We are responsible but also very playful and will cherish opportunities to play games—from peek-a-boo and hide-and-seek around the house in the early years to teaching our child to throw a frisbee and going on hikes outdoors.
We are looking forward to sharing our love for the arts and sciences and raising a child who is inquisitive about the world around them. We hope to teach them about the joy of routine activities like cooking and fixing things around the house and are excited to expose them to the wonders of our planet.
We are an interracial couple—Alex is Jewish Ukrainian. Smisha is Indian and grew up Hindu but now practices Buddhism. Our friends and family come from all sorts of backgrounds, spiritual and political beliefs. In our household, we celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah as well as Christmas. We make our own unique traditions that are authentic to our diverse upbringings and hope that we can expose our child to the best of the many cultures that surround us. Our closest friends host us for many occasions, including Thanksgiving, which typically involve traditional American fare mixed in with quintessentially Chinese, Indian or Mexican foods, stories and games. We're fortunate that the community where we live enables us to expose a child to a wide variety of cultural practices and faiths. We are so excited to further expand our world view as we ensure that our child is exposed to their birth culture.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently moved into a five-bedroom house close to Washington, D.C. We love our new community! It is culturally diverse with many young families and children from different backgrounds. Our development has a large park with a brand-new playground and is walking-distance to grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater and shopping mall. Our community also has a beautiful lake with miles of walking and biking trails that are all within a short distance from our house. The fishing and bird watching at the lake provide ample opportunities for outdoors fun with kids. A nearby national park provides even more opportunities for weekend adventures. With our love for gardening, we're building a rooftop garden where we will grow herbs and vegetables and be able to teach our child about delicious and healthy foods. Our community hosts regular block parties which include music and food truck rodeos. As we get to know our neighbors, we look forward to identifying families with similar aged children for play dates. Washington, D.C. is only 20 minutes away and we have easy access to all of the incredible memorials, Smithsonian museums, and the National Zoo. We cannot wait to introduce our child to all the possibilities the arts, history and sciences have to offer!
Our Extended Families
Having family spread out across the United States, England, India and Ukraine means year-round visitors and trips abroad. Alex's mom frequently visits from Florida. She enjoys preparing meals and stocks our refrigerator with delicious and healthy foods. Since a young age, Alex helped raise his nephews and now enjoys mentoring them through college. Smisha has three little adorable nephews in England and India whom Smisha and Alex get to see frequently through visits or online video chats. Smisha's family comes for yearly visits from India and we enjoy taking them around for sightseeing tours of the US. In addition, we have friends-like-family from across the US, Canada and Australia who play a big role in our lives and provide wonderful opportunities to see many beautiful parts of the world.
Every year or two, we take a large family vacation in a central gathering spot in Europe, Africa or the Middle East. We enjoy cooking together, playing with the kids, finding an inviting pool or beach to take on some watersports or go on a scenic drive to a great picnic spot. On many weekends, we get together with friends who all have little kids and go on hikes or barbecues. Over the last year, since we lost our newborn, our family and friends have engulfed us with love, and rarely more than two weeks have passed without a visitor. For all major holidays, our friends take turns hosting gatherings that celebrate their cultures. Everyone is so excited to welcome a little one into our lives and have them join this wonderful family circle.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to get to know our family. We are so excited to have the opportunity and honor of being chosen as parents. It feels as though we have spent the past eight years preparing for this moment and building our relationship as husband and wife to become the best parents we can be. It is a responsibility and a gift that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
Our effort to start a family has led to many struggles and hardships over the years but the journey has opened our hearts and our minds to the possibility of adoption. The presence of a child will further strengthen our family and fill a deep desire to share our love and home. Our hope is to do all we can to raise a wonderful, caring and unique person who will have the opportunities to nurture their inner talents and find the strength to achieve great things. To be entrusted with raising and parenting your child is an amazing responsibility and one that we will cherish.
We both come from humble backgrounds with parents who struggled to make a decent living and provided us with the best opportunities they could manage. From each set of parents, we learned the values of hard work, perseverance and devotion to one's family as our parents worked so hard to ensure their children would have all their needs met. We were fortunate to have had the opportunities to obtain good education and worked hard to build careers that we're both proud of. A good education backed by a solid work ethic, and commitment to values of kindness, compassion, and perseverance in the face of whatever life throws at you has been key to our growth and success. We wish to provide the same and even better opportunities to our child while providing him or her the freedom to pursue their passions and dreams.
Our lives as professionals can certainly get busy and the time pressures can be challenging. What has made our marriage strong is an ongoing commitment to developing great communication skills and participating in shared activities, including spirituality, exercise, reading, travel, cooking, music and spending time with friends and family. We hope to apply these same skills to becoming supportive and nurturing parents who will take shared responsibility for childcare. It has been our dream of reading bedtime stories, going for long walks by the lake, playing silly games, and celebrating as our baby develops new skills and abilities.
While no one can truly understand the challenge you are faced with, we understand the pain of separation from one's child, given the death of our newborn baby last year. To this end, we welcome the opportunity to engage in an open adoption, which we believe will be in the best interests of the child. We hope our child will know their birth story and become proud of their heritage and family's unique diversity. We will welcome the exchange of emails, photos and periodic visits.
We wish you all the strength as you make this decision.
Alex & Smisha
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