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Jaret & Nicole
Welcome to our family profile and thank you for taking some time to get to know us! For several years, we have felt a strong desire to adopt a beautiful baby into our family to love, cherish and share a lifetime of laughter with. Our family has an abundance of love, joy, activities, energy, and giggling to share and we are grateful you are considering us to welcome your child into our family.
Our Family Dream
We've been dreaming of adding another beautiful child to our family for what feels like forever, so it's easy to share what our promises and dreams are for this child. We promise to provide a strong education for this child, as our school district is ranked top in the nation. We will provide a nurturing home that will foster curiosity, encouragement, and unconditional love and support for him/her.
We can't wait to take this child on our family vacations and show them the world! We can't wait to take them to meet Mickey for the first time, ride the water slides with us in Hawaii, explore the outdoors and share our appreciation and respect for nature and wildlife with this child.
Our daughter, Addison (Addy), wants so much to be a big sister! When we became pregnant (and thinking nothing would go wrong), we bought several books to read to Addy about what it means to be a big sister and the great responsibility she would have. We put the books away after our first miscarriage, but Addy always seemed to find them and continues to ask to read these books. Although this can sadden us, we have faith one day our strongest desire as a family will come true.
Our Family Traditions
We've been together since we were 15 years old, so we've had lots of time to create many traditions! Some of the fun kid traditions in our community that we enjoy are: Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Fall Festival (rides, animals, music, hot apple cider, and face painting), Pumpkin Harvest Festival, Halloween Walk, Christmas in the Country, and Christmas Tree Lighting.
We also love to travel as a family. In the past two years, we've visited Hawaii three times, Disneyland twice, Florida, Victoria, Whistler, San Diego, Palm Springs, and our home state to visit family and friends.
In the spring, summer and fall months, we enjoy relaxing and playing on our deck to wind down our days. We also enjoy movie nights on our deck with our daughter. We visit the pool we are members at several times a week in the summer. Our daughter enjoys playing in the kiddie pool while running in and out of the waterfalls. In the winter months, we take our daughter sledding and are teaching her how to snow ski. We also take family trips to the mountains and enjoy our annual trip to ride the Polar Express Train.
We also have daily traditions that are equally important in grounding our family. We eat all of our meals together and read several books together in our daughter's bed each night before putting her to bed. The last thing we do before she falls asleep is sing a couple songs of her choice followed by the last song, 'This Little Light of Mine.'
We not only welcome cultural diversity into our family, we've specifically sought out to add cultural diversity in our family since we've decided to adopt so many years ago. Both of our families are supportive and excited to welcome a child of another race into our family with open arms. We were raised to embrace diversity, as Nicole grew up as one of two Caucasian children in her grade school and Jaret went to a highly diversified school in a suburb of Philadelphia. We both feel our culturally diversified upbringing has been important to shaping us into who we are today.
We vow to educate ourselves on hair, skin care, and important cultural aspects to ensure your child has the best care and is connected to their culture/heritage. We'd love to ask you what's important for you in your child's upbringing and we vow to incorporate these values into our family's traditions and daily life.
We live in a diverse and highly educated part of the country where multiracial families are very common. We vow that your child will feel connected, loved, valued, protected and safe in our family and our community. We are surrounded by a family that will welcome any child regardless of race or culture, and we also live in a community that prides itself and thrives on its diversity. While we promise to protect your child with all our might, we also vow to not shy away from the hard questions and conversations that may come up.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful community surrounded by water, lush hiking trails, several large parks, local farms, and wildlife. We've chosen to live in a diverse community where people are supportive and welcoming to everyone.
We live on an acre in a three-bedroom, two-story house with two large living areas, providing tons of room to run and play. All three of our bedrooms are on the same floor and close to each other. There are lots of fun trails to explore, and we see deer and owls on our property daily. We have a new large covered deck with skylights where we enjoy watching movies on an outdoor projector screen next to the fire place while Jaret grills dinner for the family.
Our home is at the end of the street with very little traffic since each residence has an acre of land. Our daughter enjoys learning to ride her bike and her power wheel truck safely in our neighborhood. We're members of a private pool walking distance away and we spend several days each week at the pool in the summer.
Our community is focused on children and has many festivals throughout the year, year-round recreational sports, summer camps, holiday events, and many other activities every weekend!
Our Extended Families
We both enjoyed growing up with siblings and it's our strongest desire to have another child to love, raise, travel, and laugh with. Nicole's sister, mother (Grammie) and grandmother live very close by and we see them multiple times a week. Addy loves going to Grammie's house and making arts and crafts, visiting parks, and chasing Grammie all around her house. Jaret's family lives further away, but we visit Jaret's father (Papa) and he visits us multiple times a year. Last year we vacationed with Papa to Maui and Florida. Jaret's sister lives close to his father and we see her and our niece and nephews whenever we visit them each year.
We are both Italian and enjoy cooking homemade Italian meals with organic healthy ingredients whenever possible. Addison enjoys learning how to cook and our tradition of eating all meals together as a family. Every weekend, we enjoy making a big hearty breakfast while taking our time talking about our plans for the day.
Our family is very supportive of our adoption journey. We started our adoption path through foster care, but put things on hold after conceiving Addison. After having two miscarriages, we picked back up where we left off. We enjoyed being foster parents to a sweet little boy for a period of time before he received a placement with a relative. We are grateful for the time we had with him.
From Us to You
We thank you with all our hearts that you have spent this time considering us for one of the most important decisions you may ever make in your life. Regardless of whether you choose us or not, we respect and admire you for the courageous and honorable decisions you are making.
Due to our enormous amount of respect and admiration for you, we hope to maintain open communication with you throughout your child's life. We feel any child would want to know their birth mother and our hope is we can provide the support and encouragement for this child to have this important connection. We will always tell your child how much you love them, and being parents ourselves, we understand fully the selfless decision you are making is the purest form of love we will ever witness. While we respect any decision you make in how connected you would like to be, we vow to send you letters, pictures and other forms of communication throughout your child's life.
We met when we were 15 years old as competitive swimmers on the high school swim team. There was an instant attraction between us and we quickly fell deeply in love. We've been together for 23 years and married for 18 years (yes, we married very young, but we just knew!). When we got married, we had nothing. We moved across the country to Southern California, where Jaret was stationed in special operations for the Navy and Nicole finished her undergraduate degree. Although Nicole worked throughout her college days, Jaret helped financially support Nicole while she finished her degree. Once Nicole graduated, she was hired at one of the largest companies in the world and landed a great career, so she was able to help support Jaret through his college education as well. We've taken turns, compromised, and learned how to support one another with all we have, even when we had little to nothing. We now have more than we ever imagined we would, but we will never forget where we came from and we will ensure our children know what it means to work hard for what you have.
Before we had our first child, we always wanted to adopt a child. We turned to adoption through foster care, but we became pregnant while becoming certified foster parents, so we put the process on hold. Since having our daughter, we have experienced two miscarriages and failed fertility treatments. We decided to pursue adoption through foster care again. We were fortunate to be temporary parents to an amazing 15-month-old, who was later placed with a relative of his. Although we are happy he is back with his family, words cannot describe how difficult each failed attempt we've made to expand our family has made us feel. We may have experienced several losses, but our relationship is not only solid, we are thriving. We feel in our hearts that each loss we've experienced has made us stronger and led us closer to the path that was always meant for us, adoption.
If we were you, we'd want to know more about our daughter. In our eyes, Addison is the funniest, brightest, silliest, most loving and caring goofball we could ever hope to have as our child. Although her teachers tell us how empathetic and caring she is with other children in her class, we didn't know how she would respond to expanding our family until we accepted our foster child into our home. We are so proud of how easily she welcomed him into our family. She still asks about him and misses him dearly. We know she is ready and excited to become a big sister. We may be biased, but she'd be a pretty fantastic big sister if you ask us.
Thank you for considering our family. No matter what path you choose, we send you all the love and positive energy in your journey.
With love and admiration,
Jaret & Nicole
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