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Alvin & Nick
Do you hope to connect with a happy and loving family who values education, and can provide a child with a lifetime of opportunity? Then look no further! We are Alvin and Nick, a caring couple and parents to a little girl, Willa. We're looking forward to sharing our lives with another child. We thank you for taking the time to review our profile and considering us as parents. Will you join us on this adventure?
Our Adoption Story
We adopted our daughter Willa in 2018. She was born in South Carolina and she has British and Puerto Rican heritage. We were matched with her birth family for a month before her birth. During that time, we were able to talk on the phone, text, and exchange pictures of our lives and families. When it came time for her birth, we were lucky enough to be present with her birth mother throughout the process. We witnessed Willa's entrance into this world and she has been the highlight of every day ever since.
Willa is an adorable, curious, silly, and happy little girl. She loves meeting new people and playing non-stop. Watching her develop over the first year has been an amazing experience. Seeing her transform into a walking and talking child has brought us so much happiness and joy. She loves playing with other kids and we know that she will be a caring and kind big sister when the time comes. We notice similarities between Willa and her birth parents and those reminders help us continually appreciate how her adoption has made our family possible.
Our Individual Strengths
Nick grew up in a tight-knit, two-parent family in a small town. He is well-educated and well-traveled. He has musical talents that he has been using since he was young. He plays the piano, guitar, sings, and writes and records his own music. He is committed to education, having taught elementary school for sixteen years. His personality is calm and patient. He is kind, empathetic, and an excellent listener. He loves gardening, tending to plants, and watching things grow and change. He has a curiosity about the world and different cultures and loves participating in cultural events. He is very aware of his goals in life and has a strong desire and commitment to reach them.
Alvin grew up in a tight-knit, two-parent family in a suburb of Houston, Texas. He also is well-educated and well-traveled. He has an artistic side that enjoys interior design, modern furniture, and gardening. He is committed to education, having spent his whole career teaching and leading in urban schools. He is very organized and efficient with his time and money. He works hard and achieves success at his job. He has a passion and talent for cooking. He has a strong desire to take care of his family and make sure that their needs are met. Socially, he is very outgoing and personable. He will always be a strong advocate for his children. He has very high expectations for his quality of life and that of his family.
Our Professional Lives
Before we adopted our daughter, Nick was an elementary teacher for 16 years. He has taught all subjects but has a special interest in teaching math. In his career he taught grades 2 through 6. All of the schools that Nick taught in were in urban areas with very diverse populations. He loves getting to know his students, their families and their cultures. Celebrating differences was always a priority in his classroom. He wanted his students to know that their unique abilities and talents were what made them special. Since becoming a parent, Nick stays home with Willa and is able to focus his time and attention on her care and development. His career as a teacher has prepared him well for parenting and he has been cherishing his time with her.
Alvin also began his career as an elementary teacher. He taught first and fifth grade for a few years before becoming an Assistant Principal and eventually a Principal and school director. In the last three years, he has moved into higher education and is now the Dean of a college. He is passionate about giving all students a chance to take their education to the highest levels no matter where they grew up or how much money their families have. He strives to make opportunities available for young people who have the passion to work hard and focus on learning. Education is so important to our family and we will make it a priority for our children.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in a suburb of Minneapolis. Our house is built on a forested hill and overlooks a lake that bustles with fishing, boating, and swimming. A busy downtown area is only fifteen minutes away, so sporting events, theatre, and great restaurants are not far. A five minute walk down the trail will take you to a neighborhood park with basketball hoops, playground equipment, barbecue pits, and a beach with lifeguards.
We chose to move to this neighborhood because of its access to nature, as well as closeness to the city. It was also very important to us that there be great schools nearby. Our home is zoned to one of the best public school districts in Minnesota - one known for excellent academics, tremendous community support, and high-quality teachers.
Our home is a contemporary style home with five bedrooms. Our favorite room is the kitchen, where we spend almost every evening cooking a meal together and discussing how our days went. There are large open spaces for kids to play and for us to host family and friends. Design is important to both of us, so we enjoy keeping the inside and outside of our home looking nice.
We love our home and neighborhood and know that it is a great place to raise our children.
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate to have grown up in families that were kind, hard-working, spiritual, and generous. Our parents instilled strong values in us and we aim to grow our family on those same values.
Nick grew up in a small, lake town in Northern Minnesota. His parents and sister still live there and run their own businesses. We go up north to visit them at least four times a year. Highlights of our trips include pontoon rides on the lake, playing with our nephews and niece, picking fresh food from the garden, and trips to the coffee shop where everyone knows your name.
Nick's brother lives in a suburb near us in Minnesota. He has young children and we love spending time with them on the weekends. They love playing with Willa and teaching her new things.
Alvin grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas to parents who immigrated to America from India. His parents are retired and still live there. They travel all over the world as retirees, but their favorite thing to do is spend time with their grandchildren. His sister also lives in Houston with her husband and young son. Alvin's brother lives near Orlando, Florida with his family. We visit Houston at least three times a year, and Alvin's family visits Minnesota, too.
Our families have embraced Willa into their lives and are looking forward to another grandchild to love.
From Us to You
"Love the people with whom fate brings together, and do so with all of your heart."
It is with this approach in mind that we want to connect with you. The two of us have learned through life's joys and disappointments that it is one's relationships with others that make life interesting, exciting, and worthwhile.
One of the most exciting relationships that we're seeking right now is one with a child. We have been blessed to be parents by adoption once already, and we long to add one more child to our family. But we cannot do this alone. We also long for a relationship with you. You are the one who imagines what your child will look like, or be like, or grow up to be. You are the one who is searching for a family who could possibly care about your child as much as you do. We want to be that family for you. And we want you to be a part of our lives.
You would be sharing your journey with a loving multi-racial family. Alvin is South Indian and he grew up in Texas. Nick is Caucasian, Irish and Ukrainian, and he grew up in Minnesota. We both graduated from college and became teachers. After 16 years of teaching elementary school, Nick has been fortunate to take a leave of absence to stay home and care for our daughter, Willa. Alvin works at a local university as an administrator. When we are placed with another child, Nick will continue to stay home to care for both of our kids.
Our story together began seven years ago when we were both working at schools in Minneapolis. Having been in the education field our whole careers, we discovered a shared commitment to making urban schools better for students of all backgrounds. We started dating about five years ago and are now happily married, living in a beautiful home that we love, and raising an amazing little girl together.
We are lifelong educators and we promise to give our children the best possible education in order to maximize the opportunities they will have in their lives. Alvin nurtures his creative side through gardening and interior design. His talent always keeps our home looking spectacular on the inside and out. Nick is a singer and a songwriter. He plays the piano and the guitar and has a home recording studio. That means many lullabies and fun songs for our little ones. We have both traveled and seen many places in the United States and in other countries. We hope to make taking trips a priority for our family, showing our children the beauty and diversity in this world. Alvin's cooking skills take dining at our home to the next level. Whether he is cooking traditional Indian food, or a regular American meal, his food is full of flavor, spice, and his love for cooking comes across in the taste.
We have found that parenting our daughter, Willa, has really put all of our talents and resources to great use. She has brought such a light to our life and will be an amazing big sister when the time is right! Our extended families have embraced Willa and are excited to welcome another little one to our family.
There's no real formula for how modern adoptions are supposed to look. But, we want our child to know that they have two dads who will do anything in their power to protect them and give them an amazing life. We also want them to know that they have a birth mother. A birth mother who loved them so much that she made a choice for them. A choice so big and powerful that it will change everything, for all of us.
If you choose us as a partner in this adoption, we hope to continue the relationship with you after the child is born. By communicating through letters, pictures, phone calls, and even visits, we hope you will be able to find comfort and peace in your decision, as well as offer our child a valuable piece of their life's puzzle.
Thank you for your consideration.
Alvin & Nick
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