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Chad & Arleen

Hi, we're Arleen and Chad. We appreciate you taking a moment to get to know us a little better. We are looking forward to growing our family through adoption for a second time. Our daughter, Izzy, is excited to have a little brother or sister. We would like to thank you for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents.

About Us

Operations Process Expert
Stay-at-Home Mom
Bachelor's Degree
Vocational Training
Legally Married

Our Adoption Story

Izzy's Birth Mom & Birth Sister

Adoption has been a part of our relationship vocabulary from the beginning because Arleen was in foster care for several months as a preteen. That experience impacted her life in such a positive way that when we found out we couldn't have biological children, our hearts quickly turned to adoption. Our first adoption led us to Mshinda, Izzy's birth mom, who has been a part of our extended family ever since. So much so that Izzy's birth sister came to live with us for a few years while her mom completed nursing school. Izzy speaks to both Mshinda and her birth sister often. It has been a very rewarding experience to have them in our lives.

Through Izzy's adoption, we have also seen our relationship grow stronger being able to see how much love each other has for our daughter. We very much look forward to opening our homes to the next members of our family.

Our Leisure Time

Enjoying a Day at the Local Lake

We just moved to Tennessee so we are getting to know the different areas and everything they have to offer. Our family enjoys visiting the many malls and all the different attractions in and around each one. There is usually a fair or an art or farmers' market to walk around. There are a few movie theaters we like to jump around to based on what popcorn we're in the mood for. One of the malls even has a large arcade where we enjoy racking up tickets to win some of the big prizes.

Chad and Izzy like to take some father daughter time and go to the driving range and hit some golf balls. Arleen and Izzy enjoy girls’ day going to the local do-it-yourself art and pottery stores to make cute little pieces for our house.

There is also a state park close to our home with a lake we enjoy visiting for picnics and taking hikes along its many trails. Izzy enjoys adding a few special rocks to her collection each time we go. We are looking forward to venturing out to the nearby mountains and other attractions Tennessee has to explore.

Our Strengths

We Are So Excited to Grow Our Family!

Chad has a great calmness about him. Whether it's a high stress work project or an important family decision that has to be made, he does not rush and puts great thought and effort into the final outcome. He also has a keen ability to keep us on track financially, so we can budget and make sure we get to do fun things as a family.

Arleen is the epitome of selfless. Her natural 'care for others' attitude comes with ease and she does not hesitate to give up something for herself if others are in need. Arleen is also not shy to speak her mind and feels very free to express her feelings on any subject without a second thought.

Izzy is quite the care free spirit. She makes friends with ease and, like Arleen, she is known to stand up for others when the situation arises. As a family, we balance each other out really well, and we are looking forward to adding another member to the family with their own strengths to bring to the table.



We Love Our Silly Girl!
We Love Our Silly Girl!
 So Happy Together
So Happy Together
Making Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Making Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Girl's Day Out
Girl's Day Out
On a Cruise with Friends
On a Cruise with Friends
Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
Enjoying a Day at the Lake
Enjoying a Day at the Lake
Having Fun at Universal Studios
Having Fun at Universal Studios
Izzy & Prymm
Izzy & Prymm
Riding the Rides at Disneyland
Riding the Rides at Disneyland
Waiting for a Little One to Love
Waiting for a Little One to Love
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So Happy Together
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Making Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Girl's Day Out
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On a Cruise with Friends
On a Cruise with Friends
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Riding the Rides at Disneyland
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Waiting for a Little One to Love
Waiting for a Little One to Love

Our Extended Families

Chad's Family

Chad was born in North Carolina and grew up in Georgia before moving out to California right before starting middle school. He has been blessed with a very close knit family who talk on the phone almost daily. Gammy and PopPop love to spoil their granddaughter. Chad is currently helping his parents and younger brother house hunt for their move to join us out in Tennessee.

Arleen's Family

Arleen was born and raised in Southern California to a single Latina mom who did her best with what she had. She enjoys a close relationship with her younger sister and niece. Izzy loves her weekly Face Time with Auntie Kat and her cousin. We enjoy making Puerto Rican food and showing them around town when they come to visit. Both our families are so excited for us to adopt again and add another grandchild to the mix. He or she will surely be adored by all!

We have also shared the news of our adoption journey with Izzy's birth mom and birth sister who we speak to often. They are so happy for us and look forward to meeting our new addition to the family.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is filled with music and laughter. One of the places we share that the most is Izzy’s playroom. We also spend a lot of time in the kitchen together cooking foods of all cultures. However, the spot that gets the most attention is our home library filled with all kinds of books, but mainly children’s books.

Our Home Library

We live in a new neighborhood that is still growing. We have met a lot of the families and there are many kids of all ages. A community park, pool and even a splash pad will be built in the coming months where the neighborhood kids can play. Izzy's school is a short drive up the street, which is wonderful!

Our area is surrounded by lush trees and we have two lakes nearby that we enjoy visiting on the weekends. There are tons of malls, restaurants and entertainment within a few miles where we enjoy spending the day. We also love being close to so many venues where you can grab a good dinner with some live music. It is a wonderful place for our children to grow up.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We admire and respect this difficult decision you are considering to find parents for your baby. We would like to offer ourselves as a loving family to you and your child.

We have been married for 14 years, but have been together the last 20 years from when we were teenagers. We have a very strong relationship and have been there to support each other along the way. Our family grew back in 2008 when we adopted our first child, Izzy.

We have continued to have communication with her birth mom and birth sister through pictures and phone calls. Izzy's birth sister even came to live with us for a few years, and she has been able to speak with her birth grandmother from Uganda a few times. We would be open to similar communication with you, or any other type of communication you are comfortable with. We have found it very valuable for our family and Izzy's birth family to have this connection over the years.

Mshinda, Izzy's birth mother, has found this connection such a positive experience, she wanted to share her thoughts with you. This is what she wrote:

Hello, my name is Mshinda; I am the biological mother of Izabella and a friend to her mom and dad. We have known each other for ten years now. It has been and still is a great experience having such wonderful people in my life. I am writing this letter to you because I found out that Chad and Arleen are planning on adding a new member to their family, and I wanted to share some of the wonderful experiences I have had since they adopted Izabella.

To me, words cannot explain how much I am so proud of both parents! I had many reasons not to let go of my baby during my pregnancy, I also had strong reasons why I decided to choose them out of many parents to be the perfect couple that will love Izzy (Izabella). The story is long so I will make it short by saying that they have been wonderful parents and I have no regrets in choosing them to raise my baby! I speak to them as much as I can and they also tell Izabella good things about me. I have so much to say about this great couple, but I cannot say it all in one letter or it will sound like I am bragging, but the most important thing is that all that I wished for Izzy has all came to pass and I thank God for bringing them in our lives!

I will close by saying that I know that if you allow them to be part of your baby’s life you will also love them like I do!

Thank you for taking time to read my letter and May God bless you!

We wanted to include Mshinda's letter to show you that it's not only about adding a child to our family, but how truly important you are as well in this child's story. We look forward to a lifelong journey together.

With open hearts,

Chad & Arleen


Denzel Washington
Tom Hanks
Emily Blunt
Jennifer Garner
Beluga Whale
Michael Crichton
Jodi Picoult
Salem Falls
Candy Bar
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Sailor Moon
Childhood Memory
Traveling Baseball Tournaments
Childhood Toy
Cabbage Patch Kids
Children's Book
Aesop's Fables
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
Malibu, CA
Classic Movie
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Disney Movie
Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Dream Job
Real Estate Developer
Dream Vacation
St. Lucia, Caribbean
Turks and Caicos
Family Activity
Going to the movies
Annual Trip to Disneyland
Flower / Plant
Palm Tree
Zuppa Tuscana Soup
Form of Exercise
Martial Arts
Red Grapes
Cashflow 101
Cashflow 101
Real Estate
4th of July
Holiday Song
Little Drummer Boy
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Holiday Tradition
Christmas Cookies for Santa and Carrots for Reindeer
Pajamas from Mrs. Clause
Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Road and Track
Memory with a Child
Izzy sleeping standing up in her crib
When our daughter was born
Memory with Spouse
Trip to Universal Studios Hollywood
Our First Date
Wizard of Oz
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." - Mopheus, The Matrix
"I'm not a regular mom. I'm a cool mom." June George, Mean Girls
Movie Type
Romantic Comedy
Musical Group
Old Dominion
Nursery Rhyme
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Olympic Event
Track and Field
Personal Hero
My Father
My Husband
The Nutcracker
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
She speaks her mind
Thinks of others before himself
"Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." - Bruce Lee
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." Dr. Seuss
Yama Sushi
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it - Proverbs 4:23
Shopping Store
Barnes and Noble
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Michael Jordan/Bo Jackson
Gabby Douglas
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Puerto Rican Food
Time of Day
Celebrating our daughter's Adoption Day
TV Show
TV Show Character
Jack Bauer
Lorelai Gilmore
Type of Music
90's Pop
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Super Mario Bros.

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