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Justin & Emily
Bringing a child into our family would mean the world to us. We are very eager to add more love and joy to our lives by way of adoption. Our promise is to love, protect, nurture, and support any child we are lucky enough to welcome into our home. We would also welcome you as a member of our family. Thank you for taking the time to consider us.
We are excited to welcome a child of a different race into our family. It is very important for our adopted child to feel connected to their own ethnicity and culture. We'd like our children to have role models, mentors and friends who aren't just like us. Fortunately our city has a broad mixture of cultures and races so we don't need to look far. We are exploring predominantly African American Christian churches to attend as a family and will choose doctors and teachers that share the same cultural background as your child. We both have good friends, neighbors and coworkers that are African American, Latino and Asian and all of our kids play together regularly.
As proud supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, we recently took our son Jamie to a Juneteenth and Black Lives Matter rally in our city. We know we need to listen, educate ourselves and do what we can to fight racial injustice. We will make sure our adopted child knows every day how wonderful and cherished they are by us and their community.
Our promise to you is that we will make cultural diversity an important aspect of our family life. We would also really like to have you as a member of our family, if and when you are comfortable. We would love to learn things that are important to you and share them with the child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Justin About Emily:
Emily is the most sensitive, caring, and honest person I’ve ever met. She will sacrifice her needs and ambitions to make sure everyone in our family is well taken care of. She doesn’t seem to be at peace with herself if she isn’t doing everything she can to help others and make a difference in the world around her. Emily will fight for what’s right and brings out the best version of me.
Emily About Justin:
Justin is a loving and devoted husband and father. He makes sure that we are taken care of and have everything that we need. He will rush home after work so that he has time to play with our son before dinner. Justin is dependable and will be there when it matters most. He loves to teach our son new things and they often work together on projects, such as picking up the leaves in the fall and gardening in the backyard. This past summer they planted watermelons and our son had a blast checking up on them and seeing how big they got.
Our Dog, Bear
Dogs have an amazing ability to sense how you are feeling and provide the perfect silent support we need. They don’t care who you are or what you have, they love you unconditionally and they’re content to just spend time together. Even if you’ve only been gone for 20 minutes dogs are always excited to see you when you come home. Pets also help teach us a lot about responsibility because they are dependent on us to care for them and meet most of their needs.
We have an 8 year old shih tzu poodle mix named Bear. Although he’s only 15 pounds, he thinks he’s a big dog and takes it upon himself to watch over our home. We adopted him 5 months after we were married and can’t imagine life without him now. He has served as a therapy dog in nursing homes as well as Emily’s coworker for most of his life. Bear was even given a job title (director of pet relations) at one of Emily’s companies. Cuddling with Bear after a long day can melt away any stress, worries, or frustration.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a multiracial suburban community in Massachusetts. Our home is situated on a cul-de-sac with a lot of kids that play outside together. Many houses on our street put up elaborate decorations for Halloween, Christmas and even football games! Families come from other towns just to go trick-or-treating on our street.
Living in New England gives us access to a lot of great outdoor activities year round. In the warmer months we have hiking, lakes, parks and bike paths. In the winter we have sledding, downhill skiing and cross country skiing areas nearby. For days when the weather is really unpleasant, we also have access to nice indoor playgrounds as well as a couple children's museums. There is a carnival that comes by at least once a year that we like to go to, and plenty of parades and kids activities take place downtown. We have a tradition to go to a duckling parade in downtown Boston every year where the kids dress up as ducks and parade around Boston Common.
We live in a large three level colonial house. The home has a spacious finished basement that we use as a playroom, a first level with the kitchen, dining room and living rooms, and the four bedrooms are upstairs. We have a spare bedroom that is waiting for our next child!
Our Extended Families
Emily is close with both her Mom's and Dad's side of the family. We get together with nearby family members about once a month. Emily's local family is Italian so large family meals are tradition. We also like to do seasonal activities such as apple picking and visiting Santa's village. Our son Jamie is very active so we try to get outside and play as a family as well. Emily also has family that lives in Southern California, so visiting them is like a vacation! We love going to the beach, walking along the ocean, and going to the movies when we visit.
Justin has five siblings and one sister-in-law ranging in age from 31 to 9 years old. He learned a lot about responsibility and children by taking care of his younger siblings. Some of his favorite memories were made on adventures with his oldest brother. We try to plan a vacation with Justin's family every year. This past year we all spent five days in Orlando. We had a great time swimming in the resort pools, eating good food, and playing games every evening.
Everyone in our family is excited to welcome another child! We have one newborn boy in our extended family and hopefully more soon in the near future!
From Us to You
We can only imagine the difficult place that you are in right now, and we admire the bravery and courage you have in exploring adoption. If you choose us as your baby's adoptive parents, we promise to love and provide for your child as our own. Adoption for us would truly be a gift from God. We would make sure your child knows how important and cherished they are.
If and when you are comfortable, we would also really like to have you as a member of our family. We'd love to get to know you as a person and have you be a part of our lives. We will of course exchange photos and letters so you can stay connected with your child and see them grow up. We are also open to speaking on the phone, doing video calls, and arranging to visit in person.
The two of us have been happily married for 9 years. We met in 2009 when we were recently out of college, and fell in love soon after meeting. We had fun going on dates to the zoo, Sea world and the beach. We have the same values and morals, and yet our own unique traits that keep life interesting. Emily likes to explore and go on adventures, while Justin prefers to stick to activities he knows and likes, such as Sunday football games or playing board games. Between the two of us, we have a balanced life and complement each other well as parents. We both take our responsibility as parents very seriously and work well as a team. Emily works part time so that we can all have more family time together.
Both of our families are thrilled that we are seeking adoption to grow our family, and will be there as a support network for us. We are very close with our families, some of Emily's family lives locally and most of Justin's family is in the Midwest or Florida. We go on family vacations with those that live farther away and always make the most of our time together. Our families have shared their life skills and parenting wisdom with us as we have grown up, which has made us better parents.
Having children of our own has been a challenging road. Emily has had miscarriages, in addition to a difficult recovery after having our son Jamie. We have always wanted at least two children. Emily was an only child and always wanted a sibling to share in life's ups and downs. Justin came from a large family with several brothers and sisters that he is close with. We want our son Jamie to have a sibling, and he is such a caring little boy that will look after his little brother or sister. We have a strong Christian faith, and believe that God's timing is always right.
We admire and respect you for wanting to create the best life for your child, whatever your final choice ends up being. If you choose us, we want to not only be there for your child, but for you as well. We will always speak highly and respectfully of you to your child. Thank you for considering us.
Justin & Emily
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