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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 fortunate to live in a city that has a broad mixture of cultures and races, and this is reflected in our son’s school and our neighborhood. We have friends that are Indian, Brazilian, African American and Asian. Our son's school does a great job teaching and celebrating diverse holidays and celebrations such as Diwali, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Our adopted child will have the same opportunities to make friends from different backgrounds as we do.
We are excited to become a multicultural family. We will teach our adopted child about their individual culture through many ways; including books, movies, role models and attending community events and organizations that represent their background. We are also happy to share any stories or family history that their birth mom would like us to share. Our community does a great job of embracing all of our cultures through various festivals, dances and celebrations. Ever since our son was born we have encouraged him to have an open mind to different foods, music and traditions, so he would have a lot of fun embracing another culture as well as us.
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! There is one boy in our extended family due to arrive soon and hopefully more coming 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 it is your wish, we would really like you to be a part of our family as well. We will of course exchange photos and letters so you can stay connected with your child and see them grow up. When and if you are comfortable, we are also happy to talk over the phone, do video calls, or try to arrange to meet 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. 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 to visit 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.
We spent a lot of time in prayer to make the decision to adopt. For many years we felt the idea of adoption resting in our hearts, even before we had our son Jamie. Justin’s grandmothers spent time in the foster care system, and Emily learned about the benefits of adoption from a trusted teacher that also worked in the foster care system. Unfortunately, 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. However, 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, while 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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