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Javier & Lisa
We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! We are a young, energetic, loving family and we appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit about ourselves with you. We are passionate about our faith, our family, and being the best parents we possibly can to our daughter and our future children.
Why We Chose Adoption
Since before we were married, we have always known that we wanted a large family. We both grew up in large families and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up with siblings to play with, learn from, and share memories and experiences with. We hope that our children can benefit in the same way.
We had Alessandra shortly after we got married and our lives were forever changed. Being parents has been incredibly humbling, challenging, rewarding, and wonderful. We quickly felt ready for another baby so that we had more children to love and could watch that sibling relationship grow. However, things did not go as planned. After one year of infertility, our second pregnancy ended early in a miscarriage. We began to talk about adoption as an option that we would pursue if infertility persisted. After one more year of waiting and wondering, we attended an information session on adoption, only to find out the next day that Lisa was pregnant again. Sadly, that pregnancy ended once again in a miscarriage. At this time in our lives we were about to move and Javier was about to start business school, so we continued to try and treat the infertility and discuss at what point adoption would be feasible. Now, with more stability and predictability in our future, we are ready! Coping with infertility and miscarriages over the last few years has not been easy, but we are full of joy at the prospect of finally growing our family through adoption!
Our Cultural Heritage
Javier and his family are proud to honor the Dominican heritage of his mother. His mother grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in her late teens. She shares her culture with her children and grandchildren through language, food, and music. She often speaks in Spanish to her children and therefore Javier is fluent in both English and Spanish. While Lisa's Spanish skills are only moderate, we hope to raise our children to be familiar with Spanish.
Javier's mother also loves to cook traditional Dominican meals and we love to eat them! One of our favorites is pernil, a roasted pork shoulder, with a side of tostones, which are fried plantains. Dinners at Javier's parent's house often end with Latin music playing as everyone dances and sings around the kitchen as they help clear the table and do the dishes.
In addition to the Dominican heritage of his mother, Javier is proud of the Polish heritage of his father. Lisa is primarily Irish and looks forward to corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day!
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has affected us personally in several ways. Javier's sister and her husband are currently foster parents with the hope of adopting. Therefore it is likely that our children will grow up with cousins who are adopted and it will be a familiar situation within the family. They have been a wonderful source of advice and support as we begin the adoption journey.
Lisa has three cousins who are adopted so it is something she has been familiar with her whole life. We are so grateful to have wonderful examples of loving families that are created through adoption. We have spoken with them at length about their experiences and they are excited to see us grow our family in the same way.
It is our hope that these adoptions within our extended families will provide a loving and supportive resource for ourselves and our children as well as create a sense of normalcy about being adopted.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a spacious, two-bedroom townhouse with a gorgeous view of the nearby mountains. When the weather is nice we love to sit outside and relax on the balcony or eat dinner on the patio.
The biggest thing that makes our home a wonderful place to live is the people around us. Our community is filled with young families and friendly neighbors. When Lisa and Alessandra arrive home from school and work, we often see or hear friends outside so we head out to join them! The kids love to ride bikes in the spring, swim in the community pool in the summer, crunch in the leaf piles in the fall, and sled down a huge nearby hill in the winter. We also love to take advantage of the wonderful playgrounds, splash pads, children's museum, hiking trails, and historic sites that are near by. Our community holds many family-friendly events throughout the year including free outdoor concerts, trick-or-treating events for Halloween, Christmas tree lighting celebrations, and many more!
Our Extended Families
Our extended families play an important role in our lives. We both come from large families and are very close to our siblings and parents. We love the fact that we are able to see both sides of the family often.
Javier is the middle child of seven children. A typical gathering with his family might include a traditional Dominican meal, watching any Boston sports team, a competitive game of Monopoly and several nieces and nephews laughing and playing together.
Lisa is one of nine children. She has four biological siblings and then gained four step-siblings when her mother re-married after her father passed away. We always look forward to a beach vacation with Lisa's family almost every summer. Our days are filled with building sandcastles, riding bikes, eating donuts, and relaxing in the sun.
The distance to our family members varies from 10 minutes down the road to thousands of miles away in Taiwan! No matter the distance, we will maintain a close relationship with our families and see them as often as we can.
Both of our families are excited and supportive of our adoption journey. There is no doubt that our children will be surrounded by many loving aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. We are filled with joy at the prospect of welcoming a child into our loving family. We are blessed to have a wonderful daughter, Alessandra, and cannot wait to grow our family and watch Alessandra be an awesome big sister!
We met during our freshmen year of college during a Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trip through the Catholic Student Ministry. We started dating a few months later after competing in a bet over who could re-read the Harry Potter series quicker. Javier had to take Lisa out to dinner and a movie when she won! We got married about a year after graduation at the beautiful historic chapel on our college campus and recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. We have always had a strong relationship that is a source of joy, strength, and adventure.
We both grew up in large families and we are very close with both of them. We get together with them often and always have a blast! Alessandra's face lights up any time we mention a visit with family members. If you choose us to be your child's parents, your child will be surrounded by two great-grandparents, four grandparents, 20 aunts and uncles, nine cousins and we are sure there are more to come!
Of course, more important than extended family will be your child’s immediate family. As parents, we strive to be an example of God’s unconditional love. We will make it a priority to ensure that your child feels respected, supported, and encouraged to achieve their goals. They will also have the love and guidance of Alessandra, who will be a wonderful big sister. She has already been asking for over a year if she can have a baby brother or sister! She is so sweet and caring with her younger cousins and cannot wait to have a sibling of her own to play and learn with.
Family time is very important to us. Almost every night we sit down at the dinner table together and eat a home-cooked meal. Amid the craziness of everyone's schedules, it is nice to have a family dinner where we can talk about the exciting events of the day. In order to spend more time at home, Lisa has worked part-time ever since Alessandra was born. Although she loves her job (being a rocket scientist!), she has always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. She plans to fulfill that dream in the near future, especially once we have a new baby to care for.
We want you to know what an important role you will hold in our family and our lives if you choose us to be your child's parents. We know the connection between a birth parent and a child is irreplaceable and we will make every effort to ensure you have as much of a role in your child's life as you are comfortable with. We are very much open to letters, emails, phone calls, and visits. We believe that your child will benefit greatly from the relationship with you and we would like to help foster that relationship. At the same time, we are so excited to bring your child fully into our family and be a part of all the joy that comes with it. We believe our young, energetic, and loving family will be a perfect home for your child.
We truly appreciate you taking the time to get to know us and we have so much admiration for what you are doing. We are so excited for what the future might hold and we are even more excited about sharing that future with you. Please know that we are praying for you and your child. God has a plan and we know that with God's guidance you will find the best family for you and your child.
Javier & Lisa
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