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Matt & Brian
We are a happy, warm and fun-loving family and choosing us to be your child's parents would mean everything to us. We have been blessed with our daughter, Olivia, through adoption and can't wait to be able to give her a sibling. We have so much love to offer another child and we are thrilled at the opportunity to become a family of four! We can't begin to imagine what a difficult choice you have to make. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to look at our profile!
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has always been the way that we wanted to grow our family. We have personal experience with adoption as Matthew is an adoptee and we have adopted our daughter, Olivia.
The instant we laid eyes on Olivia at the hospital we felt connected to her. She is affectionate, sweet, and very funny! She loves to run, jump, climb, (on pretty much anything!) and she loves to color. We have talked to her a number of times about being a big sister. Though she doesn't totally grasp the concept, she tells us she would "love to be a big sister and I'll give baby a bottle!" While Olivia takes up an enormous part of our heart we have more than enough love to give to another child and we are thrilled that Olivia will get the chance to be a big sister some day!
Matthew was fortunate to be adopted by wonderful, loving adoptive parents and be given a life that he would probably never have had if he had stayed in Brazil. Matthew is forever grateful to his birth mother for choosing adoption. Unfortunately, Matthew has no record or information about his birth parents. This is one of the many reasons we welcome open adoption into our lives. We believe that being able to have information about you and your family, as well as having an ongoing relationship with you, if you are comfortable with that, would be a very positive experience for our family. We would love the opportunity for our child to meet you when the time is right and they can understand how lucky they are to have two families that love them very much.
Our Leisure Time
We are a busy and fun loving family. On the weekends, we take Olivia to the local park, where she frequently refuses to leave the swing and to a Gymboree class where she gets to run and climb and jump (definitely among her favorite things to do!). We take her to story hour at the library on Saturdays too.
We often have a group of friends over for a game night or head over to Brian's sister's (Aunt Karen) house so the cousins can all play together. Usually our time at Aunt Karen's consists of playing hide and seek and red light, green light with Olivia and her two cousins.
In the summer, we love going swimming as a family. We have a small inflatable pool that the three of us can squeeze into and splash around on a super hot day or go over to Matt's mom's house to swim in her pool. Olivia is getting ready to start swimming lessons this spring so now we'll be doing even more pool time!
We also recognize the importance of having some child-free date nights once in a while. We try to go out together once a month as a couple. Olivia gets to spend time with Brian's Mom (Grammy) playing at her house and we get to enjoy a nice dinner out.
We both love watching movies together, though we probably spend more time scrolling through the selections on Netflix than actually watching. We usually settle on some kind of comedy or a documentary. Matt tends to watch more dramatic type films and Brian is into science fiction.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Matt About Brian: I remember very clearly when I realized that I was in love with Brian. It was on our third date. I felt, for the first time, that I could just totally be myself without any judgment. He has a great sarcastic sense of humor and he has a laid back and positive personality. He is also one of the kindest people that I have ever met and is always willing to go out of his way for people that he loves. As a Daddy, Brian is loving and fun. He always finds time to be silly with our daughter and to give her a good belly laugh. Brian is a very devoted Dad and works hard to make sure that our daughter is well cared for as he would for our next child.
Brian About Matt: The thing most attracted me to Matt was his smile. His smile conveyed a warm, friendly, and open feeling. It conveyed such a genuine happiness. He is also very kind and warm hearted and willing to go out of his way to help the people that he loves and the people in the wider world who may need his help. As a Papa, Matthew is warm and affectionate. He is the one that our daughter turns to when she is upset and needs some consoling or just needs a hug. Matthew is a truly dedicated Papa and I know that he will be just as dedicated and loving to our next child.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a large development with a lot of sidewalks and trees. We have gotten to know our neighbors on either side of us fairly well and they are very friendly and both families have children of their own.
The house itself is about 3,500 square feet with a fenced in back yard that our daughter and dog love to run around in on nice days. It has a two car garage, four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Olivia has a large playroom on the main floor near the kitchen so we can cook and watch her as she plays.
We have a large kitchen where we all gather for meals and art activities with our daughter throughout the week. We all typically sit at the kitchen island together to eat meals.
Our daughter has her own room upstairs and we have a bedroom right next to the master bedroom that would be for our future child.There is a large basement that we are working on finishing so that when Olivia and her future sibling get a little older, they will be able to play downstairs as well. We live very close to the local library. We often take our daughter there for story time on Saturday mornings or to check out books on rainy days. The local playground is right next to the library and we go there often when the weather is nice.
Our Extended Families
We are so lucky that both of our families are no farther than an hours drive from us. Both Matt's mom and Brian's mom and dad are excited to welcome another grandchild! Olivia loves being able to see her grandma and her Grammy and Pop-Pop during the week and weekends.
We both come from relatively small families; Matt has one brother and Brian has one sister, who is married with two young boys. We spend time with our families throughout the year for dinners, holidays, birthdays, game nights and vacations to Nantucket and the Poconos.
Our extended family is very excited to take this adoption journey along with us again! Being that Matt was adopted, we know how important it is to surround our child with an accepting, loving family and friends, as we have with our daughter, Olivia.
Our families are as excited as we are to take part in this adoption and we are thrilled that they all feel that way! We have many close friends that live right down the road from us who are also happy that we are embarking on our second adoption journey and are quick to offer support. We are blessed to have such a large support network.
From Us to You
We want to thank you for reading our letter and taking the time to get to know us better. We certainly would not pretend that we understand what you're experiencing right now or the decisions you're facing, but we do know how much you love your baby. We know that this is a difficult moment for you and want to extend our deepest gratitude to you for considering adoption.
We met online in 2008 and have been married for 8.5 years. We have worked very hard together to build a life that we enjoy and can be proud of. Brian works at a pharmaceutical company where he has been for 12 years and Matt is the Clinical Director of a mental health program for homeless individuals. We have always supported each other in our careers and both of us, fortunately, have very flexible schedules that allow us to be there for all of Olivia's important moments and would allow the same for the next wonderful child we welcome into our family.
We were blessed in 2016 to be able to adopt our daughter, Olivia. She is a fantastic little girl who is so excited to be a big sister! Open adoption has been such a joy in our life and we can't wait to expand our family again and be able to connect with another birth family as well.
From the beginning of our relationship, adoption was always our first choice as Matt was adopted and had such a positive experience. Matt's adoptive parents always spoke openly about Matt's adoption story, in a loving and affirming way, as we do with our daughter and would do with our second child.
In terms of openness, we welcome and look forward to an open adoption. The open adoption that we have with our daughter's birth parents has been great! While we would love to meet you and continue to have contact with you after the baby is born, we respect whatever your decision is regarding openness and contact. We would be more than happy to share letters and photos as well. We will make sure that our child knows you. Whether they know you through direct contact, through stories we share with them or a little bit of both, knowing you ensures that our future child never doubts the unconditional love that you have for him or her.
Our future child will have many wonderful opportunities and experiences in his or her life. We love spending time with family and friends, traveling both locally and abroad, meeting new people, and just having fun as a family. Brian will be thrilled to play old school Nintendo games with the child and Matt is looking forward to playing in the local park with the child and our dog, Connor.
When we talk about our future child we imagine many shared adventures from baking Christmas cookies to family game nights with us and their big sister, Olivia. We look forward to our annual trip to Nantucket as a family of four and frequent trips to our family vacation home in the Poconos. We think of swimming lessons, story time at the library, building a snowman and introducing our future child to movies and music.
We can't promise perfection but rest assured that our home will be filled with fun and love, laughter and bedtime stories, pillow forts and snuggles, with support and encouragement. Our future child will be supported throughout his or her life and we look forward to discovering his or her unique talents, interests, and personality traits.
We wish you peace as you move through this process. Thank you again for your time and for considering us!
Matt & Brian
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