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Jared & Lisa
We are honored to have you looking over our profile for consideration. Adoption has been something we have desired most of our lives, and consider it a privilege to be able to share our love, hope, and happiness! We cannot imagine the weight of the decision you are making, but know you are in our thoughts through your journey!
We share many passions and hold our individual passions/pursuits, too.
Skiing and being in the mountains has played a central role in both of our lives and allowed us to meet! We were both ski instructors through high school and college and enjoyed the challenge of teaching kids and adults the joy of skiing.
We both love the outdoors, spending time hiking and camping. As a high school graduation present, Lisa spent a month in the backwoods of Alaska hiking and kayaking, along with studying abroad in Uganda. Lisa spent a year working for Americorps through the Campus Kitchen Project and has a very deep passion for helping to stem food waste and provide meal security for children.
Recently, we have found a passion for fitness, joining a Crossfit gym last year where we have found a passionate and supportive community. We hope to share these passions with our children!
Although we are both Caucasian, the area of North Carolina we live in is very diverse. The school district in which we live has children from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ensuring our child will have exposure to a diverse range of people.
We hope to adopt a child of any ethnic background and we will ensure that our child’s cultural heritage plays a central part of our lives. In order to ensure our child’s cultural heritage plays a central role in our lives, we will make every effort to expose him or her to that culture through community events, religious organization, friends and family who share a common cultural background, and through trips and learning activities that are relevant to the cultural background.
We recognize that our society still has work to do to ensure diversity is valued and will work to make sure our child is well adjusted and proud of his or her cultural identity.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has touched our lives through Lisa’s brother, Brian, and our sister-in-law, Katie.
After attempting to have children of their own, Brian and Katie felt called to be foster parents. In 2016, they were given the gift of fostering a 1-year-old bay named Carter. After three years, Brian and Katie adopted Carter. He is loved by all of us and has been such a wonderful addition to our family! Brian and Katie have gone on to receive another foster placement, and are hopeful this child will also join our family through adoption.
We have had the privilege to watch Brian, Katie, Carter, and their foster child bond as a family and work through the challenges of Carter’s early life. Brian and Katie have and will represent the model adoptive parents to us, as they recognize the importance of Carter and their foster child maintaining a relationship with their birth parents and extended families. They speak to Carter often about his adoption and birth family.
Our entire family is very supportive of our adoption journey. We know we will be able to provide a loving and stable home and family for our child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet suburban town just outside of a large city in North Carolina. Our town is a picturesque, small Southern town where there are constant activities for the entire family, including seasonal festivals and a weekly farmer’s market. There are multiple parks within walking and short driving distance.
Our town is centrally located in North Carolina, with only a few hours’ drive to the mountains or beach. We take advantage of the location and make multiple trips a year to Asheville and Wilimington.
Our house is a three-bedroom ranch-style house with a large fenced-in back yard that is great for playing. The house is very open, so the family will be able to easily spend time together preparing meals and eating together.
We have two dogs who are both very friendly and love kids! Willow is 7-years-old and is very mild mannered. Sage is a 4-years-old and loves to lounge on the couch with us and any visitor!
Our Extended Families
We both come from very close families. We both grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and maintain close relationships with our families. Lisa is one of four children, and Jared grew up with one brother. As children, both of our families enjoyed spending time in the mountains, particularly skiing and mountain biking. We hope to share both with our child!
Coming from a family of four siblings, there are always large family gatherings. A favorite tradition is playing board games following family meals, especially Farkle and Racko!
Although both of our families still live in Pittsburgh, they do like to travel and visit us multiple times a year. Every year we plan to meet both sides of our family for a mountain get-a-way to Asheville, North Carolina or to rent a beach house for everyone either in North Carolina or Georgia. Both of our families travel well together, so it nice to enjoy each other without the stresses of daily life!
From Us to You
First, thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult this time and the staggering decisions that lie ahead must be for you. We promise you that we will provide your child with a safe and loving home and will support you the best we can through this time.
We met nine years ago through mutual friends. After meeting, we realized that Jared had known Lisa’s brother and sister-in-law since they were 15 years old. From this common ground, we began to form a very close relationship where we both value and respect each other. We for a year and half, and then became engaged just before moving to North Carolina for a job promotion. We were married by Jared’s brother six months after moving to North Carolina and have been happily married for five years.
Lisa shows incredible patience and compassion and will be a great mother. Jared’s resilience and determination will help him to be a loving and supportive father. We are extremely excited to share our lives with a child and for the privilege of being parents. Since early in our relationship, we have discussed adoption as a shared desire. This desire was solidified after attempting to conceive a child for over two years. We are excited and anxiously awaiting the opportunity to start our family through adoption.
We have been lucky enough to witness the power of adoption through our nephew, Carter. Lisa’s brother, Brian, and sister-in-law, Katie, first fostered Carter in 2016. We have had the privilege to be a part of Carter’s journey from fostering to adoption and have seen the impact that adoption has had on both Carter’s life and our entire family’s life. Needless to say, both of our families are committed to us adopting! Also, we are committed to raising a diverse family and have dreamed of raising a child from any background.
We cherish the role you will play, whatever the role is that you choose to play. You are significant to us and always will be. We welcome your continued involvement in your child’s life and are happy to write letters, send e-mails, and pictures to update you on your child’s life and development. It is important to us that our child knows you and that you have keepsakes for the major milestones in your child’s life. We are open to making arrangements for visits when the time is right. We are eager to get to know you and are excited to work with you to maintain a healthy relationship for the sake of our child — again, we are committed to supporting you as best as possible throughout this journey. We make the commitment to you to always speak highly of you and the difficult decision you made. To us, you made a very brave decision and we will always respect you and will be thankful for it.
Jared & Lisa
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