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David & Emily
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and considering us as potential parents for your child. We have been hoping to grow our family for quite some time and have so much love to share. We know adoption is the right choice for us and invite you to join us on this journey.
Why We Chose Adoption
Since early in our relationship, we have known that having children was a shared dream. We both grew up in supportive families and with loving parents. The example our parents set made us want to be parents from a young age. Over the past three years, we have tried several fertility treatments, but we were not able to carry a pregnancy to term. Our journey has involved loss and grief, but it also strengthened our partnership. We made the decision to adopt together after conversations, research, and reflection. This isn't a decision we took lightly, but we are confident that this is the right decision for us. Our hearts are open and ready to expand our family through adoption.
We were both raised to believe in the importance of family and see raising children as part of living fully. We know parenting will not be easy, but we also know we have so much love to share and are ready to open our home and our hearts to a child.
Both of our families are excited and supportive—especially our parents, who are very excited about what would be the first grandchild on both sides of our family. We are lucky to have Emily's sister and parents living in our neighborhood so we know they will be very involved. Also, David's parents are retired and visit us regularly. We are grateful to have such a caring family and know a child joining our family would have unconditional love and support.
Our Leisure Time
We love living in an area where we are close to a big city (Washington, D.C.) and close to the great outdoors. We enjoy spending time in the city volunteering, visiting museums, seeing movies and plays, or cheering for the Washington sports teams. But we also like being able to get away for a hike with friends to the Shenandoah National Park. We have fun entertaining at our home and are lucky to have a strong network of friends, many of whom have children.
We also like to travel (both domestically and internationally) together. Whether it is spending a week at Emily's family's beach house, visiting David's brother and his wife in New York City, or taking a train across France, we always know we'll have fun when we are together. We can't wait to have a child to share our adventures with!
As we think about adoption, we strongly believe in the importance of making the child's birth culture (whatever that might be) a part of our family life. This will be different depending on the child's background, but we would want to do things like incorporating food and festivals into our family life, take lessons in the child's birth language, and making sure the child had connections to their race and culture.
We are lucky to live just outside of Washington, D.C., in a city and neighborhood that is diverse and full of different cultures and races. A child joining our family would be surrounded by people of all cultures and races. Through our community, they would have access to children of many ethnic groups and adult role models who are of the same race or ethnic group. Having a diverse community is important to us and will provide extra support for a child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a diverse and family-friendly neighborhood in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Our four-bedroom townhouse is within a ten-minute walk to the neighborhood pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, library, community center, playgrounds, parks, and elementary school. The schools in our community are rated among the best in the country and draw many families to the area. Because our neighborhood is full of kids, there are several fun traditions in the community geared toward children. A couple of our favorites are the neighborhood Fourth of July parade, when the high school band leads children on their bicycles and the day each year when Santa rides through the neighborhood on a fire truck. Halloween is also a great holiday in the community with a costume parade from the elementary school and a big party for all the trick-or-treaters and parents.
We love living in a small community but also appreciate being just ten minutes outside of Washington, D.C., and often go into the city to visit museums, see music, and cheer for our favorite teams.
Our Extended Families
Family is one of the most important things in life for both of us. We both have close and supportive families. We each have two siblings and count them among our best friends. Both of our parents are retired and very excited for what would be the first grandchild on both sides of our family.
Emily's sister lives a block away from us. Emily's brother is a writer in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife. David's brothers are professional musicians in New York City and Nashville, where they live with their significant others. We love to go to visit whenever we get the chance!
Emily's parents split their time between South Carolina and Virginia where we live. We love to spend holidays at their South Carolina beach house with the rest of the family. David's parents live in Illinois and visit us regularly. His mother was a nanny for 30+ years and loves children. His dad plays the trumpet and hopes to share his love of music with a grandchild someday.
From Us to You
We are grateful that you are taking the time to consider us, and thank you for letting us share a little more about ourselves. We can't imagine how difficult this decision must be; however, we promise to give your child a secure, stable, loving and nurturing home.
We have been together for more than six years and married for 3 ½ years. Since early in our relationship, we both knew that having children was a shared goal. Over the past three and a half years, we have tried to have children, but unfortunately, we were not able to carry a pregnancy to term. Our journey involved loss and heartbreak, but also strengthened our connection and partnership. We decided to adopt together after conversations, research, and deep reflection. This isn't a decision we took lightly, but we are confident that this is the right decision for us.
David is a professional musician in the Washington, D.C. area, and he is a member of the Air Force Band, where he performs at events for government agencies and officers. He also teaches music at a local elementary school and enjoys the opportunity to educate children about the arts. Our friends' children love coming to our house to play on David's drums. Because of David's career and our shared passion for the arts, any child in our home would feel welcome to express themselves creatively.
Emily is a social worker employed at a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of older adults. She has been at the organization for close to twelve years and loves the ability to do work that touches the lives of older people. Being a social worker is important to her, and the social work values of service, social justice, and the dignity and worth of each person drew her to the field and keep her engaged.
We are lucky that both of our jobs support us in providing flexible schedules, generous leave, and family-friendly benefits. We also have a wonderful and diverse support network of friends and family around us. In our community, we have friends who have adopted and friends who were adopted who have shared their guidance with us and will be there to support our family.
We both grew up in loving and supportive families with parents that did everything they could to make our lives better. Their examples as positive role models give us the confidence to be nurturing parents and pass that love and support onto a child. Our families are especially supportive of our adoption journey and will be very involved in helping our growing family.
You are important to us and always will be. We are happy to share your child's growth and experiences through emails, photos, and letters. We are eager to know you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship.
Your decision is a courageous and selfless one, and we will honor and speak highly of you. Our gratitude for your bravery will be evident in our home and we will make sure your child knows how much you love them. We will always respect you for your choice.
Our hearts are open and ready to expand our family through adoption. Thank you again for allowing us the chance to share our story with you.
David & Emily
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