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Justin & Meredith
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We have known we wanted to adopt since early in our relationship and we are so excited to be on this journey! We have two daughters and we know the time is right to complete our family through this process. All four of us are extremely excited about adopting and hope that you will consider us!
Our Religious Beliefs
Our faith is extremely important to us. God is at the center of our relationship and at the center of our family. We both grew up with families where faith was very important. We are Christian (Methodist), and we are actively involved in our church. Justin serves in several leadership roles at church, and Meredith is an active volunteer in the Sunday School. Some of our children's closest friendships were developed at church, along with some of our closest relationships. One of the core tenants of our church's beliefs is love. We believe that everyone is deserving of love regardless of how they look, what they believe, or where they came from. We may not always agree with each other, but Jesus commanded us to love one another, and everything we do should come from that place of love. And while we are Christians, we respect people of all faiths as long as they follow this same concept of love. Your child will enter a home that is centered on God and love, and we will raise him or her with these ideals.
Our Girls, Mae & Nora
We have two wonderful daughters, Mae (age 8) and Nora (age 6). Mae is an old pro at being a big sister! She is so great at teaching Nora new things, and it is amazing to see how excited Mae gets when Nora masters a new skill. Mae is smart and funny and such a sensitive soul who cares so much about the well-being of her family members and her friends. Mae loves to sing and dance, and she has started taking piano lessons (and is catching on quickly!).
Nora is quite possibly the best snuggler in the world! She is such a sweet and loving person, and she loves nothing more than cuddling on the couch with anyone in the family (including our furry family members!). She is fiercely loyal and one of the funniest people we know. Nora enjoys ballet and any type of art (she has become quite prolific with her art!).
They are both ecstatic to have a baby join our family. Mae has been giving Nora tips on being a big sister and the girls love to talk about all the things they will teach the baby someday.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
While we are both Caucasians, we are open to adopting a child of any race or cultural background. Regardless of the race or cultural background of the child we adopt, we plan to make sure the child learns about his or her cultural heritage and has the opportunity to build connections with others of the same cultural background/race. Luckily, we live in a very culturally diverse city and have access to a wide array of cultural events and resources. We also send our children to a school system that is racially diverse and our church is very inclusive. We understand that there is still discrimination in the world and that a non-Caucasian child or a child from a different cultural background might face hurdles that we have not personally experienced. We are (and have always been) committed to breaking down these barriers. We are also committed to listening and learning what we can so that we can provide the best possible support to the child if these situations arise. And above all, we are committed to teaching the child that he or she is valued and loved beyond measure.
Our Extended Families
Both sets of grandparents live close by and are very involved with our kids. Our girls love sleeping over at Nana and Pop Pop's or Grammy and Popeye's! All of the grandparents enjoy spoiling the grandkids and they always make time to attend events such as ballet recitals, soccer games and school concerts.
Justin's twin sisters also live nearby, and between Justin and his sisters there are 9 kids. This makes for very exciting (and wonderfully chaotic) get togethers! Meredith's sister also lives nearby, and she and her black lab puppy are adored by both of our girls! While Meredith's brothers live in Ohio, we see them as often as we can, including on our annual trip to Florida over Thanksgiving. We also frequently FaceTime on weekend mornings so that our girls can say hi to their baby cousin.
Adoption has always been a very important part of our family life because we have two adopted nephews. When Justin’s sister and her husband traveled to Philadelphia for the birth of one of our nephews, Meredith’s parents happen to be living in the city and felt so blessed to offer them a place to stay during that exciting time. Both sides of our family know firsthand what a blessing adoption can be and they are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of this child. Your child will be instantly welcomed and surrounded by love by both of our families!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live close to all the activities that the city has to offer but our neighborhood feels quiet and very close knit. We especially love our street. There are a lot of families on our street with kids ranging from babies to teenagers. We have several block parties on our street each year where we rent bouncy houses and get a piñata. And Halloween is crazy! The streets are filled with kids and everyone uses this as another opportunity to meet new neighbors and hang out with old friends.
Our neighborhood also has a great park with a pool and big playground. The city is about to do a lot of work to make it even better, including adding a splash pad! We love riding bikes to the park and always run into other families we know.
Our house has four bedrooms with a back porch and yard to play in. Our favorite room is the living room/kitchen, which is one big open room where we can all hang out. We are also currently building a small cabin in the mountains. It has always been a dream of ours to have a cabin where we can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge as a family. We will be finishing up this year and are excited to have a new baby in the cabin with us!
From Us to You
We have been talking about adoption for as long as we have been together. We met in law school in 2005, and we got married in 2008. Our first daughter was born in 2012, and our second daughter was born the next year in 2013, but we knew even before they were born that adoption was in our future. We always envisioned having a couple of children biologically and then completing our family through adoption. All four of us are incredibly excited about this journey, and we are so thankful to you for considering our family for your child.
Before the baby is even born, we want you to get to know us and who we are as parents and people. We also want you to get to know our daughters. They could not be more thrilled to welcome another sibling. They are kind, loving, and smart girls, who are fiercely loyal and will always look out for their new little brother or sister. They already talk about him or her every day and they haven't even met the baby yet!
We understand that you are entrusting us with something sacred—the opportunity to raise this baby as a member of our family—and we want to reassure you that he or she will have the future that you envision. Before the baby is born, we are open to emails, phone calls, or video conference (through skype or FaceTime). And we will even come visit you if that is something you would be interested in. After the birth, we are open to sharing updates, and a visit, with you as our child grows. We will continue to communicate via emails and phone calls, and we can share photos with you as he or she grows.
We anticipate this process will bring you a wide range of emotions and we want to be a source of support and reassurance. We want you to know that we will love this child just as unconditionally as we love our daughters. Everything we do is to try and make our children’s lives better and to raise them to be good people who will make a positive impact on the world. Your child will immediately join them as the top priority in our lives. Just like our adopted nephews, this child will immediately join a large, close knit family that will do everything it can to make sure he or she always feels loved and protected. He or she will have cousins ranging from infants all the way up to 14 years old, all watching out and caring for him or her.
Lastly, we want to mention our faith community. This child will immediately join a strong community of families whose children are growing up together in our church. We all take care for one another, through life’s highs and lows, and we love one another’s children very much. Many of the families at our church have adopted children of their own. So this child will have many friends outside of our family who will share this life experience. Our friends are incredibly excited about this baby and cannot wait to have another child join our church community.
We hope that this letter and the rest of our profile give you a good idea of the loving family that your child would join if you select us. We cannot wait to meet you and begin this journey together.
Justin & Meredith
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