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Paris & Jessica
Hi! We sincerely appreciate your time and consideration as you make this incredibly important decision. Our relationship is built on unconditional love, embracing our differences, celebrating life's wins and supporting each other through challenging times. We will provide the same love and support for a child. We look forward to hopefully meeting you, your amazing child and writing a beautiful story together.
Our Leisure Time
We believe life is about experiences and relationships; quality time with friends and family, pursuing our hobbies and having adventures. Traveling is something we both love to do, especially going off the beaten path and discovering places the locals enjoy. New Orleans is one of our favorites with its live music, architecture and food. Internationally, we loved driving through the Ireland countryside stumbling into castle ruins while dodging sheep.
Locally, we enjoy hosting bonfires in our backyard, walking our dog Louie and riding bikes on the nearby trails. We also appreciate relaxing and binge-watching shows like Schitt's Creek, The Masked Singer and Stranger Things.
Jess loves to sing, whether performing at a karaoke night or singing Frozen songs with our nieces and nephew, her inner glee girl is hard to hide. She's also in a book club with close friends. Since she was a kid, she's had a passion for reading; you can always tell how much she likes a book by how quickly she finishes it (the good ones go fast).
Paris is a maker; he likes building furniture, usually working with wood or glass. This has been very useful in renovating parts of our house to make Jess' Pinterest ideas come to life. He also enjoys golfing, he's not very good but it's a great way to spend time with friends.
We look forward to continuing to travel, experiencing and sharing our interests with a child and adding new leisure activities that they enjoy to our lives.
Fun Facts About Us:
What It Means to Become Parents
We both have a lot to give and can't wait to experience the joy and gift of raising a child.
We're excited to experience all the ups and downs of parenting from first laugh, first successful potty training moment to teaching them how to drive a stick shift (while in terror) and having a family of their own one day.
Family time will be a priority by enjoying each other's company around the dinner table without needing phones or a tv on, to being their cheerleader and nurturing their interests, even if we don't fully understand what those interests are (we'll Google it). We look forward to them teaching us and viewing the world through their eyes.
Our child will always be encouraged to pursue their passions, treat others, including animals, as they want to be treated, to have open and honest conversations with us about anything and to have a good sense of humor, not taking anything too seriously but knowing when being serious is necessary.
We believe in the power of education, especially with Jess' mom and other family members being former teachers. A college education will be available along with any other support needed to make sure they have every opportunity to be whatever they want when they grow up. We will provide guidance but always encourage them to follow their own path that makes them feel fulfilled and happy.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a 105-year-old, 2-story home in a suburb of Chicago. Jess grew up in old homes and appreciates their charm and character.
The previous owners renovated our house so it feels new inside while still preserving the original creaky wood floors (built in security system!). We have enjoyed updating the outside of the house, making the 2nd floor of our garage a karaoke and game room and busting through our dining room wall to create double doors out to a new deck (don't worry, Jess' dad's an architect and made sure the house didn't fall down).
Our home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a large fenced in yard where our rescue dog, Louie, loves to run. Our two adopted cats, Dante and Zoe, enjoy lounging in the 3-season room at the front of the house.
Our amazing neighbors regularly come over for bonfires and have block parties with music, games, food and a bounce house for all the kids. We also live near a beautiful pond, playground and a trail for running, walking and biking.
Highlights of our downtown:
- A splash pad, delicious restaurants, a magic store and even a candy and ice cream shop
- Car show Saturdays with live bands every Summer. We've seen everything from the DeLorean (from Back to the Future) to a pink '57 Chevy.
- During the holidays the nearby park turns into a winter wonderland with lit up trees, free hot chocolate and pictures with Santa.
Our Extended Families
Our family and friends are extremely supportive of our adoption journey. Paris' parents (1st time grandparents!) and sister live 10 minutes away and enjoy hosting weekly dinners. Paris' dad is a great cook and his mom makes a mean cheesecake. Paris' dad is originally from Greece and they have a home on one of the islands there that they visit every year. It's great to have places to call home in both the U.S. and Greece. We look forward to introducing a child to this additional culture and visiting this picturesque place.
Jess' family lives a few hours away in St. Louis. We visit numerous times a year, especially during the holidays, and they visit us throughout the year as well. Jess' brother and sister-in-law have 3 young children we adore and have a blast with every time we are together. Our nieces and nephew look forward to having a new cousin they can become close with as they'll be close in age. Jess' family loves playing board games together and getting outside to enjoy nature on hikes and float trips.
In addition to family in Chicago, St. Louis and Greece, we also have family that live in California, Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee and even Norway so there is always a great place to visit.
From Us to You
We want to start by saying...
THANK YOU! Thank you for considering adoption and us as your precious child's adoptive parents.
We don't want to pretend we know how you feel or assume to know what it's like to be making this pivotal decision. We can't imagine having to make this choice based off of a 4-minute video and a templated profile. However, we will do our best to give you a clearer understanding of who we are and the life we would be honored to provide your child. Should you have any questions or want to speak with us to know more, we would gladly welcome that conversation.
A little bit about us, after an instant connection 20 years ago when we first met in college, a failed attempt at a long distance relationship (needed time to mature and find our places in life), then finding our way back together over 10 years ago, to today being genuinely happy in our marriage for over 5 years and looking forward to the years to come. We've had the pleasure of growing up together while experiencing hardships that have made our relationship stronger. We firmly believe that talking through disagreements is important. Even when we don't see eye to eye, we always respect each other's opinions and try not to let things linger. We're each other's best friend, confidant and cheerleader and can't imagine our lives without each other. There are things in life that are truly meant to be and we know that our relationship is one of those things.
Jess is able to make friends with anyone and brightens up everyone's day when they spend time with her. Paris has the ability to see the good in any situation and can always be relied on for an optimistic perspective. We are both open-minded and empathetic people. These are qualities that make our home a loving and stable environment and will provide a healthy foundation for your child's upbringing.
From the beginning of our relationship, we knew that we wanted to be parents. We talked about adoption as a potential option early on which we were open to but decided to try biologically first. After 3.5 years of failed attempts on our own and with the help of fertility treatments including one miscarriage, we knew that our family was meant to be created through adoption. We are extremely grateful for this option and chance at having the words "mom" and "dad" come from someone who will become the love of our lives.
Fortunately, both of our jobs allow a nice level of flexibility. Although we both have office jobs, we're able to work from home regularly as well. Jess' job also offers a generous paid parental leave of 6 months. In addition, we both are free on nights and weekends and have generous vacation time.
We believe in open adoption and see the benefits of it for all parties. We have friends who have adopted and other friends who are adopted. They are great relatable resources to us and will be for our child as well. We are committed to providing consistent communication via letters and emails with photos highlighting milestones and all the other times in between that only a parent can appreciate. We are also open to potential visits if this is of interest to you.
The child will know that your choice was out of love and only wanting the best for them. Families come in many different forms, Jess comes from divorced parents while Paris does not but these different family dynamics allow for even more people to love and support your child.
We want you to know that we will always refer to you with the utmost respect when talking to your child about the amount of love that was required to make this decision. They will grow up with a positive, loving and healthy view of their adoption story.
With Love and Appreciation,
Paris & Jessica