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Dan & Maura
Thank you so much for looking at our profile! Adoption is very near and dear to our hearts as we adopted our daughter in 2019. She has filled our lives with love and laughter and we have so much more to give. To choose us to be your child's family would mean the world to us. We know this isn't an easy decision and we wish you peace in your journey.
Our Adoption Story
Adoption has affected us in a big way - our little girl is adopted!
Our daughter's adoption happened surprisingly quickly. We got a call that a baby had been born and that her mother had chosen us to be her parents. We didn't have a crib or a car seat or anything! It was a panicked (but totally worth it) weekend trying to get everything ready for her to come home with us. When we did bring her home, we were lucky to have all her grandparents there to meet her.
Since we adopted our daughter, we have been astounded with how many people have shared stories of adoption with us. We've had so many friends and coworkers tells us, "Oh you adopted? That's wonderful, did you know that our 3rd child is adopted?" or "I'm so happy for you guys! Did I ever tell you that I was adopted?" We've been amazed at how close we've been to families built by adoption without ever knowing it.
We are avid explorers of the world around us. We like exploring locally and globally; whether it's traveling to a new country or just walking down a new street in our neighborhood. No adventure is too small!
Visiting museums is one of our favorite things to do in any city. We like finding the small and random museums when we can. We also like exploring hiking trails to take in the natural beauty of any location.
While Maura isn't so good with heights, she likes finding the tallest climbable thing in any location and climb it to see what she can see from the top. Dan likes to explore art museums. He reads every sign and plaque. Maura finds a few pieces she likes and then waits for Dan.
We recently convinced four grandparents and one of Maura's brothers to come with us and our daughter on a trip to Japan. We spent a few days in Tokyo, a few days in Nagoya, and a few days in a small town at the base of Mt. Fuji. We had fun trying new foods, trying to navigate the public transportation system, and experiencing everything we could. It was a crazy adventure that everyone enjoyed.
We know that having a child with a different skin color than us raises a lot of questions and concerns. The most important thing is that we will love our children no matter what they look like. But we also understand that raising a child means more than just love. We understand how crucial it is for children to be raised with role models and heroes they can identify with. We also believe it is important for kids to be exposed to a broad variety of perspectives and experiences, appropriate to their level of development as they grow.
We believe culture is different than skin color. We want to raise our children believing they can be who and what they want to be, regardless of racial expectations. We will make sure our children know they are safe to explore who they are and what their racial heritage is with our family.
Our Extended Families
We currently live in Maryland and are only two hours from Maura's parents. Maura has two brothers, one in Massachusetts and one in Pennsylvania. Dan is an only child.
We both come from big extended families with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even though our extended families are big, they are close. Maura and her mom and aunts and cousin all go on an annual girls' weekend. Dan made cookies with his grandmother most Christmases before she passed. He is also very close with his cousin Amy and her family.
Maura's family likes to play dominoes or mah jong when they all get together. Dan's family has always been big on Scrabble. Recently, when we're all together, we like to play Telestrations. It's great for all members of the family from our four year old nephew to our 77 year old aunt.
We both like to cook and our favorite times are when lots of family and friends can come together over a big shared meal, whether for a holiday or a random Friday night. We have so much love between us and our extended families to give to another child. Even with moving so much, we have friends and family all over the world.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood is home to a diverse community. When we go for walks most people wave or smile and say 'hello." It's a great place for kids. We have three playgrounds within an easy walk of our front door and a few more just a short drive away.
We have a four bedroom house, one of which is a guest room so friends and family can always come to visit. Maura's favorite room is her "Disaster Room" where she sews and stores her yarn for crocheting. Dan's favorite room is the kitchen. He loves to cook and eat good food. We both love books and have lined the walls of our home with bookshelves bursting at the seams. We have a small fenced in back yard so our daughter can chase our dog. Our daughter has a kiddie pool for the summer and a small playground for all seasons.
Being close to Washington, D.C. we can easily go to explore any of the Smithsonian world class museums. We can attend a Capitals (hockey) game, wander the National Mall and all its memorials, or experience any of the other amazing things Washington, D.C. has to offer.
From Us to You
We know this is probably a very confusing, stressful, and maybe even frightening time for you. We understand that. What you are going through is something we have never experienced and will probably never fully understand; however, we are very thankful you're taking the time to consider us as part of the adoption plan for your child.
We are college sweethearts and were married a few years after college graduation. Maura came with a cat and a month after we were married, we added a dog. We have been happily married for nine years. In that time we have lived in five different locations as Dan's military career has taken us all over the place. We are very good at adapting to new situations. We also have an amazing support network of friends all over the country and the world. Anywhere we go, we'll have someone welcoming us with open arms.
Adoption has been an option for us since the beginning of our relationship. Since we have not been able to conceive a child, deciding to adopt was not a very difficult decision. We adopted our daughter almost two years ago and she is amazing. She makes us laugh every day and is truly a joy.
When we discussed growing our family, a second adoption was the obvious choice. We believe siblings are the gift of a life-long friendship. Our daughter would make a great big sister. She could teach her sibling how to wrap momma and daddy around their little finger. She can also teach them how to throw food to the dog at meal times. We can’t wait to see how their relationship develops.
We both have very loving and supportive families who are always excited to expand the love for one more. Maura's family hosts a family reunion every two years and each time there are new family members to meet. Dan's family has an annual family reunion involving family going back to his great-great-great-grandmother. The more the merrier! We want to pass that joy on to our own children. That will mean cooking with grandmas, games with aunts and uncles, being silly with cousins, hiking with grandpas, swimming with second cousins, and big family reunions. It will also mean having our friends love them like their own.
Between the military moving us all over and our love of exploring the world around us, we hope that our children will have exposure to all sorts of people and cultures. It is our deepest hope that we raise our kids to be kind, confident, and happy people with deep respect for people and cultures different from their own.
As this child grows, we will share photos and letters with you so you can see your child growing and experiencing all the world has to offer. You will always know that they are growing up loved, safe, and happy. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and we wish you the very best in whatever decision you make.
Dan & Maura