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Gina & Kristi
Thank you so much for visiting our profile! Long before the two of us ever met, we had both dreamed of becoming mothers. We are so excited to build our family and put the immense amount of love in our hearts into raising a child together. We hope that you consider us and can't wait to take this journey with you!
Our Family Dream
From very early on in our relationship, we were sharing our hopes and dreams for the family we would build together. We don't believe a single day has gone by that we haven't mused about what it will be like to take the enormous love we have for each other and extend it to a child.
As two openly gay women, we have long understood that sometimes the most important people in our lives are the ones we choose to make up our family and not only those who are related to us. While we did consider attempting to conceive and carry a baby, it felt intuitively right to us that we build our family through the blessing of adoption. The idea of adopting a child and pouring our whole hearts into loving them and keeping them safe and happy feels like our destiny.
We have a simple, happy life together keeping a warm and welcoming home with our two sweet pets and filling our social time with friends and family. There's not a single aspect of our life we can't imagine being made even better with the addition of a child - they would be our top priority, our greatest source of pride, and our most precious blessing.
Our child would be raised with complete and unconditional love, showered in affection, and supported in each and every one of their dreams. We want them to thrive not only in our home and with our family, but also as a part of our community and any piece of the world that calls to them.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Gina About Kristi: My sweet wife is an absolute angel who teaches me every day how to be a more loving, generous and thoughtful person. I have never met anyone who loves as wholly and vulnerably as she does. She is passionate and hard-working in her career as a restaurant owner and it makes me so incredibly proud to see the work she does and the way she makes people happy. Perhaps most importantly, Kristi is completely family-oriented; the way she shows love to our families, especially our nieces and nephews, shows me that she's going to be a wonderful mom.
Kristi About Gina: I love Gina's kind and generous heart. She is very supportive of my work at the restaurant and everything I do. I admire Gina's drive and motivation that she shows in her day to day activities as it also motivates me to be the best me I can be for us and our family. I respect the work Gina does, as it is not easy, and the amount of care she puts into her job. I know she will show the same care and dedication to raising a child.
One of our favorite things about the way the world is changing is that there are so many different types of families. We have always been open to raising a child who may not look just like us because it's our love that ties us together, but we know that that can also bring unique challenges that we will need to face as a family.
We want this child to feel not only connected to us but also to who they are, because they are wonderfully and perfectly made and everything about them will be precious to us. They will be raised among our vibrant and diverse group of friends so they always know that our differences make us beautiful.
The world can be a scary place, and we want you to know above all that we will be this child's biggest advocates, supporters and protectors. We will continue to learn and to seek out new information on how to raise this amazing child in a way that best nurtures them and enriches their life with us.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is nestled in a warm and sunny neighborhood in a quaint Virginia town that feels perfect for raising a child. We are surrounded by several households with small children and love seeing them play outside or ride their bikes down the street. It's quiet and peaceful, tucked away from busy roads and great for taking walks.
We fell in love with our house when we first saw it and it is still our absolute favorite place to be. We chose it specifically with raising a child in mind, so its 4 bedrooms give us the space for this child to have their own bedroom as well as a guest room for visiting family and a study with tall bookshelves filled with books of all kinds - but with all the lowest shelves left empty to fill with children's books and toys. Our favorite room, though, is our living room: we love to curl up on the sofa and watch movies together with our dog and cat snoozing nearby and a fire in the fireplace.
The town we live in is small but inviting, with lots of spots nearby we've dreamed of bringing a child to: cheerful playgrounds, a funky retro skate park, and a community center with all types of activities, from adventure programs to art and cooking classes for whatever this child's passions might be.
Our Extended Families
Family is a huge part of our lives.
Kristi owns an Italian restaurant with her two brothers and sister-in-law, and it's wonderful to have so much of her family local to us. We love spending time with them, whether it's celebrating at a birthday party for one of our nieces and nephews or coming together for a big family dinner at the restaurant. Watching these little ones grow up is one of the best parts of our life, and we can't wait to add a child into the mix and watch them thrive together.
Gina is super close to her mom and her two sisters, and since they only live about 2 hours away we try to spend days or weekends seeing them whenever we can.
We feel very blessed that our families have blended together so seamlessly. One of our favorite memories of this is our wedding weekend: seeing our loved ones from both sides coming together and celebrating with us was such a joy and something we will treasure forever.
When we told our families that we were starting our journey to adopt a baby, every single person was overjoyed and we could feel their excitement. We know with complete faith that this child will be swept up with love by all of these people who are so important to us.
From Us to You
Thank you so much again for taking this time to get to know a little bit about us and consider whether we might be the right couple to raise this child. We can't imagine what this journey must be like for you, but we hope you know that we are here to listen and that you are just as much a part of this adventure as this child is. We know before even meeting you that you are a wonderful person because you are giving so much thought and attention to the best life possible for them.
When we look back at the nearly four years that we have known each other, and the three years that we've been married, we are overwhelmed with gratitude at the countless moments of bliss and deep, connected love we have been lucky enough to share with one another. We are each other's very best friends, our first call when something goes wrong or right, and our source of strength and protection when we are at our weakest. Our marriage is a labor of love, and one into which we pour our hearts and souls every single day. When we fight - and it's rare - solving the problem takes precedence over "winning" the argument and we come out of it stronger than we were before.
Please know that if you choose us to raise this child, they will be the most important part of our lives. We have both felt a sense of destiny about becoming mothers, as a couple and individually before we met, and it comes with a yearning that remains firmly planted in our hearts. When we talk about the child we'll have someday, it is with such excitement and the biggest smiles cross our faces. We look around our home and see this child everywhere: helping mama make fresh pasta (and a mess) in the kitchen; cuddling and reading books with mommy; the three of us taking trips to the beach or even just taking our dog for a walk around the neighborhood.
We also want you to know that you would also be such an important part of this child's life. What we all would be doing to provide a life for this child is so incredibly special, and they would know from the very beginning of their life how you blessed our family. We will send letters and pictures so you can watch this child grow, but we are also open to more contact if that's something that appeals to you. We are happy to communicate with emails and phone calls as well as annual visits so that you can see their growth and development up close. We want you to feel completely comfortable as a part of this child's life and peaceful with the decision you've made to bring our family together.
When we started this process and started our preparations to adopt a baby, a great sense of calm fell over us, as though we knew that we were being led in the direction we were meant to. Our hope for you is that, when you read about us and the life we want to provide for this child, you feel a similar intuition that we might be the right ones to take this journey with you.
Gina & Kristi