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Justin & Elizabeth
We are Elizabeth and Justin and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and learn more about us. We are honored that you are considering our family to love and nurture your child.
Adoption in Our Lives
We became parents in 2018 with the adoption of our daughter, Emma. We met her for the first time at the hospital right after she was born and immediately fell in love. She is the absolute light of our lives and we cannot imagine our world without her. We are reminded every day of the loving, selfless choice that her birth parents made. We make sure that Emma knows how much she is loved by all the people in her life.
Today, we exchange emails and photographs with Emma's birth family throughout the year. We hope that Emma's birth family will be open to additional contact with them as she gets older. We strongly value Emma's connection to her birth family, and both of us make it a priority to include conversations about them in our daily lives.
We are ready to grow our family again and wholeheartedly choose to do this through adoption. We know that Emma will be a wonderful and protective big sister (Emma already pretends to carry her baby sibling around on walks and push them in the swing at the playground). We are excited to give her a lifetime of companionship that we both enjoyed growing up in our own families. We recognize there will be challenges in raising two adoptive children, but believe that their shared experiences will help celebrate and support their unique adoption stories.
Our Leisure Time
We generally spend our free time together as a family. We eat dinner together at the table every night and enjoy using the time to share about our days. For instance, Emma talks a lot about her favorite toys at school or will break into a spontaneous song or dance. On the weekends, we often spend the morning hiking at some of our favorite trails in the area. Other days we walk to get coffee and hot chocolate from our local coffee shop before spending the morning at the playground or zoo.
We spend lots of time in the playroom with Emma- reading, painting, doing puzzles and playing dress up. Generally our most relaxing time is time spent together. When we have more free time, we like to go on trips to the nearby national parks to hike and camp. We look forward to several big trips throughout the year to visit family and friends across the country as well. Emma still talks about being able to swim in the ocean and the pool with her Nan and Poppy!
Outside of being a mom and work, Elizabeth enjoys cooking and baking, reading and sewing- mostly quilting. She also likes indoor cycling for exercise and loves being outdoors hiking and camping.
Justin enjoys running and will often take Emma with him in the jogging stroller. He is very excited to get a double stroller and bring both children with him in the future!
What It Means to Be Parents
Becoming parents has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of our lives. Our family is our priority and we try to model this every day for our daughter. We do this by spending time with each other, being kind and open with one another.
Elizabeth thinks that the best thing about being a parent is being able to experience the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. She loves that Emma gets so excited over seeing an airplane, a stick, or her shadow and shares in that delight every day. Justin's favorite part of being a parent is waking up each morning and discovering what Emma will do each day. It may be something new or old, but it is so much fun to find out.
We believe in providing unconditional love and stable consistent boundaries. Our goal is to raise confident, kind and compassionate children who have the confidence to make mistakes and continue trying. We want our children to feel safe, secure and loved so that they may explore and learn about their world with joy. We want to raise children that are adventurous eaters and avid readers, who are thoughtful and engaged in their community. Above all else, we want them to know that they are loved, no matter what.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the metro area of a large city in Washington state. Our neighborhood is very family friendly with a great playground and the city Zoo just a block away. A large lake with beaches and walking trails is just down the hill. We love strolling around the neighborhood, heading to the lake or the playground after work and on the weekends. On Friday evenings, we can walk to a Farmer's market and enjoy some local food and fun. We still haven't decided which of the two ice cream shops down the street is our favorite which means we visit them often! We are lucky to have views of two different mountain ranges from our neighborhood, which never gets old and makes it feel like adventure is at our fingertips!
We live in a light-filled restored craftsman two story home with 4 bedrooms and lots of character. Your child would share a nook turned-nursery in our bedroom to start and then move into their own room when everyone is ready! We spend a lot of time cooking together in the kitchen and gathered around the fireplace in the living room during the winter. We have a small fenced in yard with raspberry bushes and a plum tree. There are two large raised-bed gardens on the tree lawn outside which we share with our neighbors and grow beautiful dahlias and lots of veggies all summer long.
Our Extended Families
Our families have been very supportive of our plan to adopt again. Everyone is excited to welcome a new addition to the family! Your child will have two sets of newly retired grandparents who can't wait to spend time with a grandchild. Justin's family lives in West Virginia and Elizabeth's parents split time between Connecticut and Florida. Justin's younger sister lives in Michigan and Elizabeth's older brother lives with his wife in Connecticut. We travel to see each other several times a year and use FaceTime and phone calls at least once a week to keep in touch with everyone. When we do get together, we share many family traditions such as fruit picking, jam making, trips to cut down our Christmas tree, and Christmas cookie baking, just to name a few. When all of our siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins get together to celebrate, we spend most of the time in the kitchen and around the table sharing excellent meals, many laughs and lots of stories.
Our families have always supported us in finding our passions in life. Whether it was a supportive word, a nudge in the right direction, or simply stepping back, our families have helped make us who we are today. We are excited to share this outlook and way of parenting with your child to help them discover their own passions, wherever those may lead.
Please know that your child will be a huge part of a large family that will be thrilled to include them in all of our traditions, new and old. We can't wait to start creating new memories and sharing our joy with our growing family!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us as we work towards expanding our family. We recognize that making an adoption plan must be an incredibly difficult decision and wish you ongoing courage, love and support as you continue on your path. We know that you have unconditional love for your child and promise you that we will share this with them from the very beginning. We welcomed our daughter Emma into our lives through adoption in 2018 and know firsthand the complex emotions that come with this decision. We strongly value Emma's connection to her birth family and promise to foster this in your child as well. We will send you letters and pictures at all ages and stages of your child's life and are open to more contact including visits as well. We want our children to know their background and know that they came from a place of love. Above all else, we believe that the more people that love a child, the better.
We met on the first day of college almost twenty years ago. Over time, we became close friends, bonding over sports, exploring our community and mini-golf of all things. We started dating in our senior year of college and through many moves, years of schooling and different jobs, our love and friendship continued to strengthen and grow. We were married in 2013, and we truly function as a team as we approach all different aspects of our life together. We knew that having a family was important to us from the very beginning, and since both of us grew up with siblings, this is what we have always envisioned for our own family. When it came time to start our family, it quickly became evident that adoption was our first and best choice because of a medical issue that would make having biological children difficult. Our experience adopting Emma was nothing but positive, and we are ready and excited to expand our family through adoption again.
Being parents is our biggest joy and accomplishment and we are both so excited to welcome another child into our lives. We love watching Emma explore everything around her and make sure we provide the unconditional love and support that she needs to experience her world with confidence and joy. She is such a sweet, loving and imaginative toddler and we cannot wait to see her become a big sister. Our goal is to create a safe and stable environment where our children can grow, learn and develop knowing that they are loved no matter what.
We have both worked hard to find careers that are meaningful, satisfying and fulfilling. Elizabeth is a pediatrician who specializes in cardiology. She loves the challenges and rewards of working with children and their families to overcome serious illness. Her weekly schedule is fairly flexible and her employer has been very family friendly and supportive of our adoption plan. Justin is a medical physicist in a cancer treatment center with great support from his company. He enjoys his work and is proud to help so many people. Both of our careers allow us to work with patients and families that are facing challenging situations, and this only serves to reinforce how important our own family life is to us- we are so thankful to have each other!
Our work in the medical field helps highlight how important our family is to us and we both make Emma and each other our priority. Our free time is focused on quality time as a family and we are so excited to share this with another child. We strive to provide enriching activities that help broaden Emma's (and our own) world with zoo and museum memberships, hiking and camping trips, play dates and swim lessons. We promise to respect and encourage our children's interests, helping them try new things and supporting them along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and what we hope to offer your child. We realize that this decision must be extremely challenging, and please know that we are in awe of your love and courage. We will share that love and courage with your child and help them to hold you in a cherished place in their heart.
Justin & Elizabeth