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Jeffrey & Amanda
We feel so fortunate that you have given us the opportunity to be considered to provide your child with a loving home and everything we have to offer as parents. We both come from amazing, large families that have shown us so much love and happiness. We want nothing more than to share all we have been given with a child of our own. We know this is just the beginning of our journey but please read our profile and we hope that you allow us to continue on this path with you.
Why We Chose Adoption
While we were dating, we made sure to have the discussion about whether or not we wanted children. We both agreed that having a family was one of the most important things we wanted in our lives together. We also discussed options, conceiving on our own and adoption, knowing that we were open to both. After we were married, we attempted to start our family. However, over time we realized we would need to seek medical help because we were struggling to conceive. After multiple doctors' visits, tests, and conversations, we were told that we would not be able to have children on our own.
We definitely grieved that loss. But through it all, we knew that no matter what we would still have a family. Adoption is an amazing opportunity for us. We both have known it was an option and now we are lucky enough to be a part of this experience. We chose adoption because we want a family, we want to share our lives with our child, and we want our child to know all the love that we have not only in our relationship but in our families.
Education We will Provide
We live in a community that offers both public and private schools for grade school and high school. Our nieces and nephew attend a catholic grade school that is less than five minutes from our home. Our wish would be for our child to attend the same school, growing up and having the support of their cousins surrounding them.
We also plan to provide our child with the resources to participate and obtain an education outside the classroom through sports, clubs, art classes, piano lessons, and all other opportunities that our child wants to explore.
We are committed to providing a child with the necessary tools to take his or her education as far as desired. We want our children to feel that college and graduate school are opportunities that are available to them.
Above all, we want to educate our children on the values we feel are important in our lives--family, community and following your dreams or achieving your goals.
Our Dogs, Cooper & Scout
Our dogs, Cooper and Scout, are Weimaraners. They are loyal, extremely smart and the best snugglers around. They were both rescues that we adopted with their own personalities. We try and give them the best life possible because in return they give us unconditional love. They are there to greet you when you come home, tails wagging and so happy you are there. When you are sad, dogs are there and provide so much comfort. They also provide security and peace of mind. They make us laugh every day.
It was also important to us to find dogs that would be good with children. Amanda's aunt had a Weimaraner that was so patient, loyal and attached to her aunt's children. Cooper and Scout are similar with our nieces and nephew. Cooper and Scout are looking forward to having a new baby brother or sister. For all the unconditional love they give us, we have no doubt Cooper and Scout will love any child we are lucky enough to bring into our home.
Our Extended Families
Our extended families live within a 5-mile radius of our house. We are fortunate to see each other frequently and have a close relationship. Our six nieces and one nephew all attend the same grade school only a mile from our home. Just the other day, we picked our nieces and nephew up from school and walked them to get ice cream at a nearby shop.
We spend time with our family by attending our nieces and nephew's sporting events, such as flag football, soccer and volleyball. Amanda coaches her niece's 3rd grade soccer team-the Blue Cobras. We also love to vacation with our families. We have traveled to Estes Park, CO with Balka (grandma in Croatian), Papa and family, as well as Outer Banks, NC with Mema, Papa and family.
Holidays are a special time for both our families with many traditions that involve getting together for Halloween, Thanksgiving, July 4th, and Christmas. Jeff's family makes Povitica every Christmas, a traditional Croatian bread. Amanda's family makes burritos to celebrate Christmas.
Most importantly, our extended families are extremely excited and supportive of us in the adoption process. They are all ready to welcome our child into a loving and supportive family.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in an urban city. We moved to our neighborhood because we wanted to be close to family, walk to stores and restaurants, and live somewhere that had an active community. We were able to get everything we wanted. Our families live within walking or biking distance. We are only a few blocks from grocery stores, pet stores, ice cream shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. Our neighborhood holds parades for multiple holidays, hosts an art fair, and has a farmer's market every week, among so many other things. We are frequently the meeting place for our family, friends and their children prior to attending the festivities.
We walk our dogs every day through our neighborhood where neighbors wave and say hello. We see families and children on bikes, walking, playing in yards. We are only a few blocks from multiple parks with playgrounds we visit often with our nieces and nephew, tennis courts, and a neighborhood wading pool. The neighborhood hosts movies in the park, weekly family baseball games, and our block has a party every year.
Our street is full of families with children of all ages but also neighbors who have lived here for over 70 years. Our house has four bedrooms we would love to fill with our family. We have a backyard with lights strung across, a fire pit, lots of seating and a hammock. Our house is everything we wanted but becoming a family here would make it so much more.
From Us to You
We understand that the decision your are making takes bravery and selflessness. That it is not made easily or without struggle. Most importantly, we are committed to going through this process with you and want you to know that through it you are not alone.
We can only hope to make the decision and process even slightly easier by ensuring that you know we are dedicated to being the most loving, caring and supportive parents possible. And that we want the opportunity to give a child everything that we have the capability to give. We have chosen now to move forward with adoption because we feel it is the right time. We are happy in love, settled in our home, and successfully pursuing our careers. But we can honestly say that we know something is missing. We know that having a child in our lives would truly make us a family.
We have known each other since high school. We took some time to live our lives and grow up but eventually crossed paths later in life and fell in love. We have now been married for three years. When we got married we joined two big and loving families. We have been lucky enough to be a part of our nieces and nephew's lives, attending their sporting events, school functions, and babysitting. We have so much love for them and truly enjoy being a part of all that they do. We want that for a child of our own. We also have two dogs that we know will be so protective and loving of the child that we bring home because we have seen how they are with our nieces and nephew.
We are fortunate to own a great house in an amazing neighborhood that we cannot wait to bring a child home to. We have a room picked out that will be our child's very own. We look forward to taking our child to neighborhood parades, play grounds, and ice cream shops.
Amanda is a lawyer with the goal of becoming a partner at her law firm someday and Jeff is a program director for a youth AAU basketball program. We have worked hard to get where we are in our careers, to be doing something every day that we both love. Now our jobs have given us the opportunity to provide a wonderful, safe home and so many opportunities for a child.
We look forward to sharing with a child, everything that we have been able to experience throughout our own lives. The most important thing being love. But we have also been fortunate to pursue all levels of education, participate in sports, join clubs or other groups, play musical instruments, travel in the United States and abroad in foreign countries, attend family gatherings, and so much more. These are all special experiences and opportunities we want to give to a child of our own and that we look forward to sharing with you in letters and pictures.
We are so thankful you have taken the time to even consider us as an option in your decision making process. We want to help you get to know who we are, to be with you through this journey, and to assure you that we want nothing more than to love a child of our own.
Jeffrey & Amanda
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