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Tom & Christen
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and consider us as potential parents to your child. We admire your strength and courage in considering making a loving and caring decision for your baby's future. We have always dreamt of becoming parents, and are eager to provide a stable and loving family. We recognize that parenthood is a privilege and we can't wait to give everything that we have to being the best parents we can.
Why We Chose Adoption
For us, adoption has never been "Plan B" in building our family. We want to adopt a child quite simply because we have an abundance of love to give. We do not believe that matching hair, the same skin color, or even inheritance of genes make a family. Love makes a family a family. This concept is proudly at the forefront of our choice to grow our family through adoption.
Adding a child to complete our family is something that we truly yearn for and has been in our hearts and minds for quite some time. We are a stable, loving couple with an established home to offer and sincerely believe that adoption is a gift.
We are humbled to be part of this process and honored to have you consider us to parent your child. Adoption is a loving choice and will always be spoken of positively, both in our home and to others.
One of our favorite things about our community is the cultural diversity and the positive effects that it has on our daily lives.
We are fortunate to have a number of close friends that we consider family that come from all over the world. We enjoy spending time with these friends and their children, sharing foods, traditions, and even holidays from their cultural heritage.
Our family and circle of friends are open minded and enjoy learning about each others' uniqueness, not just culturally, but personally as well. Your child's heritage and history will be celebrated and accepted into our lives and community just as any other member.
We will actively encourage healthy connections with their heritage and culture. We look forward to raising your child and celebrating their heritage, as well as introducing them to other cultures and traditions that add to our lives.
We will be open and truthful to your child about their adoption story. It is important to us to learn about you and your child's heritage to best prepare ourselves to answer the many questions that they will have throughout their lifetime. We look forward to celebrating and enabling them to embrace and stay connected to their cultural heritage.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Tom About Christen: I love and admire Christen's constant dedication to helping others. She has been an advocate for those that are less fortunate or require special education. Her patience and understanding is admirable and will translate well to parenthood. I love, admire, and respect her strength as a woman, daughter and wife and am ecstatic to see how she will handle motherhood. I would not be the man I am today without Christen's love and support.
Christen About Tom: Tom is my best friend. He is patient, calm, and I always feel like my best self when I am with him. I love that I can always count on him to see the best in people, including me. We are good people separately, but even better as a team. He makes it known that he is always there for me and our family, and he demonstrates his love through his actions every day. He is a good partner and friend. His love, kindness, and devotion will make him a wonderful father.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a popular, safe suburban neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C. We live within walking distance of the local elementary school, parks, and playgrounds. Our neighborhood has lots of events for children and families, including story time and crafts at the local library, art classes at the local art center, cultural food and music fairs, farmer's markets, and local nature trails and parks. We are a short ride from zoos, museums, monuments, and festivals. We are also fortunate to live in a very diverse community, with people and children from all over the world that provide for cultural activities such as the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival and Cinco de Mayo music and food festival. We look forward to experiencing all of these activities with a child.
Our home is a comfortable place for us to rest and spend time as a family. We spend lots of time cooking and preparing family dinners together in the kitchen and eating together in the dining room, discussing the day's events. Our child will have a comfortable room of their own, and a playroom down the hall where they can safely spread out and enjoy all of their favorite toys and books. We have a large, flat, fenced in backyard where Christen loves to tend a garden. She can't wait to teach a child how to grow flowers and vegetables. Tom enjoys cooking and hosting friends and family for gatherings. We often host our friends and their children for picnics and games on the patio, game night, or dinners.
Our Extended Families
We both have younger sisters. Tom's sister has a high-school aged daughter. Our families are excited and supportive that we have chosen to grow our family through adoption and they are eager to gain another family member. Adoption is already a part of Christen's family. Christen's cousin and her husband have two adoptive children who have been an integral part of our family. Although our families do not live in the immediate area, we often take trips to see them or have them here to visit. Our families have vacation homes both in the mountains and at the shore and we love spending family time with them. While at the lake house in the mountains, we enjoy peaceful weekends of nature walks, fishing in the stream, kayaking on the lake, and roasting marshmallows over the fire. While at the shore, we spend time relaxing at the pool, building sandcastles on the beach, riding the rides and playing games on the boardwalk. Our families have always prioritized spending time together and we hope to continue that tradition for your child. Your child will be surrounded by the love and attention from our parents and extended family in every opportunity. Our sweet dog, Marley, is also excited to add to the family and loves having children around.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We admire your courage and strength in considering making a loving and caring decision for your baby's future. We pledge to return that trust by providing a stable, safe, and loving home for your child.
Your child will be welcomed into a stable and loving family. We started dating 17 years ago, while in college, and have been married for 7 years. We are not only husband and wife, but also best friends.
We love to spend time together, and work together as a team. We will take this same team approach to parenting, and cannot wait to welcome a child into our family to fulfill our dream of becoming parents.
We look forward to our child participating in some of the same activities and traditions that we did as children, such as family meals, vacations, and birthday parties. We look forward to supporting your child's interests and strengths, and helping them grow to their full potential.
Christen is a special education teacher. Because of her experiences, she has a special set of skills that can carry over into parenthood. She recognizes the importance of meeting a child where they are developmentally, emotionally, and academically; and that every child is worthy of love, patience, and respect. She also recognizes the importance of providing a safe and stable environment with routines and predictability, in order to allow a child to feel supported and allow them to reach their potential.
Tom is an IT engineer and uses his loyalty and generous, loving personality in both his personal and professional life. Many consider Tom to be a good friend and instantly connect with him when they meet him. Tom has always dreamt of being a father and others have commented that Tom will be a great dad some day. Tom's job allows him to use his personality and generosity to help others.
We enjoy taking vacations to some of our favorite places, particularly Ocean City, NJ and Ohiopyle, PA. Your child will have many opportunities to learn about other cultures, while still celebrating their own history. We love to cook together and treasure our personal time with each other and look forward to spending loving time together with your child.
We recognize the important role that you play in your child's life, whatever you chose that to be. You will always be important and significant to us and your child. We look forward to sharing your child's growth and experiences with you through pictures and letters, and would be open to additional communications such as emails or phone calls should you desire them. We are eager to know you, and welcome your investment in your child's life. We will always be honest with your child about their adoption story, and it will be special and celebrated in our daily lives. You are considering a brave and selfless decision that comes from a place of love, and you will always be honored in a positive light through our words and actions.
Thank you for considering us to be potential parents to your child. We have always dreamt of becoming parents, and are eager to provide a stable, loving, and supportive family to a child. We recognize that parenthood is a privilege and can't wait to give everything we have into being the best parents we can be to your child.
Tom & Christen
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