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Avery & Clare
We are grateful to you for taking the time to read about us. As parents, we believe the most important thing we can share with our children is unconditional love. Our home is one where open communication is valued and where we encourage one another in everything we do. We'd be honored to be chosen as your child's parents, and we would cherish the opportunity to welcome your child to our family.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have spent the past several years trying to build our family. During that time, we visited a lot of doctors and underwent fertility treatments. We managed to give birth to our son, AJ, three years ago, in thanks to these treatments, which allowed us to experience parenthood for the first time.
Our hearts doubled in size when we held AJ in our arms! We cherish our son, and we knew right away that our family was not yet complete. During this journey to build our family, we suffered several miscarriages and learned that it would be difficult for us to have another child. We had always talked about our desire to adopt a child, and we both knew that this was the perfect time to begin this journey.
We are so excited to welcome this child into our hearts and family. We have so much love to give to a child, and AJ would be an awesome big brother because he is very social, independent, and loves to help others. We have no doubt that these qualities will serve AJ well as an older sibling to a younger brother or sister.
Our Leisure Time
Our community has lots of activities that we take part in when we have free time together as a family. One of our favorite parks has an indoor nature center, and we love taking our son AJ to see the turtles, lizards, owls, and snakes! We also have season passes to the local amusement park that has a great water park and a holiday festival at Christmas. Our family loves animals, so we also like to visit local farms, the zoo, and even the pet store. We love bringing our two rescue dogs, Ruby and Socrates, with us whenever we head outside for walks. Our dogs love kids and would be great with welcoming another child to our family!
When Clare has downtime, she can be found sewing or working on dollhouses. She loves working on DIY projects and created most of the curtains in our home from canvas drop cloths that she stenciled by hand. Avery loves music and likes to DJ with his turntables. He shares the same love of cooking that his siblings have, and he loves to try new recipes. He likes to experiment with all types of food but especially enjoys cooking French, Cajun, Asian, Italian, and American BBQ dishes. He has shared this love with our son, AJ, who enjoys helping in the kitchen. We cannot wait for another child to join him as he pours the ingredients into the bowl and stirs them together to make us a feast!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
We share similar values about what matters most in life, how to treat people, and what our responsibility is to the community and world around us. Clare loves Avery's kindness; this was one of the first things that drew her to him. Whenever she is stressed, he helps her put things in perspective, and he always encourages her to see the good in people. Clare also appreciates how Avery encourages her to be her best, most authentic self and how he gets her goofy sense of humor. Avery was first drawn to Clare's ethical concern for others, and how she tries to live with intention. Clare spent a year volunteering with teens in crisis after she finished college, and Avery has volunteered with victims of domestic violence. We have always appreciated these shared values, and we are teaching our son AJ that helping others is part of what we do in our family. Last Christmas, we brought AJ with us to the local fire station where we donated new toys for a fundraising drive. It is important that he sees us modeling what it means to care for others. As parents, it's also important that we show our children how we love and respect one another as spouses. We make sure to take time out for ourselves where we can connect with one another and do something fun like roller skating, playing laser tag, or seeing a movie together.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very diverse, suburban neighborhood that is on the East Coast, located between two major cities. We intentionally chose to live in this area because we are an interracial couple, and we place a high value on diversity. We wanted to be sure that our children could grow up in an area where they felt valued, comfortable, and respected. We love that our neighbors and friends come from all walks of life because it adds important perspectives to our lives.
We live in a one-story house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a front porch, back deck, fireplace, and a fenced in yard for our two rescue dogs, Ruby and Socrates. When choosing a neighborhood to live in, it was important for us to find one that represented the diversity that is so important to us. These values shape our decisions as parents, and they have allowed us to develop an incredibly supportive and diverse group of friends for AJ and for ourselves. We have lots of local playgrounds that AJ loves, and each one has a unique theme, such as Medieval Dragons or the Wizard of Oz. We also love taking part in all the community events offered by our local neighborhood and the larger local cities. Recently, we took AJ on a train ride with Thomas the Train and we also make regular visits to the zoo. We can't wait to share these adventure with another child!
Our Extended Families
We both come from large families, so we always knew that we wanted to have a big family. Clare's the youngest of six kids, and has 12 nieces and nephews. Every summer, her entire extended family goes to the beach for a week. It was at this beach that we first introduced our son AJ to the ocean, and he loved it! They also have a boardwalk with rides; AJ's favorite is the carousel. During Christmas every year, Clare's parents host a Pollyanna gift exchange between all the adults and grandkids. After gifts have been opened, the family members bring out their guitars and sing Christmas carols together. Whenever we gather together, we always have fun. Having so many people around is one of Clare's favorite things about her large family, and it's something that we would love to share with this child.
Avery is the youngest of four kids and he has six nieces and nephews. His family likes to meet up together when anyone is visiting and when football games are on TV. Avery's sisters love to bake, and they mix up sweets for football Sundays and family gatherings. At least once a year, Avery's mom comes to stay with us for an extended period of time. Having the extra time with "Me-mom" is something our son AJ looks forward to when he wakes up every day. This past spring, Me-mom was able to attend AJ's first spring concert, which was such a treat for everyone!
From Us to You
We are so grateful to you for reading this letter. The decision that you are facing is a very difficult one and we know you are still considering many possible paths. As you make your choice, we would like to share with you details about our family so you can decide if we are good match for what you and your heart desire for your child.
We met nearly 15 years ago when a close friend introduced us to one another. We knew very early on that we would spend our lives together - Clare said it was Avery's kind eyes and Avery said it was Clare's care for others - and we will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary in a few months. We value honesty and open communication, and we try to model this in our home and family. For our toddler son AJ, it means we always ask him about his day, and when he is upset, we comfort him so he feels supported and safe to share what he is feeling. As spouses, it means we check-in with one another to see how we are doing with the pace of life. We make time for one another, and we cheer each other on, whether it's with a project at work or around the house. We would love to be able to continue to share this love and support with your child.
As an interracial couple, with a biracial son, we talk openly and honestly about race. We talk about the world we hope to help create, but we also discuss the harsh racial inequalities that exist. We ask each other for our opinions on different issues in the news, and challenge each other to grow by considering new perspectives. As a couple, we chose to buy a house in an area that is racially diverse because it is important for our children to live in an area where they feel respected, valued, and well represented. Also, we read books and watch TV shows with characters that reflect the diversity of our families and friends. Our son AJ is fortunate to have very loving extended families, and these relationships add another layer of love that we could share with your child.
If you decide to pursue adoption, it would be a true gift to any family. If we are chosen for your child, please know that your presence will always be woven into the fabric of our family. The love you have for your child is what has guided you to this point, and we would share that this means this child is doubly loved. We will share their adoption story with them within their first few years, using books and open conversation to explain that their story is special, unique, and shaped by so much love. We will always honor your role and we will celebrate it on birthdays, holidays, and at other momentous occasions because the care you have for this child is what has made all of these moments possible. We are committed to sending you letters and emails with photos and updates on your child and the amazing person they will become. We also would love the opportunity to make visits to you at different milestones in the child's life so that they can know how much you love them.
Above all else, we hope that the decision you make for yourself and your child brings you tremendous peace. In our own lives, when faced with very difficult decisions, it is this sense of peace that helps us to know we have made the best choice. The love you have for this child is a true reflection of your amazing strength and compassion. We are honored that you have taken the time to read about us and our family, and we would welcome the chance to share all that we have and all that we are with your child. We wish you the very best with your next steps in this journey.
Avery & Clare
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