Hello, My name is Andrea, please call me Andi. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate you looking at my profile and considering me as a parent for your child. This must be an incredibly difficult time for you and I wish you much peace of mind. I honor you for the courage that you have as you make the important decisions in front of you. Thank you for considering me.
I am a life long Philadelphian. I am an outgoing person who loves to connect with people. I am a single woman with a large extended family of parents, aunts/uncles and cousins in the area. In addition, I am part of a large community. Though I left the area for ten years of schooling I have been back in the community for 16 years. I live in a wonderful, safe and diverse area in a home that I own right outside of the city.
I have an extremely close relationship with my siblings and parents. My parents are wonderful people and they are local. My dad is family doctor. My mom had her own business for many years and now does volunteer work. My brother lives an hour away with his family, and my sister and her family live in Boston. We speak every day and are very much a large, loud and loving extended family. We love to gather for holiday dinners or for lazy days down the shore in the summer. I am very close with my teen niece and nephew.
Professionally I work as a member of the clergy. I am a rabbi and I work at a large synagogue as part of a team. I love to meet families at all points in their lives and to help them to find spiritual meaning and comfort. I am also an activist for those in need.
Fifteen years ago I founded a food pantry. My work involves a great deal of time with children of all ages. My congregants often tell me that I would be a wonderful mom; I yearn to be a mom and to provide a warm, loving, fun, creative home for a child. Because I work in a large community I have some flexibility in my schedule and my co-workers and congregants are very excited and supportive of my building a family.
In my work and family I have always loved helping kids to discover who they are and what special gifts they have been given. Though I am not yet married, I do hold out hope for that kind of committed relationship. In the meantime, I do not want to miss out on the blessings of raising children. With that in mind, and with the strong support of all those around me, I am excited to build my family through adoption. Please know that in my family your child would always know unconditional love, and I would, of course, be open to having you in our lives also.
When I am not working I love to cook big dinners for friends and family. I love to ride my bike, especially at the shore. I also love to sing. There is always music in my life. I am a movie buff and love pop culture. I enjoy travel and would want my child to see the world and experience many cultures.
As you can see, I am a person of faith and consider my life to be blessed. I would love to add one more blessing of children to my life, and to share my blessings. I wish you good luck in your upcoming decisions and in the months ahead. I am hoping that I will be able to learn more about you and your family.
Fun Facts about Andi
Favorite places: The beach, any beach-our family’s place on the Jersey shore, Israel, my own home, and anywhere where my family is!
Favorite foods: I am a foodie so I appreciate lots of food, as long as it is prepared with love. I love fresh vegetables from a Farmers Market, homemade most things, and Pizza from Pizzaria Vetri’s. I love Mexican, Cuban and Middle Eastern food.
Favorite sports team: I am a Phillies fan-I root for the home team-even when they do not win.
Hobbies: I meditate, sing, do folk-dancing, and travel to new places. I love to paint and to cook.
Favorite holidays: Thanksgiving and the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Both of holidays of gratitude.
Favorite music: I love 80s music -Billy Joel, Bruce Springstein, but I can also been seen dancing to Beyonce or Black Eyed Peas.
Blythe & Matt
Hello! We are Blythe and Matt, a fun-loving couple who have been married for eight years. We thank you for the time you’re spending to learn about us.
We understand that this time is difficult for you and we honor your feelings and choices as you decide what is best for you and your child.
We know these difficult choices are made out of love and we admire your strength and courage. We are honored and grateful that you are considering us.
We have been together for thirteen years and having a child has always been a dream of ours. We came to adoption after struggling to have biological children. As we embrace all of the important people in our lives as family, we recognize that family is built on love, not biology. We are excited to become parents through the gift of adoption.
We have loving and supportive family and friends who will share in our joy as we welcome a child into our lives. We will unconditionally love our child, nurturing them as they grow and encouraging exploration of their unique interests and talents.
We hope this book provides a sense of who we are and of all of the love, caring, and support we’re ready to give as we welcome a child into our family. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us. We wish you peace and strength now and always.
Matt and Blythe
Fun Facts about Blythe and Matt
Favorite places: the beach, New York City, home
Favorite foods: Mexican, Italian
Favorite hobbies: knitting, woodworking, running, reading
Favorite holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving
Shannon & Jeff
Hello! We are Jeff and Shannon. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to introduce our family to you. We admire your strength and courage in your journey and are humbled to be considered as the potential adoptive parents to your child.
Along with our two-year-old daughter, Lilah, Jeff also has two older children, Moira (21) and Will (19). We are looking forward to expanding our family with another child, and Lilah can’t wait to be a big sister!
A little about us: We live in a diverse neighborhood in South Jersey, about 15 minutes from Philadelphia. We have two golden retrievers, Jackson and Amos. Our circle of friends includes four families with adopted children.
Jeff loves sports; especially the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and good health is an important part of his life. He is a regular at the gym and also enjoys golf, camping, and bike rides with Lilah.
On the weekends you can find Shannon, Jeff, and Lilah hanging out at the neighborhood pool or taking a bicycle ride to get ice cream after dinner. Shannon also enjoys yoga, horseback riding, gardening, and projects around the house.
We are both passionate about our jobs. Jeff works as a homebuilder and is the “chief problem solver”, always coming up with a solution to problems that seem unsolvable. Shannon works as the creative director for a non-profit in Camden that serves hundreds of children and teens each year.
We feel blessed with the opportunity to expand our family again through open adoption. It’s important for us that our child grows up with a full sense of his/her history, including you. We look forward to finding a fit that works best for the child, you, and us which will allow for a developing relationship together over the years. We are committed to ensuring that our child grows up feeling loved, valued and protected.
Thank you for considering our family and allowing us to introduce ourselves.
– Jeff and Shannon
Rose & Jay
Hello! Nice to meet you!! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We are Rose and Jay. We have great admiration and respect for the journey that you are on.
Although we don’t know each other, it is obvious that you are making a plan for your child that is courageous, selfless and filled with love. After you read our story and see our pictures, we hope that you will consider meeting us so we can learn more about each other.
We are excited and ready to give our unconditional love to another child as we grow our family through adoption. We have been married for more than 15 years and the greatest joy in our lives has been becoming parents to our two wonderful sons, Timothy & Brendan. We feel like we have so much love to give another child, and we would cherish and honor the chance to welcome your baby into our family. We will love you baby unconditionally and tell them everyday how much they are loved.
We are very grateful that you have taken the time to consider us as you think about your baby’s future.
Thank you so much!
Rose & Jay
Fun Facts about Rose and Jay
Favorite Places: Wildwood Crest, NJ; Walt Disney World; Baltimore, MD; Lake Placid,NY; and HOME
Favorite Holidays: Christmas, Birthdays & July 4th
Favorite Sports Teams: Phillies, Eagles, Orioles & Ravens
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Soft Pretzels & Dessert of any kind
Laura & Megan
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. We admire your strength and the love you have for your child.
We live in a friendly and diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia near lots of parks and playgrounds. Our block has a long tradition of amazing block parties where every family comes out to play and eat together.
For as long as we can remember, we have both wanted to build a family through adoption. Over the past six years we have made a happy life together. We are lucky to have close friends nearby and big families who support us. We can’t wait to share all the love and fun in our lives with a child.
We want to give a child unconditional love and support, and encourage them to dream big dreams. We want them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Thank you again for getting to know us a little bit. We wish you peace as you go through this process.
– Laura and Megan
Fun Facts about Laura and Megan
Favorite Sports Teams: Laura has been a Phillies fan for over 3 decades. Megan is learning to stop fearing the Philly Phanatic and enjoy the games.
Favorite Talents: Megan has an incredible talent for bad puns and Laura has an incredible talent for enjoying them.
Favorite Holidays: Christmas is our favorite holiday. In Vermont with Laura’s family, we cut down a fresh tree on Christmas Eve and decorate it. In California, Megan’s mom always puts an orange, walnuts, and gold chocolate coins in our stockings and in Texas, Megan’s dad always leaves a box of chocolate-covered cherries for us under the tree.
Favorite Hobbies: Laura sings and plays guitar. Megan used to play the drums in a punk band in high school.
Favorite Foods: We are both healthy eaters who love dessert! Megan loves baking and Laura always has a chocolate bar nearby.
Jessica & Miles
We are Jessica and Miles, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves a little bit.
We are excited to grow our family through adoption. We have many younger siblings, cousins, and nephews and nieces, and when we became a couple in 2007 we couldn’t wait to start our own family. Getting to be parents to our daughter Tilda, born in 2010, has been a huge and joyful part of our lives. We know that our family is not yet complete; we have a lot of love and care and commitment to give.
We live in a diverse, family-friendly neighborhood in Brooklyn, in a sunny home filled with books and laughter. Our children will be raised in a loving and stable family, with values we hold highly: curiosity, independence, and respect. We are excited to show you more of what our life looks like.
We imagine this is a difficult time, and we wish you strength in getting through it. We hope you’re getting a lot of help and support. We admire your courage and thoughtfulness in considering adoption for your child.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves.
Jessica and Miles
Fun Facts about Jessica and Miles
Things we love: funk music; making puns; watching baseball; modern and contemporary art; the Harry Potter books; fish tacos; weird movies; understanding how machines work; New York City
Favorite thing about our neighborhood: we always see someone we know at the playground
Where our extended family lives: New York, Washington, California, Louisiana, Colombia, Australia
Our recent Halloween costumes: Giant squid, sparkly spider, Medusa, Totoro, the dance floor from Saturday Night Fever, eggplant superhero
Ari & Gabe
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our profile. Our names are Ari and Gabe. We are so grateful that you would consider us as part of your adoption plan.
We live in Brooklyn, New York with our daughter Zuriel.
We met in 2005 when Gabe was in law school in New York City and Ari was visiting from California. Our relationship had its share of twists and turns, but in 2011 we decided to really go for it, and Ari moved to New York. In 2014 we adopted Zuriel, and started our family, which has been the most incredible, joyful, and humbling experience in our lives. With every new day, we fall more and more in love with our daughter.
We live in a family-friendly, multicultural neighborhood. There’s a park across the street and lots of friends nearby.
We can’t wait to expand our family. We want to raise a child who feels unconditionally loved, who knows that they are capable of being anything they want to be, and who can be proud of every part of who they are and of their history.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about us.
-Ari and Gabe
Fun Facts about Ari and Gabe
Favorite places: Maine and the Bay Area (where our families are from), and the Rockaways (the closest beach to our house).
Favorite foods: tacos and dim sum
Favorite holidays: thanksgiving, passover, and easter (the food-centered holidays!)
Favorite music: Aretha Franklin over and above anything else. All old R&B and soul.
Matthew & Paul
Hello, Our names are Paul and Matthew, an international couple (one French, one midwestern American from St Louis, Missouri). We are an adventurous couple who have been together for 11 years.
We were married 3 years ago in Brooklyn, NY. Our relationship has taken us from France (where we met), to England, Japan, Germany, and now to our home in New York where we have lived for 8 years and own our home in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, a beautiful and diverse neighborhood.
Having a child has been a goal of ours since when we first met. We promise to create a home for a child that is filled with love and support, and to expand the child’s understanding of the world – we hope they will even speak a few languages as well!
We have not met you but we are filled with gratitude and admiration for your strength to consider this option and for your willingness to consider making us an entrusted part of your child’s life.
Although we cannot imagine the challenge of making this decision, we want you to know that we are dedicated to making a wonderful home for your child, and hope to work together to be part of each other’s lives, if that feels right to you.
We look forward to meeting you and to beginning this beautiful adventure together. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
Matthew and Paul
Lori & Scott
Hello! We are Lori, Scott and Soren (an artist, a pastor, and a toddler), and we are so excited to grow our family through adoption!
Our family life is all about love and belonging, accepting (and laughing with) our quirks and finding joy in community.
We have room in our hearts for another member of this family and believe that we can provide a loving and stable environment. We want our children to grow up understanding their gifts and story.
In the midst of so many changes and choices in your life, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn about us.
Lori and Scott
Fun Facts about Lori and Scott
Favorite foods: homemade apple pie (Scott is an expert); homemade bread (Lori bakes bread weekly); grapes (Soren’s favorite fruit)
Favorite hobbies: playing guitar (Scott); swimming (Lori); throwing balls (Soren)
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. We love Christmas and Easter, too, and what we find so special about Thanksgiving is that it brings together friends and family over food and fellowship.
Favorite music: Dan Zanes and the Okie Dokie Brothers (music for the entire family)
Marie-Claire & David
Hello! We are Marie-Claire and David. Thank you for looking at our profile and considering us as parents for your child. We appreciate what an important decision this is for you.
We want you to know that we admire your courage and strength.
We met in 2007 while taking a photography class in South Philadelphia. After getting to know each other in class, we began spending time together outside of class and found we had a bond that we’d never experienced with anyone else before. We were married in 2010 and have been enjoying the journey through life together ever since. Our relationship is strong because we share core values of open communication, showing respect for each other every day, and having fun together. When we come home from work every day, we spend time talking to each other about our day or anything else we think of. There always seems to be something we want to share with the other person!
David is a technician at a hospital and Marie-Claire works in finance at a mutual fund company. We live in Philadelphia in a family-friendly neighborhood. We participate in a lot of community activities and often talk about how much we look forward to bringing our child along with us. David has three daughters from his first marriage who are all in their 20s. One of the things that impressed Marie-Claire the most about David was the wonderful job he did raising his girls. They are all remarkable women who love to spend time with us. They are looking forward to welcoming a brother or sister into the family and being the cool big sisters!
We are so excited about expanding our family. We often discuss all the wonderful things about life that we want to show him or her. We can’t wait to teach them about the world and provide a safe, happy and loving environment where our child can feel proud of themselves and who they are.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We hope you find peace and strength as you move through your decision.
Marie-Claire and David
Fun Facts about Marie Claire and David
Favorite places: The Adirondack mountain region of New York State; the beach, especially Ocean City, NJ; and our kitchen, where David cooks while Marie-Claire keeps him company.
Favorite foods: All of them! We especially love to make cheese plates at home with Spanish cured meats.
Favorite hobbies: Traveling in the U.S. and abroad, being together, reading, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, playing guitar (David), knitting (MC), making homemade things
Favorite holidays: We love making a Thanksgiving feast for our family and celebrating Christmas with all our relatives.
Favorite sports teams: Phillies and Eagles
Favorite music: Indie rock, singer-songwriters, Spanish Flamenco music, 70s classic rock, surf music, 80s, broadway musicals, Motown, and much more!
Sarah & Jason
Hello! Thank you for taking time to learn about us. We are excited to expand our family through adoption, but are also humbled by the deep emotion that the journey of adoption includes. We come to this journey from a place of love, honor, and commitment to community.
We met during our first career as ballet dancers. It’s true we actually made a living by dancing ballet! Although we have since moved on from dance, we both learned the value of motivation, dedication and hard work. With these traits, we have traveled the world (we lived in South America for almost a year), reinvented our careers (Sarah as a social worker and Jason as a sales manager for a local café), and even hiked across the United States three times (just Jason on this one! Sarah decided to stay home :)).
We moved back to Philadelphia after traveling and working elsewhere in 2014. We loved the diverse community of Philadelphia and were excited to build our long-term lives here. We live on an amazing block with our 2 ½ year old son, Nico. Nico is so excited to be a big brother! There are also lots of families on our block with young kids – including several families formed through adoption.
Our family, friends and neighbors are truly the foundation of our lives and we are thrilled to welcome another member to our family!
-Sarah & Jason
Fun Facts about Sarah & Jason
Favorite activities: Having people over– We have become the go-to get-together house for our family, friends, and block., Dancing and Music– We always have music on in our house and will often be dancing along, Traveling– Whether it is to see our family, friends or explore new communities, we always have a trip in the works. When Nico was just 6 months old we traveled to Europe and plan to continue our excursions as we expand our family. Our Home and Community– Jason loves improving our home! He has renovated the kitchen and patio and is extremely handy. We love going to the park around the corner from our house. We love all our neighbors!
Favorite sports: Besides dancing, we enjoy soccer and hiking.
Favorite Holidays: Any holiday where we are able to get together with family and friends!
Zakiyyah & Ty
We are Zakiyyah, Zoe and Ty and we are excited about the prospect of expanding our family through adoption. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Hopefully, after you read our story and look through the pictures of us and our family and friends, it will give you a clear glimpse into our lives.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to imagine what kind of parents we will be and how we will nurture and bring up your child.
We met online in our early 30s, and found that in addition to careers in science fields, we had many similar interests, including our love of animals, sports and music. We dated for 3 years before getting married in 2011. We live in the suburbs of Philadelphia in a comfortable townhouse in a family-oriented development. Seeing so many young children in our neighborhood, we were anxious to start a family right away. Unfortunately, medical issues prevented us from conceiving, and after unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization, we decided to build our family through adoption. We adopted our daughter Zoe in 2014 and she has truly changed our lives for the better.
We know from experience that adoption is not a process to be entered into lightly or without a lot of thought and consideration. We chose adoption because we want to be able to provide a child with a wonderful life and all the advantages that we ourselves had growing up. We have discussed our decision in depth with our families. They have been very supportive, and we know they will always be there for us.
Venturing into a new area as parents of multiple children may be a bit more challenging, but we welcome it with open arms because the rewards of having a second child will be unlimited. It will certainly be an adventure that we can’t wait to go on and one that will be better than anything we could have imagined.
Fun Facts about Zakiyyah and Ty
Favorite places: San Diego – where we were engaged; Niagara Falls, Canada – our family vacation spot; Target – Zakiyyah’s favorite bargain hunting spot.
Favorite foods: Macaroni and Cheese is Zoe’s favorite. Ty likes seafood and Zakiyyah enjoys pizza and cookies.
Favorite Hobbies: We like to travel, particularly going on road trips. We also try to get to a Rock concert or comic convention at least once a year.
Favorite Holidays: Halloween – we look forward to planning our group themed costumes and decorating; Birthdays – free cake!
Cathy & Kevin
Hi! We’re Cathy and Kevin, and we’re grateful to you for taking the time to read our book. You’ll learn lots about us in the pages that follow, but we’ll tell you the most important thing right here: We’re eager to become parents through adoption, and we know we’ll be great ones. We can say that so confidently because we’ve been watching and learning from great parents our whole lives. We hope to model our parenting techniques on some of the skills we’ve seen them use so successfully through the years.
There’s one other important thing you should know up front: We admire your strength and courage. We’re in awe of it, actually. Know that we’re praying for you as you consider the possibility of adoption for your child.
All the best,
Cathy & Kevin
Fun Facts about Cathy and Kevin
Favorite Foods: Tacos, Pizza (what can be wrong with bread and cheese?), Soft pretzels, Kielbasa (a nod to Cathy’s Polish heritage), Short ribs (Kevin)
Sports Team: Eagles, Phillies, 76ers (in that order)
Holidays: Christmas (we host Christmas Eve), Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Easter (we host)
Places: Philly—we’re huge fans, Ireland, Key West, California, Nashville, y’all
Japa & James
Hello! We’re James and Japa. We’re humbled by your courage in considering an adoption plan, and are so thankful you’re taking the time to learn about us.
Ever since getting married in 2009, we have wanted to grow our family. When we learned that we would not be able to do that on our own, we knew that adoption would be part of our story. In 2016, we were so fortunate to welcome Angelica, our precious daughter by adoption, into our family. Her arrival only confirmed what we already knew: that we want our family to grow just a little more, and for Angelica to have a brother or sister.
We’re a simple, laid back couple that shares a passion for food, travel, reading, and games. And we come from two small, loving families who are a sustaining presence in our lives.
We’re honored to have your consideration, and wish you strength in your journey.
-Japa and James
Fun facts about James and Japa
Favorite foods: James loves chocolate cake. Japa craves her mother’s shrimp curry. And Angelica adores Cheerios and blueberries.
Favorite places: We love everything about the beach – seeing the ocean stretching out to the horizon, wriggling our toes in the wet sand, and bobbing in the waves.
Favorite hobbies: We enjoy trying out new recipes, traveling to new places, curling up with good books, and playing board games with our friends.
Favorite holidays: James looks forward to Thanksgiving, when all his friends gather in their hometown. Japa loves Christmas carols and holiday baking. Angelica hasn’t settled on a favorite holiday yet, but she had a blast in her owl costume for Halloween.
Congratulations! Erin & Nate have adopted a baby boy!
We’re high school sweethearts. We’re so lucky to have found one another so early in life. Nate proposed to Erin at the Bloomsburg Fair, and we got married in 2006 in Pennsylvania on a beautiful Fall day. We’ve grown up together, and we love to be together. We balance each other—Erin’s feisty and Nate’s laid back. Nate’s athletic; Erin’s artistic. Nate’s an introvert; Erin’s an extrovert. We know what the other person is going to say before they say it. We can tell each other whole sentences with a single look.
Congratulations! Mary & Norman have adopted a baby boy!
We are honored and excited to present you with this little portrait of who we are and our deep hopes for adoption. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us a little.
You and your baby are front and center in our hearts. We are confident that you will find the clarity you need to make the best decision for you and your baby.
Congratulations! Libby & Matt have adopted a baby girl!
Hello. We are Libby and Matt. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. The fact that you are considering adoption for your child is truly amazing and we can honestly say that we are humbled by your courage and strength. You know what is best for your child and […]
Congratulations! Stefanie has adopted a baby girl!
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My name is Stefanie and I am very excited about creating a family through adoption. I am sure I do not know how it feels to be in your shoes at this moment. I would like to extend my warmest wishes for you. I sincerely believe that you will make the best decision for you and your child. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you both well and extend my utmost gratitude for considering adoption and considering me.
Congratulations! Tina & Christian have adopted a baby girl!
Hi! We’re Christian and Tina. Thank you so much for looking at our profile and considering adoption. We understand you have such a difficult decision ahead of you but we want you to know that we would be honored to be selected as parents. We have a lot of love to give. We’ve been married for 9 wonderful years and have a 4 year old daughter named Keira. We love being parents. Our daughter brings so much joy to our lives and we have fun taking her new places and teaching her new things.
Congratulations! Justin & Vincent have adopted a baby girl!
Hello. We are humbled and grateful that you have chosen to learn about us by reading our story and looking at some of our family pictures. Thank you for this opportunity. We are Vincent and Justin. We have been a couple for about ten years, and married for over two years. We first got to know one another working at a high school in downtown Philadelphia in 2005. Justin was a high school English teacher for ten years and is currently a Dean of Literacy Instruction for two elementary and middle schools. Vincent was a high school English teacher for three years and is currently a senior leader for a school network in underserved urban communities across the state. Our life’s work has been to ensure all children have access to a quality education.
Congratulations! Barbara & Nancy have adopted a baby boy!
Hello, we are Barbara and Nancy. We would like to thank you for looking at our profile and getting to know us a little bit. We know that right now you are facing a very difficult decision, but we also want you to know that we think you are very brave and loving no matter which path you decide to take. We also know that it is hard to get to know someone just by reading a profile, but we hope you will be able to get a sense of who we are through these words and photos.
Congratulations! Robyn & Allan have adopted a baby girl!
Hello! We are Allan and Robyn, a fun-loving couple who have been married for seven years. In 2014, we were thrilled to expand our family through the gift of adoption. Our precious Ady has brought such joy and energy to our lives.
Congratulations! Miraida & Alex have adopted a baby girl!
First, we want to thank you for reading about us as you consider your options for you and your baby. We know this is a difficult time in your life, and we admire your great strength and courage. We are Miraida and Alex and we live in a diverse and family friendly neighborhood in Brooklyn […]
Congratulations! Adam & Andrew have adopted a baby boy!
Our names are Adam and Andrew. We wanted to start off by thanking you for considering us to be a part of your child’s life. We know this is an incredibly brave and difficult decision for you to make.
Although our shared passion for music and art first brought us together, we quickly realized that we have both wanted to raise children for as long as we can remember.