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Anthony & Jen
We have so much love for each other and for the world. It would mean everything to us to be able to share our hearts with a child. Adoption is not a path we take lightly. We hope to be able to join together on this special journey with you. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and consider us! We hope you'll see the fun and love we have to give.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
We love going to a small island in Mexico right off Cancun called Isla Mujeres. From the moment that we step off the ferry, we immediately are in our happy place. We love renting a golf cart for the day and exploring. We always make it a point to go to the turtle sanctuary so we can see and feed the rescued turtles! We love sampling all the restaurants getting the local cuisine and fresh seafood. We love just spending the day walking around the town and meeting and talking with people. We also enjoy going snorkeling: seeing the reefs and underwater art sculptures. It's a very safe and family-oriented location. The water is beautiful and the sunsets spectacular. We look forward to going back as it always feels like home.
We are an interfaith couple. We grew up with very different cultures. Anthony is from an Italian/Polish/Catholic family. Jen is from an Eastern European/Jewish family. Even though we come from different backgrounds and cultures, we have incorporated those differences into our own family tradition to make it ours. For instance, we invite both sides of the family over to celebrate Christmas Eve and Hanukkah. This allows us to experience and share the holidays as a united family.
We would want to do the same with the child by embracing any cultural differences between ourselves. We would seek to incorporate their heritage and culture and make it part of our family. We would not want them to feel that their culture is only theirs but ours as well. We would explore and discuss all aspects with the child. We have very diverse friends and family. The child would see that this diversity adds to the uniqueness of our family and friends. We would also seek out any additional resources whether that is speaking with other adoptive families or support groups. We would be committed to addressing the cultural diversity.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-bedroom house with a huge fenced in yard in a popular suburb of Philadelphia and top-rated school district. During the summer, Anthony can be found tending to the lawn and garden. We enjoy just sitting outside on our patio and chatting with the neighbors and playing with their children as well as both their and our two dogs. Some evenings, we'll light the fire pit, make s'mores, and listen to music or cook out on our barbecue.
Our lovely town has a main street that is lined with lighted trees and consists of several diverse restaurants, shops, theaters (both live and movie!), a local grocery store and a farmer's market during the warmer months. Throughout the year, there are seasonal festivals and even a Christmas parade where Santa rides on a firetruck throughout the area neighborhoods. Our favorite festival is an art and music festival with live music for two days and various art, craft and food vendors and tons of activities for kids.
We also live near many parks with playgrounds, rivers for fishing and trails for walking and biking. If we want to go on a small road trip, both the ocean/NJ beaches and the Pocono Mountains are only 90 minutes away. We can drive or take the train 30 minutes to Philadelphia and visit the zoo, art museum, Franklin Institute, as well as the historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall or take in a sporting event.
Our Extended Families
We are very fortunate that both of our mothers, sisters and nephews live close to us. What makes our families unique is that we share in each other's cultural and religious traditions. We love cooking out and watching the fireworks at Jen's mom's beach house and share Thanksgiving with both families each year. For Easter, we have lamb and pasta with Anthony's side of the family and then also get to enjoy Passover with Jen's family where Anthony and Jen's mom trade off making the brisket for the holiday! We typically host a 7-fishes Christmas Eve and celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah with both families. We want to share these traditions and respect for other people, religion, and cultures.
In the summer, means going to Jen's family's shore house where days are spent on the beach playing with our nephews, swimming, building sandcastles and going to the boardwalk for games, rides, and ice-cream. Evenings are spent on the porch having snacks and listening to music, followed by a fun game.
Anthony's family has a house in the mountains where we take rides on the pontoon boat, go swimming, and have campfires. We also go skiing and sledding during the winter months.
Our families are supportive and thrilled to welcome a new child to the family!
From Us to You
We want to share with you our thanks and gratitude for taking the time to consider us for this opportunity. We overwhelmingly admire your strength and courage to even think about undertaking this journey of adoption. While we are not aware of your circumstances, we respect your decision, and it would be up to you whether you want to discuss any aspect with us.
We, Jen and Anthony, have been together for ten years and married for three. We have always known that we wanted to adopt and share our love with a little one to help and watch them grow. We discussed in the beginning when we first started dating, that we wanted to pursue adoption. Jen has had fertility issues and we thought this would be the best option. Plus, Anthony has been changing diapers since he was 5 years old for nephews and nieces, and Jen was the premiere babysitter in her neighborhood! So, we do have experience and not going into this without any knowledge!
You have given this child the most amazing gift…LIFE! That is not something we could ever give and what makes you so important! We want to ensure to you that you will be a part in the child's life, if that is something you desire. We would want you to share in their development and journey in life, to share your traditions with us so we can make them a part of their life and ours. We understand that you may not know today how much involvement you may want, but we want you to understand that we are open to many forms of contact and involvement, whether that be in person, phone, video, emails, pictures or letters. We want the child to know where they come from, and who better to provide that information than you.
When the time comes to talk to the child about the adoption process, we will want to be honest and open. We have family members and friends that were adopted and are adoptive parents. We would have our family and friends for guidance, as well as seeking out more formal resources, such as support groups and/or therapy. We believe that the discussion with the child about the adoption will be a natural progression in their development.
We want you to know that we will provide everything that we possibly can for this child. First and foremost, we want the child to know they are loved by everyone in the family! We are very close with our families and the child would be instantly apart of the family! We would ensure the best education is available. We believe a good education and schooling are very important to a child's development and are fortunate to live in a top-rated school district. This will also give them a chance to be exposed to things we may have not shown them. They may find something that sparks their curiosity and interest, whether that is a class like biology or history, a sport like soccer or swimming, or activities such as robotics, music, or painting. Also, this is where they will begin friendships that may last a lifetime! We will take them to other places so they can see the world firsthand and not just in a book or a TV show. We love museums, theater, parks, zoos, the beach and cooking as well as going to new places and experiencing different cultures and countries. We hope to have the honor to share it all with a child.
No matter what you ultimately decide, we want you to know that we truly hope for the best for you and the child. Thank you for taking a moment to even consider us! We are sending you positive thoughts and energy!
Anthony & Jen