Dear birth parent,
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us, and for your strength and courage navigating what is right for you and your baby. We will love your child unconditionally and feel honored that you are considering us as adoptive parents.
We met during our first year of medical school, started dating after two years, and have shared six years of adventures together, including getting married, starting new jobs, and moving across the country. We are best friends, adventure buddies, and colleagues, and we are deeply in love with each other. We have talked about adoption since the beginning of our relationship and are eager to build our family. It currently includes the two of us, Allison’s daughter Eliza (who is out of state at college most of the time), and our very happy dog, Echo.
J.D. is an emergency medicine doctor and has a varied schedule, working 30 hours per week at three nearby hospitals. Allison is a family doctor working 3 days per week at a rural primary care clinic. We love what we do, and our schedules offer us the opportunity to help others, do the work we are passionate about, and have a lot of free time to spend as a family.
We live in a city that is naturally beautiful and culturally diverse. We spend a lot of time outside, exploring our community and trying to make it better. We have hiking/running/ mountain biking trails right outside our door, and we take advantage of them almost every day. We have wonderful neighbors, and a great community of friends nearby and all over the country. Our extended family is spread out geographically, but we all spend time together when we can, and get to see each others’ parts of the country when we visit. We also like to take a few ski trips each winter, and camping trips each summer.
About J.D., by Allison
J.D. enjoys all kinds of outdoor adventures – biking, running, hiking, camping, skiing, soccer, golf, ultimate Frisbee, and others. He is a great cook. He loves trying new things, and he is a talented and patient teacher. He has seemingly endless energy, but of the two of us, is the one who is better at slowing down and doing nothing at just the right time. He is goofy, is constantly making people laugh, and can always defuse tense situations with his humor. He knows when to be serious, and when the situation calls for it, he is gentle and kind with family, friends, and his patients. He is generous in all ways, but mostly with his time, attention, and love. He is an incredible stepdad/bonus dad to Eliza, and any child will be lucky to have him as a father.
About Allison, by J.D.
Allison is wonderful in so many ways. We love many of the same outdoor activities, and she is especially good at challenging herself to expand her comfort zone. I admire the way she is able to balance our day-to-day fun and activities with working steadily toward specific long-term goals. She loves adventure, jokes, and relaxing, but of the two of us she is better at thinking through the specific steps we can take to shape our life and relationship the way we want. She is kind, generous, and a great listener, and has raised Eliza to be the same way. She loves children and is excited for another chance to raise a young child as Eliza grows up.
Allison has an 18-year-old daughter, Eliza, who is fortunate enough to have the love and attention of two families and two sets of parents. Eliza has been eagerly awaiting a sibling for a long time. She is away at college most of the time, but spends some long weekends, holidays and breaks with us. She loves the same outdoor activities we do, (but in smaller doses!). More than anything, she loves our dog.
We adopted Echo early in 2020 and she brings us joy every day. She has a lot of energy and loves playing, chasing lizards, and snuggling on the couch. She will be an excellent sister to the newest member of our family!
Our Parenting Values
As we raise your child, it is our greatest hope that he or she will learn to love well, to respect and care about others, and to find ways to make life meaningful and fulfilling. We want your child to feel safe. We plan to educate, guide, and discipline with consistent and clear expectations and open communication.
We believe it is important to normalize and talk about adoption from an early age with children, and let the conversation evolve along with age and maturity level. We are looking forward to an open adoption and talking with you about how that will look. Most of all, we want your child to know that he or she is loved by so many people!
Our family is unique, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are proud of the life we have built, and we know how lucky we are. We so appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your life, and that of the child you are bringing into the world.
J.D. and Allison