Dear Expectant Parent(s),
Our names are Bryan and Claudia and we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We’ve been together since we were nineteen years old. We met in college, and our seventeen-year relationship has seen us through university, career changes, marriage, home ownership, moves, travels, and so much more.
As our relationship developed, we realized that we have a lot of love to give, and to give that love to a child would really be one of the greatest joys we could ever experience. Adoption was always one way we hoped to grow our family, and as it turned out, biological children just weren’t in the cards for us. We are excited to begin our adoption journey.
So here we are, hoping to love and take care of a little one, but at the same time acknowledging that we can never fully understand the enormous strength and bravery it takes to consider entrusting adoptive parents with your child. We want you to know that should you choose us, your child will be greatly loved, not only by us, but by a large, diverse, caring, and devoted network of family and friends.
Though a seventeen year relationship may seem long for most people our age, it really hasn’t felt that way for us. Having started off as friends, our chemistry was natural, and we felt at home with each other. We got swept up in the daily activities and major events of life, and the time just flew by.
We have a lot of shared interests. We love to travel, get together with friends and family, try different foods, and play volleyball. We recently took up cross-country skiing. We also like to attend local festivities and events, hike, camp, bike, and spend time with our dog, Nugget, and cat, Friski.
We would love nothing more than to continue on these adventures and create new ones with your child.
Bryan is an extroverted and fun-loving person. There are very few adventures that he wouldn’t want to go on. He enjoys being around people and goes out of his way for friends and family. He organizes outings, tries to keep in touch with friends near and far, and will drive himself and others anywhere if it means spending time together.
When I see Bryan with children, I think of what a wonderful father he would be. He’s patient, attentive, and really enjoys spending time with them. He draws with them, makes up silly games, builds Legos, changes diapers, and seems to have a knack for putting babies to sleep. I also know that he would be a strong support for any child, as he has been for me and his family. Those close to him know they can rely on him in difficult times.
I fell in love with Bryan because he has a big heart, an open mind, came from humble beginnings, and is very smart. I knew from the start he would be the type of person that would encourage me to grow and become who I wanted to be. I feel these are all traits that would make for a great role model and father.
Claudia is the love of my life. In all sincerity, there are many times every day where I am profoundly grateful to be the one who gets to call her my wife. She is smart and selfless. She tries to help others while aiming to live a humble and healthy life for herself and loved ones.
Claudia is great with children. At family gatherings, she is often with the younger cousins, and now young nieces. She always finds a way to get them all to laugh, and for that, they quickly become attached to her. She is very close to her sister, and tries to offer some support to her and our new nieces whenever she can. After both births, Claudia took a week of her vacation time to be with her sister, and I know that if she had it available to her, would have taken a month.
There is nothing more I can ask for in a wife than what Claudia already has in abundance. All I can now hope for is the opportunity to raise children with this amazing person, as I know she would love, cherish, and support them to their greatest potential.
We recently moved into a warm and beautiful 3-bedroom detached home in Ottawa. We are a 15-minute walk from the Rideau River. A playground, daycare, and multiple schools are a short walk away. There is also a community centre within a short drive. We already met some very nice neighbours and regularly see couples with strollers and children. We chose this community because we are sure it is a great place to raise a family.
We have many friends that live in the Ottawa area, and Claudia’s parents and sister are only one hour away. We visit each other almost every week. Claudia’s parents have a large backyard with a chicken coop, vegetable garden, and berry bushes and flowers growing all around. Our nieces love to spend time at their grandparents baking cookies, collecting eggs from the chickens, and picking and eating from the vegetable garden. We are certain your child will love it as much as they do!
The decision you are considering is an incredibly selfless one and we plan to make every possible effort to pass on that message of love and to honour it by being the best parents we can be.
We would be very happy to be part of an open adoption if that is what you would like. We are also open to sharing in a middle name. We hope to develop a relationship with you, throughout your child’s life, through letters, pictures, emails, and occasional visits.
We will explain adoption in an age appropriate way, using available resources (books, internet). We would also like to create a life book for your child and would be more than happy if you would like add to it. We want your child to know their roots, be proud of them, and proud of the diverse family that can stem from adoption.
We truly look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to learn of your hopes and dreams for your child.
As parents, we would provide a loving, stable, and supportive environment for your child; enabling your child to develop a strong self-esteem and the skills to build a happy and fulfilling life. We believe very strongly in communication; we want your child to feel comfortable talking to us about anything, and to come to us for support and guidance. We do not believe in physical punishment of any kind.
There are so many wonderful moments we can envision experiencing with your child, it’s difficult to list or describe them all. Going on camping trips, bike rides, and hikes as a family. Perhaps a trip to Disney World, or an RV trip across the country. Cheering from the sidelines should your child take an interest in any sport or hobby. We would also very much enjoy the little moments, like reading to them by the fire, helping with homework, showing them the starry night through a telescope, or building and doing crafts together.
We also hope to instill in your child an eagerness to learn, inside and outside of the classroom. Wanting to understand more about the world and how it works will not only open doors, but will help build compassion and open-mindedness. We will ensure that your child has every opportunity to discover and pursue any interests as far as their curiosity and drive will take them.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We hope that we were able to convey how much we would love and care for your child. Your child would be raised in a warm, supportive environment surrounded by family and friends, and would be encouraged to discover and pursue any interests. We would aim to help your child develop the necessary skills to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
We hope to instill in your child a sense of confidence and pride in their diverse roots, and an understanding that adoption is an act of love. We believe that maintaining a relationship with you will help us achieve this goal.
We truly hope that you find the path that is right for your child, and would be overjoyed if you felt that path involved us.