Dear Birth Parent,
We’re Leticia and Drew from Toronto. Thank you for taking time to review our profile. We have always been keen about adoption and we’re very excited to enter this new chapter in our lives. We hope that you enjoy learning a little bit about us, and we will be happy to tell you anything else you’d like to know! Thank you for your courage and trust.
Profession: Software Developer
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Board Games, Guitar, Piano, Reading, Cycling, Running, Cooking, Friendships
Profession: Registered Nurse
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Baking, Cooking, Crafting, Furniture Upcycling, Board Games, Reading, Hiking
Years Together: 8
Other Children: No
Pets: We have 2 rescue cats. LC, a cute tabby, and FiBi, a rambunctious calico
Age: No Preference
Gender: No Preference
Ethnicity: No Preference
Special Needs: Open To Discussion
Type of Adoption: No Preference
A Little About Leticia
Leticia has a sincere enthusiasm for everything she does and everyone she engages with. She is warm and friendly with children and adults, and always lights up the room with her positive attitude. Anytime we are together with family or friends, Leticia organizes events and activities such as – water balloon fights, piggy-back obstacle courses or blind-folded arts and crafts. The children in her life also call her “Auntie Delisha”, as she is known and loved for her baked goods and other tasty treats. When on camping trips with family and friends Leticia will come to the campfire, armed with sparklers, glow sticks and s’mores fixings.
Leticia was born and raised in the small community of Little Heart’s Ease, Newfoundland. She attended university in Toronto, and now works as a Registered Nurse in oncology. She enjoys baking, furniture upcycling and other crafty projects as well as visiting with family and friends.
A Little About Drew
When you first meet Drew, you may mistake him as shy or quiet. He takes time to absorb the people and conversation around him and contributes something insightful when he speaks. He is warm and enjoys making jokes, laughing with others or just being goofy. He has successfully taught our niece and nephews how to make terrible puns, and they are quite good at it. When we host parties or vacation with others, Drew enjoys inventing games which everyone will enjoy – adults and children. Drew always comes to the campfire with a guitar and a repertoire of ‘90s rock music for sing-a-long.
Drew was born and raised in London, Ontario. He moved to Toronto after university, where he works as a software developer. He enjoys board games, cycling, playing guitar and piano.
About Our Cats
We have two adorable cats! Little Cat (LC) and Fibi are both Humane Society rescues. Both get along well with children. LC is a 10 year old tabby who enjoys long naps and short walks in the garden. Fibi is a 2 year old calico, who is playful, enjoys meeting new friends, chasing worms, flies and rainbow fuzzy balls. Both LC and Fibi enjoy a good cuddle too.
Our Home & Community
We have a large, loving, supportive circle of family and friends. Leticia’s brother lives across the street from us with his wife and two children. We often get together for family meals, or just spontaneous visits. Our niece and nephew will come by to play board games, bake cookies or to help us eat sushi.
Drew’s parents are a short drive away in London, and his brother lives in Kitchener, along with his son. Although they don’t live as close, we still meet them frequently for meals, hikes or other adventures around the area. Drew’s family will often come to visit and stay the night.
Leticia’s parents and large extended family are located in beautiful Newfoundland. We regularly visit and enjoy all the wonderful activities that the area has to offer: hiking, fishing, exploring beaches, and enjoying the ocean breeze. Leticia’s extended family members will all make a point of visiting or inviting us over any time we are in Newfoundland. Many of Leticia’s first cousins are very close to her, more like siblings, and still keep in close correspondence despite the long distances. Leticia’s parent’s visit Toronto at least once a year and stay for a month at a time.
We are fortunate that Leticia still has one living grandparent “Nan Lambert”. She is a gentle and kind woman, with an abundance of knowledge and stories of old Newfoundland. Leticia’s passion for baking was inherited from her Nan Lambert. She is very much looking forward to seeing her family grow and once again becoming “Great Grand Nan”
In addition to our family, we treasure our relationships with our friends, who are also like family to us. Many of our friends live here in Toronto, coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. We have known them for many years, and often get together for cottage vacations, weekend hiking trips or dinner parties. As many of our friends have children, we keep our home stocked with an assortment of toys and books. Leticia will often bake treats for or with the children. This will be a natural network of friends and “cousins” for a new child in our family.
We live in a lovely two story, detached home in East York, Toronto. We have four bedrooms, which is plenty of space for us, a child and any guests. We have a large open kitchen where we can cook delicious meals while still minding the rest of the house. Being on a corner lot, we have a large yard with a shady tree for relaxing on the patio or playing in the garden. We have recently completed some renovations to make our home more new and spacious, while still maintaining its warmth and charm.
Our house corners onto a quiet residential street in the very vibrant and diverse Danforth Village neighbourhood. We are walking distance to several parks, elementary schools, and to the beautiful trails in Taylor Creek. Woodbine Beach is a short drive, and the nearby public transit can take us to anywhere in Toronto! Our neighbourhood is safe and simple and home to many young families and new Canadians. It combines the convenience and amenities of the big city with the pace and openness of a suburb.
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
Experience with Children – Auntie ‘Ticia and Uncle Drew
We have a 9 year old nephew on Drew’s side, a 15 year old nephew and 10 year old niece on Leticia’s side. Leticia lived with her brother when his son was born and was actively involved in his early upbringing. We have both enjoyed looking after our niece and nephews from time to time. It has given us a glimpse into the challenges and rewards of having children in our life.
In addition to our niece and nephews, many of our friends’ children refer to us as “Uncle Drew” and Aunt Leticia (or ‘Ticia, or Delisha). We enjoy teaching them games, reading them stories, or doing anything to entertain and monitor them to give their parents a break!
Our Views on Family
We believe that family and community are the centre piece to raising a child. We both grew up with a strong family unit, but were also surrounded by extended family, friends, and neighbours that shaped who we are today. We want the same support and sense of belonging for any child we raise. We believe that childhood is a time, not just for fun and adventure, but for growth, and learning who you are and how you fit into the world. We would want a child to be supported in any of their interests, from a little league baseball team, to pursuing the education they want. Most of all we want them to feel loved, and this is what we can offer.
Our Views on Adoption
Ever since we first started dating, we have discussed adoption as an interesting possibility for us. The idea that being a family doesn’t need to be based on biology, but it is based on love and support. We have also struggled with our own fertility, and not yet given up on conceiving a child, however, adoption has never been a “Plan B”. We have a lot of love to give and hope to give it to any child that comes into our lives.
We understand and believe in openness. We don’t think adoption should be a secret or stigmatized, and that a child should know their biological connections and their mother/father should have a connection with their birth child.
While adoption is new to us, it won’t be new to our family. Drew and Leticia both have an adopted cousin and Leticia’s cousin has 2 young children, one adopted and one biological. Our family and friends are very supportive of adoption for us, and we’re excited to become parents!
Our Views on Diversity
While we are both white with dark hair, we don’t feel it necessary to have a child that looks similar to us. Adoption will not be a “secret” and we will unconditionally love any child that comes into our family. We will do our utmost to ensure the child learns their heritage, and we will advocate for them, against any injustices they may face. While our biological family is ethnically homogeneous, our friends and neighbourhood are certainly diverse. We are imperfect and will make mistakes, but will work to ensure an adopted child belongs.
All of our traditions are centred around building community and having quality time with close family and friends. Christmas is something we both celebrated in our families as children and it’s something we continue to this day. We enjoy delicious meals, exchanging gifts, relaxing at home or visiting with others. We enjoy dressing up at Halloween, seeing fireworks on Canada Day, going camping in the summer, and going sledding or skating in the winter.
Each year, we try to organize a cottage trip involving our siblings, niece and nephews so that we can all relax and spend quality family time together.
We were both raised in Christian homes (Drew into the Catholic Church, Leticia into the Church of the Salvation Army), but believe in teaching morality, rather than forcing a religion onto a child. We will teach them about the religion of our family and friends and others around them. We will teach them kindness to others, honour for elders and respect for their family, the planet and everyone around them.
Thank you for taking time to learn about us and our family and friends. We have great respect for your thoughtful decision to consider adoption for your child. Should you choose us as prospective parents, we promise to love your child unconditionally, and provide for them in the best way that we can. Good luck to you in your journey and in your decision.
Drew & Leticia