FC: a loving home | Meghan
1: Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and learn more about my desire to build a family through adoption. I deeply admire your courage for considering an open adoption plan for your child, and my prayers are with you as you travel along this difficult journey. I promise that your child’s happiness will be the foremost focus of my life, and that your child will always know that you're decision to pursue adoption was done out of love. I hope in the following pages you get a better idea of who I am, the parent I intend to be, and the wonderful family and friends who are excited as I am to welcome a new little one into our lives. I can promise a life filled of love, laughter, commitment, learning, nurturing and support. It is my hope that something about me touches your heart as you consider the miracle of adoption. I believe that open adoption is beneficial to us all, and I look forward to building an ongoing relationship that is comfortable to you. | Greetings!
2: My brother and I were both adopted domestically as infants, so the decision to adopt is a natural one and personally very dear to my heart. I still love hearing the story about the day my parents brought me home. It was a very hot and sticky day during Labor Day weekend, so hot that my parents had to strip me down to just my diaper during the long drive up from the city! When my parents pulled into their driveway, the entire neighborhood was waiting to welcome me – they even had a huge “Welcome Meghan!” banner hung over the garage. This is a particularly special memory to me, and my neighbors are eager to give your child the same warm and loving reception into our forever family. | My Adoption Story
4: I have been fortunate to have been raised by loving and supportive parents and family who cared for, guided and encouraged me growing up. My childhood was very happy, spending holidays with my family and summers spent at our beach house in Cape Cod. I have fond memories of building sandcastles, cooking out, and going horseback riding with my cousins at my aunt and uncles house in the country. My parents afforded my brother and me every opportunity educationally and otherwise. I was particularly fond of athletics, and we practically lived at the ball field each spring and summer. It was terrific to have had such hands-on parents who always put us first, who were both committed and supportive of our unique interests and talents. Although my father passed away years ago, these are a few of the many values that he instilled in me. He was an important role model who led by example the positive character traits I have developed for being a loving, nurturing and successful parent. | Growing Up
6: About Me | In my spare time I love to read, work in my beautiful yard, swim at the beach, and getting together with family and friends. Taking vacations is one of my favorite things to do. Many of my trips are to my family's second home in Pennsylvania, a condo in the mountains, but I also get to take other get-aways too. I especially can't wait to take my child to Ireland one day, which is where my father and his family were born and raised.
9: There are no words to express how important my family is to me. My mom lives close by, in the house and neighborhood I grew up in. She is a second grade teacher, very close to retirement after a long career as an educator. She has a great love for children, and can't wait to dote on and spoil another grandchild! My brother Rob lives a few hours away in upstate New York. He is married and a father to two special and precious boys, Andrew who is 2/12 and Braden who is 4 months old. He is looking forward to becoming an uncle, and will be a positive male role model and influence. Most of my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins) are located in New Jersey, and I have and Aunt, Uncle and cousins who live in Ireland. We get together often, especially holiday's, which is always a good time. They are very eager to welcome a new member in the family. There is no doubt your baby will have lots and lots of love and attention! | Family
10: Friends are the spice of life
11: My friends are also a very important part of my life. I have a strong social network consisting of friends old and new. I share treasured friendships with a great group of women and men, many of whom I've known since elementary school. I have been overwhelmed with their support about my decision to adopt, and I'm truly fortunate to have a team of "aunties" and "uncles" waiting to attend a new little one. I am especially blessed to have two of my oldest friends, who are like sisters, live close by. They both have very young children who I love dearly, and they are eager to include another one into the mix. They are incredibly supportive and are ready to give motherly support and advice. We can't wait for play dates, trips to the local farm for apple picking, family barbecues, and trips to the beach. Most importantly though, we look forward to the special friendships our children will create through the years!
13: I am an elementary Special Education teacher, and I received my Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. I love my job! I have always had a passion for learning, and it is such a joy to pass that on to children. Over the years I have come to learn that the beauty of teaching is not only about filling a child with knowledge and a love for learning, but teaching them about values and good character. I strive each and every day to set by example the importance of being a kind, caring, compassionate, respectful and responsible person. As a parent, I will also lead by this example, as well as provide a nurturing and structured environment, to support your child in becoming the unique and special individual they are meant to be. I hope to instill my love of learning in your child, and I will give him/her access to a wide variety of experiences and educational opportunities, as well as opportunities for higher education. | Education and Work
15: Home & Community | Four years ago I bought a house in a very family/child oriented neighborhood, about an hour and a half north of New York City. My house has 3 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and laundry room. My backyard is fully fenced in, has a large grassy area for running and playing, and a patio that's perfect for sidewalk chalk drawings. My mom is only a 10 minute drive away, and it will be great to have a grandparent close by who can't wait to spoil them to pieces in the special way grandparents do. I reside in a small village located in New York, which is kid friendly, safe, and ethnically diverse. I know many of my neighbors and it is the type of community where if you need a cup of sugar, you just go net door and ask. The village and town offers many educational and cultural activities including a library, concerts in the park, festivals, parades, summer camps, and various athletic programs. I look forward in particular to taking my child to the annual St. Patrick’ Day parade and Easter egg hunt in the park, with my friends and their children. There is also a large water park nearby with water slides, waterspouts and buckets for the kids. During the summer it is the place to be for families and children of all ages! My family also has a second home in Pennsylvania where we enjoy going to the beach, swimming at the pool, skiing in the winter, and attending community festivals and events. It’s great to have a “home away from home” where new special memories with family, friends and a little bundle of joy will be created!
16: Looking Forward
17: I promise to love your child unconditionally, fully and forever. I wholeheartedly believe that motherhood is a sacred commitment to a child, and one I take very seriously. Raising a child, guiding them and offering a wide world of experiences will be my utmost priority in life. Every child is so different, and I look forward to watching your child unfold and bloom into their own unique person. I will be supportive and encouraging, and will provide a nurturing and a structured environment where he/she will grow into the person they choose to be. I welcome openness in a way that works for you so that you can see your baby thriving and happy in my family, and so that he or she understands, as I do, that you made your decision out of love. Warmly, Meghan