S: Melissa & Victor
BC: Victor & Melissa
FC: Melissa & Victor
1: Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our scrapbook. Although we cannot possibly know what you are going through right now, we imagine that this process must be difficult. We respect you and admire your courage in making this selfless choice. We hope these pages will reassure you that we will provide the kind of home -- full of support, encouragement and love -- that you want for your child. We would be honored if you selected us as adoptive parents. Warmest regards, Melissa & Victor
2: Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves ... We met on a blind date and really enjoyed each other's company. As we spent more time together, we discovered many common interests, including a deep love of the outdoors. Eventually, we realized that we were falling in love. During a vacation in Costa Rica, Victor proposed on a moonlit night in front of an erupting volcano.
3: We are best friends and make a great team. We communicate openly, have tremendous respect for each other, and share similar values. We believe that being together makes us both better people. And we try to make the most of every day.
4: Victor has a 17-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a 15-year-old son, Michael. Since they were born, Victor has always been their primary caretaker. Melissa has been a central player in their lives for the past seven years. Lauren and Michael walked Victor down the aisle at our wedding. Both are very enthusiastic about having a little sister or brother.
5: Why we are choosing adoption: Ever since we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to raise a child together. Initially, we went the conventional route. After two failed pregnancies and various unsuccessful fertility treatments, we realized that we were unable to do so. After exploring adoption, we both became very excited about this possibility. We look forward to expanding our family, and we hope that our home will be the right one for your child.
7: Melissa's Thoughts About Victor: Victor and I are soul mates, and I feel incredibly blessed to be sharing my life with him. When we first met, I was impressed by his honesty, integrity and sense of humor. I continue to cherish those values, and our love has grown deeper over the years. Professionally, Victor is a veterinarian. He has his own office, and he is very good at running a business. He really loves animals. He is also active in the community through volunteer work with the Humane Society and the local animal shelter. Victor also plays an active role in his children’s lives as an assistant scoutmaster for Michael’s boy scout troop, a swim team referee, and a board member for Lauren’s theater group. He is incredibly proud of Lauren and Michael’s accomplishments, and really works to be a good father. He has taught me many valuable lessons about parenting.
9: Victor's Thoughts About Melissa: Melissa makes me a better person. She is incredibly caring and passionate about saving the world. As a lawyer, she has always focused on human rights and giving back to the community. Through my relationship with her, I have learned what it means to listen, connect and truly love. Melissa has also been a phenomenal role model for my children (her stepchildren). She met Lauren and Michael when they were 10 and 7, respectively. She threw herself immediately into helping me raise them. They regularly look to her as a role model and advice-giver, as well as someone who can give them rides to swim team practice, dance lessons and various other activities. She also loves to plan family outings to museums, monuments and local pumpkin patches. Thanks to Melissa, both children have developed a strong social conscience. They regularly stand up for the rights of those who suffer injustice.
10: LAUREN is a senior in high school. She enjoys acting, dancing and singing, but her passion is musical theater. She has been offered a scholarship to the University of Vermont.
11: MICHAEL is a freshman in high school. He is in the magnet program for science and math, which offers accelerated high school/college level courses to students who qualify. Michael has many friends at school and often invites them to our house for parties and movie nights. He is also very active in competitive swimming and Boy Scouts.
12: We adopted our dog Sierra and our cat Eli, who are both very important members of our family. Both are well-behaved and great with children.
13: We try to make the most of our vacation time. We love to explore new cities by visiting museums, taking walking tours, and trying local restaurants.
14: Our Home We live in very safe neighborhood on a cul de sac. Our house has a wraparound porch with a swing. We love to sit outside on warm summer nights. Our front door leads into a foyer on the ground floor. Melissa's home office is to the right. On the left is our living room, which leads to the dining room. The kitchen and family room are at the back of the house. The upstairs has four bedrooms, one of which would become your child's room. Our bedroom is just across the hall so we would be nearby if needed. Within walking distance of our home, there are many playgrounds, an athletic field and a swimming pool. A short car ride away, there are wonderful parks, a biking trail, and a local orchard where we go to pick apples and pumpkins at Halloween.
16: Education We live in the best public school district in our state. The local elementary school is a short walk from our house. The student body is so ethnically diverse that they host an annual event called "International Night." Families from different parts of the world share food, cultural traditions and history. The teachers are wonderful, and they really care about the students.
17: Our Deepest Thanks We are so grateful to you for taking the time to read our scrapbook. We know that you may have additional questions, which we would welcome the chance to answer. There is more than enough love in our family for another child. We are very much looking forward to raising a child together from the beginning, and Lauren and Michael can't wait to have a younger sibling. Most of our friends have young children, so your child would have many playmates. If you choose us as adoptive parents, we assure you that your child will always feel special and will know that you loved him or her enough to make the hardest decision of your life. If you are interested in staying in touch, we would be happy to send you photos and letters. We wish you a healthy pregnancy, strength and peace. Melissa & Victor