BC: -Home Study Approved - We realize this is an incredibly hard decision. We love each other and would love your child - to no end. Our lives are about family, friends, laughter, adventure, and love. As with any family, we know there will be hardships in raising children. We believe that our numerous experiences working with children and the challenges we have already faced by controlling Nicole's condition have better prepared us for the incredible responsibilities of being parents. We hope that you consider allowing us to adopt your child, and we are happy to answer any questions you have through Premiere Adoptions or directly. Contact us: Call us toll-free: 1-877-242-7566 Check out our adoption website: www.lovingcoupleplusone.net16.net Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FC: Love, Family, Laughter, and Adventure.... awaiting a child to join our lives... | Antone and Nicole
1: Our Letter to You We want to thank you for having the courage to make this challenging life decision. Allowing us to adopt your child would be a remarkable gift, for which we would always be thankful. We would do our best to repay that gift by trying to be the best parents we possibly can. If you decide to choose us as the adoptive parents of your child, we would be open to using emails, letters, calls, Skype, and some visits to update you on your child's growth. To give you a little background about our lives, we had our first date at Washington, D.C's outdoor Eastern Market. We then walked to the Smithsonian museums, where talked about our lives for hours. We dated for two years, and then Antone surprised Nicole several days after our second anniversary by proposing. Today, we have been together for six years and married for almost three (since early 2009).
2: Our Letter to You We are very excited about becoming parents. Nicole's favorite cousin is adopted, and she has known since growing up with her that she wanted to form a family through adoption. When we were first dating, we discussed adoption and agreed to pursue it later in our relationship. Originally, we also planned to have a family made up of children from adoption and through conception. However, two years into our relationship, Nicole had to begin to take medication to control a rare neurological condition, trigeminal neuralgia, that causes pain in her face. Nicole's medication minimizes her condition's symptoms, so she is fully capable of parenting, but it would likely cause birth defects if she tried to have children biologically. Nicole’s inability to have children seems like a sign that our earlier planning for adoption is the way our family is supposed to grow. About a year ago, we decided we were ready to start seriously pursuing adoption. We love our life as a couple, but we have both always loved children and want to be parents ourselves. We genuinely hope that you will consider allowing us to adopt your child after you review this profile. | Nicole with the giggling child of a friend. We love spending time with our friends' children.
3: Our Work Nicole works for the State Department, working in both Washington D.C. and in U.S. embassies around the world. This amazing opportunity offers us the chance to live in a different country for 2-3 years at a time and explore a different culture. When we live in a different country, it serves as a vacation spot for all our family and friends! We just finished two years in Mexico City (hablamos espanol!) and are currently living in Virginia for a year, learning French before our next post in 2012 (nous parlons francias!). When we live different countries, we travel back frequently to see family and friends. Our children will grow up with close relationships with their family members. Antone has a background in the environment, working at organizations like World Wildlife Fund. Most importantly, he is flexible in his work schedule. He plans to stay home full-time with our daughter or son for the first year of their life and possibly part-time following that. Nicole also plans to take maternity leave for two months. | Us in Mexico
4: About Nicole by Antone: Nicole is an incredibly loving, strong, sincere, and kind person who always considers the needs of others before herself. In addition to being highly intelligent, she is also very artistic and creative. She loves art, music, photography, and sculpture. She is also very adventurous and willing to try new things. Nicole will make a great mother because she loves spending time with children. She'll encourage our child/children to express themselves through creative activities and help them overcome challenges by being both nurturing and a cheerleader. She will help our child/children reach their potential. | About Nicole by Antone: Nicole is an incredibly loving, strong, sincere, and kind person who always considers the needs of others before herself. In addition to being highly intelligent, she is also very artistic and creative. She loves art, music, photography, and sculpture. She is also very adventurous and willing to try new things. Nicole will make a great mother because she loves spending time with children. She'll encourage our child/children to express themselves through creative activities and help them overcome challenges by being both nurturing and a cheerleader. She will help our child/children reach their potential.
5: About Antone, by Nicole: Antone is one of the best men I have ever known. He treasures his family and friends. He has a goofy sense of humor, but always makes me laugh with ridiculous jokes. He loves nature, hiking, and vising national parks. He appreciates art, and many of his family members are artists. One of the first things that drew me to him was his interest in trying new things. He loves to travel and experience new cultures. Antone will make a great dad because he'll be incredibly supportive of our children, no matter what they want out of life. He can't wait to take them on adventures of all kinds and show them crazy wildlife. He will show our children the same tender love that he shows me.
6: Family We both have very strong relationships with our families, which we maintain through regular visits, calls, and emails with all members. When not living in other countries, we own an apartment in Northern Virginia, right down the street from our friends and family, who are looking forward to having a new little one to love. We spend about half our holidays with each side of the family, but also spend as much free time as possible with family members. Nicole's Family Nicole's parents raised her and her two younger siblings in a small town in Virginia. Nicole's mother works nearby as a middle school teacher and her father worked as a school psychologist. Nicole's aunt and uncle are like second parents and would be another set of grandparents to our children. Nicole is also extremely close to her brother and sister, and to her sister-in-law. Nicole's brother is a pediatrician, so we'll have a family member to call with general medical questions about our child. Antone has also grown close to her entire family.
7: Our entire combined families at our wedding. | Nicole and her brother | Nicole's Family and us | Nicole's sister's graduation | Nicole and her sister
8: Antone's Family Antone grew up on the Maryland border of Washington, D.C. His parents divorced when he was in middle school, but remain very amicable. Both his parents remarried, and Antone and Nicole have very positive relationships with his step-father and his step-mother. Antone's parents instilled a deep love of nature in both Antone and his brother Reuben. Whenever Reuben visits us, they go on back-country hiking trips together. Antone says that he can't wait to take our son or daughter hiking in a backpack once she or he is old enough. | Us with Antone's family at our wedding
9: Antone's Family | Nicole with Reuben, Antone's brother, in Mexico | Antone and Reuben hiking | Antone and Reuben with their grandmother
10: Friends Beyond our immediate family members, our friends, many of whom we have known for years, also make up a wide circle of broader family that will provide support and love for our children as they grow up.
12: Children in our Lives Both of us love children and have spent a lot of time with kids in our families, through volunteer opportunities, and in jobs. We hope this experience will prepare us for children of our own. When she was 11 years old , Nicole began babysitting her younger siblings and the children of family friends. Throughout high school, she also worked as a camp counselor, including at camps for at-risk youth and children suffering with cancer. In high school and college, Nicole also volunteered in clubs mentoring and tutoring teenagers. After college, she spent a year working at a Head Start preschool program and volunteered with children at a homeless shelter. After college, Antone also worked as a national park ranger, where he gave nature tours to families. In another park, he taught nature educational programs for children. He also volunteered to lead high-school students on weekend leadership trips. In addition, he has been like a big brother for his cousin's three children and the children of a family friend (also adopted). Currently, we both spend much of our time on the weekends with friends’ babies and children, an activity we both enjoy. | Family friend's little girl - Nicole LOVES babies. | Antone's second cousins served as the flower girls in our wedding.
13: Antone's second cousins - so super cute! | Antone as a park ranger, doing education programs for kids | Nicole as a camp counselor | Nicole's Headstart toddlers on a trip to find pumpkins
14: Our son/daughter's future room | Dining Room | Kitchen | Master Bedroom - we painted the back wall purple ourselves for some color! | Breakfast nook | Our Home We own a two-bedroom condo near Washington, DC. Right across the street is a park, so hopefully he or she can learn our love of nature early on in life! We have a huge pool, community gardens, and tennis courts. Our building has a tremendous blend of individuals and families, and we believe it's a great home base for us to raise our first child. | Living Room
15: Family Pets We both grew up adoring our family pets, who have since passed away. Once our family has grown larger, we also plan to adopt our first dog. Antone wants a black lab (like his childhood dog), and Nicole want a small dog, so the compromise is a plan to get a Golden Retriever (yes, a big dog, but one that Nicole likes!).
16: Words from Our Friends | "For as long as I have known her, Nicole has expressed great interest in the idea of adopting children one day. Since she and Antone were married, they have often expressed great excitement when they speak of their desire to be parents. ...Nicole is a very sweet and loving person who cherishes her personal relationships with family and friends above all else. I would say that she always has and always will put her family above her own needs...Antone is a special man who is extraordinarily dedicated to his family relationships and to Nicole as well. He is kind and patient and loves to laugh. Antone is also dedicated to enriching his mind, and he loves nature, culture, and socializing. They are a highly intelligent, committed, affectionate, spiritual, and joyous couple. I believe Antone and Nicole will make wonderful parents." --Michelle Nicole's college roommate, maid-of honor in couple's wedding, and critical care nurse
17: "Antone's love of nature and respect for the environment reflects his caring personality and ability to provide a nurturing home for children...Antone and Nicole take their commitment to parenting seriously, and openly understand the amazing gifts and opportunities that raising children in an international environment can offer children...Ultimately, their choice to become parents is their highest priority..." Antone and Nicole are incredibly close with their siblings, as well as with their parents and extended family. We have seen how they not only support each other as family, but also genuinely enjoy spending time with each other. Antone and Nicole's children with be well loved by multiple generations and raised with a respect and caring for the importance of family." -Ben and Julia Close friends of the couple
18: Between Nicole's job as a diplomat and our sense of adventure, we have traveled all over the United States, Europe, and Latin , America, as well as visiting Asia, and the Middle East. We want to raise our children with an appreciation for other cultures and an eagerness for learning. | Nepal | Swiss Alps | Argentina | Mexico
19: Spain | Israel | Peru | China | Greece | Italy | Mexico | France | Guatemala | China
20: Education Both of our parents were teachers and psychologists, so we understand and place great importance on education. of all kinds. Nicole's mother rewarded her reading, and all of her siblings continue to love reading as adults. Antone was not always interested in school until he went to college and could set his own agenda. Now he educates himself about the sciences with textbooks on a regular basis. We plan to praise our children for doing their best and encourage them to explore their learning interests, whatever those include.
21: Nicole's position with the State Department offers some educational resources for our future children. While we are overseas, the State Department will pay for our children to attend high-quality American schools. These have small classrooms and classes taught in English. They will also learn to speak foreign languages fluently (at least Spanish and French). If they have any disabilities, the State Department will support special services while we are overseas.