Daniel & Joelleprofile id #28561
Daniel & Joelle
are hopeful adoptive parents from Virginia waiting to adopt a baby.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, please read the following Dear Birthmother Letter.
Adoption in Progress.
We want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little as you consider all your choices to make the best decision for you and your baby. We want to tell you as much as we can about ourselves to help you in your adoption planning. Most of all, we want you to know that we will cherish the opportunity to adopt your child, if we are so blessed, to welcome them into our life, to love and nurture them to reach their fullest potential.
We first met in 2005 in Arlington, VA. In 2007 we bought a house together and in 2009 had a beautiful spring wedding in Virginia with our family and friends.
When we didnít get pregnant on our own, we agreed to pursue our parenthood dreams through adoption. We both feel strongly that adopting is a wonderful way for us to build our family. In preparation for adopting, last year we moved to a four-bedroom house with a fenced-backyard in a family-friendly neighborhood just outside of DC. We are well established in our professional fields, our lives are very stable and we have much love and time to share with a new child.
About our Family
My mom is African-American with roots in the Caribbean, and my father is European, from Belgium. I spent my early childhood in West Africa with my parents and two sisters. When I was 8 we moved to the US and I consider Virginia to be home. I have a younger brother who was adopted by my mom when my sisters and I were already off to college. For the past 15 years, I have worked with an international organization that promotes development and fights poverty in poor countries. I speak French and some Spanish and enjoy experiencing other cultures. Iíve been fortunate to work with an organization that seeks to contribute to the greater good and where Iím always learning new things. My dad lives nearby in Virginia and we see each other several times a month. My mom now lives in Arizona near my younger sister. Iím close to my mom and both of my sisters who are definitely my best friends (after my husband). I love to go running or take long walks in our neighborhood. I imagine taking our child on strolls through parks, supporting them in school, creative and athletic events and teaching them to be curious about and enjoy the world.
I grew up in Rhode Island with my parents who are from Switzerland and my two siblings. My parents and older sister still live in Rhode Island and I often go visit them with Joelle and my daughter Hannah. I studied at Rhode Island College and served in the military reserves for 15 years. My career has been focused on information technology and today I work in the health care insurance industry specializing in information systems and solutions. I enjoy building things, playing hockey, cycling and skiing. My parents were incredibly supportive of me when I was growing up and I emulate that in my relationship with Hannah. Weíre best buddies and I never miss a soccer game, play, talent show or any other school event. Iím excited to welcome a new child in our family to raise with Joelle, to give them the same love and attention, and to give Hannah a younger sibling.
Hannah, our daughter from Danís first marriage, is fifteen and looks forward to welcoming a new brother or sister. She loves music, plays the drums, soccer and likes to watch cooking shows and go snowboarding. She spends the weekends with us and we go to her soccer games almost every Saturday, to the movies, do outdoor or cultural activities or take it easy at home watching cupcake wars or Sponge Bob. Every couple of years we all take a trip somewhere fun like Hawaii, the Virgin Islands or this past summer, to Portland. On some of these trips we meet up with aunts, uncles and cousins that live in Rhode Island, Texas or Arizona and have a little family reunion.
Felix is a six year old beagle mix we rescued when he was 3 months old. He loves to retrieve balls and go swimming. To keep him fit we like to take him to parks in the area or long walks in the neighborhood and play with him in the back yard.
We believe our familyís multi-ethnic and multi-racial background will enrich our childís life. Weíre fortunate to have jobs we enjoy that have great benefits which will make it possible for us to spend time with our baby and to give her/him the attention and emotional nurturing they need. Joelleís employer has generous maternity leave benefits to stay home after the adoption. Her office has a full time child-care center where our child will be able to play and learn to socialize. Our neighborhood also has some of the best schools in the country and is a wonderful place to raise children. While both of us hail from Catholic backgrounds, we believe the most important thing is to have faith in one other and to practice kindness, respect and tolerance. We will raise our child to be a responsible and caring member of society and do everything we can to help them fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams.
We are very excited at the prospect of a new child in our life and we look forward to all the things weíll do together as a family. We would welcome having an open adoption or making whatever arrangement will best meets the needs of the child. As the biological mother, you will always have our deepest respect and admiration. Your child will be loved by us, our extended families, and our many friends. Send us a message