Dear Expectant Mother,
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am beyond excited about becoming a parent. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider me as the adoptive parent for your child. I greatly admire your decision to entrust your child to a loving family, and I can only imagine the courage it takes to make this choice. I hope this letter gives you a glimpse into my life, and my vision for the kind of parent I will be. I hope that I may have the opportunity to hear your hopes and dreams for your child.
I was born in Northern California and raised in Southern California. Growing up, I remember best hunting for tadpoles in the river by my house and skateboarding to the yogurt shop with friends. I come from a family of musicians, singers and dancers. I played the clarinet for 12 years and was part of youth orchestras and the school band. I also spent much of my childhood dancing. I had ballet, tap and jazz classes and joined the high school dance team. My first job was dancing at Disneyland, which I loved and continued to do for many years-it helped pay for my college expenses.
I graduated from Cal State Chico with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. I now make my living as an Executive Producer in live entertainment. I’ve worked on new musicals with Tony Award winning artists, parades and fireworks for Disney, and corporate events like the launch party for ESPN. I meet and work with a crazy array of people (from the likes of Magic Johnson to Martha Stewart). My job is always a new adventure with each show. I work from home 90% of the time with a flexible schedule. I plan to take off the first months of my child’s life and my mom plans to stay with me to help out.
I enjoy spending time exploring nearby towns, hiking, kayaking, strolling farmers markets and cooking. A great day is when I get together with my friends and their kids and we head to the farmers market and then to one of our homes for a big cooking party. The meal is usually delayed as we stop for games of chase and trampoline time-outs-but boy, do we have fun!
I love to travel and have been to almost every state in the US. My passion for travel started at age 14 when I went to Japan for a dance competition. It sparked a love for learning about different cultures and peoples. Since then, I have lived in Taiwan, been to Japan and Mexico repeatedly, and visited Costa Rica, Nicaragua, London, Paris, Italy and Canada. It’s my hope that my child will share my enthusiasm for adventure and that we will continue to explore the world and its various cultures together.
My Family, Friends and our Traditions
My parents met in the 7th grade, married at 19, and 47 years later, they still love to make each other laugh. We talk or text every day. They currently live in Southern California but they plan to move to my town once the baby is here so they can be a regular part of my child’s life. My dad is a big believer that family should always come first, and eagerly awaits the next addition. My mom is a nurturer by nature and my best friend, whom I love dearly. I know without a doubt that I am loved for who I am-at my best and my worst. It’s a gift that’s given me strength, and their example will help me pass on the same gift of love and self-worth to my child. Both of my grandmothers are still a regular part of my life. My Grandma Gloria’s enthusiasm for life and “can-do” attitude have especially inspired me. My aunt and uncle live close by with their son, who is also adopted. I have several fantastic young cousins, including Lauren and Will, whom I adore.
If I have to pick a word to describe my family it would be laughter. We are all a celebratory bunch, and when we gather we are always laughing together. We get together for Christmas (Santa still brings everyone gifts), New Years, Easter, The Oscars (with a fake red carpet, themed meals and prizes for guessing winners), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Halloween (we all still dress up), Labor Day, Thanksgiving and every birthday (including the dogs).
Three of my five best friends had babies this year and I can’t wait for our kids to grow up together like we did. In particular, Jonah, Heather and newborn Dylan are 30 minutes away and we will be spending a ton of time together. We are planning on lots of Golden Gate Park days and riding bikes in my little town.
I am very proud of my daughter, Jennifer. I have always known that she would grow up to be a remarkable woman and she has not disappointed me. She is smart, sassy, funny, full of good humor and very loving.
Children always seem to gravitate to Jennifer. Her natural way with kids puts them at ease quickly. At family gatherings Jennifer is the one on the ground playing with a pack of children making up wild stories about dragons and gnomes. Jennifer has always wanted a family and we can’t wait to welcome the new little one into the fold. With Jennifer as your child’s parent, his or her life will be filled with love, adventure and a strong sense of self.
My Home and Neighborhood
I live in a small town located 30 minutes North of San Francisco. My home is a 1950’s ranch home with a large backyard where I’m trying my hand at growing a tiny orchard. The baby’s room looks out on a gorgeous birch tree and my own park bench. I plan to decorate with bright happy colors and cartoon owls.
Within minutes of walking out my door I can be on miles of trails with rivers, and lakes or strolling the town’s shops, restaurants and playgrounds. I specifically chose my home and town because it’s a wonderful place to raise a family. On my block alone there we have an infant, twin 2-year-old boys, a 6, an 8 and a 10-year-old. The schools are excellent, my neighbors get together regularly, and the town has a ton of family activities year round.
I adopted my dog, Bella, from the pound when she was three months old. Bella goes with me everywhere. She’s a total love bug who thinks everyone she meets is her new best friend. She loves to play chase with my neighbor’s kids and is a champ at licking little hands clean.
My Commitment to You
I have always wanted to be a mother, and I’m now ready and prepared to give a child an abundant and loving home. I am interested to know as much about you as you would like to share-I want my child to know where he or she came from and to understand that your choice of adoption for your child was an act of love.
If I am fortunate enough to be your choice, I promise to love this child unconditionally. I will provide an environment that will allow my child to grow confidently into his or her best self. Education is a priority for me and in addition to formal education, an important part of that will be learning through living. Be it through travel, the arts, sports or science I plan to help him or her gain knowledge outside of the classroom as well as inside.
I will share my family traditions and build new ones for my child to take forward into adulthood. My child will be surround by family and friends who can’t wait for him or her to be part of their lives.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and for considering me as an adoptive parent to your child. I promise that your child will always know they are deeply loved. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss your hopes for your child and the level of contact you wish to have.
You can reach me toll free at 1-877-245-0102 or email me at jennifer4URlove. You can also reach my warm and helpful adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon (1-800-823-6788) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website at www.adamsromer.com.