Cam & Melissa

Cameron and Melissa in San Jose, California.

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to read about us and consider us as parents for your child. We can only imagine how challenging this decision must be for you, and the difficulty of deciding on the right family for your child. We have been preparing to be parents for many years and are excited as we embark on becoming first-time parents through adoption.

We are a kind and generous couple with a lot of unconditional love to give.  While only giving you a glimpse of our lives, we hope this letter encourages you to connect with us.  We’d like to share  a bit more about us and hear your hopes and dreams for your child.

Our Story

We were born less than ten days apart and about 35 miles away from each other in Australia.  However we met on the first day Cameron started working in the same office as Melissa. Cameron had already decided he was going to marry Melissa over administrative paper work and two bowls of cereal. But it was several years later that we started dating. While on a business trip in Hong Kong, Cameron flew Melissa out for a “holiday”—and to propose. Cameron called her parents to ask for her hand. We were married in the summer of 2012 in Santorini, Greece, joined by our loved ones from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia to witness this special occasion. 

A new job opportunity for Cameron brought us to California nearly four years ago. It was a great decision for us and we plan to stay here long term. Since moving into our new home we spend our weekends enjoying our garden, entertaining with friends or relaxing together with our cat, Salem, in front of the television on our big comfy couch. We love going to hockey games (Cam plays in a local league), the movies and to theater and other events in San Francisco. We love travel—experiencing  new sights and cultures—and we have made good friends in several countries, many who visit us here. We look forward to introducing our child to these same rewarding experiences.

Our other family member is our 13-year-old Burmese cat, Salem. People are often amazed at how good he is around children—he’s very affectionate and cuddly. We have always had a family pet and know the importance of having a special furr friend to grow up with.

About Cameron, by Melissa

Teaching godson to skate

Cameron is my rock. He is the steady constant in my life and I know he will be for our child as well. He is the most honest, grounded, hardworking and generous person I have ever met. Cameron was born in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, where his parents still live. He has a twin sister, who lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and two children, Connor, 7 and Tessa, 4. We Facetime with them on the weekends and have loved watching them grow up.

Cameron is a natural born problem-solver. As a director of software engineering in Silicon Valley, Cameron solves problems every day, working with a lot of bright minds inventing technology in visual computing. He has a large team to supervise and mentor—several colleagues have joined his team from previous companies that he has worked at.

Cameron has played hockey since he was a teen, and since moving here he is on the ice every week in the local men’s league. He is also qualified to coach kids. Cameron has an amazing ability to relate to children. He has a great imagination and sense of humor. Whether playing sports with them, helping them learn to skate or swim, or telling them funny stories, he is always the life of the party. He also loves to take them to the movies (he loves movies), especially super hero films.

About Melissa, by Cameron

Visiting Google campus

Melissa is the best thing to ever happen to me. She is a supportive partner in all our endeavors.  As a single child she is very close to her parents. Despite them living in Australia, she talks to her mom and dad almost every day.

Melissa is an executive assistant in a Venture Capital firm. In Australia she worked in the same role to the Premier of the State. She has a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies. I admire her resourceful nature. She loves to read, is very creative and loves decorating especially for each of the holidays. She has a great eye for art, design and photography and is an amazing baker. She is famous for her cheesecake and pavlova (an Australian classic dessert) which she will happily make for any occasion. Melissa loves being in the garden, watching the hummingbirds and growing our own fruit and vegetables.

Her love for children is obvious in the way she cares for our friends’ children. She loves hosting them for sleepovers and dance parties in our lounge room.

Our Family & Friends

Cameron’s parents are of Scottish and English descent. His father grew up on a large farming estate before becoming an electrical engineer, and his mother traveled the world working as an executive assistant at Australian consulates.

We are also very close to a family Cameron grew up with in Australia. While we are not related, we consider the couple and their two sons  to be our extended family members. We feel fortunate to have their love, support and friendship and they can’t wait to meet our child too.

Melissa’s parents immigrated to Australia when they were children, Ma from Malta (a small island in the Mediterranean), and Pa from the Seychelle Islands (near Madagascar). They were next-door neighbors in Australia and became sweethearts. Despite our different nationalities, we have all managed to connect with each other to this point, and while we have yet to meet our child, we are already in love with him or her.

We live around the corner from our  great friends, who have three children, ages 4-8. We are Godparents to their youngest. Our weekends often include spending time with them.  We look forward to seeing our child grow up alongside their children like cousins.

Our Home & Community

Our home in Willow Glen

We live in a lovely part of San Jose called Willow Glen. It is a close family-friendly community. We are within walking distance of the local downtown, filled with shops, restaurants, an amazing bookshop and a yummy ice cream parlor. Our neighbors gather for an annual rib cook-off block party, a Halloween block party and at Christmas  the entire community goes to great effort to light up the streets with decorations.

Our four-bedroom home has a lovely, bright open plan allowing for space to grow with our new family. We live right by an excellent elementary school, and a magical fairy garden. During the summer months our friends and their children spend hours swimming and playing in our pool and we love having BBQs and entertaining. We love it when friends and family from all over the world come to visit us and stay.

Our Values

At our godson’s christening

We hope to instill in our child the values we grew up with ourselves: Honesty, integrity and working hard. We look forward to giving every opportunity that we can to our child, just as our parents did for us. Australians are known for being hardworking but laid back and easy going. We are direct and candid and always humorous in the way we communicate.

We feel that education is very important, but not all lessons can be taught in the classroom. As hockey fans we appreciate what we can learn from being part of a team. We would encourage our child to participate in any sport or artistic endeavor that would give him or her a sense of fulfillment, inclusion and community or team spirit. We also want our child to experience different cultures and to understand the beauty in our differences through travel. We encourage both a formal and informal education to build self-worth and self-growth—living life with authenticity, a smile on your face and love in your heart.

We look forward to combining our Australian with new American traditions. Like most Americans, we love a good BBQ and sporting event. We have enjoyed “adopting” Halloween—and we really look forward to having a little one to share the fun with. Thanksgiving is also a new tradition, that we share with friends and those who don’t have someone to celebrate with each year.  We’ve loved opening our home to share a meal and appreciate all that we are thankful for.

Thank You

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read our letter. We would love the opportunity to learn more about you if you are open to that and welcome any questions you might have for us.

We can be reached toll-free at 1-888-912-ADOPTION (1-888-912-3678)  or by email at mel.cam.adoption@gmail.com. You can also reach our warm and helpful adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon at 1-800-U-Adopt-US (1-800-823-6788) or email them at info@adamsromer.com. You can also visit their website at www.adamsromer.com.