Nickname: Jeff and Alissa

Married Since: 2012

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We cannot imagine all you have gone through as you read this letter. Know that we hold you in highest esteem and admire your strength. We think of you daily and want you to know how deeply and unconditionally we will love your baby.

Jeffrey and Alissa

from California

Jeff

Ancestry: Irish

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Marketing Optimization Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Music, Cooking, Traveling

Alissa

Ancestry: Northern European

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: English Teacher

Education: BA

Hobbies: Traveling, Yoga, Writing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

Jeff

Animal
Dogs
Book
The Three-Body Problem
Childhood Memory
Camping with family
TV Show
Breaking Bad
Family Activity
Going out to dinner
Food
Fried chicken
Hobby
Music and surfing
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Movie
Lord of the Rings

Alissa

Animal
Bears
Book
Lincoln in the Bardo
Childhood Memory
Driving around looking at Christmas lights
TV Show
Mad Men
Family Activity
Picnics
Food
Dumplings
Hobby
Dancing and roller skating
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Reading
Movie
You've Got Mail
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From Us to You

Dearest Expectant Mother,

We cannot imagine all you have gone through as you read this letter. Know that we hold you in highest esteem and admire your strength. We think of you daily and want you to know how deeply and unconditionally we will love your baby. We consider our families to be our greatest gifts. We have loving, supportive parents and grandparents, and have always known we wanted to be parents ourselves. We cannot wait to be a family for your baby.

Our marriage is built on honesty and commitment. We have seen each other through difficult life experiences and feel resilient and better able to face whatever life brings. We also love being together, whether it’s trying new restaurants, traveling, camping, or playing music.

Your baby will grow up with many aunts and uncles who already can’t wait to read them stories, take them to the beach, and be a consistent adult in their life. Your baby will have two grandfathers who will want to take them surfing, fishing, boating, and hiking. They will have two grandmothers who have taught both of us how to be selfless, generous, and accepting.

Your baby will grow up surrounded by music. Jeff is a musician, and is constantly singing and walking around the house with his guitar. He cannot wait to show your baby all the beauty of music, art, food, and stories. Alissa loves writing, teaching, and planning things! She cannot wait to create special Christmas traditions, plan a yearlong road trip across the U.S. with her kids, and show them good books and movies.

To us you will always be an example of a woman of immense strength and courage, a powerful image to the child you will deliver. Your baby will know that you loved them. We will teach them that life is full of challenges and everyone faces their own share of them. We will tell them that you loved them so much and therefore made a decision that you felt was best for them. We will teach your baby that life is also surrounded by beauty, and your act in entrusting them to us is a reminder of that beauty. We promise to honor your unbelievably difficult decision and raise your baby with as much love and attention as possible. Your baby will never be at a loss for people who will continually love and support them.

With love,
Jeff & Alissa

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We are adopting because we desperately want to be parents and we are unable to have children of our own. We have so much love to share with your child and wonderful family and friends to support your child as well. We want to create a safe, loving, and supportive home where your child can grow up to be a good person capable of living a full and meaningful life.

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About Alissa, by Jeff

Alissa is the most empathetic person I have ever met. Not only can she glide into a room and light everything up, she is unique in her gifts of getting people to be open and honest. She’s humble, caring, generous, loving and patient. She’s taught me so many lessons on being strong through life’s challenges. She will be the best mother to your child that you could possibly hope for.

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About Jeff, by Alissa

Jeff has an enthusiasm that is contagious. He comes alive when sharing with others whether it’s telling a story, recommending a new musical artist, trying a new restaurant, or planning a trip. Jeff is a constant learner and seeker. Everyone who comes into contact with him, leaves having had a good laugh, and also feeling like they learned something new. Jeff will be a generous father, one who is patient and attentive. He will ensure your child is seen and heard. I have no doubt that he will create a more joyful and hopeful world for his children.

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Lifestyle

We spend our mornings together drinking coffee, making breakfast, and going running. During the day, Jeff leaves to go to work and Alissa works remotely at home. Our evenings are spent taking our dog, Babadook, to a local park to play and then cooking dinner together. At least twice a week we meet up with our close group of friends and their kids for dinner. Each family brings dishes to share and we sit around a big table at one of our houses talking and laughing. On the weekends, we like to go to the beach or camp in the local mountains or along the coast with friends. We constantly daydream of life with your baby. Alissa will work part-time at home with your baby so they can take breaks in the afternoons to go on walks, or visit family that lives nearby. We can’t wait for Friday movie nights (since we love movies), making homemade deep-dish pizza, and baking brownies like Alissa’s mom used to do every Friday night when she was a kid.

On an almost daily basis, your baby will be surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who will love them to pieces! They will have close friends their age to play with who will feel like cousins.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in an urban one-story home on a nice cul-de-sac. It is bright and spacious with lots of windows and a quaint backyard. We spend most of our time in the kitchen gathered around the large island where we do all our cooking.

We have a grassy backyard that, because of its nearness to the ocean, always has a nice breeze. Alissa started an orchard in a corner of the yard with avocados, lemons, limes, and other herbs. We live next door to many families with young children and within walking distance of a beautiful park with large pine trees and a bike path. In the summers, there are outdoor concerts every Friday night at the park, and families bring picnic dinners and enjoy warm evenings listening to music.

From our house, we often walk to a local outdoor movie theater, two delicious coffee shops, and our local grocery store. A one-mile walk from our house brings you to a view of the bay and downtown. We often walk there in the evenings as the sun is setting.

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Our Dog, Babadook

We have a six-year-old dog named Babadook. We adopted her from the pound when she was a puppy. She is the sweetest most life-loving animal either of us has ever known. She wants to befriend every living creature, and reminds us to appreciate the world with more enthusiasm. She loves swimming and snuggling.

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Our Families & Friends

Both of us are very close to our families. Alissa’s best friends are her three sisters and Jeff’s best friends are his parents. We see our families often including grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and siblings. We spend holidays, vacations, and normal life with them. Our relationships with them are the most valuable relationships we have. We also consider many close friends as “family.” We live by the expression that all are welcome, and the more the merrier!

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Traditions

We love traditions. Alissa comes from a large family with many annual traditions, headed by her grandmother and mother. Alissa plans to carry these on. She anticipates throwing big Halloween parties where she makes a potful of chili and homemade cornbread as well as hosting “Friendsgiving” with our large group of friends.

One of our favorite traditions begins the night of Thanksgiving. After everyone has eaten, we go into the attic and get down all of our Christmas decorations. That weekend, we pick out a fresh Christmas tree from a local tree farm and spend the weekend decorating. Decorating the tree is an event. Family comes over and we bake and play Christmas music.

We are obsessed with Christmas and can’t wait to plan special traditions for your baby such as starting a tree ornament collection for them, gifting them a new pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve, and making cinnamon rolls Christmas morning.

Jeff’s family has many traditions surrounding food. Many Thanksgivings we go camping along California’s Tamales Bay and catch fresh crab, then have a huge seafood feast. On Christmas, Jeff’s dad makes clam chowder while everyone else crowds in the kitchen to make their various side dishes and desserts.

With Jeff’s family, we spend two weeks every other summer in Hawaii. The whole family shares a big house on a beach and spends the evenings cooking together and playing board games. It is something we cannot wait to do with children.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We understand that your child’s racial identity may be different than our own and we are committed to acknowledging this within our home and community. Through education and relationships, we commit to creating a family that celebrates and recognizes their racial identity. We believe deeply in the fight for equality and advocate with our resources and actions to create a better society for everyone. We understand the importance of having many adults, mentors, teachers, and friends with whom your child will be able to see themselves. We live in a diverse neighborhood with a majority of Latinx neighbors and plan to send your child to a diverse school. As a teacher, Alissa works with families from all economic and racial backgrounds. We continue to learn more about our white identity and how it shapes our lives and will shape the life of your child.

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What We Will Teach

We want to teach your child gratefulness and generosity. We will teach them to be resilient and unafraid of asking for help; we all need support through life. We hope to teach them that if they are the “smartest person in the room,” then their room is too small. We want to teach them to adopt a loving and non-judgmental attitude towards others, and to be generous with their time and resources. We want to teach them to respect this earth and all who live on it.

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Our Promise to You

To us, you will always be an example of a woman of immense strength and courage, a powerful image to the child you will bring into this world. Your baby will know that you love them. We will teach them that life is full of challenges and everyone faces their own share of them. We will tell them that you love them so much and therefore made a decision that you felt was best for them. We will teach your baby that life is also surrounded by beauty, and your act in entrusting them to us is a reminder of that beauty. We promise to honor your unbelievably difficult decision and raise your baby with as much love and attention as possible. Your baby will know every day that you love them and be surrounded by friends and family.

Message Jeffrey and Alissa

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Jeffrey and Alissa

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!