Andy and Amy

Married Since: 2008

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

Should you choose us to raise your baby, they will always know about you, your strength, your bravery, and that your choice was made out of the deepest love that you have for them.

“Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.” – C.S.

Andy and Amy

from Ohio

Andy

Ancestry: Austrian, Polish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: SSA Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Softball, Cooking

Amy

Ancestry: Spanish, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist

Education: MA

Hobbies: TaeKwonDo, Reading, Hiking, Home Improvement

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

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Dear Expectant Mother,

We are grateful that you are taking the time to learn more about us. It is our hope that you are able to get to know about the kind of life we will provide for your child if you decide to choose our family. No matter the circumstances that have led you here, considering adoption shows the true love that you have for your baby.

We have two beautiful children at home, Elliott and Charlotte, but our path to adoption began with our youngest son, Everett, who was stillborn a few years ago. Since losing Everett we have had the desire to expand our family, but this time through the gift of adoption. We feel that we are meant to grow our family through adoption, not to replace our son, but rather to provide a loving family for a baby who will already be part of the world. Elliott and Charlotte are longing for a younger sibling. Elliott shares a special bond with our nephew and has a picture of the two of them as the background on his iPod. He deeply wants the chance to be a big brother again. Charlotte is so excited about being a big sister that she is making us save all of her and Elliott’s baby clothes for the new baby.

In our home, your baby will be safe, nurtured, and given unconditional love. They will be raised with a big brother and a big sister who will adore them and a large extended family and group of close friends who will welcome them with open arms, no matter their race or gender. If you choose us to raise your baby we promise to give them the opportunity to explore every aspect of themselves, including honoring their race and culture. We have many people in our lives of different races and cultures who will be there to help guide us and be a support for your baby.

As a family we share lots of adventures including big family vacations, smaller day and weekend trips, going to baseball, football and basketball games, kayaking, hiking, and celebrating holidays and special events with our friends and extended family. We will give your baby the chance to explore their interests whether it’s team sports, dance, martial arts, swimming, art, music, or anything else they can dream of. We promise to always do our best to help them take the path they feel is right for them. If they cannot find a path that fits, then we will help them create their own.

We have a large extended family on both sides. Amy’s parents, Grandma and Pop-Pop, have been married for over 40 years. They and Amy’s brother live very close, allowing us to get together often. Grandma has always provided care for our children several days per week while we work during the week, allowing our children to form close bonds with her. Andy’s mom, Grandma Gigi volunteers at a therapy horse farm, and our children love going down and seeing the horses. Andy’s dad and step-mom, Grammy and Pap, live part of the year in West Virginia and part in Florida. We always try to coordinate with Andy’s siblings so the whole family can go to Gammy and Pap’s at the same time (almost 20 of us in total!). When we are there, our days are filled with fishing, boating, swimming, and enjoying time with family around a fire. We also have many close friends who we love like family (Charlotte refers to them as our “Friend Family”) which includes friends from our neighborhood, from college, and from high school or earlier. Amy and her closest friends have known each other since middle school. Our families are very close and it has been so much fun watching our children grow up together. They are so excited to welcome your child into this wonderful circle of love.

Thank you for considering us as you go through this difficult decision. Should you choose us to raise your baby, they will always know about you, your strength, your bravery, and that your choice was made out of the deepest love that you have for them. Your gift of adoption will be received with more joy and gratitude than words could ever express and we will make sure that your baby’s life will be filled with experiences, opportunities, laughter, and love.

With Love,
Andy and Amy

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

Our home and neighborhood have been an amazing place for our kids to grow up in. There are lots of families and children that we have developed close friendships with over the years. We have a fenced-in backyard with a swing set and a trampoline that the kids love to play on. In front of our home, we have a basketball hoop where we like to shoot hoops or play a family game of “HORSE”. Our community and school district is very diverse with families and students from all races and ethnicities. While our town is small, we live less than 15 minutes away from a large city with lots of restaurants, places to shop and fun activities for the kids, making it truly the best of both worlds!

When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?

On most three day weekends, we often plan get-togethers with some of our close friends. When the weather is nice we usually grill out, have a small bonfire, and let all of the kids play together outside. In the winter we will have a potluck and play games while the kids play or watch movies.

Do you have pets?

We have two kind and gentle dogs at home. Lacey is a 5-year-old English setter, who we have had since she was a puppy. Cady is an Irish setter and she is around 7 years old. Lacey loves to play with the kids in the backyard. She could play fetch for hours! Cady loves to go for walks loves to be petted and just wants to be near us.

What do you hope to teach your children?

Our children will learn to be kind, strong, honest, thoughtful, accepting, and to stand up for what they believe in. We firmly believe in accepting others and their differences and want to encourage compassion and understanding in each of our children. We also want to teach our children to be themselves and we support them in becoming who they want to be.

What will you tell your child about his or her Birth Mom?

We will be open and honest about their adoption and will explain everything in an age-appropriate way. We will share how brave and selfless you were in choosing adoption and make sure they know that your decision was made out of your strong love for them.

How will a child enrich your life?

Our lives will be enriched by seeing your child grow and develop. They will also enrich our family by allowing our son to be a big brother again and to allow our daughter the chance to experience being a big sister. We can’t wait to welcome your child into our family and to join us on all of our adventures, big and small.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last big vacation was to Disney World! It was our son’s second time and our daughter’s first! We spent a week in Florida swimming at the hotel and visiting the parks. Our last smaller trip was to Hershey where we went to the amusement park and toured the chocolate factory!

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

We both plan on returning to work full-time after parental leave. Your child will be spending time with Grandma (Amy’s mom) 3 days per week and with our family sitter (who our daughter loves dearly) for 2 days a week. Once your child is school-aged they will attend the same school that Amy works at, so they will get to go to and from school with Mom! Amy has summers off and spends them with the kids. Those days are filled with lots of outside play, kayaking, hiking, trips to the park and local pool, and many playdates with friends.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

Our first thoughts will be how hard this must be for you and how much you love your baby. We will always be grateful for you choosing us to love and raise your child and will provide them with a loving home and a wonderful life.

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