James and Leigh

Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want you to know that we find it incredibly brave and admirable of you to consider all of your options to ensure you and your baby have the best possible outcomes.

James and Leigh

from Florida

James

Ancestry: African American

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Charter Captain

Education: Captain 100 Ton Master

Hobbies: Fishing, Diving

Leigh

Ancestry: Irish, Italian, German, English

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Account Executive

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Art, Music, Photography

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Biracial (African American + any other), Caucasian, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We cannot imagine what a confusing and difficult time you are facing. We want you to know that we find it incredibly brave and admirable of you to consider all of your options to ensure you and your baby have the best possible outcomes.

We were in a doctor’s office years ago discussing all of our options. Years of infertility required us to work for parenthood with all of our hearts and time, and yet our path to become a family was one we never had envisioned. We went through a tough journey before we realized that we had been chosen to become adoptive parents by destiny, and it’s been more beautiful that the life we could’ve imagined.

We know there is another child that is meant to be raised with our love and support on a journey that was chosen by someone who loves them to the depths of their soul. We are ready with open hearts and open arms when your child, who will complete our family, arrives. More importantly, we know that will happen when it’s the right time, for the right reasons, with the right birth parent(s). We are here if this is the right situation for you.

Our home is based on happiness and we work hard to live by a family mindset that’s focused on joy. Life presents tough situations, but we know that if we address them with love and kindness, we will not only be the best versions of ourselves, we will also raise kind and loving children. We want to give a child room to be who they’re destined to become and give them the unconditional love and support needed to develop their dreams.

We will always ensure that your child knows where they come from and how much love it took to create their story. We believe in open and honest discussion and will be here to answer any questions they may have. We will support them to be confident in their identity and to be proud of who they are.

We plan to have a family that seeks adventure together and explores as much of the world as our children desire. We want to show them the beauty and goodness that the world has to offer and remind them that our lives are our greatest blessing.

We have the deepest respect for you blessing your child with life and spending time exploring your heart for the option that makes most sense for you and your baby. We are here without judgement or pressure, to support you as you navigate this chapter.

With love and support,
Leigh and Jay

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in Florida. We have a large lanai, with screen covering the area around the pool, for outdoor living. We live in a quiet neighborhood near town and close to the local schools and shopping. We also are close to several kids' activities facilities as well as local parks and nature preserves that we often stroll through on evenings and weekends.

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

We live in an area where there are a lot of vacation hot-spots, so when we have extended time off, we love to hit the road for a family vacations. We often visit Orlando, The Keys, Charleston and Destin beaches. We love to spend time relaxing while enjoying nature and great local cuisine.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

We have two Boston Terriers names Holly and Hemi and a Ragdoll Kitten named Finn. They are very sweet and super patient with our toddler. They are used to being involved in play with us. We also take a lot of walks in the neighborhood with them.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We hope to instill in our children the importance of kindness and living a life filled with purpose. It’s important that they feel empowered and capable to pursue anything they feel passionately about. We hope to instill a hunger for knowledge, adventure, and true happiness in life. We will teach them that love is unconditional and that they are loved immeasurably by everyone who is part of their life story.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We plan to openly talk about the courage and beauty of our children’s birth families. We do now with our son. It’s important to us that they know that their birth mom chose to give them an amazing life by showing them the capacity of love and kindness that people have with one another. We will ensure they know that they were chosen and that their destiny is to be loved by lots of wonderful people who have worked together to help them have the best life possible.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We are members of our local church and had our son baptized there. We are very involved in giving back and supporting the community. We work with not only our church on their giving programs, but also several community organizations to give back as well. It’s important for our family to be part of a church that’s loving and inclusive. We believe that everyone has the right to their own paths and their own spiritual beliefs. We just believe that love is at the heart of faith, and so faith will always have a place in our home.

How will a child enrich your life?

We love our family and want more than anything to be a family of four. We want to be able to inspire another tiny human to take the world by storm and pursue the life of their dreams. We love being able to do activities and trips with our son, and would love to have another child to enjoy our lives with. We’ve always imagined the four of us going out on adventures, and we are so ready to meet the fourth member of our family. The privilege to influence a child’s ability to grow into a happy and confident adult is the most enriching job we could ever ask for.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last big family vacation was to Orlando to celebrate our son’s 2nd birthday. We rented a big house on a lake with a pool and invited his grandparents and cousins to join us for a few days at Disney. It was one of the most joyful trips, and he was able to go to sleep and wake up surrounded by all of his favorite people for nearly a week (including Mickey). He still asks to look at the pictures all the time.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Leigh is a work-from-home parent and Jay works from home a couple days a week. Our son is in daycare near our family’s church for a few hours each day, and he loves the socialization and education they provide. Additionally, since his Nana lives across the street, and his grandparents live 20 minutes away, he always has plenty of care. We never really use babysitters.

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

Leigh has six months leave when we adopt a child, so she will be home full-time for ½ of their first year. Then she goes to flex time for the months following. After that, both kids would be in daycare for a few hours each day until they are school age.

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?

We’ve seen firsthand the amount of strength and courage it takes for someone to make this decision, and it is not one we would ever take lightly. When we look at our child now, we think of his birth mom always and how grateful we are that she is who she is, and that her beauty created this amazing human. We think about the respect that we have for her, knowing she made such a difficult choice to ensure they both had the opportunity to have the best life possible. We admire her willingness to give him life and choose people she believed would give him the opportunity to become who he’s destined to be. Mostly, we think of how honored we feel that she would entrust such a privilege to us and how grateful we are that she saw our hearts and knew that we were part of his story. We can only imagine that we will have many of those same thoughts when we complete our family with this child. We know we will also have thoughts of gratitude for her for helping us find the children who were meant to be siblings and for completing our family by extending hers.

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