Charles and Felicia

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our hope is that as we embark on this journey, we build a relationship centered around trust, mutual understanding, unwavering support and unconditional love. You will be forever in our hearts because you will be giving our family a blessing and a priceless gift.

Charles and Felicia

from Florida

Charles

Ancestry: Irish Canadian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: None

Education: Engineering Degree

Hobbies: Sports, Fishing, Hunting, Puzzles

Felicia

Ancestry: Jamaican

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: VP, Finance

Education: M.B.A., CMA, CPA

Hobbies: Reading, Travelling, Dogs, Journaling

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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Dear Expectant Mother,

We are Felicia and Chuck and our fur babies are Toby (a senior pug-a-poo) and Walter (a boxer puppy). As happy as we all are together, we know in our hearts that our family is not yet complete. We write this letter in hope that it touches your heart and you will be the person who fits in one of the last puzzle pieces for us.

We wish we could tell you that we completely understand everything you are going through right now, the emotions you are feeling or frankly even maybe the emotions you are not feeling but people expect you to be feeling. We can only tell you that we empathize and there will never be judgement from us.

We don’t know your story, but because you are reading this letter, we know that you are considering adoption for your unborn child. That tells us that you are brave and self-less and we can’t wait to learn more about who you are, but we know that first you need to learn about us.

We are Canadian; so, we pronounce “out” like “oot” and we sometimes end our sentences with “Eh.” We love sports; basketball (Yay Toronto Raptors for winning it all in 2019!), hockey (Calgary Flames); baseball (Toronto Blue Jays) and football (College – Florida Gators; NFL – Tampa Bay Bucaneers).

We first met online 10 years ago when we were both finishing school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I was first attracted to Chuck’s profile because his profile picture was of him and his mom. Only a confident, family man would introduce himself as a “mama’s boy.” I was right. Chuck has a tough exterior, tall and muscular and built like a bouncer, but his insides would melt any girl’s heart. He is soft like a teddy bear, with a heart of gold and a soul so pure. Family means everything to him. He is protective by nature and his intentions are honest. He does things for the joy of doing them because he loves to see those closest to him safe and happy.

I was first attracted to Felicia because of her charming smile, and bubbly and goofy personality. She is intelligent, enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves to laugh. It cracks me up when she bursts into laughter and can’t stop. It gets to the point where her laugh becomes infectious and everyone around her is laughing too. I love her ambition and how hard she works, but she is also able to balance work with family well. She is a fierce animal lover, so nobody can come between her and our fur babies.

We have been married for almost 7 years now and we are childless. We have always pictured ourselves as parents of multiple children, but that hasn’t been our story up to now. We have discussed infertility treatment at length and have even done all of the testing, but something has held us back from going through with it. Infertility treatment may still be a part of our future, but we know today that we want to grow our family through adoption. We have so much love to give and a beautiful extended family mixed with biological and adopted children. Your child will be the first and perhaps the only grandchild(ren) of both of our parents; so they will be loved beyond belief and a little spoiled, but not too spoiled.

We will visit New Brunswick, Canada in the summer so your child will grow up knowing their cousins, aunts and uncles. We will go to the family cottage, enjoy days outside fishing and hunting and nights playing board or card games or putting puzzles together. Our hope is that they will speak both English and French since part of our extended family is fully francophone. We will alternate our Christmases between Canada and Florida, because there is nothing like a Canadian Christmas with snow on the ground, but home is the Sunshine State and we want to create new traditions of our own.

When we are home in Florida, Chuck will be a stay at home dad and Felicia will balance her work with family time.

We will teach your child to share their feelings, tell the truth, be patient with themselves and others, be forgiving, be kind, be passionate about their interests and to just love a lot.

We promise you that we will be present as parents. We will actively listen before offering advice, model forgiveness and healthy behavior, surround them with healthy, adult role models, but most important we will love unconditionally. We are not perfect, and we will make mistakes along the way and there will be some sad times, but we will learn from every experience. Someone once said: “…without rain nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms of your life. Dance in the rain!” We live our life with no regrets, and we will teach your child(ren) to do the same.

You will be taking a leap of faith in believing that we are who we say we are and that we will do what we say we will do, but if you take this next step with us, we can take this leap of faith together.

Our hope is that as we embark on this journey together, we build a relationship and friendship centered around trust, mutual understanding, unwavering support and unconditional love. You will be forever in our hearts because you will be giving our family a blessing and a priceless gift that we will always be grateful for. You will be realizing our dream and giving us a miracle.

Thank you!

Love,
Chuck and Felicia

Q&A

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

We like to spend time with friends since family is far away. We like to entertain; so, the typical get together is a pool party in our backyard where we play some volleyball or water basketball followed by a BBQ. Our closest friends have kids and they love to come over and swim in the pool with the numerous flotation devices that we keep for them at our house.

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

We have 2 dogs, a senior pug-a-poo, Toby who is almost 9 years old. He is the alpha male of the house and loves his food. Now that he’s older he’s a little lazier and spends a lot of time on the chair by the front door where he plays “pseudo” guard dog. We say pseudo because if a stranger came in, he would just lick them to pieces. Our 2nd dog is a boxer puppy named Walter and he is almost 8 months old. We named him Walter after the ventriloquist dummy because from 8 weeks old he has had this permanent frown on his face and looks grumpy all the time. However, he’s a lover and one of the most affectionate dogs we have ever owned.

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

We hope to teach our child(ren) to love unconditionally. People are human and make mistakes and it’s important to recognize that and be able to forgive and continue to love. We will teach them to respect themselves and others, to be kind and always treat people how they themselves want to be treated. We will teach them confidence and the importance of following their dreams. We will teach them how to live life with passion, with no regrets and to live every day like it’s their last. Above all else and probably the hardest thing to teach, we will show our child(ren) the importance of faith. Life is not always easy and when bad times prevail, faith can provide us answers where none were there before.

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

We will tell our child(ren) early and often that they were adopted because their birth mother is a major part of their life story. We will recognize the love and strength their birth mother had when they chose adoption for them. We will always be open, honest, and positive about their adoption story and how we all became a family.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

We took a 3-night cruise through the Bahamas.

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

Chuck will be a stay-at-home dad. Day to day plans seem easy enough to plan but in reality plans change all the time; so, the real plan, is to just roll with the punches. Temper tantrums, diaper blowouts and insert any type of randomness will happen; so, days will unfold as they will and Chuck will embrace it, love every moment of it and face time Felicia multiple times throughout the day to share moments.

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

Felicia will return to work, but has a flexible job; so, will work from home whenever she can, especially when the baby is young.

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?

There are just no words to describe those emotions and feelings. We would feel gratitude and love at the blessing that had been bestowed upon our family.

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