Married Since: 2015

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our hearts are bursting at the seams to love you and your baby!

Andrew and Jan

from California

Andrew

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Detective

Education: Police Academy

Hobbies: Local travel, Youth mentorships

Jan

Ancestry: Swedish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Crafts, Sewing, Travel, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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Dear Expecting Mother,

We can’t imagine what you are going through that has led to this moment of choosing adoption, but we know your decisions will be made with pure love. We are incredibly grateful for your strength and courage in making this decision as you look at your future. As we look at our future, we are not exactly certain how the path to having a family will unfold, but we are grateful for your consideration. What we are certain of is the unconditional love that we have to give to a baby. We will provide a nurturing, loving home, full of laughter and family-oriented fun. Our greatest wish is to start a family and provide the life and loving home you might imagine for your baby.

Our story began seven years ago when we met through a mutual friend, and as they say, “the rest is history!” While dating we talked about having children and we even drafted a list of baby names that we both love. After getting married, we knew we wanted to be parents, and have tried for the last five years to have a baby, with lots of miscarriages and surgeries along the way. And even through all of these trials, we still want to be parents and love a sweet baby, so we decided to invest our time and resources into providing a loving home for a child about to enter this world. Our hearts are bursting at the seams to love you and your baby!

Since childhood, Jan always knew she wanted to become a mother. She started babysitting as an early teen, has been extremely involved in her cousin’s children’s lives, and now is a 1st grade teacher.

Jan loves being around children! Children of all ages, nieces or nephews, or friends’ kids, always gravitate towards Andrew. His calm and loving demeanor attract children and they just adore him. He is never too busy to stop what he’s working on to bend down and have a conversation with them, or to play games they’re interested in. He will lie down on the floor and join in the fun.

We were both raised to appreciate the importance of family. We spend time together each day. We share our hardships and triumphs from work and we offer support to each other. Your child will enjoy this same level of support from us as parents. We will have family dinners with three adopted cousins, game times, and weekends traveling to new places or spending time at home enjoying the smaller things in life. Your child will be welcomed with open arms and loving hearts. We also love to go for walks, ride bikes, take lots of trips to Disneyland, and relax at the coast. We love day trips to the mountains, week-long cruises, driving across the country and seeing many unique sites. We want to show our children the world and all of the amazing places there are to go!

We are so excited to grow our family and share these experiences with a little one. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us to become adoptive parents and help our dream of expanding our family come true. We promise that your child will know about you and how you made an incredibly courageous and difficult decision. We are willing to support open communication throughout your child’s life, if that is something you wish to do. We admire you and respect the decision you are making for yourself and your child. Thank you!

With love and respect,
Andrew and Jan

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

Our home is spacious, 3-bedroom, 2-bath house on a cul-de-sac in a quiet Central Valley neighborhood. Here we are surrounded by acres of orchards, different crops and cute little fruit stands where you can buy a flat of fresh strawberries or blackberries. The house is newly-built with a large great room and den designated just for children’s toys and a place to play! We have a large, grassy, fenced-in backyard for outdoor exploring, running and playing. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. Everyone is very friendly and we tend to look out for one another. We have large, neighborhood gatherings outside in the street where we enjoy everyone’s company along with a diverse potluck of yummy foods. There are many children in our neighborhood, and they are often outside riding bikes, playing basketball, drawing with chalk and many other activities. There are several parks and playgrounds in our community and we have a neighborhood park five houses up from us with a walking path around the park. It is constantly filled with children playing, volleyball and soccer teams practicing, and moms walking their babies in strollers.

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

We enjoy relaxing and spending time together. We use our long weekends to travel to Disneyland or the coast and stay for a few nights. Disneyland is one of our favorite places to unwind and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of entertainment and wonder. We’ve had passes for the past few years and can’t wait to show our children how much fun Disneyland can be. The coast is a wonderful way to cool off from the valley heat during the summer and enjoy the great coastal breezes and shopping. We also love spending time with friends and family grilling, playing games or just hanging out together.

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

We will teach our children the importance of perseverance, hard work, and being a good citizen. We will teach them to love unconditionally and express joy daily. We will also teach them that doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, even when no one is watching, is a true blessing of good character. We will teach them that a grateful heart can help make the worst days manageable.

What will you tell your child about his or her birth mom?

Your child will know how incredibly strong and generous their birth mother is. They will know how much courage it took for her to consider adoption to help our dream of becoming parents come true. Your child will know that their birth mother is respected and admired for her decision and they will know she loved them.

How will a child enrich your life?

We are parents without our own children right now and we can’t wait to share the joys of life, love, and happiness with our children. We have longed for children for many years and we know that they would enhance our lives in ways that we can’t even imagine. We would love, more than anything, to provide a loving home for a child to grow into a loving and caring adult. We feel that a child will enrich our life by helping us focus on the little moments of wonder in life, like their first steps, their laughter, their “ah-ha” moments of learning and so much more. They will help us see and express life differently. They will be the spark of life for us, the dream that we have been waiting to hold.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last vacation was a week in Sedona and Parker Arizona. There we spent time relaxing in nature, hiking, swimming, boating, and enjoying our friends’ company. We enjoyed a day trip to the Grand Canyon as well. The sunsets are breath-taking. We enjoyed sight-seeing along the drive to and from Arizona.

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

We both plan on using all of our available parental leave before going back to work. Jan is a teacher and has summers and a few weeks off throughout the year. She also is able to leave around 3:00 p.m. each day, which will help with day-care. Andrew will be able to pick the shift that works best for our family and will work 3 to 4 days per week, allowing for days off with your child. So, although your child will attend day-care a few days a week, they won’t be there all day or every day.

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?

The only thing we can see and feel while looking at our baby is the immense and overwhelming gratitude for their birth mother's selfless sacrifice. She has given us something that we couldn’t have without her, and for that we will forever think of her with amazement, love, and respect. We have been through so much heartache trying to have a baby, that we get choked up thinking about having a child in our arms. Her courage and the sacrifice she made for us will never be forgotten.

Message Andrew and Jan

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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 Andrew and Jan

  • 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!