Gerard and Cheryl

Married Since: 1999

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will be praying for you along this pathway as we seek God’s blessings, favor and kindness.

Gerard and Cheryl

from Florida

Gerard

Ancestry: African American

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Project Manager

Education: PMP

Hobbies: Music, Playing guitar, piano and drums

Cheryl

Ancestry: African American

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Accounting Consultant

Education: MBA, ACCA

Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, Biracial (African American + any other)

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dear Mom,

We truly admire your courage, strength of character and love. The thought process involved, the anxiety, the fear in choosing the right family to raise your precious child, are already a tremendous journey. So for you we already have tremendous respect and admiration.

We’re also embarking on a journey filled with similar kinds of emotions in many respects. We pray and have the belief that everything is going to be alright for you, for us and, most importantly, for the child/children you currently carry. My husband and I have slowly accepted the realization that, although we may not be able to have children biologically, adoption is a God-blessed one, because He, our Heavenly Father, has adopted us and He wants us to be committed to raising children in an environment that is safe, filled with love and God honoring. This is a real demonstration of selfless and generous love. We will be doing our best to fulfill these goals for your child in the best way we know by God’s help and guidance. We’ve been working with young people of different ages all our lives as Youth Leaders serving in church. As our families are large, we do a lot of fun-filled family activities, outings within and outside of the United States, plus get-togethers for special occasions and holidays, all the time. Your child will not lack for fun, love, acceptance and warmth and will be immediately surrounded by solid family values.

Our families are largely Christians, including ourselves, and are very involved in church related activities; and especially in the area of music and administration. As we’ve been blessed, we’ve been using our talents and gifts to honor the Lord. We see church as a strong part of a great supportive community to be an influential role in the raising of our children to become socially aware and kind. With that, we also plan through extra curriculum activities to nurture our children to explore their creative capacity. Children need love, care, compassion and a safe place to grow and develop to the best of their potential. Children also need guidance, and we believe that good parenting is about tough love to establish boundaries. So, we plan to be compassionate but firm, loving while setting boundaries.

We adopted our son just over a year ago, and he is thriving and keeping us busy. He’s everything we dreamed of and more. Our family has been the better by having him and he’s bonding in well. We’ve been loving on him and staying true to our promise to keep him safe, comfortable and loved. We took home a keepsake from the hospital from his birth-mom and, although he’s too young right now to grasp the significance, we want him to become fully comfortable with the adoption journey when the time comes to understand more.

So let’s journey together. We will be praying for you along this pathway as we seek God’s blessings, favor and kindness. We won’t for one moment hesitate to tell your child about this life altering change and about their brave and courageous birth mom.

Cheryl and Gerard

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About Cheryl

My beautiful wife Cheryl is a woman of noble character. She is first a child of God and is very caring and passionate about the less fortunate. She is very supportive and has a pleasant personality. She is able to laugh at herself and also make me laugh. She plays the piano very well, but is more passionate about singing. She sings with a local group and a chorale which is one of the most prestigious chorales nationwide. Some of her more noted performances have been at Christmas Trees production and being a backup singer for Andrea Bocelli during his last tour in Florida. On a social front, she is very active in our community where she volunteers to help underprivileged kids with homework, recreation and Sunday school. Many children either call her Miss Aunty or Mom. So many kids and teens look to her as a parental figure. She is a great mom.

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About Gerard

My husband is wonderful and very caring man of God. He loves God, is strong in his faith and places God at the center of his life. I was attracted to his warmth and sense of humor and humility. He hums a lot and sings around the house and has a very great sense responsibility. He enjoys playing the keyboard, drums and piano and loves all genre of music. He is very supportive of me and my pursuits in my career and other areas and especially as it relates to music and my love for singing. He is very good with kids and plays well with them. His nephews and nieces are always very excited when he is around because of how involved he becomes in their activities. He is a youth leader and also an advisor for many persons within the Haitian community in the United States. Although he is very gifted, he is also very humble and never seeks to take credit for himself. Many friends count on him for advice, not only concerning computers, but about personal matters involving home and family. He is quite a professional and very good at his job as an IT Operations manager for a small company. As a testament to his level of dedication, his boss places a lot of confidence in him. I believe I am blessed with a very good husband. He checks off a lot of the criteria for a good husband and an exceptional father in my books.

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About Us

We met each other through a mutual friend and then went on our first date in Jamaica in 1997. We dated for about 1 year and got married in 1999. We are opposites, but largely complement each other. We’re both quiet but Gerard is more the talker and Cheryl is more of a listener. We laugh together and love to be involved in church activities. We eat out and love to explore new restaurants, and travel often for date nights and special occasions. We have many friends, but a small and close circle of good family friends with a heavy dependence on our family bond since we have a very large and dispersed extended family.

We are both blessed with good careers, are able to live a comfortable life and, more importantly, help others. Our home has always been open to family friends and neighbors who have come to appreciate our warmth, sense of humor and, more importantly, our love for God and the less fortunate. The Good Lord did not see it fit to grant us any biological children, though we have helped many kids over the past years. Life in America can be pretty busy for some, and we have made ourselves available to assist parents with their kids when needed. Through World Vision program, we have been sponsoring a child in Africa and have been blessed to see how he has grown.

We believe that children need time, commitment, love and discipline to achieve their God Given potential. By God’s Grace we plan to raise your child in love, care and instill in him/her respect for life and respect for others.

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Our Families

Gerard has 7 siblings who are all are married with children of various ages, some now being on their own with their own children. Cheryl has 2 brothers who have married into large families and some are married also with big children living on their own with their own families. So currently we are a huge family. We are raised on Christian principles and firmly believe in the Bible. Our families are very spiritual and religious, involved in music in particular, and active members of churches with huge responsibilities. A few of them are Pastors for churches, Ministers, serving on the church board, Youth Fellowship Ministers, Worship Leaders, Sound & Media Ministries are a few of the areas of responsibilities. Music is a huge part of our family so between us all we could be like a choir with a complete band. We’ve been using the talents that God has blessed us with to His glory so we really try to give of our best.

Both of our families get along and go on vacations together and spend a lot of time connecting, eating, laughing and just having good times. Friday nights are games night and we take turns during the holidays to host dinners at each other’s homes (prior to COVID but less now for safety reasons). It’s really a blessing because we just have good vibes and energy when we get together. We are just grateful to God for the possibility of raising children in this kind of environment where there is so much love, comradery, fellowship and fun. Your child will be surrounded by family and love from the beginning and throughout his/her life. Our family story can only get better as the family expands.

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Our Home

Home is where the heart is and our home is comfortable and we feel blessed to have this place which we believe that God has provided for us. Our home is our happy place. We live in a family home; 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It’s in a new, gated housing development, and is equipped with fire alarms and a security system. We have lived here for about 3 years now which is also the age of the home. It’s a diverse community and the Association is very active and plans many community events for families and children. We do have a swimming pool in our home which has the necessary child-proof protection fence in place. It’s a quiet neighborhood and has all the necessary signs and warnings around for the safe well-being of children. We get along very well with our immediate neighbors who look out for us and we do the same. In the Caribbean we have a saying that it takes a village to raise a child and so we do believe that a good neighborhood is conducive and needed for growth and development of children. It helps them to feel safe, loved and special.

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Our Family Traditions

As Christians, much of our traditions are morally based in principles from the Bible and this has become our foundation for living and so we set aside time for corporate worship and we’re involved in ministry teams. We observe most holidays with some meaningful celebratory tradition, but Christmas is by far the most loved. We do a gift exchange and family dinners with relatives and friends and do all the decorating, putting up the Christmas tree, baking and caroling and all that goes along with it. It’s our belief that the family that prays together stays together so we’re keeping that alive with devotions at home, in addition to designated meal times, as much as possible. We believe in vacations and life celebrations, and at least once a year we all vacation somewhere together.

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Our Lifestyle

We spend our time now as busy parents involved in Church ministry and also as professionals in our jobs. We have set aside time for relatives and friends as much as we have dedicated time for our family and home and we try to maintain a balance. We love to find new restaurants and we celebrate life changes with our relatives and friends as often as possible (less now since COVID). There’s also recreational time where we’re pursuing our hobbies individually or together, whether it’s in music – whether on the piano or singing – or we’re just watching television. We’re new parents, having adopted our son who is now 15 months, and so we’ve incorporated more family moments where we’re having fun time, devotional time, or meal time with our son as we watch him grow and develop. We have a good support system, so home is a safe and enjoyable place for all of us as we try to make sure he can watch our values and behavior and to grow feeling loved and comfortable. The unique and most blessed gift is that of “time,” and this year we see God’s hand in allowing us to work from home, because of the pandemic, and as such being able to spend quality time with him. Awesome God! That’s how we describe it!

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Our Relationship with our Son's Birth Mom

We met with our son’s wonderful mother and her family at the hospital on the day of her delivery. Cheryl was invited into the room and allowed the awesome opportunity of sharing in and witnessing the labor and delivery process from start to finish and then going home, elated, with a precious baby boy. That day is forever etched in our memory as one of the best experiences of our life and, from then on, the wonderful, life changing moment in the adoption finalization. From meeting with the birth mom, establishing a connection and sharing in a common goal made for a lasting impression. We made sure to take a keepsake along with us and took family pictures so that we have all these details to share with our son as he grows up. Our bond is fostered more so as a result of a shared folder for pictures and other updates which is fully accessible so that she can also share in the experience as her child grows and matures. We want that bond to be there, especially for our son to be able to know about his siblings and other family relations.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Our first experience of adoption was inspiring and life changing. Our first reason to adopt again is the joy and wonder of being able to mold and mentor another child so that we can be a part of their development towards feeling safe, secure and loved. The other reason is so that we can contribute meaning to a child’s sense of being sociable, of a sharing, caring and kind person reaching out to those around them as a part of a wider community. One of the ways to enhance this experience is through a sibling relationship, so we want to connect our story of completion through another adoption for a baby brother(s) or sister(s) for our son. This would be an exciting and fulfilling experience for us and we look forward with much anticipation of yet another miracle.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love your child as our own and teach them well. Children are a gift and actually we’ve a short window of time to make an impression on their lives before they head out on their own and follow their pathways towards independence. Our promise to you is to ensure that your child receives all the best physically, mentally, financially and spiritually so that they can make great choices and follow on to excel in every area of their lives. We plan to create that environment where he or she can feel free to be creative in becoming their best and to set the tone and foundation of moral values and principles which will help them to be responsible and practical in their decisions. In seeking to make them feel whole and loved, we will have that space of freedom for them grow to know and meet all their family relations that have been instrumental in their journey towards adulthood as they take their place in this world.

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