Nickname: Chris and Abby

Married Since: 2017

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will be your child’s biggest cheerleaders! We will celebrate the big moments by cheering on the sidelines, gathering our friends and family to support, and making sure they know we are proud of them. We will also be there to support them in the not so great moments by always being ready with a hug, just listening, and letting them know it is ok to make mistakes.

Chris and Abby

from California

Chris

Ancestry: Filipino

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Assistant Principal

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Cooking, Drawing

Abby

Ancestry: Irish, European

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Principal

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Tennis, Hiking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Chris

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Reading comic books and learning how to draw from them
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Cooking
Hobby
Drawing
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Watching sports
Movie
Ghostbusters
Sport
Basketball
Subject in School
History
TV Show
Parks and Recreation
Vacation Spot
Spain

Abby

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Summer camp
Color
Green
Family Activity
Playing games
Hobby
Playing tennis
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Massages and pedicures
Movie
Almost Famous
Sport
Tennis
Subject in School
Social Studies
TV Show
Ted Lasso
Vacation Spot
Anywhere there's a beach
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From Us to You

Hello,

We are honored that you are taking time to look through our profile. We know that you are considering many options, and you will know when it is right. If you choose us, we look forward to meeting you and supporting you on this journey.

Our promises to you:

  • We promise to respect you, your feelings, and your needs throughout this process by being there when you need us and giving you space when you need that also.
  • We promise to honor your ideas and choices and respect the decisions that you make.
  • We promise to be as open as you would like, and we know that our relationship will grow over time.
  • We promise to share with your baby all about you, your strength, and your love for your child if you desire and if not, we will honor that too.

Our promises to your baby:

  • We promise to love your child unconditionally with all our hearts.
  • We promise to teach them everything they will need to lead a happy, fulfilling life.
  • We promise to share his or her adoption story and help them to feel proud of who they are and all of the people that love them.
  • We promise to instill love, joy, fun, and laughter into every single day!

A little bit about us:

We live in sunny, beautiful Southern California only a few minutes from the Pacific Ocean where we love to walk along the beach, jump in the ocean, and watch sunsets. Chris grew up in Georgia and Abby grew up in Massachusetts and we have been living here for many years.

We both have worked with children our whole lives as teachers and now principals. Abby is the principal of an elementary school and Chris is an assistant principal of a high school. Getting to know our students as individuals, high fiving them as we pass them in the hallways, and listening to them share moments they are proud of with us are the favorite parts of our job. We have dedicated our lives to helping our students and their families and know what it takes to be a parent.

We have wanted to adopt since before we were married. We had hoped to also experience a pregnancy but that has not happened, and we know that we want to be parents more than anything else. We are thrilled and excited to be adopting and cannot wait to welcome a child in our home to love and adore.

Why choose us?

Our house is filled with love and we are ready to share that with children. We hope to have more than one child and to give your baby a sibling or two. We both grew up with loving parents who told us every day that they love us and are proud of us. We will make sure that your baby knows how much they are loved by our words and actions and will shower them with unconditional love.

We will be your child’s biggest cheerleaders! We will celebrate the big moments by cheering on the sidelines, gathering our friends and family to support, and making sure they know we are proud of them. We will also be there to support them in the not so great moments by always being ready with a hug, just listening, and letting them know it is ok to make mistakes.

We know that life is meant to be lived and experienced! We are counting down the days until we can welcome your child into our home and give them an incredible life of love, joy, and happiness.

Love,
Abby and Chris

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We are thrilled, excited, and ready to adopt. Building our family through adoption has always been something that we have discussed and wanted since we were married. We had hoped to experience a pregnancy, but know that we want to be parents more than anything else. We have family members who have been adopted and friends who have adopted and know how beautiful it can be for everyone involved. We know that we have so much to give and cannot wait until we get to welcome a child into our home. We want to show them the world and help them become the best person they can be who gives back and helps others. Going through our experiences with infertility helped us solidify our desire to be parents and we know what it will take to nurture, love, and care for a child. We know that you are an important part of this journey, and we look forward to seeing how our relationship unfolds over time.

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About Abby

Abby is the most generous and loving person I know. I just feel better being with her and talking to her. She has the ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in the world, which has led to her building close friendships and strong family relationships in our support network. I have so much admiration and pride for her abilities as a leader of her school and her empathy and dedication to work for and with all children and parents. It took me a long time to find her and I try every day to live up to her daily example of love and support. She will make an amazing mother who will show your child the world and teach him or her how to make it better. I know this because I see it every day that we’ve been together.

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About Chris

Chris is incredible! Something that always amazes me about Chris is his patience. He is always willing to listen and never gets frustrated with the little things. I feel so lucky to have a husband that I can lean on, laugh with, and who inspires me to be the best person I can be. Chris is also a man of many talents. He is an outstanding cook, an incredible artist, and has a wonderful ability to connect with anyone he is talking to. Chris is loyal to his friends and family and is always there when anyone needs him. He knows how to make a whole room laugh and is always up for trying some new adventure. Whenever Chris is with our niece and our friends’ children he is always down on the floor playing with them and making them giggle. He will be a loving, caring, and supportive father who will always show up and protect his children.

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Our Families

We are super lucky to have an awesome group of friends and family that live nearby. We know that we can count on them for anything and feel so grateful to have such a strong support network. Chris’ brother, his wife, and our one-year-old niece live about twenty minutes away and Abby’s mother also lives close. While a lot of our family lives on the East Coast, they come out to visit often. We have great people who always show up for us in good times and bad and are excited to celebrate and love your baby.

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Our Sweet Pup

We recently lost our dog Lucky. He was 16 years old and so full of life and personality that people still thought he was a puppy. Chris got him when Lucky was one and was supposed to only have him for a week while they were trying to find him a permanent home. Lucky was Chris’s best friend and was there when we met. Our first date was after going to Lucky’s favorite dog park. Lucky was a good judge of character and immediately approved of Abby. Lucky was a huge part of our lives and we still miss him every day. While we are not quite ready to adopt a new puppy, we know that it will happen soon.

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Our Home

Our home is in a quiet neighborhood in southern California and is close to everything that the area has to offer. We love going to the beaches and the Pacific Ocean, trying new restaurants, playing in the parks, and or taking a quick drive to the mountains. We dream of the days when we can share all that with a child, from the San Diego Zoo, to trips to LegoLand or Disneyland, to days at the beach. We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a yard where we love to host our friends and family. The kitchen is our favorite part of our home. Chris is the family chef and can make an incredible meal of anything in the fridge.

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About Us

We are one of those success stories that you hear about on the online dating commercials. We got together because we had the same passion and career, but we quickly found out how lucky we were to have finally found someone who loves to have fun and adventures while also being happy enjoying relaxing nights at home. Something we are proud of is our communication. We can talk to each other about anything and love the honesty and respect we have for one another. We share all of the responsibilities around our home and we make a great team! If one of us cooks, the other one does the dishes. We encourage each other to be better people because our personalities complement each other.

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Our Vacations

We love to travel! For our honeymoon we went to Spain. We loved getting to experience a different culture, learn about their history, taste new foods, and get lost walking around in different neighborhoods. Another memorable trip was when we went to St. Thomas in the Caribbean with some friends. We spent a few days exploring the islands while living on a boat and getting to wake up and jump in the ocean was our highlight. We look forward to taking trips and vacations with your baby and showing them the world.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

When we have extra days off from work, we like to spend time with our family and friends. Whether it is a backyard barbeque, a game night, or a day watching our niece run around. We enjoy the extra down time and making new memories with the people that matter in our lives. We are also always up for a good quick road trip to visit a new city and explore the areas around where we live. Palm Springs and Santa Barbara are favorite weekend getaways for us.

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Our Careers

Working with children has always been a passion for both of us. Abby was a babysitter, live-in nanny, and overnight camp counselor before becoming a teacher. Chris worked with foster kids in a group home which helped him discover that teaching was his passion. When we were teachers, Abby in elementary school and Chris in high school, we were the ones that kids would confide in. We formed relationships with our students through earning their respect and trust. Now as school administrators, we work hard every day to make sure that every student is respected and has that opportunity to become the person they want to be. We both love our jobs and enjoy getting to help our school communities. Abby enjoys evenings where she teaches parents on parenting techniques and how to support their children’s growth. Chris can be found on the sidelines of high school sports games cheering on his students and interacting with their families.

Childcare

We plan on taking lots of time off from work when we first welcome your baby into our family. We have been wanting a child for a long time and will make sure to enjoy every moment. We both plan on working full time. Abby’s mother will be able to provide daily childcare and when your baby gets older we will have them go to daycare so they can socialize with other children. Abby works in one of the top elementary school districts in the entire state of California and your baby will be able to attend one of those schools when they are older.

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Cultural Diversity

Chris’s family is originally from the Philippines and he has grown up his whole life balancing his family’s traditions with the customs of the small southern town he grew up in. In Georgia, Chris saw firsthand how differently people were treated and this is one of the reasons he chose to live in California so he could live somewhere where different people and cultures were valued. We both believe in the importance of valuing your own culture and the traditions of others. We will raise your child to know their own heritage and help them to experience important traditions. We will learn whatever we need to learn to ensure they are supported and proud of their roots.

Faith in Our Lives

Integrity, strong character, and ethics are very important to us and guide our everyday decisions in life. We do what we say and say what we do. We care about how we treat others and make sure we are always communicating in a respectful way. Although we do not attend church, we will teach our children these values and about how to be true to themselves while also respecting and being kind to others.

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Our Lifestyle

We love living in where we do! We love that we can jump in our car and drive a few minutes to be at the beach, go for a walk in the sand, or watch a beautiful sunset. During the week, we both work at our schools and at night enjoy making dinner, watching a little TV together, and talking about our days. On the weekend, you can always find Chris trying new recipes, watching whatever sport is on for the day, or drawing. Abby is often playing tennis, spending time with her girlfriends, or going for walks on the boardwalk. We are so lucky to have an incredible group of friends that we love to try new activities with and have them over for a backyard barbecue or a game night. Abby’s mother and Chris’ brother, wife and niece live nearby and we love getting together with them on the weekends, having them over for the holidays, and making memories together as a family. We are laid back and know that life is meant to be lived! We are lucky to have found careers that give us time throughout the year to travel, take vacations, and enjoy new experiences.

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Our Parenting Style

Our parenting style will be positive and proactive. We expect our children to make mistakes, test boundaries, and make messes. We both believe in the importance of natural consequences, providing clear expectations, and setting children up for success by giving them all the information they need before a new experience. We will also respect our children’s boundaries and teach them how to advocate for themselves. Chris uses this philosophy every day as he supports his high school students and parents always value his input. Abby has worked for an educational consulting company where she traveled the country providing training for parents and school leaders on how to teach kids to be good people. She provides parent trainings at her school and parents seek her out often for her advice.

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Our Relationship with our Parents

We feel so lucky to have parents who show up for us and are always cheering us on. Abby’s parents got divorced when she was young, but she always got to have quality time with both of them. Abby’s mother moved nearby and we now get to have weekly dinners. Abby’s dad lives in Massachusetts and they talk all the time and have a close relationship. Chris’s mother lives in Georgia and comes out to visit often. His father passed away when he was very young, and his mother has always been there for him and his two younger brothers while balancing being a doctor. Our parents are counting down the days to welcome a new child into our family and cannot wait to be grandparents who, we are sure, will spoil their grandchildren.

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Family Traditions

Each year at Christmas, we love adding new ornaments to our tree from places we traveled that year or that represent a special moment during the year. This year, we added a ramen ornament to remember how we ended up getting more takeout than usual due to lockdown. Chris enjoys making traditional Filipino food, especially chicken adobo. When we are with Abby’s dad’s side of the family, we are always playing games. It would not be a visit from him without a game of Uno that includes our own family rules and lots of laughter. Since we are both principals, we get every July off from work and spend a few weeks on a vacation somewhere new. We can’t wait to create these summer memories with children in the future.

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What We will tell Your Child about You

We will tell your child what you want us to tell them. We will respect how much or little you want us to share and we will always let your child know that we are grateful beyond words for your strength and the incredible gift you have given us. We believe that you are strong, selfless, and brave because you are considering adoption. We will share with them that you made an incredibly difficult decision because you love them so much. We plan on creating a book to share his or her story with them so they can be proud of you and where they come from.

Message Chris and Abby

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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 Chris and Abby

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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!