Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

In our home, your child will be who they are meant to be. We recognize and celebrate differences, and always try to live without prejudice or fear. We want your baby to feel that openness and love, too. We will empower them to ask questions, find themselves, and live a life guided by love rather than fear.

Jimmy and Claudia

from California

 

Jimmy

Ancestry: Vietnamese

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Pediatrician

Education: MD

Hobbies: Sports, Playing Music

Claudia

Ancestry: Mexican

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Marketing

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Dance, Yoga, Wellness

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

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From Us to You

Hi there, we don’t know each other yet, but we can’t wait to meet you. We want you to know we are already so grateful to you. While we can’t and don’t know what you are going through or feeling right now, we love you for the mother you are and the considerations you are making for you and your baby. We have dreamt of what it would be like to meet you and your baby. We understand you have a lot to navigate and may feel differently throughout the process, but just know, we aren’t here to add any pressure. We want you to know us better and to feel comfortable with us.

We are currently foster parents to 3 wonderful, amazing, smart, silly kiddos. We became foster parents almost two years ago. Adoption has always been our Plan A, but we also wanted to be here for kids who might need a good home with us for a while, or forever. We put no expectations on the outcome of our foster kiddos’ story with us, so we knew it was time to start a different avenue toward our forever family.

We have so much love and energy to provide to a baby and now is the right time for us to start our forever family. We have plenty of dedicated space for your baby in our home and a lot of sweet fur babies for him or her to grow up around. Your baby will experience Star Wars, so much Disney, travel (including lots of Hawaii and Mexico time), hockey, music, dance, yoga, lots of laughs, many different experiences, and all around incredible moments throughout their lives. We are a busy family because we want to experience what this world has to offer us and we cannot wait to welcome your baby to the ‘zoo’ as we playfully call it… but only because we really love to visit humane and beautiful zoos.

In our home, your child will be who they are meant to be. We accept all different types of people into our lives, we recognize and celebrate differences, and always try to live without prejudice or fear. We want your baby to feel all of that openness and love, too. We will empower them to ask questions, find themselves, and live a life guided by love rather than fear. We aren’t perfect, and we won’t pretend to be, but we do give everyone in our lives the opportunity to be their true selves and that is what we want for your baby.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption has always been Claudia’s dream since she was a little girl. She would tell her parents that her baby dolls didn’t look like her because they were adopted. Neither of us grew up with true knowledge about what adoption was first hand, but it was as though she was meant to adopt. Recently, we looked into fertility just for our knowledge and curiosity. We learned what we had already kind of figured for ourselves, that there would be difficulty in having a biological child. Finding out that we didn’t have a great shot at getting pregnant solidified our certainty of the universe’s path for us.  Adoption wasn’t necessarily Jimmy’s dream from the start, but he is the one who suggested starting our journey to become foster parents. We haven’t regretted a moment of parenthood together since that day. Your baby and our foster children will always be a priority. We believe with our whole hearts this was always meant to be our path to becoming parents.

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Our Relationship with You

As foster parents to three children, we know that a child’s capacity to love is unparalleled. We know that kids can fully love two sets of parents in the same way that parents can fully love more than one child. We will not take that opportunity from your baby. The saying “It takes a village…” is very real. We want to be a daily part of your baby’s village and we want you to be there too. We hope you are able to celebrate their birthdays with us in some way and participate in holidays that are intended to bring families together. Whatever is best for your baby will be what is best for our family.

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About Claudia, by Jimmy

Claudia is my rock, my heart, my soul’s companion, the reason for my dreams, my partner who helps make all things possible, the mother to our kids and fur babies. We laugh and learn together. We dance, are goofy, we love to eat, and sometimes we argue and get under each other’s skin. We aren’t perfect by any means, but we always find a way to communicate, tell each other how we feel and what we need. Each step we take, no matter how big or small, we make it together. Our love propels us. And it is with every intention to grow and share all that life has to offer, good and bad. I want our kids, your child, to know what having someone like Claudia in their lives means, how amazing of a mom she is, and what unconditional love feels like. Again, I don’t profess that we are the perfect couple, but we are perfect for each other. And I know she will do all she can to be the best mom ever for your child.

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About Jimmy, by Claudia

Jimmy is the best partner I could have ever asked for, and I know this because I never settle. I have known him since he was 10 years old and in Boy Scouts with my brother. We lived separate lives but in our twenties became incredible friends. Before Jimmy was my boyfriend or husband, I knew his character in a way that many partners will never know of their own significant others. I witnessed who he was in relationships previous to ours. He is kind, loyal, supportive, and the most fun. He didn’t change for me, he didn’t put on a front for me, he is exactly who he needs to be in this life and I am the lucky person who gets to share it with him every day.

Beyond that, I have seen his heart grow even more than I ever thought possible when he accepted me for his wife. He also took on being Dad to my two dogs (we now have 3), who fell in love with him in no time.  The same happened with our kiddos. Our oldest foster child had not reacted during her placement day to anyone. They had her for hours and thought she might not be able to talk or walk. But as soon as she saw Jimmy, she started showing him toys and laughing with him. It blew the placement workers away. Our kids get so excited and run to see “Papi” when he arrives home from work. They laugh and learn so much from him. He will be patient, engaged, a teacher and so loving with your child. You have no idea yet how amazing he will be with your baby, but I hope you get to find out.

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Our Fur Babies

We consider our fur babies our first babies. Kirby is a Maltese mix. He is 16 with some health issues, but shows us no signs of slowing down. We love him and hope your child gets to meet him. Bruce is our youngest at 3 years old. He is a Hound mix, sweet, nosey, and loves to socialize. After losing our sweet, senior dog, Harley, we welcomed a St. Bernard to our pack and he is also as sweet as can be. His name is Bernie and he is super cute and very flouncy (a random word, but it is the best way to describe him!). They are all comfortable with babies and children, especially Bruce, he loves the kiddos! Bernie really enjoys sweet pets from our eldest daughter, but due to Bernie’s size, our son still has the jury out on him. Bernie is very patient and is waiting for the day our son is ready to give him pets.

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Home & Neighborhood

We waited to start our adoption journey until we got situated in our new home. In our house, you will find lots of booster seats, high chairs, childproofing mechanisms, as well as lots and lots of toys, dogs being lazy, sinks full of dishes at the end of the night, lots of pictures of our loved ones, so many Star Wars and Disney references, and a handful of green plants that we are learning to care for better and better each day. Our home is full of love, joy, chaos, spills, learning, and laughter. Our 3 children enjoy time in the playroom we created in our upstairs loft. Everyone tells us it looks like a mini toy store. The home has green accents from plants and clocks and chairs as we like bright, light colored spaces that still feel calm, happy, and inviting.

Our neighborhood is brand new and everyone seems really happy to be here. We have families of all ages in our cul de sac that is located within a larger community. Our area is filled with trails to walk, parks to play in, and community pools. Our kiddos love our family walks to the park after work. We moved here with the plan to expand our family, so there is plenty of room for your baby here. We chose a home and neighborhood that would give everyone both dedicated and shared spaces so we can spend quality time with our kids and fur babies. We can’t wait to see them all grow together.

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Lifestyle

We are a busy family who likes to be busy together. Everything we do is for our kids’ and dogs’ happiness and we accomplish that by making sure our own cups are not empty. Jimmy plays hockey and is in a band while Claudia meditates and loves enjoying wonderful dining experiences with friends. We are active, we eat well, and work out often so that we can be the most fun and playful for our family.

We both work full-time. Claudia works from home and has support from nannies. Our nannies always tell Claudia how previous clients would complain about how tired they are, but Claudia will take any opportunity to leave her office and play with our kids. We love to go on adventures and want our children to explore different anything that might interest them like sports, dancing, music, and cooking. We are very comfortable in our home and have immense gratitude for all the universe has given to us. We are very logical but we also have a “hippie” side to us. Claudia teaches yoga and Jimmy is fantastic at meditating. We teach our kiddos breathing techniques to help them calm themselves and it works great even at their very young ages.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Claudia is Mexican, Jimmy is Vietnamese, and we are both Americans. We are accustomed to diversity. Actually, diversity is just normal for us. When it becomes too homogenized is when we get a little weirded out. We love to travel and experience new cultures, life, and especially food. We will make sure your child understands and experiences whatever culture, race, or religion that they come from. We want to give them a strong foundation of self and identity while also being open to others and understanding that we are all one race, the human race.

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Our Families & Friends

Our families are very different in some ways, but both value the strength and support of family. This shared belief allows us all to come together often. Jimmy’s family is Vietnamese and Claudia’s family is Mexican. Neither of us cooks very well without the help of recipes, but both of our moms are masters of the kitchen and our kids inhale Lita (Claudia’s mom) and Ba Noi’s (Jimmy’s mom) cooking at every visit.
Jimmy is a middle child and has one older brother and one younger sister. His sister is married to a wonderful, intelligent Italian man (more great food to be had!) and they have a 2-year-old who is full of energy who we adore. They also have a second baby on the way!
Claudia has four brothers. Growing up with all brothers made Claudia a tougher and geekier person, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. Claudia has 4 nieces, a one-year-old grandniece, and a one-year-old nephew who is adopted. Our family has embraced our foster children as we do, and they are 100% a part of the family. Our families know that 4 kiddos will be a lot to take care of, but are in full support of our adoption journey. They have been there for every step of our growing family and know how incredible a home full of love can be. We can’t wait to welcome your baby.

Needless to say, your baby will never ever be without someone by his or her side to root them on and hold them when they need a hug. Our families want to be a part of it all and there is no shortage of smiles, laughs, and plenty of support. Claudia also has family in Mexico she loves to visit annually. We have family Zoom meetings to keep in touch throughout the year and they can’t wait for the day they can meet the newest member of our family. They will shower your baby with love and teach them all about the culture, and food! Did we mention we love good food?

Now, about our friends. Well, let’s just say we are moving into our fourth decade on this planet and we have only brought great energies with us. Our wedding day is still talked about by our friends and family, and we know exactly why. The music was incredible for everyone, no matter their age, and you could feel the joy and love that everyone brought to our wedding. Even though we can’t recall every detail of that day, the feeling of all the love in that room will never be forgotten. Our friends will SPOIL your baby. We know this because they already spoil our kids. Our kids must have spent 2 hours opening gifts from our families and friends this past Christmas, to give you some idea of how they will feel about your baby too.

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Family Traditions

Our traditions mainly come from our culture and upbringing as Mexican-Vietnamese-Americans who were raised Catholic with Buddhist teachings. Our traditions are pretty all over the place and that makes it interesting and fun. As far as major holidays, we love to celebrate the New Year (including the Lunar New Year), Halloween, and Christmas. We’re those people who bring out the Halloween decorations in September and start celebrating the Christmas season once Halloween is over. New Year’s is a special time for our families to come together and New Year’s Day is our anniversary. Although we don’t frequent churches or temples often, our hearts and souls abide by the principles of love and faith and we respect and acknowledge the greater powers that be.

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What We've Learned as Foster Parents

Currently, as foster parents, we sit in limbo for our kids. We have never put our own agenda forward or first. Our promise to you is the same promise we made to our foster children’s family; we will always look out for the best interest of the children. Our kiddos have a loving family who might require our support for an unknown amount of time. But through this very difficult process, where no one is sure how the story will go, we have never lost kindness and compassion for our children’s mother. The kids see only joy and smiles when we meet up for visitations or have phone calls. This is what is best for them and so this is how it will always be done by us.

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What We Will Teach

Above all else, our children will know that they are loved and cared for. Without a strong foundation of trust and love, we wouldn’t be able to teach them other things. Things like respect, patience, honesty, kindness, and hard work are virtues that we ourselves try to practice daily. We all know that these are hard traits to live by, but striving for them is part of the process. We will teach them that it’s okay to fail or to fall short, and that the real lesson is how you get back up. We will teach them to be graceful in the eyes of defeat. We will also teach them three different languages; English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. We want them to know about our family’s culture and language. Plus, it’s fun to tell jokes in our languages without having to translate all the time. We will also teach them things like guitar, piano, drums, dancing, and hockey. At the core of everything we teach, we want them to know love, have a set of values and morals they believe in, and grow to be decent human beings.

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Our Promise to You

We promise you to love and cherish your child. To love you as the mother of our child. We promise they will know their story in a truthful manner that is positive toward all parties. We promise they will know who you are at every point in their lives. We promise we will always take every action with your baby’s best interest at heart. We promise we will teach them to be kind and grateful, we will teach them to think for themselves. We promise they will never go a day without love and we promise a whole hell of a lot of laughter and adventure along the way.

Message Jimmy and Claudia

  • 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!

Contact Jimmy and Claudia

  • 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!