Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We hope you see how much we love each other, how much fun we have together, and that we really want to share that love and our lives with your child.

William and Erica

from California

William

Ancestry: English, Scottish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Sales Engineer

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Exercise, Live events, Movies

Erica

Ancestry: Irish, Scottish, English

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Therapist, Business Owner

Education: M.A.

Hobbies: Exercise, Live events, Movies

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

William

Color
Green
Movie
Marvel, Star Wars, & Star Trek
Animal
Otters & Cheetahs
Music
Rock and House
Childhood Memory
Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Physics
Thing to Cook
Prime Rib
Leisure Activity
Netflix & Reading
Quote
"I don't believe in the no-win scenario." ~Captain Kirk

Erica

Color
All shades of blue
Movie
Marvel, Rom Coms & Horror
Animal
Dogs & tigers
Music
90's rock, Singer songwriters and boy bands
Childhood Memory
Camping with family
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
English & Psychology
Thing to Cook
Turkey dinner, Italian, desserts & new recipes
Leisure Activity
Exercise & reading
Quote
"In the end only kindness matters" ~Jewel
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We have so much love to give your child. We want to help give them a lifetime of possibilities. Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents to raise your child. We are grateful for you and the care that you are putting into this adoption plan. We have so much respect for your courage and selflessness. We imagine it may feel strange and overwhelming to choose who you would like to become parents to your child. We hope this profile gives insight into who we are as a couple and the love that we want to share with your child.

We met at a wedding in Florida where Erica was a bridesmaid and Will was a groomsman (we realize this sounds like a cheesy Rom-Com, but bear with us!). The bride and groom still insist that they always knew that we were meant to be together, but we always chalked it up to a chance encounter. We suppose, as with most things, it lies somewhere in between. Whether chance or fate, we feel it was meant to be. The spark we felt for each other when we met was only strengthened through a long-distance relationship where we got to develop a deep friendship. After Erica moved cross country and we moved in together, our partnership really took off. Having kids has always been in our plans, but we have not been able to have a child on our own. So, whether chance or fate, we are excited to be on this adoption journey. In time, we hope to have 2-3 children join us and our pups in filling our home with laughter and love.

In our home, your child will have days filled with swimming in the pool under the California sun, evenings cuddled on a couch with puppies watching movies, and nights dreaming of superheroes and magical journeys inspired by posters on their wall. They will get to help in baking Erica’s new recipe for chocolate cake or shrimp mac ‘n cheese (Will’s favorite from when they first met). They will have Will teaching them to whistle and throw a ball (baseball or football). We’ll take them to Jedi School, Avenger’s Academy, and Hogwarts School of Wizardry to see which is their destined future (or maybe they all are!).

We both can act like big children ourselves as evidenced by our love of watching Disney movies, going to visit the animals at the zoo, and being able to be silly with our nephews. We are excited for the day when we can see the world through children’s eyes daily. We look forward to encouraging their interests whether that be sports, theater, or science fairs. Both of us have flexible work schedules (Will does outside sales for an engineering firm and Erica owns her own private practice) which will allow us to be very active in their life. Erica can’t wait to help with scout troop fundraisers and chaperone school field trips. Will looks forward to taking them to baseball games and going to watch the school plays. The memories that we all have as children are made sweeter when our parents are there cheering us on. That is the kind of childhood we want to give your child.

We look forward to meeting you. If you are open to it, we would hope to develop a friendly relationship with you. We are open to sharing updates with you as your child grows and perhaps getting together on occasion. We feel it is important that you have a place in their life. Your child should know their whole story, including that of their courageous birth parent. Our hope is that your child will always know that they have a team of adults who want the best for them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this to begin to get to know us! We hope you choose us to be the parents of your child. Through our profile, we hope you see how much we love each other, how much fun we have together, and that we really want to share that love and our lives with your child.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have known we wanted children since we first got together–family has always been important to both of us, and it’s one thing we’ve always agreed on. We love when our nephews and our friends’ children are around. We look forward to the day when we can experience the world through the eyes of children daily. Unfortunately, we have struggled with infertility and IVF has been unsuccessful. It has been a roller coaster of planning, hope, excitement, and heartbreak. We have always been open to the idea of adoption, and after speaking with family and friends who have been through the experience, we are even more excited for this opportunity. Whether it be chance or fate, we are excited to be here on this adoption journey. We cannot wait to become parents and welcome meeting future children, however they are meant to come into our lives. We want to share our lives and pass on our loves, interests, and experiences. We look forward to encouraging your child to also explore their individual interests and passions so that we can also learn from them (although Will is really hoping that they don’t change Math again).

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About Erica

Erica is the most compassionate, loving, empathetic, and genuine person I know. Of course, she is a psychotherapist, so her job is to feel for others and help them get through their struggles, but she IS that person to her core. She goes out of her way to help others. An example of this is when she took care of me when we were dating long distance. I hurt my back very badly, having to have surgery, but Erica would fly out from the East Coast to the West Coast a few times a month, take care of debilitated me, fill my freezer full of amazing food, and was the most amazing nurse imaginable. She was my Florence Nightingale when I was in a dark place–If only everyone could have a partner (or Mom) like her. But she’s also from Boston, so she’s got a directness and attitude to match the sweetness (and which usually I get accosted with haha). She’s conversational, energetic, always quick to smile and laugh, with a twinkle in her eye and (unfortunately for me) always ready to go to karaoke and sing along to Backstreet Boys. She’s my best friend, and the love of my life. Don’t tell her, because I’ll deny it, but I’m the lucky one in our marriage.

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About Will

Will is a combination of extraverted athlete and geeky engineer. He is a loving husband, a hard worker, and devoted dog dad. Ever since we met, Will has been my number one cheerleader. In 2014, I moved cross country to join him here in Southern California. It was a huge adjustment leaving loved ones and my established career. Through it all he has been such a great support. When I made the move to starting my own business as a therapist in private practice, he encouraged me every step of the way. I know I can do most anything with Will by my side. Will is basically a big kid himself. Anytime we are around kids, whether they are relatives or children of our friends, they gravitate towards Will. Kids love to joke around with him and talk with him about sports or the latest Marvel movie. The dogs love to play fetch and cuddle on the couch with him when he works from home. Will’s personality is perfect for his career in outside sales engineering–he’s extroverted, smart, and driven. He’s dedicated to his family and an amazing provider. He keeps me laughing (when I need that) and he’s also a strong shoulder to cry on when the moment calls for that. Will is honestly one of the sweetest men I know, though he would never admit it (he refers proudly to his awesome and sarcastic side). Whether it’s when we are at networking event with customers or spending time with family, he’s often the first one to make sure everyone has what they need to feel comfortable. Will is an amazing partner and I am grateful to spend my life with him.

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Our Home

When we were searching to buy our home, we had a vision of filling it with laughter, love, family, and friends. We wanted it to be a place where we could host holidays, backyard barbeques, and swim parties. We envisioned watching our family growing up and creating memories here. One of our favorite home memories so far was when we had our wedding reception at our house. Since our family is so spread out, we had a core group of friends and family stay with us for a long weekend during the ceremony itself. It was a madhouse, with people in and out constantly, but also the type of event that brings a new family together. We have also loved when we have been able to host holidays for our family. Nothing warms our heart more than when our home is full of loved ones including family playing in the yard, cooking in the kitchen, and sitting down together to enjoy a delicious meal. Our home is somewhere we love to relax and recharge at. We can easily spend weekends perfectly content at home. We watch movies together, play games, relax at the pool, or read out on the patio. Staying at home during 2020 was welcome because we so enjoy the home we have created together. Living in Southern California also gives us access to so much culture and entertainment. We are only about 20-30 minutes from the city and the beaches. We have easy access to San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Legoland, Disneyland, museums, beautiful hiking trails, and more. The town we live in is a small suburb that hosts various events throughout the year including farmers markets and holiday festivals, and the schools at all levels are excellent. Being so close to a major city and still being able to live in a smaller close-knit community is everything we hoped for in a neighborhood.

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Our Sweet Pups

Archer and Percy are our two loveable labradoodles (they are pretty sure they are human though). They are basically living teddy bears that love to cuddle. Archer is the more laid back one. His favorite thing to do is relax out on the back lawn where he enjoys the feel of the cool grass on his stomach and the breeze through his golden hair. He loves to be in the kitchen when Erica is cooking dinner and we often refer to him as her sous chef. Percy takes his job as protector of the home very seriously. Numerous times a day he will pick up one of his favorite toys in his mouth then patrol through the house and yard to make sure things are in order. We joke that he has his favorite deputies (the toys he picks) to go on these adventures with him. Percy also loves to play fetch and chase remote control cars. Both Archer and Percy love when friends and family come over. They believe all guests are here to see them. They will happily show off their toys and make sure guests always have a cute pup to cuddle with when they sit down to relax. Having dogs has truly taught us what is important in life. Nothing melts the stress away more than coming home to those puppy dog eyes and wagging tails. Dogs are full of unconditional love and curiosity. Archer and Percy bring so much joy to our lives. They are excited to one day have another tiny human at home to love.

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Our Families

Erica is originally from Massachusetts and Will is from Northern California. Our families still live there in those places; however, we still get to see them several times a year. We also have loved ones all over the country. This gives us the opportunity to travel and spend quality time with different people in different areas. A lot of our friends are at similar points in their lives, growing their families. We have been having a blast being Uncle Will & Aunt Erica having fun with their kids and we are excited to have children of our own. Both of our families are the types that open their arms to friends, leading to friends becoming part of the family. Our families also really love celebrating and encouraging the interests of younger generations whether that’s by attending their events or supporting school fundraisers. Our families are so excited for us to grow our family through adoption. Erica’s cousins adopted two children and have enthusiastically shared what an amazing experience it was. With them we have had conversations about how it may be valuable for your child to have big cousins that they can reach out to when they want to talk with about the experience of being adopted. Your child will always have people to talk with about their experiences. Will’s sister has four boys ranging from 5 to 16, so seeing them at home has shown us both the chaos and happiness of raising children.

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How We Met

We met in Florida at our friends’ wedding in early 2012. Will was a groomsmen and Erica was a bridesmaid. We had never been introduced before because we were from different states, but our mutual friends had always thought we would hit it off. They were not surprised when we connected at their wedding and encouraged us to pursue things further. At the time, Will lived in Texas and Erica was in Massachusetts. After the wedding we began talking on the phone daily, sometimes for hours on end. Because we were long distance those long phone conversations really helped us to build our relationship. Our first date was 5 days long. Will flew to Boston for Memorial Day Weekend. Erica got awesome seats for a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park (Will is a huge baseball fan). Erica showed Will Boston and introduced him to her friends. We even attended a cookout where Will met Erica’s whole family (Erica was worried, but Will was not). It all obviously went well since we are now married and living in Southern California with plans to grow our family.

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Vacations and Leisure Time

We are probably equally content to stay in at home or to go out on an adventure. Whether it’s watching Netflix on the couch with the dogs, lying by the pool, or going out to dinner with friends, we enjoy ourselves. We joke that there are times during the summer when we are perfectly happy staying at home, simply going from PJs to workout clothes to swimsuits to loungewear. We enjoy the simple pleasures of time at home with family whether that’s reading outside or playing games together. We also love to go to events including concerts, plays, and stand-up comedy. Three-day weekends allow us to enjoy the best of both being at home and being out on the town. We are lucky to live in a vacation destination. Out-of-town loved ones often come to visit and we get to experience the area as both a tourist and local tour guide; friends joke that we are their western vacation destination. The local Zoo and Safari Park are places that we visit monthly, and always have an amazing trip with new experiences learning about the animals and conservation. Because our families live further away, vacations often involve visiting them for special events. When we have the opportunity to travel, we also enjoy visiting exotic places, like Bora Bora for our honeymoon and the Islands of the Caribbean while on a cruise. We love learning about new cultures while traveling, whether that be through enjoying local cuisine or visiting historical locations. Erica loves to create photobooks to remember these vacations and special events.

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Our Personalities

We have very different personalities and balance each other well. Erica is naturally compassionate and expresses her feelings freely. Her profession as a psychotherapist puts her in her element of listening to and helping people. This matches the core of her personality, and she is very good at it. She is a fierce believer in equal rights for all groups, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexualities, and genders, and speaks her mind about it. Outgoing and energetic, she is equally comfortable in small, personal groups or large gatherings of strangers. Will is an engineer by education and a salesman by profession, so he is very outgoing yet technical. Smart, intelligent, witty (he likes to think so), and charismatic, he can sit down with any group and easily interact. One thing we do share is our stubbornness; I imagine we are very entertaining to people-watch, as we will passionately banter back and forth between our points-of-view on topics. Another quality we share is our ability to find the light and humor in everyday life, even in the challenging moments. We are both able to adapt for what the situation needs whether it be serious thoughtfulness or comedic relief. We can also sense what the other may need. There are moments when Will helps bring Erica back to earth when she’s caught up in brainstorming possibilities and exploring big picture questions. When Will becomes a grumpy old man yelling at the gophers who are destroying the back yard, Erica can lovingly joke with him reminding him that the lawn will grow back, and that everything will be okay haha. Together we make a great team. Plus, we made it through 18 isolated months of COVID together —Erica constantly reminds Will that she deserves a medal for that. In all honesty, the “stay at home” experience made us realize how great a partnership we have and how much we love the home we have created together.

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What We will Teach your Child

If Erica could choose top values to pass on to the next generation it would be kindness and compassion. She brings that to all areas of her life whether it’s work, friendships, or volunteer positions. If Will could choose top values to pass on it would be honesty and perseverance. He recognizes that life can bring various challenges and that to reach our dreams it takes hard work and tenacity. Our hope is that we teach them the best parts of both of our personalities, to be outgoing and driven, as well as compassionate and loving. We will also introduce them to the world around us (we love learning about animals and nature through visiting places from zoos and wildlife preserves to national parks and beaches) and to enjoy favorite activities that we have always loved (from watching Star Wars to playing board games, from attending baseball games to live theater and concerts). Our hope is to support them in experiencing as many aspects of the world as possible, and then let them follow their interests as they find them. We want them to be curious about the world. We want them to be as knowledgeable and to be as prepared for life as possible. It’s also important to know how to relax and enjoy the journey along the way.

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Family Traditions

Every Friday night is pizza and a movie night at our home. We look forward to this each week and know that no matter what happens during the week, we get to kick off the weekend relaxing together in this way. Our other large traditions are around holidays. For example, the month of Christmas is filled with family movies including Elf, the Santa Clause, White Christmas, and cheesy Netflix movies. Christmas day we enjoy a delicious brunch spread and a prime rib dinner. Will’s father taught him how to truly master cooking a prime rib. We enjoy this meal so much that we sometimes have practice meals so we can enjoy it at other points during the year (just to make sure Will doesn’t forget). We have also been known to celebrate Thanksgiving again in July or to roast a Turkey on a random Sunday. Erica loves to decorate for holidays including pumpkins for Halloween and stockings for Christmas. Halloween season means a collection of must-watch movies including Hocus Pocus, Scream marathon, and classics like Halloween or Friday the 13th. Erica also loves to cook a traditional corned beef dinner for St. Patrick’s Day. As you may have picked up on already, many of our traditions center around time with family, tasty food, and entertaining movies. These are some of our favorite things (cue The Sound of Music theme).

Cultural Diversity

When we were younger, conversations about diversity included the importance of being colorblind. Our families always taught us to respect individuals from various backgrounds and to be kind. As we have grown, we have learned that it is not enough to just be kind and respect differences. We need to see color. We believe it is important to honor and celebrate diversity. It’s important to have open conversations about cultural differences. Now that we know better, we want to teach that to our future generation. We also know there is still so much that we don’t know about other cultures. We enjoy learning about them through our own research, travel, and through conversations with new people we meet. We love the variety of cultures represented in our community including Caucasian, Chaldean, Hispanic, Black, and a variety of others. We plan to be intentional in being sure that, no matter the race of your child, they will have the opportunity to know and interact with both people who look like them and with people who look differently.

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Education

Education is something that we both value. Learning comes from many sources including formal education and experiencing the world around us. We both enjoyed school for the academics, the extracurriculars, and the social experiences. We look forward the supporting your child in discovering the activities and subjects that they love. We also will be there to support them through the subjects that they find challenging. Erica had a liberal arts education with a focus on the humanities. She loved being active on campus as a student leader and event planner including booking bands to perform at campus. She went on to get a graduate degree and to this day loves participating in conferences and attending trainings. Will excelled in math and the sciences (he is a mechanical engineer), as well as athletics. He also enjoyed a summer studying abroad in Spain; from that experience, he decided to get a minor in Spanish. We both love learning through travel whether that be abroad or exploring places we haven’t yet been in this country. There is so much to learn in the world. We will support your child in valuing education whether their passions bring them to higher education, a vocational career, or traveling.

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Our Promise to You

Your child will always be loved and supported. We will encourage them to follow their passions. We promise to be there to celebrate their successes, as well as to console them through their challenges. We promise to commit to them always. A parent’s love is unconditional. We promise to talk with them about you. We promise to honor their cultural heritage and provide them every opportunity to learn and understand who they are. We look forward to learning from you what you’d like them to know about you, as well as any traditions you want us to support in passing down. We want to build a relationship of respect and friendship with you. The specifics of what that means is something that we will figure out together. Your child will never doubt that they have a team of adults who want the best for them.

Message William and Erica

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  • 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!