Married Since: 2019

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We promise to provide a loving, caring, and supportive home for your baby. A home that is accepting, open, and that allows space to talk things out and listen to what each family member has to say.

Dustin and Claire

from North Carolina

Dustin

Ancestry: German, Italian

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Education: BS PE

Hobbies: Fishing, Building, Outdoor recreation, Plants

Claire

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Therapist

Education: MSW, LCSW

Hobbies: Fitness, Arts and crafts, Outdoors, Going to the Beach

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Dustin

Animal
Polar Bear
Book
The Old man and the Sea
Childhood Memory
Going to the St. Louis Zoo with my whole family
Family Activity
Going to the beach
Hobby
Flipping boats and houses
Leisure Activity
Fishing of any sort
Quote
"Our Deepest Fear" quote by Nelson Mandela
Sport
Basketball
Thing to Cook
Fish tacos
Vacation Spot
The mountains in North Carolina

Claire

Animal
Otter
Book
Glass Castle
Childhood Memory
Going to the beach for Christmas with my family
Family Activity
Riding bikes
Hobby
Fun crafts and themes
Leisure Activity
Going to the beach or being outside
Quote
"Live with intention" by Mary Anne Radmacher
Sport
Gymnastics
Thing to Cook
"Marry Me" chicken
Vacation Spot
Any beach or somewhere warm
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From Us to You

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and hopefully look over our profile. We can’t imagine how difficult this choice may be for you to make for yourself and your child and are hopeful that you may feel that we are a good match for being a home that you might consider for your baby.

We promise to provide a loving, caring, and supportive home for your baby. A home that is accepting, open, and that allows space to talk things out and listen to what each family member has to say. We promise to encourage incorporation of your child’s heritage if it differs from ours or our experiences so that they feel supported in whatever way possible. We will promote your child’s continued growth and learning about themselves and the world around them, and help them find individuality. And we will help them find things that bring them joy and happiness in their lives as they grow up.

We will teach and raise your child in a way that you would want for them. We will teach them to be loving, accepting, and compassionate to themselves as well as to others. We will teach them to support differences and learn how to build healthy relationships with other people when they want to and how to set boundaries when needed. We will help them to understand and learn that though there may be things that are hard and challenging in life that those are often opportunities for us to learn, grow, and strengthen as a person. And they will know that those challenges might be similar to what you, as their birthmother, may have experienced with the hard and challenging decision you made for them.

If you choose us to be the parents of your child, we will be open and honest about your child’s adoption as they grow up. We will find age-appropriate ways to share this information as they get older, so it is in a way that they understand. We want them to feel that they are allowed to ask questions and talk about it if they want to. We will share whatever information that we know or are allowed to share. We want them to understand that this was a really hard choice for you as their birthmother to make and that you made it because you felt that it was the best choice for them. And that that really hard decision allowed us to have them in our lives when we weren’t able to have our own biological child, and how grateful we are for that.

Thank you again for your consideration of us as potential parents. We promise to be loving, caring, and compassionate parents, and that we will show your child that they are loved no matter what. We hope to have the chance to speak to or meet you in the future.

Thank you for your consideration,
Claire and Dustin

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Claire found out she was unable to have biological children when she was 16, due to being diagnosed with Mullerian Agenesis (being born without a uterus or ovaries). She has known that adoption felt right since finding this information out and has not wavered in that decision. Dustin has been a supportive and loving partner throughout our relationship, and has known that adoption was part of our family plan since early on in our relationship. He is so happy to join in this process of creating a family through adoption. We are looking forward to providing a loving home for a child or children.

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About Claire, by Dustin

From the moment I met Claire, I knew she was going to be my wife. In fact, when I moved away in 2012, and we were keeping in touch, when she asked: “when will you be coming back?” I replied: “When you agree to marry me.” Nine short months later, I moved back and we started dating. Claire has been the love of my life from the moment I met her. Her sweet demeanor and giant heart are only a few of the many things that I cherish about her. She is the best partner and wife a guy could ask for, and I know she will be a great mom from the love she shares with me and our friends. Claire never fails to make the people in her life feel special. She never misses a birthday, holiday, or anything else you want to celebrate. If it is important to you, it is important to her, and she goes well beyond the expected gift or card.

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About Dustin, by Claire

Dustin has been charming, hardworking, and hilarious since the day I met him. We met through close friends and since we started dating he has been a great support and balance in my life, whether it be from work stress, daily occurrences, or dealing with life during various transitions and Covid times. He makes me laugh, brings joy into my life, and has helped me over the years to love myself more fully. Dustin is so creative and open, and I love his willingness to continuously learn and grow as a person. I have been able to watch him as a phenomenal uncle to all of his nieces and nephews, and he does so well with our friends’ babies and children. I know he will be a great dad and can’t wait to see the joy that brings to our lives. I am appreciative and thankful for him and our partnership every day.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We have been fortunate enough to live in the same neighborhood for the past 7 years. We initially rented a home and saw the house we live in now being renovated up the street, and were able to remain in the area we love because of that. We have spent time over the past few years adding a fence, deck, and outdoor shower, which Dustin and friends built by themselves. We enjoy spending time with our neighbors, and often get together to grill, have oyster roasts, and watch movies outside on a projector. We always feel safe going out of town with them to keep an eye on our house, and one neighbor is a boarder and takes care of our dog if needed. We are in walking distance of a beautiful lake that we look forward to taking a child to for walks and to ride bikes around, and that has fun places to picnic at and a playground we can play on.

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Our Sweet Pup

We have a sweet dog named Remi that we got after our first year of dating. He is a Catahoula mix that was a rescue, and he has been a snuggly ball of love since we got him. He loves to cuddle, play tug-of-war, and make dramatic faces. He has been around children of all ages, infants to school age, since he was a puppy, and is great with children. His hobbies include riding in the truck to the local coffee shop for a pup cup, bathing in the sun, walking around the lake near our home, and playing with his dog friends.

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Our Family and Friends

Dustin grew up in Missouri as one of six kids, and he is uncle to 11 nieces and nephews. He has been both a hard worker and comedic relief within the family since he was little. Most of his family remains in the Midwest area where he grew up. Dustin’s mom visits often, and we try to go to at least one holiday with his family a year. Dustin was in the Marine Corps for four years and made long, lasting friendships during that time, including two close friends and their families who live locally and who we often spend time with. Both families have young children and are so excited to start play dates with us in the future.

Claire was born in Georgia, lived in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, but spent most of her life in North Carolina. Claire’s parents and sister live in surrounding areas, and we spend time together often. Claire’s father is a professor at the local university, her stepmother is an art teacher, and her sister runs a community arts and recreation center in another city. Her parents have been looking forward to being grandparents for a long time, and are both retiring this year and look forward to helping with childcare. Claire’s biological mother passed away when she was a child, and she and her family created an annual fundraiser and art show that raises money to be donated to breast cancer research in her memory. Claire has a close and supportive group of friends locally and abroad, that she spends time with or visits often (less so during Covid).

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is both active and relaxed. We enjoy being busy, spending time outside or on the water, and hosting friends and family for get togethers. Claire loves having themes for parties and celebrations, and has fun creating costumes for occasions that call for that. We also enjoy our time at home on the couch watching movies or on the deck in the sun reading, grilling and listening to music, or around a fire. We are caring and supportive of one another’s individual activities as well as our time together, and can’t wait to share our time with a child doing fun, outside activities or just snuggled up watching movies on the couch. We also like to be silly and use humor, and often find ourselves dancing around the kitchen. We can’t wait to find ways to make your child smile and laugh, and find ways to have fun and be silly.

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Family Traditions

Traditions have always been important to us. We like to celebrate most holidays with themes and get togethers, including an annual Easter Egg Hunt, a fall/winter oyster roast with neighbors and friends, pumpkin carving, and special food planning for birthdays and other holidays. For Christmas each year we give each other an ornament, and the week before New Year’s we pick a word for the next year and goals (more hopes and expectations), and go over what we created the year before. We both have holidays and times of year that we spend with each of our extended families. We are so excited to share our traditions with a child and to build new traditions as a family.

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Our Parents

I, Dustin, grew up in a large, close-knit family. My dad was often on the road working and my mom worked hard to take care of my five siblings and me during those times. My mom and I have remained close and we talk often on the phone. We also play a virtual reality game together where we can joke and banter. Mom visits whenever she is able to, and plans to even more often once we adopt. I’m also close with two of my sisters and we talk by phone and play guitar together. We recently attended a family reunion and enjoyed seeing everyone in one place, including all of the nieces and nephews.

I, Claire, am with my dad, stepmom and younger sister, and am able to see them often. I have had the opportunity to grow closer to both my stepmother and sister since becoming an adult, and am excited to be helping my sister plan her upcoming wedding. I have extended family here in North Carolina from my father, mother, and stepmother’s sides that keep in touch with and see whenever possible. I also have extended family all over the country and abroad that I enjoy keeping up with and hope to see more often in the future.

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Vacations and Leisure Time

We enjoy going to the mountains for vacation and try to go at least once a year. While there we take time to hike, fish, read, and spend time connecting and relaxing. We live within 15 minutes of the beach so are able to enjoy vacation-type experiences often that we greatly appreciate and value. This includes going to the beach to sun and swim, riding on a boat in the local waterways, and paddle boarding. We also enjoy exploring new places of any sort and try go somewhere new whenever we are able to, and while there enjoy learning about local spaces and trying new things, which will be so fun to be able to do as a family. We also like attending sporting events at our local university, or traveling with friends to see bigger sporting events like Panther’s football or a Formula One race. we also enjoy traveling with friends and visiting other states and even countries.

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Our Hobbies

Our hobbies together are biking, kayaking in the lake near our home and in the intercostal waterway, household projects, and cooking together. We like to listen to podcasts together on long drives, listen and dance to music, and like trying new recipes together, including a recent “Foods from Around the World” project where we each picked six countries to put in a bowl and picked one out each week to try a recipe from. We love hosting celebrations, gatherings, and cookouts with friends and family.

When I, Dustin, have spare recreational time I choose to be near or on the water. I have loved fishing since I was a kid and still do it whenever I can. I’m even lucky to be part of a fishing team with a group of close friends. I grew up hunting and like to spend time in the woods. I’m pretty handy and enjoy problem solving and making just about anything work when it comes to building/fixing around houses and boats. I also had the opportunity to flip a house with a friend over the past 2-3 years, and am currently working on flipping my second boat. If we’re spending a lazy day at home, I enjoy watching movies and a go-to would be anything with Adam Sandler or Chris Farley.

I, Claire, have always loved being creative and enjoy doing crafts, making personalized cards for holidays, and creating themes and costumes. I enjoy photography and creating artwork, and have placed pieces in my family’s art show in the past. I love to be active and enjoy dancing, teaching, and participating in various fitness activities, including a new recent addition of adult gymnastics, which has been a fun and funny experience. I have also spent time over the past two years trying to re-learn Spanish from high school and college with Duolingo.

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Our Passions and Careers and Education

Dustin graduated high school and joined the Marine Corps. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps at the end of his service, Dustin worked in Marine construction while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health Science. While in school he completed his student teaching within Elementary, Middle, and High School settings. Shortly after graduating, Dustin started teaching high school Physical Education locally. After a year of teaching he found his new and current passion of real estate, and has been thriving in that industry ever since. Dustin also enjoys everything outdoors, including fishing in salt and fresh water, and participating in a fishing team. He is very talented in carpentry and hands-on activities.

Claire received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She took a year and a half off to gain work experience in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for children before continuing on to get her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. During her Master’s program, Claire completed a 900 hour internship at a local non-profit working with adults experiencing mental health and/or substance use difficulties. After completing her Master’s degree she worked at a local nonprofit agency for 7 years. During that time she worked for two years doing intensive in-home therapy with children and families, and over 4 years in an outpatient and school-based setting. She has training in trauma related work with children and adolescents. In the past 3 years Claire has transitioned to her own private practice which has been very successful and fulfilling, and also allows more personal time and flexibility. She has also been a fitness instructor for the past 9 years.

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Discipline

We want to raise your child in a home filled with love, acceptance, and understanding. With discipline within this parenting style we will use redirection and prompting, clear and age appropriate expectations and boundaries, and allow space for your child to communicate their thoughts and feelings related to something that has happened or related to a behavior and consequence so they better understand what is going on.

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What we will Teach your Child

We will teach your child to be loving, accepting, and compassionate to themself as well as to others. To support differences and how to be able to build relationships when they want to and how to set boundaries when needed. We will teach them that though there may be challenges and hardships in life, often those are opportunities for us to learn, grow, and strengthen as a person. We will show them that they are loved no matter what. We will teach them that it’s okay to make mistakes and how to learn from them. We will teach them that it is okay to be angry or sad and how to express those big feelings in a way that is supported and heard. We will help them to find things in their life that make them feel happy and fulfilled.

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What We will Tell your Child about You

We will be open and honest about your child’s adoption as they grow up. We will find age-appropriate ways to share this information as they get older so it is in a way that they understand and we will make sure that they know they are allowed to ask questions. We will share whatever information that we know or are allowed to share. We want your child to understand that this was a really hard choice for you to make and that you made it because you felt that it was the best choice for them. They will know that that really hard decision allowed us to have them in our lives when we weren’t able to have our own biological child, and how grateful we are for that.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that we will provide a loving, caring, and supportive home. We promise to be accepting, open, and always willing to talk things out and listen to what each family member has to say. We promise to encourage incorporation of your child’s heritage if it is different from ours or our experiences. We will promote your child’s continued growth and learning about themselves and the world around them, and to help them to find individuality and to identify things that bring them joy and happiness in their lives as they grow up. Lastly, we promise to be loving, caring, and compassionate parents.

Message Dustin and Claire

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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 Dustin and Claire

  • 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!