Alyssa & Andrew

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Hello!

 

Thank you for considering our family!  We are Alyssa and Andrew, a loving Californian couple hoping to adopt again.  Your decision is a courageous and challenging one.  We hope that as you get to know us, you’ll be able to imagine the lifetime of joy and love we could offer your child.   

 

We’ve been married for more than twelve years, after meeting in our teaching program at San Jose State.  Our first date was to the San Jose Jazz Fest and Art Museum.  Andrew grew up in Southern California and Alyssa was raised in Salinas, but the Bay Area has become our home.  We love the weather, the diversity of people (and food!), and the closeness to our families.

 

Daniel joined our family about six years ago when he was 18 months old.  Our hearts began to melt when we got a short video of him playing with a plastic carrot.  Even in just our first moments together in China, with him toddling between our hugs, it was instantly clear that he was a social and energetic child who had been well-loved before he came to us.  Now he’s a hard-working second grader and very ready to be a big brother.

 

We are fortunate to own a beautiful home near downtown San Jose.  Our neighborhood has a lovely mix of older and younger couples. We have a rambling backyard with fruit trees, vegetable beds, grass and lots of play stuff.  We’re near a number of great parks and playgrounds.  We love the diversity of kids and families we meet and have always felt that our multi-racial family fits right in.

 

We’ve both worked in elementary education for over 15 years.  Right now, Alyssa teaches Kindergarten and Andrew teaches 4th Grade.  We’ve held different roles, but felt like this was the best way to be both engaged parents and contributing professionals.  Now, we both work at the same public school and have enrolled Daniel there as well.  We love the closeness this has brought our family.  

 

At home, our family shares a deep love of food.  We plan and cook meals to share with family and friends.  Alyssa really enjoys baking and has begun to share that with Daniel.  Andrew enjoys recreating meals we’ve enjoyed on our trips, and especially ones he grew to love when he studied abroad in Japan.  Alyssa is passionate about trying to grow more and more of our own food in our garden.

 

We can’t wait to experience life as parents of a new baby.  Andrew is excited to see so many firsts, from food, to words, to crawling.  Alyssa can’t wait to hold, kiss and coo.  And, of course, we can’t wait to read all our favorite baby books.  We’ve enjoyed being aunt and uncle to so many lovely little ones and we know how wonderful it is to watch them grow.  But being a parent brings a whole new level of love and intensity!

 

We welcome the idea of a truly open adoption with you and your child.   We’ve always been open with Daniel about his journey to our family.  We are proud of his awareness and comfort with his story.  We deeply believe that all children deserve to grow up confident in who they are and raised in an environment of love, respect and honesty.  Creating a nurturing home for our children is the center of our lives.   We hope that our home will be the right place for your child too. 

 

If you’d like to get to know us more, please reach out.  You can call us at 408-372-8396 or email us at  andrewandalyssa123@gmail.com. You can also call our adoption counselor, Lisa Clark, at 1-800-969-6665.

 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and our family!  We would love to hear from you!