Hi, my name is Catherine. Nice to meet you! Thank you for reading my letter. I want to begin by letting you know how much I respect and admire that you are making such hard decisions about the future of your child, and I am impressed with your strength! I hope this letter gives you an idea of who I am and the happy and loving family your child would join.
I have always known that I would become a mom through adoption. I loved playing with dolls as a child, and always pretended that my “kids” were adopted. I grew up in San Francisco, California, in a small and very close knit family. My brother is five years older than I am, and my sister ten years younger. I had been wishing for a little sibling for many years when she was born. As a child, my family spent almost all our time together and had so much fun. We really enjoyed traveling and were sometimes joined by my grandparents. One of my favorite annual trips was our visits to Yosemite. My parents wanted to expose us to as many different experiences as possible through travel, and our vacations were always fun and educational at the same time. We still all travel together frequently, and I can’t wait for my own child to enjoy these traditions as well. We also carry on other traditions from childhood, from cutting down our Christmas trees together, and my mom hanging a stocking for each family member, to Sunday dinners as a family, to watching the Olympics together.
I am fortunate to live in a small town in Marin county which feels far away but is a few minutes from San Francisco. I have a cute one story house with a large backyard that I love. There is also a big patio which is perfect for barbeques and hanging out with my friends and family. Ever since I moved into my house, I have been looking forward to spending quiet afternoons watching the birds or gardening with my child. I am a mom to my dog, Chase, who is great company. His favorite thing about my niece and nephew staying for the weekend, is when we make popcorn and he gets to sit nearby waiting for kernels to drop! I am lucky that my brother and sister and law and their kids live less than a couple of hours from me, my parents live a few minutes drive away, and my sister and her husband just moved a fifteen minute walk down a walking path from me! Their first child is due this month, and I look forward to our kids being able to walk or bike back and forth. My neighborhood is very walkable, with a library, town park, elementary school and neighborhood cafes within a couple of blocks.
During the week, I work at a school as a learning specialist with middle school kids with language-based learning differences. I love going to work each day in such a beautiful area, and enjoy supporting kids who find school more difficult than most. Another great benefit of my job, and a big reason why I picked this career, is that I follow the school calendar, so I have afternoons, summers and many other vacations free to spend with my child when I become a mother.
While I am waiting to become a mom, I enjoy spending my time traveling with friends and family, taking peaceful hikes, reading, skiing (when there is enough snow!) and recently, learning new hobbies like gardening and using a power drill for repairs around the house. Some of my favorite times are quiet nights with my dog Chase, in front of my fireplace, reading or watching tv.
I hope this letter helps you get to know me a bit. I can’t wait to be a mom, and my friends and family are excited too. I can promise that I will love your child unconditionally, and with my whole heart, and I will do everything in my power to provide your baby with a full and happy life and family. I am very excited to complete an open adoption, and will be committed to my child staying connected to his or her birth family. I wish you all the best in whatever decision you make. Thank you for taking the time to read about me. Take care of yourself!
If you feel that I might be a good fit as a parent for your baby, I would be honored to speak with you. Please reach out to my adoption counselor, Lisa Clark, at 1-800-969-6665. You can also contact me at my toll-free number 1-800- 773-5107.