Dear Expectant Parents,
Thanks for taking the time to look through this profile. As much as I’d love to find the right words to say, it’s hard to explain all that I’m feeling writing this letter to you. I want to be courageous enough to tell you who I am and what my dreams are for the future. I hope that this letter is the beginning of an open and ongoing dialogue between us.
My name is Amanda and an important part of my story is that I’m an educator. After teaching high school English for ten years and working in school leadership, I decided to start my own educational consulting business. Because I work for myself, I get to set my own hours and I will be able to spend much more time at home when I become a parent.
Of course, I still love teaching! In the summers, I teach morning classes at Marquette University in the Upward Bound Program. The program is designed to help high school students who will be the first in their family to attend college. During the school year, I also teach a job readiness class to young adults with disabilities. Since I still spend a lot of time with teenagers, I choose to teach a Sunday School class of first and second graders and play in the messy world of construction paper and glitter glue.
My journey toward adoption might not be what you would expect. At this point in my life, I am single and relatively young. I have always wanted to be a parent and realized that adoption was the best fit for me. In recent years, I have gone through a deliberate process of buying a home in a safe neighborhood, creating a more flexible work schedule, and talking to my family and friends about my adoption plan.
I do not know what the future holds for me—I could see myself happily married or happily single—but I do know that I have a large team of people who will support me in raising a child. They have taken to calling themselves “the village” and they are just as excited as I am to welcome home a child. The village is a dynamic group of people who represent different professions, different races, and different life experiences.
I appreciate your open heart as you consider all of your options. I believe that families are powerful creations, and that each family carries its own unique story of how it came to be. I’m looking forward to building that new story with you.