May 8, 2012

Dennis & Anne

Dear Birthmother,

Thank you for taking some time to get to know us.  We know this is a very difficult decision you are making.  It takes great strength and love to make an adoption plan for your child and we have so much admiration for you.

We have both always wanted to be parents and are excited to start our family together.  Once we found out it would be difficult to conceive naturally, we gravitated quickly towards adoption.  Anne’s family includes a foster brother from Nigeria, and a foster sister, from Vietnam.  Both of our sister-in-laws are adopted, and have been open about their experiences. Having seen people from many different families come together happily as one, adoption feels like a natural choice for us.

Dennis was born in Chicago and his family moved to California when he was three years old.  We enjoy getting together with them to celebrate birthdays, with Dennis and his brother competing to find the birthday card that will make their dad laugh the hardest.  He loves cooking for his family, and will often have them over to try new recipes.  Every holiday is spent together as a family.  Christmas is an epic event in the Walsh household.   It starts with the whole family getting together to decorate the tree, then Christmas morning for presents, and ends with a beautiful meal together in the evening. Dennis has always looked up to his dad, and has wanted nothing more than to be that kind of dad someday.  He loves watching and playing hockey, as well as going to games with family and friends.   He has been working in restaurant kitchens for more than a decade, and loves his job.

Anne was born in Minnesota and moved to California when she was eight years old.  She comes from a loving family, and her three siblings have always been her best friends.   We are blessed that even though her parents and one of her brothers and his family live out of state, they visit four to five times a year, Skype, and email photos frequently.    Her other siblings all live locally and Anne often spends Saturday morning’s visiting with her sister and playing with her niece.  We see her other brother and sister-in-law weekly at the church we all attend together.  Everyone is so excited to welcome another member to the family.  Anne loves to read, cross stitch, and spend time with her friends.  Anne works as a social worker in a nursing home, and finds so much joy in working with the elderly.

Anne’s thoughts on Dennis:   I love my husband’s sense of humor, and how he spreads joy to the people he encounters every day.  He has such happiness in him, you can even see it in how he walks.  Sometimes he literally bounces!   Dennis’ goal in life is to have a happy marriage and family. He makes an effort at maintaining that daily, by doing the dishes, cooking dinner, or by leaving sweet notes for me.  He is an everyday romantic, and I know without a doubt that I am treasured by him.  He is kind, and giving, both to friends and to strangers.  Being his wife makes me feel giddy, and I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life.

Dennis’ thoughts on Anne:  Anne is warm and gentle and will do just about anything to brighten another person’s day.  Especially mine!  She is quick with a smile or hug or sympathetic ear and seems to know just what to say to comfort someone who is feeling down.  Anne loves children and the elderly alike and is comfortable, even joyful around both.  She is optimistic and upbeat, always seeing the good in people.  I am thankful for every day that I have with her.  She is my best friend and my soul mate.

We live in a three bedroom home in a beautiful tree filled neighborhood.  Our favorite time of year is Halloween when our neighborhood comes alive with families going from house to house.  Many of our neighbors sit out on their porches, and it creates such a festive atmosphere.   There is an excellent elementary school less than a block away, and also a brand new high school being built a few blocks past that.  It’s important to us that our home is our sanctuary, and that just by walking through the door we feel at peace.  It is our hope that our children will find our home as their place of peace as well.    Our plan is for Anne to take three months off of work to be home with the baby.   After that, Dennis will change his work schedule to be a stay at home dad.   Dennis’ parents are also excited to step in and help out.

We feel that true belief in God is shown in how you live your life.  We want to instill attributes in our child that reflect our faith, such as kindness and compassion.  Our child will be raised in a home full of laughter and overflowing with love.  We are committed to an open adoption, and want to establish a relationship with you that is sensitive to what you are comfortable with.

We have so much respect for the decision that you are making for you and your child.  We are honored that you would consider us to enter into this journey with you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and we really hope this helps you in making this huge decision.


Dennis and Anne


Adoptive Family at a Glance

Father's Name: Dennis Mother's Name: Anne
Occupation: Quality Assurance in restaurant Occupation: Social Worker
Education: Some college Education: Bachelor of Social Work
Religion: Catholic Religion: Christian
Age: 07-01-74 Age: 03-25-79
Ethnicity: Caucasian Ethnicity: Caucasian
Hair Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5’11 medium build Height: 5’2 medium build
General Health: Good General Health: Good

Date of marriage: 03-04-2006

Children: None

Interest and Hobbies: Dennis enjoys cooking and playing hockey, while Anne enjoys reading and cross stitching.  We like to enjoy family meals together, spending time in our home, watching movies, and riding bikes together.

Home: We live in a 3 bedroom home in a beautiful neighborhood that is full of families.  We are a block away from an excellent elementary school, and close to the local high school.

Pets: 3 cats

Finances: Financially secure

Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: We are so excited to become parents and have a family together.  Once we found out it would be difficult to conceive naturally, we gravitated quickly towards adoption, as we both feel that this is how our family will form.

Openness to Birth parents: We are committed to an open adoption and hope to establish a relationship that all of us are comfortable with.  We are open to texts, phone calls, emails, photos, letters and bi-annual visits.   We feel it is important for our child to have a sense of where they came from and who they are, and we feel as if this can be developed through relationship.

Childcare Plans: Our plan is for Anne to take three months off of work to be home with the baby.   After that, Dennis will change his work schedule to be a stay at home dad.   We also have family in the area excited to help out.

Statement of Faith: We feel that true belief in God is shown in how you live your life.  We try to live out our faith practically by giving to others, and showing compassion and kindness.  It is our hope to instill these attributes into our child.

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