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Dan & Alicia

Sometimes opposites attract. Dan is a tea drinking night owl who loves scary movies and comedy writing. Alicia is a coffee loving morning glory who loves rom-coms and reading the latest John Grisham novel. But we completely agree on one thing: your child would get nothing but unconditional love, support, and encouragement from us - no matter what. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.

About Us

Dan
Alicia
Job
Marketing Specialist/Future Stay-at-Home Dad
Lawyer
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism & Media Studies
Law Degree
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

At a Nature Preserve

We both have full-time remote/work from home positions, and our dog Molly loves to make cameo appearances on Zoom calls!

Alicia is a lawyer who works in insurance, and Dan works in marketing for a Fortune 100 company. Since Dan's industry is more flexible, he plans on being a stay-at-home dad until the child is of school age, at which point he would likely return to work part-time.

As the main caregiver, Dan can't wait to share all of his favorite childhood toys (Legos), movies (The Iron Giant), books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), art projects (finger painting) and activities (trips to hands-on science museums).

When we're not working, we love to spend time outdoors in the Florida sunshine with friends. Farmer's markets, dog-friendly beaches, outdoor dining, and long walks around the neighborhood are always on the agenda! Our downtime usually consists of reading, movie nights, board games, and puzzles.

We are also committed to wellness and have a renewed focus on exercise (dance aerobics and Pilates for Alicia and Tae Kwon Do for Dan) and healthy home cooking.

We have built a fantastic life together and can't wait to share it with a little one!

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Reading With Uncle Dan

Alicia About Dan: Dan's enthusiasm and thoughtfulness are unparalleled.

I've seen him entertain our friend's toddler on a five hour road trip by singing "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed" in funny voices.

During COVID, he planned the sweetest "drive-in date night," which consisted of streaming "Bad Boys For Life" on his laptop in our car and making my favorite popcorn.

When my sister adopted a shelter dog who was terrified of men, Dan spent an entire year painstakingly gaining the dog's trust and making him feel comfortable (now when we dog sit, I'm the third wheel!).

He is a supportive husband who makes the best of any situation.

Girls' Night (Babysitting Friends' Kiddos)

Dan About Alicia: Alicia is caring, generous, and insightful. She is always the one her friends call first when they need advice, or just to talk through something. Alicia's ability to see things from different perspectives is outstanding, and makes her an incredible friend and spouse.

When Alicia's friend went through cancer treatment, Alicia organized a "friend-sitting" schedule, coordinating an effort to make sure everything from walking the dog to keeping the candy drawer full, was taken care of.

When I was unable to celebrate my birthday with friends and family during COVID, she arranged for them to send cards and favorite memories, which she then secretly collected and turned into an epic scrapbook.

Why We Chose Adoption

After one miscarriage and some discouraging fertility testing, we knew that the likelihood of conceiving naturally was disappointingly small.

Dan was immediately open to discussing all of the options, including adoption, fostering, surrogacy, and IVF. Within days, his laptop was covered with open Safari tabs and Google Docs bursting with research.

Alicia's reaction was to cry, cry some more, and then conduct her own type of research by talking to her friends and family. One of Alicia's best friends went through four rounds of IVF (including a scary trip to the emergency room) to have her two kids, and she would do it again in a heartbeat. Alicia's sister offered to be an egg donor or a surrogate.

Next, Alicia reached out to her former boss and mentor, who adopted a daughter five years prior. Before the call, Alicia was ready to jump headfirst into IVF, but she knew that she owed it to herself, and to Dan, to explore all options. The phone call lasted two hours, and one thing that Alicia's mentor said stood out: "Alicia, there's no right or wrong here, but you and Dan need to talk about what's more important – being parents or passing on your genes?" That was our "aha" moment, and the anxiety and doubt vanished. We want to be parents and we choose adoption.

Photos

Family Trip to Ireland
Family Trip to Ireland
Rocking Around Rockefeller Center
Rocking Around Rockefeller Center
Elephant Preserve in Thailand
Elephant Preserve in Thailand
Hiking With the Pups!
Hiking With the Pups!
Weekend in Miami
Weekend in Miami
Volunteering at the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Volunteering at the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Dan's Birthday Trip to See Mickey Mouse
Dan's Birthday Trip to See Mickey Mouse
Always Up for a Baseball Game!
Always Up for a Baseball Game!
Hiking in Colorado
Hiking in Colorado
Spring at the Botanical Gardens
Spring at the Botanical Gardens
Snuggle Buddies
Snuggle Buddies
Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!
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Family Trip to Ireland
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Elephant Preserve in Thailand
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Hiking With the Pups!
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Weekend in Miami
Weekend in Miami
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Volunteering at the Walk to End Alzheimer's
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Dan's Birthday Trip to See Mickey Mouse
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Always Up for a Baseball Game!
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Hiking in Colorado
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Spring at the Botanical Gardens
Spring at the Botanical Gardens
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Snuggle Buddies
Snuggle Buddies
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Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Community Pool

We live in a bright, spacious two-bedroom apartment with a large living room and den area. We are located in a luxury condominium complex in Florida, complete with a neighborhood pool, playground, and BBQ/picnic area. It's a small community, and our dog Molly has made it her business to befriend all of our neighbors when we're out and about!

We're walking distance to a movie theater, two of our favorite restaurants, and an enormous grocery store. And we're a short drive to major metropolitan areas, so we can get our fix of live theatre, delicious Thai food (our favorite), and museums.

During COVID, we took advantage of outdoor activities like the beach, dog parks, farmer's markets, and botanical gardens. And when our friends with little ones come to visit, there are aquariums, zoos, science centers, splash pads, and amusement parks. Our area also has stellar school systems, award-winning libraries, and gorgeous parks.

For us, our apartment is perfect! But with kids, our priorities will shift, and we may want more living space and a backyard with our own swing set. We're grateful to have the financial resources to move to a house when it's the right time for our family.

The floorplan may change, but we don't plan on moving too far since both of our families are here, including our new little niece!

Our Extended Families

Only HALF of Dan's Extended Family!

Alicia: I met Dan's extended family early on at his uncle's retirement party. Truthfully, I had reservations. I'm Jewish and my family is limited to my sister and parents. Meanwhile, Dan's extended family tree is pushing 100 and they're Irish Catholic. I needn't have worried – they were so welcoming that within minutes I felt like family!

Our Families

I've since been at countless family gatherings – these folks need only the flimsiest excuse to have a four generation, cross-country celebration – and the thing that amazes me is that they spend time with their extended family not out of any sense of obligation, but because they genuinely love and enjoy each other.

Dan: I thought my immediate family was close-knit, until I met Alicia's family. Two months into our relationship, Hurricane Irma was heading towards Alicia's family in Florida, and they needed somewhere to ride out the storm. It went without saying they would drive up to NYC with their three dogs to stay in Alicia's tiny apartment for a week! This is their dynamic – there's nothing they wouldn't do for one another.

Both: We knew our families are supportive, but we were overwhelmed by the pure joy and excitement from EVERYONE at our choice to pursue adoption. They can't wait to add to the family!

From Us to You

We have to admit it.

We're those people.

Our little Shih-Poo dog is the center of our world and has more toys than she could possibly need.

Our love of dogs is one of the first things we bonded over on our first date. We've been together for four years (and married for two), and if American Adoptions asked, we could easily submit hundreds of pictures of us with our Molly Munchkin for this profile.

As we sat here thinking about what to write in this letter, we realized little Miss Molly has a role to play. We recognize we can't possibly know how you are feeling, and we know dogs and babies are not the same thing (despite both sets of parents referring to Molly affectionately as their "grand furbaby"). But as we tried to relate to what you are going through, and see things through your eyes, we thought about how we'd feel if we needed to place Molly with another family:

  • Will they love her unconditionally?
  • Will they give her enough space and support to allow her personality to shine through?
  • Will they comfort her when she wakes up at 3:00 am with tummy troubles?
  • Will they rearrange their lives to make sure her needs are taken care of?
  • Will they appreciate all her quirks and idiosyncrasies?
  • Will they allow us to know what's going on with her life?
  • Will they tell Molly how much we still love her?
  • Will they judge us for giving her away? Or will they understand we're doing what's best for her?
  • Just thinking about re-homing Molly (who, again, is just a dog) forced us to examine our feelings if our roles here were reversed. So we didn't fill this profile with stuff that we thought you'd want to hear or claim that we're perfect. We tried to give you a glimpse of who we are as people, and how we'll be as parents, so that you can decide if we're the right family for you. Because that's exactly what we'd want if we were faced with your decision.

    And to that end, here are our promises to you:

  • We will provide the resources, cultural role models, and opportunities to succeed in life, and the freedom to define what "success" means for them.
  • We will surround your child with a loving extended family and close friends, while giving them space to grow and learn.
  • We will do everything in our power to protect them, but we will also prepare them to tackle the challenges and injustices that come with living in our society.
  • We will teach them to be kind, responsible, compassionate, courageous, and confident.
  • We will encourage them to find their passions, think for themselves, and to follow their dreams, knowing we are always in their corner.
  • We will celebrate their individual identity, cultural heritage, and religion.
  • We will accept them for who they are, no matter what, and we will love them unconditionally.
  • We will be honest and open about their adoption story and, if you want, we will share their growth with you through emails, pictures, and/or phone calls.
  • And if Molly could talk, she'd tell you how thrilled she is at the thought of having a human sibling; she knows there's more than enough love to go around.

    Dan & Alicia

    Favorites

    Dan
    Alicia
    Actor
    Denzel Washington
    Idris Elba
    Actress
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    Maggie Smith
    Animal
    Lemur
    Snow leopard
    Author
    Neil Gaiman
    Louise Penny
    Book
    World War Z
    Alice in Wonderland
    Candy Bar
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    Twix
    Cartoon
    Batman: The Animated Series
    Looney Tunes
    Childhood Memory
    My sisters being born
    Getting slimed on Nickelodeon
    Childhood Toy
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Bubbles
    Children's Book
    Superfudge
    The Emperor Has No Clothes
    City
    New York
    Madrid
    Classic Movie
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Field of Dreams
    Color
    Green
    Turquoise
    Day of Week
    Friday
    Saturday
    Dessert
    Key Lime Pie
    Ice cream
    Disney Movie
    Aladdin
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    Ford Mustang
    Anything that 007 has!
    Dream Job
    Writer (which is how I spend my free time)
    Run a dog rescue
    Dream Vacation
    Italy
    Thailand
    Family Activity
    Boating
    Broadway shows
    Flower / Plant
    Cattail
    Orchid
    Food
    Cheeseburgers
    Mac & cheese
    Form of Exercise
    Hiking
    Zumba
    Fruit
    Blueberries
    Peach
    Game
    Scrabble
    Hearts (card game)
    Hobby
    Writing
    Reading / book club
    Holiday
    Halloween
    Halloween
    Holiday Song
    "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses
    Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    Holiday Tradition
    Thanksgiving Potluck
    Decorating cookies
    Ice Cream
    Cookie Dough
    Haagen-Dazs coffee
    Junk Food
    Onion rings
    Sour cream & onion chips
    Leisure Activity
    Reading
    Baking
    Magazine
    Wizard
    Memory with a Child
    Teaching my friend's son Colin, "Up High, Down Low, Too Slow"
    Apple picking
    Memory with Spouse
    Our first trip together to Chicago
    First time he met my dog
    Movie
    Ghostbusters
    Tie between Clueless and Die Hard With a Vengeance
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Reese's Pieces
    Movie Quote
    "In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers." - Black Panther
    "I am serious and don't call me Shirley."
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Rom-com
    Musical
    Hamilton
    Les Miserables
    Musical Group
    The Replacements
    Dropkick Murphys
    Nursery Rhyme
    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    Mary Had a Little Lamb
    Olympic Event
    Swimming
    Bobsledding
    Personal Hero
    Conan O'Brien
    My middle school English teacher
    Play
    MacBeth
    Noises Off
    Poet
    Shel Silverstein
    Jack Prelutsky
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her drive
    Sense of humor
    Quote
    "Worry is a misuse of imagination."
    Trust but verify
    Restaurant
    Chili's
    The Cheesecake Factory
    Sandwich
    Happy Pilgrim
    Ice cream
    Shopping Store
    Midtown Comics
    Stew Leonard's
    Song
    "Hey Ya" by Outkast
    Defying Gravity
    Sport to Play
    Tennis
    Tennis
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Baseball
    Sports Star
    Ozzie Smith
    The Rock
    Sports Team
    Miami Marlins
    NY Giants
    Subject in School
    History
    Psychology
    Superhero
    Spider-man
    Jessica Jones
    Thing to Cook
    Tacos
    Spinach dip
    Time of Day
    Evening
    Early morning
    Tradition
    Gatherings with my extended family
    Dog Halloween Costume Parade
    TV Show
    The Simpsons
    Law & Order (the original)
    TV Show Character
    Gene Belcher from Bob's Burgers
    Jack Bauer
    Type of Music
    Alternative
    Show tunes
    Vacation Spot
    Portland, Maine
    Anywhere with a spa!
    Video Game
    The Legend of Zelda series
    Brickles

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