Paul & Ceri
Dear Expectant Parents,
First, we would like to say that our hearts go out to you and your family as you make this difficult decision. We also want to say thank you for considering selecting us to raise your precious little one. If you do select us, we would love to meet with you so you may see how much we would like you to be a part of our large, diverse and loving family. We admire your courage and strength through this process. We know there are other avenues you may chose, even easier ones and we truly appreciate your choice to pursue this path. As a couple we have ourselves tried to conceive, but were unsuccessful. We would be honored to provide a loving home for your child.
Ceri was born in Wales, United Kingdom and moved to the United States when she was five years old. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has always had a love of travel. During college she had the opportunity to live in San Diego and San Francisco. After she completed her bachelor’s degree she joined the Peace Corps and lived in Ecuador for two years. It was an amazing experience! She returned afterwards to the Bay Area and completed her advanced degree in psychology. She then moved to the Sacramento area for an internship, which led to a job offer. She now works with children in the mental health field. Working with children and parents has given Ceri the opportunity to gain experience and insight into child development, as well as an understanding of issues and best practices of parenting.
Both of Ceri’s parents have advanced degrees, as do many other members of our family on her side. Her grandmother even had a master’s degree. Ceri was raised Methodist, with the mentality of thinking about other people’s needs and service to society. She volunteered in her early 20s working at a crisis hotline and as a tutor for children. She was a babysitter as a teenager, and learned early how to care for children. Her love for children started early, which is why she chose to focus on working with children in her career, and why being a mother is so important to her.
Paul is Italian, raised Catholic and grew up in California. He holds a Masters in Business, and works for one of the largest finance banks in California. He has been instructing the younger generation through volunteer programs related to finance and investing. He has encouraged friends and family about the importance of home ownership which creates stability and structure in one’s life and environment. We own rental property which we hope to pass along someday to a child we bring up.
Paul enjoys being outside and playing sports (baseball, basketball, football), he is an avid runner and does so quite often on the bike trail near our home. Over the last few years, Paul has become quite skilled at using technology to improve quality of life. Paul has a network of friends that he meets up with regularly for sporting events, camping, or a round of golf. One of Paul’s best friends for more than 30 years was adopted, but it was a closed adoption. Therefore, Paul has had firsthand experience seeing a person who was adopted grow up.
Pauls’ parents have been married for 40 years and have been heavily involved in Paul’s major life events (college, career advancement, marriage). His parents knew the importance of providing him guidance during these large decisions and taught him to think ‘long term’ for these. These values were instilled in him at an early age and they continue to positively affect him today.
We have a modern relationship, having met six years ago through an online dating site in 2010. After meeting, we spent time getting to know each other and over time have become closer and closer. We love to laugh! We have been married three years now, and love our life together! We are a very active couple and are looking forward to becoming parents!
Education is important us, and we both have a love of learning. We hope to share this value with our future child, and hope to send him or her to a private school near our home. We are both close to our families and we are financially secure. Paul’s parents and sister live 5-10 minutes from us, and his brother lives in San Francisco. Ceri’s family is still in the Bay Area, and visit frequently. She has her mother, brother and sister (her father unfortunately passed away five years ago). Her sister and partner relocated temporarily from the UK to Northern California to spend time with the family. Both sides of the family are very supportive, and look forward to having a new addition to the family in the future!
We have a mutual love for movies, outdoors and being active. We love traveling together, frequently visiting Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe. We look forward to more travels over the years with an addition to our family! Travel is a great way to teach children about the world and expand their minds. Holiday celebrations are very important to us and we always decorate a huge Christmas tree. We also love spending time with our family and friends.
Our Home & Community & Promise
We have a large custom, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath house that includes 2 family rooms and a loft that is perfect for a child to play in all day! We have a large bedroom (and bathroom) ready for a child. On the weekends we love to barbeque, and spend time in our backyard that features a deck, perfect for the Sacramento cool nights. We live in a safe, family friendly community where children play outside regularly. We are surrounded by large parks, hiking trails, and a beautiful lake. We also love going to our local gym (taking classes, swimming, and keeping fit).
We embrace the concept of open adoption in which you will be able to see your child grow and have contact. We believe level of involvement choices are yours alone, and would not limit your contact with your child in any way.
In closing, we would like to thank you for considering us as your child’s adoptive parents. If selected we would be deeply committed to raising him or her well, with joy, love and skillful care. You may contact us through Little Angels Adoptions 24 hours a day at 1-888-281-8948. We know whatever decision you make will be the right one.
Paul & Ceri