Hi! I’m Julie. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and get to know me! I know that the choice you’re making is scary and overwhelming and I admire your strength and courage. I also know first-hand how wonderful adoption can be. I was adopted as a baby and my parents are kind, loving, caring people who have given me a great life. They love and support me unconditionally. They taught me strong values, gave me a good education and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. You can reach me toll free by calling 1-800-626-4324.
I grew up in Massachusetts and am an avid and loyal Boston sports fan – especially the Red Sox! I love to take spinning classes, go for walks, go out to dinner with family and friends or relax at home and read a good book. I also love to travel and have been lucky enough to explore many countries and cultures. I even lived in Europe twice. I spent a semester in France in college and then lived in Switzerland for four months once for my job. I look forward to the opportunity to give a child the chance to travel and see the world too!
I have a big circle of wonderful, caring and fun close friends who are like my sisters. Most of them are married with children and I’m very close with their husbands and kids too. I love to spend time with their children and encourage their unique personalities.
My friends say I’m a good listener, loyal and patient, and the one they often come to when they’re going through something and need some advice. They also call me when they want to have fun because I have a great sense of humor, love to laugh and am always up for celebrating a birthday or any event – big or small – in my friends’ and their children’s lives.
I live in New York and there are three great parks with playgrounds nearby. I also live close to good schools, libraries, zoos and museums. There are beaches and mountains a couple hours away by car.
I do public relations for a healthcare company and have been with the same company for 10 years. I have the flexibility to work from home 1-2 days per week and have 6 weeks of vacation annually. I plan to have a personal nanny and my mom can’t wait to be a grandma and help out whenever possible!
I am very close with my family – my mom, my dad and my brother who was also adopted as a baby. We have fun traveling together and have taken some amazing trips to France, Germany Switzerland, Martha’s Vineyard, Florida and Maine.
We have a big, happy extended family and birthdays and holidays are always fun times full of big meals, lots of laughs and playing cards and games with my cousins and their kids. We all take a family ski trip to Vermont every winter and have fun tennis tournaments together in the summer.
Growing up, my parents encouraged my brother and me to try any activity that interested us and I tried everything from horseback riding, ice skating and softball to painting and piano lessons. The things I loved the most were skiing, tennis, acting in plays, singing and dancing.
Why I want to adopt
I have always wanted a family and I am now 100% ready and committed to becoming a mom. I have a great job that has put me in the position financially to be able to raise a child comfortably. Having been adopted myself, I’ve always wanted to adopt a child one day, so choosing adoption to create my family now was an easy decision. I haven’t met Mr. Right yet (although I have had some great relationships that didn’t result in marriage, and of course there were a few Mr. Wrongs along the way!). I’m not ruling out marriage if the right guy comes along, but I am so excited and ready to become a mom now. And even if I do meet a great guy, a child will always come first.
My parents have set a great example for me of how to be caring and nurturing parents. My family supports me completely in my journey to creating my own family and can’t wait to become Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle!
I believe in encouraging children, supporting them, allowing them to be who they are. Children need a lot of praise and unconditional love, but they also need boundaries. Boundaries and routine are what keep a child feeling safe and comfortable. I believe in letting a child try any activity s/he is interested in. I think it’s important to let a child explore and test out his or her environment.
I try to live by the Golden Rule and treat others the way I want to be treated, and I would teach a child the same. And of course, teach them good manners. As a parent, I think it’s very important to follow through. I don’t believe in making empty promises to a child. If you tell a child they can or can’t do something, then you need to follow through.
I believe it’s important for parents and kids to play together and do fun things like going to a museum, zoo, aquarium or park. We didn’t have a huge house or really expensive cars growing up. Instead my parents focused on giving us adventures. We took a lot of vacations – skiing in the winter, Cape Cod in the summer, Disney World, Washington, DC and California. And I plan to do the same thing. I think it’s the positive experiences and time you spend together as a family that a child will remember and cherish as he or she grows older.
Raising a child
Since I was adopted too, I will be able to help a child understand what it means to be adopted and will know how to answer their questions and make them feel loved, safe and secure. My parents were always open with my brother and me about being adopted and I will follow their example and be very open with your child. He or she will always know how much I respect and admire you and how grateful I am to you for the choice you’ve made. I think it’s so important for a child to have a connection to his or her birth parents and I will happily keep you updated on your child’s life with letters, photos and emails.
The choice you’re making is incredibly loving and brave and I promise in return that I will love your child with all my heart. I will shower your child with smiles and hugs and encourage his or her individual personality and interests. Your child will be surrounded by a warm and happy family. He or she will be protected, cared for, provided a good education and given the opportunities to explore the world and figure out the things he or she loves to do.
Thank you so much for reading my story and considering me as a potential parent for your child! I look forward to getting to know you and taking this journey together. Please contact The Adoption Alliance at 1-800-626-4324 if you have additional questions or would like to contact me.