Tom and Alisha

Hello! We are Alisha & Tom. We are excited you found your way to our story and are considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child.

We can only begin to imagine how difficult this decision is for you. Please know that we admire the love you have for your child and the courage it takes to embark on this journey. We look forward to getting to know you through this process and learning about what you imagine for your child.

HELLO!

- WE ARE -

ALISHA

& TOM

from New York

dear

Birth parents

We are EXCITED you found your way to our story and are considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child.

We can only begin to imagine how difficult this decision is for you. Please know that we admire the love you have for your child and the courage it takes to embark on this journey. We look forward to getting to know you through this process and learning about what you imagine for your child.

We have accomplished a lot, but the one thing we have always wanted is to be parents. Although we can’t have children, we still want to be parents and are beyond excited to grow our family through adoption. We promise we will give your child a lifetime of love and support. We will provide a safe, happy home and a life with every opportunity for him or her to grow and be the best version of themselves. We hope that our story provides a glimpse of who we are and the type of life your child will have with our family.

BEACH DAY IN ST. JOHN VIRGIN ISLANDS
BEACH DAY IN ST. JOHN VIRGIN ISLANDS

How It

All Began

WE MET THROUGH TOM’S SISTER WHEN WE WERE BOTH IN HIGH SCHOOL. Right away, there was a comfortableness between us that made it easy to get along, although it was more friendship than romance. Soon after meeting, Tom joined the Marines and we lost touch. When he returned home four years later, we rekindled our friendship. We spoke often and began spending more time together and gradually started to learn so much more about each other. Over time our friendship blossomed into a relationship and we started dating. Tom jokes that his persistence paid off and that he won Alisha over with his wit and charm (which might have been true). In 2014, we got engaged and a year later we had the perfect outdoor destination wedding on the beach in Puerto Rico with our closest friends and family.

ENJOYING A SUMMER EVENING IN NYC
ENJOYING A SUMMER EVENING IN NYC
OUR WEDDING DAY
OUR WEDDING DAY
GOING OUT TO DINNER
GOING OUT TO DINNER
EXPLORING GREECE
EXPLORING GREECE

- our life -

together

Tom is outgoing and spontaneous; Alisha is lower key, and more of a planner. We work well together because we allow our differences to balance each other out and help us grow. Since we met and fell in love over 10 years ago, we have built a strong partnership based on honesty, respect and open communication. We love to travel and explore different places and cultures. We also enjoy the simple things like watching movies at home, cooking together, listening to live music and going to baseball games.

Alisha

through Tom’s eyes

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Alisha is the most compassionate and loyal person I know. If she sees anyone upset, she will do whatever she can to make them feel better. I admire her strength and how she puts her all into everything she does. She is a born organizer and uses her skills to bring family and friends together. Alisha is my biggest fan and supports me in whatever I do. She truly makes me a better person and I am honored to call her my wife. Alisha’s patient and kind hearted nature will make her an amazing mother.

Alisha loves being active and enjoys running and paddle boarding (a new favorite). She also likes cooking and making homemade pizza, a family tradition passed down from her grandmother and one of my personal favorites!

Helping OTHERS

THROUGH WORK

I am an elementary school teacher. One of my favorite parts of being a teacher is seeing that “oooh” look on my students’ faces when they finally understand something new that was taught, but by far the best thing is being able to make those connections every day. I love giving and receiving high fives, seeing my students smile because I made them feel special or knowing that my students feel comfortable enough to talk to me. I am looking forward to doing all of these things and more for my child! As a teacher, I have many vacations throughout the school year and summers off which gives me lots of time to spend with family.

SPENDING TIME WITH OUR FRIEND’S DAUGHTER
SPENDING TIME WITH OUR FRIEND’S DAUGHTER
GETTING READY FOR A 10K RUN
LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM
LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Tom

through Alisha’s eyes

ENJOYING A GREAT VIEW OF CHICAGO’S SKYLINE
ENJOYING A GREAT VIEW OF CHICAGO’S SKYLINE

Tom is dependable, fun loving and caring. He is the kind of guy that goes out of his way to help others with acts of kindness that are both big and small. He might be helping his dad fix something around the house, moving one of our friends or making sure I have my much needed “to go” morning cup of coffee. Everyone knows that Tom will drop everything to be there for you, no questions asked. When Tom is not helping others, he enjoys watching whatever sports team happens to be playing on TV which is something he would like to share with our child.

Tom doesn’t take himself too seriously and likes to have fun. I can always count on him to make me smile, even on the toughest of days. I am so grateful to have him as my husband and partner for life. He is always there for me during life’s ups and downs. I love watching Tom interact with the children in our life and know he will be a great dad!

Helping OTHERS

THROUGH WORK

I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1993. After serving 4 years of Honorable Service with numerous decorations, I was discharged and left my Marine family. Well not too long later, I joined the New York City Fire Department and became part of another family. We have many annual family events like picnics, Christmas parties, and beach outings. Since joining, I passed the Lieutenants exam and will soon be promoted. An advantage of my job is a flexible schedule that allows for a healthy home/work balance.

VISITING UNCLE TOM AT WORK
VISITING UNCLE TOM AT WORK
MARCHING IN THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
MARCHING IN THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Where

we

LIVE

We live in a family friendly urban area in New York. Our community has lots of children of all ages so our little one will fit right in. Our neighborhood is quiet with tree lined streets and a 500 acre park just steps from our front door with a big playground, fields to play baseball, basketball and soccer as well as biking, and hiking paths. We are a short walk to good schools, restaurants and shops and a quick train ride to the museums, Broadway shows, and culture of New York City.

COOKING BREAKFAST TOGETHER
COOKING BREAKFAST TOGETHER
A WEEKEND STROLL IN THE PARK
A WEEKEND STROLL IN THE PARK
GAME NIGHT
SNORKELING IN MEXICO
SNORKELING IN MEXICO
ZAC BROWN CONCERT
ZAC BROWN CONCERT
ALL READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
ALL READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
CHEERING ON OUR TEAM
CHEERING ON OUR TEAM

- OUR -

FAVORITES

COOKING CLASS IN ITALY
COOKING CLASS IN ITALY

FAVORITE FOOD

ALISHA: Lasagna
TOM : Mexican food, Thai, and can’t forget pizza!

FAVORITE MUSICIAN

ALISHA: Pink
TOM : Kenny Chesney

FAVORITE SEASONAL ACTIVITY

ALISHA: Kayaking
TOM : Snowboarding

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT

ALISHA: Italy
TOM : Greece Islands

FAVORITE THING TO DO

ALISHA: Relax on the beach with a good book
TOM : Listen to live music at outdoor venues

SEEING THE TREE AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER
SEEING THE TREE AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER

the People

we LOVE

We are blessed to have family and dear friends to celebrate life events, family traditions and everyday life with. We both have nieces and nephews from close friends who we consider brothers and sisters. It is pretty common to spend holidays with them taking part in an Easter egg hunt or celebrating Christmas Eve with a delicious dinner, good conversation and lots of laughter. Alisha and her actual sister are just one year apart and have a close relationship. They enjoy getting together and exploring new foods and restaurants throughout the city. Both of our dads are retired and can’t wait to spend time with (and spoil) their new grandchild. Alisha’s dad enjoys having the family over for barbeques and birthday celebrations and Tom’s dad lives in a beach town, so we spend many summer days there relaxing and enjoying his company. We have a large extended family with over 25 first cousins and all their children within a short drive of each other so family gatherings are never a small event. We could not be more grateful for this community of people and are excited for them to be a part of our child’s life.

TOM WITH HIS COUSINS
TOM WITH HIS COUSINS
THE LADIES OF ALISHA’S FAMILY
THE LADIES OF ALISHA’S FAMILY
FAMILY BBQ WITH ALISHA’S DAD
FAMILY BBQ WITH ALISHA’S DAD
BRUNCH WITH FAMILY BEFORE A SHOW
BRUNCH WITH FAMILY BEFORE A SHOW
ALISHA WITH HER SISTER AND COUSIN
ALISHA WITH HER SISTER AND COUSIN
GIVING THE KIDS A TOUR OF THE FIREHOUSE
GIVING THE KIDS A TOUR OF THE FIREHOUSE

- OUR -

THOUGHTS

- ON -

PARENTING

WE TAKE OUR ROLE AS PARENTS SERIOUSLY. We know it won’t always be easy but we do know if we are given this precious gift we will love our child unconditionally. As parents, we will provide financial security and emotional stability. We promise to provide the love and structure that helps a child learn and thrive while remaining flexible. We will nurture our child to bring out their unique qualities and talents. We want our child to grow up to be a well-rounded individual who stands up for what they believe is right and to never be afraid to pursue what makes them truly happy. We promise to raise them in a nurturing home filled with fun, laughter and adventure. Our child will be given a quality education, and we promise to do our best to provide whatever it is he or she needs to succeed in life.

Thank

YOU!

We wholeheartedly thank you for considering us and taking the time to learn more about us as a family. You have read our story and we promise your child will know theirs. Our home and hearts are ready and open. If you choose us as parents, your child will know where they came from and the sacrifice you have made. Throughout your child’s life we would love to send you photos and updates for you to see him or her growing and changing throughout the years, if you wish to receive them. We hope our profile peaks your interest. We would really love to hear from you and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We truly wish you the best no matter what you choose.

Alisha and Tom

WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.