I am looking to adopt a child or sibling group of two or three, preferably under the age of 13. I am hoping for a male or mixed/male group. I am hoping my children to be of Caucasian, Hispanic, Bi-racial, Native American, Pacific Islander, mixed, or unknown. As a single parent, I would consider any child with mild disabilities, and can consider moderate disabilities on a case by case basis. I have a psychology and education background, so I have experience with learning disabilities, abuse (physical and sexual), and neglect needs. I would love children that look forward to having a dog, as my Golden Retriever is very excited about meeting them.
A perfect fit would be children who want to be loved unconditionally, not only by their Mom (me), but their grandfather, aunts, uncles, many cousins and extended family, which are all in the area. Children who like adventures, traveling, and learning something new every day would benefit from being part of my family, as I would most definitely benefit from being their Mom. I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family and friends, most of whom have children.
My name is Wendy, and I have been a full time middle school teacher for twenty two years. I love teaching most when I can help a child realize his or her true brilliance. While teaching has brought me a stable and fulfilling career, I have many other hobbies and passions. I love to travel. I have fond memories from my childhood family vacations and road trips. A few years ago I had even retraced one of the trips we did as a child, and called my Mom and Dad to give them my updates. I want to share with my children the love for the outdoors and adventure. My other true passion is photography. In the past five years, I have taken my hobby of taking pictures and scrapbooking to a full professional photography business.
I do a lot of advocacy. I have been a facilitator for the local GLBTQ youth group. I have mentored my students, many of which I am still in touch with. I fundraise and work to spread awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that took my Mom from us three years ago.
I live in Central Florida, in a suburb just north of Orlando. I have a one story, three bedroom and two bath house with a large fenced backyard. It is the same house I grew up in. I live on a quiet street that has many families with many children. I can't wait to bring my children here. I am in an A+ school district, the same one I teach in. I am very close to the sunny Florida beaches, as well as the amusement parks.
In my area we have many parks, nature centers, science museum, biking trails, a great zoo, and the Jewish Community Center right down the road. The JCC is where I am able to access many activities, from scouts to sports, and even theatrical productions which the kids can participate in. I am a member of a Temple, and want to bring my children up in my faith. My Temple community has many families with children. I am eager to introduce my children to a wonderful cultural identity in addition to their own.
My Dad lives down the road, and is very eager to take care of my non-school aged children. My job allows me to be home in the mid afternoon and all evenings. I do not work on the weekends, and I have my summers off.
I have one brother who is married and has two children. I spend as much time as I can with them. They are very eager to have a cousin.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am in the best village to ensure my children are always confident in knowing that they have a safe, loving, and stable home life. I have my biological family, including my dad, brother, my niece and nephew as well as many cousins, aunts, and uncles.
There are many of my friends who I also consider my family. They range in age, some without children and many with. They are anxiously waiting for my family to be whole.
I am a member of two adoption support groups. These groups have resources, trainings and discussions for the parents, and an opportunity for the children to meet other children who are also adopted.