CZ & Jim

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CZ & Jim
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We are loving, fun, happy and ready to open our hearts to a child of any race.

Dear Expectant Mother:

Hello, and thank you for reading our letter. We understand that you are in the process of making a very difficult decision. We hope that our profile, that introduces us as the possible prospective adoptive parents to your child, will help make the process a bit easier.

We are Jim and Chitralekha; we love each other and our families very much, and are looking forward to sharing our lives with your child, enveloping him/her in a cocoon of warmth and tenderness. We’ve known each other for twenty years and have been married for eighteen of them. We are not just husband and wife, but also best friends and confidants. We have lived in Virginia for over a decade and have a lovely home in a diverse neighborhood, wonderful jobs as College Professors, and the loving support of an extended family in the US and in India.

Now that we are settled into our careers, we feel the time is right to share our lives with a child. Besides us, our entire families are waiting to welcome this child into our midst. When we think of having a child in our lives, we think most often of sharing with him/her our walks in the woods, our picnics by the river, our travels all over the world, our love of books and education, and our adoring families.

Kids and young people enrich our lives every day. We enjoy spending time with our niece and nephew, who visit us often, and with our students, who have taught us a lot about openness and acceptance of difference. Our travels all over the globe to visit family and friends have also helped us meet diverse people and participate in their traditions.

Being a part of the lives of so many people across cultures, and in an inter-racial relationship ourselves, has given us a unique perspective on raising a child of any race. We expect our child to open up a whole new world to us, even as we introduce him/her to our world. We look forward to learning about a new culture from and for our child. We would be honored to bring your child into our lives and hope that you can see us as the child’s forever family.

Thank you for considering us as your child's adoptive parents, and we wish you the very best in whatever decision you make.

Jim and Chitralekha

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Who We Are

We met more than 20 years ago in graduate school in Boston, and thus a love of learning and books has defined our relationship. After so many years of being together, we have yet to run out of ideas to share or things to say to each other. In a sense we came of age together, pursuing our degrees and learning from each other, ending up in Virginia with jobs as College Professors.

Both of us, in different ways, have an inclination to relate to people of different ages and backgrounds quite naturally. This is what makes us good teachers, and we are certain will also make us great parents.

Throughout our relationship, whenever we talked about children, it was usually in terms of adopting when we were ready. Neither of us necessarily wanted to have biological children. The time now seems perfect to add to our family.

We have secure jobs, a lovely home, a loving extended family and many friends, and a good sense of who we are. We enjoy walks in the woods, picnics by the water, watching the sunset on the beach, and we very much want to share all this and much else with a child. We always think about raising a child in terms of sharing our lives—sharing all the love, experience, knowledge, stories that we have gained over the past 4 decades—and rediscovering life anew through the eyes of the child.

We were both raised in disciplined but loving homes, and will raise the child in a stable environment that gives her/him a sense of self-worth and respect towards themselves and others. As educators, we both appreciate the value of a good education and will provide the child with the very best of it, both at home and in educational institutions.

Our jobs keep us constantly in touch with the concerns and needs of young people and we will guide our child accordingly to achieve the very best. We will open up an entire world to the child, because we are open to it ourselves, and have family and friends all over the world (The Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, China, and India) whom we visit often.

We are open to a child of any race not simply because we are well-read, but also because we were raised to accept and appreciate differences. Today we live in an integrated and diverse neighborhood in a small city in Virginia with people of different races and backgrounds and lots of kids who enjoy playing on our driveway. Our neighbors are good, hardworking people who help each other out whenever they can.

We also have excellent relationships with our colleagues, many of whom are our good friends; they are all kind and generous, have children of varying ages, and will be very helpful in navigating the practical world of childrearing.

Our child will be enveloped in love, support, and friendship. Even if we are half as good as parents as our parents were to us, then the child will never feel unloved or want for anything. We’re excited at the endless possibilities for our child and our family as we make our way together in the future.

Adoption Diary

Semester Continues….

Yet another snowstorm in this part of VA made it harder to get to work, but it warmed up the next day and most of the snow is now gone. We’re slowly getting to know our students, some of whom are new, although it’s always nice to see familiar faces in the classroom and catching up with what the kids have been up to over break. We have students from all over the country and other countries in our classes. Being surrounded by young people is a gift and we enjoy our work!

Starting a New Semester

Time to start teaching again!  We are braving the cold weather to start the spring 2018 semester.  Jim will be teaching introductory courses on U.S. history and Chitralekha will be teaching courses on Asian history.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

CZ & Jim

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