Hi! We are Geoffrey and Chantal. We are a committed, loving, together-forever couple who have been dreaming for a long time of becoming parents and a loving family. With much gratitude, we’ve adopted our first child, Noah, and are thrilled at the opportunity to add another wonderful child to our loving home. We are financially stable and are both college educated. Geoffrey works as a real estate developer with extremely flexible hours, allowing him to spend a lot of time with Chantal and Noah. Chantal is a stay-at-home mom, and likes to spend her time being involved in Noah’s school PTA, helping with classroom activities, sporting events and school trips. However, from the moment Noah started to attend middle school last September, she is not as much involved as she used to be. She is very much looking forward to participate in activities with Noah’s little brother or sister to be, especially all kinds of baby and toddler classes (including swim, music, gymnastics and dance) and social activities throughout the week.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We recognize that considering adoption for your child is an enormous decision and we admire your strength and courage. We know that placing your child for adoption is an act of love and that you want only the best for him or her. Should your child become a part of our family, he or she will always know how special you are and that it was your love that brought him or her into our family.
We met as teenagers at a birthday party of a mutual friend and became instantly inseparable. Right away, we knew that we didn’t need to look any further now that we have found “the one”. We complement each other in every way and most importantly make each other happy and smile. After 7 years full of fun, laughs, friendship, support, growth, and love, Geoffrey proposed and we married in August 1998. We are a team, best friends and we enjoy life and spending time together. Communication and having an understanding and respect for the other’s point of view are very important to us. We have a tremendous amount of love and appreciation for each other and feel that we have built a strong partnership.
Ever since we began dating, we discussed our desire to someday have a family. We adore children, and being able to grow a family has always been the most important thing to us. Although we were faced with infertility, we both passionately believe we are meant to raise children. Adoption made it possible for us to finally become parents and to have the family we always longed for. We were fortunate to welcome our son Noah in 2007. Adoption has proven to be the greatest blessing in our lives, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Noah is is an amazing person and will be a wonderful big brother! He is kind, compassionate, outgoing and adventurous. Noah is doing well in school and likes playing sports, especially hockey and horseback riding. He likes building things and loves to play with our two little dogs, Yumi and Poppy. Noah is fond of babies, he constantly talks about his new little brother or sister, and how he can’t wait to hold them, and hug them and play with them. He already loves this child as much as we do and is so anxious to meet them!
We are fortunate to live in a family friendly neighborhood in Belgium, a beautiful country in the heart of Europe. (We are home study approved, our adoption-agency is based in New York). In 2009 we bought the house we now live in and we renovated it ourselves. We put a lot of effort and love into the renovation, to turn the house into a home where we would like to spend our time and welcome our family and friends. We have a great backyard with lots of room for playing soccer, baseball and a big playhouse. The area is known for its great schools and family-friendly neighborhoods, and has tons of festivals, art, culture, activities and museums to enjoy.
We are both obsessed with real estate and love to renovate houses. We own eight rental properties in Belgium and the Netherlands that we have renovated ourselves. As a second home, we own a beautiful two-story penthouse in one of the most sought-after cities in Belgium.
As a family we love spending time together and on Wednesday afternoons and on the weekends we go to (theme)parks, the zoo, the playground, the movies or do more active things like biking, swimming, or hiking through the woods. One of our favorite things to do as a family is sailing.
We love to travel, both domestically and internationally. We usually take 2-3 trips a year. Our favorite destination so far is Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in the Western Mediterranean. Travelling to England, Italy, France and China was also fantastic! We have not travelled to the USA yet, but it is on our wish list.
As a real estate developer you are technically self-employed, which gives both of us the luxury of being able to travel all across the world when we so desire. We plan to continue exploring the world with both our kids in order to expose our family to other cultures.
We are big foodies and enjoy going out to restaurants but we also like to stay at home and cook ourselves. I (Chantal) love to cook, whether it’s fish, pasta, vegetables, or meat, and I like to try new recipes.
Christmas has always been with Chantal’s family and at our house. We have tons of ornaments and lights and start decorating the tree the week before Christmas to get into the holiday spirit. Every Christmas Eve though, Chantal’s mom will buy each of us a new ornament for that year to put on the tree. We also have socks for each of us filled with mini goodies. Traditional food at Christmas would be Chantal’s famous roast beef or her mom’s honey-glazed ham.
Family is very important to us. Our second child will be welcomed into our loving family by excited grandparents, uncles, aunts, and (first) cousins who all live close by. We also have a close circle of friends that might as well be family, including friends that have adopted their two beautiful daughters from Philadelphia, and amazing friends that have been adopted themselves. They all can’t wait for our new addition! We are so grateful to have this support and strong family core.
Should you choose us, we would teach your child to ski, swim, sail, and play any sports he or she enjoys. Most importantly though, we will teach them to love and respect everyone. An individual’s character is what sets them aside from everyone else, and we want our children to learn and acknowledge that and become the best contribution to society he or she can be. We both come from rather religious backgrounds however neither of us is overly religious. That being said, we both share a strong belief in morals and values which we like to pass on as parents. We believe in respecting and treating others like you would want to be treated yourself, as well as love for everyone and anyone despite their race or religion.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our life together. We want you to know that we are very committed to give your child the best life possible, and we would be honored to give your child all of our stability, energy, support and good fortune. Most importantly, we have a tremendous amount of love to give and extended family and amazing friends to do the same.
We are perfectly happy with an open adoption but that is a decision that is made jointly with the birth parents. While we hope you can become a part of our family, we will be respectful of your wishes and comfort levels. You will always be welcome in our lives in whatever way you feel most comfortable.
We cannot tell you how much we respect your position and would never pretend to know what you are going through. We can only imagine how difficult this process is for you and we would love to be there for you to help and support you. We truly admire your strength and courage in this search for the right family to love and cherish your child.
We would love to know anything and everything you would like to share about yourself and hope you feel comfortable talking to us. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to get to know us a little better. We would LOVE to get to know you!!
Geoffrey and Chantal