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Mansi and Archit

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Hello and Our Utmost Gratitude.

We are Mansi and Archit from Northern California!

We can’t wait to grow our family through adoption.  We realize you are reading many letters and profiles to find the best family for your child, so we thank you for taking time to get to know us.  While we cannot understand what you are going through, we have the utmost respect and admiration for you.  We struggled to get pregnant for many years, and were successful once, only to learn that we could never another baby.

Becoming parents to our son Kailash was an incredible feeling, and he has enriched our lives in more ways than we thought possible.  We always imagined our lives with a bigger family, and have so much more love to give.  We can’t wait to meet and love another child, and look forward to the day when Kailash has a sibling to share in life’s adventures.  As you plan for your child’s future, know that he or she will be raised in an environment filled with unconditional love, support, and opportunity.

Our Story

We met briefly for the first time in 2002:

Archit: “I remember it perfectly, Mansi had beauty and brains – she was studying computer science in college.”

We met again in 2005, when Mansi was in law school and Archit was considering going – we talked for hours, but neither was interested in a long distance relationship (she lived in Washington, DC, and he in Boston).

In 2007, Mansi had graduated from law school and was working in California when she received the following message from Archit, who was still in Boston:

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I want to ask you out on a date. I know we only spent a few hours hanging out, but you were kind, funny, intelligent, principled, and beautiful.

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Mansi: “I wasn’t sure about long distance, but I couldn’t say no.”

Our first date was a baseball game, our team won, and on the way home we saw a shooting star (we still can’t believe it either).  We’ve been inseparable ever since: engaged in 2008, married in 2009, and blessed with our son in 2014.

Meet Mansi

Meet Mansi (by Archit)

What first drew me to Mansi is that she radiates energy in everything she does.  With each passing year, I am more and more in awe of her.  Her go-go approach to life extends to everything from her work to our home and to her hobbies.  In one day, Mansi might be building castles with Kailash, hosting brunch for our friends and neighbors, and organizing charity efforts.

Mansi doesn’t just pour energy into what she does, but also her heart.  Mansi’s passion can be carefree like when she has a chance to be a kid again and go down slides with Kailash.  With Kailash, Mansi isn’t just nurturing and caring, she is having fun and looking to enjoy the special moments.  I see the twinkle in her eye when she interacts with Kailash and the tenderness with which she rocks him back to sleep when he has a bad dream.

I can’t wait for Mansi to be able to share the love she has with our future son or daughter.  Mansi has always wanted to be a mother to two.  With Mansi as their mother, our future child will know nothing but love, support and care.  I’m looking forward to holding on for the ride as Mansi leads our family onwards and upwards.

Mansi’s Career: Mansi works as a lawyer for a small firm where her colleagues are like family and where she has flexibility to schedule her work day around our family.  She often joins Kailash at Mommy-and-me classes.  Mansi was fortunate to take an extended leave when Kailash was born and she looks forward to doing the same when a new little one joins the family.

Mansi’s Favorites

Favorite cartoon: Jem & the Holograms

Favorite TV shows:  Beverly Hills 90210, The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother

Favorite movie: Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella)

Favorite books: The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Glass Castle

Favorite musicians: Lady Gaga, U2, Journey

Favorite cuisines: Mexican and Thai

Favorite sports teams:  Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Blackhawks

 Meet Archit

Meet Archit (by Mansi)

When we met years ago, Archit was a justifiably nerdy. But his way with words and his hazel-colored eyes caught me off guard. Through our years together, he has been someone our friends and family call on for support. And I’ve always counted on his sense of responsibility and deep loyalty. I love watching Archit with our son.  Becoming a father revealed Archit’s patient and soft side.  Not only does he nurture Kailash (and change his diapers), he also encourages Kailash to be independent.

Archit is the most thoughtful and intelligent man I know. He cares deeply about education and teaching our children to reach their potential, so he is always introducing Kailash to new concepts in fun ways. Archit teaches Kailash by talking about plants and animals on a nature hike or doing puzzles on a rainy afternoon.  Archit’s dream is to open a school that puts children’s natural curiosity first and doesn’t bury things in textbooks.

Archit always talks about wanting more kids. I can’t wait to see him become a father again and witness him with our next child. Archit serves as such a wonderful example and was born to be a family man.

Archit’s Career: After working as a software engineer, Archit went to Harvard Law School.  Since graduating, he’s been practicing as a lawyer representing technology companies.  Like Mansi, Archit is lucky to have a lot of flexibility with his job and spends most mornings at home with Kailash.  He is also able to take an extended leave when a new baby joins our family.

Archit’s Favorites

Favorite cartoon: Transformers

Favorite TV shows: Mythbusters, Law & Order, Babylon 5

Favorite movies:  Clockers, Chungking Express

Favorite books: Crime and Punishment, Midnight’s Children

Favorite musicians: Metallica, Guns N Roses, Beethoven

Favorite cuisine: Indian

Favorite sports teams: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Fire

 Things We Love

Meet Big Brother, Kailash

In January 2014, we were blessed with our sweet son, Kailash.  From the day he was born, we have been learning how to parent.  He taught us how to calm a crying newborn by rocking him and how to enjoy children’s books by finding every car in the illustrations.  Kailash is a kind-hearted little boy, and gives lots of hugs.  He is very gentle with animals and younger children. We know he is going to be an excellent big brother.

Kailash’s Favorites:

  • dogs
  • trains
  • diggers
  • school buses
  • musical instruments

Our Home

We live in Northern California, in a five bedroom house with a large backyard filled with citrus trees. Our home is on a quiet street, wonderful for playing outside, close to a beautiful park.  There are many children on our street and afternoons are filled with the sound of children’s laughter and feet running down the sidewalk.

Our neighborhood has a downtown area full of restaurants, cafes and stores.  The downtown hosts special events for holidays like July 4th, Halloween, and Christmas.  And our neighbors are the best, we are collectively known in all of San Jose for our holiday decor. And outside of the holiday decor, each summer, we close down the block for a neighborhood block party.

Things We Love

  1. Family Time– There is nothing we enjoy more than spending time together.
  2. Traveling – We have traveled together to India, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and to more than 20 states throughout the U.S.
  3. Music and dance – We constantly have jam sessions and dance parties in the house.
  4. Learning new languages – We speak English, Spanish, and Gujarati (a language from India) at home. We love that our family has ties to so many cultures.
  5. Reading – Our bookshelves are full with fiction, non-fiction, photo and comic books, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Adoption

We have love in our hearts and know that our family will not be complete without another child to love, sibling bonds to be shared, and memories to be made.  Through our family and friends, we have witnessed successful adoptions firsthand. One of Archit’s uncles was adopted and another uncle became a parent through adoption to a wonderful little boy.  More recently, Mansi’s best friend adopted a newborn baby.  After witnessing adoption in our families and friends and listening to our hearts, we turned to adoption because we know that family is about loving one another unconditionally and not about shared DNA.

Meet Our Family and Friends

We both come from large extended families who live throughout the United States & India with whom we have close knit relationships.

Mansi’s Side of the Family – Mansi is the oldest of three sisters. One of her sisters lives a short distance away with her husband (who also happens to be Archit’s cousin – they met at our wedding).  Mansi’s other sister is a doctor who visits often.  Mansi’s parents live a few hours away near the beach, so it makes for an easy weekend trip.  They are the quintessential grandparents and can’t wait for another grandchild.

Archit’s Side of the Family – Archit comes from a family of doctors.  His father is an emergency room doctor and his younger brother is a pediatrician.  His brother and his wife have two little boys close in age to Kailash.  Even though Archit’s family lives in Illinois, we see each other often. We are excited about the prospect that our next child will be close in age to his or her cousins.  Archit’s mom bakes the best desserts and fattens us up every visit.

Outside of our immediate families, we both come from large extended families who live throughout the United States and India.  If you have ever been to an Indian wedding, you know they are big, multi-day affairs filled with dancing, eating, and even more dancing.  Fortunately each year there is an engagement or wedding to celebrate where we spend time and have fun together.

Friends – We are blessed to have several close friends who have become family.  Some we have known since childhood and others are more recent additions.  Together we have our own little village that keeps our days filled with children’s birthday parties, picnics, and community events.  Our friends can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family.

Our Promise

Our Promise

We promise to provide a framework of love and support upon which our children can build a sense of self, independence, and strength. We will provide a steady hand to hold and take their first step, be within an arm’s reach as they venture into the pool, and give them a push when they take off on their bike to explore the world.  We promise to expose your child to new ideas, provide exciting opportunities, and instill in an open mind and a sense of wonder and curiosity. Most importantly, we promise to always be there. No matter what.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family.  We wish only the best for you and your baby as you plan for the future.

If you have any questions for us or if you’re interested in us adopting your child, please contact AdoptHelp at 800-637-7999 toll free.

Sincerely, Mansi and Archit