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Jasmine & Iboro

Home Study

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Jasmine

Caregiver

Gender:

Female

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

Pennsylvania

Religion:

Christianity

Education:

Ph.D. or higher

Profession:

Physician

Political Affiliation:

Very Liberal

Iboro

Neighbor

Gender:

Male

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

Pennsylvania

Religion:

Christianity

Education:

Ph.D. or higher

Profession:

Physician

Political Affiliation:

Very Liberal

Hello!

Dear Expectant Mom, Our names are Jasmine and Iboro Umana. We are excited to get to know you! My husband and I are both 36 years old and live in Philadelphia with our 7 year old daughter, Ndiahna Umana. My husband’s family is from Nigeria, but he was born in Rochester, Minnesota and raised in Southern Illinois. I am originally from Decatur, Georgia. We are planning to move to Atlanta, Georgia in Fall 2025 to be closer to family. We are both doctors; my husband is finishing his training this year as a gastroenterologist. I am a pediatric emergency medicine doctor. Both of us see patients and do scientific research. My research is on exploring how acupuncture can help treat pain in patients with sickle cell disease. My husband studies how our gut communicates with our brain and affects our decisions on what we eat. Our pride and joy is our daughter. Ndiahna is a Nigerian name that means “to be close to”. Part of her middle name is Grace, so we often think of Ndiahna as “To be close to Grace.” Ndiahna is a thoughtful, energetic, and imaginative child who is so curious about the world. Our Christian faith is important to us, and Ndiahna has developed a love for regular devotionals with me, praying on her own, and reading Bible stories. Currently, she wants to be an artist when she grows up, but we’ll see if that changes in a year or two! A key part of our family identity is acceptance on both sides of the extended family. My husband, Ndiahna and myself regularly go on vacations with my husband’s family. I regularly confide in my mother-in-law. We also go on many family trips to see my side of the family as well. Our favorite part of the adoption process thus far is letting both sides of the family know of our plans and having their unconditional support. We are confident that our new arrival will be loved and accepted just like Ndiahna! Being Christian has made the adoption process even more special for us. When we had Ndiahna, it was a difficult pregnancy for me. Ndiahna had trouble breathing and had to be transferred to the intensive care unit. After giving birth to Ndiahna, I also had trouble breathing and developed a life-threatening blood clot that eventually required my uterus to be surgically removed to save my life. It was a difficult time for our family. We thanked God for my life being saved and Ndiahna doing well, but we mourned not having the ability to have any more biological children. Over the years, we realized we still wanted to grow our family, and we view adoption as a calling. It is an opportunity to create a loving and open relationship with you and to share our love with another child. As their birth mother, knowing you is a critical part of your child’s identity. We hope to build an open relationship with you, and would love to stay in-touch through in-person visits, emails and texts if you are comfortable. We also know that as adoptive parents, we will be forever changed and enriched by a relationship with you. In terms of family traditions, we celebrate major Christian holidays, but we recently started celebrating Kwanzaa. We celebrate Kwanzaa with close family friends, and Ndiahna gets a chance to give a presentation about one of the days of Kwanzaa! We also love to travel as a family. We are planning to go Disney World in June, and this will be Ndiahna’s first time! We love to go on family walks to our local park, have impromptu family dance parties and go to amusement parks and recreational centers. We also just started exercising and swimming together at the YMCA on the weekends! We are excited to learn more about you and your family and hope we get the chance to talk more soon! With Love, Jasmine and Iboro

Jasmine & Iboro

We have impromptu dance parties about once a week. Our favorite artist to dance to is Beyonce:)

We have impromptu dance parties about once a week. Our favorite artist to dance to is Beyonce:)

We make gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies as a family every year.

We make gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies as a family every year.

Mommy and daughter dance at Iboro's father's 70th birthday party.

Mommy and daughter dance at Iboro's father's 70th birthday party.

Do I have kids? How do they feel about a sibling?

Yes! Our daughter, Ndiahna, is 6 years old. She is extremely excited and has told her entire class that we are adopting a baby! She regularly asks us when hew new baby brother or sister will arrive:)

-Jasmine

Favorite season and why?

Spring! It feels like a season of rebirth.

-Iboro

Favorite season and why?

The fall! It represents change, and I love the colors and the clothes!

-Jasmine

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

Yes. I am a Christian and have a close and personal relationship with Jesus.

-Jasmine

Ndiahna's grandparents flew in for her dance recital!

Ndiahna's grandparents flew in for her dance recital!

The whole family flew in for a suprise 70th birthday party for Iboro's dad!

The whole family flew in for a suprise 70th birthday party for Iboro's dad!

Iboro teaches Ndiahna piano in the evenings.

Iboro teaches Ndiahna piano in the evenings.

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

my family!

-Jasmine

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

my family!

-Iboro

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

Yes, I consider myself a Christian.

-Iboro

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

How vast and amazing God's creation is, and how I am so fortunate to get to experience it.

-Jasmine

GoKarts!

GoKarts!

Ndiahna's uncle teaches her how to count money and does science experiements with her on the weekends.

Ndiahna's uncle teaches her how to count money and does science experiements with her on the weekends.