We are so excited to be starting our family through adoption. We cannot wait to be able to share our lives with a little one. Thank you so much for taking a look at our profile. We know we'll be able to give your child a wonderful life and are looking forward to the opportunity with much anticipation.
We would describe our lifestyle as traditional. We both grew up in homes where our fathers worked a regular schedule allowing them to be home every night. Neither of our mothers worked before we were school-aged and when they did they had jobs that allowed them to be home when the kids were done with school. That was always something we appreciated from childhood and will be able to provide to our child. Clinton has a job that allows us to comfortably pay all living expenses so that we don’t have to rely on Michelle for another income source. Clinton also has a job that doesn’t require travel or lots of overtime, so we’ll be able to spend evenings, weekends and holidays together as a family.
We are involved in our church, attending regularly on Sunday’s and helping with various church activities. We have been on the leadership for our high school and middle school youth group as well as Michelle serving on Sunday’s in the nursery. We attend a church of roughly 90 people and everyone is very loving and so excited to see us grow our family. We have a close network of friends that we spend time with as well. Most have young children who we love getting to spend time with. We enjoy going camping, fishing, and having game nights together. We are excited to add our own children into the mix and know that our friends will be as well.
Knowing there is a very good chance that the child we adopt will have a different cultural background than we are, we understand this will be an important and often difficult issue when raising this child. We are thankful that we live in a community that has strong Latin American, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American and Eastern Asian influences represented. Our community is very open to cultural diversity and there are resources here that we can use to help us keep our child’s cultural heritage a part of their life. We personally feel it is very important for our child to know, understand and appreciate their cultural heritage. It is our goal to educate our child as best we can and seek out additional resources as needed for him or her. We believe that if our child is not able to grow up in their own culture, it is our duty as parents to provide him or her with every opportunity possible to understand where he or she comes from. We feel this is an important part of our child becoming a well-rounded confident individual.
After reading several books and researching online, our plan is that adoption is never hidden from our child. We want this to be something that our child learns of and understands at an early age. Adoption will just be our family’s way of life, especially since we plan on adopting more than one child. When explaining the inevitable question of why our child was adopted, it will be consistently reinforced that the act of adoption was one of love, both by us as the adoptive parents and by you. As our child gets older, we plan on sharing other details that are known to us as he or she is able to understand and process them. We desire to be a family that has open communication, where our child is free to ask questions about anything, including adoption.
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