Hi there! We are Kirby and Maria. We have been together for eleven years and married since 2014. Since then, we have created a marriage that is rooted in LOVE, RESPECT, FUN, AND FRIENDSHIP. We make an excellent team. We are passionate about becoming parents. Our household is full of love, respect, friendship, and adventure, and we are excited to share that with a child.
As part of the adoption process, we have dedicated a great deal of time to preparing for an interracial adoption. Our efforts have included attending workshops on interracial adoption, discussing the topic with our friends that are of a different race, and discussing how we would support our child. Bottom line is that we want our child to embrace and celebrate their own culture. We will do anything we can to help them feel confident in their own culture. We live in an urban setting with a good deal of cultural diversity. By continuing to stay in diverse environments, our child will connect with their culture but also learn to appreciate many other cultures than our own. Additionally, we will look for educational opportunities that promote a diverse learning experience and the child can interact with peers and adults of their own culture. In our home we will celebrate their culture through food, music, art, history, and social interactions with other individuals of their culture. We are also aware that physical needs, especially hair care, will be different form our own, and we have reached out to several friends that will assist with educate us on the best ways to care for our child.
Maria: I LOVE TO WORK HARD, SURROUND MYSELF WITH LOVED ONES, AND ENJOY ADVENTURES IN LIFE.
Kirby: I ENJOY NEW ADVENTURES, SPICY FOOD, FRONT PORCHES, GREAT FRIENDS, AND CREATING NEW THINGS.
We have experienced the adoption process personally through our friends and family. Maria has four interracially adopted cousins. One cousin was adopted internationally from Ethiopia and three cousins were adopted domestically through foster care. Additionally, one of our best friends is adopted. We have both known him for over ten years, and we have been able to discuss his experience several times. Both relationships have allowed us to observe and discuss the perspective of the adoptive child. Throughout the past several years we have come to know four adoptive parents very closely that have completed interracial adoptions. Each couple has been candid about their experience, and we made it a point to meet with them as we contemplated the decision to start the adoption process.
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