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Jacob & Katy
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and considering us potential parents for your child. We have been looking forward to expanding our family for a while now and are confident we can provide the love and support a child needs. We are excited to see how our family will grow and transform through adoption and we look forward to having you join us on this journey.
What It Means to Become Parents
We always knew we wanted children. So, after about six months of marriage, we decided we were ready to grow our family. We tried on our own for about a year and a half and then decided to pursue medical treatment. After many failed attempts, surgeries, and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), we weren't any closer to growing our family. At this point in our journey, we decided it was time to try something different and turned to adoption. We had discussed adoption earlier in our marriage, and it seemed like the right time to start the process. We are so excited to finally be adding a little one to our family!
To us, being a parent means raising a child to be whoever they want to be. It means loving them unconditionally and supporting them emotionally, physically, financially, through all the good times and bad times. It means teaching them to be respectful of everyone, regardless of differences.
We are excited to get involved in activities with them like playing a new sport, dance lessons, or learning a musical instrument. We are excited to travel and show them the world and learn about different places and cultures with them. We are excited to watch them grow, change, and become their own person.
Our Leisure Time
We like being outdoors hiking, kayaking, camping, or just taking our dog for a walk. Going along with that, we also love to travel, so we make an effort to go and explore at least one new place a year. We look forward to traveling with our child and showing them the world alongside us.
In the evenings, we normally find a show or movie to watch together. When we aren't doing that you can find Jacob playing video games or playing with our pets. Katy likes to read in her leisure time. On the weekends we like watching football (and sometimes during the week) together. We look forward to watching football together on the weekends and even taking our child to some of the games if they are interested in sports.
We both are very accepting of other races and cultures. If our child is from a different culture, we'd want to make sure they are able to experience that culture. We'd try to find books, movies, and TV shows that represent the culture they are from. Even if our child is from the same cultural background as us, we'd want to expose them to many different cultures to make sure they are tolerant and accepting individuals. We already have friends from multiple different cultures, but we'd make sure that we develop more friendships with people from a similar background as our child to make sure they know they are accepted as part of our family and that they have role models from similar cultures as they might be from to look up to.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in southern Wisconsin in a small town. Our town is mostly made up of families. Our neighborhood has many families in it with children of varying ages. The town we live in has a nice community pool that is open during the summer months. It has several parks with playgrounds and jungle gyms. And it has a nice library that we envision taking our children to. Our town also has an annual chili festival in the fall with lots of food and music.
Our house is a ranch styled house that has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, and basement. Currently our basement is unfinished, but we plan on finishing it to add an extra bedroom, bathroom, and living area. We also have a fenced in yard with a deck and plenty of space to add a sand box and swing set for the child to play.
We share our home with our four lovable pets — We have three cats named Tucker, Bobby, and Leo; we also have a dog named Millie. They are very important to us and are part of the family. Tucker is our hunter, who really only liked to play with his toy mice and carry his blankets around the house. Bobby is our friendliest cat, who likes everyone and even plays fetch. Leo is our scaredy cat, who hides from everyone that doesn't live in the house. Millie loves everyone. If she had her way, we'd be petting her 24/7!
Our Extended Families
Most of our families live in the state with us and we see them often.
Jacob is an only child, but his father lives about 20 minutes away from our house, and his mom lives about two hours away.
Katy has a brother and a sister. All of Katy's immediate family live about 20 minutes from our house in a nearby city. Katy's brother has a 2-year-old daughter with his wife that we enjoy spending time with.
One fun thing that Katy's family on her dad's side does is they have "birthday bashes." These birthday bashes are held about once a month from April - October outside at Katy's grandfather's house. At these birthday bashes the extended family(she has 17 cousins on her dad's side) all gather to hang out. Typical activities consist of frying fish, eating food, and talking. The children will often play lawn games, or sometimes go to the nearby park and play baseball. Anyone whose birthday was that month is recognized.
Jacob's family is smaller, but they also gather for the holidays and often a summer cookout. The majority of Jacob's extended family lives about an hour and a half away.
Both of our families have been very supportive of our plan to adopt.
From Us to You
We started dating when we were still in high school in 2010 and continued dating throughout college. We married in 2017. We knew we wanted to grow our family from the very beginning. After several years of trying for biological children unsuccessfully, we were heartbroken, but knew we didn't want to give up hope of expanding our family. So, we decided to turn to adoption to do that. We are excited and eager to become parents and give your child love and care and devote our lives to them.
Jacob is a software developer, and Katy is a portrait and wedding photographer. Because we both work from home, we have an extremely flexible schedule. This flexibility will make it easy for us to be involved in your child's life. From school activities to playing sports to musical lessons, we will be able to be right there with your child.
We value education and will make sure your child attends the best schools and has the support they need to succeed. We understand that school isn't everything though and will encourage their other interests such as arts or sports. We value a strong work ethic and will lead your child by example to become a productive and independent member of their community. We value self-love and will encourage your child to be whoever they want to be and pursue their interests and dreams, whatever they may be.
Another part of our little family are our three cats (Tucker, Bobby, and Leo) and our dog (Millie). We are excited to share our love of animals with your child and teach them to love and respect all animals big and small.
When it comes to diversity, we have friends and extended family of different races and backgrounds. Because of this, we welcome diversity into our family, and will continue to teach your child to be accepting of all people and cultures throughout their life.
Our family is very supportive of adoption and have expressed their excitement that our family is going to grow regardless of the way it happens. Katy is very close to her mom, who is super excited to have another grandchild to love and spoil. Our friends are also very excited we will be growing our family through adoption and that their children will have friends to grow up with.
We are happy to exchange emails updates, and send you letters, photos, and keepsakes with each big milestone in your child's life. We are also open to the occasional visit with you when the timing is right for you and your child. We will make sure your child knows that you love them and will make sure to always speak positively about you and your selfless decision in choosing adoption.
We know this decision has been a very difficult one, and we applaud and respect you for making the right decision for you and your child. We will continue to support your decision and are eager to maintain a healthy relationship with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us, our lives, and our values.
Jacob & Katy