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Garrett & Kaydee
We have always wanted to open our hearts and home to adoption. We are excited to expand our family with a new little one and to share our everyday life with them. Thank you for taking the time to consider our family. We know this is not a decision to be taken lightly and we would be honored if you chose us to be your child's parents.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have been together since we were in high school and adoption is something that we have always wanted to do. We currently have two children. Karli is four years old and is full of energy. She loves to climb, do gymnastics, and play in the garden. She is so very excited to have a new little sibling and seeing her care for her little brother and everyone around her, we know she will be a wonderful big sister to a new baby in our home. Clark is two and a half years old. He is a joyful boy with a gentle heart. He loves to swim and play with cars. He is a great playmate and loves to bring people along in the fun. Seeing him interact with babies is a joy, he loves to play with them and show them toys, or just sit and babble with them. They will be wonderful siblings for a new baby.
We are ready and excited to bring a child into our family with a different background than us. We desire to come alongside a birth parent and be a support throughout this journey. Communication and connectedness are big strengths of ours, and keeping our child connected with their birth parents is a priority for us. We want to make a birth parent feel safe and secure when choosing us for their child.
We highly value family and prioritize work-life balance. Kaydee primarily stays home with our kids (and plans to continue to do so until all of our children are in school) but also teaches a couple of classes at a local college. Garrett teaches Computer Science to high schoolers. Since we are both employed in education, we have long summer breaks as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring breaks. Having two stay-at-home parents all summer long has been such a blessing for our family. We spend lots of time with our kids playing in parks, going to the zoo, paddle boarding on the lake, etc. We also enjoy traveling in the summer. When we're not visiting family, we're often hanging out at the ocean, either on the Oregon coast or in Hawai'i, where we used to live.
We both grew up in homes with a strong American heritage—football on the TV, burgers on the grill, and big family Thanksgiving dinners. While we appreciate all of that immensely, we enjoy adding many other cultural elements into our family. The primary way that we do this is through food. Kaydee loves to cook and regularly makes things from all around the world. She will then share with the family about the country that the food is from and what the cultural significance of the meal is. Thanks to the time we spent living in Hawai'i, we also incorporate parts of Hawaiian culture into our lives through music, food, and teaching our children the Aloha Spirit. We also celebrate Día de los Muertos with our kids. We use this as an opportunity to tell our children stories about family members who have passed and to go to festivals in town to celebrate a different culture.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-bedroom house on a half-acre just outside of town in Idaho. We love that we are close to amenities like parks, pools, and the library, but far enough out to feel like we live in a peaceful rural area. Our neighbors have a field full of sheep and it is so fun to see the new baby lambs every year in the springtime. We have a dog named Shelby, a turtle, and three chickens. We also have a large garden with lots of fruits and vegetables. Our favorite part of our garden is our grape vines. During late summer, our kids will set up a lawn chair underneath the leaves and snack away on grapes in the shade while playing with their toys.
Our community is very supportive of families, offering many classes to kids through our local recreation center. We have taken our kids to gymnastics lessons, swim lessons, and cooking classes all as part of what our community has to offer.
Our Extended Families
Our extended family is a very important part of our lives. Garrett has one older brother who lives about eight hours away. They get together in person several times a year and talk on the phone and play online games together frequently. Kaydee has one younger brother who lives with her parents. Kaydee's parents, grandparents, and a cousin all live in our area. Garrett's aunt and uncle, a cousin, and his grandma all live close by as well. Garrett's dad lives just four hours away and stops by frequently. He never misses one of our kids' birthday parties.
Every summer we spend a week at a lake house with Garrett's extended family on his mom's side. All of Garrett's aunts, uncles, and his cousins and their children get together to share meals, play games, swim in the lake, and just laugh together. The tight bond shared by the group is evidenced by Garrett's dad continuing to attend reunions with his wife years after Garrett's mom passed away. Garrett's cousins also get together for a weekend each winter and video chat with each other regularly.
Both sides of our extended family are very active and love to spend time outside. We're frequently found swimming, biking, skiing, or just relaxing at a backyard barbecue. Kaydee's parents and grandparents have cabins in the mountains near a lake with lots of bike and ATV trails nearby. Our kids love to spend time there exploring the plants and animals of the forest with their grandparents.
From Us to You
We are so honored that you are considering placing your child with our family. It is no small choice to consider, and you are incredibly strong for choosing what is best for your child. We, as a family, are coming into this adoption journey with open arms and hearts for both you and the baby. We have two biological children, but we have always wanted to adopt and experience everything that comes with it. We are committed to writing letters, sending pictures, and just keeping you in the loop of the child's life and everything that entails. We are also open to phone calls and visits or any other means of contact that will help you feel more connected. We want you to feel like you know what is happening with the child and that they will always be safe, cared for, and loved in our home.
We have been together for 12 years and have been married for 7. Over the years we have gained and lost jobs, finished multiple degrees, moved, lost family members, had children, and experienced many other highs and lows in life. Throughout all of those moments, we have stayed strong together and continued to love and support one another. We have a vast support network of family and friends that are eager to help us succeed as a family and are excited to extend that love to another child.
Kaydee is primarily a stay-at-home mom to Karli (4) and Clark (2.5), but she also works at a local college teaching general wellness classes. She teaches her students the importance of taking care of their bodies and provides them with tools for healthy lifestyles and relationships. Garrett teaches concurrent credit Computer Science classes to high schoolers. He has truly found a place to thrive where he can combine his skills as a programmer with his gift for teaching. He is passionate about helping set his students up for success in both college and their careers.
As a family we are very active and on the move. Since we are both teachers, we both have all of summer off in addition to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring breaks. On any given day, you can find us out and about doing something fun. Riding bikes, hiking, swimming, climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, and boating are just a few of the things we enjoy doing together. It has been such a joy to bring our kids along with us in our adventures and see how they interact with the world and appreciate it in their own way. When we are at home, we like to watch movies together, cook, garden, and play games.
We have talked about adoption since we first began dating. It is always something that we have wanted to do together. Opening our heart and home to a child of a different background than our own will present its own challenges, but they are challenges we are excited to tackle head on. We are willing to put in the extra effort to parent a child however they need to be parented to succeed in life. Our goal as parents is to always be a safe space for our children and to create a relationship that is founded on unconditional love and support, and we cannot wait to extend that to another child.
Garrett & Kaydee