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Steven & Alexandra
We would like to thank you for reviewing our profile. We are hoping to find a child to complete our family and would be honored for you to consider us. We are blessed to have a wonderful home, an interesting life, and a caring community of friends and family that creates a nurturing environment to raise a child.
What Makes Us Unique
Steven grew up in the circus and has been everywhere in the world that you can easily take an elephant. He is a trained master clown who used to juggle chainsaws and torches while standing on the backs of horses and elephants. He can juggle, breathe fire, and make over 400 balloon creations! Today, Steven helps to run the largest juggling festival in Western Pennsylvania. He is a teaching clown that instructs local youth in circus crafts and then takes those children to hospitals and nursing homes to bring joy to the residents of those institutions. Steven is also a certified K through 8 teacher and an ordained minister with a Master's in Divinity. As a pastor Steven runs a small homeless program helping people find food and shelter.
Alexandra is a black, female doctor. Alexandra is a doctor at a veteran's hospital and feels lucky to be able to help care for those individuals who were brave enough to protect and serve our country. Alexandra is specifically an Endocrinologist, which means she cares for this nation's veterans who have medical problems such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and bone problems.
Our Leisure Time
We love our city and especially our neighborhood, and we can't wait to share it with a child. We love to go for walks around the city, meeting and supporting our local vendors, and taking in the scenic views.
Individually, Steven teaches juggling, magic, and balloon sculpting to children and is excited to one day teach his own child. Alexandra is involved in activities mentoring youth in the sciences and would be happy to assist her own child in exploring the sciences if they end up being interested.
We both love the cultural activities in this city including the ballet, symphony orchestra, and opera. We can't wait to introduce a child to these different artistic forms.
Both of us also played sports throughout our childhoods and are looking forward to seeing which sports interest our own child.
Adoption in Our Lives
Steven grew up in the circus where adoption is a way of life. There was always a great sense of belonging in the circus; everyone was there because they had a place and was wanted.
We want to provide this same sense of belonging for a child. Steven has multiple family members who were adopted, and Alexandra's beloved grandfather was adopted as well. Our family has been a family of people who choose to be family rather than one of biology.
Adopting a child will simply be a continuation of the life that we have chosen to live together. On another level we feel that adoption is our duty to humanity. Our lives have been very blessed, and we feel that God has called us to share our blessings with others.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a warm and welcoming city in Pennsylvania with a diverse and dynamic community. It is very beautiful and a strangely cosmopolitan city when considering its smaller size.
We have a great diversity of opportunity and institutions designed to help children discover who they want to be. This includes a science center, children's symphony, international children's festival, youth ballet, STEM and science programs, all of the many sports leagues, and more summer camps than you can shake a hiking stick at. We even have a legendary fish monster named Mongo who lives in the river near our home that befriends children of all ages.
Our home is a three-bedroom house with large bay windows and a backyard; our favorite room is the living room which attaches directly to the kitchen. Its open floor plan is great for entertaining and is safe for kids. There are five parks, two community swimming pools, a library, a dance study, a puppet factory, and a circus training facility within walking distance of our home. When the child is older, we have indoor rock climbing, martial arts, music stores for guitar lessons, and a boat club nearby.
Our Extended Families
Alexandra's brother and his fiance live nearby, and we like to enjoy good food and good conversation together.
Since Steven loves to cook, we also enjoy having our family and friends over for dinner parties; we even hosted Thanksgiving one year. We enjoy decorating our home for the holidays especially the outside light display which we attempt to top every year.
One of our favorite traditions to invite our friends and family to is the Ides of March March which is a gathering of circus people wearing costumes and playing music.
Other family traditions include putting flowers on Steven's grandfather's grave on Memorial Day to honor his service in WWII, and watching fireworks at our home on the Fourth of July as we are able to see multiple fireworks displays from our balcony.
From Us to You
This feels like the most important letter we will ever write. We are at a loss at how to best convey our deep gratitude for even considering allowing us to care for your most precious gift. So, we will start by telling you about our journey in hopes that you will be able to better know our hearts.
We met in 2016, quickly fell in love and were married by 2019. We attempted to start our family soon after but as time went on, we realized something was wrong. We were diagnosed with infertility, which was a heartbreaker. It took time to grieve that loss which we did together and are happy to say that it brought us closer.
Even during the grieving, we continued to remain hopeful as we have always been open to adoption. Steven spent much of his young life as a clown and a pastor in the circus where adoption was a way of life...you care for those who need it no matter what.
Alexandra's grandfather was adopted and even now the family tells stories of how this truly blessed his life. Despite being adopted he also always had a relationship with his biological mother as well, leading to a large and rich family unit. This is how we see adoption for us. We, along with you, are part of this child's story, and them knowing their story is important for them to be able to carve a path for themselves and to understand how they fit into the world. We want them to be proud of themselves and where they come from which means knowing you and your journey as well.
This is why we are open to visits as well as exchanging photos, emails and phone calls. If our minds weren't already made up our experience with a foster child solidified our desire to adopt and really showed us that we don't need to be biologically related to a child to fiercely love them with everything we have. We have been blessed with a full life together including being called to professions that truly fulfill us and with an amazing community that has provided us with never-ending support along this process but we both feel that our family won't be complete without a child.
We both struggled some as children with difficult home lives, so we can't wait to be able to provide sanctuary and stability to a child where they will always feel unconditional love. The world can be scary and unfair, but we have both been lucky enough to have those people in our lives who always provided a soft place to fall, dust ourselves off, and try again; we want to be that for a child always.
We are excited to add a child to our life...to show them the beauty this world has to offer and to support them as they find their way to who they are meant to be. We want to teach them to be kind, confident, and ever curious. We want them to see our love for them as unmoving and constant.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and no matter what we wish you a feeling of peace in whatever decisions you make.
With Our Deepest Appreciation,
Steven & Alexandra