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Scott & Karen
Creating an amazing and loving life for your child is a dream we share with you. We want to give your child the childhood we had -- a supportive family, laughter, a curiosity to explore the world, and unconditional love. We have an abundance of love to give and are grateful to be considered as parents to your child.
What it Means to Become Parents
Becoming parents means the absolute world to us and we are excited to start a lifetime of traditions with a little one! We long for tender moments like Scott reading his favorite childhood book, “The Little Engine that Could,” as a child falls asleep in his arms; Karen giving the same Eskimo kisses her mom gave her as a child; and charting your child’s height on the back of a door. First words, first steps and the first day of school signify a lifetime of “firsts” we will enthusiastically enjoy as your child discovers his/her own interests and dreams.To us, making moments special is more important than what we do. Unconditional love, support, and a sense of family are the most important gifts our families gave us, and we will pass these same gifts along to your child.
Our Leisure Time
Life is a journey meant to be enjoyed and we do not plan to miss a moment!
Karen’s passport is one of her favorite things because it allows us to discover places unknown. We love our time away, and months later can relive our trips with Scott’s great pictures. Some of our favorite trips have been to Glacier National Park and Italy.
Scott gets us outside for hikes to explore parklands around our home or more challenging trails at nearby mountains. We love watching the change of seasons along the trails. New England’s fall is beautiful as the leaves change to magnificently vibrant colors.
We spend evenings together eating dinner, reconnecting and hearing about each other’s day. We often take a few nights off from cooking to meet up with friends at our favorite restaurants. On quieter nights, Scott is happy with a game on TV and Karen searches Pinterest and talks with family and friends. Often, these nights turn into brainstorming sessions for our next adventure such as refurbishing furniture or planning our next trip. Karen brings the vision and Scott creates a well-executed plan.
We experiment with new recipes on friends and family who gather at our house. There is always too much food, and everyone is always happy to leave with leftovers. Peanut Butter Butterfinger brownies are favorites, and are always gone!We are excited to share these experiences with a child and to learn about life from his/her perspective!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Scott about Karen: Karen can walk into a room, strike up a conversation with a stranger, and become instant friends with them. She is quick with a smile and a laugh, and has genuine interest in others. Karen is always doing a project like DIY home improvements, digitizing family photo albums or creating a garden. Her friends are from all aspects of her life and she loves Girls Nights. She balances work with play, relaxes easily and enjoys the simple things in life like a picnic or a walking around Boston to see Christmas lights.
Karen about Scott: When I met Scott I found my partner for life’s adventures. He’s loving and open about his feelings. If something difficult happens, his first response is “don’t worry we’ll figure it out,” and we always do. Scott may start off quiet around new people, but once he gets comfortable, he’ll surprise you with his quick wit that makes me laugh every day. Scott’s an active guy playing sports (hockey, golf, marathon running, hiking, snowshoeing), geeks out on computers, enjoys reading or curling up on the couch with me to watch a movie. He loves photography, and our home is filled with pictures from our travels, hikes, Scott’s races, and “selfies” of us from everyday life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a friendly neighborhood filled with families and children. Parents walk their kids to the elementary school around the corner, and we hear bellowing cheers as families support their teams at the town soccer fields.
Scott is excited to have a child in tow to hike area parklands. Our neighborhood’s Halloween traditions remind Karen of the Halloweens she loved as a child. Houses are decorated, kids parade excitedly in their costumes, and one house turns into a kid-friendly haunted house.
Our three-bedroom home is filled with love. We like curling up with a book in our sunny window seat. Family and friends gather in the kitchen and family room for parties and enjoy BBQs on the deck. There is a perfect spot in the backyard for a sandbox to build in and a swing set for your child to enjoy.
Our town has good schools and a sense of community. Summer brings a farmers market, concerts, and kid activities to the town center. We frequently go to nearby Boston for dinner, a Red Sox game, or cultural events. In the summer, our toes are in the sand at Cape Cod beaches. During the fall and winter, we enjoy the change of seasons in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.We are excited to share our home, these experiences and many more with your child!
Our Extended Families
Our families are important to us and they are excited for us adopting a child.
Scott’s parents and brother live nearby and we see them often. His mother and father enjoy retired life playing golf, visiting family, and traveling. His mom likes planning family outings. Scott’s dad is always curious about everyone’s lives. They’re thrilled to be first time grandparents and are planning activities to do with their grandchild. Scott’s younger brother works down the street from him. They meet for lunch and talk on the phone regularly catching up on each other’s lives and talking about Red Sox news.
Karen’s mother passed away when Karen was 20. We’re close to her mother’s sisters who live nearby. They share gardening advice and love getting together. Karen’s sister has an 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. While they live farther away, Karen talks with them a few times a week and we see them many times throughout the year. “Auntie” always knows about school projects, sport activities, and favorite songs. The kids are very excited to have cousins close by as their extended family lives in Japan. Karen’s father lives in Florida and is excited to be a grandfather again.
We’re blessed to have friends who we consider an extension of our family. Like we do for their children, our friends will be additional “aunties, uncles and cousins” and will bring love to your child.
From Us to You
Today is very important to us because it is the day we meet you and it is our opportunity to introduce ourselves. Before we sat down to write, we took a walk through our neighborhood and nearby wooded trails. Along the way we talked with neighbors doing yard work, saw kids having fun playing outside, and were reminded that we chose this neighborhood because it is where we want to raise our family. When we bought our house, we knew that we would not be able to have children on our own and were starting our adoption journey. We felt comfortable that this neighborhood would welcome your child and embrace our family’s story.
As we walked, we talked about what we thought you might want to know about us and the life we can offer your child. We cannot imagine what is going through your heart right now, and the decisions you are making for you and your child. Seeking out the best possible life for your child is admirable, and a sign of strength. Whether you choose adoption or another path, we are hopeful that what we share will help you feel comfortable with your decision.
Our marriage is natural and comfortable, and we provide balance to each other. We have known each other for 3 years, but we are often told we seem like a couple that has been together forever. The values that have made us a loving couple - respect, honesty, communication and patience - will influence us as parents.
Scott is a program manager at a medical device company. He is passionate about what he does and truly enjoys his workplace. Karen’s expertise is in healthcare. She started as a social worker at a hospital and developed her career to its current place helping healthcare organizations improve the quality of patient care.
Scott’s sense of adventure leads us outside and to the mountains. He loves to hike, run, and snowboard. Karen’s curiosity about people and places sends us exploring. She loves to travel, learn about other cultures, go to the beach, and try new restaurants in nearby Boston. We have introduced each other to our passions, and these activities are all a part of our everyday lives. But, our golf games are still very different. Scott takes on 18 hole golf courses with his friends and parents, while Karen prefers mini golf windmills followed by ice cream.
A lot of our time is spent having fun with friends and family, but we also treasure our time together as a couple. There is always laughter whether we are making dinner, working around the house, or snuggling on the couch watching a movie. Becoming parents has been our biggest dream and our hearts are filled with love to give your child.
We will provide your child everything he/she needs, but we feel that experiences together are more important than “stuff.” Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins will always be around. We dream of our home being filled with the noises of a child’s feet running around, silly giggles, pancake breakfasts, and bedtime stories. We will give your child the chance to discover his/her own interests whether they are sports, music, or science. We are excited to create new family traditions and memories celebrating how we became a family through adoption.
We will be the best parents we can possibly be. You will be as proud as we will of your child’s confidence, thirst for knowledge, and commitment to community. Your child will have a deep understanding of his/her adoption story knowing how much you love him/her and how special you are to us. We will raise your child to love you, respect you, and understand your courage. We would like you to know about your child’s life and are committed to sending you letters and pictures as he/she grows. Thank you for joining our journey, and for your consideration of us as your child’s parents.Kindly,
Scott & Karen
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