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Adam & Camille
We're Adam and Camille from Nebraska! Some people's dream in life is to be famous, ours is to be parents. We can't begin to know the dreams of your heart and the wish you have for your child, but we hope you will consider us as adoptive parents. Thank you for taking this brave first step for you and your child's future.
What it Means to Become Parents
Watching our brothers and sisters raise their kids, we are convinced that parenting is the toughest job there is, but nothing means more to us than having a family. To us, parenting means putting our child's needs before our own, so they can be safe, happy, supported and loved. It means being patient with them, answering their questions, and teaching them to know right from wrong. It also means being kind and setting a positive example for them, so they can make good choices in life. We will love this child unconditionally, and make parenting decisions together as a couple that are consistent and fair.As first-time parents, what we expect to like most about being parents is watching our child discover and learn to do new things, and then seeing pure joy on their little faces when they figure something out. Education is dear to our hearts and important for every child. Through Camille's work at the local college, this child will have access to a tuition-free college education and a leg-up on learning valuable life skills. Our greatest privilege will be to be loved and needed by a child, and to give them confidence in themselves as they follow their dreams.
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Our Individual Strengths
Camille would say that Adam is hard-working, and finishes what he starts. He is loyal to her, his friends, and family, bending over backward to help when they need a good friend. People are drawn to him for his fun sense of humor and positive outlook on life. He's big on hugs and is very comfortable around kids because he's taught elementary education and coached wrestling. Wrestling is a sport of endurance and staying positive, win or lose. Adam will be incredibly patient with this child because he knows every kid is unique and needs individual attention.Adam would describe Camille as soft-spoken and kind-hearted, and she puts her family first. She can make a normal day extra special for a child because she's creative and has a great imagination. She's an excellent listener and can sense when someone is going through a difficult time, making it easy for her to help and encourage a child. Through her work at the local college, she's passionate about mentoring college students interested in art and design, and she has a way of making kids feel special.
Our House and Neighborhood
Here in rural Nebraska, we celebrate all four seasons, and it's amazing! Your child can know the crunch of Fall leaves beneath their feet, the taste of a Winter's snowflake on their tongue, the smell of a Spring rainstorm, and the flicker of fireflies on a warm Summer's night! We feel safe here, and we want this child to know the same joys of childhood that we did growing up. Our puppies, Simon and Maxwell, are our gentle companions and make us popular with all the kids in our neighborhood. We have supportive neighbors with kids, and a wonderful church family, and since Adam coaches high school wrestling, we have many friends in the community's school system.
We live in a quaint, tree-filled college town, with access to a river and nature preserve. Our town boasts a natural history museum with a planetarium and IMAX theatre, a waterpark, and a nature barn for kids. Our historic and artsy downtown hosts a Christmas tree lighting, Halloween parade, art in the park, and live music. We live blocks from the beautiful college campus where Camille works, and a park with a playground/splash pad, walk/bike path, and pond for feeding ducks. We own a lovely 3-bedroom, 1-1/2 bath ranch-style house on a corner property. Our kitchen, enclosed patio and backyard are where our family and friends gather for food and fun. Our downstairs game room is where we end up playing ping pong and pool, or watching college football.
Our Extended Families
We believe in family, faith, and lots of love! Our entire family lives in Nebraska and we're a close-knit, Christian family who get together often, so this child would be welcomed with open arms. Camille's parents live nearby, and this would be their first grandchild after many years of waiting. Adam's parents live close by as well, and babysit their ten grandchildren regularly. Our parents have been married 50 and 45 years and have shown us all the meaning of commitment to each other and to the Lord. Camille's family loves the outdoors. Camping, exploring, model airplane flying and stargazing with telescopes are all favorites. Adam is a twin and one of five brothers. He comes from a long line of high school wrestlers, so his family follows college/high school wrestling and plays sports with the kids at family barbecues. Living in rural America allows our nieces and nephews the chance to do activities children in bigger cities wouldn't necessarily have access to. Adam's family has an annual campout/bonfire at the family farm where he grew up. Adam's dad takes his grandchildren for tractor rides, and his mom bakes all kinds of Czechoslovakian foods for the grandkids, to share the family heritage. Camille's family goes on a fishing trip every Easter weekend. Her dad is a natural storyteller and cannot wait to take this child fishing! Her mother is a retired art teacher who would no doubt love to teach her new grandchild how to paint and draw.
From Us to You
We both believe this quote, by a compassionate little bear, applies to you as much as it applies to us. We have no idea what you're going through. You may not like the idea of adoption and feel alone in deciding what to do, or you're overwhelmed by all the adoptive parents to choose from. Whatever you decide for you and your child, listen to your heart and take it one day at a time. Take courage in the knowledge that you're doing the best that you can, and know that if you ever have questions about us, we're available to you. And, since we have your attention, we'd like to share our little story and why we're choosing adoption to grow our family.
Many people tell us that we'd make great parents. But our decision to become parents and actually making that happen are two very different things. We've been pregnant three times, but haven't been able to bring our babies to full term. In our careers, we've been blessed to teach, coach and mentor kids, but we've never been able to take care of and love a child of our own. That's the sad news, but that's not where our story ends. We never gave up on our dream of parenting. Rather, we grew brave and strong. We chose adoption.
We met in 2008 at a Nebraska football game, but since we lived miles apart, dating seemed impossible. Months later, while I was attending my nephew's high school wrestling meet, there was Adam, coaching another team! And he was looking GOOD! Needless to say, we made the long-distance thing work.
Jump forward to April 2013, when we married and started our life together here in Nebraska. We both grew up here - Adam on a farm and myself in a town of 1,000 people, so we both know the value of small-town living. Our community is a place where a kid can be a kid! It's a place they can play hide-and-go-seek in the back yard, chase fireflies and build snow forts. It's a place they can feel safe walking to and from school and playing on the playground with friends.
Naturally, we want a child to experience all the blessings we had growing up, but above all, we want them to be generous, caring people. We were both raised as Christians and to treat others well. In our four years of married life, our faith in God has helped us overcome our grief for our babies, and has strengthened our relationship and commitment to each other. Our household is a place of kindness, dignity, patience, and most importantly, lots of hugs (and puppy kisses)! Being a child can be tough! We want to give a child confidence and security in who they are so they can follow their dreams. We will embrace who they are and what they're most passionate about - from the freckles on their nose, to their love of insects, to their ability to dance (maybe from you?) - we will love them all the more for it!
So why are we choosing adoption, and why should you choose us if you're considering adoption? Because we're ready - we've been ready - and we'll work hard to give your child the life you've dreamt of for them. This doesn't come at a small sacrifice to you, so we'll give back to you in the form of photos and letters of your growing child; and, if you feel comfortable, we'd like to get to know you better via email, phone calls and visits, so we can share your story with them. Your love story, to be honest, of how your selfless love for them gave them the wings to fly and be the best version of themselves.
We know you have a lot to think about, and this is one of the biggest decisions of your life. We pray for you daily, and in the words of a little bear ... "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Adam & Camille
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