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Scott & Sue
We are an international family who loves to travel and experience culture and adventures around the world. We are so excited to be on this amazing adoption journey together. We are committed to nurturing and educating our children to be good global citizens, enjoying the most amazing experiences in life, and who are protected by a loving and happy family. We hope our story helps you on your personal journey through adoption.
We have experienced so many adventures together over the last 9 years, through both travel and our careers. Our business has been an adventure from the start. We co-own and manage a safety training company in Dubai that trains lifeguards and first aiders in life-saving skills. We work from home, managing an international team and worldwide clients. Our safety business will be a family legacy and an adventure we are very proud of.
We love to travel so have immersed ourselves in different cultures all over the world. Scott and the kids love to Scuba Dive and have explored the waters in Thailand, Mexico, Cyprus and Vietnam. Sue loves to explore old cities and temples such as Ankor in Cambodia and Florence in Italy. Our first vacation as a blended family was an amazing safari to Tanzania, where we took a 'road trip' across the Serengeti. We also adventure closer to home, catching fish off the beaches in Port Aransas or North Carolina and learning to wake surf on the lake near our home.Our next wonderful adventure is completing our adoption process and adding another child to our family. Our commitment to our children is to help them have the best adventures in life and we can't wait to continue adventuring as a growing family.
What It Means to Be Parents
We have two teenage children, Dylan and Tyler, from Scott's first marriage. They don't live with us permanently however they visit us regularly at home and also travel with us on our adventures. They are happy, kind and well behaved kids and both doing well in school.
Sue came into their lives when they were young teenagers, so parenting a baby together for the first time will be an amazing experience for us both.
We feel our roles as parents are to provide an emotionally and physically safe home, full of love and laughter, and to nurture and mentor them to become happy, healthy and independent children and adults. It's important to support our children through the challenges of the different stages of life; from kindergarten and play dates, to learning to share and respect, learning to lose well and win with humility, experiencing first loves, school tests and puberty. Our role is to support through the challenges, validate their emotions, protect, guide their moral development and provide an excellent education through great schooling and travel.We are most looking forward to sharing the experiences together that we didn't get to with Tyler and Dylan; the first sleepless night, the first diaper, the first steps, school and tantrums! As our child develops their personality and different interests, we will be there to support them and can't wait to see where it takes us.
Our Family Dream
Our primary dream for our family, is for all our children to be happy and healthy, to know that they are loved and that we are proud of them, and for them to have great relationships with their siblings, our parents and extended family. We also truly hope that our child will forge a long lasting relationship with their birth parents, should that also be your dream.
We want our new son or daughter to have the opportunities to develop their personal interests, whether that is traveling, art, sport, drama or music. We want them to feel inspired to work hard and to be great global citizens, who are open minded and accepting of any social and cultural diversity.
We hope that they will join us on many adventures and share our love of traveling and exploring other cultures. We hope they will spend time learning about their birth culture as well as our US and British histories.
We will always be there for our child to maximize the 'wow' in their lives and to minimize the 'ouches'. We know we can't wrap our kids in cotton wool, and so through education, mentoring and nurturing, and by being good role models, we dream that they will grow into independent adults, who know that success is defined by happiness, great relationships, much laughter and love, and by having the security of living in a loving home.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a fantastic small town in Texas, close to both San Antonio and Austin. We live on a quiet residential street in a three-bedroom renovated 1930's house. Our neighborhood is quiet and safe and just a 10-minute walk into the center of the historic town, with a great selection of independent shops and town square. The town is known for its fun activities for families, there's a huge waterpark, river to float, great children's museum, local parks, lakes for boating and great local community events; Fourth of July Parade, Wurstfest and Folk Fest, celebrating the local history, food and culture. There are many local soccer, softball and track teams for children to join and we are also really close to great elementary schools and the town has a wonderful high school. We have all the benefits of living in a small town community but with the cities close enough to enjoy and explore.We love that our house is a home we have built together. We have a room chosen already for our nursery and are busy completing the refurbishment of the house and yard. Our kitchen really is the heart of our home, it's where we spend most of our time cooking, entertaining or working. We have the flexibility to work from home when we want to, so it's great to have a relaxing and comfortable house to live and work from. We think it's the perfect home to raise a family in.
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us. We are lucky to have family all over the world, and travel regularly to visit each other in our homes or on family vacations. We have children, siblings, nephews and nieces in Texas, London, Japan and Dubai and parents in Philadelphia and England.
Our parents are retired and have plenty of time to visit wherever we are and we make a tradition of all meeting for Thanksgiving in the U.S. or for a traditional British Christmas in England. We celebrate Eid in Dubai, Boxing Day in England, Hogmanay in Scotland and Fourth of July in the U.S. – truly international family parties!
Our parents are already amazing grandparents with 7 grandchildren between them. They are very generous with their time and support and love playing games with the kids and supporting their sporting endeavors and education.
When we get together we love to play silly games, and it's tradition to have a new game every Christmas day. We like to vacation together, cook great BBQ's and have a sing along around a fire. We love to go to the beach or lake together, go boating and wakeboarding or wake-surfing.
We can't wait to introduce a new child into our blended families and our children, siblings and parents are so excited to be part of our journey.
From Us to You
We are incredibly grateful that you have taken the time to learn a little bit about us and our lives together. Thank you for being so brave and selfless to consider adoption as an opportunity for your child.
We met 9 years ago while working in Dubai and have been married now for 2 years. We were married in Thailand, surrounded by our children, friends and family from all over the world. We are best friends as well as partners in marriage, business and parenting. We have a strong and loving marriage, a life full of laughter, love and adventure. We share a love of the outdoors, live music, exercise and spending quality time with our families.
After a successful career as a General Manager of major Waterparks around the world, Scott now runs our safety training company, focusing on his passion for aquatic safety and training teams of lifeguards around the world to save lives. An incredibly rewarding career, working with many multicultural clients and team members. Sue runs an event consultancy, managing events for clients around the world and runs the commercial side of our training organization. As we own our own businesses, we are very lucky that we can work from home and can work part-time, when and where we want to, and we can fit our work schedule around our family lives, rather than the other way around.
We have two wonderful children from Scott's first marriage who are fun, bright, healthy and happy teenagers. They are as excited as us about the prospect of adding a younger brother or sister into our loving family and they can't wait to meet him or her.
We strongly feel in our hearts that adopting a child into our family is the right way for us to be parents together for the first time, and to enjoy together all the love, laughter, fun and of course the challenges that come with raising a child.
We want to give our child amazing opportunities, the chance to find out who they are and take part in the life experiences that they are interested in. We want to help our children develop their passions and talents and to be there to support them at every game, recital, match, recording and challenge!
We love to travel all over the world and are very lucky that our occupations allow us to work from anywhere. We travel regularly with our children, and feel that by giving them this opportunity to explore the world and to immerse themselves in other cultures, that they are growing into amazing, open-minded, culturally sensitive global citizens.
We know that raising a child is a huge responsibility as well as an amazing honor, and it is a decision and commitment that we take very seriously. We are humbled by the decision you are considering for the future for your child. We make a promise to you that we will raise your child with love, in a happy and safe home and will regularly share his or her life experiences with you through letters, photos, emails and mementos. We are also open to arranging visits when the time is right for everyone and to ensuring that your child always knows what a hard decision you have made and how much you love them.
We do know that we are incredibly lucky to have found each other and have experienced some amazing things through our life, work and time with our children. However, adding another child to our family and raising a son or daughter together will be the best thing we will ever experience.
On behalf of ourselves and other families that you are considering as parents for your child, we thank you with all our hearts.
Scott & Sue
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