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Dan & Jaime
Thanks for looking at our profile and getting to know us a little! We're so excited about the chance to become parents through adoption. We're looking forward to all of it, from singing lullabies to pushing swings. Even diaper changes don't sound that bad, though I'm sure experience will change that one at least a little for us! We're looking forward to this adventure and we're truly grateful you're considering us.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has been part of each of our lives from the beginning. Dan was adopted, as was his twin brother and two of his other siblings. As a result, he feels that adopting a child is his own way of honoring his parents and passing on the love they gave him.
Jaime's father, Don, was adopted as well. His adoption was a closed one and he has very little information about his birth family. He knows that they made a brave choice, and a difficult one, to choose adoption and he's grateful for the life he was able to have as a result.
Both of these situations have given us a lot of experience with adoption from the adopted child's point of view — and we think that the connection both Dan and Don will have with an adoptive child will be a stronger one because of it. Since both Dan and Don had so many unknowns in regards to what (if anything) they knew about their birth families, we have even more desire to welcome a relationship with the birth family both before and after the adoption. We understand, though, that different birth families will want contact at different levels, and we respect that.
Our Promise to You
We can promise you a few things about the type of parents we'll be. We promise:
It's important to us that our child has a connection with his/her cultural heritage and background. As a result, we've thought of a few ways to keep cultural diversity in the forefront of how we would raise a child.
There are plenty of opportunities to connect with many cultures in our city, and we'll make sure to take advantage of as many of them as we can. From festivals to various gatherings, from museums to other educational avenues, we've seen that there is more than enough to explore here.
Finding a way for our child to take part in, rather than just know about, a culture is something we think is essential and we'll make sure that happens. We look forward to getting actively involved in creating relationships and getting more connected with others of all types of backgrounds in our community.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Nevada, where 90 degrees usually feels more like 80 degrees and the colors of the mountains, ranging from red to cream and tan, can be seen all around us. It's beautiful and we love it!
Our neighborhood itself is on a relatively sleepy road. The kids here often play street hockey or bounce around in the bouncy house that our next-door neighbor seems to put up every couple months. It's really a wonderful, family friendly community and we are so excited to raise a family of our own here!
There is always something to do, some festival or outdoor concert around us. However, there's also a beautiful sort of peace you can find as well. Our backyard is enclosed by the typical Nevada high walls, and sitting out there in the evening or morning makes the rest of the world feel very distant.
There are over seven national parks within a day's drive of us and three community parks within a few miles of our neighborhood. There's even a duck pond. We can't wait to explore these places with a child and make tons of fun family memories together!
Our Extended Families
Until recently, most of the family has been spread out across the United States. However, last year, we moved west to be closer to the majority of the siblings and Jaime's parents.
Jaime's sister Jena and her family of three kids live just a few minutes away, as do her parents. Dan's brother Tommy, his sister Amber and her daughter, live a few hours farther west but are close enough for visits.
We often take the nephews and niece to the movies or invite them along to fairs and conventions. Benny and Jaime bond over Star Wars and dry humor, while Dan teaches Gabriel how to upgrade his computer's hard drive.
All the kids swim, which means there are plenty of competitions to attend. Grandpa will go and help put up the tent to keep off the sun, snacks will be packed, and we'll all wait to cheer on the boys or Ellie when the time comes.
The family enjoys hiking together, too. We'll head out to one of the national park that's on our doorstep, pick a trail, and off we go. It's always a lot of fun and something the entire family enjoys doing together. We can't wait to add another child to all of the fun!
From Us to You
Words are a funny thing. We're writing these ones now, sitting in the living room with our dog curled up alongside us. We're trying to imagine what it must be like to read this, what you might be thinking. This is where we are supposed to try and show you who we are ?" not just the details but our heart.
With that in mind, this is the first thing we want you to know: We don't know the challenges you're facing, what you're going through or what feelings brought you here. But you are here. And that takes so much courage and strength on your part. No matter what you decide, whether you choose us or not, if you choose any adoptive family you're bringing so much hope to people who need it ?" a gift that will change lives.
And we want to thank you for that.
As for who we are? Well, Jaime loves to read and get carried away by the adventures and characters on a page. What's more, she very much wants to create adventures and characters for other people to enjoy. She's been writing stories since the third grade and has dozens of note cards with ideas she hasn't been able to get to yet. She's imaginative and enjoys any activity where she can use that.
Dan is the type of person who likes to figure things out and then make them better. When anyone in the family needs a computer upgraded, a washer installed, or a new railing made for the stairs, they'll call Dan for help. His curiosity means that he'll work to understand how the pieces of a thing fit together, and then come up with amazing ways to create something new.
We've been married for seventeen years now, though it certainly doesn't feel that way! Dan was in the Navy and Jaime was only a few months out of college when we met online. We both played the same video game and spent nearly a year travelling back and forth to see each other. Eventually, we both got to the same city at the same time and shortly after were married.
Dan was adopted, as was Jaime's father. As a result, we've always know that we wanted to adopt. We read up on pregnancies and took a seminar on the adoption process at the same time. The only question was whether we'd have a biological child first or not.
Eventually we decided to try and have a biological child first, before we adopted. It took years of trying, surgeries and IVF to realize that having a biological child just wasn't in the cards for us. It was hard, but not as hard as it could have been. We already knew that we could and would love any child placed with us just as fiercely and deeply as one we'd had together.
If God had shut one door, at least we knew exactly where the other door was located.
And that's where we are. We're standing hand-in-hand in front of that door. We're excited and anxious about walking through it, but also incredibly eager to share our love with the child we hope to have on the other side. We look forward to helping that child grow and are open to sending out letters, pictures and emails to share that with you, as much or as little as you want.
We know that you are standing in front of a door, too.
Obviously we hope that you decide we're the right family for your child. But no matter what you choose, we're thinking of you. You have our prayers, gratitude and all the very best of our wishes.
Dan & Jaime
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