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Jadon & Brittany
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and get to know a little about us. We are looking forward to getting to know you, too! We are a fun couple who enjoy traveling, spending time together, and relaxing with board games or a good book. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to grow our family through adoption, and we are excited to share our joy for life with a child.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
This is something we have thought a lot about since we are a White couple, but open to adopting a child from any race. We plan to acknowledge our differences - we will never say that we are "color blind" - but we will also make it clear that any differences in looks do not change that we are a family.
Brittany has been following some blogs of adoptive mothers in transracial adoptions, and that has helped us get an idea of challenges and joys that we would come up against in that circumstance. One idea that we read & really liked was the idea of the child having a mentor, someone of his or her own race and ethnicity, who can help them understand better what it means to look how they do in our world.
Our local community has quite a few transracial adoptive families, and we hope to become involved in groups that they are a part of, too.
We also think that you could play a big role in this aspect of addressing our possible diversity. Being in communication with you is so important to us. You can give the child their own personal, biological & social backgrounds to help them better understand who they are and where they came from.
We plan to be our child's champion, and that means standing up for them & fighting for their rights and inclusion, no matter who they are or what they look like.
Why We Chose Adoption
Brittany has wanted to adopt ever since she was a child, so when we got married, we knew this was a way we would grow our family eventually.
About three years ago, we decided we were ready to start a family, and slowly realized this was not something we could do naturally. After moving back to the United States in 2016, we started talking to doctors, and we decided that rather than do IVF, we would pursue adoption sooner than we had originally planned.
We truly believe that love is what makes a family. To us there is no difference between biological children and adopted children when it comes to the way they will be loved and cared for. Having a child is so important to us, and we know that we will build a loving, joyful family for any child.
This is something we've been thinking & praying about for a long time, and we are so excited to grow our family this way.
We never want the child’s adoption to be a secret from him or her. This is something we want to talk about openly & honestly from the very beginning. We have lists of great books to read with young adopted children to help them understand, and we have those ready for when they will be helpful tools.
We also think the semi-open communication aspect of the adoption will help with this as well. We want the child to be part of the communication with you as soon as they can, if you are comfortable with that. You are someone we will forever value in our family, and the child will be aware of that from the very beginning.
Finally, we plan on adoption being something we can continually celebrate as a family, however that ends up looking, with traditions, favorite books, parties, etc.
We want to be open and honest from the beginning so that your child will always know their story.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have extended families who are large parts of our lives and who are very supportive.
We live close to Brittany's family, and we see them every Sunday at church and usually go out to lunch all together after.
Jadon's family does not live nearby, but we usually take road trips to visit them multiple times a year, and they do the same to visit us.
When we are with our families, we enjoy just relaxing together: playing board games, putting together Legos, eating meals, and just being in each others' company.
Recently we were able to go on a vacation with Jadon's family, and though we had a lot of big "official" plans, one of the best days was when we just had time to play together in the pool and try out the bumper boats!
Brittany's family also enjoys traveling, and we recently went on a trip where we all drove around together in a huge Chevy Tahoe experiencing the tourist spots of the area.
Both sides of our family are supportive of the idea of adoption; Brittany's mom is especially excited about the prospect of being a first-time grandmother. Jadon's brother and his wife have recently taken children in through the foster care system, and we love to see how our family is growing. A child would be a wonderful, much loved addition to our family!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a town of about 25,000 people in Illinois. This is the area where Brittany grew up and is not far from where her family still lives. We live in a diverse area only an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, and we enjoy being close to the big city, which we visit a couple times a month, while also having the comfort and safety of living somewhere “small town.”
We have recently bought our first home – it has five bedrooms and a large living & dining room area where we do most of our socializing and hanging out. We have a large backyard with a swing set, and we are walking distance from two parks. We live there with our dog, Bo, who is a very friendly 3 year old Swiss Mountain Dog mix. We are so looking forward to growing into this new home. Our home & surrounding community is a safe, quiet place for children to play and socialize together.
There are many activities in our area aimed at children and families with children. We have multiple fairs and festivals in our county each season as well as great children's reading programs at the local libraries and movie nights in the park. Our church also has small but active Sunday School & Vacation Bible School programs, where Brittany likes to volunteer. We have a great children's museum just a few minutes from our house, a community theater program specifically for kids, & dozens of park district activities year round for kids & families.
We are really looking forward to bringing a child into our community & being a larger part of it ourselves, too!
From Us to You
Hello! Thank you so much for taking some time to learn about us. We are looking forward to learn more about you, too! We cannot imagine how difficult this decision must be for you, and we are impressed by your bravery and your love for your child.
A little about us: we met at university in 2009 where we were both English majors, and we have now been married for 5 years. We began dating on a 24 hour bus ride from Burkina Faso to Ghana in West Africa, and we have tried to keep that level of adventure in our lives ever since! From 2014-2016 we lived & worked overseas in Prague, Czech Republic where we did a lot of traveling, and we continue to travel around the US now that we're back home. We think traveling is important for everyone, including children, so this will definitely continue to be a part of our lives once we have a child.
Jadon currently works as a materials management technician at a local hospital. He is in charge of receiving all the supplies that come into the hospital each day and then delivering them. He enjoys a job that keeps him so active & lets him get to know people. He also enjoys video games, creative writing, reading, & board games.
Brittany has two part time jobs right now: an adjunct English professor at a Christian liberal arts university and a librarian at a local public library. She has been teaching in some capacity for 8 years now and loves it! She enjoys working with older students because she can take them for coffee or meet them for lunch. It's fun to have students who can become friends. She also loves reading, so working at the library is a lot of fun for her, too.
We are so excited to become parents! We want you to know that we will provide your baby with a safe, stable home with two parents who love each other and a supportive extended family. Our Christian faith is a large part of our lives, and we will raise a child in that faith and with those values and morals, with the understanding that all people are worthy of love. Education is also extremely important to us, and we plan to work hard to make sure your child gets the best education they can and are able to pursue whatever interests they have.
We also want you to know that we already value you, and we are excited for the role you will play in our family. The significance of what you are giving our family will never be forgotten or downplayed. Your baby will always know your name and where they came from, and we promise to always honor your role in our family and speak of you as someone who we highly value. We are looking forward to sending you letters & pictures throughout your child's life, and when he or she is old enough, we would love for your child to be part of that communication as well, if you are comfortable with that. We would also be open to phone calls and emails in the future. Above all, we want you to know your child and your child to know you.
We know the decision ahead of you is difficult, and you will be in our prayers as you go through this journey. We will forever be thankful for the gift you are giving our family.
Jadon & Brittany
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