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John & Kate
We are so excited to have the opportunity to start our family through adoption! Our family is filled with love and laughter and we are infinitely appreciative that you are considering us. We have always seen adoption as part of our future and to have it now become a reality with your consideration is a dream come true.
What it Means to be a Parent
Our parents always used to tell us, "everything we do for you is to provide you with the opportunity to have a better life than us." This is exactly what it means to be a parent to us. We want to give our children every opportunity to have better lives then we have through every aspect of their life as they age. As parents, we want our children to attend the best schools for their education which will create endless opportunities for them throughout their lives. We want to travel with them so they become culturally diverse. We want to teach them new languages, how to cook, to play a musical instrument, to be involved with sports and be a team player, to be a leader, laugh at themselves and fill the world with love so that they can have every open door of possibility for them in life- whichever direction they choose. To be a parent means to put our children first and to enable them to be the best versions of themselves. What we expect to like most about being parents is to see our children reach their full potential.
We live a very active lifestyle. Running is our biggest hobby and has become a passion for us over the years. We have participated in over a dozen half-marathons and completed one full marathon. When we're not out on the road running, you can find us hiking together on the local trails, at the park with our dog or trying out new restaurants. Another one of our passions is traveling. We've been fortunate enough to visit Italy, Spain, France, England, the Caribbean, some Nordic countries and most of the United States. We've also spent time volunteering for children who have lost loved ones which has been an incredible experience. When we're not on the go, we spend as much time as we can with friends and family. We visit Kate's family at the beach and play games or take our nephews out to have fun. We also visit John's family and spend a lot of time at the pool with extended family. It's not until late Sunday evenings that we get to unwind and relax by catching up with a movie or show together in the family room after dinner.
We intend to tell our child as early and often as they can comprehend about adoption to create a foundational understanding to build from as we craft the explanation of our personal adoption story. We want this child to understand that adoption is a celebratory blessing for parents and children to be part of a unique and loving family, how it's critical that they be introduced to the importance of the birth mother in the adoption process and why we want to create an opportunity to explore their cultural heritage. We want this child to keep in touch with the birth mother or extended family throughout life if possible. Our goal is to create an environment where adoption is a gift and an incredibly positive experience.
Our Extended Families
We live within driving distance of our families and spend extensive time with them at least once per month. For example, it's common for our family to spend long weekends at our home or vice versa. Kate's family lives in a beach town where we get to spend time with her family and enjoy long summer days on the beach, cooking out, playing with our nephews, going to the pool, watching movies, playing with the dogs and trying new restaurants. Some of our fondest memories come from celebrating our annual 4th of July pool party with John's family while playing baseball and football with all of our cousins in the yard or swimming in the pool; as well as our Christmas Eve party when we have our special guest, Santa Claus come visit every year for the children. Our family is incredibly excited and supportive of our adoption plans and to have the opportunity to become grandparents all over again with this child. The entire extended family can't wait to include your child into our traditions and create new memories that will be more meaningful than ever.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburban neighborhood in Maryland just fifteen minutes north of a major metro area. We've lived in our home for almost three years, but we've lived in the neighborhood for five years. After moving away for graduate school, we immediately knew we wanted to buy our first home in our original neighborhood we fell in love with. Our neighborhood offers everything for families. It's a historic townhouse community with three parks, an elementary school, a middle school and a high school ALL within walking distance! It's absolutely heartwarming to see parents walk their children to and from school everyday. Weekends are filled with kids playing soccer and baseball at the local parks or young children playing on the jungle gyms at the "tot lot.” Our neighborhood hosts block parties, movie nights, Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus visits and summer picnics for families to have fun and create endless memories. Whether it's the tree-lined streets or the strong neighborhood schools and community, our neighborhood was ranked one the best kept secrets in a major publication. Our home is perfect for raising a family with our finished basement and finished attic for play areas, or our three bedrooms on the same floor for family coziness. We have a great backyard for entertaining or hanging out with the family roasting s’mores over the fire pit. There's no question that we have one of the best environments for any family to create lasting memories.
From Us to You
When we first started dating ten years ago, we had no idea what our lives would become but we knew we had something special. There has never been a day that we could imagine life without one another. We knew that whatever challenge or struggle we faced that we wanted to face it together. This included getting pregnant because we have always known this would be a part of our lives together. We've been married for four years with four unsuccessful attempts of IVF treatments when trying to start a family on our own. We ultimately realized this past year that we can't do it on our own. We needed the support of our friends and family which we have more than we could ever imagine. But we need even more than that. Most of all we need a birth mother like you to help our dreams of starting a family come true. Our promise to you is that we will give this child the best life possible filled with endless love and laughter. We will surround this child with family and friends and create endless opportunities for them to reach their full potential and become the best versions of themselves.
If you choose to move forward with adoption and choose us as parents, we have every intention of having an open adoption if that's something you are interested in, too. We can give you and the child all the engagement you would like, by e-mail, phone, text, video or even in-person visits. We want this child to understand early and often how adoption is a blessing and that they are a blessing to everyone they come into contact with. We want them to know that their birth mother is an amazing person for giving our family and the world the opportunity to share life with them. We want this child to understand that they are so lucky to have two mommies and daddies that love them so much and will always want the best for them. We want to continue to adopt so that this child will grow up with siblings so that we can fill our family with even more love and laughter.
This child will get the opportunity to participate in any activity that interests them, go on family hikes and vacations around the world and make the best friends any child could ask for with growing up in our neighborhood. You can expect to have us as parents who spend time doing homework at night together as a family, reading bedtime stories, wearing family Halloween costumes, spoiling the kids with Christmas gifts from Santa and giving them endless hugs and kisses. We have a loving chocolate Labrador dog named Oliver who can't wait to lick and cuddle and have his ears pulled by this child. In every way, shape and form this child will experience things in life that most kids won't by exploring new cultures with us, attending renowned schools within walking distance of our home and by having parents who have a loving marriage and are especially supportive of each other.
Ten years from the day we met and we wouldn't change a thing. In some ways we believe that this path has always led us to this point of adoption. That in some ways it was inevitable and it's why we found each other, fell in love, got married and went through the struggles of IVF with ultimately realizing that adoption would be in our life. And for that reason that's why we think we are blessed- blessed to have you consider us as parents for your child, blessed to have a supportive network of family and friends, blessed to live in an amazing community, and blessed to have the opportunity to create an amazing life for this child.
Thank you for considering us.
John & Kate
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