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John & Brea
We are a fun-loving, easy going family of three and can't wait to become a family of four through adoption. We understand you have a very difficult decision to make and hope this profile helps you find the right fit for you and your child. Being a parent has been one of our greatest gifts and we look forward to our adoption journey. Thank you for considering us as potential parents to your child.
Why We Chose Adoption
Our road to starting a family was not what we expected. After experiencing two unsuccessful pregnancies over the course of a year and a half, we finally got pregnant with our daughter. Soon into our pregnancy, we found out there were medical complications and Brea underwent surgery while pregnant and our daughter was born a couple months later. Our daughter brought us so much joy that soon after she was born, we started thinking about our next steps to expand our family. Due to the surgery, it is high risk for Brea to carry another child naturally, so we started looking into adoption. We didn't know much about it at that point, and have learned so much over that last two years. We look forward to meeting a birth mother who trusts us to raise her child as our own and develop a relationship with us if she chooses. We love being parents and can't wait to share that love with another child. Even though adoption may have been an unexpected path, we are so thankful to be starting this journey and can't wait to grow our family through adoption.
Our Leisure Time
We love to travel and have been lucky enough to continue traveling even after our daughter was born. Each year, we plan a fun, week-long vacation somewhere new, and take advantage of long weekends throughout the year to take smaller trips, such as traveling in and around Wisconsin to see family, or visiting other cities in the Midwest such as Chicago or Detroit. One of our favorite trips was to Italy and just this past year, we visited Arizona and the Grand Canyon with our family friends.
When we aren't traveling, we enjoy being active and outdoors throughout the year. In the summer we love being near the water and having BBQs and bonfires in our backyard. The fall is our favorite season with lots of football, pumpkin patches and farmers markets filling up our weekends. In the winter, we enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and can’t wait to teach our kids how to ski and snowboard too someday. The spring is filled with gardening, yard work, and enjoying the warmer weather as much as possible.
We are lucky to have a great group of friends who also have young children, that we consider family. Whenever we can, we like getting together to watch a game, take a trip downtown, or have a game night where both the adults and the kids can have fun together. We can't wait to add another little one to our big, extended family.
We look forward to embracing a child as a part of our family regardless of race or ethnic background. Right now, our family is Caucasian, but our neighborhood and community are great places to live and raise interracial children where all will feel comfortable and accepted. Our city is home to a large university and several business headquarters that bring people from across the world to our city, resulting in cultural diversity. Our local school district and daycare center have children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and offer curriculum in multiple languages.
We are open-minded and accepting of all backgrounds and choose to surround ourselves with other families that feel the same. We have friends and neighbors who are interracial families, and we look forward to meeting more diverse families as we continue to grow. We are excited to learn about and incorporate our child's cultural heritage into our lives. As parents, we will be proactive to educate ourselves, and our child, about their heritage and history, and help them understand why it’s important. We look forward to exploring activities, events, and groups in our community that embrace cultural diversity, so that both of our children grow up understanding and celebrating our differences, and similarities.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb of a large city in southern Wisconsin. After buying our home over five years ago, we have continued to learn more about our community, especially what it has to offer a family. Our town is very active with many parks, trails, and festivals that cater to families. Our house backs up to a park that hosts youth soccer games in the summer, and a playground that our daughter can't get enough of! In the summer, we love listening to live music in a nearby park or grabbing dinner from a food truck. Taking long walks to grab coffee at a local shop and stopping at a park is a typical Saturday morning for us. After experiencing population growth, our town has been investing in new schools and facilities, including a new elementary school a few blocks from our house. Our area is culturally diverse and our schools offer classes in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Living in a suburb, we get to enjoy a smaller, family-oriented community, while also being close to all the perks of a large city. We love spending time downtown for dinner, theater, shopping, or just enjoying the lakefront. The area is also home to a large university that attracts people from all over the world and cultural backgrounds. We are constantly discovering new things to do and see. After having our daughter, we are learning just how lucky we are that we chose this city for our home.
Our Extended Families
Our families are a mix of relatives close by and far away. Both of our parents live in northern Wisconsin and visit us often. We also love taking road trips up north to visit them and hang out at the lake in the summer or go snowboarding in the winter when we have a free weekend. When visiting Brea’s parents, the whole family enjoys being out on the water enjoying swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking. John’s parents and grandparents all live in his hometown, so we have lots of people to see and places to stay when visiting. John’s sister, Aunt, and cousin living only an hour away in a neighboring city. They often come to visit for the weekend or just a day, and we love spending time together watching his younger cousin play hockey for his high school team. Brea’s older brother and sister both live out of state in Colorado and Washington. We love to travel, so having family in fun destinations gives us a great excuse to visit and we make sure to spend quality time together a few times a year. Since our family comes from all different locations, our holiday gathers are a little different every year, but they are always centered around enjoying a big meal (that everyone helps make) and playing games; whether it being a fun secret Santa game, Easter egg hunts, or board games. Our entire family is excited to expand our family through adoption and we look forward to creating new traditions with our growing family.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. We can't imagine how difficult this decision must be for you and we are so grateful you are exploring adoption for your child. We admire your strength and selflessness throughout this process and hope to learn more about you.
We have been married for six years and met during our freshman year of college over 13 years ago. After dating long distance, we both found jobs we loved in the same city and worked hard to establish our careers in our respective fields. After getting married and buying a house, we were excited to take the next steps to start a family. Throughout our relationship, we always knew we wanted to have children, but we didn't anticipate the difficult road we'd have to get there.
We tried to start a family for over a year and a half and experienced two difficult lost pregnancies during that time. After getting pregnant with our daughter in 2015, we found out there were some serious medical complications related to the pregnancy and required surgery for Brea and our daughter. It was a difficult time in our lives, but throughout the entire journey, we remained hopeful, leaned on each other, and ultimately became stronger despite the challenges. Today, our daughter is an energetic and thriving toddler, and we love being her mom and dad. Due to the surgery, carrying another child naturally would pose a serious risk to Brea and that child, so we have turned to adoption to expand our family, and are very excited at the opportunity.
Our difficult road to starting a family taught us a lot about ourselves, and what is importance to us. We learned that life doesn’t always go according to a plan, and it is up to us to make the most out of each day, even if it includes some unexpected hurdles. It also made the gift of parenting that much greater, and we can’t wait to share our love with another child.
We are an active family and are always looking for new activities and fun things to do in our community. As parents, we provide a loving, safe, and supportive home, where our child can feel comfortable being themselves. We value communication, respect, and education and hope to instill these values in our children. We look forward to sharing our love for travel, music, and sports with our kids and exploring their interests and cultural backgrounds. Our community is a great place to raise a family. Our city is culturally diverse, and we are excited for the new experiences we will have as multi-racial family.
Our child's adoption story will never be a secret to them. We plan to be open and honest about who they are and how our family came together, so that they understand from a young age how much you and their adopted family love and care about them. We hope to share their journey and experiences with you through letters, emails, and photos throughout the years. We understand that at this point, it may be difficult to predict the best communication plan. Please know that we are open to finding a level of openness that you are comfortable with and helps you find peace in your decision throughout the different stages of your life and your child's life.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We are so excited at the prospect of expanding our family and know that we can provide a wonderful life for another child. We can't imagine the difficult decisions you are faced with during this process, and are grateful that you are considering adoption for your child.
John & Brea
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