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A.J. & Jenna
Family is the most important thing to us and we are excited to start our family through adoption. The greatest gift that Jenna's birth mother gave to her was choosing the family that loved and raised her. We are so grateful that you are reading our profile and considering an adoption plan. We are honored to share our world with you!
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has been an integral part of our lives for many years, as Jenna was adopted as an infant. She is proud of the fact that her birth mom loved her so much that she chose the amazing family that raised and loves her. Jenna also sees herself as an advocate for adoption and frequently shares her story to help educate others.
Jenna has also seen firsthand the power of adoption when her three younger sisters were adopted. When Jenna was 18, her mom adopted her younger sister, Shauna. Shauna, who was 18 months old at the time, completely changed our family. She was this amazing ball of energy and love who quickly captured our hearts. Last year, both A.J. and Jenna were honored to go with Shauna as she met her birth mom and siblings for the first time. It was a memorable experience to witness, filled with nerves, laughter, tears and so many smiles.
A.J. has always wanted to adopt a child. On one of our first dates, we had a discussion about Jenna’s experience and how we both wanted to start a family through adoption. Our mutual feelings definitely drew us together. It was a connection we discovered very early that continues to be an important part of our relationship today.
They say you can tell a lot about someone by how well you travel with them. Early on in our relationship, we went on several trips. On those trips, we learned a lot about each other and grew closer as a couple.
Our first trip was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was hot, humid, and we were staying in a condo that had no air conditioning. Jenna was eaten alive by bugs and A.J. discovered that he does not like humidity! Despite all of that, we had a blast as we explored the city. We went on an adventure in the rainforest, relaxed on the beach, took tours, and experienced the local culture. We both love to mix adventure with relaxation when we are on vacation. Spending one day ziplining and riding donkeys, and the next day swimming in the ocean. We also love to meet people and learn about the local spots. On this trip, we learned that we work really well together and fell in love even more.
Since that trip, we have continued to explore our world both locally and internationally. Adventures are important to us and as we grow as a family, we will continue this tradition. We want to experience as many things in life as possible. Our hope and dream is to show the world to our child as a family.
Jenna was raised in a multicultural family and her parents strongly believe in affirming the individual identify of each child. Even though her parents were not experts in all of the cultures in their family, they did their best to educate themselves and provide opportunities for their children to experience different cultures. Growing up, Jenna celebrated Kwanzaa, ate traditional Korean food and had books, dolls and movies in which she could see herself and her siblings represented.
In our family, we will continue this tradition of celebrating the different cultures that make us who we are. We want our child to understand that each person has a unique background that makes them whole. Even though we are a family that might not look the same, we are a family that thrives on the unique aspects of each person. We will seek out opportunities for our child to be around those of his/her culture. We want our child to see him/herself in their school, neighborhood and books we read. We will also provide times for our child to be around other adoptees to share and support each other.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have an extremely supportive extended family that lives close by. Much of our free time is spent celebrating, laughing and spending time together. Both of our families are very excited that we have begun our adoption journey.
Jenna has a very large immediate family that includes six siblings. Jenna was adopted, along with her three younger sisters. As a multiracial family, Jenna was raised celebrating and honoring different cultures, traditions and heritages. On Christmas, Jenna’s family has a delicious meal of Bulgogi (Korean Beef), spring rolls and homemade potstickers. This meal honors some of the cultures represented in our family.
A.J. has a large extended family. He and his two sisters were raised with his cousins and grandparents nearby. One of A.J.’s heroes is his grandfather, who was an amazing man that taught A.J. the value of hard work and the importance of family. One of A.J.’s nephews recently asked if we would have adopted a baby by Christmas. When his mom told him no, he said, “Maybe it will be a Christmas Miracle!”
We strongly believe that family is more than just blood or those you are related to. Our extended family includes a large group of friends who we spend time with on a regular basis. These days, get togethers with our friends usually involve more children than adults. We spend time camping, going to the beach, boating, barbecuing and trips to the mountain. Our family would not be complete without such amazing friends.
Our House and Neighborhood
Oregon is a beautiful state and we try to take every advantage of this wonderful place we call home. We are one hour from the beach, hiking on Mount Hood, and beautiful waterfalls. We spend a lot of our spare time outdoors, camping, boating and hiking.
Our home is a suburb of a major city. One of the reasons we choose this area is because of the amazing schools. Jenna teaches in the local school district and knows firsthand the incredible experiences provided for students. Someday, we will be able to walk our child to the local elementary school, or just to play at the park.
Another reason why we choose this neighborhood is because it is full of established homes and families. Last year, when we got some snow, our local street became a sledding hill and it was delightful to watch the smiles as children and parents enjoyed the unexpected day off.
Finally, we choose our home because of our big backyard. We could imagine barbecues and playing games as a family. We could see our young child playing hide and seek behind the trees and running with our puppy, Jackson. We love our home and cannot wait to share it with a child.
From Us to You
We are truly honored that you would consider us as the adoptive parents for your precious child. We know that you are faced with a difficult decision and we greatly admire your strength, courage and love as you consider an adoption plan. We strongly believe that adoption is one of the greatest gifts in life. If Jenna’s birth mother had not chosen to create an adoption plan, our lives would be very different. Jenna’s birth mother chose the wonderful, loving family that raised her and we are very thankful for her decision. We would be beyond blessed and excited to raise and love your baby. Thank you for getting to know us and we look forward to what the future holds.
We met five years ago and instantly fell in love. We knew it was meant to be on our first date when the topic of kids came up and A.J., without knowing Jenna was adopted, stated he had a desire in his heart to adopt a child. At this point, Jenna explained her own adoption story. Jenna comes from a multiracial family and has five siblings, three of which are adopted. Throughout our courtship and even in our first years of marriage, it was never a matter of if we were going to adopt, but when. We believe that it was God’s plan to bring us together and we are very excited to start our family through adoption.
Today, we live in the beautiful state of Oregon. We love to spend time out in nature and take daily walks with our puppy, Jackson, a Golden Retriever. We are lucky to have jobs that fuel our passions. A.J. works for a local credit union, helping to keep people in their homes. Although this is a tough job, he enjoys helping others and providing support in times of need. Jenna comes from a family of educators and lifelong learners. She has been a teacher for the last 15 years. She loves working with children and cannot wait to help her own child grow and experience the world.
We know that raising a child takes supportive friends and family. We are blessed to have an extensive network that lives nearby and is excited to be a part of our journey. We spend most of our free time with them, camping, barbecuing, playing games, traveling, and going on many other fun adventures. For the past several years, our get togethers have included more children than adults. Our child will fit right into our loving extended family and will be showered with love.
As we embark on this journey with you, we would love to send you pictures and updates. We are also open to emails, phone calls and even visits. We understand that there will be times that you will want to hear all about the baby and there might be some times that you might want to know less. We know that adoption is a journey that will connect us forever and our goal as we build a relationship is to find a common understanding as to what works best for all of us.
Thank you for taking the time to read through our profile, watch our video and get to know us. We strongly believe that adoption is a great gift. As we start our adoption journey, our hope is that you will feel connected with us and we can begin to form a relationship and bond that will last a lifetime. The decision you are faced with is hard and we can only imagine the complexity of what you are going through. While we will never be able to fully grasp or understand your situation, we know that we will love your child with all of our hearts.
With Love and Compassion,
A.J. & Jenna
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