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Kyle & Katherine
Thank you so much for taking a moment to learn about us. We are so excited to grow our family and to start this next chapter of our lives. It would truly mean the world to us to be chosen by you to parent your child and to give them all the love, laughter, and fun we have to offer. We are excited to learn more about you as well and all your hopes and dreams for your child's future.
Our Leisure Time
Kyle is a triathlete who loves being outside, especially swimming and cycling with friends. Kyle also volunteers as a mentor for the ACE Mentor Program, teaching and advising high school students interested in careers in the building industry. He also loves watching college and pro football—Go Clemson Tigers and Seattle Seahawks!
Katherine spends time outside of work rehearsing and performing with a community choir, developing personal design and illustration projects, attending creative industry events, reading lots of books, daydreaming about future travel adventures, and catching up with her girlfriends (preferably over a cheese plate or two).
Together, we love to go to the movies and have game nights with friends, try new restaurants and recipes, travel, and go hiking with our two Australian Shepherds.
Fun Facts About Us
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We plan to address cultural diversity openly and honestly. We do not think it is healthy to subscribe to the "colorblind" mindset or ignore difficult topics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. It is up to us, as responsible adoptive parents, to ensure that our child understands and embraces everything that makes them unique and wonderful. It is up to us not to ignore cultural differences but instead to celebrate them—to give our child room to learn and explore who they are, where they come from, and what realities they may eventually have to face due to the color of their skin. We will love our child unconditionally no matter what their cultural background is, but our child may have a very different experience in the world than we have had. It is important for us to acknowledge that, not gloss over it, and to respond appropriately.
Though we already have a fairly diverse friend group, we plan to actively seek out other opportunities to surround our family with children and adults that reflect them and who can serve as role models and mentors in ways that we perhaps cannot. We also plan to travel with our child, both domestically and abroad, in order to introduce them to other cultures and lifestyles. We want to give our child the opportunity to experience lessons that can only be learned by observing the world from a different point of view. Above all, we want our child to know that they are amazing and beautiful just the way they are, that they are loved and supported, and that their differences are to be celebrated, not ignored.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live with our two sweet dogs in a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in a family-oriented neighborhood of a major city in the Pacific Northwest. We live on one of the top floors and have a nice balcony that we use to grow herbs and veggies, and enjoy an unobstructed view of mountains and the sunset. Our favorite parts of the home are our family room where we watch movies and cuddle with our pups on the couch and our sun-bathed reading nook where we like to relax with a magazine or a good book.
Our neighborhood is very walkable and, in addition to all the great restaurants like our favorite ice cream shop or our local pizzeria, we are only two blocks away in either direction from community parks that have large playgrounds and sport courts. We live a short walk from the local Boys and Girls Club, elementary and middle schools, community center, neighborhood library, and the city zoo.
Also in our neighborhood is one of the city's largest parks, surrounding a small lake with nature trails, baseball and soccer fields, a playground, a skate park, a kid's wading pool, and a boating center. We love going there for nature walks with our dogs, for family picnics, and for swimming, playing, and exercising.
Outside of our neighborhood, we love going to our region's many beautiful mountains, beaches, waterfalls, and forests for hiking, camping, skiing, and exploration.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have wonderful, close-knit families who are incredibly loving and supportive. Our siblings are our best friends, and our parents and grandparents our mentors and confidants. Our parents taught us to cherish family, both immediate and extended, and that shows in the connections we keep with family all across the country. While we all live far apart, we make sure to see each other as much as possible. We travel home to South Carolina about twice per year and our parents each come to visit us about once per year. Additionally, we go on an annual vacation with Katherine's dad's side of the family—last year we hit the slopes in Aspen, Colorado and this year we're planning a cruise to Alaska!
Time spent with Katherine's family involves randomly breaking out into song, traveling to new places, and cruising the lake on her dad's boat. Kyle and his family love telling stories and having laughs around the dinner table, playing board games, and staying up late to watch movies.
We have also developed an incredible "family" of local friends in our city, most of whom have young children of their own. We are constantly getting together on weekends and holidays, and we can't wait for our child to get a chance to play with their youngsters. It is also a comfort to know that these friends are an open network of support for us and our future child.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn a bit about us! While it is impossible for us to know exactly what you are going through right now, we know that you want the best for your child, and we respect the love and courage it takes to consider adoption. We believe that whatever path you choose to take, it will be with your child's best interests at heart, and we are honored that you would consider us to be part of your journey as you face this tough decision.
We want you to know how very excited we are to become parents. We are so ready to welcome a child into our home and fill it with even more love and laughter! Adoption was one of the first things we talked about early on in our relationship as we imagined our future family and now, 12 years later, adoption is our first choice for how we want to begin this next chapter in our lives.
We officially met in college back in 2004, though we had bumped into each other as teenagers a few times, not knowing that we would end up falling in love! After a few years as good friends, we started dating in 2007 and have been happily married since 2012. After weathering moves, new jobs, and other big life events, our relationship is stronger than ever. We are truly each other's best friend and we have so much love in our hearts that we long to share with a child.
Katherine is an art director and graphic designer, and it is that zeal for creative expression that defines her outlook on life. She is a bit of a self-professed dork who loves reading, Harry Potter, and singing and dancing in a community choir. She is a great listener and steadfast friend who has so much love to give as a mother. Kyle is an architect who loves interacting with people, especially if they want to trade funny stories. He remains calm and collected under pressure but is also energetic and playful, which all of our friends' kids love him for!
Together, we are adventurous people who are passionate about new experiences, whether it's traveling to far-off places, hiking in the nearby mountains, or learning new things. We can't wait to share all of this with a child and see the world through their eyes. We also can't wait to introduce a little one to our fur babies, Levi and Tucker. We are sure they're going to be excited to have a new friend, especially once he/she starts dropping snacks from the high chair!
Adoption is truly a gift, and we are so humbled that you might consider us for this opportunity to become parents. We believe adoption will be a lifelong journey for our whole family and we promise to be open and honest with your child about their adoption story, as well as remain in contact with you through letters, photos, and phone calls to share updates so that you can see your child grow and thrive.
We want our future child to have the opportunity to know their biological roots -- to be able to explore their identity and background so they know who they are and where they've come from. If you choose us to be parents to your child, we promise to ensure that they know how much we respect and admire your strength in making such a difficult decision out of love for them.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We can't imagine a more difficult decision than the one you are facing, and we hope that we have the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with you that helps you feel confident in whatever choice you make. Should you choose us, we promise to always put your child first, offer them unwavering love and support, and be the best parents we can be. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
With love and respect,
Kyle & Katherine
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