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George & Amanda
Thank you for considering adoption and considering us as the family for this special child. As you go through this journey, we wish you clarity and confidence in your decision. We invite you to read more about us: a fun and active family, ready to welcome the child we already love dearly.
Why We Chose Adoption
We are grateful for the opportunity to complete our family through adoption. It is something we considered at the beginning of our relationship, and we are so excited that fate has brought us back to it. Each day, we are more convinced - deep within - that we’ve made the right decision in growing our family. We hope that you can find that same peace in your decision.
Although we cannot have more biological children, we feel strongly that our family is not yet complete. We have long wanted all of our children to benefit from being part of a larger sibling group. This special child joins a family with unconditional love, a stable and supportive family unit, and exceptional older siblings. Our two children, Madeleine and Elliott, look forward to welcoming their sibling into the fold. All four of us look forward to meeting this child and seeing how their personality comes to life within our family.
Our lifestyle reflects the things we hold dear: family, stability, personal growth, generosity, curiosity, activity, and enjoyment of natural wonders.
Our day-to-day is oriented around coming together as a family over dinner and bedtime stories at the end of the day. It has been this way as long as we have been parents and reflects our upbringings. During the school year, Amanda takes the kids to school, volunteers at the school and in the community, and spends every afternoon with them. She enjoys inspiring their creativity and teaching them Spanish.
During weekends and summers, our activities depend largely on the season, and we try to get outside regardless of the weather. As a family, we love to shop at the weekly farmer’s market, pick berries, find a hill for sledding, pick pumpkins at the local patch, rent a kayak, go to kids concerts, and attend baseball and soccer games. We all enjoy being active, whether it’s running a local trail, hiking, swimming at the local pool or lake, riding bikes in the neighborhood, or just taking a stroll to the local park.
We love that our children have access to a good education and travel opportunities. Whether it’s exploring gems across the Pacific Northwest, visiting our hometowns, swimming in the ocean, or navigating places where different languages are spoken, we try to pass along our global curiosity, love for water, and passion for honoring all people and cultures while celebrating their specific interests.
Madeleine & Elliott
Some of the most exciting parts of being parents so far have come from having front row seats to the sibling relationship, and we look forward to getting that opportunity with this child. We take seriously our role as parents to each child individually and make an effort to facilitate a strong, healthy sibling relationship with as little competition as possible.
This special child will get amazing older siblings in Madeleine and Elliott, who cannot wait to meet their new sibling.
Madeleine is a fun and spunky, caring and attentive little girl. She loves to take on physical challenges like the monkey bars, racing other kids on the playground, and learning to ski. She is often found playing “take a trip” or “restaurant,” caring for her babies (her dolls and stuffed animals), dressing up in handmade costumes, or drawing buildings and families on big pieces of paper. Madeleine is both independent and a protective big sister.
Elliott is hilarious and sensitive with strong opinions and plenty of words to share them. He loves books and has been known to hand one to any adult who dares sit down near him. Whenever he gets his hands on crayons and paper, he “writes” his own books. He loves vehicles, dinosaurs, and being an attentive father to his beloved Mouse. Elliott has quite a sense of humor, and his dramatic facial expressions sometimes make it hard to keep a straight face.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a comfortable home surrounded by tall trees and a yard where Madeleine and Elliott climb trees, roll down hills, play hide and seek, dig for worms, learn to ride bikes, and climb on their play structure. We look forward to watching this special child progress from watching the sun cast shadows through the trees onto their baby blanket to crawling in the soft green grass to going down the slide and beyond.
We are part of a family-friendly, horse-friendly community. Amanda has fond childhood memories from her grandparents’ farm, and we love that we’re able to live somewhere that feels similar with easy access to city activities as well. Our community includes a great school, a community park, and a forested state park with well maintained trails within close walking distance. Within a short drive, we are able to take advantage of even more Pacific Northwestern gems, like numerous beach parks, mountains, ferry rides, and cultural events downtown.
Our house is truly a family home with plenty of space to both gather as a family and have time apart. We prepare and eat our meals together in the kitchen and spend a fair amount of time in the den, which functions as both a play space for the family and a space for Amanda to design and sew quilts and costumes and do crafts with the kids. Most importantly, we want our home to always be a safe, loving, judgment-free place where our kids, our friends, and their friends can feel comfortable.
Our Extended Families
Our families live in New Zealand (where George grew up) and rural Ohio (where Amanda grew up). We love visiting our families and hosting visiting family members. We stay connected with our families by keeping pictures of them throughout our house, carrying on family traditions (like making Swedish tea ring for friends at Christmas, eating hamloaf, and watching rugby), and using technology to video chat as often as possible.
We also have a chosen family of close friends who live nearby. They and their kids function as aunts/uncles/cousins to our children and are truly an extension of our family. We often celebrate holidays and birthdays together, have monthly game nights, and even go on vacation together.
Our families, local and distant, were instantly delighted to learn that we're adding a new member to our family and cannot wait to welcome this child with loving arms.
From Us to You
Faced with a most difficult decision, you are showing your bravery and love for this child. We are grateful for you and for your consideration of our family.
Our shared story goes back more than a decade when we met on our daily bus commute in Seattle, started dating, and got married three years later in a park, surrounded by family and friends. From the beginning, we laid the foundation for a solid relationship built upon mutual love, respect, and admiration for each other. We committed to investing in our marriage as the solid rock upon which parenthood would eventually be built. We carry through that promise today and work together to maintain a strong relationship that is both satisfying as a couple and serves as a model for our children.
Although we have been blessed with Madeleine and Elliott, we feel that our family is not complete and that we can offer a child a loving place in our family.
As a family unit, we aim to provide steady support with lots of shared experiences so that each of us feels confident being our own best person. We want this for this child, too. You can expect that we will talk with this child about adoption and your love for them. We would love for the opportunity to stay connected with you should you so choose, whether it is through sharing updates, staying in touch through phone calls or emails, or even seeing each other again in person some day. We hope to help you bring some peace of mind about your loving decision.
We will work hard to make sure that the adoption is neither hidden nor a defining experience for this child. We look forward to getting to know their personality and - like we already do with Madeleine and Elliott - encourage them to pursue their own interests and become an independent person, knowing that our family unit will always be there to encourage and support them. We take joy in creating a stable home environment for our children to have fun, make mistakes, learn, and grow to their full potential.
We strive to build a family culture that honors each of us, whether it’s using Amanda’s family recipes or reading our children books from George’s childhood. You should know that we will learn about and celebrate this special child’s culture. We will honor the adoption experience and look forward to weaving it into the permanent fabric of our family.
Although we experience the hopeful aspects of adoption bringing joy to this child and to our family, we recognize the tremendous sacrifice you must make for it to happen. We hope that this letter and profile will help you begin determining whether you would like to go through this journey with us. If you feel a connection or have a question, we would love to hear from you.
George & Amanda
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