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Curtis & David
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Becoming parents has always been a priority for us and we can't wait to experience the joy of growing our family through adoption. We hope this profile gives you an idea of how much happiness, love, and laughter our family has to share with a child. Thank you so much for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents.
What It Means to Become Parents
Being a same-sex couple obviously makes us stand out from the crowd most of the time, and it's something that we feel separates us from other couples. We have both dealt with struggles in our lives to get to the point where we are today. Growing up, neither of us thought we would ever have children. We felt that being gay limited us to growing old alone, unhappy, and without a family. Little did we know that we would find each other and also the greatest love in one another and be here today hoping to bring a child into our family.
For us, being parents means so much more than words can describe. It means being given the opportunity to love, nurture, and provide a caring home for a child. It also will give our lives new purpose! We will strive every day to be the best people that we can be to serve as an example to our child. We are so looking forward to the many memories we will make with our child. We cannot wait to hear his or her first laugh, watch them take their first steps, and the many other moments that make parenting so special. We know that parenting will have its many ups and downs, but we are so excited and grateful to be given the chance to go on this journey and provide a great life for a child. We are so excited to grow our family, as this is something that at one point in our lives we thought we would never have!
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Curtis admires David's drive to learn and continue his education, as well as his desire to share his knowledge by potentially teaching others someday. David admires Curtis's work ethic and drive to be successful. Curtis started his own business recently, which took a lot of hard work and dedication. Curtis loves David's humor and lightheartedness. David loves that Curtis balances him out. While David can be energetic, outgoing, and at times high-strung, Curtis is mellow, easy-going, and doesn't let much get to him. Each of us loves that the other wants children and sees a child as a huge priority in their lives. It has drawn us to each other from the beginning. Curtis respects David's ability to keep up with things around the house, both indoor and outdoors. David respects Curtis's business knowledge and tech-savviness, something that he does not possess.
Living in a university town makes for a very culturally diverse community, with lots of opportunities for exposure to many different cultural backgrounds. We know that growing up, our child will be exposed to people with many different backgrounds and cultural experiences. If our child is of a different race than us, we are confident that we will be able to seek out experiences and opportunities for them to explore their heritage. We see ourselves as very culturally competent and love to travel and explore cultures different from our own, and diversity has always played a role in our lives. Being a same-sex couple has given us both first-hand experience on what it feels like to be "different." We feel that this would allow us to relate to a child of a different background than ours and ensure that their heritage is not forgotten about.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a university town in central Illinois that is very busy, vibrant, and culturally diverse. There is always something going on ranging from football games, new restaurants opening, concerts, comedy shows, theatre shows, and community events. There are countless parks in our community, which we enjoy taking our dog for walks in and look forward to bringing our child to play at in the future. We live very close to a community aquatic center, where we see lots of children and families go for fun to escape the heat in the summer.
We recently moved into our home after David finished anesthesia school and have been working to make it our own. Our home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Curtis uses one of the bedrooms as his office, as he works from home the majority of the time. Our favorite area of our home is in our backyard patio. We love to hang out in the evenings to relax and our dog Molly enjoys running around and playing fetch. We also enjoy having friends over to grill, listen to music, and just have a relaxing evening. Our neighborhood is very family friendly. We see parents on walks with their children and have several neighbors with children who we see riding their bikes and scooters when the weather's nice. The local parks are also always busy with children playing, something we look forward to sharing with our child.
Our Extended Families
We both have very close relationships with our families and value the time that we get to spend with each of them. Curtis's family lives about two and a half hours away, but we still see them regularly. He has one sister and three brothers. Through his siblings we have four nephews and a niece that we absolutely adore. Whenever we visit we often get together with Curtis's parents, siblings, and grandparents to spend time together. This usually includes cook-outs, holiday dinners, a spirited game of cards, and of course spoiling our niece and nephews. Curtis's family also comes to our home for visits as well. In fact, this past Thanksgiving both sides of our families got together and we hosted in our new home for the first time!
David's family lives close by and one of our favorite traditions is getting together for breakfast each Sunday at a local spot. His family is unique, as they are all in the medical profession, with his dad also being a nurse anesthetist! We have one very new nephew on David's side of the family who we just can't get enough cuddles from.
Our families mean the world to us and they are all very excited to share in our adoption journey. They are all very supportive of us and ask all the time how our adoption plan is going. We are so excited to bring another child into this family and know that there will be so much love and fun for him or her to share in!
From Us to You
First of all, we would like to say thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. We know that this is a very difficult time for you and probably not even a situation that you would have ever envisioned. The range of emotions we are experiencing just writing this letter cannot compare to what you are experiencing. Just know that we are so grateful for your selfless consideration to make an adoption plan. Your decision, as hard as it may be, is providing a precious gift to couples like us, who are waiting with open arms to expand our family through adoption. We will also be there for you to provide additional support through the process, whenever you may need it.
We first met when we were in college. David was studying nursing and Curtis was at another university getting his degree in accounting. We met at a party through a mutual friend in February of 2011. We didn’t exactly hit it off the first night that we met, although David knew when he first saw Curtis that he was something special. A few weeks later, we connected on Facebook and started up a conversation. That conversation quickly lead to the exchange of phone numbers, text message conversations, and our first date a few days later. We were both so nervous! It was each of ours’ first date and we didn’t really know what to expect, just that we liked each other a lot! It was on that first date that the topic of having children one day came up. We both agreed 100% that we wanted to have a family someday, something that has remained a priority for us to this day. We got married in 2013 with a large gathering of our family and friends there to support us. Seven years later, we are still each other’s best friend. Now here we are today, ready to make the next step on our journey to becoming a larger family. We have wanted children ever since our first date, but we knew we had to wait to make sure we were in the right place in our lives before that could happen. David recently completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice and we are now in a comfortable position in our lives to expand our family.
We live in a university town in central Illinois and have a bustling life filled with friends and family. We have three cats (Sophia, Rosie, & Izzy) and a dog (Molly) who keep us on our toes and fill our home with joy. We love our life together, but we can’t help but feel that our life wouldn’t be complete without a child. We have so much love, laughter, and fun to share and are at a point in our lives where we are ready to make the next step in becoming a family of three. We are financially stable and promise to provide a loving home, great education, and support our child in all of his/her endeavors. We will provide unconditional love and support for your child.
We can’t begin to imagine the emotions that you must be feeling at this time, but want you to find comfort in knowing that if we were chosen as the adoptive family for your baby, we would provide him or her with a loving, safe, and stable home. We would love to develop an open and long-term relationship with a birth family. We want to develop an adoption plan that fits all of our needs. We are open to various levels of communication throughout our child’s life, at a minimum sending update letters along with pictures. We would also be open to various other forms of communication including emails, phone calls, social media contact, and future visits. We are willing to be flexible and evolve with you as we all experience this new process together, and at the end of the day know that we all have your child’s best interest at heart. We would like to thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts, for considering us to be the parents for your child.
With Thanks and Love,
Curtis & David
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