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Adam & John
We would like to thank you for taking the time to review our profile and get to know us a little better. It is a huge honor to even be considered as potential parents for your child. We are looking forward to expanding our family through the gift of adoption and excited to share our love, support and stability to a child. We hope you will join us on our journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adam: Adoption has already affected my life in many ways. My mother made an adoption plan for her first child. My family has had contact with the child (at this point a middle-aged woman) throughout the years, since I was very young. My mom just didn't have the resources or support to care for a child. Her daughter has grown up to be successful and happy with three children of her own, so it all worked out as it should.
My older step-sister was also adopted by my stepdad when she was born. I also had a foster brother for several years while I was around middle school age. So adoption and a blended family was always just a normal part of my life. I have always been taught that love and support make a family. I don't think I would be the person I am today if it wasn't for adoption. Understanding that families come in all shapes and sizes, but the love is the same, has made me understanding and compassionate.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Adam About John: John's personality is at the very top of his list of strengths. He is always cool, calm and collected. He's quick to laugh and slow to get upset. He can think things through logically, which helps him decide on a course of action. He is always thinking of others, and his loyalty to family is something I have always held him in high regard for. His stability and support have encouraged me to try new things and face my fears. He's the one who talked me into pursuing glassblowing. To him, nothing is impossible. I love him for that.
John About Adam: Adam is the source of our energy in our family. He is always looking for new things for us to do or experience, and often suggests adventures for us to go on. He motivates me to push further than I would without him. He also is the heart of why we have a nice home and family life. His nurturing nature makes me know that I am loved, and know that I can count on him for anything.
We are fortunate to live in a city in which a large variety of cultures are represented. The population is over 40% African American and our city is home to the largest population of Bosnians outside of Bosnia. Additionally, there are other cultural concentrations including Hispanic and Latino, Italian, German, Vietnamese, and many other smaller ethnic communities. We are very proud to be living in a cultural melting pot. There are many cultural activities to do including going to the Black Repertory Theater, several black history museums, exhibits of multicultural art at our local art museum, and a blues museum which highlights many musicians of color who pioneered the blues musical style. Additionally, there are many different cultural festivals every year including Hispanic, Japanese, Chinese, and an International Festival featuring countries from all over the world.
Exposure to so many different cultures is one of our favorite parts about where we live. We believe that it is important for a child to have role models from all walks of life, but especially role models who might look like them, and we will make sure those role models are provided.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a 2 story/3 bedroom house that is 100 years old in a large Missouri city. There is a fenced-in backyard giving us a place to enjoy a barbecue, sit around a fire, and for our dogs to play. Our neighbors often wave hello to each other, and there is always activity on the streets with people walking their dogs or biking with their kids. There are people from all walks of life and many families with children of all ages living in our neighborhood. It is not unusual for someone to spontaneously post on our neighborhood Facebook page inviting everyone over for a block party or neighborhood social event. There is a lot of community involvement in our neighborhood, with monthly neighborhood meetings with government officials.
We are absolutely in love with the area we live in. It is a cultural melting pot, with people from all walks of life. We are a block away from a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Our local library is a short walk away, as is a large city park. The park hosts many different events – from farmer's markets, to food truck Fridays, to pride celebrations, to cultural festivals from around the world. It also has a playground and splash pool for children. We are able to enjoy our home and yard while still being close to everything we could want. We are also lucky that we live close to Adam's family and many of our close friends.
Our Extended Families
Adam has one sister and brother-in-law who lives nearby and John has a brother, sister-in-law and niece who live several hours away. Adam's mom lives close, and she plans to move closer in order to be closer to future grandchildren.
John's mother lives out of state, although she is just a short plane ride away. She is a retired office director who looks after the neighborhood cats and goes dancing on Friday nights. She cooks one of the most beautiful Christmas dinners you would ever see. She has one grandchild already, but looks forward to more. Several times a year, she drives to stay with us, and family is the most important thing to her.
We each have several aunts, uncles, and cousins living both locally and scattered across the country. While some of us may not always be near each other, we are a very close family and find any excuse to be together, cook a good meal and play games, especially around the holidays. Everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive throughout our adoption journey and are ready to have a child in the family to spoil! When we all can get together it is filled with laughter and love. We are eager to raise a child in that environment, surrounded by people who are kind and nurturing.
From Us to You
Hello! We are John and Adam. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and get to know us better. We know how much courage and love you must have to be making a decision for your baby's future. Although we can't imagine how difficult this process must be for you, we sincerely hope that you have the support you need while planning your next step.
We met each other online in 2013, became friends, and fell in love. Understanding our lives were forever destined to be together, we married in 2017. Early in our relationship, we realized we both had dreamed of having a family, and that we had a shared vision of raising children of a different background than our own. We just knew that the plan for our family was to adopt. Even while we were planning our wedding, we decided and started our adoption journey. We are looking forward to the future and excited to see our family grow.
We take every opportunity to spend time with each other and love each other's company. Our lazy Sunday mornings are the best. We make a big breakfast and coffee and watch a movie or do a craft or puzzle. The thought of being able to spend those mornings with a child is amazing.
Both of us love to "explore our town" and find new things to do in our city. There are constantly festivals being held, pop-up fairs, cultural celebrations, art shows, and holiday events happening locally. We love to attend as many as possible. Twice recently while out running errands, we randomly came across a carnival. On the spur of the moment, we pulled off and parked, rode a couple of rides, played a couple of games, and then hopped back in the car to continue on our way. Almost every event we go has an area for children. We are really looking forward to being able to take a child to those types of functions.
Having respect for others, a love of education, goodness, being hard working, and honesty are all values we feel strongly about, and we will instill those values in a future child. We are ready to support a child in their interests and passions, and to dedicate our lives to providing a child with all of the care and opportunities possible. Helping a child to build their strengths to become confident, productive, and a responsible member of the community will be the focus every day. A child will be welcomed into our home with unconditional love.
Adam is currently running our household and plans to be a stay at home father. John's work as a software designer is fulfilling work, and also provides a good quality of life for our family. It also gives him flexibility so he has plenty of time to spend with family. We both come from very supportive families and we are all very close. They are all looking forward to having another child in the family and will be very involved in the child's life.
We are eager to provide letters, pictures, stories, and keepsakes if that is something that is desired. We are also open to making arrangements for visits. We believe that honesty and openness in regards to adoption is the best plan for everyone involved, especially the child. We also promise to always speak highly of you and make sure your child know that your decision was made out of love. Adam's family has several ties with adoption (his mother made an adoption plan for her first child and his stepsister was adopted), so we know that you wouldn't have made this decision if you weren't brave, selfless and full of love. We are looking forward to knowing you and the role you will play, whatever that may be.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. It has been our dream to start a family and are so excited to share all that we have and all that we are with a child.
Adam & John
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