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Chris & Shannon
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and learn about us. It's impossible to put into words just how much becoming parents will mean to us. This is something we have dreamed about for a long time. Our hearts are filled with excitement at the thought of you reading our story as you search for the family that you've dreamed of for your child.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Chris’ favorite vacation is spot is his family’s farm in Michigan. Chris found much joy as a child there exploring the farm and the “Back Forty,” riding his bike on dirt roads and paths, and has returned to the farm as an adult to unwind and disconnect from the outside world. As there is no TV on the farm, he is able to unwind with books, long walks, and just spending time with his family by playing games, catching up around a bonfire, or watching the sunset over Lake Michigan. We can’t wait to take our child to the farm to relax and have fun.
Shannon’s favorite vacation spot is the warmer climate of the Caribbean. We first visited the islands on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, and Shannon fell absolutely in love with the beauty and simplicity of island life, their food and culture, and the friendliness of the people. Shannon loves being in and near the water, relaxing on the beach, and taking in the sites from the rain forests to the mountains and coastal bluffs. We hope to one day visit with our child!
Our Cats, Leo, Sasha & Ariel
Our pets are our family, and we could not imagine our lives without them. We first rescued two male kittens – Leo and Sasha – 7 years ago, and they have been our constant companions. This past year we unexpectedly welcomed a 4-year-old female cat who we named Ariel into our lives. Shannon found Ariel one day while working outside in the garden (or perhaps Ariel found her) alone, hungry, and hiding in a storm drain. We had no intention that day of adopting another cat, but after taking her in and nurturing her, she became the missing piece in our pet family. We believe that raising children with pets teaches them valuable lessons about life and responsibility that only caring for another being that is dependent on you can teach. All three of our cats have given us unconditional love and daily joy, providing a constant companionship that is important for both children and adults alike.
Education We will Provide
We both believe in the importance of education, and plan to nurture our children’s education in the home as well as in school. We both grew up surrounded by books, sparking our curiosity and imagination, fostering our own love of learning. We plan to spend time reading with our children, and will instill in them that same love of reading. We are fortunate to be located in an excellent school district, which includes one of the top arts and sciences magnet schools in the country. Our elementary school has a low teacher-to-student ratio, a rich cultural diversity, and focuses on STEAM as well as emphasis on the humanities. We will also encourage learning outside the classroom by taking them to the many museums and historical sites our area has to offer. While we believe that higher education is important and will encourage our children to attend college, if our children choose to pursue a skilled trade, we will support that path as well.
Our Extended Families
Our families and traditions are the foundations of our lives. Both of us come from close-knit families, keeping in touch with calls, FaceTime, and seeing each other as often as we can. Chris and his brothers grew-up in West Virginia where his parents still live today, spending summers on the family farm in Michigan and on the Jersey Shore with his cousins. Originally from Texas, Shannon likes to say that she and her brother “grew-up” in Texas, but were “raised” in Philadelphia where they moved with her mother after Shannon graduated from high school.
We each have close groups of friends that are very important in our lives. Chris’ friends from college are like an extended family, and they get together throughout the year to celebrate milestones in each other’s lives. Shannon hosts an annual Friendsgiving in the fall to celebrate friendship and enjoy meals with her diverse cross-section of friends and co-workers.
Get-together’s in both of our families often include traditional German/ Tex-Mex/ Italian meals, card games and puzzles, and watching lots of football. For holidays, we alternate Thanksgiving with our families, meeting up at one of our parent’s homes with extended family and friends joining from near and far. Christmas generally includes travel to our sibling’s homes in Pennsylvania and Ohio; and we quietly welcome the New Year at our home with our three cats. We are blessed with incredibly supportive and loving families, who are excited to join us on this adoption journey.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are lucky to live in a diverse community with families large and small from all over the world. Our home is just outside of Washington DC with easy access to museums, and our Nation's cultural and historical sites. While our school system is the second largest in our area, our community elementary, middle, and high schools have very low teacher-student ratios making them some of the best in the area. Our community supports many local events like summer cultural festivals, concerts on the lake, and many exciting activities for kids of all ages.
Our home is a charming, single-story, 4-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom house built in the 1950’s. Because of the age of our home, we are fortunate to have a large fenced-in backyard with towering oak trees, and plenty of room to host backyard BBQ’s and for kids to run and play. Even though we are near a large city, our neighborhood has a small town vibe where neighbors know each other and help each other out. We are within walking distance of county parks and playgrounds, walking trails, the community pool, and many other places to enjoy. When we moved into our home and community, we knew that it would be the perfect place to raise a family!
From Us to You
We would like to begin by expressing our admiration for the strength it takes on your behalf to consider adoption for your baby. We have yet to meet, but we admire your bravery in deciding to make an adoption plan. We cannot fully understand how hard this decision will be or how you are feeling at this moment. Please know that no matter what you choose, we wish you, your child, and your family all the best.
We are Chris and Shannon and we met in April of 2010 and less than 2 years later were married. We both knew early on we wanted to have children and knew adoption would eventually play a part in growing our family. Early on in our marriage, we discovered we would not be able conceive naturally, and working together on our new reality, we realized adoption would be our only path to our forever family.
We are excited about becoming parents as we feel parenthood is the greatest gift of our lives and we look forward to enjoying every aspect of being parents. We are lucky to have good jobs, and while we work hard at our jobs, we try to live a well-balanced life by enjoying the outdoors and simply enjoying each other. We both love to travel and experience new and exciting things and cannot wait to share these experiences with our child. Both of our families are very important to us, and while only Shannon’s parents live close by, we make it a top priority to spend time with our families when we can.
We are not perfect people, and we know we will make mistakes along the way, but know this; we are dedicated to providing a safe, loving, and happy home for your child, one where they will flourish and grow. There will be laughter, there will be tears, but our home will know the joy and love that only a strong, happy family can create.
Our promise to you is to raise our child in a nurturing and loving home that is deeply empathetic. We both believe that empathy, being able to understand another person’s point of view, is one of the most important character traits one can have. We promise to be mindful parents, facing any challenge head-on, by talking things out and working through problems together. We promise to teach our child the foundations of empathy, love, and will support them daily. We will provide them with the building blocks of life, teaching them to be honest in their deeds, hardworking in their actions, and respectful to themselves and to others. We promise to keep them happy and healthy by encouraging them to be successful while supporting their hopes and dreams whatever they may be.
We are interested in an open relationship in this adoption journey, and the degree of openness is dependent on your wishes. Openness can include sending pictures, letters, phone calls, emails, visits, etc. We believe that this is a partnership, and that maintaining a relationship is important to the child’s identity. We promise to ensure that the gratitude that we feel for you is always present in our daily lives; we will make sure that our child will always know how much you love them.
We wish you much luck with such an important decision, and one that we know will not be easy. Should your heart steer in our direction for an adoptive family, may you find comfort in knowing that your baby will live with laughter and love.
With loving regards,
Chris & Shannon
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