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Michael W. & Michael R.

We're the Michaels and we are so excited and humbled that you are reading our profile. Adoption is special to us and we're delighted at the idea of sharing a home full of love, laughter, and kindness with your child. We know you have a lot to consider for your important decision and hope that our profile gives you a sense of how much love we have to share.

About Us

Michael W.
Michael R.
Job
Vice President of Implementations
Senior Director Operations Finance
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
Bachelor's Degree in International Business
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Adventures

We Love Paris!

We love to travel and see the world - between the two of us we have seen over 20 countries on 4 different continents. This year we took our niece and nephew to London and Paris and have planned a trip to Ireland and Scotland.

One of our favorite vacation spots is Paris, France. We love to stroll along the Siene, head to the Louvre for an art exhibition, enjoy the fashions on the Champs-Élysées, and share a baguette near the Eiffel tower.

Both of us feel the love and magic of Disney. Our favorite excursions have been with our niece and nephew to the parks. Seeing our niece's eyes shimmer when she met Elsa for the first time, hearing our nephew's laughter when he sees characters marching on parade are such special memories we've made.

The idea of sharing more of these experiences is something we've dreamed about. Teaching a young child about the various sculptures in the Louvre, sharing a gelato on the Spanish Steps in Rome after a soccer match, seeing the sparkle in their eyes upon meeting Mickey for the first time, and providing memories and experiences that would last forever — these visions make us excited to raise children.

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

A Photobooth Kiss

From Michael W. — Some of the things I love most about my husband, Michael R. are some of the same things that I believe will make him a great father. Even as an adult he loves to learn and teach others. He spends time with our niece and nephew patiently teaching them how to play a game, or about the history of a place we are visiting. He is a bit of a nerd and isn't afraid to admit it. He is incredibly hardworking, but also knows how to cut loose and have fun. His childlike sense of adventure makes him a great uncle and just as importantly a perfect partner for me. I admire his drive and his dedication to his career and his motivation to build a better life for us and the people around him.

From Michael R. — Michael W. is the most selfless person I know and his capacity for love seems to grow every day we are together. He is the person who not only remembers your birthday, he buys you that item you mentioned you wanted in passing conversation weeks earlier. His first priority is always family - as an uncle, he will drop everything if his sister needs him to pick up our niece from school, which she absolutely loves because she knows every time she gets a trip to her favorite burrito stop out of it. I admire my husband so much and cannot wait to see him share his love as a parent.

Adoption in Our Lives

From Michael R. — Growing up, Jennifer, a friend of mine, found out she was pregnant when she was in high school. She was terrified of what this meant for the future – for her plans to go to school, for her future career in culinary arts, and most importantly what it meant for the child growing inside of her. She knew that she didn’t have the financial means or family support to adequately care for a newborn.

I would sit with my friend as she processed what exactly she wanted to do. Jennifer eventually decided adoption was her best path forward. I remember how brave and selfless it was for her to make this decision. She knew in her heart that she was not ready to parent a child.

The family who would adopt her child were so happy and excited to welcome her child into their loving home. I remember being so overwhelmed and grateful that they were able to fulfill their desire to be parents and provide my friends child with a loving and stable home.

After this experience I vowed to myself that if I were to ever consider children in my future, I would want to adopt.

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Photos

Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
At an Outdoor Party
At an Outdoor Party
Fun in the Pool With Our Nephew
Fun in the Pool With Our Nephew
Michael R. With Our Niece & Nephew on the Train to Paris
Michael R. With Our Niece & Nephew on the Train to Paris
Exploring London With Family
Exploring London With Family
Enjoying the Greek Isles
Enjoying the Greek Isles
Disneyland With Our Friend Katie
Disneyland With Our Friend Katie
Spin Class
Spin Class
At the Beach
At the Beach
All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Michael R. Playing Basketball With Our Nephew
Michael R. Playing Basketball With Our Nephew
Christmas Time!
Christmas Time!
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Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
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At an Outdoor Party
At an Outdoor Party
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Fun in the Pool With Our Nephew
Fun in the Pool With Our Nephew
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Michael R. With Our Niece & Nephew on the Train to Paris
Michael R. With Our Niece & Nephew on the Train to Paris
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Exploring London With Family
Exploring London With Family
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Enjoying the Greek Isles
Enjoying the Greek Isles
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Disneyland With Our Friend Katie
Disneyland With Our Friend Katie
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Spin Class
Spin Class
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At the Beach
At the Beach
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Michael R. Playing Basketball With Our Nephew
Michael R. Playing Basketball With Our Nephew
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Christmas Time!
Christmas Time!

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Backyard

We recently built a home in a new neighborhood in California. It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and is around 3,200 square feet. We recently put in a Jacuzzi and an outdoor kitchen in our backyard along with a number of citrus trees and herbs.

Next, we are planning on working on an outdoor garden that we can maintain as a family. Across the street there is a small park and a community center at the end of the block with a pool and a play structure. Our diverse neighborhood is filled with young children of all cultural backgrounds. Almost every house on our block has a child under the age of 5 or the parents have a child on the way. There is a site at the end of our street that they are considering for a new elementary school, which was a real selling point for us when choosing this community. It has some of the best school districts in the state and will be a wonderful place for a child to learn, play, and grow up in.

Our Extended Families

Our Immediate Families at Our Wedding

We both come from large families. Most of our relatives are in California, Texas, and New York. In California where we live, Michael W.'s mom has seven siblings. As a result, there are lots of cousins that live close by. His sister and her family live about 10 minutes away. We spend a lot of time with her kids Pnut and DJ. Pnut loves going to the movies, shopping, and playing Mario with her uncles and brother. DJ loves playing with his toys in our playroom which he refers to as "his playroom," splashing around in the pool, and most importantly his magic toy chest that seems to always have a new toy in it when he comes over.

At the Movies With Our Niece

Last year we went to Spain and Portugal with the kids and their cousins to explore their roots. This year we went to London to see Harry Potter studios then took a train to Paris where we got to show them around one of our favorite cities and teach them about the history.

Michael R.'s family lives in Texas/New York. Each year we find at an opportunity to go to Texas where we see his three brothers and his parents or they come visit us. All of Michael R.'s brothers are married and one of them just had their first boy, our nephew Max. We both look forward to creating new memories with our nieces and nephews and to have a cousin for them to play with.

From Us to You

We're "The Michaels" and if we've gotten this far, you might be considering us to adopt your wonderful child. We hope you choose us for this incredible responsibility and thought we'd share a little bit more about who we are and how we envision our adventure together.

We met over 10 years ago over the internet (a pretty modern romance) and since our first date we have been inseparable. There were many special nights walking around the park, going to the movies, introducing each other to our families, and of course our wedding that we cherish in our memories. We remember many times where we faced adversity that could tear apart other couples like Michael R.'s job bringing him across the world to Italy after our first six months together, but a theme in our relationship is working as a team on how to address these situations and coming out stronger together. So when Michael R.'s job brought him to Italy, Michael W. went too - figuring out visa requirements, housing situation, etc. as a couple.

We feel like our ability to solve our problems together is something that is important to share with you as we imagine this will be something we impart on to your child. We will teach your child to value working as a team, solving problems together, and expressing themselves openly without fear.

We're not sure, but you may have some apprehension about your child being with two dads. We want to assure you that we have many motherly figures in our lives who will spend a significant amount of time with your child. Michael W.'s sister and mother live very close by and we know they will provide a female perspective and guiding hand when it is needed.

At the same time, we think that being gay dads gives us a unique capability as parents. Certainly there's the fact that now there are two parents who grumble about leaving doors open or having the air conditioning on too high, but also still know how to put together a fantastic outfit for a school dance. We have also experienced what it feels like to feel lost, afraid, bullied, and out of place — being able to overcome those obstacles has given us a strong sense of empathy, compassion, bravery, and caring to share with your child.

Your child will want for nothing — they will never go hungry or homeless, they will have an incredible education, and will see the world, but the most important promise we make to you that he/she will be raised in love and will be taught how important it is to treat others with respect, dignity, and compassion. I can't promise your child won't be spoiled from time to time (we have grandparents and uncles/aunts who are chomping at the bit to do so), but we will teach him/her the value of hard work and reaching for and achieving your dreams.

You might have questions and concerns about how much you will know about your child over his/her life. We are both planning on sending you letters with plenty of pictures (we take way too many as it is of our cats, We can't imagine how many we'll take of a child!). It is important for us to keep an open line of communication with you and ensure we stay in contact — your role in this child's life is so important and we would be open to different opportunities including phone calls and possibly arranged visits as our relationship with you continues. We will respect how open or closed you are to this opportunity and will work with you to ensure your child understands the loving intentions behind your decisions either way.

Again, thank you so much for considering us for a place your child can call home. We are so excited at this opportunity and know you have much to consider, but we really hope you choose us to be the two loving, strong, caring fathers to your child.

Sending you love and light,

Michael W. & Michael R.

Favorites

Michael W.
Michael R.
Actor
Idris Elba
Chris Pratt
Actress
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Animal
Lion
Lion
Author
J.K. Rowling
CS Lewis
Book
The Little Prince
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Candy Bar
Snickers
Twix
Cartoon
Duck Tales
Naruto (Japanese animation)
Childhood Memory
Disneyland with all my Cousins
Going to Disney World with my Brother for Christmas
Childhood Toy
He-Man
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Children's Book
Shel Silverstein where the sidewalk ends
Eloise
City
Paris
Rome, Italy
Classic Movie
Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz
Color
Teal
Purple
Day of Week
Friday
Friday
Dessert
Lemon Bar
Tiramisu
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Porsche 550 Spyder
Maserati
Dream Job
Designer
Singer
Dream Vacation
African Safari
Tokyo, Japan
Family Activity
I Love Theme Parks
Game Night
Flower / Plant
Peonies
Fiddle Fig
Food
Mexican
Mexican
Form of Exercise
Spin Class
Running
Fruit
Passion Fruit
Oranges
Game
Monopoly
Trivial Pursuit
Hobby
Baking
Music- Concerts, Listening etc.
Holiday
Christmas
Halloween
Holiday Song
Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas
Joy to the World
Holiday Tradition
Decorating for Christmas
Making Lasagna with my Niece
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Butter Pecan
Junk Food
Pizza
Pizza
Leisure Activity
Spa Day
Playing Video Games
Magazine
Architectual Digest/Vogue
Game Informer
Memory with a Child
My Nieces first time riding California Screamin
Meeting my Nephew for the first time
Memory with Spouse
Shopping for our First Apartment together in Italy
Our Wedding
Movie
Devil Wears Prada
Mean Girls
Movie Munchie
Red Vines
Popcorn
Movie Quote
Florals for Spring...Groundbreaking
I don't think my father, the inventory of toaster strudel would be too happy to hear about this.
Movie Type
Rom - Com
Action/Super Hero
Musical
RENT
Wicked
Musical Group
ABBA
Little Mix
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Old Woman who lived in a shoe
Olympic Event
Figure Skating
Gymnastics - Summer Figure Skating - Winter
Personal Hero
Steve Jobs
Ellen DeGeneres
Play
Diary of Anne Frank
Othello
Poet
Maya Angelou
Shakespeare
Quality about my Spouse
His Intelligence
His selflessness
Quote
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou
We are what we perpetually do; excellence therefore is a habit not an act - Aristotle
Restaurant
Italian
In-N-Out
Sandwich
Pulled Pork
Turkey
Scripture
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. - Proverbs 3:3
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. - Galatians 6:3
Shopping Store
Target
Zara
Song
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Love at First Sight - Kylie Minogue
Sport to Play
Does Wii Tennis Count?
E-Sports (Gaming)
Sport to Watch
Soccer
Tennis
Sports Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Serena Williams
Sports Team
US Olympics Team
Yankees
Subject in School
French
Math
Superhero
Superman
Nightcrawler
Thing to Cook
Risotto
Leftover Magic
Time of Day
Dusk
Evening
Tradition
The Night of the 7 Fishes
Celebrating Pride Annually
TV Show
Scandal
Game of Thrones
TV Show Character
Olivia Pope
Daenerys Targaryen
Type of Music
Brit Pop
Dance Pop
Vacation Spot
Paris
Palm Springs
Video Game
Mario Kart
Chrono Trigger

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