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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.
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
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.
Our House and Neighborhood
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
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.
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.
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