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Andrew & Courtney
We are grateful and excited to complete our family through adoption. We know our family has a lot of love to share and we've always known adoption would be a part of our story. Thank you for reading our profile. We hope you consider us to be your child's parents and we'd love to welcome you and your child into our family.
Why We Chose Adoption
Growing up, Courtney was introduced to the idea of adoption when her parents had close friends who adopted two children. They quickly became friends and the beauty Courtney saw in their relationship instilled a deep appreciation of adoption and an excitement to one day build her family in the same way. At the beginning of our relationship, we talked about building our family not only biologically but through adoption as well, and we are so excited to be taking this journey together as a family. We know we have a lot of love to share, and Amelia and Theo cannot wait to have another sibling to snuggle with and love on. Love makes a family and we’re looking forward to seeing our family grow.
Courtney teaches in a diverse school, with students from all different backgrounds, and the neighborhood we live in is similar. We are prepared to welcome a child of any heritage into our family and plan on ensuring that they grow up with knowledge of where they came from, and with pride in their story and what makes them who they are. We look forward to ensuring this child knows of their adoption plan from day one, and while we want to follow your lead, are hopeful to maintain an open relationship with you to be able to help him or her to better understand their story from the start! Our home is filled with toys and books, many of the books centered on adoption or characters of all different races. We look forward to sharing in all of this with another child, and using story time and play time to not only talk about diversity and adoption, but to connect and bond together as a family as well.
Our Life Priorities
Our top priorities in life are spending time together as a family and helping other people. Some days you might find us exploring the zoo, a museum, a new restaurant, or a community celebration. Other days you might find us relaxing at home-reading, having a dance party in the living room, collecting rocks outside, or watching a movie together on the couch. Andrew's favorite hobby is golfing and he enjoys teaching the kids about golf. Courtney's hobby is cooking and you can usually find Theo assisting her in the kitchen. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, our main concern is enjoying each other's company. We both have jobs that we love and we feel fortunate that our children get to watch us living our passions. As a child Courtney dreamed of being a teacher and now her dreams have come true. Courtney teaches first grade in an urban setting. She loves her students and their families. Having the summers off with Amelia and Theo is a wonderful bonus. Each summer day is spent doing something fun-going to the pool, children’s theater, library, park, or splash pad. Andrew uses some of his vacation time in the summer so we can go on family vacations as well. We cherish our summers together as a family. As a child, Andrew was always building something. Andrew works in construction management and manages the building of hospitals. His work is challenging, but he feels like it's where he's supposed to be. We go to church every Sunday as a family and we know some people in our congregation who have adopted. Our faith reminds us to find joy in life and to be grateful for everything we have. We strive to pass our values to our children.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb of Kansas City. Our community is very family-oriented. We have many parks, splash pads, nature trails, and pools close by. Our suburb has top-rated schools and also has somewhat of a small town feel. We enjoy attending festivals and celebrations in our suburb's quaint downtown area. We also love going into downtown Kansas City to try new restaurants and experience everything city life has to offer.
We live on a cul-de-sac that's perfect for riding bikes and playing outside. Our neighborhood has a good mix of retired couples and young families. We have lived in our house for nine years and know our neighbors. One of our favorite traditions is baking cookies and delivering them to our neighbors around Christmas time.
Our house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor. Then we have one bedroom, an office, a bathroom, and a playroom in our basement. We spend most of our time in our living room, which looks into the kitchen. Our kids have many toys in the living room as well as in their playroom in the basement; that way they can play close by when we're doing laundry or making dinner or they can play in their basement playroom for a change of scenery. Our home is cozy and lived-in. Reading and learning is very important to us and children's books can usually be found in almost every room of our house.
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in loving homes in rural Iowa, just twenty minutes away from each other. Our families still live where we grew up. Our family has the best of both worlds because while we live in a suburb close to a major city, Andrew's parents farm for a living. It is fun to expose our children to farm life, city life, and suburban life. Andrew has one younger brother and Courtney has one younger sister. We are both close to our younger siblings. Because we grew up in the same area, our families know each other and get a long great. Although it takes four hours by car, we still see our families often. Courtney's parents visit frequently and plan to get an apartment near us as a second home in the next year due to Courtney's dad's recent retirement. Andrew's parents and our siblings visit a few times each year and we travel to see them throughout the year as well. When we have our families over for our kids' birthday celebrations, everyone spends the night at our house. Our families enjoy going out to eat as one big group and you can find all twelve of us spending time outside together. Our kids are fortunate not only to be close to both sides of the family, they get to spend time with both sides of the family at the same time! Everyone is excited about our adoption plan and is ready to welcome this child into our family.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn more about us. Adopting this child would be an amazing blessing for our family. We promise to love your child just like we love Amelia and Theo, giving your child a safe, stable, and compassionate home. We know you have a difficult decision ahead of you and we hope that learning more about us will give you peace of mind as you consider adoption for your child.
We have been together for 15 years and have been married for 10 years. Our personalities complement each other well and we truly are best friends. Courtney is a planner and has a type-A personality. Andrew may be one of the most laid-back people you've ever met. Our relationship gives us a solid foundation for parenting. When our first child, Amelia, was born, we were surprised both by how much we could love a child and by how hard parenting can be. Leaning into one another was a great comfort and helped us get through the early days. When our son, Theo, was born, we were surprised by how much one baby could cry and how our love could multiply. Our teamwork and dedication to each other grew during that time and continues to grow to this day. We are very thankful for each other and our relationship and take pride in sharing our commitment to each other with our children.
We are always working to be our best selves and live our best lives. We are fortunate to both have jobs that we love, jobs that feel more like hobbies than work. We live in a safe community and are part of a wonderful church family, where we get to share our faith with our children. Spending time together as a family is very important to us. Watching our children grow and learn new things has been the biggest blessing. We are excited to add another member to our family.
Courtney has always felt a pull toward adoption, one that is hard to explain. As a child Courtney spent a lot of time with close family friends who adopted. At the beginning of our relationship, we talked about our dreams for the future and the possibility of adding to our family biologically and through adoption. We can't wait to see how our family grows. Our two children and extended family are excited to welcome a new baby into our family.
As parents ourselves, we truly believe in parents' intuition. Whichever path your heart is calling you toward, is most likely the correct path for you and your child. If you feel like our family would be a good fit, we would be honored to meet you and be a part of your life. When we think about adoption, we think not just about a sweet baby, but the long-term future. We promise to always honor you, both in the way we talk about you with your child and with others. We want to follow your lead on how open you want this adoption to be. If you desire, we would love to stay connected by sharing updates and pictures-through emailing, talking or texting on the phone, and even planning a to see each other again in person. Our gratitude for you and the gift you have given will always be present in our home.
Andrew & Courtney
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