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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's parents had close friends who adopted two children. Courtney spent a lot of time playing with them and isn't sure if that's where her desire to adopt came from, but she has wanted to adopt ever since she can remember. It feels like an invisible pull or a calling. When we first started dating and talked about the future, Courtney told Andrew she was planning on adopting and having biological children in her family — we are now so excited to be taking this step together. We know we have a lot of love to share, both with your child and with you. Our children, Amelia and Theo, are excited about adding a new member to our family. Love makes a family and we're excited to see how our family grows.
We are committed to being a transracial family and have read quite a bit about the subject. We know it will be important to surround this child with their heritage. We have children's books and toys in our home that reflect different races and cultures. Our community is fairly diverse culturally and we plan on finding an adoption group that reflects this child's heritage. We want to follow your lead in how open our adoption will be, but we know that a good relationship with you can help this child understand where they came from and their culture. Since Courtney teaches in a racially diverse school, she understands first-hand the value in meeting people of all different races and backgrounds. We look forward to learning more about different cultures and will do everything in our power to make sure this child feels proud of their culture and included in our family.
Our Life Priorities
Our top priorities in life are spending time together as a family, helping other people, and serving God. 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 school that is low socioeconomic. Although it is a 30-minute commute each day, Courtney enjoys working with an underprivileged population and values her work. 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 relationship with God is very important to us and we strive to pass our values to our children.
How We Met
We met when we were twelve. Andrew's grandma was Courtney's sixth grade teacher. During the summer before seventh grade, Andrew was out to eat with his brother and grandparents and Courtney was at the same restaurant with her family. Andrew's grandma introduced us and told us we'd be in junior high together the following year. Although we attended the same junior high, we didn't get to know each other until high school. Once we were in high school we joined the same business club and became close friends. We began dating at the end of our junior year of high school when we went to prom together. We decided to go to different colleges close by each other because Andrew picked a college that specialized in Construction Engineering and Courtney picked a college that specialized in Elementary Education. Throughout college, we saw each other on the weekends and knew we would marry as soon as we had our degrees. We have been together for 15 years, been married for 10, and we are best friends. We feel fortunate to have known each other for such a long time and feel that we have a good foundation which helps us be the best parents we can be. We try to never take each other for granted and spend every day showing each other how much we care.
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. While we don't know your situation, your willingness to carefully consider the best plan for your child's future shows us your fierce and unconditional love for your child. We admire you more than you'll ever know and we want to be a blessing in your life. 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.
Our adoption path is unique. Although we already have two children, we know that we have a lot of love to share and are looking to adoption to complete our family. Courtney has always felt a call to adopt, one that is hard to explain. As a child, Courtney spent a lot of time with close family friends who adopted. She can't remember a time when she wasn't interested in adopting and guesses her family friends played a role in that desire. When we were 17, we talked about our dreams for our futures. Courtney told Andrew about her dreams to be an elementary teacher and to have biological and adopted children. Andrew hadn't really thought about adoption before, but in the 15 years since that conversation, Andrew has realized that our family is being called to adopt. 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. Trust in yourself and know that we trust you and admire you as well. 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. We promise to send letters and pictures and we are also open to exchanging emails, phone calls, and possibly visits. Our gratitude for you and the gift you have given will always be present in our home.
Andrew & Courtney
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