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Travis & Jen
We are incredibly grateful that you are taking the time to consider us as an adoptive family! Although we haven't met you yet, we are praying for you constantly. We know that you must be incredibly strong to be considering adoption and would be honored to walk this path with you. Given the opportunity, we promise to provide your child with an abundance of love and affection.
Adoption in Our Lives
When Jen was 9 years old, her parents adopted her brother, Dan. Dan came into the family through an open adoption and Jen was thrilled to gain both a brother and his birth family. Over the years, we’ve been lucky to grow in our relationship with Dan’s birth family. In fact, his birth grandparents and birth mom attended several important life events, like birthdays and high school graduation parties. These positive experiences have helped shape our belief in the beauty of adoption and the good that can come from communication between adoptive and birth families.
Then, in 2016, we were given the opportunity to adopt our beautiful son, Isaac. As we proceeded through the adoption process, we knew that we would absolutely love our child; and holding Isaac for the first time was one of the most beautiful moments of our lives. Even though we thought we understood adoption before Isaac’s birth; what we didn’t fully understand was how deeply we would love his birth family as well as him. There is no doubt that there is pain associated with adoption, but there can also be no doubt that the love within the adoption triad is absolutely astonishing. We have been absolutely amazed by the beauty that adoption has brought to our lives.
Our Dog, Charlie
We have a wonderful four-year-old golden retriever named Charlie. He is playful and energetic and brings a lot of joy and laughter to our home. We enjoy taking Charlie camping and for long walks around town. Our son Isaac adores Charlie. In particular he loves throwing a tennis ball for Charlie to chase! Charlie is very sweet with Isaac and absolutely loves playing with him and giving him kisses.
We both enjoyed growing up with pets. We felt like our dogs taught us a lot about responsibility and also about finding joy in the everyday. We are looking forward to watching our children and Charlie growing and playing together! We’re sure that they’ll all be great friends!
Helping our children to develop positive racial identities is a top priority for us. We will make sure that our children are surrounded by strong role models of people who look like them. We have good friends that are Latino/a, African American, and Native American and we’ve already asked them to play a special role in our children's lives. Further, we will make sure that our children’s cultures are represented in the books we read, the church we attend, and our family traditions. We’d love to include a special family tradition of his or her birth family as well!
Our Extended Families
We recently moved back to our hometown so that we would be able to raise our children with their extended families. All of our parents and Jen’s brother live within a twenty-minute drive of us. We feel really blessed to live so close, as Isaac loves spending time with his extended family and we do too! Since both of our families live in the same town we are able to spend holidays with both families, which is really fun. Jen’s family throws an annual Christmas Eve party and Travis’s family comes with their famous Christmas baklava.
We often travel with our extended families. For the past two years Travis’s mom, nephews, and sister-in-law have met us in Orlando to visit his grandma and go to Disney World together. We also usually travel with Jen’s parents each summer, last year we went to visit the Great Lakes and the year before we went to Costa Rica together. In addition, Jen’s parents have a condo in a college town a few hours away, so our extended family often spends weekends together at the condo going to college sporting events, arts festivals, or just enjoying the town.
Our entire family is head-over-heels in love with our son Isaac and they are all super excited to meet the next member of the family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the small tight-knit community that we both grew up in. We love the connections that we have in town and we especially love that when we are grocery shopping or going out to dinner, we are sure to run into friends. The town is very family oriented and hosts several fun events that Isaac loves, including a Downtown Christmas Walk where the downtown stores all decorate their storefronts, give out treats, and welcome Santa to town via a winter parade. Our local family fun center also hosts an annual In-And-Underwater Easter Egg hunt that our Goddaughters love participating in.
Another thing that we love is the natural beauty of the town. We live just a few minutes from a beautiful reservoir that is popular for boating, swimming, and a sandy beach for playing. Kayaking down our local river during the summer with a stop at a local riverfront restaurant for ice cream is another favorite that we can’t wait to share with your child.
Our home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of our favorite parts of house is the third-floor family room. We love it because it feels like a family hideaway where we can reconnect and enjoy our time together.
From Us to You
We are so grateful that you are taking the time to read this letter and to get to know us a little better. Words just seem so insufficient to communicate the overwhelming gratitude and love that we feel to the strangers that will help us build our family. Although we don’t know your circumstances, we do know that you are incredibly strong, loving, and courageous to be considering an adoption plan for your baby.
Should you choose us to parent your child, we promise to speak of you openly, honestly, and with admiration often. We are committed to phone calls, photos, emails, and visits with you as your baby grows. We will absolutely respect your level of comfort with openness in the adoption plan, but are hopeful that we’ll be able to build the relationship between you, your child, and us. Jen’s younger brother was brought into her family via an open adoption and the relationship between Jen’s family and her brother’s birth family has been a source of love, strength, and laughter for everyone lucky enough to be involved.
We have known each other for nine years and have been married for seven. At the heart of our relationship, we are really great friends who happened to have a sweet romance. Isaac came into our lives two years ago through adoption and we feel very lucky to have found one another. We absolutely love being parents. Watching Isaac laugh and learn and play are our very favorite things in the whole world.
We spend a lot of our family time watching live sports, entertaining friends, and taking our dog, Charlie, for long walks around town. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to travel around and outside of the United States. Travis spent two years in England studying and finishing his master’s degree and Jen has spent time volunteering in Italy, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. We have learned a lot about the world in our adventures and we look forward to seeing even more of the world with our children.
Travis is a special education teacher and Jen is an assistant professor of education. One of the great things about our jobs is the flexibility that they allow. Although Jen needs to be on campus to teach and attend meetings, the majority of her work can be done anywhere. This flexibility will allow Jen to be involved in all of the activities that Isaac and this child want to participate in. In addition, we both have summer and winter holidays off together which allows us to spend more time together as a family.
We were incredibly excited to become parents and now we cannot wait to welcome a new child into our lives. Should you choose us to be the parents of your baby, we promise to make your child the center of our world. Your baby will be showered with love from a large support system of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We will provide a home filled with love, admiration, support, and fun and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your child grows up with as many opportunities as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a bit better. We admire your strength as you lovingly consider making an adoption plan. We’re praying for your comfort and peace in the days and months ahead.
With love and admiration,
Travis & Jen
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