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Philip & Jessica
Thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves to you. We have been blessed with one adopted child and are looking to grow our family. We have great respect and admiration for the decision you are making. We are a loving family of faith whose goal is to love, support, and enrich the life of our future child.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has affected us personally in many ways. McKenzie has been the greatest joy the both of us have ever experienced. Watching her grow up has been a blessing and the most rewarding experience of our lives. Philip has a unique connection to adoption. Philip's parents had five biological children. Following that, they decided to grow their family and adopted two children from an orphanage in Russia. This really gave Philip a perspective from an early age on the power of adoption. Philip considers them no differently than his biological siblings. We will tell your child about the adoption when the time is right. There is no specific age or time this can be done. Each child is unique, and this is one of those situations that when you know, you know. We will never be secretive about anything and look forward to someday telling your child about how loved they were that someone who loves them so much made an incredible brave decision.
Why We Chose Adoption
We originally chose adoption because our plans after getting married did not work out as envisioned. Due to health issues, the ability to get pregnant was not possible. We did not want to try all of the scientific methods that are now available. We knew there were many children out there that were in need of a good home. We considered this to be an opportunity to spread our love to a child. It was the best decision we ever made. We are now considering adoption again because we have much more love to give. We understand God's calling for us. We also want McKenzie to have a sibling to grow up with. Sometimes life does not go as planned, but we decided to not let that get us down. We made the decision to adopt and realize that this is our calling, to welcome another child into our lives.
Education We will Provide
Education is of great importance to us. We both were fortunate to go to private, faith-based schools and have continued that tradition by providing that to McKenzie. We were taught from a very young age the value of education. Our parents stressed that we could be anything we wanted but would have to work hard in the classroom. Because of the school McKenzie is in now, she knows more than we ever knew as a four-year-old. She even knows some Spanish words already! We plan to put this child in the same situation, getting an early start on the importance of a good education that will play a major part in setting them up for the future. McKenzie has excelled in all of her subjects and has formed bonds with her classmates. The school is full of wonderful people who have the best interest of the children as the number one priority.
Our Extended Families
We both come from very supportive families who are very excited that we have decided to pursue growing our family. Jessica is the oldest of her 2 siblings, Morgan and Haley. Morgan is a newlywed to Anthony and Haley and her husband Alex recently welcomed their first child, Jack. Philip is the oldest of 7 children, all within 10 years! Ellen, Sarah, Tim, Matt, Denis, and Tanya are his siblings.
We enjoy spending time with our families. Whether it is cooking out, going to dinner, or having fun pool days, just being together is what matters. Jessica's family all lives very close to us, while Philip's family is spread out along the east coast. What makes Jessica's family unique is the closeness and bond that they share and the support they provide for each other. Philip's family is unique in the fact that although they are spread out, they maintain a bond as siblings.
Our families could not be more excited about our plans to adopt. Seeing the wonderful girl McKenzie is growing to be, they know how great of a big sister she would be to your child. They have had the up close and personal experience to watch us be parents and welcome the addition of another child to the family.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our community is very supportive of families. The subdivision is filled with many children who are always out playing some sort of game in the front yard. There are many children in the neighborhood for children to become friends. In fact, McKenzie's best friend lives two houses up the street. We have a spacious home that is eager to welcome another child. With four bedrooms, 3 baths, and a large play room, there is space for toys, crafts, and individual rooms for each child. Our favorite room is the den. This is where we spend a lot of time together watching tv or reading, and it is open to the kitchen so we are always close. We have an in-ground swimming pool that we love to play in during the summer! McKenzie has turned into a little fish from all of her time in the pool. There are so many parks around and we love taking McKenzie to the Playground of Dreams, her favorite park.
From Us to You
We are Philip, Jessica, and McKenzie. We thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We understand that this is a difficult decision and support you unconditionally. Although we have not met and do not know each other, one thing that is certain is that you are brave and courageous for the selfless decision you are making. We are a committed, spiritual, and respecting married couple that considers it an honor to even be considered as parents for your child. We have been married for over seven years now and together for over 16. We have an adopted four-year-old daughter named McKenzie who has changed our life for the better.
We live in a great neighborhood surrounded by wonderful people and have a great family support system very close to us. We have strong values that include faith, family, and education. We enjoy spending time with our families and introducing McKenzie to new things. She loves swimming, going the playground, and doing her crafts. She is the sweetest little girl who would make a great big sister.
Philip is employed as a sales director in the medical field while Jessica is a respiratory therapist at a children's hospital working in the critical care units. Jessica's job gives her unique insight into how precious life is. McKenzie goes to an awesome school where she has learned so much already and has a fantastic group of friends. She is the most outgoing, sassy, and happy little girl.
We are here to support you during this journey. We do not want you to ever feel alone. Through the agency and us, you have a support system that is here for you whenever things get difficult. It cannot be said enough that the love you are showing to your child is to be respected and admired. It is an indescribable love to put your child above yourself and make a decision of this magnitude.
From Philip's experience with two adopted siblings and our last four years with McKenzie we feel that we are up for this challenge once again. Parenting is challenging, and it is up to us to get up every day and be the best parents we can be to our McKenzie and our future child.
We have been fortunate throughout our lives to be blessed in many ways. This is not something that we can take credit for. Our circumstances dictate our experiences. The important thing is to use these blessings as a force for good and love. We live our lives to spread love and help people, something instilled in us by our parents from a young age.
We are open to communicating with you going forward. Whether emails, call, or visits, we are open to exploring all means of communication should it be agreed upon by everyone. We will never shield our child from the fact that they are adopted. In fact, this should be considered a positive thing as this child is blessed to be loved by not one, but two families.
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to hear what we are all about. We understand that you have a tremendous decision to make and have a great respect for whatever you end up doing. We considered it a blessing to even be in a position to spread our love in welcoming another child into our family.
Philip & Jessica
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