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Jess & Kate
Thank you for considering our family for your child! We have been blessed to adopt two amazing children. We know the process of adoption is hard and complicated and we want you to know that we will do everything we can to support you in your journey, now and forever. Our hearts are full of joy, love and laughter and we can't wait to share that with you and your child.
Adoption in Our Lves
Adoption has — quite literally — transformed our lives. Adopting our two children was the most life changing event in our family. The moments when we first met both Edson and Lena are etched into our minds forever — it was like a bolt of joy straight from God. Being adoptive parents taught us without a doubt that you don't need biology to find deep love and family.
In addition to having two amazing children, we have also been blessed to know both of their birth mothers - two incredibly strong, loving and courageous women. When we met both amazing women, we were complete strangers but shared an instant and powerful connection that continues today. We are committed to provide as much contact and connection for our third child as we do with both Edson and Lena. We are very open to letters, videos, texts, phone calls and visits if that was something our new child's birth family was willing to do.
When we first decided to pursue adoption, we had no idea how it would expand our hearts and our minds. The privilege of parenting our two children has taught us more about true love then we could have ever imagined. We have no doubt that our family was destined to be created through adoption - it was God's plan all along.
Our whole family is very good at having fun! There is also a lot of laughing in our house. We are lucky to live in a beautiful location where we can see and play in both the ocean and the woods. We are all physically active and enjoy running, biking and kayaking. Jess played competitive soccer in high school and college and his footwork is still pretty good! We love to have adventures with our friends — and will try most anything once (including sky diving and pool volleyball). Jess is a huge sports fan who loves all Boston sports (Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and the Patriots) and both Edson and Lena love watching sports with Daddy. Jess also loves to BBQ with his two grills and a smoker. His bourbon bbq ribs are famous and take three days to make - and three minutes to eat. Kate prefers baking — especially anything with frosting and coconut. There is always something fun going on at our house — from tickle fights to dance parties. Whatever we are doing — we are doing it together. Edson is known for just coming into a room and yelling "family hug!" which means we all jump up and group hug. We love each other deeply — and we love to have fun and enjoy life.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Travel is a very important part of our family. We love to explore the country and the world whenever we can. Both our children are experienced travelers and love everything about it from the hotel pool to the airplane snacks! Our favorite vacation spot is Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard — which has been the traditional summer home to many black families since the 1920's. We discovered Oak Bluffs after our pastor talked about his summers there so we decided to rent a house and try it out. Since then, it has become our favorite summer spot (we are often the only white people there). We rent the same house every year, three houses away from the famous "Inkwell" beach. Our children love the beach and will stay there all day — even protesting when we make them come out of the water for a break. The best thing about Oak Bluffs is that everyone there is loving, friendly, supportive and generous in sharing their culture and history with our family. We know how critical it is that our children see successful black families and understand their history and culture from people that look like them. In Oak Bluffs they can do that in an atmosphere of love and history — all while swimming and playing at the video arcade (which is their favorite). After dinner we walk along the main streets and ride on the famous Flying Horses carousel. At night everyone falls asleep early exhausted and happy.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the beautiful state of Maine — minutes from the ocean. Our house is our pride and joy —located right near the neighborhood elementary school. We have a huge back yard and deck that backs up against community walking trails and woods. Edson walks to school every day with other kids from our neighborhood. There is no crime here — lots of beautiful trees and privacy. Our home is big and open with lots of rooms for people to play. We usually spend a lot of time in our open kitchen/living room. At night we hang out in our family room/playroom to read books, play or watch movies. We have a finished basement that the kids use to play and have friends over — there is lots of space for everyone to have their own room but also be together. Our house is full of huge windows that let in lots of natural light and give us great views of the surrounding woods. Our neighborhood is close knit with little traffic which means everyone can ride bikes and scooters and play basketball outside without worrying about traffic or strangers. We love our city — it has great kids activities, a huge library, community pools, theatres and beaches. We spend a lot of time outside, hiking, playing, skiing and just playing games with each other. We are very involved with our local adoption group and our kids have many black and brown friends who are adopted by white parents. That gives our kids a wonderful community of people just like them which we know is critical for them to grow and develop into strong and proud human beings.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed with a very close knit extended family — most of whom live close to us. Edson's grandmothers live near by and take care of Lena on Wednesdays and Thursdays (Edson is in school now!). They have always taken a very active role in their lives — moving close to us and actively participating in everything from school to extracurricular activities like soccer, swimming and volunteering at school. One of the things we are most proud of is how close both our children are to our families — they treasure all of our extended family and love spending time with them.
Our family has always been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about adoption. They have educated themselves about adoption and race issues and made both our children the center of their lives. Everyone is thrilled about the opportunity to welcome another baby into the family!
From Us to You
As you begin the process of choosing a family for your child, please know we admire your courage and wish you only the very best in your adoption journey. We are grateful you have taken the time to consider our family and hope this profile gives you a good sense of who we are - a joyful and loving couple who absolutely adore being parents. We are beyond excited at the opportunity to add another child to our family.
We have been proudly married over 15 years - and are still the joyful and loving couple who met almost 18 years ago. We love to laugh and spend time together. Our family is our absolute first priority - everything we do revolves around spending time together and putting our children first.
We are blessed with a close family who live close by and who are thrilled and excited at the possibility of having a third grandchild.
We love to have adventures as a family - whether its traveling the world, learning Spanish (which Edson already speaks!), dance parties at home, BBQ contest or family movie night. Our family is our whole world and we want our children to always be surrounded by deep love and happiness.
We absolutely adore being parents. Adopting Edson and Lena has brought us the deepest and most profound joy. We have always wanted to adopt a third child - knowing in our hearts we were always meant to be a family of five. Edson loves being a big brother and talks all the time about when his new baby will be coming home and what he will do ("I will keep them safe and teach them to play Pokemon"). Lean adores babies and argues with Edson about who will be in charge of the new baby. We are so happy and blessed as a family - but there is a hole - a feeling that something is missing. As Edson says, "God will send me a brother or sister," and we can only pray that it is true! We have so much love to share with a new baby - and can't wait to spoil them with that love. We understand the sacrifices which are required in adoption and we pledge to you that your child will be deeply loved, supported and surrounded by joy.
Adoption has always been an easy and natural fit for us. We are surrounded by lots of other adopted families - of all races and ethnic backgrounds. We are lucky to have many friends who have adopted and are always there to offer encouragement and advice. Our families instilled in us a very strong sense of justice, fairness, kindness and love. We believe strongly in the importance of education - and making sure our children have absolutely every opportunity to pursue whatever dreams they can imagine. Our goal as parents is to help our child discover their passions and talents and help them to take advantage of every opportunity they can. We don't have a preconceived notion of what our children should want to do or be - we hope to create an atmosphere of love and respect where our children can blossom and be happy. That means encouraging them at every opportunity but respecting their individual personalities and abilities.
We hope to have as open a relationship with our child's birth families as possible - and would love the option of visits if that feels appropriate to you. We firmly believe birth families deserve our deepest respect and we teach our children that their First Families are a beloved part of our family. We can't thank you enough for taking the time to consider our family - we would feel honored and beyond blessed to parent your child. We know if our hearts that we are meant to be a loud, fabulous, loving and committed family of five!
Jess & Kate