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Paul & Jessica
We have prayerfully considered adoption and eagerly wait to begin the journey with you. We consider adoption a beautiful way to grow our family, and in having several cousins who have been adopted, we hope to continue the tradition! We look forward to learning the dreams you have for this child. The love this child will receive from all of us will be truly amazing!
Our Life Priorities
Our life priorities are an extension of our faith in Jesus and define how we interact in our community. We have volunteered in different capacities such as helping with Sunday school, the youth group, tent cities, shelters, and being foster care parents. We look forward to raising our child in the church and finding ways to serve with our child.
We are excited for our child to grow up with children from diverse backgrounds at church, school, and in our neighborhood. It is important to us that our child develops a sense of pride in their heritage. It is a priority that we support our child in finding their voice. It’s crucial that our child has heroes, mentors, and friends that share their heritage, culture, and race.
Family time is important to us. During the week, our family rituals include; having dinner together, playing board games, going to the park, reading, praying, singing together, and talking about our days. We look forward to including our child in these routines! Both being educators, we are excited to walk alongside our child and see them accomplish their professional and personal goals. We know God has great plans for this child and we are thrilled to see what’s in store!
Our Religious Beliefs
It is important for us to raise a child in the Lord. Growing up, we were both taught Christian principals in church, school, and in the home. Holidays like Christmas and Easter were significant for us as children and we look forward to sharing these celebrations with our child. We look forward to serving with Sunday School and encouraging our child to engage with various church activities as they get older. Going to church weekly is important to us because we want to build close friendships that extend into other parts of our lives. This means helping our friends with babysitting, eating dinner with our neighbors, going to Bible study, playing games, and praying for each other.
Our church is diverse, welcoming, and the most nurturing place for our child. Here, our child will have models of Christ that share in their culture, heritage, and race. Our church shares our desire to have leaders that represent our diverse community; for instance, our three main pastors are African American, Kenyan, and Korean. We have mixed families and transracial families at our church that will make our child feel included and understood. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for our family and how Jesus will shape us for his glory!
Adoption in Our Lives
Paul recalls the moment he was introduced to his cousin for the first time, the smiles, the wide eyes, and the atmosphere of joy. Paul has had the privilege of being a part of many of these joyous occasions for several adopted family members. He has six cousins who have joined the family this way, making adoption a family value for us and our extended family. Jessica’s extended family has fostered children, giving Jessica the privilege of growing up with her aunt who was fostered and making fond memories together. It was a blessing to realize early on in our dating relationship that we were both excited about adoption and fostering. The importance of adoption for our family was never been clearer than when we fostered two beautiful baby girls. Our family did not hesitate to shower unconditional love on these little ones. They are just as excited as we are to welcome this child into the family!
Our Extended Families
We are looking forward to introducing this child to our family! Though Jessica is an only child, she has close cousins and other family close by whom we like to visit for dinner. Often, we play games and take walks with her family at the park. Paul admires Jessica’s family for how fun and committed they are to each other. They live relatively close, go to church together, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, and help with house projects and babysitting. Paul has family further away that we are able to visit about once a month. He has one sister and a nephew who we enjoy spending time with whenever possible. We love visiting his family over a weekend, playing with our nephew, cooking, playing games, hiking, and walking along the beach. Jessica admires how kind and servant-hearted his family is. They spend a lot of time helping at their church and in their community.
We celebrate holidays with our family such as Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. In the future, we look forward to hosting our family and neighbors for Juneteenth and adding traditions for Black History Month. Our family is unique because we have various family members who have adopted or fostered. We feel confident in our family’s ability to receive our child with unconditional love! When we fostered two children, our family was supportive and just as committed to them as if they were our own. How much more so, when our forever child arrives!
Our House and Neighborhood
Our diverse neighborhood is the perfect place for our child to grow up! We imagine our child joining the neighbors for basketball, sharing meals, and going on outings together. We look forward to joining neighbors for Juneteenth barbecues, graduation parties, and seeing kids off to college.
We are anticipating fun family days at the zoo, science center, and children's museum to develop a love for exploration. Furthermore, we enjoy the arts, so nurturing an appreciation of music, fine arts, and dance is important to us. We love hiking in the summer and look forward to exploring our local forests and mountains with our family. We also imagine having fun in our downtown area at the local arcade, library, and the farmer's market.
Our home is just right for family growth with three bedrooms and a nice open living room space for sharing time together. We have a baby room ready with everything from cribs to diaper station, toys for the first years, and a library collection with books that will empower our child to take pride in their heritage. We are excited to build new memories in the living room with family and neighbors over games, meals, and laughter. We have amazing parks in the area with public swimming, playgrounds, trails for hiking, gardens and wildlife!
From Us to You
We are so excited to be on this journey with you. We have prayerfully considered this path, as we imagine you have as well. There are many things to consider when choosing a family to partner with and we are continuing to pray for God’s discernment as you begin this process.
We have been married for nine years and firmly build our relationship in the Lord. It is important to us that our relationship is grounded in Christian principles, so we are equipped to best love, nurture, and enjoy parenting this child. It is important to us that we share responsibilities in raising this child to provide the most nurturing upbringing we can. We feel that we work well as a team, honoring each other’s strengths and supporting each other through the challenges that naturally come with raising a family. Our experience caring for two infants as foster parents has prepared us for this next step as well. It was helpful to see how these babies were easily accepted as members of the family and how no one held back that unconditional love! We can’t imagine how much more our family will adore this child!
We are anticipating mornings together on the weekends where we can play board games and enjoy special breakfasts together. We are excited about themed meals where we can explore food from around the world. We love to travel, so learning about the world together is something we love to do and are excited to do with this child. We look forward to introducing this child to hobbies we enjoy like hiking, climbing, soccer, basketball, dance, writing, reading, music and art. We also look forward to being surprised with the interests this child brings to our family!
We are appreciative of the steps towards a more open relationship with you to further enrich this child’s birth story and legacy. We welcome you in sharing your dreams for this child and are open to sharing special moments through pictures, letters, phone calls, texts and other communications that connect this child to you! We respect your invaluable input as birth mom and look forward to dreaming alongside you. Your dreams will be a significant part of this child’s legacy!
Sharing the birth story with this child from the beginning and throughout their life is something we have put a lot of thought into. It’s important that this child is connected to their birth story and we plan on creating a photo album with pictures to tell their story. As educators, we want to share the birth story in ways that this child will be developmentally able to understand, and look forward to sharing more as they get older. We have picture books that explore adoption and will be helpful in discussing this topic.
We feel equipped to parent this child because of the support we have from family and friends, our unique skills as educators, and our intentional choices to live, work, and attend church in diverse areas where this child will benefit from strong role models of color. It is important to us that this child have relationships with people who share in this legacy whether it be other children who have been adopted, other transracial families, and teachers, physicians, and pastors of color who will share in the high beliefs we have for this child.
We continue to pray for you and this child. May the Lord bless you on this journey!
Paul & Jessica
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