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Mike & Doug
We have both dreamed about being parents most of our lives, and feel that we have so much unconditional love and compassion to share with a child. Thank you for spending the time to review our profile, and hopefully, you will consider us to be prospective parents.
Cultural diversity is not only important to us, it's also welcomed! In anticipation of adopting a child that is of a different race we have thought of numerous ways to diversity our surroundings so that the child's birth culture is represented into our routine family life. Some of what we plan to include are art, books, and movies that show the value of diversity, going to markets, restaurants, and cultural events, having caretakers that are the same race as the child, and identifying role models to help the child have a strong sense of self and racial identity.
We also plan to be as honest as possible about the adoption process with the child. Adoption is a beautiful thing and such a blessing but is also a very strenuous process. While it can be tough at times, we know it will ultimately be worth it. To talk to them this journey, we plan to provide them a journal we are keeping throughout of the adoption process, so they understand what we did to adopt them. We also plan to have information regarding the birth mom, as we think is important to the adoption process.
Our Leisure Time
We love to spend time with family and friends. One of our favorite things to do is to get together with a few friends, make dinner, and play board games. There is always good conversation, lots of laughs, and great food and drinks.
Also, we love to spend time with our Labradoodle and take him to the park and for walks. This is also a good time for Mike to get outside and fulfill his passion for photography.
Outside of these things, we love going to movies, trying new restaurants, traveling, reading, and watching sports. While Mike isn't an avid sports follower, he is always supportive of Doug's passion for supporting the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Our Most Memorable Moment
We both love to travel a ton, and so we finally thought that a trip to Alaska was needed. We decided that it would be fun to go with two other couples. We planned out the trip, which included a cruise that would take us to a variety of locations within Alaska. We planned tons of excursions that included whale watching, kayaking, and hiking. Every experience was incredible, but one topped all of them. We decided to get a private guided 8-mile hike to an ice cave. The walk was tough, but when we got to it, it was one of the most breathtaking things to see. We both had never seen brighter blues and or more unique sight in our life. We decided to walk into the ice cave, where we both wanted to get a photo, and right before the picture could be taken, Mike got on one knee and proposed to me. The ice cave has now melted away, but we will never forget that trip, nor that hike.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently moved into a new neighborhood that is full of wonderful families ranging from parents who have newborns to high school-aged kids. There are a variety of cultural backgrounds within the area that include a broad range of races and religions, which we love! Also, there are a couple of other interracial families within the neighborhood, and we have become close to them.
Our home is a beautiful three-story home with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. We designed the house ourselves and added touches to it that we knew would be beneficial for having a family in the future. The 3rd floor has three bedrooms, which includes our master bedroom and two additional bedrooms for future children. The bottom floor, which used to serve as an open area was recently remodeled into a fourth bedroom, that serves as a guest room.
The neighborhood has tons of sidewalks and trails and has a separate playground for the community. Also, the bus system for students' pick-up/drop-off spot is located at the end of the street, which makes it very easy and safe for students to travel to school. The neighborhood also hosts holiday and random events that allows neighbors to get together and hang out.
Our Extended Families
Time with our extended family is some of our most treasured moments. We have family on both sides that adore us, with one family making us the godparents for their two children. Typically we see family about 7-8 times a year, and this usually includes Holidays (i.e., Thanksgiving and Christmas). We travel quite a bit to visit extended family in Williamsburg (VA), Orlando (FL), and Miami (FL). Whenever the family is together, we play a variety of games, enjoy meals together, and usually try to plan fun nights of movies or bowling. Both sides of the family are incredibly close and are in contact constantly via Facetime, group text messages, phone calls, or in-person visits.
During the holidays, we typically try to split up the time between Tampa and Miami, where both families are from. What makes our family unique is that both sides have traditions: Mike's side is Cuban and Christmas Eve (i.e., Noche Buena) is very important. Typically lots of extended family and friends get together, with lots of great food which always includes black beans and rice. Doug's side is British-American and so their traditions lie more on Christmas Day, with Christmas poppers, a large turkey and ham, and tons of family around.
Often, we combine holidays with both sides of the family and share each other's traditions.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile. We are excited about the possibility of becoming parents to your child, and we also understand this must be a very difficult time and process for you. While we have not yet met we admire your bravery in considering adoption for your child.
Even before we were married in 2015, we talked about expanding our family through adoption. Having children is something we have always wanted and felt was missing to complete our family. Our dream has been to have a child that we can love, support, and provide opportunities for. So, for us, adoption is the next step for growing our family.
The child we adopt will have a big, loving family with 2 sets of grandparents, lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are godparents of two sets of children and have three nieces and nephews in our lives. Many of our close friends also have young children. Our family gets together numerous times a year for long weekends and holidays. This shared time is so much fun for all of us, playing games, sharing meals, talking, and going for walks. We are fortunate enough to have great relationships with our families who also eager to welcome a new member into our family.
We live in a very spacious, new townhome in a quiet residential community with our wonderful 4-year-old dog, named Arthur. Arthur is very friendly, loves playing catch, and is excellent with children.
Some of our favorite things to do together is spend time with friends, cook, watch movies, hike and exercise. Doug's favorite hobby is running and reading. Michael loves photographing people and landscapes. We also both really love to travel. We have traveled to over 13 countries together and have family homes in Miami, Tampa, Virginia and New York that we visit many times a year. Because traveling is something we both enjoy, we are excited about taking trips and explore different parts of the world with our child. We believe that traveling teaches courage, adventure and tolerance and opens your eyes to the world.
We are extremely committed to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for any child we welcome into our family. We are open to adopting a child of any race and either sex. Our families and friends are also aware of our openness to adopting a child from another race and are fully supportive. We have prepared for adopting a child of another race by having read about adoption and speaking with families that have adopted a child from other races and/or cultures. Doug's side of the family is British-American and Michael's side is Cuban-American. The neighborhood we live in is diverse, as is our group of friends, so the child will have exposure to a variety of people and role models of varying races and cultures.
We have a confided relationship together and stable job security so this is the right time for us to move ahead with the adoption process. Our jobs provide financial stability and flexibility in our schedules to put the child first. We plan to take time off from work for the first few months to be able to provide the attention that is necessary for the child we have long-awaited.
Your wishes for your baby are important to us. We understand that this may be a complicated process, but we are committed to putting the child's needs first. Our intent is to have ongoing communication with you and provide you with updates about the child on a regular basis and over the years through emails, pictures, and letters. We are also open to having a healthy and respectful relationship with you, and figuring out what would work best for all of us in the future, including future visits. We are committed to providing the child with a home that is filled with love and security. You will never be forgotten for giving us a gift no one else can.
We thank you for considering us potential adoptive parents to your child!
Mike & Doug
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