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Will & Sloan
Thank you so much for taking a moment to get to know us. We want nothing more than to be great parents and to provide a home where your child feels safe, loved and happy. Should you choose us, you would always have a place in our family and our hearts. We hope that you will consider us.
Our Promise to You
We will always try to be good parents, but we are bound to make mistakes every once in a while. Sometimes, it's less about the mistake, and more about the recovery. And we promise to recover well. We will be strong role models. We promise to be honest, real and reliable - to walk the walk.
We will let your child know, day in and day out, that they are our first priority. It's unavoidable, life will get busy with work and other distractions. But we promise to keep our attention focused on what really matters, this beautiful child who needs love, assurance and safety as he or she learns about the world.
We will respect your child's individuality by listening, paying attention and treating him or her with respect. Who this child is will unfold over the years, and we promise to celebrate who he or she is, every step of the way. We will laugh with your child. As Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” This pretty much sums it up. We promise to learn together. We promise to parent with humility and love.
There is nothing more important to us than incorporating your child’s heritage into our everyday lives. There are so many ways we can embrace this culture, as a family. Right here in our neighborhood, we have friends from many different backgrounds who are excited to bring history and culture to children in our community. With several neighborhood events throughout the year that include children of all different backgrounds, your child will feel a sense of belonging in our community.
With your child, we will listen to music and enjoy art and food from many different cultures. We will talk with your child about why these historic figures matter to their history. And day to day, in our hometown, we will seek out local artists and authors, athletes and community leaders, who will help to reinforce this cultural pride.
As we mentioned we love to travel. We believe that it opens doors to new ways of seeing the world. When your child is old enough to remember the experience, we will travel to countries that expose all of us to ancestral places that are significant to your child and family.
How We Met
We were sweethearts in college. From the beginning we were drawn to each other's values of honesty, kindness, sense of humor and strong desire to live a full and rich life. After college we moved to different cities and took some time to grow into ourselves. After eight years apart, we traveled to Washington, D.C. to see one another. On our friend’s rooftop, looking out over the city, we talked about our respect for one another and the things that continued to draw us together. We talked about the future and we found ourselves more deeply connected than ever before.
After three months of phone calls, traveling back and forth to see one another, missing each other, we found ourselves in South Carolina celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. Late one night, when everyone else had gone to bed, Will proposed. We remember this as one of the happiest moments of our lives. We have been married for six years now and count our blessings every day that we were given a second chance to live our lives with one another.
Our Extended Families
Because we live in the Midwest and our family is in the South, we make it a priority to see each other throughout the year. Sloan has a younger brother who lives in North Carolina. While we do not have nieces and nephews, we have two lovely god-children. Both our parents live in the same town in South Carolina, making trips to see the grandparents fun and easy!
At least once a year, we take a family trip to the beach or mountains. At the beach, Sloan's mom cooks a delicious shrimp dinner. We sit around the table, peeling shrimp, telling stories and laughing. Every Christmas we travel to South Carolina to spend the holidays with family. Will's mom and dad spend days cooking gingerbread houses for everyone to decorate. On Christmas Eve, we compete for the best designed gingerbread house. We love that it brings everyone is together, filled with holiday cheer, telling jokes and taking part in a little friendly competition.
Our parents have been with us on this journey to start a family, every step of the way. They will make great grandparents - introducing your child to horses, gardening, baking, and more. They will shower your child with love and affection.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are proud to call Michigan home. We live in a beautiful neighborhood that runs alongside a city park. From our living room we can see a beautiful canopy of trees with songbirds, squirrels and neighborhood cats. We love our community because it is made up of a mix of people - young and old; families and single people; black, white and immigrant families; artists, architects, city employees and many more. In less than 10 minutes, we can walk to playgrounds, the river walk, restaurants, shops, a community elementary school and grocery store.
There is a neighborhood playground where kids go to play. Parents hang out on benches to catch up after work and children scream and laugh with each other on the swings and monkey bars. We have a neighborhood pool where children in floaties splash and soak up the summer sun.
Our house has three bedrooms, a living room and kitchen with a dining area. It also has a large basement with room for arts and crafts or woodworking. Our favorite rooms are the living room and kitchen. These rooms have floor to ceiling windows and look out on a private courtyard. In the winter we watch the snow come down and, in the summer, the courtyard turns a lush green with flowering trees and budding blossoms.
From Us to You
We want to start off by recognizing you and where you are in this moment. Whatever got you here, we imagine that it hasn't been easy. What we hope to do is paint a picture of what life could look like for your child, should you choose us. And at the very least, we want you to feel our promise, that we will do everything we can to protect and love your child, always.
We live our lives on principles of kindness and generosity, trust and dependability. Anyone you meet who knows us will say that we are two people to be counted on. As parents, we promise to put your child first, to be the people in this child's life who are always there, no matter what. We have been married for six happy years and we've built a solid foundation. With it, we promise to be stable, predictable, loving and fun parents.
Even in our own city, we love to keep things fresh. On the weekends, we visit museums, sit in the lawn at outdoor concerts, play games with friends and go to our local market. We also love staying in, cooking dinner together, watching movies and playing with our cats. We keep a healthy balance of family downtime and time out-and-about being social. At this point in our lives, most of our friends have children, anywhere from newborns to seven year olds, so almost everything that we do is child friendly. Will loves to play guitar, fix up cars and skateboard. Sloan loves to go on bike rides and plan magical vacations where we explore new places and cultures. We cannot wait to share our love of music, good food and adventure with your child.
We want you to know that we are excited to share moments with you through an open adoption. It may be that with you we choose to exchange letters and pictures throughout the year. Or we might decide with you to have phone calls or we might figure out that seeing each other is a better way to connect. More than anything, we want you to be a part of your child's life and we want to support this in any way we can. As we think about this, we know that it's likely that we will live in different states, and we are willing to travel to see you.
You come to this relationship with your own story. And we honor that. Our story is about wanting, more than anything else, to have a family and to welcome your child into our home, making our greatest wishes come true.
We plan to have a transracial family. Our friends of color have been surprised by how frank we are about race, about how we have inherited a history of cruelty, prejudice and injustice. Sometimes we don't know what to do with this. At other times, it feels clear. We listen - spending time listening to others' stories, we pay attention when people tell us that we ourselves are acting unjustly, and we change to honor others' needs. As parents of a child of color, we would do just that - listen, love, change and always strive to be better versions of ourselves.
No parent is perfect, but we promise to give your child our patience, our support and a strong set of values. This is the most important thing in our lives - to be parents. We can't wait to see the world through this child's eyes. We have a lot to learn, and we couldn't be more excited.
With love in our hearts,
Will & Sloan
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