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Dave & Danielle
We value family above all else, and are so hopeful and excited to grow our family through adoption. We appreciate you taking the time to read our story and picture the life we could offer your child. We know you are making a very brave, selfless and life changing decision. Thank you for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents.
Why We Chose Adoption
Prior to starting the journey to become parents, we were touched in many ways by adoption. We have friends who have built their families through adoption, and very close family friends who are long time foster parents. When we married, we often talked about our desire to one day grow our family through adoption. We became involved with a local foster care organization, and donated time and support to foster and adoptive children and families in our community. Dave was even named the volunteer of the year for this organization!
We immediately began trying to have children after marrying in 2011, and quickly determined we needed the help of a fertility expert. After losing our first pregnancy, and a very risky and difficult second pregnancy, we were blessed to welcome our son in 2014.
We have tried since that time to have a second child. Our greatest joy in life has been the gift of our child. He prays daily for a sibling, and we share his desire to grow our family. We have had many more fertility treatments and countless rounds of IVF - most failed and a few ended in pregnancy loss.
Given the firsthand experience we've had with adoption, we hope we will be blessed with the opportunity to grow our family in this way. We have had so much heartache that we look forward to being chosen and entrusted with the greatest gift that a birth parent could give.
We value family above all else and place high importance on spending time together.
We both work and are fortunate to have careers with flexibility that allow us to make family a priority. This has meant we have the ability to attend school events during the day, regularly have family dinner together, take vacations and long weekends away together, and to devote evenings and weekends to spending time with each other.
We enjoy having adventures together and spend most weekends engaged in family activities. When it is warm, we love spending days swimming in our pool, barbecuing, riding bikes, gardening, and playing in the yard which includes a swing set. We love kid-centric family activities including bowling, painting, playing board games, going to parks, seeing shows at the local theater, visiting farmers markets, and attending community events with other families in our neighborhood.
We are lucky to have a large, extended family in town and often include family members in our adventures. We live within a few miles of all 4 grandparents, a great grandfather, 2 of our 4 siblings and their families, many aunts/uncles/cousins - and this includes many children. We are fortunate to have dinner twice every week with our parents, grandparent, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and their children.
Family is the most important part of our life, and our family is so excited to welcome and love this child.
Education We Will Provide
Education is very important to us - both inside and outside the classroom. We have thoughtfully chosen schools for this child, and will be heavily invested in their learning outside of school.
We believe learning starts in infancy, and we will snuggle and read together daily from a very early age. We think it is important to bond and spend time together learning and exploring in our community.
We researched and chose a daycare that has an incredible program. We have watched our son flourish in it, and this child will also attend the same program. It offers a play-based curriculum and we have seen the children thrive academically and socially with teachers who truly love the kids.
We live within walking distance from top rated public schools in our state. We chose this school district because of the impressive education it offers. In addition to core subjects, students participate in Spanish, robotics, art, music, gym, and gardening/nutrition beginning in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
We are fortunate to have careers with flexibility to be involved in the classroom. We have had the opportunity to be room parents, attend class gardening times, go on field trips - and we look forward to having the same opportunities with this child.
Outside of school, we are supportive of hobbies and want to encourage this child to pursue whatever their passions are - while also traveling and exploring our community together to learn and uncover new interests.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love the family friendly Missouri community we live in. We live on a quiet street with other young families with children, and a significant amount of diversity. The home is walking distance to the elementary school and a large park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and soccer fields.
We love many things about our home. It has five large bedrooms and a lower level that we use as a children's playroom. This child's bedroom will be decorated to their preference as they get older. The large, flat yard is ideal for riding bikes, playing soccer, having snowball fights and blowing bubbles. It includes a play set, and a patio with an in-ground pool and barbecue area, and many gardens we enjoy maintaining together as a family.
We are active members in our community through the preschool and elementary school, and our religious community. We enjoy community events, farmers markets, birthday parties, and community parks and recreation with the families we've met in the area - and with the families of our many childhood friends who live nearby and have young children in our same school district.
Our Extended Families
Family is a priority for us, and we spend time with them often. We live nearby both sets of our parents , Danielle's grandfather, two of our four siblings and their families, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and their children. This child will be surrounded by and welcomed with love by a large family that cannot wait to meet him or her.
We enjoy many family traditions including weekly dinners with Dave's parents, siblings, and cousins, and Danielle's parents, grandfather and other extended family. Other traditions include family game nights (especially kid friendly games like Candy Land, and adult games like Scrabble and Monopoly Deal), sledding together in winter, swimming in our pool and barbecuing in summer, and many cousin get togethers throughout the year. There are many cousins in town ranging in age from 3 - 16 who enjoy going to parks, taking train rides, indoor rock climbing, trampoline parks, and doing puzzles and playing games together.
From Us to You
We are so grateful to have this opportunity to write to you. We know that your selfless act will be a life changing one for you. There is a quote about adoption, "the magnitude of the tragedy and the depth of the privilege are not lost on me." This is one we reflect on often as we think about your path of entering into adoption - as well as our deep gratitude to you for giving this incredible gift. We know you want the best for your child, and come into this with your own fears and desires.
As we recognize your experience with adoption is different than ours, we also hope you know what an incredible gift adoption is for us. We have struggled mightily to have and grow our family. We have gone through 7 years of fertility treatments that have included failed pregnancies, a very difficult pregnancy that blessed us with our son in 2014, and years of failed fertility treatments and IVF that no longer result in pregnancies. What we have learned on this journey is that what we desire most is to grow our family. We pray daily for the opportunity to raise another child, and we believe it is love that builds families - not blood. We have learned this through our personal journey, and it has been reinforced many times over in the experiences we've had with adoption. Adoption has blessed the lives of so many people we know and love, and through our volunteer work with the local foster and adoptive care agency. We know the minute we meet and hold this child, we will love them more than anything in this world - and will begin a lifetime together as family.
We have been friends for over a decade, and have been lovingly married since 2011. Our families were friends in previous generations, and we value dearly the close relationships we have with our immediate and extended families - and the relationships they have with each other. Given how important family is to both of us, and that we both come from large families, we have spent every moment of our life together dreaming and hoping to include children in our family. Some of our most treasured relationships are with our own siblings, and we are so excited to give this child and our son the gift of a sibling to go through life with.
When we are blessed by adoption, if you desire it, we will grow our family to include a relationship with your family - this child's birth family. We will provide letters and pictures and emails to help you share our pride in their growth and happiness - all with a goal of reinforcing the decision you've made was a positive one for this child. We know the benefits to this child, to you, and to us of a level of openness in adoption - and want to partner with you to provide these updates if that is what you desire. We hope to learn and incorporate some of your family traditions into our family. We hope that whether through pictures, letters, emails, or visits throughout the years this child will grow up understanding the decision you have so lovingly made and knowing where he or she comes from.
Thank you for considering us to be your partners on this adoption journey.
Dave & Danielle
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