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Chad & Jessie
We are beyond excited to be on this path again to grow our family! Adoption is such a beautiful and genuine gift, one that we are deeply grateful to be considered for. We have so much fun being parents, and our whole family is bursting with joy at the thought of getting bigger! We send you our deepest gratitude for reading our profile, and can't wait to begin this incredible journey!
Adoption in Our Lives
We have been married for 12 years and have two awesome kids - Quade, Chad's biological son, who is nearly 21, living on his own and finishing college, and Quinne, our adopted daughter, who is 7 and is blasting through 1st grade.
Jessie has been touched by adoption since an early age. Her favorite grandmother was adopted, her favorite cousin was adopted, and her first best friend (in kindergarten) was adopted. Jessie always felt that she wanted to adopt, and when it started to become clear that biological children were likely not in the cards for us, we had no hesitation in the knowledge that adoption was our path. We began the road to adoption through foster care back in 2011. During that process they were contacted by a very close friend who made the difficult and selfless choice to find parents for the child she was carrying. Looking back the pieces of this story could not have fallen together more perfectly. Jessie was there for Quinne's birth, and Chad arrived right after, just in time to feed her for the first time. The incredible awesomeness that unfolded with our daughter's adoption showed us that this is what our hearts are meant for. We feel that our family is not yet complete, and we are so excited to share our lives with another child!
Our Individual Strengths
Together we are inseparable. Together we are committed. Individually we are each strong minded, driven, and passionate about our family.
Jessie's strengths include a good sense of humor, passionate lover and mother, hard working, and she is strongly connected to the world around her. She has a smile that melts your heart and a love for animals of every size and genre. She is a pillar for her friends and community by volunteering at our daughters school on the PTO board, assisting with community groups such as Girl Scouts, and supporting her friends in time of need.
Chad's strengths include creativity, a strong work ethic, a dedicated lover and father, positive attitude, and he likes to lead by example. He believes in the core values of honesty, courage, and commitment. He loves educating our children on topics of science which include astronomy and automotive technology. Although generally a very busy person, he makes it a point to ensure he makes time for his family and friends.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in California, in a town that is close to the beach, mountains, and lots of great outdoor spots! Our community has a fantastic library, a fun downtown village complete with a waterpark right in the center, a huge new park with a splash pad, and lots of other parks. We have community family events going on constantly, from star gazing to holiday parades, a strawberry festival, a Viking festival, STEM fairs, and camps for kids. Our best friends also happen to live just down the street so we see them and their children frequently.
Our home is a cozy single family house, with 3 bedrooms, an office/bonus space, and 3 full bathrooms. We have a lovely brick fireplace as the centerpiece of our living room, and a large, bright kitchen that shares an open counter space with the living room. Jessie's favorite part of the house is the living room, as she enjoys the views out the back deck - there are dozens of very tall trees with a family of hawks who nest and live in one of the trees. When you look out the back it feels like you're in a treehouse! Our yard is also incredible, we have 1/2 acre that is fully fenced, garden spaces, chickens and ducks, a tree swing, and lots of room to play.
Our Extended Families
Jessie's mom lives close by, so we are fortunate to be able to see her frequently. We will go out to dinner, go to her house, or have her over. Sometimes we will visit her while she volunteers at a local animal learning center.
Chad's parents live in Ohio, but we keep in close contact with them via Skype every week, along with emails and Facebook. They do come to visit about once a year or so, and we have gone there as well.
We have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter. Our son is a junior in college and majoring in Business Administration/Management. Our daughter is in first grade and preparing to be an astronaut. They are both the heart of our family. We see our son at least once yearly when he has some down time. Our daughter very much loves her big brother, and the thought of having another child in our family excites the both of them tremendously.
We have a wonderful circle of very close friends that we consider family, as well. We spend lots of time with them having barbecues, watching sports together, going to games and concerts, trying new activities (for example last year a group of us did an escape room together!). We attend each other's birthdays and get togethers as well as each other's kid's events, like birthdays, graduations, etc. We have started a pretty funny tradition where, at someone's birthday get together, we all sing as loudly, awfully, and obnoxiously as possible. We always get it on video and work hard on beating the previous song. We love to laugh and find silliness whenever we can! All of our family and friends are extremely excited for us, and are all supportive in every way imaginable. They are just as happy and anxious as we are to meet our newest addition!
From Us to You
We are humbled and grateful beyond measure at the opportunity to be considered as parents for your child. Your choice to consider an adoption plan is so selfless and full of love, and we respect your decision, whether it involves us or not.
Our names are Chad and Jessie. We have a life full of love and fun, and are excited to welcome another child into it. We have been married for 12 years and have two awesome kids - Quade, Chad's biological son, who is nearly 21, living on his own and finishing college, and Quinne, our adopted daughter, who is 7 and is blasting through 1st grade. We have an incredible home that we have put much love and sweat (and maybe a few tears) into to really make our own. We share our home with a menagerie of animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and more! Our home is in an area full of diverse landscape as well as culture. We have endless choices for outdoor adventures, and we love to go out and take advantage of that! We both also enjoy participating in events with our daughter. Jessie is on the PTO at her school and volunteers with her Girl Scout troop, Chad takes her to many father/daughter activities, and we all enjoy going out for star-gazing, food, and time with friends.
Our community is bursting with a medley of cultures, and there is always something going on to learn about them. There are community centers, festivals, kid's learning times, and so much more. We would love to learn about a new and exciting culture(s) and then share and embrace that with our child(ren).
Having already been blessed by adoption we have an understanding of the array of emotions, questions, and needs that come with this unique situation. We have been open and honest with our daughter from the moment she asked the first question, and now that she knows she can ask us those questions she is comfortable to do so whenever something new pops up. She knows that we deeply love and respect her birth mom, and that she was never once considered unwanted, rather that she was loved so much that her birth mom made sure to provide more than she could give. Through our experience with our daughter and her story we have learned that honesty, even with the difficult questions, leads to such an incredible sharing of love and another type of bond between us all. She knows and is confident in who she is, and where she came from is just another part of her narrative. We believe wholeheartedly that this is key to providing a strong and solid foundation for a child in this situation, and we promise to you that we will honor you and your child with that same honesty and commitment to their story.
We are truly fortunate in our work situations, Chad works from home which allows for a lot of flexibility, and Jessie is a stay-at-home mom who works around 5 hours per week from home, as well. We often reflect on what a great position we are in where we both can see our daughter as much as possible during the day, take turns with school drop off and pick up, be home during the day with our dogs, and be available for various events/activities that may pop up during weekday hours. This will also allow both of us to really have the opportunity to bond with our new baby, and allow us to be very hands on parents which we both enjoy immensely, and truly believe is very important.
We can only imagine the feelings, questions, and emotions that you may be having, but we want to make sure you know that should you feel that we are the parents you want your child to have, we will always respect and admire your place in their (and our) life. We want to make sure that our child will grow up knowing just how loved they are from everyone, and will never doubt the beauty of their story and all involved.
Chad & Jessie
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