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Logan & Brianna
We are a family full of love, laughter, stability, and creativity. We're incredibly appreciative that you have chosen to learn more about us! Your consideration of adoption is incredibly brave and demonstrates a significant amount of love for your baby. Our hope is that, as you learn about us, you will feel confident that we will provide a family full of unconditional love, support, happiness, and opportunities. Thank you for learning more about us!
Our Leisure Time
We have a variety of activities and hobbies we like to fill our free time with. We love to do things together as a family, even if that is just relaxing outside on the patio. Family time is incredibly important to us! Logan loves fishing, whether that is deep sea fishing out on the ocean, or taking a short walk to one of the local ponds. Since he was young he has dreamt of teaching his child how to fish. He has already begun with our goddaughter and friends' children. Logan also loves to play soccer and continues to play on a men's soccer league locally.
Brianna loves to spend time in the garden when the weather is nice! She is looking forward to bringing the child outside in the beautiful garden Logan built for her and teaching the child all about growing food and letting them experience everything that goes with growing a garden! She also loves to paint. One of the upstairs bedrooms has been converted into an art studio and indoor garden area. She has been dreaming of all the ways to share her creativity with a child and create a space for all of the child's crafts and activities they can do together! The two of us love to be healthy and active, whether that's playing outside with the dogs, working out, or cooking yummy healthy meals in the kitchen together, and we are looking forward to sharing everything with the child!
The child will be coming into a family and community that has been very active in the adoption world. With aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that have been adopted, they will be stepping into a family with no negative stigma about adoption.
We believe that being open from the beginning about parents, birth parents, and adoption is the best approach so that there is no "surprise" later on. We are completely comfortable answering questions as the child gets older and having some of those more "difficult" conversations that come with adoption. There are wonderful children's books that address adoption in a very positive light and we plan to incorporate things like this from early on so the child is always secure in their identity, their family, and how they belong. Our goal is to make the child feel proud of the fact that they are adopted, comfortable in our family, and understand that adoption was chosen out of love!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity within our family is something we are extremely familiar with. Brianna has four siblings that have been adopted from different countries (China and Ukraine). They had to learn how to navigate different languages, cultural expectations, and customs within one family.
This offered a unique opportunity to explore and learn more about each culture. It is important to integrate aspects of all cultures involved so that each person has a connection with their heritage and where they came from. This is significant in creating a personal identity and understanding where they came from.
We both feel it is important to create an environment where the child can embrace the differences in culture rather than feeling like they must fit a family mold. The child will have aunts and uncles that have gone through a similar experience and will be more than willing to talk to them about retaining important aspects of their culture after being adopted into a culturally different family.
Our Extended Families
Both of our families are local and are close enough to come by for dinner or a quick visit! Brianna has a close knit family consisting of two parents and seven younger siblings (four of which are adopted!). Brianna loves to host family dinners and prepare a home cooked meal for everyone! They love playing with the dogs, playing games, or exploring the local area restaurants, parks, and outdoor activities. Some favorite traditions include: spending summer weekends at the Michigan lake house, the annual family trip to the Florida Keys, or getting together for everyone's birthdays. Logan and the boys love to spend time fishing and playing soccer, and they are looking forward to teaching this child all about fishing and running around with a soccer ball.
Logan also has a close family with two parents and one younger brother. They love to play games, engage in fun competitions, and visit each other. Favorite traditions include visiting the lake house in Wisconsin and visiting new and fun places to eat. Logan's family looks forward to spending time at future sporting events, playing games, and especially teaching this child how to fish and do water activities (skiing or tubing). Four future grandparents and 8 future uncles/aunts cannot wait to love, play with, and continue the fun family traditions with this child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Illinois in a quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac just steps away from beautiful parks with playgrounds, soccer fields, ponds, and a baseball field. There are always children out playing together (ranging in ages 6 months to 12 years old) riding bikes, playing tag, or drawing on the sidewalks, the child would have many friends right on their own cul-de-sac! We have a four bedroom, two story home with a basement and spacious fenced in yard with apple/pear trees! The first floor of our house is open and spacious with lots of windows for natural light and a cozy fire place. This is where we spend most of our time, whether you're in the kitchen, living room, or dining room, it allows for everyone to be together!
We have a large basement which can be turned into a space for us to play with the child (Logan is already looking forward to getting mini soccer goals!). The child's bedroom will be located on the second floor right next to our bedroom, perfect for a nursery! We also have a guest room used for when friends and family stay with us and another room which has been turned into Brianna's painting studio and indoor gardening area! Since Logan often gets to work from home his office is on the first floor. We live minutes away from our goddaughter and her parents, we frequently have our friends over and their babies (future friends!) for barbecues out on our patio!
From Us to You
We are incredibly excited you are considering adoption for your child. We have been dreaming of having a family since we got married! We knew, even before we got married, that we wanted adoption to be part of building our family. When we were diagnosed with infertility, we knew adoption was the direction for us to go in. It was an easy and natural decision for us. Adoption has already been a huge part of our lives. Brianna has four siblings that have been adopted and it has given us such a positive opportunity to see the adoption process start to finish. We have dreamt of being parents and are excited and ready to begin our journey into parenthood!
We have been married for 5 incredible years. We met 10 years ago through our mutual friends at college. We actually met the very first weekend we were there! We immediately hit it off and become great friends! Eventually our friendship started to grow into something more and as soon as we started dating we knew we were perfect for each other and we never looked back. Having our friendship for three years prior to dating gave us a strong foundation that has given us an unbelievable marriage! We love doing life together and are incredibly confident that we are ready to take on the adventure of parenting together.
Our current lifestyle is perfect for starting a family. We are fortunate to have flexible careers that will allow us to navigate the new opportunities of being parents. Because of the flexibility Brianna is able to make her own schedule to be home with the child as much as she wants. Logan's schedule allows for him to often work from home. This will allow the child to always be in the loving care of family and will not have to be at a day care or with a nanny. We get to spend some mornings and afternoons together during the week which allows for fun spur of the moment family outings! We enjoy taking trips, visiting the lake house, going fishing, having summer BBQ's with family and friends, playing with the dogs, and spending time with our friends and their children.
Adoption can sometimes be confusing for the child and we believe that it is best to be open early on so that there are no surprises as the child gets older. Fortunately, there are wonderful resources and children's books that help start some of these conversations and also provide child friendly information as they grow. Having contact with you will give the child a sense of stability, knowing where they came from. As adoptive parents, it will be comforting to know we will have answers as those questions arise. We think it will be good to be fairly open with you and allow for the exchange of contact information such as email and phone numbers if you would be comfortable with that. We are excited to share letters and pictures of the child as they grow. You are sharing a beautiful gift with us and we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your choice of us as a family. Our hope is that the letters and pictures will give you peace in your decision.
Our family is full of love and, should you choose adoption, we would be honored to welcome your baby into our hearts and home. We can not wait to be parents and are completely prepared for the changes that come with growing our family. We will love, comfort, and support the child through every stage of life and give them every opportunity we can. The child will have an incredibly strong support system of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that are ready and excited to welcome them to the family and love them unconditionally. We can not express how much we appreciate you considering this brave choice and for learning more about our family. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about us or if you would like to get to know us a little better!
Logan & Brianna
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