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Jesse & Katie
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We are so incredibly thankful for adoption in our lives. We love being parents and cannot wait to share our love, laughter, and adventures with another child. It is an honor to be considered as you make such an important decision.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our daughter Remi is two years old and has been our greatest blessing in life. She has a wonderful birth family who have so graciously entrusted us to be her parents. We have an open adoption and have been lucky enough to meet with them several times over past two years. While Remi is still very young, we talk openly about her adoption and regularly incorporate her adoption story into her everyday life. She is outgoing, friendly, loving, and incredibly smart. She loves feeding and taking care of all the babies at the park and in her music class. Her favorite thing to do is try and get them to hold hands with her. We are so excited for her to have a sibling, and cannot wait for the bond that they will build together. Adoption has made us parents and helped us to create a family.
We love all kinds of adventures. Anytime we have a free weekend, our family can be found hiking, skiing, biking, or running our way to a good time.
Since we have lived in several places, we have special friends all around the world. Among our travels this year, we were able to visit our daughter's birth family in Kansas. Remi had a blast with her siblings and birth parents.
We travel as often as possible, something that our family can't wait to share with our new addition. Some of our favorite activities are skiing and lounging on the beach. Not only do these activities give us a chance to get out of the city, but it also provides us an opportunity to travel to different countries to enjoy other cultures.
One specific memory that stands out is when we took a family trip to the Bay Area this past summer. We enjoyed spending time in San Francisco and then road tripping down to Monterey and Big Sur. Seeing Remi on the beach with her friends made us so excited to add another little one to make even more memories.
We have always believed that diversity is what makes life special. Now, as parents of a transracial daughter, we are only strengthened in that conviction. Diversity in race, gender, or religion, are not only part of life, but are things that should be celebrated. In our home, we display artwork from all around the world, play music from many cultural backgrounds, and read books from all types of authors. We also make it a point to travel to other countries to better understand different cultures. Nothing makes us happier then immersing our family in other cultures when traveling abroad, something we can't wait to share with our next child. Our daughter is involved in several activities where she interacts with children and adults from different races, backgrounds, and birth countries. We make it a point to incorporate culture into our daughter's day-to-day life, and will do the same with our next child. We do this by attending cultural celebrations, visiting museums focused on history, and spending time with diverse community leaders. We hope that doing this will ensure our daughter and future child will be excited about what makes us all unique, and learn to celebrate the differences not only in themselves but in others as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are beyond lucky to call Chicago our home. This beautifully diverse and vibrant city provides us with so much to do and experience. Every weekend there is another festival that gives us the opportunity to meet new people and experience other cultures including the Christkindlmarket, the African Festival of Arts, Puerto Rican Day Fest, and Lollapalooza just to name a few. In addition to these festivals, Chicago has so many great museums, restaurants, and public spaces that we take advantage of all year long. Our favorite place to go when its cold is the children's museum. They always have something special going on like the Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit every January or Team and Family Flags every November. We love these events because they help children identify with others while also celebrating our differences.
We live in an active area of the city that is very family friendly. We enjoy taking our daughter to nearby parks, music classes, swim lessons, and ballet classes all within walking distance. Our neighborhood is near Wrigley Field where we like to go root on the Cubs, and a short bus or train ride to watch the Chicago Bulls or Bears games! Our home has an open floor plan and a great outdoor space that gives us plenty of room to play. Needless to say, we are never lacking for things to do or places to go to enjoy the city with our family.
Our Extended Families
Both of our families live primarily in Nebraska. Jesse's family is loving and unique in all the best ways. His mother and late father raised Jesse to be tolerate and understanding to everyone he meets. His mother and her partner are the most amazing grandparents to our daughter. Jesse also has an older bother who can make anyone laugh. Everyone in Jesse's family is excited to meet and spoil our new little one. Jesse's family traditions include: fire pit conversations, breakfast at diners, and crispy noodles at every holiday meal.
Katie's family is friendly, generous, and could not be more outgoing. Her parents are the type of people who would do anything for anyone. Katie is the middle child of two brothers, both married. Her brothers and their wives are adventurous and love the outdoors. Together we have three nephews and two nieces that love our daughter to pieces and cannot wait to meet their new cousin. Katie's family gives us more support than we could ever ask for and we are looking forward to introducing them to our next family member. Katie's family traditions include: nerf gun fights, bowling or movies on Christmas day, and family vacations.
We also have some amazing friends that are more like family. Our close-knit group of friends fill our days with and special occasions with love, laughs, and support. We make it a point to meet up with them twice a year, normally in Florida and Colorado. They are thrilled with our decision to adopt a second child.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and view our profile. We hope they have given you a glimpse into our lives, and convey to you how honored we would be to give your child a loving and supportive home. We understand that this a difficult and selfless decision, and we are appreciative that you are considering giving us such a precious gift.
We have always felt that adoption was the right way for us to grow our family. Our love for children and desire to choose a path in life that produces the greatest amount of good reassures us that our decision to once again grow our family through adoption will lead to more life blessings. Life is often all about timing and we are confident that now is the right time for us to add to our family. We believe that raising a child should be the most important aspect of a parent's life and we are more than ready to fully and completely devote ourselves to providing your child with everything life has to offer.
In June, we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, we met over 18 years ago while on the high school track team. From high school, to college, to moves, career changes, and becoming parents we have remained each others biggest supporter and best friend. Both of us share an enthusiasm for learning, exploring, and spending time with loved ones. We are passionate about making the world better for future generations and have devoted our education and careers to that cause. We feel very fortunate to have found each other at such a young age and have built a strong relationship based on trust, honesty, and love for one another. We have a very happy committed home and feel that we have so much more love to share.
If you choose us to be your child's adoptive parents, we would be open to has much contact as you would be comfortable with. If desired, were would love to send you pictures of your child, and updates about progress and big life events. Since this adoption will be celebrated and a part of your child's life, we hope to be able to share special milestones with you as you desire. We are open to contact through calls, texts, and visits if that is something you feel you would enjoy. No matter your decision on the amount of contact you would be comfortable with, it is our promise that your child will know that the reason their adoption took place is because you loved them so much and wanted the very best for them.
We are very open and accepting people, our home is a home of love and understanding. It would be pleasure to speak with you about the things you are looking for in adoptive family. Your child would be the center of our would and nothing could ever change that. No matter your decision, we wish you the very best of luck in life and you will forever be in our thoughts. If you have any questions, or would like to talk, we would love to get to know you and give you the opportunity to meet us.
Jesse & Katie
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