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Brandon & Josh
We have a tremendous amount of love, support, fun and care that we cannot wait to share with a child. We know that life is a blessing and we appreciate every day. We love to spend our time learning, traveling the world, and gathering with family and friends at our lake house. And we cannot wait to share those experiences with a child.
Our Leisure Time
In his free time, Josh likes to garden, train for and run marathons, and plan trips around the world. Brandon sings in a local chorus, acts at a community theater, and cooks all sorts of fun meals. Together we both like to sit out on the dock, do projects around the house, and travel. We also like to go see live music and other performances around town. We love to go listen to the local bands who play at an amphitheater in our town, and the big stars that perform at the stadiums in downtown Columbia. We try to take at least two trips a year, one to a new place in the world where we can learn about a new culture and history first hand, and another to a beach, where we can just relax and reconnect.
We both valued diversity so much, that we purposefully sought it out in our higher education and training. Josh went to medical school in a port city, where people from all walks of life come and go, and then trained in New Haven, Connecticut and the Bronx in New York City. Brandon's college and graduate schools were both known for their diverse student bodies, and working in the arts means he gets to connect with people of color and different cultures on a deep personal level. We met and lived together in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the world, where we easily heard more than 10 languages being spoken every day. As gay men, we have experienced being the minority and the struggles that brings. But we have also developed great skills at overcoming setbacks and obstacles to keep a positive outlook on life. This has given both of us a deep sense of empathy for all minorities in America. Our coming out process took us both from a place of fear to pride. If we adopt a child from another culture, we would make every single effort to make sure our child is exposed to that culture and heritage, and has a sense of pride in them. We would all learn, celebrate and likely travel to expand our horizons.
Our Pup, Stella
We have one big, fluffy, goofy Old English Sheepdog named Stella. Whenever life gets stressful, she has a great way of reminding us to not take things too seriously by giving us high fives, taking us for a stroll around the yard (she likes to herd), or just by resting her head on our lap. She's also been a great test of our co-parenting skills, making us agree on rules, rewards, boundaries, etc. Having Stella around means we get plenty of practice resisting puppy dog eyes, pouting, begging and all those tactics she employs when she wants a biscuit. Having a dog means we've already adapted our lives to come second to another creature's needs and wants. So while a child will be much more challenging then a pet, we like to think Stella has given us a little practice. She's great with other people, pets, and kids and we have a feeling she'll take her big sister duties very seriously.
Our House and Neighborhood
We picked our house because we knew it would be perfect for raising a family. Our house sits on 3.5 acres with a long stretch of lakefront.
Our house has four bedrooms, and a big living room and kitchen, so it's always full of family and friends.
Our favorite spot is out on the dock where you can listen to the water lap against the shore, watch birds like bald eagles and herons search for their lunch, and chat with a neighbor as they boat by either fishing or 'tubing'.
The entire property is fenced, so kids and our dog Stella can run around and explore nature. It has a forest for tree forts, a big yard for tag, big old trees, and a fire pit where our family gathers for sing-alongs with Aunt Gwen, who does both Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell proud!
Our neighborhood is a mix of rural and suburban neighborhoods, but we're only a 20-minute drive to Columbia, South Carolina. It's a great college town and home to the University of South Carolina, many museums, and tons of great music and arts organizations.
We also picked our house because it's zoned for some of the best schools in the entire state. There are several immersion programs where children can start school learning Spanish, French, German or Chinese.
Our Extended Families
We have large extended families and we all love to get together and boat, fish off the dock, cook, and play games like charades, kickball, badminton, volleyball, and cornhole.
We have three nephews, a niece, and many young cousins of all ages who live just down the road, which means any new child gets instant cousins, friends, mentors, and babysitters!
All of our family members are excited for us to adopt a child, especially Brandon's mom who has been awaiting her first grandkid, "for way too long!" Josh's mom matches her enthusiasm, often telling us, "you know how much I love to hold babies!"
Brandon's parents, aunts and uncles are retired so they visit us in South Carolina often. Josh's family members are all within a 20-minute drive, so they come over to "the lake house" all the time.
We love to learn in our family, so we often get all the kids together for family field trips to our local nationally acknowledged zoo or our local children's museum.
From Us to You
Thank you! It is a true blessing and honor that you are helping us to grow our family. We appreciate you taking some time to get to know us a little better. We understand what a big and selfless decision you are making and we appreciate your careful time and consideration.
We've been together for eight years, and married for over two years. We met in New York City in 2010 when Josh was doing his residency training after medical school and Brandon was pursuing acting opportunities. It has been an adventure since. We've moved to four states together, supported each other through grad school for Brandon, and endured life's ups and downs. We have now settled into our forever home in South Carolina, and we're ready to grow our family. Having children has always been a hope and dream for both of us as long as we can remember. Adoption has always been our first choice.
Our nieces and nephews have taught us so much. Every time we get to read them a bedtime story, patch up a scraped knee, or teach them a new word, our hearts grow a little bigger. It makes us even more ready to become parents. We have so much love to give and we feel called to parent and provide for a child. We think it's one of the reasons we were put on this earth. We have worked very hard to get to the point in our lives where we feel we can provide a loving, supportive and adventurous household to raise a child.
We promise to nurture, support, love and care for any child in our care for the rest of their lives. We are blessed to have parents that supported us in whatever dreams we set out for ourselves, and we are eager to provide that for a child. Whatever wishes and dreams they have, we'll work tirelessly to support them in achieving them. Whether it's changing diapers, helping with math homework, or driving the carpool to soccer practice, we will never miss the chance to help a child grow into their full potential.
Our house will be a safe, stable, compassionate, warm home for a child. We look forward to changing diapers in our nursery, teaching them to swim in our lake, sparking up conversations about their day at school around the dinner table, and playing board games in our living room. It will be full of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, who will be there to help take care of them and support them as they grow. All of our friends and family are so excited for us to adopt and to welcome a new member into the family.
You will always have a special place in our family. It is a place of honor, respect, appreciation and love. From our point of view, you're making a brave and selfless decision and we will never forget that. We'll make sure that's the understanding of all our family members. We're happy to stay in each other's lives through photos, emails, visits or whatever else you're comfortable with. And we know your wants and needs may change as years go on, so we are happy to adapt. Regardless, we will make sure that your child always knows you love them and that you made the ultimate sacrifice to do what was best for them. They will be forever loved and cared for.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for considering adoption and thank you for considering us. Our hearts are already swelling with gratitude just at the chance to grow our family and become adoptive parents. We're open books, so if there's anything else we can share about ourselves please don't hesitate to ask. And if you'd like to meet and learn more in person, that's something we are willing to do.
Again thank you. We'll be thinking of you and sending love and light as you move forward in your journey.
Brandon & Josh
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