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Steven & Melissa

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We are a fun-loving family of 3 who enjoys the outdoors and making lasting memories together. We truly admire your courage in considering adoption and hope that you find a family that is the best fit for you. We promise to love your child unconditionally and instill kindness, compassion, and curiosity about the world. We hope you'll consider us!

About Us

Sales Manager
Spanish Teacher
Some College - Studied Business Administration
Master's Degree in Spanish & Latin American Studies
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Happy Family

We always knew we wanted to grow our family through adoption. Since our first dates, we talked about having a large, silly family who would make lasting traditions. We didn’t know life would pull us in the direction of adoption so soon. When our biological son, Julian, was born, we noticed he wasn't meeting developmental milestones. After years of testing, we found out he has a rare genetic disorder which primarily affects his speech. He has excelled at overcoming challenges, using ASL and a tablet to communicate, and working hard to learn and grow along with his peers.

We are blessed to have a healthy and happy kiddo who loves riding his therapy pony and all things Daniel Tiger. Julian is loving, smart, social, and adores interacting with other children. If anything, his disorder has made him even more cheerful and affectionate. We know that he would thrive as a big brother. As a family, we love making every day special. We celebrate “cake day” on the 11th each month for our anniversary, and love having family pizza and movie nights.

As parents of a child with special needs, we have learned how to be fierce advocates for our child. We know that we will nurture a diverse and inclusive family that appreciates others for all their beautiful differences. We have provided our son with everything he needs for success, and we will show the same fierce support to all our children.

Cultural Diversity

Family Vacation in the North Carolina Mountains

In our home, we strive to accept and celebrate all cultures and to teach our children to do the same. We surround ourselves with diverse books, shows, music, and friends. We are open to a transracial adoption, and we are dedicated to thoughtfully and purposefully building a diverse community of support around our family. We believe that talking openly about the beautiful diversity of races and cultures that exists in the world helps children to not only appreciate differences but to advocate for a more equal society as they grow up.

Cousins Playing

We're are excited to share the cultural traditions of our own extended families, such as sitting around the table making tamales at Christmas in Ohio, or celebrating the start of summer with a low country boil in Pop's backyard. Our travels throughout Latin America and Europe have certainly influenced us to become a globally minded family. We also recognize that we have been privileged in many ways, and feel that it is our civic responsibility to give back to those who find themselves in marginalized positions.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • Steven has travelled to every state except Alaska and close to 20 countries!
  • Melissa speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
  • Our son has six grandparents and four great-grandparents still living.
  • Melissa is the youngest of four girls. The teenage years were crazy!
  • Steven wakes up at 4 a.m. every other morning to go to the gym.
  • Our son's favorite foods are avocado and sushi.
  • Melissa has a silly voice that she uses only with our dogs.
  • Steven played baseball, swam, wrestled, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Melissa was the 2017 District Teacher of the Year.
  • Our guilty pleasure is watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette together.
  • Video


    Celebrating Christmas
    Celebrating Christmas
    A Morning Walk on the Beach
    A Morning Walk on the Beach
    Installing Stoves in Guatemala
    Installing Stoves in Guatemala
    Riding the Carousel
    Riding the Carousel
    Date Night
    Date Night
    So Much Love to Give
    So Much Love to Give
    Getting Artsy
    Getting Artsy
    4th of July Fun
    4th of July Fun
    Our Dogs, Zoie & Avery
    Our Dogs, Zoie & Avery
    Neighborhood Halloween Party
    Neighborhood Halloween Party
    Yearly Beach Visit
    Yearly Beach Visit
    Ski Trip
    Ski Trip
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    Celebrating Christmas
    Celebrating Christmas
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    A Morning Walk on the Beach
    A Morning Walk on the Beach
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    Installing Stoves in Guatemala
    Installing Stoves in Guatemala
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    Riding the Carousel
    Riding the Carousel
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    Date Night
    Date Night
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    So Much Love to Give
    So Much Love to Give
    7 / 12
    Getting Artsy
    Getting Artsy
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    4th of July Fun
    4th of July Fun
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    Our Dogs, Zoie & Avery
    Our Dogs, Zoie & Avery
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    Neighborhood Halloween Party
    Neighborhood Halloween Party
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    Yearly Beach Visit
    Yearly Beach Visit
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    Ski Trip
    Ski Trip

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Lovely Home

    We live in a beautiful new home in an established suburban neighborhood with many diverse families. Many of our neighbors are young couples with small children. Our house has 4 bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. We have a large bonus/playroom where our son loves to make a mess! Our favorite room is our kitchen because it has a huge open island that is the perfect place for all our family and friends to gather when they come over.

    Our neighborhood has hilly tree-lined streets for family bike rides, an awesome neighborhood pool and playground, and even a beloved neighborhood restaurant in the center square. A social committee plans lots of fun events for families such as an annual Easter egg hunt, neighborhood 5K, and summer luau at the pool.

    Within a few minutes, there is an exceptional interactive children's museum (to which we have a family membership), several expansive parks and greenways, and an inviting open-air shopping center with live music and yummy restaurants. Our children will most likely attend the Charter school where Melissa works, which is one of the best schools in the state. It's also located only three minutes from our house!

    Our Extended Families

    Steven's Family

    We both come from large blended families with many fun traditions. Melissa's parents, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins live close by in a neighboring town. We celebrate nearly every holiday and birthday with a large family gathering and some good southern BBQ. Our favorite traditions are the annual egg-dyeing party and pumpkin-carving contest. Steven is quite the artist and almost always wins!

    Melissa's Family

    Melissa has three sisters, two of which have young children, so there are many cousins to play with. Each summer, we take the "cousin crew" on a big family vacation to a new place. Recently we enjoyed family adventures in scenic Colorado Springs, quaint Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and friendly Arlington, Texas.

    Steven's parents also live 30 minutes from us and frequently enjoy Fridays off with our son, Julian. Steven's younger brother lives a few hours away, and he has many extended family members in Ohio. We typically visit Steven's grandparents, aunts, and uncles in Ohio once or twice per year.

    We are truly blessed to have such a strong family support system. There are many grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, and uncles, ready to welcome a new child into the family and lavish them with love and affection.

    From Us to You

    We truly appreciate and respect that you are considering adoption. Whether you choose to contact us or not, we hope that you experience a beautiful story of resilience and a lifelong family connection through this process.

    We met 10 years ago and have been happily married for five wonderful years. We always talked about adopting at some point in the future, because adoption has touched both of our families in a tremendous way. After a traumatic experience with our first biological birth, we knew that we were meant to grow our family through adoption.

    Melissa is a high school Spanish teacher, and loves experiencing other cultures through travel, food, and music. She also has a passion for photography, videography, and graphic design. Steven works as a Sales Manager for an industrial automation company. He works with machinery that paints doors, siding, car parts, and pretty much anything else! Steven has the opportunity to travel at times for work, especially to Italy and Germany. We hope to take advantage of these travel opportunities as a family one day.

    We have a wonderful 3-year-old son, Julian, who enjoys Daniel Tiger, sign language, and riding his therapy horse, Sammy. Due to a neuromuscular genetic disorder, Julian has some mild developmental delays. However, he is very silly and affectionate and would absolutely adore a sibling to grow up with. We believe that siblings are precious and want to continue to grow our family and nurture lifelong friendships amongst our children.

    We have two laid-back dogs, Avery and Zoie. They are extremely friendly with children. In fact, they hardly bat an eye when our son loves on them. We love spending time outdoors: taking long walks through the neighborhood, hiking, biking, and day trips with our families. We actually met at a rock climbing gym!

    Our friends would describe us as a patient, compassionate, easygoing, and family-oriented. We are Christian, and believe strongly in loving our neighbor and teaching our children to do the same. Melissa's job as a teacher affords us a lot of connections to community organizations, and we have led a few groups of students to rural Guatemala to install stoves and water purifiers for families in need. These experiences are some of the most meaningful that we have had as a couple, and we hope to model a continued dedicated to service for our children.

    We admire your courage and strength in considering this path for your child. You will forever be our hero for giving us the opportunity to welcome him/her into our home with open arms and happy hearts. We promise that we will always do the following:

  • We will always keep in mind the best interests of your child. We will be their biggest cheerleaders and forever provide a safe and loving home.
  • Your child will know where he/she came from. We will always speak highly of you and make sure your child is proud of your brave and beautiful story.
  • We will welcome contact with you at any time through email updates, letters, photos, and visits when the time is right. We are committed to staying flexible to adapt to your communication needs.
  • We may never understand your pain and grief, but please know that we will be so grateful for your sacrifice and selflessness. We already have so much love and respect for you and the difficult decision that you have to make. You will always have a special place in our lives, and we will forever be indebted to you for this beautiful gift.

    With warm hugs and hope for the future,

    Steven & Melissa


    Johnny Depp
    Will Smith
    Zoe Saldana
    Julia Roberts
    Tom Clancy
    Toni Morrison
    Catcher in the Rye
    The Book Thief
    Candy Bar
    Reeces Pieces
    Rocco's Modern Life
    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
    Childhood Memory
    My dad coaching my little league team
    Horseback riding
    Childhood Toy
    Super Nintendo
    Children's Book
    Charlotte's Web
    Little Blue Truck
    Ulm, Germany
    Asheville, NC
    Classic Movie
    Mary Poppins
    The Wizard of Oz
    Green or grey
    Day of Week
    Ice cream
    Chocolate cake
    Disney Movie
    The Jungle Book
    Dream Car
    Audi RS7 Wagon
    Range Rover
    Dream Job
    Formula 1 Driver
    Dream Vacation
    The Maldives
    Family Activity
    Weekend breakfast out
    Family Movie Night
    Flower / Plant
    Form of Exercise
    Free weights
    Coffee & beer tasting
    Holiday Song
    Carol of the Bells
    O Holy Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Chinese food on Christmas Eve
    Pumpkin carving
    Ice Cream
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    Chocolate chip cookie dough
    Junk Food
    Movie Butter Popcorn
    Leisure Activity
    Hanging with family
    Car & Driver
    The Magnolia Journal
    Memory with a Child
    Holding my son for the first time
    Family trips with all the cousins
    Memory with Spouse
    Our wedding
    Honeymoon in Hawaii
    Shawshank Redemption
    Movie Munchie
    Buttered popcorn with M&Ms
    Popcorn & Reeces Pieces
    Movie Quote
    "It doesn't matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other." (Good Will Hunting)
    "You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." (Winnie the Pooh)
    Movie Type
    Romantic Comedies
    The Greatest Showman
    Phantom of the Opera
    Musical Group
    Backstreet Boys
    Nursery Rhyme
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Los pollitos dicen
    Olympic Event
    Downhill Skiing
    Gymnastics / Figure Skating
    Personal Hero
    My dad
    Malala Yousafzai
    Les Miserables
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Pablo Neruda
    Quality about my Spouse
    "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
    "Everything you've ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear" (George Addair)
    Heist Brewery
    Coral Sushi
    Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another. Romans 12:10
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind...
    Shopping Store
    Best Buy
    Stairway to Heaven
    Sara Bareilles "Brave"
    Sport to Play
    Rock Climbing
    Sport to Watch
    College Basketball
    Sports Star
    Kenny Lofton
    Serena Williams
    Sports Team
    Cleveland Indians
    Tar Heels
    Subject in School
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Grilled steak
    Chicken enchiladas
    Time of Day
    Early morning
    Friday night sushi
    CAKE day! (on the 11th of each month to honor our anniversary)
    TV Show
    The Americans
    TV Show Character
    Walter White
    Chandler Bing
    Type of Music
    90s Pop
    Vacation Spot
    NC Mountains
    Video Game
    Mario Kart
    Super Mario World

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