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Phoenix & Kathryn
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about our family. We are excited for our family to grow a little bigger through adoption. We can promise to provide a safe, fun, and loving environment for your child. We hope you consider us and find peace and comfort while making this decision.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have one child named Kelton. He is biologically Kathryn's son, but we have been raising him together since he was 6 years old. He attends the middle school two minutes from our home. He loves to play basketball and baseball. Kelton also enjoys music and theater and attends the drama club at school. Kelton can be very motivational and loves to help others. He is very smart and keeps his grades up all while doing all these other things! He has a kind heart and is an extremely compassionate young man. Kelton can't wait to be a big brother and teach them how to ride a bike and all the things big brothers do!
We had discussed if we wanted to have more children early on in our relationship. We were both on the same page of knowing we were absolutely going to want another child. As our relationship progressed we realized we both had always thought about adopting a child one day. Being a same-sex couple we face challenges on growing our family on our own and we both felt like adoption would be a special way to grow our family. We just love the idea of having a house full of kids and having all of our family over and having another child come into that world. Since adoption has always been in our hearts we knew it would be the best choice in growing our family.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Kathryn loves Phoenix' humor and the way she can make anyone laugh even if they are in a bad mood. I admire that Phoenix has a heart of gold and is always wanting to help people out. Whenever she sees someone in need she wants to help make their lives better. So much that she started her own charity group to help out. She is always willing to help and always there for family and friends in their time of need. I respect Phoenix' opinion as she brings a different point of view to the table allowing to open up my mindset to help us figure out the best solution to any hard situation.
The qualities that Phoenix loves and admires most about Kathryn is that she has a genuine heart of gold, she always see the best in everyone, and never judges people. She has a way about her the can calm anyone down and sooth their hearts. Her patience is like none other. Phoenix loves that Kathryn is a strong woman who works hard and goes after what she wants in life. Her determination is empowering. Her actions are extremely kind, and her love she shows is true. She has a kind soul and is always there for anyone who is in need.
We are very understanding that it is important to address cultural diversity and incorporate a child's birth culture in all of our lives. We will make sure to have lots of talks about diversity and culture with our child. We will always make sure to leave the lines of communication open so they hopefully feel comfortable coming and talking and asking questions to us. We plan on from day one making sure to incorporate cultural heritage into the child's life by reading books to them that are fitting, having art work displayed around the house, and playing music that is a part of their culture. We have a large diverse group of friends that are our support system. We also want to make sure to show and read to them about important role models in their culture and go to restaurants and cook at home cultural dishes as well. We also feel it is good to talk to them about other races and show them how open we are to all backgrounds. In addition we will talk about their cultural identity by educating about their ethnic and racial background and just always be there to talk and educate the child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We are currently living in a really nice neighborhood in Virginia. Our neighborhood is full of young families who are always out walking, playing basketball, riding bikes, and throwing the football around with their kids.
We have a beautiful home with three bedrooms, two full baths, and a large fenced back yard. In our back yard we have a trampoline, fire pit, ninja course, and a basketball hoop where we like to enjoy lots of outside time with our son and nephew. Our back yard also has a pond behind the fenced in area where we fish and feed the geese and ducks! There is plenty of room for children to run around and play! Our favorite room in our home would be our living room as we love spending time together watching movies, playing games, and making crafts!
Less than five miles from where we live are two parks with playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields, football fields, baseball fields, nature center, and hiking trails that we love going to and having fun! The elementary school, middle school, and high school are all less than five minutes from our home. We also visit Kathryn's brother's home a lot in the warmer months to go to the pool. In addition we also only live 15 minutes from downtown which has lots of diversity with museums, cultural events, festivals, and parades throughout the year that we love to attend with family and friends!
Our Extended Families
We love to spend time with our families! Phoenix' mom and step father live 2 hours away and we go and visit with them often. When we are there Phoenix' mom always has some crafts or baking activities set up for us all to do. Like Christmas time we have a tradition that we bake cookies and decorate them with Phoenix' family! We also paint and decorate our own Christmas ornaments and we write the date on them so every year when we unwrap them to put them on the tree we remember when we made them.
We also spend lots of time with Kathryn's family as they live less than 10 minutes away. We go over to their houses at least several times weekly. When we go to their houses we normally hang out, talk, catch up on everyone's week and what is going on in each other's lives. We also spend a lot of the time playing with our son and nephew while we are there. There is never a visit to Kathryn's brother's house where a fun game of horse with the kids in the living room doesn't happen! In the summers we have lots of cookouts and days full of swimming in Kathryn's parents' pool. Our families are very supportive and go to the kids activities and are so excited to welcome another child into their lives.
From Us to You
We want to thank you for taking the time and giving us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We are Phoenix and Kathryn! We are grateful that you are willing to consider an adoption plan for your child. We hope you feel loved no matter where you are at in your journey. We can't even begin to pretend we know what you are going through, but we can promise to honor and to support you through this time.
We have been together for seven years and married since 2016. We are a fun-loving, family oriented couple. We have a child that is biologically Kathryn's son that we have been raising together. We have always talked about wanting to grow our family. Being that we are a same-sex couple it is difficult for us to have a child on our own. Kathryn also had a very difficult labor and experienced complications which makes it difficult to go through labor again. We want so badly to be able to adopt a child that will become part of our family to share our love and life with.
We also want you to know we have every intention of keeping in touch by sending letters and pictures to you to keep you updated on the child's life if you choose to want us to.
We have a great relationship with our son who is incredibly excited to become a big brother. We feel we have learned how to be wonderful parents already. We are kind, patient and loving. We teach our son love, compassion, kindness and respect and promise to teach your child the same. We promise to take them on lots of family adventures so that they can experience things in life. We can promise to love unconditionally and cherish your child. We will remain open and honest and share our adoption story and your courageous choice from the start. Your child will always know how much you love them. We will provide a safe and stable home where every new day is a wonder. To be patient in allowing the child to experience the world on his/her own terms. We will always set good examples to teach and to guide them. To see that they have a superior education and tools he/she will need in life. To instill good values of compassion, empathy, grit, responsibility, and kindness. To teach respect for all people and races and belief systems. To also share our value of art and culture and all that is beautiful in this world!
Humbled by the weight of your decision, we hope that we can fulfill your desire to find a loving family for your child. If you feel that our family is the right one for your child we would be honored to welcome your child into our home. We are ready to begin this journey with you.
With love and respect,
Phoenix & Kathryn
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