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Levi & Kelly
Welcome! We are so grateful that you are considering making an adoption plan. We're very excited to add to our family and to watch our son, Wade, become a big brother. We're eager to share our love, family, and fun-filled lives with another child. Take a look around, get to know us, and see if we are the right fit for you and your child. We wish you the best on your journey.
Our Adoption Story
In August of 2017, we got the call that we had been waiting for - a birth mother had selected us to parent her child. We were matched with our son's birth mother two weeks before delivery, so we quickly prepared for his arrival. We dropped everything and drove across the country to meet him and his birth family.
The first few days of Wade's life are a wonderful blur. We met his birth mom for the first time two hours after he was born. She let us hold him for the first time, and we shared hugs with her and her mother. The next few days we spent in the hospital, often spending time in her hospital room so she could be with him and we could get to know one another. We loved and cherish that time together.
We often think of Wade's birth mom at big events like his birthday, Mother's Day, and Christmas. But we also think of her at random times, like when his curly hair reminds us of her hair or when we wonder if she loved to do flips off the couch when she was little, too. Adoption has brought us our greatest joy so far in life, and we can't wait to add even more joy with another child.
Our extended family is already diverse. Kelly's brother-in-law is African American, and three of our nieces and nephews are biracial, as is our son. We have already learned so much about being in a racially diverse family from them. As a family, we continue to grow in our awareness of racial diversity and how to celebrate the differences.
With our son, we have done a lot of research and invested time to cultivate African American role models. We take him to a barber shop that specializes in biracial and African American hair, we made sure his pediatrician was African American, and we send him to a racially diverse daycare. We also love reading books to him about racial diversity like Shades of People. We are working hard to find ways to celebrate his differences, like his beautiful curly hair!
No matter the ethnicity of this child, we will love them no differently than a biological child. However, we won't ignore our child's cultural and racial heritage. As a family, we will work together to address issues that come with being a transracial family. We would also like to know traditions that your family has that we can share with this child.
Our Dogs, Yoshi & Guinness
We have two dogs: Guinness who is a 17-year-old hound dog mix, and Yoshi who is a 12-year-old Taiwan Mountain Dog. They add so much joy to our life!
Pets are important to us for many reasons, especially because of their unconditional love. Whenever we are down, we can count on the dogs to do something that makes us smile. They also help keep us active. We love to wrestle, run, and play fetch with them. We can't go too long without a walk before the dogs start getting antsy- especially Guinness. They are definitely a source of adventure for our son. He loves helping to hold their leashes when we're on walks.
Wade loves the dogs, and they love to follow him around for food scraps! Guinness is especially patient with him and gives him lots of kisses. We are teaching Wade to gently pet the dogs, and he loves lying next to them on the couch. It’s so sweet how much he already loves them, and we're sure this child will love them, too!
Our Extended Families
We are both close to our parents and siblings, but also our aunts, uncles, and cousins. We spend nearly every holiday with family, as well as celebrating other parties throughout the year. Levi is the youngest of three brothers. We often get together at his parents' house with his brothers, their wives, and our two nephews. We also own a cabin by a river with Levi's family. We love going there and exploring outside with our nephews and son. Levi is one of 23 cousins, many of whom live close to us. We enjoy getting together as a huge family to eat, talk, and play games-especially at Thanksgiving.
Kelly has an older brother and sister. We spend time at her parents' often, especially when our nieces and nephews are there. She is one of 17 cousins, many of whom have children of their own. Kelly's family loves playing board games and laughing hysterically. At Fourth of July, we get together at her uncle's farm. We play whiffle ball, volleyball, and have a water balloon toss. Cousins come from across the country to celebrate as a family, and we end the night with a fireworks show.
Our family were some of our best friends while we were growing up. We can't wait for this child to meet their brother, cousins, and extended family. Our entire family has been supportive about our adoption plan and are excited to meet the newest member of our family!
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home and continually do renovation projects to make it even better. Levi's favorite room is the kitchen where he prepares delicious food. Kelly's favorite part of the house is the back patio where we love having fires in the fall. Wade loves to play outside in the backyard with his slide, trampoline, and kiddie pool. We have a flower garden in the front of our house, and plan to grow fruits and vegetables in the backyard soon. We love decorating for holidays, especially for Christmas and our annual Halloween party.
Our community is a great place to raise a child. We live on a quiet street in a family-friendly area of the city. There is a walking and biking trail near our house - we enjoy walking the dogs there as a family. One block over, there is a park that we often visit with our son. The city has so many family events and destinations. We love taking Wade to different sporting events - especially baseball games with fireworks afterwards! We look forward to exploring Science City, Union Station, the zoo, and attending various festivals and events often as our children grow.
From Us to You
We are so grateful that you are taking the time to learn more about us. We think that you are courageous and strong for considering making an adoption plan. As you continue making decisions for yourself and your child, know that we will be thinking of and praying for you both.
We have known each other for 16 years, been together for 11, and been married for 6. We love each other deeply, and approach life as a team. Since early in our relationships, we decided that adoption would be a part of how we grew our family. When we discovered that it would be difficult for us to conceive a biological child, we immediately knew that adoption was how we wanted to add to our family.
We prepared ourselves for the adoption process with our first son, and continue to learn and grow daily. We read books on so many topics: how to discuss adoption with a child, how to celebrate their birth family, and being a part of a transracial adoption to name a few. We also discovered that many of our friends also have adopted family members, and talked with them about the process. We can't wait to continue to share all we have and all that we have learned with another child.
When we shared with our families about our plans to adopt again, they were all so excited. Everyone has been supportive and enthusiastic throughout both of our adoption journeys. Our entire family and support system love Wade so much, and we are sure they will do the same with this child. We are so eager for them to meet their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents! Our families are a big part of our lives, and we are so excited to share our extended families' love and joy with this child.
We enjoy being an active family. We will be engaged in this child's school and church communities. This child will also have opportunities to be involved in sports, art, music, and scouting. We're excited to read with them, explore outside with them, and watch them grow. We look forward to having their friends and other parents to our home to celebrate many occasions or just to play games and have fun.
This child will also have the opportunity to explore the world outside of our community. Travel is very important to us. We will continue to have adventures as our family grows, and will show this child all that the world has to offer. They will learn about history, art, and culture from different viewpoints. Exploring different cultures and having diverse friendships is important to us, and we hope it will help develop understanding and compassion in this child.
Your child will always understand your love for them. We look forward to sharing pictures and letters with you. If it is your wish, we would love to have phone calls and visits, as well. We want you to know that we really do admire you and want what is best for you and your child. You will always be an important part in this child's life, whether that is through stories about your decision for them, made out of love, or by knowing you personally over the years.
Thank you, again, for looking at our profile. We will continue to think of and pray for you and your child.
With admiration and respect,
Levi & Kelly
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