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Chris & Alex
Hello! We are so excited to begin the adoption journey! We have both always dreamed of raising a child and could not think of a greater privilege than being called dad...and...dad! We share a wonderful life together filled with love, laughter, and family. A child would truly complete our family and we hope you will take a moment to get to know us a little better. Thank you.
We love to travel and feel very blessed to be able to do so often. We enjoy visiting family and friends all over the country and exploring different regions and cultures around the world. Some of our more recent international trips include Italy, South Korea, and The Netherlands. Although it is always exciting to visit new places we also like to stay home and appreciate the beauty of the pacific northwest. When we are at home we stay active by playing tennis, kayaking, and hiking together. We also enjoy staying in and having friends over for dinner and board games.
Individually, Chris is a skilled woodworker and he makes furniture, decorations, and picture frames, most of which he gives away as gifts. He also spends his leisure time biking and downhill skiing. Alex is an avid volleyball player and competes in local leagues and also coaches youth and special olympic teams. He spends his downtime drawing, watching sports (especially Kansas State games), and even though he knows it’s nerdy he loves jigsaw puzzles. Although we like to stay busy, we also devote time to just relax, take a walk with our dog Parker, and enjoy each other's company. We are excited to share our interests with a child but will also encourage them to try lots of different things and follow their own passions.
Chris is a commercial airline pilot. He is one of those people who always knew what he wanted to be, ever since he was a young boy and was jealous that birds could fly and he couldn’t. He loves his work and has a true passion for flying and all things aviation related. He enjoys talking about planes, reading about planes, and watching movies about planes. Our home is like a small air museum with all the model airplanes and aviation memorabilia on display. Chris’ career gives him a very flexible schedule with lots of time off to spend with family. Working for a major airline has also provided us with opportunities to travel and see the world together.
Alex is an occupational therapist for our neighborhood school district. He helps children with special needs reach their highest potential and be as independent as possible. This includes helping students develop motor or social-emotional skills, consulting with teachers, and advocating for accommodations or supports that can help students increase their participation at school. Alex loves that his job allows him to build relationships with children and families that can last for many years. As a school employee, Alex works a traditional school schedule with holidays off and longer breaks over Christmas and summer. This schedule will be ideal as our child becomes school-age and we would like him or her to attend the same school where Alex works.
Our Family Traditions
Birthdays are a major cause for celebration in our family. We love to decorate the house and spoil the birthday boy or girl with his or her favorite meal and dessert. Our personal favorite dessert is huckleberry pie, homemade by Chris’ mom with berries we pick by hand on our annual berry hunt on Mount Adams.
We love spending holidays with family and each one has its own unique traditions. At Easter, we have a massive egg hunt and every family member must participate until they find the egg with their name on it. Even our 102 year old great grandmother gets in on the action. On the Fourth of July, we enjoy barbecuing, playing yard games, and flying kites before Chris finishes the night off with a firework show for the whole family! We love to decorate the house and get dressed up for Halloween because there are tons of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood. We can't wait to experience all of these traditions with our own child someday.
Our Extended Families
We grew up in separate parts of the country, but surprisingly we were raised very similarly. We both have close-knit and supportive families with strong moral and social beliefs. Both of our fathers have passed away but raised us to be productive, loving members of our families and communities. We have great relationships with our moms and get to spend lots of quality time with them. Chris’ mom lives nearby and we get together weekly for dinner at her place or ours. Alex’s mom is a retired teacher and lives in Kansas but is able to visit often. We each have one brother and they are both married and raising two boys of their own.
We are very close to our cousins and are known as uncle Chris and uncle Alex to their kids as well. Our two families get along great and have even planned vacations together. One of our most memorable vacations was taking both of our families to the Oregon coast. We spent the days building sand castles and hunting seashells with the kids and the nights roasting marshmallows or playing Phase 10 together. Both of our families have been extremely supportive of our plan to adopt and can’t wait for us to add another member to our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a fun and active suburban neighborhood with our dog, Parker. All of our neighbors have been extremely accepting of us as a same sex couple and have welcomed us with open arms. Our development has a playground within it and there is another larger park within a short walk or bike ride. During the Fourth of July our neighborhood puts on an impressive event for kids, complete with a bike parade, bouncy houses, and a fireworks display that could rival any professional show! We live within a short drive of both the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean so there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures including hiking, skiing, boating, and beach combing.
Our home is a newer two-story house with lots of space to grow our family. It has a large fenced-in back yard where we spend our time barbecuing, playing games like bocce ball or horseshoes, or just relaxing by the fire pit. The inside is filled with furniture Chris built and accented with Alex’s artwork or family photos. Our main floor has lots of open space, perfect for entertaining family, friends and neighbors. We love to gather everyone together to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special events at our place! Our home is decorated for every occasion and we enjoy organizing games or contests for children of all ages to play together.
From Us to You
If you have made it this far into our profile then we know you must be a very accepting and open-minded person. When you first started thinking about adoption you probably didn’t envision two men raising your child. But somehow you found us and are giving us a chance. So we are already extremely grateful to you for even considering us as potential adoptive parents.
When we were each coming to terms with our sexual orientation, one of the toughest parts was recognizing that our childhood dreams of getting married and having kids might no longer be possible. Then, five years ago, just a couple months before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, we found each other and our lives have never been the same. Suddenly, the dreams we thought we had given up were all possible again. Two years after our first date we were married in a perfect ceremony at Chris’ boyhood home. Now, after three years as a married couple we are ready to take the next step and adopt a child to complete our family.
We realize that we will never be considered a traditional American family, but we’re alright with that. We are proud of our life together and we want to raise our child to be confident and proud as well. This will mean sharing our adoption story early and often, and that story will include you, the birth mom. We want this child to understand where he or she came from and what circumstances led you to choose adoption. We welcome an open adoption and feel that some level of ongoing contact will be important to give this child a better understanding of his or her own story and the opportunity to ask questions about his or her past.
We live in a very diverse and inclusive part of the country that we feel will foster the development of a healthy and open minded child. This child will grow up surrounded by caring family members, friends, and neighbors. Although he or she will have two dads, there will always be strong and confident women nearby in the form of our moms, sister-in-laws and cousins. Our home will be filled with family dinners, game nights, and bedtime stories. We are also excited to provide opportunities for this child to experience new places and cultures all around the world.
We know that this is a very difficult time for you, and our goal throughout this journey will be to make you feel welcomed, informed, and appreciated. We want you to be at peace with whatever decisions you make. We will respect your wishes, including what kind of contact you want before and after the baby’s birth. We are open to continuing communication through phone calls, emails, letters and photos. We would also be willing to visit you before or after the birth if that is something you want.
We realize it must be a daunting task to make such an important decision when all the profiles may seem to run together. There are no guarantees in life but we can promise you that we will do everything in our power to give your child a loving, positive, and safe home to grow up in.
Thank you for getting to know us through our profile and we hope to get to know you better soon. We have the utmost respect and admiration for your courage and willingness to explore adoption. Whether you choose us or not, we sincerely hope you make the best decision for you and your child.
Chris & Alex
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