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Sam & Kathryn
We appreciate you even considering us as partners in this journey. We have built a life together on a foundation of learning, love, empathy and laughter, wanting nothing more than to share this life with a child of our own. Adoption is a blessing that requires sacrifice, trust and understanding. To choose us to be your child's parents would be humbling. We would celebrate you and your choice with our child for a lifetime.
We are so fortunate to have established a very balanced lifestyle. We enjoy our time together with our dogs as a family, but also like to balance that with social activities involving friends and family.
As a family, we love to enjoy a good meal whether that is cooking together or going to one of our favorite local spots, but are just as happy reading books on our back porch with the dogs curled up next to us. Our combined love of being outside and listening to music finds us frequently enjoying bike rides, outdoor music events, picnics on the beach, gardening and more.
With friends and family, we cherish time we get to spend playing on the beach with their children, crafting, grilling out, sitting around a fire pit, playing or watching sports and the occasional boat rides.
We balance the social aspects of our lifestyle with careers that have afforded us success and flexibility. Sam is in an office most days of the week which is just a few miles from our home and Kathryn works remotely from home for a good friend. We both work for organizations that value family first which is deeply important to us. As new parents, it is important to us that Kathryn takes at least a three month maternity leave and return to work on a part time basis when ready. The luxury of having this degree of career flexibility is extremely important to us as we raise a child.
Education We Will Provide
We were both raised by educators. Our mothers are retired teachers yet they continue to give the best of themselves to advance educational opportunities for others.
Sam invests his time volunteering as a Board Treasurer for a local school focused on providing a progressive learning environment for kids with dyslexia and ADHD. Kathryn invests her time volunteering at a charter school for socio-economically challenged families.
In the time of Covid-19, we carve out time each week to lead remote learning lessons with our nephews and support our volunteer efforts as best we can.
Our household is and will continue to be one whereby education is a life long pursuit. For our child this means that their education is far more than what school they attend. It is who we are as a family. Learning opportunities are everywhere and we both dream about our home turning into a laboratory of learning. Waking up to explore the sounds of nature made by all the critters in our wooded backyard, afternoons working at arts and crafts stations, reading lessons every evening and so much more.
Academically, our child will be supported. Pushed to challenge themselves scholastically but supported with love and encouragement when barriers arise - and they will. However education will not be a competition. Our child will not be pressured to 'succeed,' rather supported to continue challenging themselves.
Our ambition is to pass on our love of learning to our child!
We were both raised in households with close family friends from different ethnicities, races, religions and heritages. But we were also both raised in all white families, never directly facing the outside pressures that can burden interracial families.
Personally, we're disgusted with the dreadful divides that society has created around cultural diversity and the resulting discrimination. We both grew up in diverse communities where diversity was celebrated, however we have sadly also seen levels of discrimination that we will work hard to dismiss.
Diversity is to be cherished. We are all diverse in our beliefs, backgrounds and ideologies. If we were not, life would be boring. There would be little to learn about or learn from.
So for our child, we will expose them to educational and cultural experiences that binds them to their cultural heritage. We won't pretend it isn't different from our own, rather we will embrace it as part of our own.
We will not hide from our family's future diversity. It will be celebrated. It will be embraced as an example for others to learn from. This is how we will address this challenge. Head on, with love for others and smiles on our faces.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in North Carolina and is our absolute favorite place to be! We bought our house knowing we wanted to start a family. We have four bedrooms and three full bathrooms with additional spaces such as an office, porches, lounge room, storage, kitchen, family room, dining room and basement. We did not build our house, however we have customized it with colors and cozy elements that have made us fall in love with it even more. We often sit on our back porch and dream of our child cuddling up with us to read a book, color or paint as the birds sing in the background.
Our home sits just a few miles from one of the most gorgeous and peaceful beaches in the country. While the beach is breathtaking, our quaint and safe little neighborhood is what truly warms our hearts. We live on a cul-de-sac in the back of the neighborhood which allows for several things. First, we have less traffic and more privacy. Second, we back up to a mature woods that funnels out all of the unwanted sounds and allows us to enjoy the voices of nature. Our neighborhood is full of children of all ages, races and genders and unless there is a heavy down pour of rain, you will always see someone outside playing.
We have neighbors that would do anything for us and us for them. We couldn't ask for anything more in a community!
Our Extended Families
We are so blessed to have come from supportive and loving families who have put family at the forefront throughout the entirety of our lives. While we do not currently live as close to our families as we would like, we are fortunate enough to spend extensive periods of time with them throughout the year.
When we are with our extended family laughter and compassion fill every moment of our time together whether we are playing games and chasing our 3 nephews or whether all of the adults are making dinner together, playing yet another board game, around a bonfire or enjoying a movie together.
While not together, we talk daily with our families and stay up to date with everything that is going on in one another's lives. It was just last Summer that our house was full of Kathryn's side of our family where we were all going non stop to make sure we were able to do every single activity we could think of with each other whether that was a third trip of the day to the beach or whether it was trying to build the world's largest LEGO tower. We love every moment we are together and our family (EVERYONE) is just so excited to welcome and love this beautiful child (or children if twins) that we hope to be blessed with someday soon!
From Us to You
Appreciation, Understanding, Love!
These sentiments run through Sam's mind daily, every time he thinks about his birth mother.
Sam’s birth mother was 17 and faced with the most difficult decision she had made up to that point in her life. He was born in Louisville and adopted by parents in Detroit. The love Sam has for his adopted parents mirrors the love he has for his birth mother. She gave Sam life. Sam's entire life is molded by this decision, framed through her sacrifice. Sam's successes are hers- shared together.
We have so much empathy for you right now! We struggle to imagine the decision you are trying to make. We respect and admire you for even considering this path.
If you think our family may be the one for you and your child, we want you to know the following:
1. Your child will be loved - endlessly, aggressively, and unconditionally.
2. You will be spoken of. You will be celebrated. You will be a part of this family despite any physical distance. Your sacrifice will be cherished and your unconditional love for your child will be in the forefront, always.
3. Sam would say that Kathryn is the single most loving, empathetic person Sam has ever met. Nobody on this planet is more prepared to be a mother than she is. Kathryn would say that there is no one more fitting to have as a father than Sam from the love he has in his heart to the brilliance and passion that runs through every fiber of his body.
We have been together for 11 years (married for 8). Having children was always a plan of ours. But adoption is not a new alternative for us, rather a topic early on in our relationship because Sam has felt a lifelong commitment to pay forward the gift he was provided. The only question was when. Not having children of our own has been a process. However, adoption is not a second choice - rather a pathway we were headed down regardless of our own natural ability to grow our family.
As you consider our family, know that it's not just us you are choosing. We have such an incredible support system across both of our families. We have three nephews who are awaiting their cousin. We have parents awaiting their grandchild. Our two puppies are looking for another snuggle buddy. We have friends, co-workers and an entire community who we are bringing along on this journey with us. You can have the confidence that all these people will share the openness and love for your child's adoption story that we speak of.
We are very open to continuous contact inclusive of sending letters and photos via email, phone, or social media and even in person contact with consideration to in-person visits based upon what is best for you and the child.
We want nothing more than to be the loving, caring and supportive parents we have always dreamt of being.
With all the love in the world,
Sam & Kathryn
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