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Paul & Caitlyn
We thank you for considering us for this honored role. You are so strong to take this step. We cannot begin to understand the difficulty in this decision; we are intentionally praying for both you and your little one to have peace. We are incredibly excited to unconditionally love this child in a Christ-centered home, where they will be encouraged to be themselves! We cannot wait to welcome you both! Hope to meet you soon!
Adventures are important to us, whether they are across the country or across the street! We have a plan to visit all 50 states before our 50th wedding anniversary. We have already visited 13 states and we collect mugs from each state. We cannot wait to include our child on these trips as well! We love traveling for many reasons. We love trying new food, meeting new people, learning about history, learning about different cultures, and just enjoying the world around us. We both had families growing up who made adventures important. Paul was able to go on more far-out adventures and Caitlyn went on more close-by adventures. Together, we do a mix of both! We absolutely love going to the Renaissance Festival yearly as well as going to see shows, hiking, fishing, finding coffee and ice cream shops, and more! We find that wherever we are, as long as we are together, we can have fun!
We have both had the privilege to explore and experience other cultures and people groups. Caitlyn grew up in Baltimore as one of the only Caucasian families in the neighborhood. Caitlyn had and still has many friendships and relationships with her neighbors and loved her upbringing and neighborhood. She feels that our current neighborhood resembles aspects of her own.
Paul grew up in a very diverse neighborhood including families that were African American, Indian, Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian. Paul's neighborhood was extremely inclusive and had a very clear family atmosphere.
We have both also had the opportunities to travel to other countries such as Costa Rica, Jamaica, South Africa, and Tanzania and have gained perspective from those experiences as well. We both enjoy learning about new cultures, growing our friend circles to be inclusive and diverse, as well as celebrating all types of people. We value culture and heritage and will encourage our children to explore and learn about their own distinct backgrounds and history. Communication will always be open and we will do our best to allow them to take the lead in their cultural exploration!
Why We Chose Adoption
Since middle school, we both individually wanted to adopt. However, once we were dating and while we were engaged, we talked seriously about what it would mean to adopt and why we would want to adopt. Now after three years of marriage and 15 years of friendship, we know that adoption is the right choice for us. We want our child that we adopt to know that they were intentionally planned for and that they were not a second choice or a plan B. We want our child to know that they are loved by both us and their birth family. This child will be an unbelievable gift to our family and we cannot wait to care for this child as well as his or her birth family throughout this entire lifetime.
We plan on being open and honest with our child from the start. We want our child to know where he or she came from. We will encourage an open environment in which any topic is up for discussion. As developmentally appropriate, we will share specific details of the adoption with our child. We will explain to our child that in the same way that God chooses to bless a mom and a dad with a child through a biological birth, he chose to bless us by being a part of their family. We will discuss how that family includes the birth parents as well and that each family is unique in their own way.Families do not have to look the same. Families are built on love, trust, and openness.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a diverse suburban neighborhood in Maryland. We live in a beautiful townhome with 3 floors and a small backyard! We have a large tree in our yard that we love to watch as the seasons change! Our neighborhood has children and adults of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds! We absolutely love our neighborhood because of community support. Our immediate neighbors are both very kind people and we have had the opportunities to support each other on multiple occasions such as shoveling snow and cutting down broken tree branches. The neighborhood does a great job of working as one. We also know a few neighbors that have young children and dogs and also attend our church! Our neighborhood also has a nice grassy area for kids to play in along with a beautiful playground fully equipped with swings, slides, and more! We also live near an elementary school with a family feel and another small shared playground! We are proud of where we live and are confident it will be a supportive and welcoming environment for any child.
Our Extended Families
We absolutely love family! Both of our families are close by and many weekends are spent together at our nieces' sporting events, family dinners, or impromptu get-togethers. Both sides of our families enjoy playing board games, watching movies, traveling, and spending time outside.
Each year, we go on a summer trip with Paul's family to the beach and sometimes we even take another trip throughout the year to a cabin. With Caitlyn's family, we often go fishing at our favorite spots and find the best ice-cream around!
Family traditions are near and dear to our hearts! We have the privilege of also being close with both of Caitlyn's grandparents and have had yearly traditions with them at Thanksgiving and Christmas since we were in middle school. We love to watch the Macy's Day Parade together on Thanksgiving and travel together to see Christmas lights in December.
Our family is unique in that we are all close by and close-knit! We love that we can be ourselves with our families and that even doing nothing together can be fun and comforting. We are also unique in that we have many close friends that are extensions of our family. Friends and family are of high priority to us. We are so grateful that both our immediate and extended family are excited about our adoption plan. Many of our family members are praying right alongside us for the entire process!
From Us to You
You are brave. You are strong. You are valued. You are making a difficult decision and we cannot even begin to understand the road you are on right now. We are praying for you and your little one daily. Thank you for taking the time to consider us for an incredible role.
We met in 5th grade at a small Christian school. Caitlyn quickly loved Paul and although he did not feel the same way right away, a friendship quickly grew. We started dating in 10th grade and dated all through high school and college, despite a year of long-distance during college. Some things that have always been at the center of our relationship are faith, family, and adventures. We love Jesus Christ with our whole hearts and strive to live lives that are pleasing to him and show others of His love. We absolutely love our families and have made intentional choices to live close to them and stay engaged.
Caitlyn is a teacher for students in an Emotional Disabilities program and Paul is a business analyst at a software company. We are both extremely blessed to love our jobs. We also spend a lot of time at church. Caitlyn is a leader in the ministry for children with special needs and Paul is a leader in the middle school ministry. We also have a two-year-old dog Rudy that we love! He also joins us on some of our adventures and is looking forward to having a little friend!
Both of our families are also extremely invested in this journey as well! We have already received gifts for our future child. We have been prayed for and prayed with by our family. We know that any child that comes into this family will be unconditionally loved by many.
We are extremely excited to grow our family and cannot wait to welcome a child with open arms. We want you to know that you and your baby are loved by us already! We want our children to know that they were intentionally planned for and waited for.
We want you to know that we are committed to growing our family in a diverse way. We want our family to be confident in our diversity and proud of our roots, even if they are different. We have always been comfortable with different cultures and people and cannot wait for our family to represent many types of cultures!
We promise you that we will always pray for you. We will always speak positively and highly about you to your child and think of you as a part of our family. We will always be open and honest with your child about their adoption. We are happy to share letters and pictures of your child as they grow if you desire. We are also open to figuring out a communication plan for the future that best suits both ours and your path of life.
Thank you for taking your precious time to get to know us. We cannot wait to get to know you.
Paul & Caitlyn
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