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Ken & Tim
We have always known we wanted to grow our family through the miracle of adoption, and being placed with a foster child has confirmed our deep desire to have a forever family. Being selected by you would be an honor, and our privilege to care for, love and provide life changing opportunities to a little one! We are hopeful and excited to begin this journey with you!
Adoption in Our Lives
Ken and his brother, Chris, both experienced the miracle of adoption first hand. They were adopted from the Philippines and El Salvador, respectively, at a very young age by a loving family who gave them new opportunities that their birth parents were not in a position to offer.
To Ken, growing up in a racially diverse family was always his "normal," and he always knew that he wanted to have a family that was grown through adoption - to be able to give another child the same chance in life that his parents gave him.
For Tim, adoption has always a very special thing and is rooted in his Christian beliefs. Both Ken and Tim believe that when you have faith in God, you are "adopted" into His family as His children. That's exactly how we want to grow our family - to be chosen by you, the birth mother, and to choose to love, care for, and raise the little one to reach their full potential!
Our Most Memorable Moment
Our most memorable moment was Tim's Proposal to Ken! Not long ago, same-sex marriage was illegal in many states. To be able to freely love and declare your love legally is something that we do not take for granted.
Proposal: Ken's dream was to be a contestant on a reality TV show called Amazing Race. If you haven't seen the show, Amazing Race starts off with 10 teams that set to travel around the world competing in different challenges on each leg of the journey. If you are the last team to check in at each leg of the race you are eliminated. Watching the teams get through all the challenges on the show always excited Ken.
Tim secretly spent many months planning a mini Amazing Race around the city they first met each other. Tim set up different challenges throughout the city and convinced Ken that a local tourism agency ran the race, and needed to follow them around with a video camera for "promotional purposes". We went through difference challenges including feeding each other noodles at Ken's favorite restaurant, decorating a cake, and guessing scents at a local candle making shop. At the final leg, Tim had all of Ken's closest friends and family to witness Tim's proposal.
Our Professional Lives
Ken: Ever since Ken was very young, he knew that he wanted to pursue a profession that could help others. When he was in high school, he had the opportunity to travel to Mexico on a medical missions trip, where he helped out in the pharmacy. Ken educated the community about vitamins and basic medications to sustain proper health and nutrition. That impactful experience guided his decision to pursue a career in pharmacy. Ken now works in a setting that allows him to coach his patients by empowering his patients to take control of their life through lifestyle modification and proper medication usage, and has since been promoted to oversee more than 70 pharmacists in his district in Michigan, growing his ability to help influence the health and nutrition of thousands of people in the area.
Tim: Tim has always had a relentless pursuit for new challenges in life and his career. As a child, he always enjoyed math and the sciences, and he decided to study engineering for his undergrad studies. He started his full time career working at Honda Research, designing systems for the Honda Odyssey, Acura TLX, and Acura ILX before pursuing an MBA at the University of Michigan and making a career switch to advise CEOs on their business strategies. He enjoys the opportunities to grow these companies and make a positive impact for tens of thousands of employees at his clients.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a spacious, two-story, four-bedroom, colonial-style home where we love to make meals together. Since we were previously placed with a foster child baby already, we already have the nursery and all baby essentials!
We live in a quiet neighborhood that is full of families with young children. We are grateful to know our neighbors and their children by name! One unique thing about our neighborhood is that we live within walking distance to a local ice cream parlor, Dairy Deluxe, and a playground that all the neighborhood kids play in!
Birmingham is a family-friendly city just north of Detroit, with a walkable downtown, more than 20 parks with amenities including playgrounds, sledding hills, nature trails picnic areas, and tennis courts. Shain Park is the most famous of all the parks, as it hosts many community events such as the Village Fair, Art Show, summer music concerts and outdoor movie viewings!
We take every opportunity to enjoy these wonderful parks whether it is bringing our fur baby Bree, to play fetch or talking a stroll with our foster baby!
Our Extended Families
Ken was adopted from the Philippines along his brother, Chris, who was also adopted from El Salvador. Ken had always known that he would grow his family through adoption, as adoption has greatly impacted his life. Ken's family is just a short three-hour drive to Ohio and visits every month.
Tim's family is a four-hour drive and reside just outside Toronto, Canada. Tim's sister has two little ones, whom we both love! Tim is referred to as Fu Fu, meaning Uncle in Cantonese. Ken is referred to as Uncle Tenten.
In addition, we have a 4-year-old fur baby named Bree who is great with kiddos! Tim's 3-year-old nephew loves to play fetch with her! In April, we were placed with a foster baby who we have showered her with a lot of love including Bree!
We attend church each week and feel so blessed that they have embraced us for who we are. Our faith is central to our lives and the decisions that we make each day is a true reflection of our faith. Our parents taught us to be honest, caring, and have empathy for all. These values have molded us to be loving, gracious foster parents and hopeful forever parents one day!
From Us to You
As we sit to write this letter, our hearts are racing with many emotions. First, we feel overwhelmed with gratitude for considering us to be adoptive parents for your baby. But we want to acknowledge that every adoption story starts with the birth mother's story. We can only imagine how difficult your decision was to give your child up for adoption and for that we are deeply indebted and forever grateful.
In June 2014, we had our very first date. Four years later, we committed our lives to each other through marriage in October 2018. From the very beginning of our relationship, we learned that we each wanted to grow our family. However, being in a same-sex marriage, we only have two options to grow our family: Surrogacy or Adoption. We choose adoption. For us, adoption is so meaningful as it has touched our lives very closely. Ken was an abandoned orphan in the Philippines and was found in the middle of the night, beside the road, in a ditch. Ken was fortunate enough to be brought to a local orphanage. And because of adoption, Ken became a part of a loving and caring family and was given many opportunities in life that he never would have had, such as becoming a pharmacist!
More recently, we began the journey of being foster parents and experienced joy, heartbreak and all the feelings in between with our first placement with a baby girl. We never imagined ourselves as foster parents, but the opportunity presented itself, and we couldn't possibly say no to providing love and a home for a child in need. Having that opportunity to demonstrate unconditional love, no matter how long we were placed with her, meant the world to us. Having our first placement as a foster parent solidified our deep desire to have a forever family!
As the little one grows through the years, our commitment to you is to keep you involved as much as you would like in her / his life. We want to share milestones through open communication such as photos and letters, or making regular posts in a private Facebook group! We want to capture all the important moments in her / his life, from their first bath to riding a bicycle without training wheels, to getting a temporary driver's license (SCARY!) to graduating high school and college! We WANT you to be as involved as you are comfortable with!
First and foremost, we promise to love them unconditionally. We promise to instill qualities such as giving love and kindness toward all people. We want them to know why being brave is important. We promise to teach the child about their beginnings, about where they were born and how loving of a person you are. We promise to demonstrate respect to the little one by showing respect to you in our discussions. We promise above all else that the child will know how much you loved him/her and we hope that you feel the love we all share for you.
You are not only the birth mother, but you are the bravest, most selfless person we will know. We will not only fulfill our promise to you that they will know how much you love them, but will ensure the child is safe and that their whole heart is full of each of our love.
Forever and always,
Ken & Tim