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Chris & Taiwan
We are so excited and thankful for the opportunity to adopt a child. Both of us have had adoption experiences in our past. We have such fondness of the adoption process and appreciation for the birth parents, along with the courage and strength that they show. We would truly be honored if you chose us to be your child's parents to share all of the love, laughter, knowledge, and experiences that we have.
What It Means to Become Parents
Taiwan is a natural caretaker and learning enthusiast. He is typically the friend in the group that is protective of others or tries to make sure everyone is okay. A great example is how, in his career and passion as a personal chef, he is providing one of the most essential needs for his clients, food. Taiwan loves putting that care into providing food for others and wants to be able to share those opportunities with our future child. He wants to teach them about gardening to grow our own vegetables and spices and eventually pass down a family cookbook.
Although Chris is very similar in regards to being a caretaker and the responsible one in his friend group, he is more typically known as goofy and fun. He is outgoing and energetic and loves having a good time and great experiences. It doesn’t matter whether that experience is building a blanket fort in the living room on a rainy day or going to a trampoline park to exert some built up energy. He hopes to be able to share those experiences with the child.
Our Leisure Time
We are both pretty active people and have a lot of hobbies. We love going on hikes together and sometimes with a group of friends or going skating at our local rink. We also host or attend game nights with friends a lot. We enjoy learning new games and revisiting playing older classic games as well. We oftentimes host dinner parties with close friends and family, where Taiwan gets to expose others to some top-notch fine dining experiences with Chris’ help.
Additionally, we enjoy doing hobbies in our own leisure time, as well. For example, Taiwan really loves dressing up in cosplay. He sometimes dresses up and volunteers for activities that may mean a lot of people wanting to take a picture with him, both children and adults. On the other hand, Taiwan is more introverted, so he does enjoy gardening and practicing music as some of his more solo hobbies. Chris is more extroverted, so most of his hobbies include playing sports like volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, etc. He also loves to dance and do karaoke any chance that he can get.
Adoption in Our Lives
Chris’ family had encounters with foster care when he was younger. As an 8-year-old, he didn’t know what was happening. He thought they were some friends of his biological mom. It wasn’t until he grew up that he really understood his childhood and see things as they were.
His best friends and their family really opened up and welcomed Chris as part of their family. It was through their love and support that he was able to really grow into a loving person with great compassion and values. They took a chance on him and adopted him into their family and traditions. To this day he still recognizes and appreciates the big impact that they had on his life and hopes to one day be able to adopt children to share that love, compassion, and values with them.
Taiwan’s mother passed away when he was very young, and his father wasn’t in the picture. Taiwan was basically his mother’s clone. She was the kindest and most beautiful soul. His mother’s passing devastated him deeply.
Due to her passing, Taiwan and his brother were routed to foster care until his Aunt stepped in and took on the responsibility to care for them. His aunt and her children welcomed Taiwan and his brother with loving and open arms. Taiwan often reflected on what would have happened if his Aunt hadn’t been able to take them both in. Even to this day, Taiwan still has a soft spot for adoption.
Our House and Neighborhood
We built our house from the ground up in a beautiful suburban neighborhood in Georgia. It is a two story 3 bedroom house, with an office, library and game/music room. Our backyard is fenced in and full of Taiwan’s gardening hobbies.
The house is in a gated community full of diverse people and friends. Our neighbors are of all ranges of ages, genders, nationalities, races, orientations, marital statuses, or families with/without children. We have grown to become very close as a community and have built a parents’ network and support group. We frequently hang out with neighbors and have taken our nephews to neighborhood play dates. Our neighborhood has monthly social events including family friendly ones that encourage building a supportive village.
Right across the street from our house within our gated community, we have a huge park area and playground. For hot summer days, our community has a gated junior Olympic pool attached to our clubhouse, and grills available for anyone to use. Not only do we love our neighborhood, but our city and community is pretty active and family friendly as well. We both get involved with schools, the city’s festivities, and local government meetings.
Our Extended Families
We are very close with our families. Taiwan’s closest family resides only three hours away and is very loving and caring. We both cherish the times and holidays that we spend with Taiwan’s family. Chris’ chosen family lives closer, which means that it gives us an opportunity to be fun uncles and introduce some cousins to those big family gatherings.
Each year we try to go on at least one family trip. We both love traveling and experiencing new cultures. One of our goals is to make sure that this child is eclectic and gets to see the world’s beauty. Although Taiwan will already be exposing them to all types of cuisine, our travel excursions will hopefully give them appreciation of people that are different from us.
From Us to You
We have been married to each other since 2016 and have been together since 2013. Neither one of us really knew that our lives would lead down the path that it did. It wasn’t until 2015, that the Supreme Court ruling to lift the ban on same sex marriage took place. It was such a small thing for a lot of people, but such a huge victory for us. For example, if something were to have happened to us while we were together and if one of us was admitted into the hospital, then we would not have any rights as a couple, be allowed to go back and see the other, or simply know what’s going on due to privacy regulations. We knew that we were a family, but appreciated the fact that legally we could finally become a family legally. Soon after getting married, we started having conversations about growing our family.
Growing a family had always been an idea on the table for us, we just weren’t ever quite sure if we were ready for it or not. It took a lot of long conversations and self-reflecting in order to finally figure out that we may not ever feel like we were ready. Coincidentally, that allowed us to realize that we actually were ready, because we started to understand that 100% readiness doesn’t actually exist. We made some big changes in the following couple of years in order to better prepare for new family members. Whether that was figure out finances or researching what it takes to go through the adoption process. The process itself was a struggle and a challenge and the only thing that really helped us overcome a lot of the obstacles was knowing that we would be blessed with a child at the end of journey.
Once we had gotten to the point where we wanted to actively start the process of growing our family, we knew that there were some non-negotiables for each of us, like adoption. We know that a lot of people have different journeys in life and that they are not always the same journey as our neighbor, peer, or friend. But, one thing that we were certain on was that our story included adopting a child. We both have had experiences with adoption during our childhood (whether officially or unofficially). So with these experiences in our past, we appreciated adoption so much more and knew that it was the only one option worthy for us to truly explore. We both even have close friends who have been adopted or who have adopted children of their own and can appreciate the challenges that all parties involve may face.
Thankfully, we were on the same page in a lot of different things. For example, we love the idea of having an open adoption and having contact with the child’s birth parents. For example, we think it is a wonderful idea to be able to send letters and pictures to the birth parents over the years. We are happy to discuss what that would look like for the child and the birth parents. We would be willing to have more contact as well, like email, Instagram or potentially even future visits. Of course, we would want to take keep into consideration how the birth parents felt about communication. We understand some of the benefits for having the open communication but also realize the challenges that may have for all parties involved. So, we are willing to have those discussions and figure out what works best for everyone. At the end of it all, we are just truly honored and grateful from the bottom of our hearts for this opportunity to share our love and life with a child.
Chris & Taiwan
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