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Baron & Tasha
If chosen to be your child's parents, our priority is to provide them with unconditional love and to provide them with the best tools to live fulfilling lives. It is our greatest honor to be able to guide them so that they will be able to have the resources and navigate the ups and downs the world can bring. We hope this reaches you with much love and understanding.
Why We Chose Adoption
We absolutely love being parents! Tasha often says that her greatest career choice was to become a mom. There is nothing more fulfilling than nurturing children and providing them with a safe place to explore. Experiencing life with another child would be our greatest honor and privilege.
We chose adoption because we have room in our family for another child to nurture and love. We know that our family is not yet complete. We have chosen adoption as a way to grow our family because our own families have experienced how positive adoption can be.
Our dream for our family is for us to live happy and fulfilling lives. We dream for our children to find beauty and peace in even the smallest things in life. We want them to dream big, love hard, and feel safe to explore and experience everything the world has to offer. We want them to be life-long learners, to be set up for success in not only their chosen careers but in their chosen relationships. We dream that our family will be a constant source of stability, safety, and love for each and every one of us.
Our Leisure Time
We are both outgoing but also enjoy quiet nights at home as a family. We often have get-togethers with our neighbors and friends. As a family, we enjoy hiking together, going to the nature realm, the children's theatre, Sunday art days, and visiting the many wonderful libraries around us. We go to Disney on Ice in January every year, we love to travel together and also enjoy a quiet evening at home playing board games.
Baron is the jokester in the family. He can also do almost any voice you ask him to—from Goofy to Buzz Light Year to Minnie Mouse and Gargamel from The Smurfs (which makes for amazing playtimes with our daughter)! Baron is excellent at keeping our family organized. Baron has amazing drive, and energy. He self sacrifices for the good of others. He is very active with our daughter and compliments Tasha very well.
Tasha is excellent at planning events for our family. She is able to find some of the most fun and educational resources around us. She loves to be a mother and takes care of everyone (even our pets) with the utmost empathy, love, and care. Tasha loves to help people, and volunteer in the community. She has volunteered for children's rights groups and played board games with seniors on the weekend. Tasha is also a part of the local moms club. The moms club meets for playgroups, events, and provides a community for support and friendship.
One of the best things about living in Ohio is the amazing cultural diversity around us. There are several large Middle Eastern, Asian, African American, South American, communities in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. The variety of churches, educational, and community-based activities available to our diverse populations is one of our favorite things about living here. Tasha's degree in Anthropology has given her amazing insights into human history, racial history, and has given us access to learn and be exposed to a variety of cultures and experiences. Our most recent, being able to participate in Chinese traditions such as the Spring Festival, Winter Solstice, and Chinese family customs. We want to honor, preserve, and expose your child to their culture and history. This is something we will do every day through books, media, community events, and yearly through vacations.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood is a diverse and beautiful place to live in. Our neighborhood is full of families of all ages. On our street alone we have over 30 children ages 11 and under. Most of them are under 6 years old. There are families from China, Jordan, Russia, Iran, South Korea, Africa, and Japan to name a few. We also have families who are retired and love to chat with us while walking their dogs.
Our community is full of wonderful resources to raise children. We have annual events in the community like our ice cream social, block parties, and holiday party at a local restaurant.
Our library system is amazing. We have 4 libraries within 10 minutes of us and they have enrichment programs for all ages.
Our community is also connected to a national park. We have a hiking trail within our community that connects to various trails within the park. The park offers enrichment classes for children like nature stories, kinderealm, s'more campfires, and hiking sprees that we attend. We also have many museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and science centers nearby. Every Sunday we attend family art time at our local art studio. We recently made a robot family out of recycled materials!
Lastly, we have a railroad near us that runs various programs as well. We recently rode the train for a Polar Express ride and have enjoyed storytime on the train.
Our Extended Families
We have family all over the country—from California to Idaho, to Massachusetts and Delaware. It makes it great for us to be able to travel and visit unique places. We even have family in Colorado and Wyoming!
We both have large families and are very close. Baron's parents are in the process of moving to Ohio. They will be about ten minutes from us which will make visiting even easier. Every year, Baron's family all travels to one spot to participate in the annual camping trip. It lasts for about 7- 10 days. Our traditions include family card games, ping pong tournaments, and fishing at the lake. We have also made a family of our own in our neighborhood.
Our family isn't just genetic, it has been formed over many years with people from all over the world that have come together in our neighborhood. We are very close with our neighbors and their children. During the summer, our neighborhood is filled with the sounds of children playing, water splashing, adults talking, and the ice cream truck singing. During winter time, you can hear the happy yells of children as they sled down the many hills in our neighborhood. It is also fun to see the many snowmen families occupying everyone's lawns. We help them when they are sick, celebrate their accomplishments, and share our lives together.
From Us to You
There are no words to properly express the many emotions that you are experiencing right now. Know that our every intention is to do what's best for you and your child. We want them to know who you are, and where they come from. If you wish, we would like to exchange letters, pictures, phone calls, and hopefully arrange some visits with you. If you would rather have more distance, we respect that as well. We hope to provide your child with a strong foundation full of love, support, and a life full of continual learning and growth.
Our hope with this letter is to help you decide that we would be the right parents for your child. To be perfectly honest, we don't know what to say to help you make that choice. We can only imagine the things you are considering as you make this choice. When we think about what it takes to be good parents, the first thing that comes to mind is sacrifice. We know what it is like to sacrifice for a child. We've lost sleep, seemingly aged rapidly, and put our open needs and hobbies aside so we can devote all our resources to our daughter. It has been exhausting, but at the same time we have learned that we can do it and just how rewarding it is. If you choose us, you can rest assured that you are getting parents who have been there, know how to take care of a child, and make sure they thrive. We have not made the decision to adopt lightly. While every child has their own unique challenges, we are well prepared to help another child to succeed.
We have been together for almost 14 years and married 8 years. It addition to many lovely memories we have made together over the years we have also overcome much adversity. We have dealt with death, financial instability, illness, and loss. We have built our life from the very bottom to where we are now. We started living in a studio apartment with a murphy bed together to now owning a home. Our relationship has been strengthened by our challenges and enriched by the wonderful memories we make everyday. The challenges we have faced have made our relationship stronger and have provided a solid foundation upon which we can face any challenge.
Tasha has been a stay-at-home mom for 4 years, and Baron works at a wonderful company that offers exceptional work life balance. We hope to impart our journey into our children's lives and teach them how to persevere.
To say this is a difficult decision for you we're sure is an understatement. Some moments in life can not be captured in a few words. We hope you read this and find comfort in knowing we send this with much acceptance, support, and admiration as you make this very big decision. If you choose us, we want you to know that we do not strive for perfection but we do strive to constantly learn and grow regardless of our age. We will forever be advocates for our children.
Baron & Tasha
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