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Kyle & Katy
We are so grateful that you want to learn more about us and cannot wait to share more about our lives. We truly have an infinite amount of love to give and cannot wait to experience a lifetime of special adventures and memories with a child. We feel so privileged to be on this adoption journey and we know that the adoption of a child will be a blessing to us and our entire family.
What Makes Us Unique
We think what makes us unique is that we live very colorful lives; full of special memories and adventures. We find ways to create special moments each and every day together as a couple and with our close friends and family. We also seek adventure in everyday life even if it is in the smallest of tasks or activities; a bike cruise to grab ice cream, a walk to the beach to watch the sunset, going to see a band play outdoors on a weeknight, or taking an impromptu paddleboard day trip to go fishing with our dogs. We are also unique in the sense that we are very different as individuals and enjoy different activities and hobbies, but that is what makes us strong and happy as a couple. And we have come to enjoy activities that the other enjoys, which gives us so many different options for spending time together.
Kyle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Timberframing and can build pretty much anything now because of his training. He is constantly taking on projects at our home and making upgrades. He also makes furniture, including several dining room tables and coffee tables.
Katy also enjoys a creative outlet through painting and drawing. She completed a minor in Studio Art while in college. She loves painting and drawing for family and friends and has many of her pieces in our home as well.
What it Means to be a Parent
We became foster parents about one year ago; we knew we had so much love to give a child and felt this was a way to serve others and give back to children in our community. We also knew this was a way for us to experience parenthood in some capacity. In February, we fostered a beautiful baby girl (our first foster child), bringing her home from the hospital at just two weeks old. Our foster daughter was only with us for four months, but we loved every minute of parenting her during this time. We thrived as a couple while parenting her; we were very much in sync in sharing the duties of caring for her. We truly enjoyed spending time with her, holding her and feeding her, taking her out on walks, and introducing her to new sights and sounds. Despite the unique and at times chaotic way we entered into parenting, it felt so natural to us. We knew prior to our foster daughter that we had a love for children, but parenting her only solidified this love and longing to be parents. Being parents would mean sharing our lives with children of our own, introducing them to all of the activities we love the most. The joy that we experience having children in our lives like our nephews and our foster daughter is something we could simply never live without. We hope that having children of our own will only multiply that joy.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Katy on Kyle: Kyle is truly an incredible partner. He gives more to me on a daily basis than I could have ever imagined. Kyle is a very gentle soul who has been so devoted and patient even in the most difficult of times. Kyle is also a very hard-working and honest person in all his personal and professional endeavors. I love Kyle’s personality because he can be reserved and quiet at times, but he is also very easy going, friendly and personable. And he enjoys being social and spending time with friends and family. He also has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh. Kyle is highly intelligent and loves to spend time continually educating himself on a wide range of interests and topics.
Kyle on Katy: Katy is incredibly devoted to everything she is involved with including family, friends, work, hobbies, and her various philanthropic endeavors. Once she sets her mind to something, she will dedicate herself to achieving it. She will also go out of her way for her friends and family no matter what is going on in her personal life. Katy is also very loving and generous and would give anything to someone in need. People are naturally attracted to her energy and outgoing personality. Katy is incredibly kind and loving towards everyone around her. She is energetic, lively, and ambitious, and projects her exuberance on everyone around her.
Our Extended Families
We are very close with our families and spend most weekends with them. We enjoy cooking, watching sports, and playing games with our families. Our nephews love playing and snuggling with our pups. Our families live in Virginia, South Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia. Katy’s family lives nearby so we spend lots of time with her cousins as well as her oldest sister, brother-in-law, and our nephew, JB. We often have family dinners all together and spend weekends on the beach with them. Katy enjoys taking JB to the beach to surf and swim and Kyle takes him fishing. Katy’s parents live three hours away in the mountains. We visit them often, spending time on the river by their house and hiking the nearby trails. Kyle’s family lives out of state but we visit several times a year. Kyle’s parents live in a coastal community where we love boating to local barrier islands. Kyle’s sister has two sons who we love dearly. We enjoy playing ball outside with them and exploring their city which has great outdoor spaces.
Also, a part of our “extended families” are our close friends and their children. We are considered Aunt Kiki and Uncle Kyle to our friend’s children as well! We love spending time on the beach and outside with them. Our families and close friends are very excited and supportive of our adoption journey and cannot wait to welcome a child into our lives. They are all aware of our difficult journey to become parents and know how much joy a child will bring to us and how much love we have to give.
Our House and Neighborhood
The city that we live in is a very vibrant and family-oriented community to raise a child. Our life here is the beach life- we live three blocks from the beach! Our beach has a 2.5-mile long boardwalk with many restaurants and shops where we love to walk our dogs and bike. From our home we can walk or bike to dinner, to our grocery store, to our friends' homes, the farmers market, the art district, and to get ice cream at our favorite local spot. In the summer there are so many activities at the beach including beach concerts, art shows, and surfing competitions. The elementary school and middle school are within walking distance from our house and many families walk to school every morning. There are several playgrounds within walking distance, including three that are right on the beach. We love visiting our local state park on the Chesapeake Bay as well (about two miles away from our home) where we fish, paddleboard, walk our dogs, and enjoy nature. We live in a single-family home with three bedrooms. Kyle has training as a carpenter and has done many projects at our home including adding a master bathroom, building an outdoor shower, and building an outdoor pergola. We enjoy spending time at our home together and with friends and family, and especially love to cook and grill and spend time on our outdoor patio and pergola.
From Us to You
We imagine that getting to this point has been very challenging for you and we pray that you have the support that you need as you are making your decision and moving forward. We truly admire your bravery and courage to make this choice for yourself and your child. We are incredibly grateful that you are considering us; it brings us great joy knowing you want to learn more about us. We long to share our lives with a child through adoption, and probably the most important part of that process is also sharing a piece of our lives with you. It is difficult for us to fully portray ourselves through this letter, but we hope our love for one another and the love we hope to share with you and your child shines through. We are so lucky to have each other and have such a wonderful life together, but there is also emptiness in our hearts waiting for our child. It is our deepest longing to be parents, and we would go to the ends of the earth to fulfill that dream and find our child.
We met through a mutual friend over 10 years ago. Our love grew early in our relationship and we knew we had something special. Our first few years of dating were full of fun and adventure. Katy has a very large friend group that is extremely important to her. We regularly planned activities with Katy’s friends that Kyle joined without hesitation. We travelled together; spent holidays together, attended friend’s weddings (Katy has been a bridesmaid 13 times), and ate weekly meals together. Kyle quickly integrated into Katy’s group of friends and became one of the “frizzles” as they called themselves. If Kyle could fit in with this group and hold his own, we knew he was a true life partner. We knew we wanted to become parents before we were married, so we started our journey to parenthood shortly after marrying. We had discussed and considered adoption and foster care, and we began pursuing these paths about a year after realizing that biological children may not be part of our path to parenthood. We started by becoming licensed foster parents while also researching adoption agencies.
Becoming foster parents to our foster daughter was one of most joyous moments of our life although we recognize it came out of significant hardship for her and her parents. We fully opened our hearts to her knowing she might not be with us long term. The love that grew for her was unlike anything we’ve experienced. We know we will experience this on an even higher level with a child of our own and cannot wait for this. Our love for one another also grew through this experience as we witnessed each other nurture this child with such delicate care and concern. Kyle’s soft spirit became even softer and Katy’s motherly instincts were only heightened. We held each other in tears as we said goodbye to her when we handed her over to her family members who would continue to help her grow and thrive. We continue to maintain a relationship with her and are close with her family. And they have supported us as we pursue adoption- they are such a wonderful family and we love them so much!
We hope to have a very open adoption but certainly want to follow your lead and what’s right for you. We hope to share regular pictures and updates, whether through letters, email and phone communication. We would also love to have in-person visits with you if this is something you would want to consider. We also hope that our child can develop a relationship with you independent of us in the future if you’d like and we hope to help nurture that relationship in every way possible throughout the course of our child’s life!
We cannot begin to imagine the complex nature of your decision and the very difficult emotions that you are experiencing, but we hope to wrap our love and hearts around you and your child, so you know you are not alone. We cannot wait to connect with you, and we only pray that this connection will offer hope and light to you. Thank you again for taking the time to read our story, and we hope to speak with you soon!
Kyle & Katy