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Curtis & David
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Growing our family has always been a priority in our relationship and we can't wait to experience the joy of adding another child to our family through adoption. We hope this profile gives you an idea of how much happiness, love, and laughter our family has to share. Thank you so much for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents.
Our Most Memorable Moment
Our most memorable moment used to be our wedding day, but the birth of our daughter changed that! Our beautiful daughter, Quinn, joined our family through adoption in 2018. The day she was born is one that we will never forget. We were fortunate enough to be present for our daughter's birth. We were at our birth mother's side for the entire process and provided her support and encouragement during the labor and delivery process. Thankfully it was a pretty quick delivery and our birth mom did amazing. David was able to cut the cord, which is a memory he will cherish forever. Holding our daughter for the first time was a moment that brought us indescribable joy, and being present for her entry into this world was a blessing we will be forever grateful for. We know that every birth story is unique, and we can only hope to be so fortunate for the birth of our second child. We have a very good relationship with our daughter's birth parents and plan on continuing to communicate with them throughout our daughter's life. Our daughter is still too young to understand what any of it means, or who they are, but we make it a point to remain in contact with them and to visit them when we can so that they are a part of her life. We plan to do the same with our second child as well!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Curtis About David: I admire David's drive to learn and continue his education, as well as his desire to share his knowledge by potentially teaching others someday. I also admire his work ethic and drive to be successful. I respect David's ability to keep up with things around the house, both indoor and outdoors. I love his humor and lightheartedness—he can always put a smile on both Quinn's and my face. He is a wonderful daddy and I can't wait to see him with another child!
David About Curtis: I really love that Curtis balances me out. While I can be energetic, outgoing, and at times high-strung, Curtis is mellow, easy-going, and doesn't let much get to him. Our desire to raise a family and love for children has drawn us to each other from the beginning. Curtis recently started his own business, which took a lot of hard work and dedication. I also admire Curtis's business knowledge and tech-savviness, something that I do not possess! Moreover, he is such a great father to Quinn and she adores him. I know he will be just as great with our next child!
What It Means to Be Parents
Becoming a parent is something that both of us always envisioned. Even on our first date, the topic of wanting children came up! For us, being parents means so much more than words can describe. It means being given the opportunity to love, nurture, and provide a caring home for our child. It also gave our lives new purpose! We strive every day to be the best people that we can be to serve as an example to our children. We are so looking forward to the many memories we will make together as a family. We cannot wait to hear his or her first laugh, watch them take their first steps, and the many other moments that make parenting so special. We already know that parenting has its many ups and downs, but we are so excited and grateful to be given the chance to go on this journey again. We are excited for our daughter to have a younger sibling to grow up with and look out for. Being parents has already brought so much joy and new experiences into our lives and we can't wait to experience life as a family of four.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live near a university-town in Illinois that is very busy, vibrant, and culturally diverse. There is always something going on ranging from football games, new restaurants opening, concerts, comedy shows, theatre shows, and community events. We love living near all of these amenities, but also enjoy our smaller community where we recently built a house!
Our subdivision is made up of families with children of all ages. We love our neighborhood, especially in the warmer months. On any given day, you see families taking walks with their dogs, children jumping on trampolines, and playing in their back yards. We love to hear the sound of children laughing and playing in the evenings and look forward to our children being able to do the same thing! Our next door neighbors have several children, their youngest being 6 months apart from our daughter. It will be fun to watch them grow up together!
Our home has five bedrooms. There are two bedrooms upstairs with a jack-and-jill bathroom between them for our children. We loved being able to create our own floor plan and adjust our home to what will work best for us. Our favorite room so far is our finished basement. It has become a giant playroom for our daughter, as well as our wind-down area in the evenings. We are so excited to bring another child into our community and for the memories that we will create together as a family of four!
Our Extended Families
We both have very close relationships with our families and value the time that we get to spend with each of them.
Curtis's family lives about two and a half hours away, but we still see them regularly. He has one sister and three brothers. Through his siblings we have four nephews and a niece that we absolutely adore. Whenever we visit we often get together with Curtis's parents, siblings, and grandparents to spend time together as a family. This usually includes cook-outs, holiday dinners, a spirited game of cards, and of course spoiling our niece and nephews. Curtis's family also comes to our home for visits as well, in fact this past Thanksgiving both sides of our families got together and we hosted in our new home for the first time!
David's family lives close by and one of our favorite traditions is getting together for breakfast each Sunday at a local spot. His family is unique, as they are all in the medical profession, with his dad also being a nurse anesthetist! We have one nephew on David's side of the family and a niece on the way!
Our families mean the world to us and they are all very excited to share in our adoption journey again! We are so excited to bring another child into this family and know that there will be so much love and fun for him or her to share in!
From Us to You
First of all, we would like to say thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. We know that this is a very difficult time for you and probably not even a situation that you would have ever envisioned. The range of emotions we are experiencing just writing this letter cannot compare to what you are experiencing. Just know that we are so grateful for your selfless consideration to make an adoption plan. Your decision, as hard as it may be, is providing a precious gift to couples like us, who are waiting with open arms to expand our family through adoption. Having adopted our daughter, we know what a challenging time this can be and promise to provide additional support through the process, whenever you may need it, if chosen to be the adoptive parents of your child.
We first met when we were in college. David was studying nursing and Curtis was at another university studying for his degree in accounting. We met at a party through a mutual friend in February of 2011. We didn't exactly hit it off the first night that we met, although David knew when he first saw Curtis that he was something special. A few weeks later, we connected on Facebook and started up a conversation. That conversation quickly lead to the exchange of phone numbers, text message conversations, and our first date a few days later. We were both so nervous! It was each of ours' first date and we didn't really know what to expect, just that we liked each other a lot! It was on that first date that the topic of having children one day came up. We both agreed 100% that we wanted to have a family someday, something that has remained a priority for us to this day. We got married in 2013 with a large gathering of our family and friends there to support us. Nine years later, we are still each other's best friend. Now here we are today, ready to make the next step on our journey to becoming a larger family. We have known that we would like our daughter to have a sibling to grow up with from the beginning. Both of us have several siblings and know how important our relationships and experiences with them have been throughout our lives. We want our daughter to also experience growing up with a sibling who is close to her in age. The thought of having another little one filling our home with laughter brings us so much joy. We know from our daughter that raising children isn't easy. Honestly, it's probably one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. We wouldn't trade those experiences for the world though, and are ready for more as a family of four!
We have so much love, laughter, and fun to share and are at a point in our lives where we are ready to make the next step in growing our family. We are financially stable and promise to provide a loving home, great education, and support our child in all of his/her endeavors. We will provide unconditional love and support for your child. We can't begin to imagine the emotions that you must be feeling at this time, but want you to find comfort in knowing that if we were chosen as the adoptive family for your baby, we would provide him or her with a loving, safe, and stable home. We want to develop an adoption plan that fits all of our needs. We would love to develop an open and long-term relationship with the child’s birth family, if that is what fits your needs. We are open to various levels of communication throughout our child's life, at a minimum sending update letters along with pictures. We would also be open to various other forms of communication including emails, phone calls, and future visits. We are willing to be flexible and evolve with you as we all experience this new process together, and at the end of the day know that we all have the child's best interest at heart. We would like to thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts, for considering us to be the parents for your child.
With Thanks and Love,
Curtis & David
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