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Christopher & Chris
We knew that we wanted to have a family early in our relationship. Currently, our family is made up of our three lovable dogs and us, and we are ready to add a baby. We are so excited about the adoption process and the opportunity it provides us to share our love! We appreciate the energy you have put into considering us as parents for your child, and we cannot wait to get our family started.
Our Leisure Time
We love to spend our leisure time by enjoying each other’s company at home or exploring our own city. When we’re at home, we both love cooking and baking. Chris prefers cooking delicious cuisine from different cultures, and Christopher enjoys baking and decorating unique treats. If we are looking for a relaxing activity, we enjoy reading or watching TV. We both love being active in various ways; this includes taking our dogs for a walk around the neighborhood or to the park, exercising at the gym, and playing volleyball.
When we are exploring the city, we absolutely love going to museums. We have been able to visit museums of all different kinds all over the country. We have two children’s museums in our area that we have taken our nieces and nephews to, and we are excited to share them with this child. We also enjoy going to live theatre productions of plays and musicals, and professional sporting events.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Christopher About Chris: Chris loves with his whole heart in a way that leaves me always feeling supported. I admire his consistency and stability. These qualities create his even nature, which is comforting. I respect his unwavering confidence in the things in which he believes. I always feel safety, support, and love when I am with him.
Chris About Christopher: Christopher is one of the most optimistic and happy persons I know. His high energy approach to life is infectious to everyone around him. He is also a doer, taking advantage of every moment of every day. He has so much confidence in himself and others in his life. These qualities are the reason I love and admire him, and the reason I know he’ll make an amazing father.
We both have a deep appreciation for cultural diversity. Christopher’s father’s side of the family is from Mexico, with Christopher’s father being a first-generation American. Every celebration on that side of the family is huge, because Christopher’s dad has six brothers and sisters. It’s also amazing to get everyone together to share love and laughter.
Chris’s family is largely of European descent (Polish, Irish, Romanian, Bohemian). Chris’s mother has five siblings and father has seven siblings. At large family gatherings traditional foods are prepared and served, and the family attends various cultural festivals each year. To emerge himself in cultures different from his own, Chris chose to study abroad in Costa Rica during college. After college, Chris chose to complete an internship in Bogotá, Colombia. During these programs, he was able to experience their cultures firsthand and gain an appreciation for them.
If our child is from a culture different than our own, we will learn everything we can about it, and get involved in the local community. We believe it is so important for our child to feel connected to her or his culture. All of our lives will be more enriched by having the opportunity to experience different cultures while making our own traditions as a family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburban area in eastern Kansas. Our home is in a community largely made up of young families. Within walking distance of our home is our elementary school, a beautiful new public library, and two different city parks. There is also a nature trail that spans for miles and is great for walking, jogging, and biking. Less than 10 minutes away from our home are a large amount of local attractions, including swimming pools, a movie theatre, sports complexes, a farmstead tailored to children, a recreation center, outdoor adventure center, indoor trampoline park, laser tag, arcade, and a bowling alley.
Our home has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Our favorite room to spend time in is our oversized family room. The family room has a comfy sectional for cozying up to watch TV and movies or play video games. It also has a play area/reading nook for games, activities, or just relaxing to enjoy a good book!
Our Extended Families
One of our nieces was recently overheard telling her little sister how excited she was, because they were going to have a new cousin when Uncle Chris and Uncle Christopher have a baby. That sentiment echoes the feelings of all of our family members -- everyone is so excited to have a new baby in the family. They are already teasing each other over who gets to babysit first!
We are lucky to live right between our two families, so we enjoy a lot of time together. One of our favorite things is to get all the nieces and nephews together for bowling, laser tag, a movie, or fun and games at grandma and grandpa’s house. We both have a very strong foundation in family, and plan to provide that same foundation for this baby.
Our favorite pastime on both sides of our family is family game night! We love to play games that allow for everyone to play, but that doesn’t stop us from getting competitive. We can’t wait for this child to learn and grow with our extended family and get excited for family game nights.
From Us to You
We have so much we would like to say and share with you, but we will start with a short story from early on in our relationship. Within our first month of dating Chris was the one to ask the question: “Do you want kids?” Not wanting kids was a deal breaker for both of us, so it made sense to find out sooner rather than later. Luckily, we both said yes, and the conversation took the natural segue into the question of how many. In a moment plucked straight out of a cheesy, family-friendly sitcom, we did a countdown to share our answers at the same time. Three... two... one...
“One, maybe two.” “SEVENTEEN.”
Whether it is one, two, or--in an alternate universe--seventeen, we both strongly desire the amazing experience of parenting . We are so excited for what comes next. We have been together for five years altogether and married for two of the five. Now, we want a family. We want to experience fatherhood. We want to nurture, and bring joy, and feel the misery, and experience the love of parenting. We are excited to learn and grow with our child, and watch as they develop their own interests and hobbies.
This is where you come in. As a same-sex couple, we cannot biologically have a child. For us, we do not need a biological child to be a family. We have so much love between us and plenty more to share, and that is why we want to adopt. Developing an adoption plan is a difficult and emotional time, and we do not know how you are feeling during this process. We appreciate the energy you have put into considering us as parents for your child, and we recognize that it has not been easy for you. We do want you to know that we want to be there for you should you need any extra support.
One of the reasons we chose American Adoptions is because we believe in the value of an open adoption. Our child will know she or he was adopted from a developmentally appropriate age. We will instill the fact that adoption is an incredible gift that allowed us to start our family. We also want to share information with our child about who you are. You are an important part of the story, because without you, we would not be able to have a family. In addition to wanting this child to know about you, we want you to know about her or him. We will gladly send letters and photographs keeping you up-to-date as the child grows. Depending on your situation, we are also open to emails, phone calls, and possibly even future visits.
For this baby, we do not know what her or his future holds. There are a few things, however, that we can confidently guarantee: a safe and stable home, a strong foundation in education, a supportive extended family, opportunities to explore and develop as an individual, and most importantly, unconditional love.
Your support in starting our family would mean more than words can express. Thank you for considering us.
Christopher & Chris
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