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Derrick & Angela
We truly believe adoption is an amazing gift and we are thankful for your choice to share in that gift. Thank you so much for reading our profile. We are fun, loving and supportive parents and can't wait to grow our family of three. Calvin is very excited to become a big brother. We would be so honored if you chose us to be your child's parents. We look forward to the adventure ahead.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has affected us personally because both of us know what it is like to be raised or helped raised by someone who isn't our biological parent. Derrick was raised from the age of 6 years old by his aunt and uncle. His mother was going through some issues and was unable to care for Derrick the way he needed. His aunt and uncle welcomed him with open arms into their home and lives. They were always there for him and Derrick’s mom was also active in his life. Derrick's aunt Chris and uncle Johnny loved Derrick as if he was their own. They took on all responsibilities for him from financial, education and love. He felt safe and never once did he think this wasn't how this was supposed to be. Still to this day both his mom and aunt and uncle are a big part of our lives and are both grandparents to our son.
Angela, on the other hand, helped her sister with her children when she was too sick to watch them. We took the children into our home and took care of them while Angela's sister was recovering. After that we would still take the kids almost every weekend, until her sister was back on her feet 100%. We understand that these aren't exactly the same as an adoption in the traditional sense but we see the importance in someone being there for your child as their parents.
Our lifestyle is very simple, we work to live. Derrick works as a general contractor and owns his own business. He has worked very hard over the years to make sure he now can delegate and spend more time with our family. Angela is a stay-at-home mom but occasionally helps Derrick with his business. We are a team in and out of work.
While Derrick is at work Angela and Calvin have a lot of fun at home. We play games, do puzzles and play sports. Calvin takes tennis and swim lessons once a week and the other days he has school a couple hours a day. When the family is together on weekends and vacations we love to be outside. We like to play at the park, go to the race track, hike, camp or travel. Living life to the fullest is important to us and we don't want to waste any minutes in the day.
When we are not outside, we are usually in the house playing music, having dance parties, playing board games or challenging each other to an air hockey match. We are also very active in our community. We love getting together with neighbors, going to events in town or walking our local trails. We are a very active family but also enjoy just sitting down cuddling on the couch and watching a movie.
Education We will Provide
Education is very important to us. Our son Calvin has just completed two years of preschool and will be heading to an amazing charter school in Colorado. Due to Calvin already being accepted to this school your child will be guaranteed a spot at that school as well. We don't believe education is only achieved at school though. We try to incorporate learning in most things we do and learning through play is so important in a young child's life. We will also educate through adventure and exploring. We like to go on hikes and learn about nature, weather and wildlife, go to museums to learn about history, space and engineering, and we love going on play dates which helps teach socialization. It would be our honor to make sure your child is given all the opportunity to be well rounded in their education.
Our Extended Families
Being with our family is truly our happy place. Angela's family lives in California and Michigan. Derrick’s parents are retired and just moved to Colorado to be closer to us. They can’t wait to welcome a new grandchild! Derrick's step dad is adopted and knows the joy and love of this process. Derrick is one of 5 biological siblings and another 4 step brothers. One of which also lives in Colorado with us. Angela has one little sister that lives in San Diego. Between the two of us we have 15 nieces and nephews who we are close to and love to spend time with.
We love traveling to visit our families and make new adventures out of each trip. We enjoy getting together for holiday dinner and amazing birthday parties. As a family we love playing board games, having BBQ's, and swimming, whether it's at the neighborhood pool or the ocean on vacation. Everyone is so excited and supportive of welcoming a new baby into our home. They're already debating who gets the first visit and all plan to come out to meet the new baby when that time comes.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in our dream town in Colorado. We live in a small neighborhood in a small town outside of a big city. We know most of our neighbors and have weekly hangouts and BBQ's. The kids all play no matter the age difference and all get along. Our community is the reason you move to the suburbs, friendly people who want to know you, support you and be a part of your lives. We have a neighborhood park, where the kids play and community events are held. We have at least four planned events a year with another dozen that just happen.
Our home is a place of magic. Always filled with music and dance parties. We love to have a good time in everything we do and believe music helps make any task better. We love playing cars or air hockey in the playroom with our son, or go in the back yard and play bocce ball or have relay races. Our home backs to open space and the park, which makes it perfect for backyard dinners and watching Derrick and Calvin jump the fence to take a short cut to the park.
From Us to You
We are honored and thankful that you have taken the time to consider us, we appreciate you for letting us share a little about ourselves. We can't imagine how difficult this decision is for you, but want you to know if you choose us, we will love, support and cherish your child for the rest of our lives. Our family is our number one priority and we hope that your child can be a part of our lives. We have so much unconditional love we are just waiting to give to another child.
We met over fourteen years ago and started with a friendship that bloomed into much, much more. This year we celebrate seven years of marriage and 13 years together. Our first couple of years we dealt with loss and heart ache with losing our first son. We grew a lot and learned how to overcome and lean on each other. In 2015 we welcomed our son Calvin into the world and felt so blessed. We are a very fun, outspoken and active family. We love being together and sharing all our experiences with each other. We are the family that others ask do you guys do everything together? The answer is usually yes, because we truly enjoy each other’s company. Our family of three has been a blast but we feel like our little family is just not complete, which is the calling that led us here and to adoption.
Growing our family is an amazing step in our lives. We can't wait to have another little bundle of joy to love unconditionally. Calvin is also so excited to be a big brother! When we started this journey, we made sure he was a part of it. We spoke to him about the difference of adoption and growing a baby in mommy’s tummy. His amazing answer to this concept was, "Wow, how nice that they want to give me a brother or sister, that makes me want to cry from happiness." We also cried happy tears knowing that even a four-year-old can see how magical adoption is and how amazing you are for allowing us to be parents to your child.
As parents, we are excited to love and support your child unconditionally. We want to create an environment where their family is their safe place. We will also guide and mold them into an amazing person - something we take very seriously. We want our son and future child to know right and wrong, boundaries and adventure. There is a way to show this through fun and structure. Guiding them to be their own individual well rounded person, by giving them the skills needed to make the right choices is how we parent.
With our biracial background we are excited to welcome more diversity into our home. We believe that we were meant to adopt and we are open to any child of any background that we might be blessed with. The most important thing to us is that it is what is meant to be. We want you to feel like we are where your child will be loved, safe, respected and supported.
Our promise to you is that we will always be open and honest. We will make sure that your child knows where they come from and how loved they are. We will make sure they know that this decision was made out of love and devotion for them. We will always make sure that we share through letters and photos with you, their accomplishments, triumphs and who they're becoming. Most importantly we will make sure your child knows how much you cared to do something so selfless.
Derrick & Angela
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