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Kevin & Tracy
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and taking us into consideration to be potential parents to your child. We are so excited to expand our family through adoption and bring a child into our fun, loving, and joyful home. It's an honor to be considered, and we wish you peace and wisdom on your journey.
Tracy is Lebanese-American but was raised mainly by her mother, who is white. We enjoy incorporating aspects of Tracy's heritage into our lives, but we also acknowledge that our experiences have been influenced by our primarily white upbringings. We believe strongly in the importance of representation of all cultures and racial backgrounds, and we will look to embrace heroes and historical figures that look like our future child. We are committed to teaching our child not only about their own heritage, but also about many different cultures. We plan to discuss the realities of race and racism while also celebrating what makes each of us unique.
Additionally, Kevin has two cousins who are transracial adoptees, and we have had conversations with them and continue to educate ourselves about the unique challenges of a transracial adoption. Tracy's mother's longtime partner is a Black man, and he is excited to contribute to our child's cultural education. Both of our families are filled with unconditional love and are open and accepting of all cultures.
Our Family Traditions
Our families are very loving and fun, and we are always looking for reasons to spend time together. Tracy's extended family has a cottage in northern Michigan where the large, 40-person family enjoys the classic lake experience every summer. We water ski, swim, play yard games, have campfires, and enjoy hanging out with the many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kevin's side of the family also loves to spend vacation time together in the summers. Every other summer, we go on a family trip to a new vacation spot. We like to go boating, make large dinners, and eat lots and lots of ice cream! We love to watch our nieces and nephews try new things and explore new places and we can't wait to have a child of our own to share these memories with as well.
In winter, we like to stay in and watch our home become a winter wonderland. Our favorite household tradition is our "Santa Claus Day," when we decorate our house for Christmas. We put up our tree and other decorations while eating Christmas cookies, drinking hot cocoa, and watching all three of The Santa Clause movies. We are so excited to welcome a child into our home and share these traditions with them.
We plan to be honest with our future child about their adoption. The child will always know that they are adopted, and we will answer any questions they may have about it. In our family, we will be as open and honest as possible, even when that means having complicated conversations. We intend to give the child as much information as we can, while making sure to be age-appropriate.
We plan to approach these conversations with empathy towards everyone involved. We will be compassionate towards the child's desire for any answers or information, and we will never discourage any curiosity they have about themselves and this process. Throughout the child's life, we will engage in an open dialogue about their identity and their adoption story while assuring them that they are unconditionally loved and supported.
Our Extended Families
Most weekends, we get together with Kevin's parents, sisters, and nieces and nephews. We love to cook and eat together. We often have game nights with the whole family. We love spending time playing with our nieces and nephews, goofing around with them in whatever game they've made up. We are really excited that Kevin's sister and her husband (who are expecting their first child) just moved into our neighborhood five houses down from ours!
On Tracy's side of the family, we spend most of our time with her mom, baking cookies and playing cards. We also enjoy being active together, playing various sports like tennis and basketball. Tracy's mother's family has a cottage in northern Michigan where the whole extended family enjoys campfires and watersports. A few times a year, we also visit Tracy's sister who lives on a large farm with her five children.
Both sides of the family are really excited to welcome another child into the family who they can spoil with love and attention.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is a three-bedroom tri-level with a big great room where we spend most of our time cooking, baking, doing puzzles, doing crafts, and spending time together. Our house has a peaceful, quiet backyard that backs up to woods. We love to sit outside together, sometimes with a campfire, when the weather is nice. Our home is a fun place to be! We love to spend time together in our home making each other laugh, and we can't wait to share that joy with a child.
We live in a subdivision with a lot to offer. Our neighborhood has a small lake that neighborhood kids often fish in. There is a neighborhood park with swings, a playset, and some small boats for exploring the lake. Kevin's sister lives down the road, so we like to walk down to spend time with her and her husband. We also live about 15 minutes away from both a large metropark and a state park that have nature trails, camp sites, beaches, and lots of events and activities for kids.
The city we live in has a small downtown with a lot of fun restaurants to explore and frequent street fairs throughout the year. We also live nearby two larger cities, which both have a lot of fun museums and family events all year long.
From Us to You
We want to start by saying thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile. We hope you can see that we are a loving couple who are so excited to welcome a child into our lives. We have been together for nearly eight years and married for nearly five. In that time, we have created a stable, fun, loving life that will be a great environment for raising a child. This child will be raised with the confidence and security that comes with growing up in a happy, safe, kind home.
We can’t wait to bring our child home to meet our supportive friends and family. Our families are so excited to welcome another child into our lively group. Our nieces and nephews love when they get to all play together, and we will be so thrilled to introduce a new child to them. Several of our close friends are starting to have children too, and we are so thankful to have a very supportive network of people behind us as we become parents.
To us, being parents will mean sharing our fun, joyful life with a child on a daily basis. We are really looking forward to all of the activities in our lives that will be made all the better when we have a child to share them with. Kevin is really excited to cook and go on bike rides with our future child, and Tracy can’t wait to do crafts and play sports with him or her. While we are at home, we frequently envision adding a child to our daily life. We often jokingly say to each other, “The baby could go right here” when we’re spending time together at home. We are always thinking of ways we will include our child in our current life and our future one. One of the specific things we’re excited to share with our child is taking him or her to the local metropark nature trail where they can feed birds right out of their hand.
We look forward to sharing the triumphs and the pitfalls of life with our future child, and through it all, we will consistently provide each other with encouragement and love. We want our child to grow up in an environment where they can feel free to be themselves at all times. We will respect their unique qualities and allow them to be themselves without exception. We look forward to giving them unconditional love and support while also giving them structure and boundaries to guide them to excel in life. We will feel successful as parents as long as our future child is happy, kind, and fulfilled, and we want to do whatever we can to support them along the way.
Throughout this child’s life, we will always honor you. We would be happy to know you and share your story with your child if you wish. We also look forward to getting to know you through this process as much as you are comfortable with. We will always speak about you with kindness and compassion. We plan to send letters and pictures to you regularly so that you can see the happy, loving life this child will have with us. We are also open to coordinating visits when the time is right for everyone.
We realize you have a big decision to make, and we wish you all the best now and in the future. Thank you again for considering us.
Kevin & Tracy
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