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Joel & Tiffany
You are brave. You know love and we honor you and your consideration to make an adoption plan. We hope we can help lessen the stress of making a choice by sharing with you what we can provide for you and baby. We have so much love to give and are anxiously awaiting to provide our child with endless love and a life full of opportunity to shine.
Why We Chose Adoption
Pursuing adoption has long been a dream of ours and the path that we knew we would take to complete our family. When we were first married, we took the time to ensure our family would be set up for success. We focused on our careers, bought our home, furthered our education, rescued our two dogs, and traveled. Once we felt settled, we were ready to begin our dream of expanding our family!
After many conversations with friends who have adopted, and after having our daughter, we knew more than ever that adoption was how we wanted to complete our family. We decided to wait until our daughter had started school so that we could devote one-on-one time to our next child, just as we had with our daughter. Now we are more than ready to embrace adoption with love, openness, and gratitude, and to provide unconditional love and support to our child. Our daughter constantly promises and reminds us how great of a big sister she'll be, all the things she'll teach her brother or sister, and even sets aside her favorite toys to share. Our family has so much to give, and we can't wait to bring in and shower a little one with love.
Our Leisure Time
Family and friends make up the most important aspects of our life, so of course our free time is mostly spent with them. We love hosting and entertaining in our home, and often have family and friends over for BBQs/dinner, play time for the kids, swimming, game nights, and anything we can think of to celebrate! Birthdays and holidays are especially important to us, and no detail is spared in the planning and celebrating.
We also love going to sporting events, local festivals, fun restaurants, our daughter's extracurricular activities, fund-raising events for our best friend's animal rescue organization, The Phoenix Children's Museum, The Arizona Science Center, and The Phoenix Zoo, just to name a few!
When we're not out and about, we love reading with our daughter, taking our dogs on family walks, cooking meals together, and watching movies (the movie Elf is on repeat in our house during Christmas!)
Cultural Diversity in Our Family
We are both Caucasian, however, we each have cultural diversity on our individual sides of the family. Joel's sister's husband is black, and together they have two biracial children. Tiffany's sister's husband is Hispanic, and together they have three children. We are very close to our extended families, and are certain our child will develop a close relationship with their cousins, which we believe will help foster inclusiveness and directly provide our child with diversity in his/her life.
As a family, we highly value cultural diversity and will fully embrace the potential diversity of our child. While we have family members to help guide us, we will also proactively seek out and research activities and places that provide diversity. We will educate our child on their heritage, and the rich cultural history of their ancestors. We will provide culturally appropriate and diverse books, movies, toys, etc. to help show our child heroes who look like they do. We will work our hardest to ensure our child is proud of their race and culture, and that he/she always has access to information regarding their race, through both social and educational means.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live nestled in at the end of a cul-de-sac in a beautiful neighborhood.
Our home has three bedrooms, a playroom, a den, and a pool in the yard. But our favorite room would have to be the living room, where we snuggle up on the couch and watch movies.
Our neighborhood has a park that we can see from our house, and is filled with families and young children. We are close friends with several of our neighbors who have kids, and often get together on the weekends for pool parties, park play-dates, and for holiday-time celebrations hosted by our neighborhood community association (like the annual Easter egg hunt and Santa and Snow in the Park.) We host an annual Halloween party at our house for our neighbors, and then go trick-or-treating together.
We are fortunate to have our choice of top-notch schools within minutes of our home, as well as to live within 30 minutes of downtown Phoenix to visit awesome museums, go to Diamondbacks or Suns games, and enjoy the diversity the city has to offer.
We really love our home and community and we cannot wait to raise another child here!
Our Extended Families
Tiffany is the oldest child of three, and Joel has one younger sister. Both sides of our family live in the same city as we do, so extended family get-togethers are the norm!
Tiffany's dad has a house up north that the whole family loves visiting in the summers to escape the heat, and in the winter to play in the snow. Joel's parents have a vacation condo in Mexico that we love for an impromptu weekend at the beach. Both sets of grandparents are recently retired and eager to spend time loving and spoiling a grandbaby.
We are very close to our siblings, who also have young children, so cousins are a big deal in our house! All of the cousins are like siblings and love and watch out for each other fiercely. We celebrate all major events, birthdays, and holidays together- eating delicious food, talking, laughing, playing games or swimming. Our siblings are thrilled to become aunts and uncles again, and the kids cannot wait to play with and watch over their newest cousin!
From Us to You
First and foremost, we THANK YOU for this opportunity to share a glimpse into our life with you. We feel so humbled and excited that you are even reading this! We know that you have an overwhelming decision to make, and we want you to know that we are here to support you and provide comfort and assurance in choosing us to love this child. We promise to be good parents, to teach by example, and include you in our child's life if that is what you desire. We will share our entire journey and always remind our child that an adoption plan was made from LOVE; that you chose us to honor you and raise our child to be the good; to be kind, to be empowered, to be loved and to give love.
Our little family currently consists of the two of us (Joel and Tiffany,) our 6-year-old daughter Kate, and our two dogs, Milo and Stella. We have been married for 10 years, and parents for 6 years. We absolutely love our life together but know that we are missing one more special person. Our decision to adopt has been planned from before we were even married, and now is the perfect time in our life to fulfill our adoption dream. Joel works from home in Finance, and Tiffany works part-time as a Photographer, so we have a lot of time to spend at home. Kate just started school full time, and now we are ready and at the perfect point in our lives to welcome and give our child the one-on-one attention they deserve.
We own our home in the Phoenix-metro area, and it is filled with love, hope, and opportunities. We have worked hard to make this place our slice of heaven and are thrilled to have a baby join us here. We have experienced the highs and lows of life and view each as an opportunity to learn and grow as a couple, and soon as a family of four.
Family is important to us and we believe that love is what makes a family. We have a strong support system that we are more than grateful for and will provide this same support for our child. We look forward to celebrating with and sharing in our family traditions with our child, providing them with the unconditional love of extended family and friends.
We are dedicated to being incredible parents and wholeheartedly promise to respect you and the level of openness you desire to have with your child. We will always be more than happy to send letters and pictures to you, or to exchange emails/phone numbers as a way to keep in contact, if you so wish.
We hope this gave you a look into our story and provides you with comfort in knowing our home is full of unconditional love and laughter, and will offer our child the same.
May God bless you and keep you and baby safe.
Joel & Tiffany