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James & Kirk

We are so happy that you have taken time to learn more about us and our desire to grow our family through adoption. We are excited about the opportunity to share our lives and blessings with a child and we hope you will strongly consider us as adoptive parents for your baby. The amount of love and support we have to give is immeasurable. While we know that this can be a difficult decision, we also want you to know that your child will be loved and provided a lifetime of happiness and joy; shared by us and all those who are a part of our village.

About Us

Deputy Human Resources Director
Executive Staff Assistant
Ph.D. in Leadership
Master's Degree in Biotechnology Management
Legally Married

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

Enjoying the Breathtaking View Atop Table Top Mountain

Our favorite vacation spot is Cape Town, South Africa. From the moment the plane landed and we walked down the steps and breathed the crisp air, we knew we were in store for an amazing experience. We could not have been more amazed by the sights and sounds of South Africa. From the amazing local food to the incredible people, each moment was filled with delight. We had amazing experiences from start to finish. Visiting Table Top Mountain by way of a cable car that zoomed us to the mountain top was a breathtaking experience. From there, we were able to see the city of Cape Town in all of its wonder. We visited Robben Island by ferry boat, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. We visited the jail and compound where he spent so many years of his life in incarceration. We had the exciting experience of spending two nights on an animal safari/reserve, making a dream come true to be able to walk with giraffes in their natural habitat and see lions, the kings of the jungle, in the wild. This place is truly special to us both and an experience we will never forget.

What Makes Us Unique

Selfie Time in Puerto Rico on Our Way to View Our Wedding Venue

What makes us unique is the expectations that we have of each other. Not only do we support each other in our individual goals and aspirations, but we work on a unified front to achieve our collective aspirations. We love to encourage each other to be our best selves, and give selflessly of our gifts and talents to others. We are not a competitive family, and we seek to uplift ourselves and others on our journey of life. We work hard, but also love to have fun. We work hard and play hard. We can engage, work, and love people from all walks of life. We have a unique ability to move in different environments with different people. Teaching and learning from our experiences are unique gifts that we have; which allow us to take a well-balanced, calm approach to handling difficult situations and people. We believe that it is important to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated, and in doing so, we all will be better people.

Adoption in Our Family

James' older sister is adopted. His parents adopted her when she was three months old. His parents shared age-appropriate information about his sister during his pre-teens. It changed nothing about their relationship and sibling bond. While her adoption was closed, which was the norm in the 70s, she is comfortable sharing her story and experience as an adopted child and is excited that we have chosen this option for growing our family. We believe that her story and experience will have a great impact on our adopted child. James witnessed the unconditional love and impartial treatment his parents bestowed on their children and plans to model similar behavior. It is where he was initially inspired and encouraged to explore adoption. Additionally, his family's transparency about having an adopted child and the seamless integration into both the immediate family and extended family is noteworthy. This is a wonderful blueprint that we intend to duplicate.


Relaxing in Cape Town
Relaxing in Cape Town
With Our Godson
With Our Godson
Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
Supporting Our Friend in His Broadway Debut
Supporting Our Friend in His Broadway Debut
Exploring the Set of Jurassic Park in Hawaii
Exploring the Set of Jurassic Park in Hawaii
At the National Portrait Gallery
At the National Portrait Gallery
Feeding Time With Our Godson
Feeding Time With Our Godson
Feeding Elephants in Thailand
Feeding Elephants in Thailand
New Year's Eve Wedding Celebration With Friends
New Year's Eve Wedding Celebration With Friends
Christmas Day Selfie
Christmas Day Selfie
Backstage With the Legendary Patti LaBelle
Backstage With the Legendary Patti LaBelle
At the Forbidden City in China
At the Forbidden City in China
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Relaxing in Cape Town
Relaxing in Cape Town
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With Our Godson
With Our Godson
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Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
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Supporting Our Friend in His Broadway Debut
Supporting Our Friend in His Broadway Debut
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Exploring the Set of Jurassic Park in Hawaii
Exploring the Set of Jurassic Park in Hawaii
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At the National Portrait Gallery
At the National Portrait Gallery
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Feeding Time With Our Godson
Feeding Time With Our Godson
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Feeding Elephants in Thailand
Feeding Elephants in Thailand
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New Year's Eve Wedding Celebration With Friends
New Year's Eve Wedding Celebration With Friends
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Christmas Day Selfie
Christmas Day Selfie
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Backstage With the Legendary Patti LaBelle
Backstage With the Legendary Patti LaBelle
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At the Forbidden City in China
At the Forbidden City in China

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a new single-family home with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom (5,000 + square feet) nestled in the Maryland suburbs of our Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C. We were blessed to build our home four years ago and have enjoyed designing and furnishing it. We are just a few miles from the Show Place Arena, Equestrian Center, nearby shopping centers, restaurants and the Washington National Harbor. We have a quaint walking trail connected to the community making outdoor exploration fun and accessible. Our home is often the place for hosting family/friend holiday celebrations and gatherings.

Family Time at the National Harbor

Our neighborhood is very quiet with great neighbors who look out for each other and each other's homes. The neighborhood children are very friendly and often play in the cul-de-sac and nearby playground together. Our neighborhood continues to grow daily with new homes developing across the street and adjacent to us. We are excited for the growth and completion of our neighborhood; filled with professionals and fun-loving families.

Our Extended Families

The Price is Right With Family

Family is at the core of our commitment and a part of the foundation of who we are individually and collectively.

All Smiles With Family

Kirk is the older of two children. He has a younger sister and their parents have been together for over 30 years. Kirk's sister is married and has two biological children along with 4 bonus children from her husband's previous relationship. James is the youngest of 3 children. His oldest sister is adopted. His adopted sister has two daughters and his biological brother has a son and a daughter. James' mother and father have been married for 53 years.

Kirk's family lives close by in Maryland and James' family lives in Georgia.

We have a blended family from all directions and are blessed that both families have come to know and love us and each other over the years. We know that our adopted child will definitely be welcomed with open arms and loving hearts by everyone connected to us.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking time to visit our profile and learn more about us and our desire to grow our family through adoption. We recognize how difficult this decision may be for you and all of the emotions that come along with embarking upon this journey. We promise to provide love, protection, guidance, and support that will offer the child a lifetime of foundational growth and development.

We have been together for 12 years and married for four years. We love our life together and cannot wait to expand our family! We love to travel domestically and internationally; experiencing new adventures and learning more about the world we live in and the people and cultures that surround us. We love to cook, experience new restaurants, play tennis, go for neighborhood walks with our Frenchie Skye, watch movies, go to concerts, attend our nephews' sporting events, host game nights, fishing, visits to museums, hiking, reading and spending time with family/friends. Our strong faith is at the core of our values and daily strength which will undoubtedly be shared amongst our growing family. We are so excited to share these things and more that bring us joy and excitement into our lives.

We are stable, responsible, and mature individuals. We support each other unconditionally and are able to rely on each other during difficult times and are also able to celebrate together during joyous times. We have a strong community which includes both sides of our families and close friends. We have made clear, responsible decisions and are ready to face the challenges and joys of bringing a child into our family.

Our plan is to be as transparent as possible; supportive and respectful of our child's desire to learn more about his or her birth family history. We are committed to being open with our child and will share adoption information in an age-appropriate way. We understand the difficult, courageous decision you as the birthparent have to make, and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to welcome a child into our home.

We are looking forward to bringing your child into a blended family life full of education, faith, fun, adventure, and stability. Our heart is open and ready to welcome our adopted child into our lives. The vision we have for our family is one filled with success. Having the blessing to live life to the fullest is not something that we take for granted, and we are looking forward to teaching, guiding, and protecting our child throughout their developmental years and beyond. We are truly grateful for the opportunity and are excited about the future!

Again, we recognize that the decision you are faced with is not an easy one. We empathize with you and want you to make the decision you feel is best for the child's future. We share this journey together and look forward to learning more about you. We are open to meeting you and providing even more comfort and reassurance beyond our profile.

With Love & Respect,

James & Kirk


Omari Hardwick
Omari Hardwick
Viola Davis
Whoopi Goldberg
Mike Warren
Maya Angelou
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness written by Stephen R. Covey
I Know Why the Caged Bird SIngs
Candy Bar
Captain Planet
Childhood Memory
Going to Disney World on family vacation.
Hiking through trails with my grandfather.
Childhood Toy
Metal toy cars
Tricycle (Red)
Children's Book
The Berenstain Bears
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
New York City
Las Vegas
Classic Movie
The Color Purple
Sister Act II
Day of Week
Key Lime Cake
Rasberry Sorbe
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Lion King
Dream Car
Range Rover
Infiniti QX60 SUV
Dream Job
Mayor of Atlanta
Sea Turtle Scientist
Dream Vacation
Bora Bora
Galapagos Islands
Family Activity
Backyard cookout
Flower / Plant
Peace Lily
Lillie of the Valley
Crab legs
Form of Exercise
Heads Up
Holiday Song
Joy to the World by Whitney Houston
All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey
Holiday Tradition
White Elephant Gift Exchange
Ice Cream
Telenti Key Lime Pie
Vanilla Bean
Junk Food
Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
Leisure Activity
Watching TV
"O" Magazine
Memory with a Child
Opening Christmas gifts with Baby Ben the year after his mother passed away.
Traveling to my best friend's cottage every winter to celebrate his birthday.
Memory with Spouse
First international trip (Aruba)
Traveling to South Africa together.
The Boys in the Hood
Movie Munchie
Extra, extra buttered popcorn
Movie Quote
Nothing but death can keep me from it - The Color Purple
"All my life I've had to fight." from The Color Purple
Movie Type
Romantic Comedy
The Color Purple
Musical Group
Whitney Houston is my favorite singer of all time.
New Edition
Nursery Rhyme
Humpy Dumpty
Mary had a little lamb
Olympic Event
Track & Field
Track and Field
Personal Hero
The Lion King on Broadway
Lion King
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Genuinely kind and sincere
To whom much is given, much is required.
"Ma can have it, Pa can have it, but God Bless a child whose got his own!"
Grilled cheese sandwich
Turkey Club (Jersey Mikes)
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Shopping Store
I love the Lord by Whitney Houston
"Weak" - SWV
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Michael Vick
Michael Jordan
Sports Team
Washington Football Team
Baltimore Ravens
Subject in School
Black Panther
Cyclops (X-Men)
Thing to Cook
Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Time of Day
After midnight (I am a night owl.)
Annual birthday trip/vacation
Traveling to family/friends for the holiday.
TV Show
Law & Order SVU
A Different World
TV Show Character
Tyler Lepley as "Benny" from Tyler Perry's The Have & Have Nots
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
Video Game
Super Mario Brothers (Nintendo)
Mario Brothers

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