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Corey & Katie

Adoption changed our lives completely when we brought home our youngest son nearly seven years ago. The moment we laid eyes on him we completely fell in love! As a very active family of five, we have had many adventures together, from hiking and swimming in local creeks to having nerf gun wars in our living room. We are excited to continue to grow our family through adoption, and we are incredibly grateful for your consideration.

About Us

Brewery Manager
Federal Employee/Law Enforcement
Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture
Master's Degree in Journalism
Cody, Kelly, Kian
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Family Hike

Prior to adopting our youngest son, adoption had an impact on both of our lives in numerous ways. Corey's grandfather lived in an orphanage until he was 17, and Corey has a cousin who was adopted from Korea at age 8. Katie also has a cousin who was adopted from India as a toddler. These experiences with adoption changed both of our lives in an incredibly positive way, and it also changed our perceptions as to what makes a family. We both always knew we wanted to have a large family and grow our family through adoption. We were blessed to have twin boys 10 years ago, and they brought us tremendous joy. After having a difficult time conceiving a third child, and knowing there was also the potential to have another difficult pregnancy, we knew we were ready to pursue adoption. Adopting our son truly changed our life forever. All of us completely fell in love with him the moment we met him, and he became an integral part of our immediate and extended family! His birth parents also became a part of our family, and they have been an incredibly important part of our lives. We knew if we adopted a child transracially that we would want to ultimately adopt two children so that they would always have each other. Now that our sons are older and more independent, we feel ready to adopt our fourth child and truly complete our family.

Our Leisure Time

Family Time

Spending time as a family is one of our top priorities. Every weekend we seek out adventures to experience together. We normally look for new hiking trails, swimming holes, or places to fish, pack up a picnic lunch, and head out for the day together.

We love being together as a family, and we are quite a crew! We are a high energy (and sometimes high volume!) group, and we love to laugh, eat, and have adventures together. Whether we are taking turns jumping into a swimming hole or daring each other to eat strange or new types of food, there is never a dull moment.

Corey has also become quite a cook and regularly makes incredibly delicious family dinners, including homemade meatballs, peel and eat shrimp, smoked pork or salmon, chili, pasta, ramen, and steak, just to name a few. We love having big family meals together!

Cultural Diversity

Artwork at Our Church

Cultural diversity has always been an extremely important part of our lives. One of the reasons we chose to live in the neighborhood where we live and attend our church is because of the diversity in the community. We also knew how important it would be for our son to see people who resemble him in our neighborhood, school, and church. Through this, we have had opportunities to foster strong relationships with people from different cultures and ethnicities, who have become an integral part of our lives. Making sure our son, who is African American, is exposed to others of the same race and feels confident and proud of who he is has been our top priority. We are continuously finding ways to educate ourselves and our entire family on the issues important for the wellbeing of our son. We also ensure he is connected with his birth parents and has a strong relationship with them through regular telephone conversations and Facetiming and yearly visits. They have become an integral part of our lives and we are truly grateful and blessed to have them.


Enjoying a Boat Ride
Enjoying a Boat Ride
Jeep Ride
Jeep Ride
At the Beach
At the Beach
Catching Crabs
Catching Crabs
Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
Attending a Cousin's Wedding
Attending a Cousin's Wedding
A Night Out at the Theater
A Night Out at the Theater
Corey & Kian Placing the Star on the Tree
Corey & Kian Placing the Star on the Tree
Enjoying the Sights in Tuscany
Enjoying the Sights in Tuscany
Fun at the Beach
Fun at the Beach
Visit to a Vineyard
Visit to a Vineyard
Travel Partners in Fatima, Portugal
Travel Partners in Fatima, Portugal
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Enjoying a Boat Ride
Enjoying a Boat Ride
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Jeep Ride
Jeep Ride
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At the Beach
At the Beach
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Catching Crabs
Catching Crabs
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Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
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Attending a Cousin's Wedding
Attending a Cousin's Wedding
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A Night Out at the Theater
A Night Out at the Theater
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Corey & Kian Placing the Star on the Tree
Corey & Kian Placing the Star on the Tree
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Enjoying the Sights in Tuscany
Enjoying the Sights in Tuscany
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Fun at the Beach
Fun at the Beach
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Visit to a Vineyard
Visit to a Vineyard
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Travel Partners in Fatima, Portugal
Travel Partners in Fatima, Portugal

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

One of the best aspects of our life in Virginia is our community. Because we live near a large city, we are able to take advantage of many activities, like zoos, parks, libraries, museums, and restaurants.

We also live in a very diverse area with individuals from many different ethnicities and cultures. We live within walking distance to many restaurants from all parts of the world! On Friday nights, we take turns picking where we order take-out. Our neighborhood is a small, close-knit, and very safe community. It is also very progressive, open-minded, and accepting, which is very important to us. We also live in a great school district with amazing teachers and staff.

One of the best aspects of our community, however, is our church. It is a very small community of people from all walks of life. It originated as a Black Catholic parish and has a very diverse, multi-ethnic congregation. Much of the church's focus is on social justice and helping those in need.

The diversity of the area where we live, as well as our church, will allow many opportunities for a child we adopt to have friends, adults, and teachers who resemble them.

Our Extended Families

Katie's Family

We are both very close to our extended families. Katie has one sister, who lives in Key West, Florida, and she comes to visit often. The rest of Katie's family, including her mom, dad, grandmother, and over 60 aunts, uncles, and cousins, live in Ohio, and we visit every two to three months to see them.

Corey's mom, dad, sister, and brother all live close by, and we regularly have cookouts and crab feasts with them.

Corey's Family

On Christmas Eve every year, everyone squeezes into Katie's grandmother's tiny house, and we sing Christmas carols, eat Italian wedding soup, and Katie's aunt runs through the backyard dressed like an elf for the kids! On St. Patrick's Day each year, we all dress up in wacky green outfits and kilts and go to Irish restaurants in town.

We also have a close-knit group of friends (many with kids), and we often get together with them at local parks or to hang out in the backyard.

Our extended families and friends were very supportive of our decision to adopt our youngest son and have embraced him and love him unconditionally. We know they will do the same with our future child!

From Us to You

Writing this letter is definitely the most difficult part of this process because we realize that we cannot truly understand what you are going through and how difficult this process must be. Having gone through this once before, we know that adopting a child is an incredible responsibility, not only to the child but to the birth parents as well. We are incredibly humbled that you are even reading our profile and considering us. Your choice to pursue adoption for your child is truly one of selflessness and love. We know this journey for you has probably been a very difficult one. We still think about our son's birth parents every day and keep them in our prayers, and we know the responsibility we have to them and to our son. We feel the best way to help you in making the decision that is best for your child is to give you a window into the type of life your child would have with our family.

Quite honestly, we are far from perfect, and every day we make mistakes as individuals and as parents. We have struggled with different challenges in our lives, but we try to learn from our mistakes and continually grow and change to become better people. We can assure you that as imperfect as we are, your child will always feel loved and feel part of a close family that will always be there for them. Your child will have a life filled with laughter and fun -- from "water wars" with squirt guns and water balloons in the summer to building forts in the winter. We are an active family who love making traditions and just being together. We go to the beach every summer with friends and family, and we do nothing but sit on the beach all day watching the waves, listening to music, and playing in the sand. We also love to eat -- so much so that's it's almost a sport to us! We have pizza and movie nights, pasta dinners, and barbecues, and we eat Maryland blue crabs all summer long.

We are also faithful Christians, and teaching our children love, respect, and kindness to others is one of our top priorities. We attend church together every Sunday (although we are currently virtual!) and pray every night together before dinner and bedtime.

One assurance we can provide to you is that your child will always know how much you love them and that your choice to pursue adoption was made out of incredible love and selflessness. We are very open to communicating through letters, emails, and future visits, and we plan to regularly send pictures and videos. We would be happy to have you as a part of our lives if you are open to it.

Overall, we want you to know that we are pursuing adoption with open hearts and open minds. We believe our faith will continue to guide us as it always has. We thank you for your consideration, and should you decide to choose us as the family to raise your child, we would be incredibly honored.


Corey & Katie


Mark Hamell
Morgan Freeman
Rosario Dawson
Betty White
J.R.R. Tolkien
J.D. Salinger
The Hobbit
The Catcher in the Rye
Candy Bar
Reese Cup
The Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Crabbing with my family
Sleepovers at my grandmother's house
Childhood Toy
Star Wars toy collection
Children's Book
A Light in the Attic, by Shell Silverstein
Love You Forever
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Classic Movie
12 Angry Men
The Wizard of Oz
Day of Week
Coconut Custard Pie
Hot fudge sundae
Disney Movie
Sword in the Stone
Dream Car
1979 FJ Cruiser
Jeep Wrangler
Dream Job
Dream Vacation
New Zealand
Family Activity
Eating crabs
Flower / Plant
Cherry blossom
Form of Exercise
Lifting weights
Holiday Song
The Gift, by Garth Brooks
Holiday Tradition
Carving the turkey at Thanksgiving
Driving around and looking at Christmas lights
Ice Cream
Cake batter
Cookie dough
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Playing video games
Watching TV
National Geographic
Us Weekly
Memory with a Child
Trick or treating
Christmas morning
Memory with Spouse
Eating chili dogs on one of our first dates
Marriage proposal
Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back
Shawshank Redemption
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"No, I am your father," Star Wars.
"You're gonna need a bigger boat" ~Jaws.
Movie Type
Les Miserables
Musical Group
Wu-Tang Clan
The Beatles
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Row Row Row Your Boat
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
My wife
My mom
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shell Silverstein
Henry David Thoreau
Quality about my Spouse
Her heart
Kind heart
"We can't change the world unless we change ourselves" ~Biggie Smalls
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" ~Martin Luther King
Buffalo Wild Wings
Italian sub
"God will go before you, walk beside you, stand behind you. I am always with you," Matthew 28:20
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me."
Shopping Store
The Cowboy Song, by Garth Brooks
Landslide, by Stevie Nicks
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Bo Jackson
LeBron James
Sports Team
The Raiders
Cleveland Browns
Subject in School
Black Panther
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Spaghetti sauce
Time of Day
Picking my kids up to put the star on the Christmas tree
Summers at the beach
TV Show
TV Show Character
The Mandalorian
David Rose
Type of Music
Anything and everything!
Vacation Spot
Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach
Video Game
Super Mario Brothers 3

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