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John & Sara
Our hearts are open and we truly believe adoption is meant to be our family's story. We promise to give your child a life filled with laughter, love, kindness and opportunity. As you shape your child's future and chose their adoptive family, we sincerely hope you will consider us. It would be the most incredible gift to share our love with your child.
Our Family Traditions
Our extended families taught us the importance and meaningful nature of family traditions. We enjoy continuing these traditions with our families and with each other. We love watching and attending local football and basketball games, as well as going on hikes with Sara's family. We also enjoy grabbing coffee and cooking with Sara's sister. Our traditions with John's family include bonfires at their cottage and traveling up north.
Together, we have also created our own traditions. We regularly visit a favorite vacation spot in our state, where there is a beautiful coastline, fun hotels and campsites, great hiking opportunities and delicious food. We visit this special spot multiple times per year, and always find it to be both fun and relaxing. We can't wait to share that experience and special place with a child of our own. Many weekends, we visit our local farmer's market and explore our city on foot. We have also created some great traditions making new and delicious recipes in our kitchen, including homemade pastas, pizzas and other foods from a variety of cultures. We know family traditions are critical for a child as they grow, and we could not be more excited to share our own traditions and start new traditions when we become parents!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Sara About John: John is a protector. He believes firmly in honesty, integrity and respect. He is a dedicated husband, son and friend, being willing to give selflessly. He prioritizes what matters the most in life, and makes intentional time to spend with those who mean the most to him. He believes in service to others, and has a career where he continuously focuses on making a difference. His humor is evident, he has a way of making others laugh and he can warm a room with a unique story (or two!). From the moment we met, it was clear he would make an amazing father, with the ability to nurture a child and help them discover their own identity, with absolute love.
John About Sara: Sara has always taken the time and care to support the people that mean the most to her. Her love for and loyalty to family is uniquely strong, and sets a great example for others. Sara finds joy in bringing people together, sharing gifts and perspectives, and learning from the wisdom of others. An aspiring cook, Sara has helped our family to explore new recipes and have fun in the kitchen. She has a servant heart and regularly puts others before herself, both personally and professionally. The love and passion that fills her heart and mind will make her a great mother, always seeking what is best for a child.
We believe it is our role to help our child write and understand their own unique story, including their origins, cultural heritage, and traditions. Exposing them to these important pieces of themself will help them to create their identity, and help them value and understand where they come from. We live in community that celebrates differences and champions respect and equality for all. There are many events in our community that offer opportunities for learning and engagement in various cultures. We have immediate family (Sara's sister-in-law) and close friends and their children who are from different racial backgrounds from our own. We attend a multi-cultural church that offers a Gospel Fusion venue and Chinese ministry. We believe our church community will help us create a welcoming and positive environment for a child of any background to grow and learn. In our careers, we regularly serve a variety of community members, in various stages of life and from many unique backgrounds. We are fortunate to be able to build relationships with our greater community through our work and through practicing our faith.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on a quiet street just outside of a mid-size city, in the heart of the Midwest. We enjoy the peace, green space and walking paths in our neighborhood, but also love being only 15 minutes away from a city with music and food festivals, farmers' markets, beautiful lakes and friendly culture. Our home is just blocks away from new elementary and middle schools, which are both within easy walking distance, have modern amenities and a respected education team. Just down our street is a brand new park with a playground for kids (and adults!) to play, and a large park is planned about two blocks from our home. It will feature a pond, sports fields, a small stage and walking paths.
Our neighborhood is home to many friendly young and middle-aged families. Our street is regularly filled with children riding bikes, playing ball and running through sprinklers, and we believe it would be a great place to start a family of our own.
We live in a two year-old ranch home with three bedrooms and two baths. Our kitchen, dining and living rooms are combined into one open space with large windows, which makes it easy to socialize, cook and celebrate with family and friends. We have an open deck facing our backyard, where we love to sit and eat dinner while watching the sun set. John aspires to grow a small forest in our yard, and has planted many trees and bushes to create our own private and peaceful space.
Our Extended Families
We come from different family backgrounds: Sara with a brother and sister, and John as an only child. What we share is families that raised us with love, compassion and encouragement.
John grew up with a father who took him to volunteer at the local homeless shelter and on family camping trips, and a mother who gave him an appreciation for gardening, traveling and meeting new people. We enjoy trying new foods, talking about gardening, and cooking homemade pizzas on an outdoor oven with John's family.
Sara grew up with a father who cheered her on during competitive swimming events, instilled an appreciation for healthy living, and showed her the value of hard work. Her mother is a retired elementary school teacher who values learning, reading, cooking and family bonding. Sara has a sister with cognitive disabilities who is very loving and enjoys being social and spending time going on small adventures and cooking with us. We enjoy spending time exploring the city, going on long walks in local natural areas and getting coffee with Sara's family.
Our parents are so happy that we hope to start a family, and support us in our adoption journey. Sara's family lives nearby and they would love to be involved and helpful grandparents. Our families can't wait to watch us become parents, creating new memories and traditions of our own.
From Us to You
We respect you and the choices you are making, and truly believe adoption is a beautiful journey. We hope you will open your heart to us, and consider us as adoptive parents as we seek to start a family of our own. We would be blessed to provide the best life possible for a child, and share all of our love with them.
Since we met just over four years ago, we have dreamed of being parents. We have lived in anticipation, trusted in our journey, and believed our path to parenthood would happen at just the right time and in the way it was meant to be. As you consider us, we want you to know the gratitude we have for the opportunity to become adoptive parents is simply immeasurable.
We believe in the importance of an open adoption, staying connected and together helping a child understand their whole story. We know you will always be your child's birth mother, and we will forever share a bond. We will happily send letters and photos as your child grows up, so you can experience their milestones and feel assured we are doing everything we can to provide for them.
We would describe our relationship and marriage as something special. We work as a team and support each other completely in all of life's ups and downs. We share common values - kindness and generosity, living a life filled with purpose, helping others, building a sense of community, bringing people together, having fun and making time to laugh each day.
John is a positive light and someone who puts others first always. He supervises and leads a team of conservation wardens. He dedicates his career to protecting others and our natural resources. Additionally, part of his role includes recruiting and diversifying his department's workforce. He is continuously building new relationships and is someone who values connection and community. John's interests are centered in the outdoors - he looks forward to helping a child discover nature, and spending time in state and national parks. He is a loyal husband, son, son-in-law, brother-in-law, and friend. He always remembers what is important in life, takes time to make others laugh each day and lives life to the fullest.
Sara is a caregiver at heart, who helps others and gives selflessly. She works as an occupational therapist, helping a diverse patient population to live their lives to the fullest and regain function following illness or injury. She spends time learning her patients' stories and lifestyles to better help them achieve their goals. Her giving spirit guides her as she helps those in her community. Sara enjoys simple hobbies - going for walks or hiking, reading, and cooking. She has a kind and generous soul that she will share with a child, helping them to build a sense of self that is grounded in healthy morals.
We have chosen to live in a progressive community that surrounds us with people who are different from us. We value diversity, inclusion and conversation, and know we have so much to learn from people in all walks of life. We make the most of opportunities to learn from those who are different from us and love immersing ourselves in the many cultures of our city.
Our promise to you is that we will provide all our support to a child, love the child wholly and nurture them. We will share joy and laughter each day. We will foster an appreciation for exploration and provide them with new experiences. We look forward to growing together and helping them to find and build their own sense of identity and discover their passions.
Thank you for taking the time to hear our story. Your consideration means more than you can know.
John & Sara