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Andrew & Jan
Thank you for allowing us to share a little bit about ourselves. We are so humbled to be considered as potential parents for your child. Expanding our family through adoption means so much to us as we hope to open our home to you and yours. We look forward to sharing our love and compassion as you go through this journey with us. We know that this road is filled with many peaks and valleys, and we admire your strength and selflessness.
How We Met
Our story began in a rather cliche way consisting of college, a library, and a study group. Jan frequently spent nights with his fraternity at the on-campus library where they kept each other company while finishing homework and preparing for exams. One of those nights, a member of Jan’s study group asked to bring a friend along and the rest is history. Our schedules, jam packed during the day, consisted of juggling classes, internships, and extracurricular activities. But we somehow always found the time to have a simple stroll through campus at night, talking about our hopes and dreams for the future, trying to hide our disbelief that we shared so much in common given how young we were at the time. We jokingly questioned one another if the other was a vampire because we only seemed to have free time after the sun had set and we were in need of coffee to power through the night.
Thinking back to those moments, our conversations were so innocent and uninhibited with the whole world ahead of us. Entering adulthood together meant we had the amazing opportunity to grow up on the same wavelength and our bond today is stronger than ever and strengthening every day even though nearly a decade has passed since that chance encounter.
Our dogs mean so so much to us and are considered family, no doubt about it. Bear is our 7-year-old Boxer and Mango is our 1.5-year-old French Bulldog. They are our absolute best friends and are factored into all of our decisions, big and small. During the day, they are Jan’s coworkers in his work-from-home office. We affectionately call Mango the supervisor because of her permanently alert ears and her wide-eyed stare. Their favorite activities include making friends at dog parks, playing fetch in the backyard, and strolling through the many paths in our neighborhood which are always followed up with a toy chewing session. We know that Bear will be the protective companion he’s always been and he will never leave your child’s side, even begging every night to sleep at the foot of your child’s bed. Mango on the other hand will shower your child with tons of loving licks. She will model how to be brave and courageous, not letting her pint-sized stature hold her back. Our dogs absolutely love playing with children, and we could not be more excited to see them and your child growing up together, fostering a heartfelt and unbreakable bond.
Andrew’s family hails from a Scottish background but he was born and raised in Texas. He would consider himself American through and through. Jan on the other hand is Filipino by blood, but raised all over the world. During his formative years, Jan lived in the Philippines, then on the island of Guam surrounded by Chamorros, before moving to the southern tip of Texas where the population consisted of 85% Hispanics and Spanish was commonly the language of choice. Because of these experiences, Jan has alway felt comfortable around diversity and finds himself at home when surrounded by cultures outside of the typical American trope. One of the perks of being an interracial couple are the opportunities for us to take part in so many different traditions like celebrating Day of the Dead or cuisines like pancit or lumpia but still enjoying a baseball game or chowing down on brisket barbecue. We are very lucky to be part of a major city that is teeming with culture and diversity that fosters inclusion by empowering minority voices. In our experiences together, Andrew’s eyes opened up to the many cultures outside of the U.S. as we traveled to places like Belize City, Chiang Mai, Ensenada, etc. Being connected to Jan’s family and roots in the Philippines are very important to us and we hope to pass this world view on to your child to honor their cultural heritage.
Our Extended Families
Affectionate, genuine, and loyal are only but a few of the words we could use to describe our families. We are blessed and fortunate to have a large number of relatives. Aside from each of our parents whom each have been married for a few dozen years, Andrew has an older brother and a twin sister while Jan also has an older brother and a younger sister who he interestingly enough shares the same birthday with. But the apple of our eye has been our nephew who just celebrated his second birthday. We spend a lot of time exploring and traveling with our families to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. Living just three minutes away from Andrew’s brother means we spend multiple times a week together having cookouts while our dogs play together. The rest of our family lives only a few hours drive away and are often in town visiting and staying with us throughout the year.
In addition, our extended family has a mix of 7 aunts and uncles on Andrew’s side and 7 on Jan’s side meaning dozens of cousins and even more grandchildren. Family being located all over the US and all over the world means we have had the chance to travel to so many great destinations for family reunions. And this also means we are never too far from family wherever we go.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in an amazing neighborhood full of families and activities. We often enjoy walking our Boxer and French Bulldog on the miles of greenbelts and exploring the over 200 acres of parks and open spaces right outside of our front door. Our neighborhood has multiple amenity centers, resort style pools, and playgrounds to enjoy. Our home is less than a mile away from the elementary school where our child will attend. We live in Texas in a very diverse community filled with families of different cultures and backgrounds.
We are lucky to be friends with many of our neighbors who have young children that often gather for birthdays, block parties, and seasonal events. We are just a short drive to our city's lake where you can find us fishing, swimming, jogging, or kayaking. For the past 10 years our city has been the fastest-growing metro area in the country with an explosion of culture, food, fun, and things to do for families.
From Us to You
Our family cannot put down into words all of the emotions we feel, but we do know that we appreciate you reading through our profile and giving us a chance at achieving our dream of becoming parents. We can only imagine the gravity of the decision you are about to make and all the thoughts coursing through your mind. In an attempt to ease your concerns, we promise to do right by you and your child by welcoming them into a safe and nurturing home filled with lots of love and laughter. With that, we can only hope to dissuade some of your anxieties and put your worries to rest.
Almost ten years ago, our story began one fateful night at our college library. Our studies in math vs sociology could not have been on more opposite sides of the spectrum, but we suppose that the old adage that opposites attract remains true for us even to this day. Being an LGBT interracial couple, we surprisingly found so many similarities between us almost instantaneously, so much so that Jan presented Andrew a promise ring three months after first meeting. This is the same ring that Andrew used when we got married the day same sex marriage was legalized and the same ring Andrew still wears now. Very early on, we were aligned on the idea of adoption and providing a home to a child while fully embracing the notion that it will “take a village”. The support we have received from our families, our friends, and our community for adoption has been overwhelmingly positive and we are grateful for all of our blessings. Jan currently works for a global tech company and Andrew works for our state’s criminal justice department. So far we have had remarkable careers that have afforded us the opportunity to have a stay at home parent during your child's early years.
As your child grows up, we aim to instill values such as treating others as you would want to be treated and to always do the right thing. We will do our best to be role models for your child while also surrounding them with others they can relate to and learn from. Our goals are to empower your child to be the master of their own destiny by drawing out their individuality and personality. To do so, we will provide opportunities for them to thrive in hopes of inspiring them by showing them the different facets of life and how unstoppable they can become. We honor the responsibility of protecting your child’s innocence, the role we play in shaping their lives, and excitedly await the opportunity to grow our family.
You are brave. You are kind. You are loved. We harbor nothing but adoration and goodwill towards you. Your child’s adoption will always be discussed at age-appropriate milestones and we welcome you in whatever capacity of involvement you desire. We are ready to follow your lead in terms of post-adoption communication that best suits you, either through letters, photos, emails, visits, etc. You are the mother of this child, and nothing will ever change that. We cannot say thank you enough and we look forward to embarking on this beautiful journey with you. We are ready to raise your child into a person you will surely be proud of. Whatever decision you make, it is the right decision and we support you wholeheartedly.
Andrew & Jan