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Michael & Deborah
We deeply appreciate your consideration of our family as you make this amazingly brave and generous decision. We want you to know that your child would be a welcomed addition to our fun loving family while receiving the unconditional love and support that we currently share with one another.
We ensure our time is always occupied. While no specific hobbies come to mind, we tend to be adventurous and enjoy exploring new places and experiences. Some of our favorite activities include attending festivals and carnivals, playing sports or games, crafts and creative projects, swimming, hiking, and biking.
We are always on the go. For example, we have been to the zoo, roller skating, bowling, the movies and have gone fishing. We have taken the kids to ball games, the theater for a play, monster trucks, a NASCAR race, the circus, and even Disney World. It's always something new and exciting for us to experience together. Hopefully, we are making the kind of memories that last a lifetime for our children.
When we aren't on the go, we usually have an ongoing home improvement project that keeps us busy. Next on our list might just be a tree house!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Every August, we go on vacation with Mike’s parents to the beach for a week, something the family has done for over 20 years. It's a vacation full of activities that we all really enjoy. Some mornings, we get up early to ride bikes on the boardwalk. When we get to the beach, we spend all day on the beach swimming in the waves, digging holes, burying each other in the sand, and sculpting elaborate sand castles. Late in the afternoon, we fly kites when its breezy or walk down the beach looking for shells. We enjoy our time so much that we are often among the first people on the beach to set up our blanket in the morning and among the last groups of people to pack up our beach blanket and leave the beach for the day.
Education We will Provide
We have been fortunate enough to earn graduate degrees and we highly value the importance of education and learning. For the children though, we believe the focus should be on encouraging them to do their best and the importance of being able to solve problems on their own. It’s also best to keep it fun and introduce lessons in everyday activities. We answer every child’s question no matter how many times they’ve already asked it and we look for opportunities to explain things in everyday activities. Kids tend to absorb knowledge like a sponge, and we make it our job to keep them engaged in learning whether in school or through everyday activities. While we have invested heavily in the future of their higher education, it’s more important to us that they are presented with the opportunities and learning environment that will promote their self-confidence and ultimately allow them to succeed as they pursue their own goals in life.
Our Extended Families
Our family has what we consider to be very active lifestyles. Our family is constantly on the go and we are always looking for new activities. We enjoy exploring new places, whether it’s simply a new playground with the kids or a larger event such as a trip to the zoo or a ball game. The variety of activities that we share together makes our lives rich with experience.
Every holiday such as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, we traditionally spend with our extended family, which the kids really love and enjoy. They have a great time seeing both sets of grandparents, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. Throughout the year, we typically get together for the kids’ birthdays with a large dinner and a homemade cake. We take an annual vacation to the beach with Mike’s parents. Mike’s extended family lives within a few hours and we get to see them often. Deborah’s family tends to be scattered across the U.S. which makes for some adventurous road trips that have included family reunions throughout the U.S.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on a quiet cul-de-sac in a close knit neighborhood in a suburban town near Philadelphia. We moved to this area 10 years ago and as some empty-nesters have left, we have seen a revival take place with new families moving in, all with young children. We consider our neighbors as close friends and the school community is friendly and inclusive.
Our two story house is a 4 bedroom single family home. There’s a small creek near the house where the kids love to throw stones and look for frogs. It’s not unusual to see wildlife such as deer and foxes, in our yard, but at the same time we aren’t in such a rural area that we never see our neighbors.
We have several great parks, spectacular playgrounds, and a large community pool where we spend much of our free time. There are many opportunities for kids in the area involving any type of sports imaginable. There is a large variety of activities for kids such as 2 zoos, children’s museums, bowling, ice skating and an indoor trampoline park just to name a few. There are at least a half dozen amusement parks, the Jersey Shore, and the Pocono mountains all within distance of a day trip and it’s easy to go anywhere between New York City to Washington DC for a weekend.
From Us to You
We have been together for over 20 years and happily married for 12 years. We have two children together. Our daughter is eight years old and going into third grade. Our son is six years old and starting first grade. We love being parents, so it has always felt natural for us to want to expand our family. We did not however anticipate the amount of time it would take to reach the decision to adopt.
Our first two pregnancies were somewhat challenging. When we were unable to conceive a third child, we decided to explore adoption rather than pursue fertility treatments. Rather than assuming the risks that come with forcing the hand of Mother Nature, we spent a great deal of time researching the process of adoption and put a lot of thought into how it would impact our current family. As we shared the idea of adoption with our extended family members, their excitement and support solidified our decision to move forward. When we shared this decision with our kids, they were excited about it and immediately began discussing all of the fun things they plan to do together. They continue to ask a lot of questions and are very excited to be older siblings.
As we thought about what makes it rewarding for us to be parents, it had little to do with genetics and everything to do with the connections that we make with our children by guiding them through their daily lives. We feel proud as parents as they hit milestones such as taking first steps or saying their first words. As they get older, it’s never a dull moment when their unique personalities begin to shine through. The more experiences we share together, the stronger our family bond becomes and we definitely see ourselves as an adventurous family constantly seeking out new and exciting activities. We try not to spoil our children, but we ensure they are rich with a wide range of life experiences. It could be as simple as playing a new board game or reading a new bedtime story, or it could be something as awesome as our first trip to Disney World. A successful adoption is important to us because we want to share the adventure of providing a fun, exciting, warm and loving environment as we continue to grow our family.
We deeply appreciate your consideration of our family as you make this amazingly brave and generous decision. Allowing us the opportunity to expand our family is something for which we will always be grateful. Since the child’s journey begins at birth, you will always be connected to the child’s life story. Once the child is old enough to understand, we plan to explain their adoption story to them and how they came to be part of our family. Because of this, we want to remain as flexible as possible and through discussions with you, we can mutually agree to share as much or as little of your story as you are comfortable sharing. We want to ensure that you have all of the peace of mind that you need over the long term and that you continue to feel confident that your decision was the best decision for this child. To accomplish this, we are certainly willing to share periodic pictures, letters, emails, and updates and are also open to discussing additional meetings and occasional visits. We want you to know that this child would be a welcomed addition to our fun-loving family and will receive unconditional love and support.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We would love to get the chance to talk with you further, get to know you, and discuss our personalities and family dynamics as they shine far more than what can be expressed in words. We are looking forward to this next phase in our marriage, our lives and our family.
Michael & Deborah
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