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Paul & Mike
We are a couple that is rooted in love and laughter. We find joy in the everyday and would build a life around any child we were fortunate enough to have placed in our care. We embrace the concept of openness in our lives and in this adoption, as well as finding out what that means for you. Thanks for taking the time to learn about us, we're eager to get to know you too.
Our Hopes for an Open Adoption
We are hoping to find an opportunity to match with someone that is excited about the opportunity for an open adoption. We are looking forward to establishing a lifelong relationship with the birthparent(s) and family. We understand the importance of knowing your background and expect to begin the conversation with the child at a very early age and keep it going throughout their life.
We understand that this openness will likely be an evolving relationship. Sometimes the birthparent(s) may need a little more distance, sometimes they may require a little more closeness. We want to be sensitive to that and in any time of distance will maintain the message that they are loved by everyone and that they are blessed to have so much family in the world that loves them.
We would love to find ways of creating special visits/calls/emails/messages throughout the child's life so that they know where they come from and can get to know their background. We look forward to understanding what openness looks like to you and working within that and evolving together.
Our Leisure Time
Our friends are like our family here in Minnesota, so we look for opportunities to hang out with our good friends and their kids whenever possible. In the Summer that usually looks like going to local festivals in the parks on weekends or simply hanging out at each other's houses playing board or card games on the deck.
We have three dogs in our household: Turbo(pug), Stubby(corgi-mix), and Seven(Dachshund-Beagle mix). All three of them are rescues and are hugely important part of our lives. We spend many nights, after making dinner together, cuddled up with the dogs on the couch.
We love going for walks in our local nature preserve in the spring and fall. We have a beautiful preserve near our house that has the coolest activities for kids year round. We are really looking forward to getting involved in these activities with a child placed with us. They even do snowshoeing trail walks by candlelight four times a winter which is super fun as well. They end in bonfires and s'mores almost every time.
Paul is Vice President of the Board of Directors for a performance theatre here in Minneapolis as well. We spend time volunteering there and helping to plan fundraisers and the annual gala. Because of that we go to a lot of live theatre throughout the year.
We live in a diverse community that has accepted people of many different backgrounds without question or hesitation. We have a close social network that is made up of friends of many different nationalities and races. Our extended family, thanks to the gift of adoption, is made up of many different nationalities as well, so even family gatherings end up taking on many different forms as we celebrate our uniqueness while also celebrating our similarities.
Our local community has parenting groups specifically geared towards engaging with different cultural groups and socializing with people from a variety of different backgrounds. We plan on being a part of that group and attending local community events whenever possible.
We look forward to raising a child that embraces diversity and is welcomed into social and family groups without pause, but also in educating on history and how far we still have to grow as a society. We will make certain this child understands the importance of acceptance while also maintaining and celebrating our individual stories and culture.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a peaceful suburb in Minnesota just 10-15 minutes outside of a major metropolitan area. We find this to be a perfect blend of calm suburban living and access to the arts/activities of downtown.
Our community has a ton of nature preserves and parks that we frequent throughout the year, with our favorite preserve only a 3-5 minute drive. They have a lot of activities for families that we're eager to participate in such as the "Star Gazing Stroll" in the Spring or the community bonfire in the fall.
Another big selling point for us with our home was the high rating of our school district and how close we are to the elementary school. It's one of the highest rated districts in the state.
We live in a 3 bedroom 3 bath town home in a small community of 40 other town homes. We have three floors and two separate living room spaces, making it a rather spacious home. It's on a private drive so there are always children playing out front and in the large yard that backs up to a wooded area. We also have a community pool that is very popular with the families in the summer.
Our favorite room in our home is the large living area downstairs. We've filled it with cozy blankets and board games. It's truly the heart of our home where we relax and wind down with dogs/friends.
Our Extended Families
Mike has family that lives in the same city as us, and most of his extended family lives close by in Minnesota. Paul's extended family lives in Tennessee and in Florida, which allows for us to escape the cold of Minnesota in the middle of winter!
Our favorite family tradition is our annual get together in Florida with a big portion of Paul's family. We spend a week just relaxing by the pool and reconnecting. We usually plan one big deep sea fishing excursion but otherwise we make meals together and hang out with the children and play card games into the night. We always have a big shrimp boil towards the end of the trip where we all sit at a long table outside and share a meal by the beach or pool. We try to get a big family photo while we're all together to look back on over the year. Both of our families are very excited by our decision to adopt and are eager to have us host Christmas in the snow for everyone in coming years.
We also have several close friends near us that we consider family. We regularly go to each other's houses for dinner or go out to local events with them. They're a part of our everyday life and their children all call us Uncle Mike and Uncle Paul. We love going to events as part of their family and look forward to school plays and sports in the future!
From Us to You
We met one chilly winter day in a coffee shop here in Minnesota back in 2011. We quickly connected over our shared love of animals, nature, and our mutual desire to build a family. We had both adopted dogs via rescue a few years before and were excited for future play dates. Ever since that day we have been best friends and partners in all things. (So have our dogs.) We've had quite a few adventures together travelling and building a home. We married on the grounds of our favorite festival here in town back in 2017 surrounded by friends and family from all over.
For work, Paul is a corporate trainer by trade but will be a full-time stay-at-home dad when we're fortunate enough to match. He loves the idea of adult education and has spent many professional hours understanding different learning styles and adapting to the needs of each individual learner. His career will resume once the child in our care is in school full-time. He's eager to provide 24 hour care and support to this child and to develop them at a young age through community and social activity with local parenting groups. He's active in the community and is Vice President of a Board of Directors that drives the growth of a local live theatre. Live theatre is and always has been a passion of his.
Mike is a store director at a major retail chain here in Minnesota. He's built a successful career, has advanced through the ranks, and looks forward to growing even more. He enjoys mentoring through compassionate and personable leadership. He's known for being fair and is well respected throughout the company. Mike has the flexibility in his work to adjust schedules to make himself more available for family time as needed as well, which is a great benefit.
We have family here in the city with us and have several tight-knit groups of friends that we consider family. We spend a lot of our days just hanging out with our friends and their children, going to community events and watching their faces light up at parades and tree lighting ceremonies. They call us Uncle Paul and Mike and we're currently in the stage of doting uncles that spoil them whenever we get to hang out with them. Everyone is incredibly eager for us to become fathers, just as much as we are! We're excited to have our children grow up and play together, and become friends. We've had support and encouragement pouring out for us throughout the beginning of this process and can't wait to bring a child into this loving community.
We know that, going through this process, we won't just be adding a child to our family, we will be adding you and anyone that chooses to be a part of your child's life going forward. We are open to openness and are willing to explore what that looks like with you. We will absolutely commit to updating you with letters and pictures, but would love and embrace a more open and active partnership throughout your child's life if that's what you want. We understand the importance of a child knowing where they come from and in understanding that the decision to adopt was a difficult one with nothing but love at the heart of it. That is the truth they will be told from the minute we welcome them into our lives.
We also understand that openness could be a sliding scale and are ready to make that work as well. There may be times where you might not feel quite up to a phone call or a meeting. We will fill those times with letters and pictures for you and stories of support from their birth family. We'll be here and ready when you feel the time is right. They will know you and will know they are loved. They will have legions of supporters all across the globe whenever they need it.
The thought that you're even considering us is truly such an honor. Thank you! We can't wait to get to know you.
Paul & Mike
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