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Kirk & Britt
We are beyond excited to be on this path to grow our family! Being parents and having a family is something we've been dreaming of for a very long time. Adoption is such a beautiful gift, one that we are deeply grateful to be considered for. We are so excited that you are taking the time to read our profile and get a glimpse of what life would be like in our home. Our home is filled with so much love and laughter and we are excited to share that unconditional love with a child.
What Makes Us Unique
Britt didn’t have a biological brother but when she was 6, she had a foreign exchange student come to live with her family for a year. His name was Tomas and he was from Sweden. Tomas was a senior in high school when he came to live with them and Britt thought he was the coolest person she had ever met. He was over 6'5" tall and loved to play tennis and eat McDonald's :) Britt's family took a trip to Sweden a few years after he lived with them to visit him and his family – and the rest is history!
They've remained close friends and shared family visits over the last 25 years. Tomas is now married with children who have come to the US many times to visit with Britt and Kirk, and they can't wait to introduce their future child to their "Swedish" family. Beyond the friendship they've maintained with Tomas's family over the years, meeting him and having him as part of her childhood was the catalyst for what became one of Britt's greatest passions in life (which she now shares with Kirk!), her love of travel and learning about other cultures. After college, she moved to the Czech Republic to study European history. While there, she traveled through the Czech countryside, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Germany, and France to name a few. She met many people along the way she still keeps in touch with. It gave her an appreciation and curiosity about other cultures she's shared with Kirk that they can't wait to share with their child!
In addition to our holiday and cultural traditions, we've both been lucky enough to spend time with our family's in special places since we were young children. Britt's family has a beautiful lake house where they've spent summers since she was a baby, and Kirk's family has a condo in the White mountains where he grew up skiing every winter.
It's not surprising that we still spend many weekends together with family at both places - but one of our favorite traditions is spending Labor Day weekend at the lake. Every year, we have a huge clam bake and invite family and friends near and far. We spend the day playing games, boating, doing water sports and cooking up over 500 clams (and our grandmas famous bean soup) on the campfire! When we're not at the lake or in the mountains we enjoy taking our dog Samson for walks around the neighborhood, meeting up with friends at local parks or frequenting the many different restaurants around our area. We also love working in our yard, doing projects around the house (Kirk is rather handy) and cultivating our vegetable garden (Britt has quite the green thumb). All these activities we look forward to sharing with a child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Britt about Kirk: Kirk has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. He is always putting others before himself – he would give a stranger the shirt off his back and I truly love that about him. He loves to learn new things and works very hard at the goals he sets for himself. Kirk is thoughtful in our conversations and always offers a unique point of view. He helps me look at situations in a new light and I am grateful for that. He is a true partner and is supportive of all that I do. I cannot imagine not having him in my life. He is smart, funny, caring, and affectionate. He is wonderful with our niece and nephews and I cannot wait to watch him share his love and affection with a child.
Kirk about Britt: I love Britt’s drive and passion for life. She is intelligent, kind, and a phenomenal dog/cat mamma. She is a natural leader, always looking for ways to do better whether that is at work, home, or in the community. Britt loves to have fun and doesn’t shy away from new adventures. She has a zest for life and travel, to learn about other places and cultures – and I’m thankful she’s shared that with me. Two of the things that made me fall in love with Britt was her sense of humor and her genuineness. She is so funny and can lose herself to a fit of belly laughs when she’s with her family and close friends. She is the best aunt to our niece and nephews; I cannot wait to see her share her love, laughter, and passion for life with our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a single-family home on a tree lined street in a suburban neighborhood in Pennsylvania. We share our home with our black lab puppy Samson, our cats Boots and Bella and lots and lots of houseplants! We have a fenced in yard with a veggie garden, fig tree, and several berry bushes! Our neighborhood is beautiful and within walking distance to the high school, middle school, community pool, and YMCA. We have met a ton of people in the neighborhood and feel that it is a great area for ourselves and for a new baby!
There is lots to do in our neighborhood from biking, to parks, swimming clubs, and local restaurants. The commuter train is nearby and allows us to hop on for a quick trip into the city to check out a baseball game, museum or other local spots. Our neighborhood is diverse in terms of age, race, family make-ups, etc. On the weekends, we often see families enjoying the outdoors and the many fun things there are to do in our area. This is important to us as our family is always looking for new, fun things to do together! Overall it is an awesome neighborhood just outside of the city with tons to do as a couple and as a family!
Our Extended Families
Although our families do not live in our city, we make it a priority to visit each other often. We both have siblings who are huge parts of our lives, including Britt’s Swedish brother who has stayed close with her family after living with them as a foreign exchange student in grade school. She also has an older sister, and Kirk has an older brother and sister as well. We have one niece and three nephews, with the oldest in fourth grade. Our siblings and their families are extremely excited to add another cousin to the crew! We are also close to our cousins’ children and think of them as our nieces and nephews—spending many weekends in the summer at the lake with the whole gang.
In addition, we are close to our parents who provided us with strong examples of what it looks like to love your children unconditionally and encourage them to be the absolute best they can be. Neither of us grew up in the area we now call home, but we both love meeting new people and exploring new places and this area offers plenty of both! We have lots of friends with children now and that has added another fun layer to our friendship circle! Our family traditions focus around being together for big milestones as well as holidays, and include our siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We rotate major holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving each year between Britt's family and Kirk's family. We really love our lake trips with our immediate and extended family too! Both our family and friends are anxiously awaiting our newest member!
From Us to You
“All you need is love. Love is all you need” Lennon/McCartney
We are incredibly thankful that you’ve taken the time to look through our profile. We know that trying to get to know people through a profile has its limitations, but we hope you’ve seen that we are loving, caring, good-hearted people who enjoy life and would be so honored to welcome a child into our family and provide them all the love and support in the world.
Our life together began about 10 years ago when we both lived and worked in Texas. A few months after meeting we began dating and soon after we knew that we’d found the right person. We never anticipated the twists and turns our journey together would take; from the joys of getting engaged in in central park, married at the lake, and traveling the world to the hardships of fertility issues that made it difficult for us to start the family we have dreamed of for so long. We tried many IVF cycles over the years without success. During this process we learned how a relationship strengthens when two people love and support each other unconditionally. It may be cliched but it’s true that “all you need is love” and you can get through anything. We have worked hard to get to where we are in life and to be financially stable. We are fortunate and happy to be at a place in life where we have a lot of flexibility and balance. We currently work in similar industries; Britt does commodities management for an energy firm and works from home; Kirk is an energy manager and has a flexible schedule that allows him to work from home several days a week. We both have very generous benefits, including maternity and paternity leave. Our work schedules will allow for us to have a great work life balance and provide for lots of quality family time together.
We are prepared to become parents and promise to provide your child with all of our love, support, time, and guidance. We will demonstrate positive relationships with understanding and open communication and will ensure the health of your child with every resource we have. We will provide a stable home environment where your child will feel safe and loved. Our home has room for an expanding family and for a child to live, grow, play, and learn. We will ensure a quality education and look forward to fostering your child's interests, whatever they may be. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that we will strive with all that is in our hearts to give this child the most well-rounded, loving and safe upbringing possible. We want your child to develop their own identity and their adoption story is a beautiful and important part of that. We will be honest and open with your child about adoption from the beginning. We want them to know that adoption means they are loved beyond measure by everyone involved in the adoption process.
We are committed to sharing your child's life with you through letters and pictures and promise to maintain a level of connection between our two families in whatever way you feel comfortable. You are extremely important to us and we welcome your input on the kinds of communication you would like. We look forward to building a relationship based on mutual respect and trust as we go through this together. We can promise you that we will always be devoted, understanding, tolerant parents. We are very fortunate to be in the position to provide a good stable life for a child and would be incredibly grateful if you chose to entrust us with that honor. No words can truly convey the excitement, anticipation and joy we feel when we think of being parents. We acknowledge the immense strength it must take for you to make this decision and hope you find solace in knowing your child will be well cared for and tremendously loved.
Kirk & Britt
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