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Shea & Diana
We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! We've always wanted to adopt, and feel honored that you would consider us. Together, we've built a safe and loving home, and we are thrilled that it may soon be filled with the kinds of wonder and joy that a child brings. Whatever has brought you to consider us, we are grateful, and we hope to be the parents you've imagined for your child.
Education We Will Provide
As an educator and a scientist, we know how crucial education is for a child. We both grew up in homes filled with books, and were raised to love reading. Reading nurtured our curiosity and opened our eyes to the wider world. These books guided us in our travels, helped us thrive in school, and built our understanding of the complexities of race, culture, and history. We are confident that our child will grow to love reading as much as we do. The schools in our city are strong, welcoming, and a stable environment in which to learn "reading, writing, and arithmetic."
However, education is not just what they teach in school. We are incredibly excited to teach our child a wealth of life skills to help them navigate the world. For example, relating to people from different backgrounds, traveling safely, moving around a city, and exploring the outdoors. Knowing how to build things, solve problems, cook a tasty meal, and bake a mean batch of brownies are important too! All of these skills will help our child walk with the confidence to stand up for themselves and make their voice heard.
Above all, we are very excited to get guidance and support from community members who can teach us and our child the skills we have not yet learned. We know there are lots of things we DON'T know, and it will be a joy to dive into new opportunities with our child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Diana first fell in love with Shea's kindness and humor. He is calm in every situation, takes care of everyone, and knows how to make people feel heard and understood. Diana admires Shea's ability to connect with the children in his class, building a safe, respectful relationship with each child. You can immediately see how much his students love him, and value his trust. As a partner, Diana loves knowing that every activity will be more fun with Shea, even if, and especially if something doesn't go to plan!
Shea fell in love with how Diana enjoys both travel and cozy places. Diana is curious about the world, and is fascinated with the details of other people's lives. Her curiosity often results in people sharing stories, family recipes, and tips about new places to travel. Diana has also made a delightfully cozy home, a place that we love returning to after adventures. Diana is very contemplative and enjoys thinking about why things are the way they are and what she can do to make peoples' lives better. As a partner, Shea loves how Diana researches and plans but is quick to laugh at the unexpected.
We feel fortunate to live in an urban area that is rich in diversity and culture. Historically, the region has long been known as a crossroads for many cultures. There is a strong Hispanic/Latino presence, a diverse Native American and an established Black community, all of which have their roots in the early days of the Old West.
More recently, we have been thrilled to see the growth of different immigrant communities in the area, including West African and Southeast Asian transplants. They have introduced a wealth of culture into the region, making the area feel incredibly vibrant.
We have found resources in our community that will be helpful for teaching our child about his/her culture, and for building a social network of people who can model for our child what it is like to be a person of color and/or belong to an ethnic minority. If we adopt transracially, it will be our responsibility (and our joy), to make sure our child celebrates their heritage, and can feel like a member of their racial/ethnic community.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Colorado, between a large urban center and the Rocky Mountains. Since buying our home three years ago, we've really fallen in love with our neighborhood and community. Our neighbors are kind and supportive, always ready to offer help. It's been exciting to watch their families grow, and see lots of kids running around, biking up and down the street. Even the youngest know that we are hoping to grow our family through adoption, and can't wait to meet their new playmate.
Our neighborhood lies next to a greenway that leads directly into the foothills of the Rockies, with walking and biking paths running along a mountain creek. We are a short bike ride from the community recreation center, which has activities for kids all year round in the pool, gym, climbing wall, and at the skate park.
Our home is truly our "nest," and we always love coming home to it each day. We spend most of our time on the main floor, in the kitchen and living room, which are full of light, plants, and comfortable places to curl up and talk. Our bedroom and the child's bedroom look out over our backyard, making them quiet and peaceful places to sleep.
We are so thankful to have found our "forever" home, the perfect place to plant trees, put down roots, and raise a family.
Our Extended Families
Just recently, Diana's brother, sister-in-law, and nephew came to visit from London (England). We played games, ran around, went swimming, stayed up late every night talking, and just generally had a silly, fun time. Since Diana's relatives are scattered all over the world, it's always a party when her family members come to visit! Her family tries to switch back and forth when visiting, so we are very excited to take our child to London and Krakow (Poland) in the future.
Shea's parents live in northern Arizona, and we're all able to get together more frequently. Every year, Shea's family plans a "big adventure" somewhere, and this year we will be going to Hawaii. We often meet up to camp and explore the mountains and deserts throughout the Southwest. Shea's sister lives in Georgia, which gives us a great excuse to visit and eat Southern food.
Both of our extended families could not be more excited for us, and our parents cannot wait to meet their new grandchild. They've all been incredibly supportive. We are all thrilled at the prospect of our child following our family tradition of adventure, and of rediscovering the world through their eyes.
From Us to You
Thank you for reading our profile! Since first meeting ten years ago, we have always known that we want to grow our family through adoption. All the steps we have taken as a couple have been building towards becoming adoptive parents. When we got married in 2015, we wanted our small, simple wedding to reflect the values we share - being with family, celebrating the little moments that make life sweet, and of course, good food! These values have set the stage for all our efforts since then, and we have poured our hearts into building a home that will be a safe and loving environment for a child.
We think of adoption as the combining of two stories. Your story is made up of all the experiences that have brought you here, and we are excited to hear all that you want to share. Our story is of how Diana always knew she wanted to parent through adoption, and of how her dream became a possibility when she met Shea. We are committed to intertwining all of our stories in a way that ensures your child grows to be resilient, self-aware, and confident.
This means we will regularly send pictures and updates on your child's growth and progress. It also means phone calls and text messages/emails to let you know when your child has done something especially awesome or hilarious! We are also committed to making an in-person visit possible within the first couple years, and every few years thereafter, if that is your wish. Above all, we can promise you that your child will grow up knowing and valuing where they came from, and honoring the people that helped bring them into the world.
Throughout the adoption process, we have met people who have asked us what race, ethnicity, and gender we would prefer in a child. Our answer is always the same - we want to love and parent a child, period. Please understand that this does not mean we take these issues lightly. Every day, it feels like the world is on fire, with people brazenly and shamelessly hurting others because of their skin color, gender, and countless other differences. We both serve communities that have experienced a lot of trauma. While we work with dedicated allies who help to empower people as they try to grow in this hostile environment, we have come to realize just how fiercely we will need to protect our child.
Ultimately, our job will be to prepare our child to weather future fires, because there is so much in this world none of us can control. That being said, we can promise you this. Your child will know what it's like to climb a mountain, ride a bike, and swim in the ocean. They will learn how to play games, cook meals, and pack for long trips. They will be fluent in at least two languages. They will delve into the histories of their own people, the histories of others', and know that we must all work to understand and empathize with each other.
Most importantly, your child will know what it means to receive and give unconditional love. That there will always be two people waiting to hear their thoughts and feelings. That home is a safe place where they can always be themselves.
Thank you for taking the time to hear our thoughts. Your decision may not be easy, and we so appreciate your considering us to parent your child.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Shea & Diana
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