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Mike & Jen
It is such an honor to be considered to raise your child. We have so much respect for the love you have for your child in considering the most selfless gift of adoption. We can only imagine the difficult decision you face and we are thinking of and praying for you. Our family is looking forward to expanding and sharing our love with a new addition.
What it Means to be Parents
Becoming parents has been such a blessing to us and is one of the most important gifts we have been given. Watching our daughter grow has been one of life’s greatest treasures and we look forward to experiencing this with another child. Seeing a child’s sense of wonder as they learn about the world around them is so rewarding. Being able to watch them reach milestones and smile and laugh lights up our life.
Being a parent means putting your children’s best interests ahead of your own. It is providing the gentle balance of structure and direction when needed while also letting them be as independent as possible. We believe in maintaining a loving and calm environment that teaches responsibility and accountability. It is important to us to provide opportunities that allow our children to learn and grow as individuals. Some of the values we hope to instill in our children are consideration for others, humility, honesty, determination, integrity and strong work ethic. As parents we are committed to being there for our children to celebrate their achievements and help them through life’s disappointments. It is our responsibility to be constantly educating ourselves and refining our parenting skills to make sure we are providing the best possible environment. We look forward to giving our unconditional love and support to another child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Mike about Jen:
Jen is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. She has found a way to excel at both family life and being an accomplished professional. I love the adoration I see in my child’s eyes as she watches her mommy dance and play with her. I have so much appreciation for her kindness, patience, and thoughtfulness and I could not have dreamed of a better teammate and partner to go through life with. I don’t think I can ever adequately express how truly grateful I am to have a wife that sets such an amazing example for our child and is so dedicated to our family in every way.
Jen about Mike:
Mike is truly a remarkable person. I never could have imagined a better husband or father for my children. He is always there for us and is incredibly devoted to our family. His patience is immeasurable and he always strives to be the best that he can at everything he does. He is frequently reading various topics from raising children to finances. Mike offers endless encouragement and support to our family and friends. He has an amazing ability to interact with children. The silly and fun side of him keeps us smiling and giggling. He can often be found singing Disney songs, making up games or trying to braid hair. I know that he will make an excellent father to another child and provide all of the love and nurturing they would need.
We are lucky to live in a neighborhood that is accepting of cultural differences and we are committed to making sure that our children are exposed to a variety of different cultures and ethnicities throughout their lives. Both our best friends are different ethnicities, one from Chile and one from Nigeria, and are very involved in our lives. Jen is fortunate to work in a diverse environment with many professionals of various ethnic backgrounds that can serve as mentors or role models. We plan to embrace and educate our children in their heritages and assist them in the development of a strong sense of self. A passion for celebrating cultural differences, acceptance and openness to all are values we will encourage in our children.
Our Extended Families
Spending time with our families is one of our greatest joys. Despite living in different states (Jen’s family in Utah and Mike’s in Arizona) we stay very close and they play an active role in our day-to-day lives. We have frequent visits that are full of activities like the zoo, children’s museum and family gatherings. The grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents (Jen’s family has 5 generations) enjoy the opportunity to spoil and love on their grandchildren. There are also many aunts, uncles and cousins from both sides of the family we visit with. When we are apart, we have frequent video calls and phone calls with the grandparents, so they never miss a beat. We are also blessed to have close friends in the area and we love to get our kids together for Easter egg hunts, BBQ’s, splash pads, parades and so much more.
We are so excited to expand our family and everyone has been very supportive of our adoption plan. They look forward to loving and sharing life with another child. Our daughter cannot wait to be a big sister. It is almost every day that she talks about the games she wants to play with a sibling or how she wants to save her favorite toys and outfits for when the new baby is big enough to enjoy them too. Even our four-legged children, Jake and Max, look forward to having more crumbs to clean up and another child to follow around.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love walking down the tree lined sidewalks in our neighborhood. On any given day there are multiple neighborhood children playing outside. There are at least 20 younger children just on our street and the street behind us! During Halloween the neighbors all get together for Trick-or-Treat and take photos of the children in their costumes. There is a park within walking distance of our home with a playground, tennis court, baseball field and lots of squirrels.
Our home sits on a quiet street with a long driveway for chalk drawing and bike riding. We tend to spend the most time in our family room, kitchen, backyard and the playhouse we just finished under the stairs. Our family room has big windows with sunlight that fills the room all day. It is the perfect place to curl up and read a book, build trains on the coffee table or run around on stick ponies. The windows overlook our ½ acre backyard with green grass, mature trees and beautiful flowers. If you look through the windows you might even see us flying kites in the yard, brushing the dogs or picking flowers. In our kitchen there is room for everyone to be involved in cooking or baking. We even built a stand so that the little ones can safely be at counter height to help with mixing muffin batter or to serve as official taste tester.
From Us to You
While we do not know all that you are facing, we want you to know that we admire your strength and courage in considering adoption. We could only imagine how overwhelming it must be to try to find the right family for your baby. If that family happens to be ours it would be an incredible privilege to raise your child. We hope this letter will give you an idea of our story and how your child would fit into our lives.
We first met at a hockey game through a mutual friend. We dated for 3 years prior to being married in 2010. Since then our marriage has been full of love and respect for each other. We are best friends and our marriage is the foundation on which our family is built. Our desire is that our relationship will be a positive example for our children as they grow. After being married for 5 years we began discussing dreams of having children. Our hearts have always been drawn to adoption as well as biological children in our family plans but we were unsure of the timing. After our first child was born it opened our eyes to the blessing of parenthood and the immeasurable love that comes from being parents. We look forward to sharing this love with another child and expanding our family. While considering our options we learned that another pregnancy is not possible for us. We believe that everything happens for a reason and after much thought, prayer, and discussion we trust that God’s plan for us is to continue our dream of adoption now.
Jen is a physician at a local children’s hospital and serves as a role model of compassion, determination and perseverance. Her job has a wonderful work life balance with abundant vacation time and early days. Our daughter absolutely loves all of their ‘mommy-daughter’ activities. Mike works from home as a manager for a medical technology company. Working from home provides an enormous amount of flexibility and he is able to adjust his hours to accommodate almost any day-to-day situation. We have a three-year-old daughter, Violet, who talks about wanting a sibling nearly every day. She excitedly tells us how she wants to share this or that favorite toy with a little baby or how if she had a baby brother or sister she would hold their hand on scary rides at Disney so they would feel safe.
Being a parent has been one of the greatest joys in our life and no words can describe what a privilege it will be to be parents to another child. We want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally and will provide a safe, loving home, stable marriage with both parents actively involved, abundant educational opportunities, and lots of fun. We will be there for our children to celebrate their milestones and support them during the times that life brings them challenges.
There will never be a day that goes by that your child is not aware of the admiration we have for your strength and selflessness in considering adoption. We plan to discuss their adoption story from an early age and convey the love that you will always have for them. We will ensure your child knows where they came from and make sure you are able to witness them grow through emails, letters, and photos. If you are open to the idea we would love to make an adoption photo book for our child about you and their birth. If it is your desire we will also respect your privacy.
We are excited for this opportunity to grow our family and adoption will be one of the greatest gifts we ever receive. Thank you for considering us as a family to provide unconditional love for your baby. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Jen
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