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Ben & Stephanie
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. As you read our profile, we hope it gives an idea of who we are and the love we have to share with a child. We are excited to start our family through adoption. As adoptive parents we would make sure your child knew that love comes from their birth family as well as their adoptive family.
What it Means to Become Parents
We believe that being a parent will be one of the greatest blessings. It will be an adventure that we look forward to starting on. We look forward to providing love and support to a child and doing the best we can to help our child be the best person they can be. We are very excited to be parents and will give parenting everything we can. We would always love and support our children. We want to teach our children the importance of respect for all things. We would like to teach them to be kind and have compassion for others. We believe it is very important to lead by example and to always be a positive example in their lives. We know that parenting will come with challenges and plan on facing those the best we can.
We look forward to a future with a child and all the memories that we will make. From vacations, to their first steps, to birthday parties, and teaching them new things. We can't wait to watch our child's personality grow and develop. Reading to them nightly and giving them snuggles is also something we are really looking forward to. We will never take the little things for granted and we will be appreciative of all the moments we get to share with a child.
We live a laid back lifestyle and we both have easy-going personalities. We both love being outside and that is where we spend most of our time. We spend a lot of time biking, taking walks, and spending time playing with our dogs outside. We also enjoy going to the zoo and going mini golfing.
We have both been successful in our careers, but that is not the main focus in our lives. We both get off work early and get plenty of time in the evening together. This time together is very important to us.
We enjoy taking vacations together and take one at least once a year. We also make sure to take weekend trips whenever possible.
We love being surrounded by friends and family. We go to our friends' children's events whenever possible. We often attend soccer games and baseball games. We love to have friends and family over to grill out and have movie nights. We are very thankful to have these relationships.
Stephanie has lots of experience working with children from other cultures and has been able to learn about other cultures and traditions. We live in a very diverse area and have a lot of different events having to do with culture. We would like to attend these yearly and let our child learn about their heritage and culture. We would give them children's books that explore their culture or have characters of same ethnicity. We would also like to include meals from our child's culture in our diet and watch movies or shows related to their culture. The daycare our child would attend has plenty of diversity. At this daycare they are also taught about diversity and other cultures throughout the year. There are weekly themes based off of culture diversity. During these weeks they learn about several different cultures, taste foods from different cultures,, and do different activities. We would like to learn as much as possible about our child's culture and incorporate it into our daily lives. We feel that it's very important for our child to feel connected to and understand their heritage and culture
Our House and Neighborhood
We don't live in a huge home but it's perfect for our family. It's where we make memories and plan to with our child. We live in a single family home in central Illinois. Our neighborhood is very quiet made up of retirees and young families. There is a park and pool within a block of our house. There are also several pools, parks, splash pads, water parks, children's discovery museum, elementary school, public library, several trails to walk on or ride bikes, mini golfing and a zoo within a five minute drive. Our community has many special events at each holiday and throughout the year.
Our house has three bedrooms and a full bathroom. We have a medium sized fenced in backyard. Our favorite spots are the front and back patio. We love spending time outside. A lot of our free time is spent out back grilling or having a cookout. We also like to spend time on our front patio talking and enjoying the weather.
Our Extended Families
Extended family makes up a big part of our lives. We have a great relationship with our family and see most of them often.
Stephanie's family lives an hour away and come to visit whenever possible. We also go visit them a few times a month. Activities we enjoy with them include game nights, shopping, watching movies, spending time outdoors, and just spending time together. We spend most holidays with them and occasionally go on short trips with them. Every year we go to the pumpkin patch at least once with Stephanie's family. We walk through the corn maze, go on a hayrack ride, eat the pumpkin and apple treats, and get a pumpkin to bring home. We also attend a festival together called Harvest Days, where there is a parade, rides, a farmers market, and great food. This will be her parents' first grandchild and they are thrilled to become grandparents. Her brother and sister are very excited to get to be an aunt and uncle.
Ben's family lives farther away so we don't see them as much. Ben has three brothers and several nieces and a nephew. His grandma lives near us and we are able to see her more often. We occasionally see his family for holidays or meet them somewhere for a day or weekend. His whole family is very excited to add another member to the family.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us. We hope that in the future we are able to learn more about you! We know that this decision is very hard for you and we admire your strength. We know this decision is made purely out of love and selflessness.
We have been married almost 8 years. We have always wanted a child, but found that it was harder then we thought to have a biological child. After several years of fertility issues and several miscarriages, we decided that adoption was where our heart was. These losses where the hardest thing we have ever endured and we know in the future the heartache will be worth it. We have a very stable and loving relationship. We can honestly say that we are each others best friend.
Bringing a child into our home would be the best thing that ever happened to us. We would never take the role of parenting lightly. It takes a village to raise a child and we have one in the close family and friends that would love a child like it was their own. We have lots of support during this journey from those close to us. We are committed to raising a child in a safe and loving home. We are very excited to be able to travel, learn, grow, and enjoy life with a child. Our goal is to teach your child to love and respect all things.
Stephanie works at a preschool in an infant room and we are very excited that our child would be able to go to preschool where she works. Both of us get off early, so we would be able to spend lots of time with a child in the evening. We are excited thinking about all the activities we can do and things we can teach a child. Ben is most excited to teach a child to ride their bike, taking them on bike rides, being able to take them camping, hiking, and teach them about nature. Stephanie is most excited for their first steps, taking them to the pool, taking them to the children's discovery museum, being able to read to them every night, and nightly snuggles. There are so many things we look forward to!
We truly want the best for your child and will put your child's needs first. We promise to be open and honest with your child about their adoption. We will express to them not only that we love them but also how much love you have for your child. We are open to keeping in contact through photos, letters, email, phone calls, facetimes, and social media. We would like to keep you updated on important events in your child's life. We are open to either an open adoption or closed, whichever you would prefer and we promise to respect your decision and honor it.
It is our dream to be the best parents we can and to be a positive example in a child's life. It has been a long journey for us but we are truly ready to have a child join our family. Our families are also very excited and anxiously awaiting a new family member. We are looking forward to making our dreams come true. We have a fun filled life that's missing a big part ... a child!
Thank you again for the consideration. We hope our profile gives you a sense of the people we are, the love we have for a child, and how committed we are to being the best parents we can be. We know whatever choice you make will be the best choice for you. We wish you the best on your journey.
Ben & Stephanie
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