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David & Sharon
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and read our profile. Adoption has changed our lives forever, creating our family. Being a part of our family means being surrounded by love, support, and acceptance. We are humbled and grateful that you would consider us as adoptive parents to your child.
Adoption in Our Lives
To us, adoption is the miracle that made our family. After years of infertility and heartache, a woman we had never met chose us as parents for her child. The compassion she had for us and trust she put in us changed us forever. Her gift is the most incredible thing anyone has ever done for us. Every milestone and memory with our son is a treasured experience. The opportunity to be parents has given us so much joy.
We were able to meet Graham's mother and were amazed by her love and selfless care for her baby. Her gift is the most incredible thing anyone has ever done for us. Every milestone and memory with our son is a gift to us. The opportunity to be parents has given us so much joy. We take our responsibility to her very seriously and are completely devoted to giving Graham the best life we can. We talk about his mother daily, telling him how much she loves him and reminding him that she made a plan for him to have a beautiful life.
Because of adoption, we know our son. We are praying for another miracle and a chance to have a second baby to share our love and life with.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
David is patient, gentle, kind, and even-keeled. He loves to be active and play sports, especially soccer. He is adventurous and enjoys trying new things. He is supportive of those around him and regularly goes out of his way to help coworkers, family members, and friends. He is a favorite with his nieces and nephews because he always takes the time to listen to what they have to say. He is an encouragement to me in my faith and keeps me grounded. When you're with David, you feel deeply valued and loved. He is the funniest dad, always ready to play. Graham loves to ride bikes, go on outings to the zoo and park, and play toys with his dad.
Sharon is creative, loving, and attentive. She finds ways to connect individually with her clients while helping them express themselves. Sharon is very thoughtful and loves to give meaningful gifts. She has a deep faith in God and is always learning and growing. She is a consistent, attentive, and loving mom. Her kids will always be her top priority. She takes the time to play with Graham every day and has shared her love for baking with him. She and Graham love to turn the music up loud and have dance parties. She is a great mom.
Honoring diversity in our family is not something we take lightly. We belong to a diverse church that also has many adoptive families. We live in a diverse area, have a diverse group of friends, and talk about race openly. We read books specific to Graham's cultural background and race, starting to have these conversations at a young age. We know that we don't have all of the answers and are committed to continuing to learn from others in our community who have a lived experience different from ours. We celebrate diversity and know that our child will be able to interact with individuals from a variety of cultures within our family, among our friends, at church, and at school. We are excited to learn more about our child's culture and heritage and welcome the diversity that will bring to our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is tucked away on a tree-lined street in a suburb of a large Missouri city. There are lots of families with young children. Our neighborhood offers many family friendly events including the annual trunk or treat at our neighborhood school and Easter Egg Hunt. We like to walk to the park and often see our friends there. We live close to cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We're just a short drive away from nature trails, children's museums, art galleries, and a zoo.
Since moving into our home, we have been able to add personal touches and help make it the best place for kids to grow up. Outside, we have a playground with swings and a slide, a hammock, and a patio to play on. We love to spend time outside as a family. Inside, some of our favorite features are our family room with our fireplace and the dining room where we love to share a meal with our friends.
Our Extended Families
We both come from tight-knit families that live near us. There are always cousins to play with, soccer games to cheer at, and concerts to attend. Our family is our strongest support system.
David is the youngest of 3. His brother and sister, nieces and nephews, and parents always make time to celebrate birthdays and holidays with us. David's family has lots of fun traditions for each holiday (board games, Easter egg hunts, and carving pumpkins). His family is very active and never misses the chance to attend sporting events, movies, and concerts together.
Sharon is the youngest of 5 kids. Her parents host parties to bring the whole family together. Playing games with the cousins is one of our favorite activities. Over the years, Sharon's family has traveled together, enjoying the outdoors on camping and backpacking trips. Family dinners, vacations, and holiday celebrations are just some of the ways we spend quality time together.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking time to read our profile and get to know us. We are in awe of the strength and love you are showing in making this important decision for your baby's future.
We met in middle school and have been married for 10 years. We had always hoped to have a big family. We had imagined building our family both biologically and through adoption. When we felt we were ready to grow our family, we had not expected to encounter infertility. It was a really hard time for us but we kept looking forward to the time when we would adopt. Our faith in God deepened, and we felt led to adopt. We have learned that even when things don't go the way we think they will, we can trust God. We feel anchored in our faith and we know that this provides a constant and safe foundation for our family. This faith allowed us to move forward and experience the joy of welcoming our son, Graham.
Our biggest priority is spending time together, as a family. We both work flexible jobs which allows us to be available for our son and future baby. We love to travel to see new places together, teach Graham new things, and cheer for him as he chooses and develops his own hobbies. We can't wait to have another child to love and support. We are committed to providing for our children's dreams through education and opportunities to pursue their interests and passions.
Adoption has touched our family and enriched it in so many ways. We are grateful that adoption continues to be a unique and beautiful part of our family's story.
We want you to know how much we value you. We want you to feel confident and assured in this very important decision. Here are some promises we would make as your child's adoptive parents:
We welcome your continued involvement in your child's life. We will honor the role you choose to play, whatever that may be. We are open to discussing the types of communication you are comfortable with. We would consider visits, and hope to be able to exchange letters and pictures, text, and/or talk on the phone. We always want you to have a way to know more about your child and share more about yourself.
We hope that you feel like you know us just a bit better after viewing our profile, and look forward to knowing you more in the future.
With love and respect,
David & Sharon
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