Joanne and Adam

Joanne and Adam

Hello! We are Joanne and Adam

Our message to you is of compassion, open-mindedness, and acceptance. Our thoughts are with you. We sincerely thank you for considering adoption, and the possibility of us as parents. There is simply no way for us to know what you’re going through, though we understand this must be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the best for you and your child and wish you the best now and in the future. Even though we haven’t met, we respect your decision, whatever it may be.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Joanne
  • Enjoys knitting for our nieces and nephews
     
  • Loves taking care of our garden and watching it grow
     
  • Makes up and sings silly songs to our dog, Cooper
     
  • Values spending time with children and seeing the world through their eyes
     
  • Values building community in our town and spending time at farmer’s markets
     
  • Enjoys teaching college biology and helping her students find their path
     
  • Loves the outdoors, such as hiking, camping, gardening, and walking our dog Cooper
     
  • when she met Adam, she loved his sense of humor and can-do attitude
     
  • loves inspirational quotes
     
About Adam
  • Enjoys making his mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe with pasta from scratch
     
  • Enjoys helping others with home improvement projects
     
  • Family tradition: making sausage using family recipes for 40 years
     
  • Makes Sunday dinner for our friends and their families
     
  • Values building community with those close to us – whether they live near us or work with us
     
  • Is hands down the chef of the family and would much rather make food than go out to eat
     
  • Wen he met Joanne, he loved her hair and laid back personality
     
  • Is restoring a 100 year old farm house as a business
     
  • Loves listening to records
     

OUR LETTER

Dear Birthmother,

Our message to you is of compassion, open-mindedness, and acceptance. Our thoughts are with you. We sincerely thank you for considering adoption, and the possibility of us as parents. There is simply no way for us to know what you’re going through, though we understand this must be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the best for you and your child and wish you the best now and in the future. Even though we haven’t met, we respect your decision, whatever it may be.

We are Adam and Joanne, and we live in a quiet college town in western Oregon. This is our paradise. We intentionally moved here, not once, but twice. Before we met, we each moved to Oregon to pursue graduate school and a new way of life. Then, 14 years ago, we met through mutual friends and quickly grew very fond of each other. Ten years ago, we married in the Coast Range of Oregon, a place that embodied our love of the outdoors. To pursue additional education and career development, we lived in Colorado for 7 years, where Joanne was a professor and Adam obtained his Ph.D. However, we were always drawn back to the Pacific Northwest, our home, and we were very fortunate to have been able to move back. Our lives (and Oregon) have changed in that time. What hasn’t changed is our love for the outdoors and open space. In our current home, we love our immediate proximity to open space and agriculture, the coast, and hiking- yet we are close enough to the Portland metropolitan area to easily pop over to see friends and go out to dinner.

We both highly value education and, together, we have supported each other while obtaining our Ph.D. in genetics for Joanne and fisheries science for Adam. Joanne is a college biology professor and Adam has a small construction business, fixing up old houses. We really like how our careers work together. It reminds us to continue learning in and out of the classroom, balanced with the hands-on practicality of building a home. Both of us really like to work with our hands and we are drawn towards projects that require our devoted attention. Even though we are trained as scientists, we enjoy the artistic process of creating something new.

Spending time with family, time outside and in open space, preparing and eating good food, and finding new things that inspire us are the things that we enjoy most. We have a very friendly dog (a black lab) named Cooper, who is the best dog ever (Ha Ha!) and reminds us to get outside often, whether for walks around town, or hikes in open space like Forest Park or Tillamook National Forest.  Joanne enjoys anything outdoors – especially gardening and hiking with Cooper. In the rainy season she enjoys knitting for her niece and nephews. Adam enjoys anything in the kitchen – his favorite thing is to create and cook our own dinners from scratch, such as making pasta with his mom’s Italian spaghetti sauce recipe.  He also enjoys making sausage and has recently began making sourdough bread! We really are do-it-your-selfers … well, except for making a baby. But we’re hoping you can help us out with that!

We also both love to build community, and seek to experience life with those around us – friends, family, and co-workers. We love to host Sunday dinners, which Adam cooks, and have our friends, and their children spend time in our home.

We see adoption as the greatest gift someone could share with us—one that would allow us to start a family and broaden our world. We are committed to and inspired to become parents. We worked with infertility clinics and tried a variety of infertility treatments for four years, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Though this did not lead to a successful pregnancy, we continually returned to the goal of having a family. With this realization, we knew that it was time to let go of our initial vision of a biological child, and put our efforts into adoption, a process which humbles and inspires us. Adoption would allow us to build a family, something that would not be possible for us otherwise. Although we initially thought a family might happen through other more conventional approaches, we are truly open-minded and accepting about how our dream would happen.

We believe and know that family means more than your blood relatives. We also know that at times, life is complicated. We welcome and encourage an open adoption, if and when that option works for you.  Joanne grew up with two sets of parents and additional non-blood related siblings, due to some non-nuclear family circumstances, which we are happy to share if you are interested. She cherishes this extended network of additional parents and multiple generations of extended family. Both she and Adam believe these family members have enriched their lives and expanded their definitions of family – allowing us to experience so much more than we would have otherwise. It wasn’t always easy to explain our family to others, but it’s who we are, and it’s how see life: beautiful in its complexities and surprises. We draw peace and strength from those around us – from each other, our friends, and our extended family – and we see you as a part of that. We say this from a place of welcoming, not out of pressure or with expectations. Please understand that we want what is best for you, and if that includes us raising your child, we would be honored and humbled that you have chosen us for this most precious gift.

In gratitude,

Joanne and Adam

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Adam and Mindy

Adam and Mindy

Adam and Mindy

Family Waiting to Adopt

Hello! We are Adam and Mindy

Hello, our names are Adam and Mindy. We are a down to earth, easy going, funny, and loving couple.  We are told this to be true, unless our friends and families have been lying to us. It is said that opposites attract. We are opposites in many aspects but at the same time we complement each other very well. Adam enjoys the outdoors; hunting, fishing, competitive shooting and many other outdoorsy things. While Mindy is more of a homebody and enjoys crafting, crocheting, logic games, and DIY home projects. Together we enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Hello, our names are Adam and Mindy. We are a down to earth, easy going, funny, and loving couple.  We are told this to be true, unless our friends and families have been lying to us. It is said that opposites attract. We are opposites in many aspects but at the same time we complement each other very well. Adam enjoys the outdoors; hunting, fishing, competitive shooting and many other outdoorsy things. While Mindy is more of a homebody and enjoys crafting, crocheting, logic games, and DIY home projects. Together we enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

 

We met 18 year ago, while working at the same restaurant. We dated occasionally for the next 8 years through the stages of young adulthood.  It seems like we were meant to be together because we always made our way back to each other.  As we got older we realized it was meant to be and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We finally got married 10 years after we first met.

We have been drawn to adoption after 8 years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive on our own. Since we started dating, we have talked about growing our family. We did not realize then that this would be our path, but we are excited none the less. Recently, it dawned on Mindy that since she was a child, she’s had dreams in which she just held an infant in her arms, she was never pregnant in her dreams. How’s that for serendipity?

 

Family is extremely important to us.  We are lucky to be close to our families, both in distance and in our relationships. We are surrounded by an excellent support system to help us now through the adoption process and later with the raising of our adopted child. Mindy’s parents have been married for 45 years and Adam’s for 39 years.  We were brought up with great examples of the love and nurturing that it takes to raise a happy family. We look forward to growing our family with the same values.

For us, communication is foremost in open adoption. Please know that if you choose us, we look forward to exchanging communication through emails, phone calls, pictures, and personal visits throughout this child’s life.  It’s important to us that your child knows their entire history.

 

We already have the utmost respect for you because you have chosen life for your child. We can’t even begin to imagine the emotions you are feeling and what you are going through. We hope that this letter has helped you to get to know us and decide if we are the right future family for your precious baby.

 

Sincerely,

Adam and Mindy

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Lisa and Alex

Lisa and Alex

Lisa and Alex

Family Waiting to Adopt

Hello! We are Lisa and Alex

Thank you for letting us introduce ourselves. We are Lisa and Alex, and we are humbled that you are considering an adoption plan for your child. Alex is a teacher, a small business owner, and an MBA student, and Lisa is a Veterinarian. We have been married for 7 years. We are excited to start our family through adoption.   We know that our life experiences, as well as the caring support of friends and family, will help us be loving, kind, humorous, and reliable parents. We strongly believe in leading by example, and we are both kind to others.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Lisa
  • Favorite Book: Anne of Green Gables
  • Favorite Place: Hawaii
  • Favorite Sport: Hockey
  • Favorite Food: Thai
  • Favorite Animals: Whales, cats
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Big Bang Theory
  • Did a veterinary externship in Thailand and got to work with elephants
  • Enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, hiking, watching hockey games, swimming/snorkeling, and traveling
  • Wanted to be a detective when she was little – and realized as an adult that solving medical cases is solving a mystery
About Alex
  • Favorite Place: Alaska
  • Favorite Sport: Hockey
  • Favorite Foods: BBQ and Thai
  • Favorite Animal: Sea Otters
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Was a teacher in a special needs classroom for 7 years, one of my favorite tasks was to make up joke songs and sing to the students when they were anxious
  • Enjoys riding motorcycles
  • Taught myself how to weld metal together when I was 12
  • Length of time before I realized Lisa was the woman I wanted to spend my life with: 3.5 minutes

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for letting us introduce ourselves. We are Lisa and Alex, and we are humbled that you are considering an adoption plan for your child. Alex is a teacher, a small business owner, and an MBA student, and Lisa is a Veterinarian. We have been married for 7 years. We are excited to start our family through adoption.   We know that our life experiences, as well as the caring support of friends and family, will help us be loving, kind, humorous, and reliable parents. We strongly believe in leading by example, and we are both kind to others.

 

We live in a suburban area just outside Portland, OR, in a family-friendly community with good schools. Our neighbors, whom we socialize with regularly, have children ranging from newborns to high schoolers. Alex’s family is 10-20 minutes away, and Lisa’s family lives in Washington. Between us, we have numerous aunts, uncles, and 15 nieces/nephews. Alex is continuing his education in order to pursue career options in HR/management, and Lisa owns her own business providing relief work at veterinary clinics and providing house calls for clients. This allows Lisa to have a flexible schedule, and to plan on being a full-time parent and spend more time at home. Alex’s 11 years of experience as a teacher will allow him to work well returning to the business world, and provide numerous skills and experiences at home that will benefit any child. We enjoy living in this area as beach trips, hiking, nature walks, and visiting family are all easily attainable with a short drive.

 

We believe that the most important things that we can do as parents is to provide unconditional love, compassion, empathy, stability, humor, and opportunities to pursue happiness. We believe that a child’s hopes and dreams are very important, and we believe our responsibility as parents is to help those dreams grow to become reality.

 

Alex: I was raised in the suburbs of Portland, and have lived in Oregon my whole life. As a child I was the youngest of three children with an older sister and brother. My mom was a teacher and my dad was a landscape architect so we always spent our summers in the outdoors going on camping trips and going to community parks. With as much time as I spent in the outdoors it was only natural that I joined the Boy Scouts and eventually went on to become an Eagle Scout. The lessons I learned during that time continue to serve me well today. It was through scouting that I learned how to be a good person, a community leader, a hard worker, and most importantly a good man to my wife and family. I look forward to taking some of those lessons and becoming a positive role model and loving member of your child’s life.

 

Lisa: I was raised in Washington. I lived on a farm until I was 5. I was too young to run the equipment, but I found other ways to be involved by helping with the animals, gathering produce from the garden, and following my brothers everywhere. Once I started school, reading, music (I played saxophone), and biology quickly became my main interests. I enjoyed riding bikes with kids in my neighborhood, and playing in the woods and creek near our home. Honesty, professionalism, treating others with kindness, and enjoying life are very important to me, and I would enjoy the opportunity to share that with your child.

We are really looking forward to becoming adoptive parents. Growing our family has always been a dream for us both. Together we are very strong and successful individuals, a loving couple, and now we would like to enrich our family by having your baby join us.

 

Both of us have direct experience with adoption – Alex’s mom was adopted and Lisa has a close childhood friend that was adopted as well as extended family members. Because of personal experiences we honor the reality that there can be some difficult questions and feelings for adoptive children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. We are very supportive of an open adoption plan. If you would like us to join you on that path, we see that as a positive addition to all of our lives. If you would prefer a semi open or closed adoption plan, we also very much respect your choice.

 

We hope that you will consider allowing us to share this journey with you. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us by reading our story.

 

Warmest Wishes,

Lisa and Alex

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Sandi and Darin

Sandi and Darin

Sandi and Darin

Family Waiting to Adopt

Hello! We are Sandi and Darin

We want to acknowledge and honor the strength and selflessness it must take to make the decision to consider adoption. We imagine that this may be an overwhelming time for you and we would like you to know that already you are in our thoughts. We haven’t met you yet; we don’t know your story. But we are so excited to meet you! So, until then, we would love the chance to tell you a little of our story.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Sandi
  • Loves to read. 
     
  • Loves the beach and the ocean.
     
  • Is learning how to golf and quilt.
     
  • Loves her job as a Pharmacist because she gets to make a difference every day. 
     
About Darin
  • Is learning to play guitar. 
     
  • Builds his own computers. 
     
  • Loves hiking and the outdoors. 
     
  • Loves golfing. 
     

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

We want to acknowledge and honor the strength and selflessness it must take to make the decision to consider adoption. We imagine that this may be an overwhelming time for you and we would like you to know that already you are in our thoughts. We haven’t met you yet; we don’t know your story. But we are so excited to meet you! So, until then, we would love the chance to tell you a little of our story.

Darin grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, raised with his 2 younger brothers, Brian and Shaun. Darin works from home as a Systems Administrator and loves what he does, because he gets to work both with people and technology. Darin also loves being outdoors, from working in the yard to hiking. He loves to travel, cook, garden, and play video games.

Sandi was born in Sacramento, California, but raised further south in Madera, California. Sandi has 1 brother, Luke, who has 2 daughters, Bryonna and Kaylee. Sandi is a Critical Care Pharmacist and finds reward in her opportunities to impact peoples’ lives positively every day. Sandi enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, quilting, finding new recipes, and spending time with our dogs Odin and Guinness, especially at the beach.

We are so excited to be parents! Becoming parents is something we have wanted for a long time, and feel we are ready for this new joy, challenge, and adventure. Adoption has always been part of our ultimate family plan. Sandi’s dad is adopted, so adoption is already a part of our life. We are so excited to share our life with a child. We can’t wait to travel somewhere new, hang out and watch a movie, help with homework, and everything in between.

Family is so important to us. Darin’s youngest brother lives here in Oregon, just down the road from where we live now. Darin’s middle brother Brian and his wife are expecting a child in February 2017, so there would be 2 young children in the greater Frederick clan. Our nieces Bryonna and Kaylee are ages 14 and 12. We have loved watching them grow up, from seeing their beautiful personalities start to shine through to learning new subjects in school. Sandi’s aunt and cousin live about an hour away, and we love spending time in their wonderful garden.

Travel is important to us. We have traveled all over the United States, from North Carolina to Washington. We have cruised to the Southern Caribbean, hung out on the beach in Costa Rica, and most recently traveled to Scotland and England. We plan to visit Hawaii in 2017 and have so many more places on our bucket lists. In our spare time we also enjoy hiking, walking our dogs, and cooking for our friends and family.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We are excited to share our lives, our love, and our families,

Sandi and Darin

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Patrick and Bethany

Patrick and Bethany

Patrick and Bethany

Family Waiting to Adopt

Hello! We are Patrick and Bethany

Although we have not met you, we know you must be a selfless, brave, strong, courageous woman for choosing adoption. The gift that you could give to us is the most beautiful blessing. Thank you for considering us as loving parents for your child. Our names are Patrick and Bethany. We cannot imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We admire your courage and strength, and hope this letter and these photographs give an accurate image of who we are and the kind of parents we will be to your child. We will love and cherish your child with all of our hearts and souls.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Although we have not met you, we know you must be a selfless, brave, strong, courageous woman for choosing adoption. The gift that you could give to us is the most beautiful blessing. Thank you for considering us as loving parents for your child. Our names are Patrick and Bethany. We cannot imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We admire your courage and strength, and hope this letter and these photographs give an accurate image of who we are and the kind of parents we will be to your child. We will love and cherish your child with all of our hearts and souls.

Our beginning:

Bethany and Patrick were both fortunate enough to be raised by loving and supportive parents and always had a lot of family and friends to care, guide, and encourage them as they were growing up. Patrick was born and raised in Somerset Kentucky, and is truly a southern gentleman. Bethany was born and raised in Ventura California. Although they lived in far different climates growing up, their paths crossed in College. They met in Louisville Kentucky at Bellarmine University. Fait hit one stormy Tuesday morning; Bethany was flying home to California during their winter break and Patrick was flying to Florida to go surfing with his friends. Bethany had a huge crush on Patrick, they took the same ethics course. Bethany’s flight was cancelled from California to Texas, and Patrick’s was cancelled from Florida to Texas. Placing them on the same connecting flight to Arkansas. Bethany remembers seeing Patrick as he got on the plane and just suddenly shouting his name; Patrick turned looked at Bethany, smiled and came and sat next to her. Bethany fell asleep on his shoulder and one year later Patrick asked Bethany’s father for her hand in marriage and purposed to Bethany on the beach in California.

Patrick and Bethany had a very intimate wedding, on the beach with close family and friends, the next day they left for 10 days to Hawaii where they had a blast. Many people talk about their spouses as being their soul mates, but truly from the depth of Patrick and Bethany’s souls he is her forever and she is his forever life partner, best friend, and soul mate.

Our Future Together:

Patrick and Bethany will be celebrating their 6th year anniversary this year in June, they look forward to many more to come. Patrick and Bethany truly are best friends, and are able to count on each-other no matter what. Their communication, trust, love, friendship, and dedication to each other are what has made their marriage so successful. Their faith in the Lord and the wonderful support they have with family and friends has helped guide them to be the best couple they can be to one another. They truly love being together; he is a part of her as she is to him. They love traveling, cooking, running, kayaking, playing music, and having barbecues with all their family and friends. No matter what they are always together enjoying life.

Patrick and Bethany always knew they wanted children. The truth, they were not aggressive in trying to have a biological child. Many of Bethany’s family members are adopted. They both always wanted to adopt. They know this is the best decision they will ever make. Bethany and

Patrick know their path and journey is to adopt and this is their calling. Patrick and Bethany look forward to the open adoption process, and building a relationship with the birth mother and her child. It’s a blessing for all members involved with open adoption, and provides the best stability and support to the child.

Thank you for taking a look into our lives. We wish you the very best!

Sincerely,

Patrick and Bethany

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