To be honest we’ve spent months pondering what to say to you in this letter. We want to be straightforward and honest with you about who we are. First, and perhaps the most important, we are grateful for your courage to make this selfless decision. We know that at times you may not feel courageous or strong but the fact that you are open to making this choice for your child proves that you are. We know that whatever decision you make is out of love and we respect your choice.
Second, our promise to you is to raise your child to have your same strength and courage. We will strive to bring this child up to be self-confident, capable, compassionate, responsible, and educated. Our home will be a loving and stable place to grow up, where their identity and individuality will be celebrated, not stifled. As teachers, we know there is more to raising a child than just a belief that they will turn out the way you want. It takes action, sacrifice, and compromise to allow the child to explore on their own and with the guidance from family. Our goal is for his or her own individuality to motivate them to become the wonderful person they are meant to be.
We wish you peace and comfort as you make this choice for yourself and for your child.
We are both teachers at our local public high school. Charles teaches speech, theatre and debate while Kaylan teaches English language arts. We met in college and quickly became friends. That friendship has been the basis of our relationship for the last decade (we were married in 2013) and keeps us grounded when life gets stressful. When we aren’t spending time with our students, preparing lessons, or taking care of our dogs, we both enjoy hiking in state parks, playing board games, and cooking for our friends and family. We’re both looking forward to spending the summers and occasional snow days off work with our adoptive child.
Our Home & Pets
One of the reasons we love our community so much is its diversity! Our school district serves two small towns and a military base so there is always a constant flow of new people, ideas, and creeds that no other town in the midwest offers. We have a four bedroom, three bath home in a secluded subdivision just outside the city. There’s very little traffic around our home and we routinely have children riding bikes in the streets. We have three dogs. Maddie, our six year old miniature schnauzer that we’ve had since we were engaged, leads the pack. Brutus, our eight year old boxer that we adopted from the local animal shelter, loves all things related to food and cuddling. Roxie is our two year old labrador retriever mix that we’ve had since she was just four weeks old. She’s silly and easy going like a puppy and loves when we have children over.
Our Extended Family
The search for jobs after graduating from college led us both to move a few hours away from our families. Charles’ parents live near St. Louis. Kaylan’s parents and sister live in rural area of the state with lots of land for outdoor recreation. We visit both sides of our extended families frequently. On a day-to-day basis, we also feel that our coworkers are like our extended family. We routinely have dinner and family outings with some of the other families we work with at our high school. They’ve helped us move, we pick up their children from school, we’re always there to help each other. Family isn’t based on blood but rather the care and connection each has for the other.
What Led Us To Adoption
We love working with children from a wide range of backgrounds each day and watching them grow into determined, successful adults. Through the experiences with our work we have never felt the need for a biological child. Instead we know we can provide a loving, stable, educational, and fun-loving home environment for a child and we feel a responsibility and a need to share that love with a child already entering the world. We have the support of other families within our community (many of them transracial) and interact with students and parents of various cultures and backgrounds on a daily basis. Two of our closest friends and coworkers adopted their son from Ethiopia seven years ago. Watching him grow and the way they love him has been a beautiful example of how amazing adoption can be.
|Favorite Food||General Tso’s Chicken|
|Favorite Hobby||Board Games|
|Favorite Movie||Star Wars: Return of the Jedi|
|Favorite TV Show||The Big Bang Theory|
|Favorite Book||The Lord of the Rings|
|Favorite Subject in School||Theatre|
|Dream Vacation||Harry Potter World at Universal Studios|
|Favorite Movie||Wonder Woman|
|Favorite TV Show||Jane the Virgin|
|Favorite Book||The Handmaid’s Tale|
|Favorite Subject in School||Language Arts|
|Dream Vacation||Backpacking through Europe|
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Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.
The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!Return to Waiting Families