Children already in the home: Caleb is a biological son who is five years old. He loves to play with Legos, Play-doh, dirt, and cars. He loves to read books and watch movies. Caleb is an extroverted kid and loves being around people, especially his friends and cousins. He is generally happy, passionate, and laughing.
Occupations: Steven is the solo pastor in our church. Kayleen is a stay at home mom.
Education: Steve has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a Rural Ministry emphasis. Kayleen has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Psychology
Where we live: We live in a very small, quiet town, right across from the elementary and high schools. Our church and the downtown area are only a couple of blocks away. There are several parks in our town, including the school playground across the street.
Ethnicity: Steve—German/other; Kayleen—German
Religious affiliation/practice: We attend an Evangelical Free church, where Steve is the pastor. We are both involved on the worship team and teaching Sunday school. Our faith is very much a part of our lives, and we want our children to understand the love of God for each one of them.
Health: Good health for all, Caleb did have some hospitalizations when he was one years old due to a platelet disorder.
Child care plan: Kayleen stays at home with Caleb but also coaches elementary (spring) and high school (fall) volleyball. We have several trusted friends and high school students that watch Caleb during practice and games. We would continue this with a new child.
School preference: Our community has a fantastic Head Start program, and we plan on sending our kids the year before Kindergarten if they want to go. We also have a public elementary and high school.
Hobbies/Interests: Being with family working out reading playing board games traveling hiking watching movies sports
Pets: One cat.
Dear Expectant Parent(s),
Thank you for choosing life for your child. We know that this has been a difficult decision and that it’s not what anyone hopes or expects when they dream of having a baby. We can’t even imagine what this must be like for you, but we admire your courage as you make this decision. Your choice to seek adoptive parents for your child is so loving, brave, and unselfish although it must not always seem like that to you. Thank you for taking the time to consider us as potential parents for your beautiful child.
We were married in 2013 and knew we wanted to have children someday. Our son, Caleb, was born in 2015. We are so excited to build our family through adoption. Parenting has been an amazing blessing for both us, but it has not been without its challenges. We have both had to make sacrifices as we have learned how to parent, but that has helped us to grow. We look forward to growing even more as we add to our family, but more than the benefits we expect as adoptive parents, we hope that we can provide benefits to a new child as well. Together we promise to provide safety, security, and stability to your child.
You will always be a part of your child’s life and they will know how much you love them. They will know that your decision to form an adoption plan was born out of courage and unselfish love. We hope and pray you are receiving all the love and support you deserve as you walk this challenging path. You are continually on our minds and in our prayers. We hope you know that you are not alone and there are so many people in your corner supporting you. We think you are amazing and we have confidence in you as you decide your next steps. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our letter and learn about our family.