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Stephanie and Kenny
Stephanie and Kenny

Stephanie and Kenny
Virginia

Basic Info

Stephanie

Age: 31
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Kenny

Age: 31
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 11 years old
Sex: Male
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability (Open to Discussion), Animal Allergies, Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Lying, Poor Social Skills, Stealing, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Hearing Impaired, Speech Delays - Mild, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Pica, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Expulsion(s), Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child in Residential Treatment, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, Residential Treatment History, ADHD, Arthritis, Diabetes, Missing Limbs: May Require Prosthesis, Seizures, Sickle Cell Traits, Adjustment Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Destructive of Property, Runaway - Past, Willing to Maintain Contact via Mail with Bio Family, Willing to Maintain Contact with Past Foster Parents, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Grandparents & Other Relatives, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Siblings, Sexually Abused in the Past

Environment

State: Virginia
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency:
Years Together: 11
Children in the Home: 2
Pet(s): Small animal/rodent(s), fish

Work

Stephanie

Occupation: RN

Kenny

Occupation: realtor

Adoption Agency

Agency: Embrace Foster Care LLC
Worker: Ronnie Gehring
Worker: ronnie.gehring@embracetfc.com
City: Norfolk
State: Virginia
Zip: 23502

Family Description

We are the Plourde family! We are a family of four right now, with two biological daughters who are turning 7 and 9 this year, and have been waiting for over two years now to add a son to our family through foster care/adoption. We are looking to add one child, but would consider two if there is a bonded sibling group. We are open to children of any ethnicity or heritage. We are willing to keep in contact with important people in the child's life through phone calls, and visits as appropriate. We are also open to a legal risk foster/adoptive placement.​ Kenny is a full time realtor and enjoys the benefits of a flexible schedule and much more time at home with the family! This has been the ultimate goal. Along with spending more time with the family, it has also opened up opportunities to become more involved in church, such as hosting Bible studies, participating in the food ministry, and working with the youth group. He enjoys staying busy and having fun, and has joined a softball team this year. He is active, patient, and a great father. He helps with homework. He regularly encourages himself and others to reach for their full potential. Stephanie is an RN working at an OB office. She enjoys things such as cooking new recipes for the family, helping with food and youth ministries at church, and going to the beach. She is kind and empathetic, always trying to see things from the other's point of view in order to understand what they're going through. Trista will be 9 going into 4th grade this year. She'd like everyone to know that she is kind, sweet, and likes to share. She's thoughtful and enjoys making special cards and presents for people. She likes crafts, drawing, reading, and watching movies in her quiet time. She plays well with others and loves meeting new people. Charlize (Charlie) is turning 7 and going into 1st grade this year. She'd like everyone to know that she is nice... and really wants a brother! She enjoys playing with other children and being active. She loves running around outside, riding her bike, and catching things like bugs and frogs. Both children have been asking for over two years now when they will finally have an adopted brother. They've done very well with previous placements we've had and very much want another permanent member of the family. As a family we enjoy a wide variety of activities. We have amusement parks close by like Busch Gardens and Water Country which we go to all summer long. We play mini golf, go to the zoo, watch movies and play video games as a family, and we love to travel new places! The girls have both been involved in ice skating and gymnastics, and we love being able to provide them with these experiences within their interests. We all enjoy trying new things and would love sharing these experiences with a new member of the family. We have several schools in the area and the children enjoy the elementary school they attend now. The other children have been kind and accepting of others from our experience, and the teachers have been willing to make accommodations in the class room as needed. We have spoken with teachers about possible additional testing that may be required regarding a child's learning, as well as TDT services in school for one of our previous foster children. The school has been very quick to respond to our requests and make sure the children get what they need.​ As far as parenting goes, we are fair and consistent in our parenting style. Our rules are reasonable and the children are on a check mark/rewards system. The girls have very different personalities, and while the rules stay the same, it has helped us to realize that each child has individual needs as far as structure and the way in which we handle things. In each foster placement we've had, we've learned new things about each child. Treating each child as an individual has been very important in forming bonds and making the children feel safe and comfortable in our home. We are licensed through a therapeutic foster agency, and in addition to the PRIDE training required for foster/adoptive parents, we've also been in contact with other adoptive parents and received many books to continue our learning, specifically some regarding trauma informed parenting. We've attended seminars on Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Behavior Modification, as well as various others in our ongoing education on trauma. We have talked and prayed about the decision to adopt for YEARS before ever beginning this journey, and it is not something we take lightly. As a family unit, we are unified in our goals, how we raise children, and deal with conflicts. We are committed to providing services the child may need and working through whatever difficulties may come. Family is forever.

Preference Description

Looking for a son (or two) 0-11 yrs old. Mild/moderate special needs open to discussion. We ask that there not be a current concern of violence towards other children, as we have two girls turning 9 and 7. Brother/sister sibling group also considered

The Plourde Family

We have two daughters now who are turning 7 and 9 this year, and are hoping to add a son to our family between 0-12 years old.We'd also consider a bonded sibling group of two. We are open to children of any ethnicity or heritage and know that not only would they be welcome and loved in our home, but our community also has many families of blended races and cultures. We are willing to keep in contact with important people in the child's life through phone calls, and visits as appropriate, the frequency of which would be dictated according to their distance from our home in Virginia.

In the interest of safety for all involved, we do ask that the child not have a current significant history of violence towards other children or sexually acting out. We ask that the child be physically and mentally capable of participating in the activities that we regularly enjoy as a family.

Child Preferences

Kenny is a full time realtor and enjoys the benefits of a flexible schedule and much more time at home with the family! With the schedule being so flexible, it has also opened up opportunities to become more involved in church, such as hosting Bible studies, and we are starting a new ministry together to focus on foster/kinship/adoptive families. He is active, patient, and a great father. He helps with homework. He regularly encourages himself and others to reach their full potential.

Stephanie is an RN and enjoys working at an OBGYN office with a regular Mon-Fri schedule. She enjoys things such as cooking new recipes for the family, watching movies together, and going to the beach. She is kind and empathetic, always willing and able to see things from the other's point of view in order to understand what they're going through

Trista is turning 9 this year and going into 4th grade. She'd like everyone to know that she is kind, sweet, and likes to share. She's thoughtful and enjoys making special cards and presents for people. She likes crafts, drawing, reading, and watching movies in her quiet time. She plays well with others and loves meeting new people.

Charlize (Charlie) is 6 years old and going into 1st grade. She'd like everyone to know that she is nice... and really wants a brother! She enjoys playing with other children and being active. She loves running around outside, riding her bike, and catching things like bugs and frogs.

Both children have been asking for over two years now when they will finally have an adopted brother.

Home and Community

We live in a beautiful 2,700 sq ft. home with 5 bedrooms. Plenty of room for more family! We enjoy a nice suburban waterfront community and like to go swimming in the pool, take walks on the beach, and fish and crab off the community pier.

As a family we enjoy a wide variety of activities. We have amusement parks close by like Busch Gardens and Water Country which we go to all summer long. We play mini golf, go bowling, go to the zoo, watch movies and play video games as a family. We love fishing and crabbing, swimming, beach days, and we love to travel new places! We all enjoy trying new things and would love sharing these experiences with a new member of the family.

We have several schools in the area and the children enjoy the elementary school they attend now. The other children have been kind and accepting of others from our experience, and the teachers have been willing to make accommodations in the class room as needed.

We have been very blessed as far as child care is concerned. With Kenny's job being so flexible, child care is rarely needed. If so, wonderful family close by has been happy to step in. They are all supportive and excited to add another member to our family.

Parenting Experience

As far as parenting goes, we are fair and consistent in our parenting style. Our rules are reasonable and the children are on a check mark/rewards system. We do a lot of positive reinforcement and use negative sparingly. The girls have very different personalities, and while the rules stay the same, it has helped us to realize that each child has individual needs as far as structure and the way in which we handle things. We have had a couple short term (emergency and respite) placements, as well as a longer term placement that resulted in a kinship adoptive placement for her. Treating each child as an individual has been very important in forming bonds and making the children feel safe and comfortable in our home. We have participated in PRIDE training and are licensed through a therapeutic foster care agency. We have experienced children with various behavioral differences, from shutting down around adults, to screaming meltdowns. We have a supportive agency, and many community resources available and are willing to bring the child to any appropriate therapies. We have other foster/adoptive families we connect with, and never stop learning. We have read books and attended seminars as well specifically regarding trauma informed parenting and RAD.

Support

We have a great support system in the way of family and friends close by. Stephanie's parents live just down the road and are incredibly excited to add another grandchild through adoption! They have had almost 20 years of experience with children and teen groups they have headed up. They are 100% supportive and look forward to doing fun activities with all our children. We want to open up our home to children of any race and ethnicity, and know they would feel at home in our community. We have several blended families from different racial and cultural backgrounds. We would be excited to include different cultural experiences with our own.

Motivation to Adopt

We have talked and prayed about the decision to adopt for YEARS before ever beginning this journey. It is not something we take lightly, and we are committed to giving the children a sense of love and belonging to last a lifetime. We understand that there will be challenges with adding a new member to our family as everyone gets to know each other and may test boundaries, but we are a strong parental unit. We are unified in our goals, how we raise children, and deal with conflicts. We are committed to providing services the child may need and working through whatever difficulties may come. Family is forever.