We would like to adopt a child, or sibling group of two, ages 12 and under. We have no preference on gender and feel that any ethnic background will blend well with our family. We are open to children with many special needs. We are willing to accept minor or medically correctable conditions, a child with special needs such as PTSD, attachment, learning, or minimal developmental delays. We hope to find a child or sibling set who enjoys the outdoors as this is a passion of ours. It is also very important that our future child(ren) be comfortable with our two dogs.
We feel that it is in the best interest of the child to maintain all positive relationships with biological family members or significant figures post-placement, and we will do everything we can to facilitate this. We will also make every effort to incorporate the child's ethnic heritage in their daily lives.
Our names are Dagmara (Dag) and Hans McKnight.
Dag is currently 35 years old.
Hans is currently 37 years old.
We do not yet have any children.
Dag works full-time for the University of Oregon as a Research Assistant and has a somewhat flexible work schedule. She is currently enrolled in an online Master's of Education program to obtain a teaching license and be able to teach middle or high school science.
Hans works full-time at Summit Bank as a Treasury Management Officer.
Outside of work we enjoy many outdoor activities together, including: cross-country and downhill skiing, backpacking and hiking, and camping and "trailering". Hans also loves running and playing ultimate frisbee with the Eugene City League, and Dag has recently developed a passion for long distance cycling. We also greatly enjoy having friends and family over for board game and dinner nights, as well as to watch Duck football games.
We live in a suburban neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon with our two dogs: a two year old Miniature Australian Shepherd named Link, and an 8 year old Yorkie-Poo, Winston. Our house is on a quiet street that abuts Churchill High School and Kennedy Middle School, with a large playground, skate park, and a number of soccer fields.
We are involved with two main volunteer opportunities here locally, including Dag's longtime family participation of volunteer work and fundraising for Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, and Hans' volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, serving on their financial review board.
We recently joined an adoption support group here in Eugene which meets monthly, as well as attending weekly church services at the Eugene Faith Center which we were introduced to by friends and a local foster mom for whom we have provided respite care. The church offers a number of day camps in the summer for children of all ages, as well as playtime and daycare during services, and is a very welcoming and supportive community which we plan to become more involved with in the future.
We have provided daytime respite care for a local foster mom beginning when he was five months old last summer. We have a number of close family friends with children that we enjoy spending time with on a regular basis. Dag also worked as a part time nanny during college for a young boy with special needs during the first 3 years of his life. In addition to the Foundations Classes, we have read extensively on the topics of attachment and bonding as well as positive parenting, and are learning all we can from the members of the adoption support group for prospective and adoptive parents which we recently joined. We hope to be a resource to them both through support and future respite care as well.
While we both have always known that we wanted to be parents, shortly after our wedding we learned that Dag would not be able to carry her own children due to biological complications. We were not discouraged by this, instead seeing it as a wonderful opportunity to give a child in need a loving and supportive home. We know that this path will present a number of challenges, but we feel confident that with our strong network of support we will be able to provide a positive and stable home environment for our future child.
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