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Jessica and Joshua
Jessica and Joshua

Jessica and Joshua

Basic Info


Age: 36
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian


Age: 36
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 12 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 3
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Bi-Racial

Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability, Animal Allergies, Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Physically Aggressive to Other Children, Defiant, Difficulty Making Friends, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Wets the Bed, Drug Addicted at Birth, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Hearing Impaired, Speech Delays - Mild, Vision Impaired, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Bipolar, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, ADHD, Arthritis, Diabetes, Aspergers Syndrome, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Requires Counseling/Therapy, 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, Child Identifies as LGBT, Sexually Abused in the Past


State: Ohio
Neighborhood: Country/Rural
Years Together: 4
Children in the Home: 2
Pet(s): Dog(s)



Occupation: Third grade teacher


Occupation: Manager

Adoption Agency

Agency: Adriel
Worker: Amber Reed
Worker: amber.reed@adriel.org
City: Van Wert
State: Ohio
Zip: 45891

Family Description

We are an active family of four hoping to grow by expanding our family through adoption! We love to laugh and have fun together, and can't wait to add more family members to make memories with!

Preference Description

We would love to experience the early ages again, but are absolutely open to older kids, too! A sibling group would be great! Jessica would love a little girl who would love to shop and do "girl stuff" together, but loves being a "boy mom" as well!

The Porter-Pennington-Pennington Family Profile

We would like to adopt a child who is less than 9 years old. We are open to boys or girls. We would love to welcome a sibling group of up to 3 kids. We are open to most ethnic backgrounds. We are open to children with some mild special needs. In general, We would love to experience the early ages again, but are absolutely open to older kids too--especially if this means keeping a sibling group together! A sibling group would be great! Jessica would love a little girl who would love to shop and do "girl stuff" together, but loves being a "boy mom" as well!


Our names are Jessica and Joshua Pennington. I am currently 36 years old. My partner is currently 35 years old. We have 2 sons, ages 8 and 11 who are very active! We really enjoy watching them participate in taekwondo and baseball. Both boys are over halfway to being black belts! They also enjoy school and excel in reading.

Jessica works full-time for Paulding Schools as a Third grade teacher and has a flexible work schedule with holidays and summers off Josh works full-time for Discount Tire as a Manager and has a flexible work schedule. He has every Sunday off so we are able to pack in lots of family time each weekend!

As a family, we enjoy attending baseball games, traveling to places near and far, spending time at our lake, visiting our favorite local coffee shop, playing board games, taking bike rides, and going for ice cream often!

Home and Community

We live in the State of Ohio. Our home is a single family home with a large yard to play in. We live in a Country/Rural neighborhood close to multiple parks, a large swimming pool with water park/splash pad, and a few recreational sports fields. We live within an hour of multiple cities packed with fun things to do!

We are within an hour to two of large medical centers, but do have a pediatric hospital within half hour. Our rural town also has a small hospital.

We have two dogs-- a Boston terrier puppy and a hound mix.

Parenting Experience

We have our own sons, ages 8 and 11. In addition, Jessica is a third grade teacher who has 20 years of experience working with kiddos ages birth through teenagers. Josh has experience coaching baseball from tee ball on up. We both enjoy spoiling nieces and nephews, of course!


We are so incredibly blessed to live close to family! Our children have 8 loving grandmothers who would love to spoil a new addition(s) to the family! In addition, we both have incredible work families who are very supportive! We also are so thankful for a great group of friends who are so excited about us adopting!

Motivation to Adopt

We were called to adopt after Jessica had experience with a foster child in her classroom. We knew that we could not have biological children of our own, and wanted to love more young people! We are licensed foster parents who are hoping to provide a forever family to a child in need.

Every family faces challenges, changes, and struggles. But amongst the tough moments, are tons of great memories, smiles, fun, and learning experiences. It's our goal to make every challenge a learning experience and see the positive in all those little moments!