We would like to adopt a single child or sibling group of up to 3, newborn - 8 years old, of any ethnic heritage and/or either gender(although male is preferred).We would like the child/ren to be close in age to our current daughter Arabelle because we want that special sibling connection to grow. We are open to children with mild physical disabilities (we do have stairs in our home) and up to moderate behavioral and emotional issues. Children with intellectual abilities from delayed to above average and minor medical issues are also ones we feel confident we can accommodate.
The type of children that would fit best into our home are ones that like to give and receive hugs, enjoy activity, loves dogs and new adventures. Those that would also thrive in an environment with structure and routine would fit very well into our home. We enjoy family activities and spend a lot of time together and hope our children will enjoy this, as well.
We are a child-centered family who have a mutual respect for one another are stable not only in our individual lives, but in our relationship as well. We understand that the transition maybe difficult for a child, and that the child may feel a sense of loss and grief. We understand that the child may have connections to their biological family or foster parents that need to be supported. We will provide an environment that always allows our child/ren to feel safe and loved . We will be open and honest about adoption and will advocate for services needed. We understand that family counseling may be needed right away for transition, and they support any future counseling as the needs arise
Our names are Josh and Brandy. I (Brandy) am 32 years young and Josh is 37. We have been together since 2008. We have a very fun, healthy, loving, and deeply committed relationship. We are best friends and playmates. We currently have a daughter named Arabelle who is 3 and two dogs; Dylan(8) and Cooper(6). Arabelle is more then excited to have a sibling and promises to share all her toys with them plus her mama and daddy. She is a very caring girl.
Josh works full-time as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for Bay Area Hospital. He loves science and working in a lab. He is ambitious and energetic at work. While his schedule is more structured, than Brandy's, it is still family-friendly and can easily take time off, when needed. Brandy works full-time as the ERSEA and Data Manager for South Coast Head Start. She plans to grow with Head Start. Both of our employers know of our desire to adopt and are fully supportive. There would be no problem in adjusting our schedules to meet the needs of our future children, we also both would qualify for 6 weeks of leave.
We are a very child-centered family and enjoy participating in many different activities together. Some of our favorite things are dinner as a family, Friday night movie and pizza, dance parties during movie credits, blueberry picking, camping, swimming, going to the beach, fishing/crabbing, board games, arts & crafts, cooking projects, and reading. We love taking walks around the house or the nearby park with Arabelle and the dogs. We love spending time together as a family.
For many years we have wanted to have children. Our plan had always been to have at least two as we wanted our children to have that unique sibling bond. We feel that we are mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially prepared to become parents and welcome children into our lives forever.
We live in the small town of Coquille, just 20 minutes from Coos Bay/North Bend which is the big city around here. We are about 15 minutes from most beaches which is the best part of living where we do. We currently live in Josh's childhood home. It is a duplex and we live upstairs while Josh's parents live downstairs. We currently have two bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs. We have a fenced in backyard that already features age appropriate toys.
We are very lucky and have one our local parks basically behind our house. We are located right next to the Coquille Community Building which has two open gyms, a city park in the back, and the community pool. Our local school district serves preK-12 grade children.
We fully understand that adoption is a lifelong developmental process and understand the effect that trauma has on children and are fully prepared to love and care for, as well as advocate for our adopted children. Brandy has extensive experience working with children dealing with grief, loss and trauma; and they are both open to using counseling or training to help as needed.
Fortunate for us, Josh's parents live right downstairs. We have discussed the adoption at length with Colleen and Dan Cumberland and they are totally on board. Josh's mother and father have worked for the local school district for as long as we can remember.
Brandy works for South Coast Head Start, they are a comprehensive early childhood program that serves children and pregnant women of income eligible families throughout the Southern Oregon Coast. Through her work there, Brandy has taken several courses that apply to parenting an adopted child. Brandy has networked through her work with Head Start and has names and contact information of recommended therapists, specialists, dentists, doctors, schools and the like. Brandy also plans to use her co-workers as additional support as needed. We are more than comfortable with outside resources including adoption and mental health professionals.