Hi! Thank you for coming to our profile! We are Chris and Harry Perez-Metellus. We have been together for five years, and married for four, though sometimes it feels more like thirty. Our family currently consists of ourselves and our two super sweet dogs Harlem and Ellis. We are easy going and loving, and we are looking to grow our family and find our forever children.
As a family, we enjoy spending time together, road trips, hiking, visiting wildlife sanctuaries and exploring new places. On an average day, you can find us relaxing on the couch, going out for a walk or enjoying our backyard. On the weekends, you will most likely find us at home, on a short drive somewhere or spending time with friends. We understand the importance of self-care and ensure we give each other time for that important task.
Chris also enjoys designing, watching movies, spa days, listening to music, reading and enjoying nature.
Harry also enjoys volleyball, dancing, listening to music and singing, woodworking, reading and computer games.
Two yearly ongoing family traditions we've established thus far are weekend cabin getaways for Chris' birthday and our anniversary. We also make it a point to attend cultural events in our area when they take place. We are excited to create new traditions within our family as it grows.
Oregon is where we call home. More specifically though, we live in Beaverton, just outside of Portland. We own a 2-story, 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath single family home, with a fenced in backyard and front yard. The kitchen and living room offer an open layout where we spend most of our time. Right outside the sliding door, there is an enclosed deck that opens to the backyard. Once in the backyard, we have a selection of bamboo and maple trees and flowers lining up the fences, as well as a fire pit that we enjoy during the evening. We also have a large fenced in front yard with a seating area, and flower bed on the side of the house.
We live on a private street and are fortunate to have respectful and friendly neighbors. There is a neighborhood park located about a block away from our house where children play on the playground, basketball court and an open field. Several shopping centers and restaurants are also within walking distance. The elementary, middle and high schools are all within an 8-minute drive from our house.
Chris used to work as a behavioral therapist for children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral needs. He worked with children ranging from 3 years to about 14 years old. He helped them with everyday tasks, motor skills, cognitive skills, emotion management, social interactions and finding ways to self-regulate. Chris also helped take care of and raise his niece from the time she was born up until she was 6, before her mom moved to a different state. Now, Chris and his niece still maintain their relationship and talk often.
Harry once worked at a daycare for pre-school children. After that, he went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in psychology, taking courses such as, among others, childhood development, trauma and attachment styles. This, along with his work experience of training others, have helped Harry develop different ways of meeting others, including children, where they are. He also helped take care of and raise his nephew for the first 2 years of his life. Now, Harry maintains a relationship with his nephew and they talk weekly.
We have also read a handful of books and taken several training courses during this adoption process including, but not limited to, The Connected Child, Twenty Things Adopted Kids wish their Adoptive Parents knew, Trauma-Informed Parenting, Parenting Children who were substance abused, anger outbursts, non-compliance, parent-child attachment and others.
We have a very close, tightknit family that consists of blood relatives and family members that we have made along the way. Everyone is excited to be a part of our journey in growing our family. They have expressed their desire to not only be emotional supports for us as parents, but also act as advocates for our future children. A handful of friends have already inquired on what classes they may need to take to provide respite care should we need it.
Our family and friends also have a variety of shared interests that they are looking forward to sharing with our kids, such as hiking, themed nights (i.e. crafts, movies), and, for our friends with kids, birthday parties and group sports.