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Ian and Gwen
Ian and Gwen

Ian and Gwen
Oregon

Basic Info

Ian

Age: 40
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Gwen

Age: 38
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 6 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Bi-Racial, Unknown


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Moderate Physical/Medical Disability, Animal Allergies, Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Physically Aggressive to Other Children, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Encopresis, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Self-Abuse, Stealing, Suicidal Attempts, Tantrums-Severe, Wets the Bed, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Fetal Alcohol Effected, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Non-Ambulatory, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Mental Retardation - Mild, Mental Retardation - Moderate, Speech Delays - Mild, Speech Delays - Moderate, Vision Impaired, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Pica, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Expulsion(s), Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, 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 in Residential Treatment, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, Residential Treatment History, Parents Willing to Seek Guardianship, ADHD, Arthritis, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disorder: May Require Surgery, Hemophilia, Missing Limbs: May Require Prosthesis, Seizures, Adjustment Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Previous Psychiatric Hospitalization, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Schizophrenia, Animal Abuse, Destructive of Property, Fire Starting, Runaway - Occasionally, 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, Child Identifies as LGBT, History of Sexually Acting Out, Sexually Abused in the Past, Sexually Active

Environment

State: Oregon
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency: Single Family Home
Years Together: 8
Children in the Home: 3
Pet(s): Fish

Work

Ian

Occupation: Maintenance Technician

Gwen

Occupation: Library Assistant

Adoption Agency

Agency: A Family For Every Child
Worker: Staci Super
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Zip: 97402

Family Description

The Thompsons are a family full of personality, love, faith, and just the right amount of wackiness. Our favorite things are usually the little things in life: walks to the park, digging in the dirt, picnics on the deck and of course, family movie nights. Ian, Gwen, Winter (age 7), Clara (age 5), Jane (age 1) and Nana (Ian's mom, Sharon) all bring individual passions and talents to our unit, but our mutual love and respect for one another bonds us together as a team. Each of us is thrilled to be able to welcome another little one(s) into our hearts and home and we cannot wait to get to know the specialness another life (lives) will bring. Thank you for taking the time to consider us as a forever family!

Preference Description

We are looking to adopting a child between the ages of 0 and 6 years old, of any ethnic background. We are willing to accept mild to moderate medical conditions, a child with special needs such as PTSD, attachment, learning, or developmental delays, etc.

The Thompson Family

Hello! We are Ian, Gwen, Winter (8), Clara (6), and Jane (2) and we are so thrilled to be on this journey to adoption. We would be honored to be able to adopt a single child or sibling pair between the ages of 0 and 6.

Children of any sex or ethnic background would be a welcome addition to our family. We value lives from all cultures and will be faithful to honor cultural traditions and integrate them into our family traditions and activities. We also value relationships with other families that may have mixed backgrounds or adoptive children. We are currently working to broaden and deepen those relationships as we begin our journey.

We are also open to contact with the child(ren)'s biological and/or foster family if it is in the best interest of the child and we are willing to consider children with mild to moderate special needs.

This is Us

Ian and Gwen Thompson have been married for 8 years and friends for 8 years before that. We met while working as volunteer staff for the middle school youth group at our church and we both still love being involved with the teens on a weekly basis.

Ian is 36 years old and works as a Maintenance Technician for TE Connectivity in Wilsonville, Oregon. Gwen, 39 years old, worked full time as a Library Assistant for the City of Tigard, but now only picks up shifts here and there so that she can primarily be home with the girls as a Stay-At-Home Mom.

We are an active family, but value our time together and have fun balancing activities and adventures with laid back times at home. We love to be outdoors hiking, camping, swimming, biking, etc., but we also can often be found having lazy days at home with piles of Legos, dress-up games galore, and movie nights.

Our girls like to participate in a variety of activities. Soccer, gymnastics, dance, and swim lessons are some of their favorites. They are also actively involved in their church and often visit local attractions such as the library, Children's Museum, OMSI and the Zoo.

We are Christians and our faith is very important to us. We go to church every Sunday and have a wonderful, supportive community there. We both have been actively involved in youth ministry for all of our adult lives and value service there and where other needs in our community arise. Ian also really enjoys serving as a sound technician for the Sunday services while Gwen gets her baby fix loving on babies in the nursery.

We also are very blessed to have Ian's mom, Sharon (aka Nana) living in our home. Sharon still works full time as an accountant for Columbia Sportswear, but has become an integral part of our core unit. We have loved the richness of multiple generations under the same roof and really value the relationship investment we and the girls get to have day in and day out with Nana around.

Home and Community

We live in the state of Oregon, just outside of Portland. Our home is in a quiet, safe neighborhood within walking distance of the schools. The Sherwood School District is very highly rated and prides itself on the education it is able to offer. Sherwood is less than 20 miles into Portland and therefore has easy access to some of the best hospitals and medical professionals in the state. We also have several wonderful parks within walking distance and frequent them often! Sherwood is a unique blend of rural and suburban life. We love to spend time bouncing on our trampoline, and playing in the yard and with neighbors, but we also have a bountiful apple tree and blackberries growing over the fence. We always look forward to harvesting in the summer and fall to make our own special goodies.

There are many activities around the area that we enjoy with our children. The Pacific Northwest has wonderfully mild weather that allows us to be outside most of the year (as long as you don't mind getting a little wet from time to time) and we love to take advantage of that. There are beautiful areas to hike, lakes for swimming, and we love Sherwood's parks that include plenty of fun features like splash pads and sand pits filled with toy dump trucks. Sherwood has a wonderful community and we often take part in the local events like movies in the park, parades, and library story times.

Ian and Gwen work hard to make sure there is almost always one of them at home with the kids to provide care and share in life experiences. Since Gwen works on-call, she makes sure to schedule shifts only when Ian is not working. In the event that both of them are booked for an evening, or when they need some extra time together, Nana is usually the go to person to provide childcare for the family.

Parenting Experience

We have 3 beautiful daughters: Winter (7), Clara (5), and Jane (1). We have been talking to the older girls for a long time about adding to our family through adoption and they are excited and ready to have another sibling(s) to play with! We both work as a team in raising our girls and when one parent wears out, the other one jumps right in. With a collective 36 years working in youth ministry, we have both experienced and worked with pre-teens & teens coming from a wide range of backgrounds, personalities, and family situations. We have walked with youth in abusive situations, with eating disorders, with families going through divorce, and a variety of learning challenges. Gwen also did a year of Master's level work in Marriage and Family Therapy before deciding to step back from pursuing that degree in order to have a family. Ian and Gwen also attend the local Adoption and Foster Care Connection group here in Sherwood.

Support

Our family is extremely lucky to have very supportive family and friends. We have always been open about our intent to adopt and have found overwhelming support. We have a number of friends from church and families that our daughters go to school with who have adopted both internationally and domestically. We are also looking forward to making even more connections and deepening relationships with adoptive families through the connect group we have begun attending. They are a great resource to us and have given guidance, tips and encouragement already as we prepare for adoption.

We also consider it a great strength, not just to have parents that are willing and able to support us, but to have one under the same roof. There are so many times already when more love, more ideas, and more hands have come in handy. We are blessed to also have friends who might as well be family, who have been with us every step of the way, and who will continue to be there to love and support our family as always.

Motivation to Adopt

Our desire and excitement to adopt is not something that has come to us overnight. It has grown in each of us from a small seed over the course of our marriage. Each of us has had people in our lives who saw God-given value in us and pursued relationships with us in order for us to flourish. Adoption, to us, is an opportunity to do that same thing for another life. To pour into them, to love on them, provide stability for them, and to walk through life's challenges with them in the same ways we do for our biological children. We are fully aware that adoption is not without its challenges, but neither is raising biological children! Our oldest daughter entered the first grade almost an entire year behind in reading and we had to work really closely with her teacher, and community resources to help get her caught up by the time she entered the 2nd grade. We are committed to getting the help and support that we need for our adopted child(ren) in the same way that we have and will for our biological children. We need these child(ren) just as much as they need us and we cannot wait to welcome them into our hearts and home!