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Katie and David
Katie and David

Katie and David

Basic Info


Age: 46
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian


Age: 47
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Jewish

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 7 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Mixed, 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 in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Encopresis, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Self-Abuse, Stealing, Suicidal Attempts, Tantrums-Severe, Wets the Bed, Failure to Thrive, Fetal Alcohol Effected, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Non-Ambulatory, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Blind, Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Mental Retardation - Mild, Speech Delays - Mild, Speech Delays - Moderate, Speech Delays - Severe, Vision Impaired, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Pica, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Cognitive Delay - Severe, Expulsion(s), Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Severe 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, Parents Willing to Seek Guardianship, ADHD, Arthritis, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Heart Disorder: May Require Surgery, Missing Limbs: May Require Prosthesis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizures, Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Traits, Adjustment Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Destructive of Property, 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, Alcohol Use, Marijuana, Smokes Cigarettes


State: Oregon
Neighborhood: City/Urban
Years Together: 9
Children in the Home: 1
Pet(s): Cat(s), farm animal(s)



Occupation: Special education teacher K-5


Occupation: Carpenter

Adoption Agency

Agency: A Family For Every Child
Worker: Rosalind Trotter
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Zip: 97402

Family Description

We are a family of three, including one teenage daughter. We live in an urban area in Oregon. We have cats (2 indoor, 1 outdoor), chickens, and beehives. David converted our yard into a garden ten years ago. We have several fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Our daughter loves to forage for snacks as the seasons change. Our house is cozy and comfortable. We enjoy cooking and working in the yard. On Saturdays we all work around the house doing different chores, taking care of the house and getting it ready for the coming week. Chores outside the house on weekends include trips to county recycling service and grocery shopping. We also spend time on food planning and preparation for the coming week. David and Katie have several musical instruments including a piano, accordion, guitar, and mandolin. We enjoy watching movies, playing games, and creating. David is a carpenter, Katie enjoys painting and journal writing, Aviv is a talented artist with pencils, markers, and many other art supplies. We enjoy taking walks, whether in the neighborhood, at the local wetlands, or in other natural settings. Katie loves identifying birds while David studies the trees and plants.

Preference Description

We are looking to adopt a child 0-4 years old, possibly with 1 older sibling (any ethnic background). We are willing to accept minor or medically correctable conditions and/or with special needs (ex: PTSD, attachment, learning, or developmental delays).

New addition(s) :)

We would like to adopt a child who is younger than 5 years old. We are open to boys or girls and feel we can accommodate a sibling group of up to 2 kids. We are willing to accept minor or medically correctable conditions and/or special needs (ex: PTSD, attachment, learning, and/or developmental delays). We are looking forward to welcoming a child or children into our family and are excited to learn about and honor their life experiences, relationships and connections.

Life with the Bernsteins

David and Katie both work full time. David is a carpenter and works for the City. Katie is an elementary special education teacher. Aviv is David's 17 year old daughter and Katie's stepdaughter. She is academically gifted and creative. She enjoys working with children in a preschool setting. In her free time she loves listening to music and cuddling the cats. David and Aviv are Jewish and mark the Sabbath on Friday evenings with short prayers. Free time is spent taking care of the garden and yard, the animals, playing games or music, or working on various projects in the house and David's woodshop. Weekend activities include a balance of fun and routine. We sometimes opt for recreation in the city and surrounding natural areas or staying close to home ("low key") and relax. Our weekend routine also includes tasks to take care of the house and get things (including food) ready for the next week.

Home and Community

We live in a one story house with three bedrooms and one bath. It is cozy and comfortable, featuring David's woodwork and Katie and Aviv's artwork in the decor. We have a backyard full of trees, berry bushes, and vegetables and flowers, so we spend a lot of time there. We live close to an elementary school and down the street from middle and high schools. Parks and a main city bike path are in walking distance.

Parenting Experience

David's daughter, Aviv, is 17 years old and lives with us half-time. Katie has been in their lives for ten years, helping to guide, coach, and mentor Aviv. Katie has a nephew and niece who live an hour away and spent time with both of them on a daily basis in their early childhood years. They are teenagers now and we see them regularly when everyone's busy calendars line up. Katie also has twin nephews who live out of state (Minnesota). We visit them annually. Katie has nearly 20 years of teaching experience. She started as a high school art teacher and mentor and is now working with children as a K-5 special education teacher. She has run elementary-level behavior programs and is currently teaching in an academic-based learning center environment.


David and Katie have support from family locally and from a distance. Katie's sister and family live an hour away and are available to support in many ways. David and Katie have out of state family who are able to travel and stay long-term to help with the new family transition. Katie has experience with local social service organizations and therapists known for supporting children with special needs, whether they manifest as learning, physical, emotional, or mental health needs.

Motivation to Adopt

We are aware of how blessed and lucky we are to have such a strong, healthy, and fun partnership. It has translated into a loving home for Aviv. We are looking forward to meeting our new child or children where they are, and working together to build a plan and structure that will help them feel safe, loved, and enable them to thrive.