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John "Travis" and Sara
Oregon

Basic Info

John "Travis"

Age: 41
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: None

Sara

Age: 37
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, Native American
Religion: None

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 8 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability (Open to Discussion), Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Difficulty Making Friends, Poor Social Skills, Wets the Bed, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Physical Therapy, Speech Delays - Mild, Vision Impaired, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Speech or Language Impairment, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis

Environment

State: Oregon
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency:
Years Together: 12
Children in the Home: 1
Pet(s): Dog(s)

Work

John "Travis"

Occupation: Executive Director

Sara

Occupation: Adjunct Psychology Faculty

Adoption Agency

Agency: A family for every child
Worker: Rosalind Trotter
Worker: rosalind@afamilyforeverychild.org
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Zip: 97267

Family Description

Our names are John "Travis" and Sara Palmer. (Travis is 38 years old, Sara is 34 years old.) We have been together for 12 years (married almost 7). Our children, Rileigh (5/1999) is very creative and artistic, while Miles (9/2012) is very smart and enjoys reading and puzzles. We also have a sweet basset hound named Lady. For fun, we enjoy watching movies, going on mini vacations and day trips, camping, outdoors, and enjoy visiting with family and friends. We have great jobs (Travis is an Executive Director, Sara is an Undergraduate Psychology Adjunct). We have flexibility within our jobs (Sara works from home), which provides us the opportunity to spend more time with our children. We feel there is a lot of love, attention, and affection to offer a child or sibling set. We believe there is a little boy or boy/girl siblings that need a Dad and Mom.

Preference Description

We would like to adopt a child/siblings who are less than 8 years old (with some flexibility on age). We can accommodate a sibling group of up to 2 kids. We are open to adopting a child of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander.

The Palmer Family Profile

We would like to adopt a child/siblings who are less than 8 years old (with some flexibility on age). We feel we can accommodate a sibling group of up to 2 kids. We are open to adopting a child of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander ethnic background. We would like to find the best fit for our family, which can be from a variety of backgrounds. In general, we are open on a case-by-case basis for minor special needs, physical disabilities, and mental health disorders.

Introduction

Our names are John "Travis" and Sara Palmer. (Travis is 38 years old, Sara is 34 years old.) We have been together for 12 years (married almost 7). Our children, Rileigh (5/1999) is very creative and artistic, while Miles (9/2012) is very smart and enjoys reading and puzzles. We also have a sweet basset hound named Lady. For fun, we enjoy watching movies, going on mini vacations and day trips, camping, outdoors, and enjoy visiting with family and friends. We have great jobs (Travis is an Executive Director, Sara is an Undergraduate Psychology Adjunct). We have flexibility within our jobs (Sara works from home), which provides us the opportunity to spend more time with our children.

Home and Community

We live in the State of Oregon. Our little town is around 10,000 people and is known for our many covered bridges. We live on the outskirts of town in a 4+ bedroom single family home. We live in a suburban neighborhood and we have wetlands in front and behind our home. In our backyard we have a pear tree, apple tree, blackberry bushes line our back fence, and we have a garden filled with fruits and vegetables. We live on dead-end street, which makes it nice for playing in the front yard with other kids in the neighborhood.

Parenting Experience

We have two children, Rileigh and Miles. Rileigh and Miles have developed both mentally and socially at an age appropriate level. Beyond having our own children, we both have experience working with children who have experienced loss in their lives. We volunteered for five years at a summer weekend bereavement camp with children who have lost a family member to natural death, cancer, diseases, and more. The camp helped us with understanding the issues associated with the grief process and how support is beneficial to a child. We worked with boys (five to eight years old) and girls (fourteen to eighteen years old) and were their Cabin Big Buddies. Beyond our volunteer experience, we have experience working as mentors, case managers, and positions within mental health.

Support

We have a good support system of friends and family. My father lives about 10 miles away and helps with Miles when needed. We also have three babysitters that will watch Miles when we need a break. Miles and Sara are part of a toddler/mom group that meets a couple of times per week. In this group we go on play dates, go for walks, and go to the park. Being a part of the toddler/mom group has helped with socialization and sharing skills for Miles. We have several friends and family that have adopted through the foster care system. We have been in contact with them on understanding the adoption process better, understanding attachment, and talking about their opinions on raising an adopted child.

Motivation to Adopt

We have been thinking about how wonderful it will be to have another child or two in our lives! We feel that our family is missing a family member or two. Due to pregnancy medical issues, it has been difficult to conceive another child. We have a lot of love, attention, and affection to offer a child or sibling set. We believe there is a little boy or boy/girl siblings that need a Dad and Mom. We feel that our understanding of children going through the grieving process will be beneficial when adopting out of foster care. We have a good support system of family and friends who understand adoption. We understand it will take time to adjust to our family and there will be ups and downs, but we are here for guidance. We would love the opportunity to provide unconditional love to a child/children in need of a forever family!