The Scott Family Profile
We would like to adopt a child who is less than 7 years old to be younger than our youngest daughter.
We are open to boys or girls.
We feel we can accommodate a sibling group of up to 3 kids.
We prefer to adopt a child of Black or Biracial ethnic background.
We are open to children with severe animal allergies, severe asthma, drug allergies, food allergies or environmental allergies /needs.
In general, We are hoping to adopt an African-American sibling group between the ages of 0-6. We would be willing to accept children who do not have a history of acting out sexual behaviors or severely harmful tendencies towards others.
Our names are Mark and Celeste Scott.
Mark is currently 50 years old.
Celeste is currently 43 years old.
We have 5 kids.
Our children's names are Cadence, Harley, Shaelyn, JR and Whitney and they are 6, 10, 15, 18 and 20 years old, respectively.
Like us, our children have a caucasian ethnic background.
Mark works full-time for Wasco County Sheriff's Office as a Sheriff's Deputy and has a flexible work schedule.
Celeste works full-time as a stay-at-home mom and is always available for our kids.
Mark has lots of hobbies which he is constantly adding to. His absolute favorite is fishing! He is very artistic and has at different times gotten into making bow and arrows, knapping arrow heads, beadwork and leatherwork. He has been very involved in sports throughout his life and continues to coach wrestling and football at the high school. When he was younger, he played semi-pro baseball and college basketball. He went on to coach college basketball for a few years, but continued to play basketball and softball competatively himself until 6 years ago when he changed careers and became a police officer. He has toned it all down now because he is worried about getting hurt and not being able to work.
Celeste has always been active and loves volleyball and dancing. She has also always been involved in choirs and loves to sing. She has taught many classes through church and has taught all ages from 1 year olds to adults, but her favorite is the teenagers. She loves to see people happy and is always willing to sacrifice her time and efforts to make sure other people are having fun at different activities. She is known by all of her nieces and nephews as the "fun aunt". Celeste grew up in a family where there were 8 kids and has always wanted a big family of her own. She is still very close to all of her siblings and her parents.
Our kids are very supportive and loving to each other. They are all very involved in different interests that they each have, but attend sporting events and performances for each other also.
Cadence has been doing little league and gymanstics for the past couple years. She just finished kindergarten and loved learning so much. She has a great sense of humor and keeps everyone laughing. We just got a piano and she is looking forward to taking piano lessons.
Harley has been doing flag football, basketball, cub scouting, and baseball. He is amazing at math and is also very witty. He is super loving and always has a kind word for everyone.
Shaelyn has been doing swimming, soccer, track, volleyball, softball, drama, choir and lots of art. She is very organized and is a great student. She is a great big sister and loves doing things with her siblings. She is also very witty and loves to make other people laugh.
JR is big into football, wrestling, and track. He has done basketball and baseball in the past, but has found the sports that he loves. He is also an Eagle Scout, which he just earned this past year. He is involved in NHS as a service based organization. He loves to teach people and to take care of people.
He is always willing to give up his time and attention to someone who can benefit from his help. He has lots of cousins and his siblings who are always wanting to be around him.
We frequently call him the "pied piper".
Whitney is living in Hong Kong right now as a missionary, but when she was in school, she played lots of softball, volleyball, ran cross country, and was involved in many school musicals. She also took many art and choir classes. She was in NHS and Heart of Hospice as charity organizations throughout high school also. She has always loved people and is an amazing friend. She is always willing to listen and empathize. Whitney was valedictorian of her class, but had to work very hard to achieve that.
Home and Community
We live in the State of Oregon in a beautiful part of the state called the Columbia River Gorge. Our town of The Dalles is about an hour away from the city of Portland. We love it because we get all the perks of a smaller town that includes lots of outdoor activities, without the traffic and chaos of the city. We are close enough to the city that we can go anytime we want to.
Our town is about 15,000 people and the main industry is cherries. There are many orchards throughout the area. The Columbia River runs along our town separating us from the state of Washington. We love kayaking and fishing on the river and on any of the many other rivers and lakes in the area. We also love hiking to any of the numerous waterfalls that surround us. We have only lived in this town for the last 5 years, but have always loved this area and have vacationed and done a lot of camping around here for all 25 years of our marriage. Our favorite campsite is on the John Day River which is pretty remote. We get to it by driving through a ghost town and being on a dirt road for over an hour. That just adds to the fun!
We currently have kids in The Dalles High School and Colonel Wright Elementary School. They all love it! We have gotten to know many of the teachers personally through Celeste volunteering in the classrooms and through sports that our kids have been involved in. Since Celeste is a stay-at-home mom, she volunteers several times a week at the schools and makes sure to be home at lunch time when our high schoolers come home for lunch.
We are currently raising 5 amazing children. They are all very different and have required very different styles in parenting. Some have had a hard time being away from us and Celeste has needed to volunteer many hours in their classes. Others have wanted their independence and still need time to themselves every day. We have taken foster care training and Celeste has taken child development and family studies classes. We have found that statistics and case studies don't even come close to preparing for parenthood like just experiencing it does. Every child and every situation is different. Just learning what works best with each child and what they specifically need only comes with spending time with them and experience in parenting.
Celeste comes from a family of 8 children and has amazing parents as role models. Family and commitments have always been very important to them and they all have strong marriages without any divorce. They are also all outstanding parents themselves. We are very close to them as well as our nieces and nephews. We have our nieces and nephews stay at our house regularly (whenever their parents will give them up for a couple days). We love being a part of their lives. We think the most important thing you can do for a child is to make them feel unconditionally loved. We feel very well equipped to care for and love more children who come into our family.
Our family has a huge support system. We are very active in our community and in our church congregation. We are actively involved in youth groups and in coaching multiple sports for the schools and youth of our community. Our church congregation consists of about 300 people who we are very close to. Mark is a sheriff's deputy and has a very strong support group through the other police officers and departments in our community. We are also very close to our extended family. Many of them live in the Portland area which is about an hour and a half to any of their houses. We visit and get together with most of them about twice a month. Celeste's brother and his wife have adopted 3 African American children through separate private adoptions and they live close by. Celeste's cousin has also adopted 6 children through the foster care system of all different races and is a great mentor for us. We have made many close friends in our community who have adopted through the foster care system. We feel like this is part of the reason that we are supposed to have moved to this town. We feel like we have a very diverse family and many close friends of different backgrounds who are more than willing to support us in this next step for our family.
Motivation to Adopt
We have always had a desire to adopt and have always had a special place in our hearts for African American people. This has been something Celeste has hoped for since she was a teenager. Since we have started preparing for this with classes, buying a large enough home, and buying a large enough van, our other kids have gotten really excited about it. We are so anxious to welcome more kids into our family and help them to see what being part of a family should mean. We want them to feel the love and support that we are anxious to give. We realize that they will have some trauma, but that makes them even more deserving of a loving family.