Daniel & Derrick
Daniel & Derrick
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian
Gender of child interested in adopting: Boy
State we live in: FL
As we sit here and begin to write this letter, we are feeling an overwhelming amount of emotions. First of all, we can’t even begin to understand the difficulty of the decision you are making for your child’s life. However we most certainly admire you for the courage and strength you exemplify as you seek out what you think is best for him/her. For us, being parents has been a dream since before we met, so once we were married in June of 2015, it has been a driving force in our relationship. Just knowing that you are considering us to love and nurture your child is a dream come true.
We both grew up in homes where there was a deep commitment to family. Both of our parents have been married for more than 35 years, and we entered our marriage with the same level of commitment. We are both very dedicated to each other and will be equally dedicated as parents.
Life is filled with challenges and question marks – that is one way in which we can most definitely relate. However, should you choose us, there is no doubt that your child will be in a home filled with love, support, strong values and integrity along with many opportunities to see the world in a way that many children never experience. We hope you will take the time to get to know us more personally as we all continue this journey together.
We are a high school math teacher/volleyball coach (Daniel) and a news producer for the local newspaper (Derrick). We met in February of 2012, and spent our first date having dinner at a restaurant on the beach while watching the sunset. We were married in June of 2015, and fall more in love with each other every year as we continue our life journey together. We have recently become licensed foster parents, and we are so excited to provide a safe and loving home for these special children. We love to spend our free time traveling and camping.
We live in a moderately sized city within a few miles of the beach. Our home is located in a family-friendly neighborhood with parks, playgrounds, and a public pool all within walking distance of our front door. We live in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with an office and a large fenced-in back yard.
Our Extended Family
Daniel’s family lives out-of-state, so we often see them for special occasions, holidays, or vacations. Each of my sisters lives close to my parents, along with my two nephews, my niece, and another baby on the way. My brother is single, but very dedicated to his career. We are all very passionate about our family, careers, and beliefs, so this makes for a very fun-filled and busy time when we are together around the Holidays.
Derrick’s family is mostly local, so we see them on a somewhat regular basis. I am the youngest of five children, and I have a total of six nieces and nephews. Mom loves to cook, so much of our time spent with family is centered around a gourmet meal and quality time sitting around the dining room table late into the night. A family reunion camping trip over Thanksgiving weekend is one of our favorite things to do with extended family.
Our favorite annual tradition, however, is the vacation we take each summer, just the two of us. We have travelled to Europe, visited lots of cities across the U.S., camped out in numerous state and national parks, gone on cruises, and visited Disney. We look forward to these family trips each year, and the tradition will most certainly continue.
What Led Us To Adoption
As a gay couple, the process of building a family has been a dream filled with obstacles, so our decision to become parents is one that has been tested and challenged every step of the way. We have both always pictured ourselves as fathers, so once we were married, this naturally became a regular topic of conversation. After exploring other options (including surrogacy and foster care), we came to the conclusion that private adoption was the best balance of meeting our desire to raise children from birth while being financially responsible, so we began saving. After more than a year of researching, we were finally able to take the long awaited step of signing up with Lifelong Adoptions. As recently licensed foster parents, we have already begun to understand how incredible it is to share in the life of a child, and we can’t wait for the day we are able to adopt a child into our family.