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Danielle and James
Danielle and James

Danielle and James
Oregon

Basic Info

Danielle

Age: 26
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

James

Age: 30
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 12 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Mixed, Bi-Racial, Unknown


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability, Animal Allergies, Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Encopresis, Lying, Poor Social Skills, Self-Abuse, Wets the Bed, Born with HIV issues or HIV Positive, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Blind, Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Speech Delays - Mild, Vision Impaired, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, Limited Life Expectancy Due to Illness, ADHD, AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disorder: May Require Surgery, HIV, Missing Limbs: May Require Prosthesis, Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Traits, Adjustment Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, 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

Environment

State: Oregon
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency: Single Family Home
Years Together: 6
Children in the Home: 0
Pet(s): Dog(s)

Work

Danielle

Occupation: Resource Support

James

Occupation: Special Education Teacher

Adoption Agency

Agency: A Family For Every Child
Worker: Laurie Linn
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Zip: 97402

Family Description

We are James and Danielle, a fun-loving young couple who are anxious to add children to our lives. James works at a day treatment facility where he helps children whose issues prevent them from attending the mainstream school system. Danielle works at Portland General Electric and loves having the ability to help others. We spend our time off doing things outdoors as much as they can. We particularly enjoy hiking, kayaking, and walking our two dogs, Ruger, a 6 year old rescued American Eskimo Spaniel mix and Winston, a 5 year old Olde English Bulldog. We live in a medium sized town in McMinnville, Oregon. There is always something to do in this area and we frequently travel to Portland or to see Danielle's family in Grants Pass. We are very lucky to have such a close knit, supportive group of friends or family who are just as much on this journey as we are.

Preference Description

We would love to start a family with a girl and are open to siblings, with at least one girl. We are comfortable parenting children from any ethnic or cultural background. We are comfortable with mild emotional, or behavioral problems.

Our Family Profile

We would love to start their family with a girl and are open to up to two siblings and would like at least one girl. We are comfortable parenting children from any ethnic or cultural background. We will be a good resource for children with mild developmental, emotional, or behavioral problems. We will look for ways to incorporate the children's culture into their family traditions through food, culturally relevant toys and books, building friendships, attending festivals, and learning their language.

Introduction

We are James and Danielle, a fun-loving young couple who are anxious to add children to our lives. James works at a day treatment facility where he helps children whose issues prevent them from attending the mainstream school system. Danielle works at Portland General Electric and loves having the ability to help others. We spend our time off doing things outdoors as much as they can. We particularly enjoy hiking, kayaking, and walking the dogs.

Home and Community

We live in McMinnville, Oregon. It has a small-town feel, McMinnville is usually considered part of the Portland metropolitan area as it is located about 35 miles to the southwest. McMinnville also has many well-maintained parks, and is well known for its beautiful trees and historic homes and downtown areas and has been voted "The Cutest Downtown in the USA" for two years. We live close to Linfield College, where we can attend football games as a family, and under a mile from Sue Buel Elementary, a highly recommended school. As a family, we just plan on spending as much time together and bonding as possible. We believe in being very active in church, so that is something we will continue as well as being active outdoors hiking, visiting the beach and participating in activities our child will enjoy.

Parenting Experience

Even though we do not have a great deal of parenting experience, most of their friends have children, and there are many nieces and nephews in the family who stay overnight with the couple regularly. James is surrounded by children every day at school. He works closely with the school behavior specialist developing strategies for children who are difficult to manage. James and the specialist develop the plan together, but James is the one who implements it and decides if it is working or if they need to come up with something new.

Support

We have a strong support system made of family and close friends. One of our closest friend's adopted a child and her advise and counsel has been invaluable to the Strothers. The entire family is excited about the prospect of adding children to the family. They all say they will welcome the children, but the grandparents say they are especially anxious to have more grandchildren to spoil. James and Danielle have family and lifelong friends who live nearby. They are willing to help with respite and are willing to listen when James and Danielle need to talk or need guidance. Danielle's family resides in Southern Oregon, but they visit often and talk on the phone frequently. Danielle texts with her mom and sister nearly every day. We are also very close to our church family and see them as a strong support group and have been very involved in the whole process.

Motivation to Adopt

Both of us, even before knowing each other, have desired to adopt our children. We don't believe love is only built through bloodlines and have a lot of love to give to our child, wherever they may come from. We want to make a difference in a child's life in completing our family.