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Jerome and Kevin

Status: Qualified for Adoption

About Jerome

  • Jerome
  • 39
  • AA
  • Christian
  • Post College
  • Musician
  • Cooking, exercising
  • Discovering new foods, connecting with friends and family, traveling
  • Music, exploring new places and cultures through my travels
  • Foodie, social, smiley
I'm a first-generation American and grew up in Florida. I come from a big family and an even bigger village. I can't remember a time when there wasn't at least a half dozen people in my house. Although I was raised as an only child I never wanted for company. I think that's where I get my social appetite. My appetite for food definitely came from my mom. I'm a musician and have been fortunate to see a lot of the world. This has opened me up to new experiences and given me an invaluable perspective on life.

About Kevin

  • Kevin
  • 48
  • CC
  • Christian
  • Post College
  • Chief of Staff
  • Camping, Motorcycle Riding, Sports
  • Hiking, Landscaping, Watching football
  • Spending quality time with the people I love
  • Integrity, driven, empathetic
I grew up in New York and joined the military right out of high school. I've since completed multiple post-graduate degrees and currently work for the United States government. I have a deep appreciation for personal connections and as a result have close supportive relationships with my family and friends. I grew up with a strong work ethic that I got from my grandfather and a concrete set of personal values that I look forward to sharing with my family. I enjoy camping and sailing, and am excited to share these adventures with a child.

Dear Birthmother

It amazes us to think of the strength you have in the face of all you're going through. We cannot begin to imagine the difficulties you must be facing: physically, emotionally, and mentally. All we can say is thank you. Thank you for choosing to give your child the opportunity to experience life to the fullest. Thank you for letting your child grow up to know his/her mom loved him/her enough to place him/her in the hands of the best family she could, and that she had the courage to put his/her well-being first. If you decide to bless us with your child we'd like you to know our home is full of love and laughter. In addition, we have the support and encouragement of our family and friends in our endeavor to become parents. We look forward to celebrating many firsts, taking vacations, and having your child learn and benefit from our varied backgrounds and experiences. Above all, we're excited to unconditionally love, nurture, and provide for your child so that he/she can reach for the stars and realize the very best this life has to offer. Your child will only know love and encouragement, and will grow up in a supportive and stable home. We look forward to sharing our home, experiences and hearts with your child.

Reason to Adopt

We talked about having children early on in our relationship and we are excited to grow our family through adoption. We've considered many avenues to build our family. We settled on adoption because we want to create opportunities and help equip and support a child for the best possible future. We will honor, respect, and celebrate your child's story. We intend to be open and honest about the adoption, and to always approach him/her from a place of love. We are truly grateful for this opportunity to expand our family and look forward to a lifetime of memories.

A Little About Us

Opposites definitely attract, or at least nicely compliment each other. We come from very different backgrounds and have very divergent careers. Kevin is a dog-loving outdoorsman from New York who's had a career in the military for 20+ years and is ready to settle down and start a family. Jerome is a first-generation American, grew up in Florida, and spent the last 15 years performing on stage as a musician. He never needs an excuse for a good meal and while he didn't grow up with dogs he loves the two he now has with Kevin. Kevin has many siblings, while Jerome was raised as an only child. That said, growing up Jerome's home was never empty - it was always full of extended family and friends. Kevin loves being outside and playing in the yard and Jerome enjoys discovering a new cuisine or catching a show with friends. Luckily for both of us a mutual friend bought us together and we've found that it's nice to have these differences. We've realized that while our backgrounds and some interests might be different we align where it matters - family. We agree on wanting to build a family together and how we'd raise a child. We have the support of both our families and have a village waiting to help us when we need it. We're a team and are always learning from each other. We hope the blend of our backgrounds and experiences will make a child that much more open-minded and well-rounded as he/she grows up to become their own unique self.

The Role of Family

It's not the means by which people come together to form a family that matters, but the love, close bonds, and shared experiences that define their commitment to one another. Between the two of us we have 8 brothers and sisters, each one playing a unique role in our lives. Our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins have all contributed to who we are and have a special place of respect and gratitude in our hearts. They are all very excited about the possibility of welcoming a new member to the family and creating new shared experiences. Jerome's mom will ensure our little one has an appreciation for the role God plays in our lives and Kevin's dad will teach them the importance of keeping your word when making a personal commitment to your neighbor. Family is very important to us and we look forward to sharing this sentiment with our new addition.

Setting A Strong Foundation

We plan to ensure our new family member has every opportunity to succeed starting with the creation of a VA 529 account right away to plan for his/her education expenses. He/she will have access to quality healthcare and be taught to have an appreciation for those less fortunate. We'll read his/her favorite stories over and over and teach him/her to love him/herself. We'll instill upon him/her a sense of personal self-confidence and to treat others with dignity and respect.