Hello! We are Amanda and Jason Whitten from California!
We are married and have been together for four years. We are an extremely loving couple and consider each other our best friend. We met through Jason’s cousin who knew that we would have a connection and as soon as we met we were inseparable. We have an amazing home and life, but we can’t help but feel there is a missing piece- we want to be able to share our lives with a child. We are fortunate to have a large supportive family who also want to see us find the missing piece to our home. The child that we adopt will also have 20 cousins to grow up with and be close to!
Profession: Clinical Counselor
Education: Masters Degree
Interests: My favorite thing to do is go camping in the mountains. I also love to hike, go fishing, spend time with family and travel around California with my husband.
Education: High School Diploma
Interests: I like to go golfing, camping, go fishing, travel and spend time with family; especially all of our nieces and nephews.
Years Together: 4
Other Children: We are unable to have children of our own so this will be our first child
Pets: We have 3 dogs and 3 cats. We are huge animal lovers!
Age: 0-6 Months
Gender: No Preference
Ethnicity: No preference
Special Needs: Mildly Correctable
Type of Adoption: No Preference
Jason has been a successful Glazier for 17 years and Amanda is a Clinical Counselor working with individuals, couples, children and teens. Amanda also has experience working with individuals who have experienced being adopted as well as experienced trauma in different stages in our lives. We have three dogs, three cats and a cute house with a huge backyard. We do hope in the next five years to buy a home with even larger property so that our child can grow up in the country or a small town.
Our Home & Community
Right now we live in a three bedroom home that we own and we have sweet supportive neighbors. They have organized neighborhood clean ups to make sure that our home study went as well as possible and they even helped us with garage sales to raise money to go towards a baby! The child that we adopt will be so loved not just by us, but by our friends, family and even our neighbors.
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
We both have always wanted to be parents and we went into our relationship thinking that Jason could not have children. For most of his childhood, Jason had Leukemia (which by some miracle he beat!)and he went through treatments that likely would cause him to be infertile so the plan was that we would adopt a child. After a year of being together, we decided to try going to a fertility clinic where we learned that Jason was actually able to have children. After a year of trying naturally, we were unsuccessful and went back to the fertility clinic. Unfortunately, we came to find out that Amanda was the one that could not have children. We attempted IVF treatments, but they were also unsuccessful. Now we have made the decision to pursue our original dream of adopting a child.
We are working with an adoption agency, but we wanted to try to self-match as well. Our home inspection was completed and we are just waiting for the full report and approval to be finalized. Our social worker did take the photo books we made and sent them out to their offices in CA, so we believe we will be fully approved very soon.
Words can not describe how much we want to be parents, but we do hope that by what you see and read here, it shows that we will put our everything into being the best parents for a child. If you choose us to adopt, these are our promises:
We promise this baby will be loved each and every day by us, our friends and our family. We promise to share their adoption story with them from the beginning. We promise to only speak about you and their adoption story with love and respect. We promise to encourage and support their dreams no matter what they are. We promise that we will take them to travel as much as we can. We promise to celebrate every milestone. We promise to to provide a safe, loving and accepting home for this child to grow up in. We promise that no matter what type of adoption you choose, that this baby will always know how much you love them.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story! We have so much admiration for your decision to consider adoption for this baby. We have always dreamed of becoming parents and, without women like yourself, that dream would never be a reality for us. We are so excited to welcome a baby into our homes and can not wait for the day to come! We wish you the best as you journey through the adoption process and decide what is best for you and the baby. We hope to meet you someday soon!
Love, Amanda & Jason