About Us

We are Joel and Oz from Kansas City, Missouri, and we’re happy to share our story with you. Our dream is to complete our family with a child, and have spent the past year and a half working through the adoption process toward that end.

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Dear Mother to be,

We want to thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and getting to know us. It is difficult to write this letter. It is difficult to find the words.

We have dreamed of becoming parents, and we feel that now is the time for us to take that leap of faith. Over the 11 years that we have been together, we have created a strong and stable bond full of love between our families and us. We would love to be able to dedicate all of that love toward your child.

We know you are an incredibly brave woman to consider adoption and we can only begin to imagine all that you are thinking and may be going through. If you choose us as adoptive parents, we can assure you that this child will have a safe, fun, and loving home in which to grow. Your child will have the support of a strong family and extended family that will love and guide him or her through life.

If there is anything you would like to know about us, we would be more than happy to provide you more information. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our profile. We wish you the best in making your decision.

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About Us

We’ve been together 11 years, and we’ve always talked about starting a family, but began taking action two years ago when we got married and completed our home study. Prior to that, we bought a house in an eclectic, older neighborhood in Kansas City and have been renovating it room by room. We feel incredibly fortunate that we were able to find a larger home where we could start our family and also be able to host our relatives from out of town. The renovation has been a lot of work, but nothing is more fulfilling than seeing your efforts come to fruition. Both of us learned improvement skills from our fathers, and we’re eager to teach those skills to our child.



Joel was born and raised a few hours away in Wichita and graduated from the University of Kansas, with additional time studying abroad in France. He is from a smaller family, but we see his parents from Wichita and sister in Lawrence about once a month – his mom can’t wait to be a grandmother for the first time! He’s a big supporter of local college and professional sports and loves cooking and travel.

Oz’s immediate family is largely in the Dallas area – we love road trips to visit them and having them come to KC; we especially enjoy his dad’s grilling and mom’s cooking. Oz is one of five children, and he has numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and more cousins than we can count. He went to an arts magnet high school, where he tuned his skills as a painter and began to explore his creative side. Oz has recently rediscovered his love for painting and we’re thrilled that he has been showing some of his work in local stores and galleries and online through a new website. When he’s not at work or painting, Oz loves to work in the yard.

OUR Home

We live in a thriving, eclectic, family-oriented neighborhood in a fairly large and growing city. We live just blocks away from a park with playgrounds and a recreation center. Our home was built in the early 1900s and has lots of great space and room to grow. It is a three-story home with four bedrooms. The third floor is used as Oz's art studio. There are one-and-a-half bathrooms and a large fenced-in backyard. Our dog, Diego, is super friendly and welcomes everyone that visits our home. We lost our 14-year old dog, Loch, in 2017, and he is dearly missed.

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Over the past year we’ve worked on finishing up our home renovations and getting the nursery ready with Oz’s art, lots of books, records and stuffed animals, many of which were Joel’s and passed down by his mom. Education is very important to us, but equally as important is exposure to creative influences like music, reading, different cultures, languages and painting.

What led us to adopt

We have always wanted to be parents but felt that we needed to be in the right place in our relationship and careers before starting the journey. There’s nothing we want more than to be parents and to share our love and knowledge with a child.  

As a non-traditional family, we will teach our child the importance of acceptance, equality, diversity, and overcoming prejudice. Our life experiences have taught us how important it is to have the support and unconditional love of family to rely on, and we want to provide that stability to a daughter or son.

OUr extended family

Our goal is to raise a child in an environment of respect toward others, honesty, open communication, responsibility, tradition and learning. Both of us are excited to experience sleepless nights with an infant, learning which foods aren’t eaten, doing homework together, attending sporting events, school functions, etc. We would love an open adoption and have you involved in our family, but realize that all situations differ and will be supportive of what you’re comfortable with. We know that as excited as we are about becoming parents, your choosing adoption is just as difficult.

Thank you for reading our profile and getting to know us - please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to know any additional information.


Call Nicole @ Lifelong Adoptions (224) 410-0522