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BC: Please feel free to contact us: robnkerri@gmail.com or Toll Free: 1-855-825-3767

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1: Hi! We are Rob, Kerri, and Kian. We are ready to give our unconditional love to a child and expand our family through the miracle of adoption. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. Even though we do not know you yet, we admire your courage and strength. We cannot truly understand what you are going through and can only offer you our support. It is obvious that the plan you are making is being made with love, courage, and selflessness and that you are trying to make the best decision for your child. We hope by looking at our photos and reading about our lives you will find comfort in knowing how much we want to share our lives with your child and how welcomed and loved he/she will be.

2: Why We Are Choosing Adoption | We have always known we wanted a large family. We had discussed adoption before getting married and knew it would have a place in how our family would grow. After, Kian's birth in 2008, Kerri suffered complications that left us infertile. We knew that adoption would be the answer to making our dreams of a large family come true. We thank you for considering us as parents for your child.

3: Our Story We met in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003. We were both staying at the same hostel and our first date was spent at a drum café learning to drum. Rob likes to say it was his musical abilities that captured Kerri's heart. She says it has more to do with his sense of humor (definitely not his drumming ability!). The magic of our relationship lies in our ability to see the world as an adventure. After traveling to India, we knew we were meant to be together. We were able to overcome a 24 hour delay, Delhi Belly, and a scary fish that turned out to be an eel,. We knew we could survive anything, as long as we faced it together. We got married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family a year later in California. Over the past 8 years our love and friendship have grown and we have only become stronger.

4: Rob Talks About Kerri Kerri is my best friend and companion through life. I trust and love her completely and am eternally grateful to have her beside me to share the good times, and of course, through the challenges that life throws at us. She's an incredible mother to our son and an inspiration to me as a parent. Much of this is due to Kerri’s natural maternal instincts and the wonderful example set by her parents during her upbringing, But she also has the skills she has developed working with young children all day as an elementary teacher. Her abilities with children constantly impress me. That said, it is probably her sense of humor that I love the most. Kerri makes me laugh and has a great sense of fun and adventure making our home a wonderful place to be. | What Kerri Loves to Do I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and of course, spending time with my family. We currently live abroad and we love to explore new places, cultures, and people. One of my favorite things to do is to go to local restaurants and sample cuisine from around the world. We love the outdoors, especially the snow. We recently took Kian skiing and had a blast watching him begin a sport we love. I also enjoy spending time at the beach and scuba diving. There is something magical about swimming in total silence watching the fish swim by. When our children are older, its something I hope we can do together. Most of all, I love being a mother. Everything about motherhood and being a family makes me incredibly happy. I would love to share that joy with your child.

5: Kerri Talks About Rob Rob would best be described as a warm and caring husband, father, brother, son and friend. He comes from a close knit family and shares the same family values as I do. Rob has a great sense of humor that can lighten up a room. He is a kid at heart and enjoys playing as much as our son does. Rob is the dad that is wrestled to the ground, leaped on in the pool, and chased around the house on a regular basis by Kian and his friends. Rob is an extremely supportive and loving person. He is a wonderful husband and I have witnessed him first hand become an amazing father. | What Rob Loves to Do I love all things sporty. My passion for being active is something I hope to teach my children. I like to think I’m a well-rounded person with a great variety of interests, everything from painting, photography, reading, and movies. I want my children to know that I will accept and support them wherever their interest takes them. Being a father has been an incredible journey and learning experience. I’ve become knowledgeable in where to give the best tickle, how to become the scariest monster, where the best hiding places are, and how to turn a tantrum into a giggle. I’ve also learned to kiss away owies, tell stories five times in a row without losing enthusiasm, and how to change a diaper without getting squirted!

6: Kian Kian is four years old. He is a loving, social child who loves kids, bigger and younger. He loves to give babies kisses and hugs and will often ask to help feed or hold the babies in his life. Kian’s current fascination is all things dinosaurs! We celebrated his 4th birthday with a dinosaur theme that consisted of finding fossils and breaking open dinosaur eggs as party bags. He loves books and we make weekly trips to the library. We will often have book marathons where we read 10-12 books at one time! Kian also loves running around outside exploring rocks, flowers, dirt...you name it, he'll find something fascinating about it! He swims almost daily and can swim independently. He loves to do cannonballs or dive in with a cry of "To infinity and beyond!"

8: Parenting and Education We are committed to raising our children as a team. We will provide a life where our children feel secure in the love and support of their family. Raising our children internationally offers them opportunities to learn about other cultures and people in their daily life. Our son has visited many countries and has learned Spanish as well as how to be tolerant and accepting of others from a young age. We do our best to introduce Kian to new adventures, like swimming, skiing, gymnastics, and soccer. We hope this teaches him to be fearless and to try new things. We also enjoy simple things like having family meals, riding bikes, visiting friends and family, and sometimes just hanging out at home. We, as a family, would love the opportunity to share these experiences, and more importantly all of the unconditional love that we have, with a new baby.

9: Our Home We live in a family oriented neighborhood, with many parks, beaches and amusements within driving distance. Our home is a large three bedroom apartment close to our school. Our favorite place in our house is our play room because it is set up for family fun! We have a heated pool on the ground floor and a courtyard where children and families gather to play and ride bikes. | Living Room | Guest room/Nursery | Kian's room | Play Room

10: Our Second Home: Croatia Our home in Croatia is our family's favorite get away during the summer holidays. We bought it seven years ago knowing our family and friends in Europe would be able join us every year to soak in the sunshine and crystal clear waters. We are located on an island close to an old medieval walled city where there are numerous cultural and historical opportunities. The healthy fruits and vegetables we get from the farmer's market, the sites, and the friends we reunite with every year, makes it our home away from home.

11: Our Community We teach at an international school and one of the greatest benefits this offers us is the community. It's an open-minded, tolerant community that supports its children. We have made close friends and have had the opportunity to introduce our son to new cultures and languages from all over the world. Since all the different divisions; elementary, middle, and high school are all on the same campus, we are able to volunteer in our son's class, attend every event and party, and speak to his teachers whenever necessary. We are also able to go to his after school activities on a weekly basis. Our son is known by the faculty and students we teach. He is loved and looked after even when we are not physically with him.

13: Our Family: California Kerri was born and raised in California, where we return to regularly to spend time with her family. She comes from a family of six and also has several close cousins she grew up with. Kerri has a loud affectionate family that supports each other unconditionally. Most of her family have married interracially and are accepting of others. Kian is biracial and he does not feel out of place when we are back in California. In fact, he jumps in and is as loud and rowdy as his thirty-four cousins and will often ask when we're going back for a visit. All of Kerri’s family is looking forward to and supportive of our decision to adopt.

14: Our Family: England We split our long summer holiday between California and England. Rob grew up in a small town in the north of England with his parents and his brother. Nana and Pop Pop are always waiting for our visits with family dinners and trips around the countryside. Kian loves to garden and go for walks with his grandparents. He has also developed a fascination with rugby, much to the delight of Rob. Between rugby matches, feeding ducks in the Lake District, petting horses in the nearby fields, and watching the tractors haul in the hay, visiting England is a childhood dream.

16: Our Family Abroad | Living abroad has widened our definition of family. Our international community of friends has become our surrogate family. We celebrate births, holidays, birthdays, and specials events together. We wipe away tears, listen to sorrows, and are there for each other no matter what. Our friends have known Kian since birth and love him every bit as much as his family in California and England do. These ties have made our circle of friends, family, to us. Kian’s “uncles” and “aunts” share jokes, tell bedtime stories, play whale in the pool, and watch the rain roll in just as well as his blood uncles and aunties do. This has been our strongest proof that family is not the blood that binds us, but the love and support that is given freely and without conditions.

18: In Closing We have so much love to share with another child and we are excited to have the opportunity to expand our family through adoption. If we are given this privilege to adopt your baby, always know we will unconditionally love and cherish your child and they will forever know the sacrifices you have made out of love. Thank you once again for taking the time to read our story. We wish you all the best in everything you do, especially in the coming months when you will be faced with some tough decisions. We respect your decision to follow your heart and the faith, strength, and courage to do what is best for your child.

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