Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Chad + Karen

We are high school sweethearts and have been married for 10 years! We have always known that adoption would be a part of our story. We stand here and cherish this experience as our two stories meet. If you chose us to parent your child, we would work through the opportunity to have some openness in the adoption where we can all uphold the best interests of the child in whatever form that takes. Regardless of the decision you make, we want you to know how courageous you are!

Hello!

We are Chad and Karen. We know you are sitting here today looking through profiles because you are considering adoption as a possible option for you and your child. We can imagine this time is scary, uncertain and overwhelming and we can't begin to understand your emotions at this moment, but we can promise to hold them delicately and honor them as we get to know each other. We want to say thank you for considering us as a possible family for your child. Thank you for giving us a chance to share our hearts, hopes, dreams and goals for the future. We are longing to share our adventures, love and our families with a child one day.

Where Our Story Began

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We met junior year of high school. We went to different schools, but our best friends were dating. We have been nearly inseparable since we met. We dated for a while, but took different paths after graduation. Karen went off to college to become a teacher, and Chad joined the Marines. We continued to stay friends. As the dust settled, Karen graduated from college. Chad returned home from his station in the Marines and we were married quickly after we were back in the same place. We have been married for 10 years now. We have a strong marriage that is led by God and rooted in our Christian faith. We have our good days and our tough days, but we have the best time being together!

Why We Want To Adopt

We have known since the beginning of our relationship that adoption would be part of our story. Because of medical issues, Karen has known most of her life that she would not be able to carry a pregnancy. Also, Chad and his sister are both adopted. That unique combination has played a leading role in our journey to pursue adoption as a way to grow our family.

Meet Karen

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Karen is always up for an adventure. She enjoys finding new places to explore, new foods to try, or a new book to read. She wakes up usually in a good mood and has always been a morning person! Her favorite thing is spending time with her family. Karen loves camping with her sister, going to the movies with her mom, or listening to stories at the family reunion every year. In her spare time, you can often find her grabbing coffee with a friend or curled up with a good book. Karen has always had a passion for working with children at church and at work. Karen now works by training teachers. She has taught a variety of kids, adults, and abilities, and she loves what she does!

I am only 5 feet 2 inches, but have never let that stop me from anything. I have light brown hair and green eyes. My favorite place to be is with family. My favorite sweet treat is an ice cream sundae with any kind of ice cream, chocolate fudge, cherries, and whipped cream! I often forget to slow down, but Chad is quick to remind me to stop and enjoy all of the beautiful things in life. I enjoy reading all types of books, and truly believe books can take you on all sorts of adventures! I usually have a new podcast to listen to by different authors, actors, preachers, or crime documentaries. I love to cook and try new recipes!

Meet Chad

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Chad is currently a fabricator in a welding shop, which means he welds and builds a variety of machine parts at a plant. He is very near to completing his Engineering Degree. Another important part of him is the United States Marine Corps, which he served with for a time. Chad is a strong, confident, and brave protector of those he loves. He is always making jokes that keeps our friends and family laughing! He is frequently viewed as being serious, but he is really very lighthearted and hilarious!

I am just over 6 feet tall. I have a bit of a "wild" beard that I am proud of. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being outside. One of my favorite places to be is in the quiet of a deer stand. I enjoy a wide range of music, but I do my best work with heavy metal on or good old school country. I also enjoy spending time with my dad working on cars. I have learned how to fix almost anything with my dads guidance. On nice weekends in the spring or fall, I can be found grilling on the back porch!

Home Sweet Home

We live in the wide-open Texas hill country, but not too far from city life. Our neighborhood is peaceful and quiet. We live on a few acres with a wide-open back yard. When it cools off in the fall, there are a bunch of deer in the yard very morning, which can be so peaceful to watch.

Our home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Our favorite spot is our living room where we can all be together and the back porch swing that looks over the yard. We love the small town we live in. Our church is a beautiful landmark in our community and we have a precious town square with festivals, spunky shops, and a perfect little coffee shop. We can also get into a big city to shop and find more entertainment when we want to not far from us.

We have two dogs. Brazos is our older pup. He is a mix of what looks like Beagle and Boxer. He is a great dog! Daphne is still a puppy. She is a mix of a variety of Terriers and is quite silly! We genuinely love being together on every level.

Our Families

Karen is very close to both of her parents. They are divorced, but she speaks to both of them almost daily. Her dad lives in Florida, but he makes sure to visit frequently. Her mom lives just a few hours away, and they spend as much time together as they can. She is close to her sisters and their families as well. One of life's greatest joys has been being a part of watching her nieces and nephews grow up!

Chad is also very close to his family. He is adopted and is very much like his dad. His parents live behind us on the same property. We enjoy having them nearby and getting to spend time with them. His younger sister also lives close and has 3 children with her husband. We always have a good time together. His extended family is also very large and we have a blast every summer at the annual family reunion.

We Promise These Things To You

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Our promise to you is that if you choose us to parent your child, we will make sure they will experience adventures, laughter, and unconditional love. Not every day will be easy, but we promise to love your child and guide them through the good and hard days. We promise that we will make mistakes, but we promise to learn from them. We promise days full of laughter and fun. We also know there will be days that will hold tears and I'm sorries.

Our promise is to love your child and equip them with tools that will help guide them as they grow. We promise to value their uniqueness and interests that will help them blaze their own path to success. We are with you as you walk this journey, as you consider the decision of what would be the best future for both of you. Lastly, we promise to always honor you and celebrate your strength, love, and courage.

with love,

Karen Chad

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