We are Todd and Kiyoko and we are so thankful that you are considering adoption, and for thinking of us as possible adoptive parents. We are truly excited about the possibility of raising a child and appreciate that you are taking the time to read about us. We hope that the enclosed portfolio will shed some light on who we are as people, what fills our days, and has held our attention during our lives to date. While we will provide as much detail as possible in a letter, we are excited to have the opportunity to meet you and answer all of your questions in person.
Like many couples our intentions to begin our family took a different road than we had originally intended, but it was also a detour that we were familiar with. Kiyoko grew up in a loving caring family and has close relationships with her Biological Parents as well as her 2 sisters and brother in Japan. Todd’s involvement working with families, helped him to encourage a child’s strengths in overcoming their struggles with dealing in family issues. Our goal is to give your child the best education, and advantages that we can give to a child, by involving them in cultural, physical and with any emotional needs they have.
Our home and lifestyle:
We are very fortunate to live in an ethnically diverse and prosperous city of 1.2 million in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fresh air, open spaces, parks and pathways, and mountains and rivers frame our beautiful city. With more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city and less than a half hour drive from the majestic Rockies, it’s easy to see why we can enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle. Our City is a young, well educated, community minded and generous city to live in. With such a young population, many individuals like us are family-focused, recreation lovers, that are committed to a healthy work-life balance. Families in the area share diverse cultural heritage that we gladly share through cultural events and activities, and ensure that environmental, health and wellness, educational and recreational advantages will be here.
Our home is a 4 bedroom home with a fully enclosed large backyard so there is lots of room to run and play. We are blessed with very friendly neighbors that look out for one another and our street has many young families with children that go to local schools that are just couple blocks away.
Kiyoko was born in Nagoya, Japan. Kiyoko’s parents adopted Kiyoko from her mother’s sister, and was raised along side her brother whom at the time was 15 years old and struggling with Muscular Dystrophy. It was Kiyoko’s brother who encouraged their mom and dad to adopt Kiyoko as he always wanted to have a sister. At the age of 21, Kiyoko graduated from Occupational Therapy in Japan. Later, Kiyoko moved to Canada, studied English and then later graduated from College in Recreational Therapy and finally earned her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy. Kiyoko continued her work as an Elderly Specialist here in Calgary and often travels to Japan to teach at different Universities. Kiyoko enjoys an active social and physical lifestyle and is involved with the Japanese community in Calgary.
Todd was born the youngest of three children in Saskatchewan, Canada. While attending College, Todd was fortunate to work as a Youth Worker dealing with youth, where he was skilled in crisis intervention, behavior management coupled with a strong ability to role model and build positive relationships with youths. After graduating from College, Todd started work as a Community Peace Officer for the City of Calgary, assisting in solving issues through mediation and promoting community awareness of all applicable bylaws while striving to achieve voluntary compliance. He is very active and will take any advantage of his time to participate in hiking, biking or skiing in one of the many parks that are in the area.
Kiyoko’s thoughts on Todd
Todd is a wonderful husband and my best friend. His patience never ceases to amaze me. He always thinks through a situation and finds a possible solution. His loyalty to friends and family makes me respect him even more. When I see him interact with children, I know he will make an awesome dad. If I ever doubt myself or get discouraged, he is always there for me. We share common goals and always strive to fulfill each other’s needs. My favorite thing about Todd is that he is who he is. Todd is consistent regardless of who he is around. Another quality I enjoy is his humor. He is constantly making me laugh and sometimes even snort! He enjoys talking with other people and has a “gift for gab”! Needless to say the bond that we share is truly special.
Todd’s Thoughts on Kiyoko
Kiyoko is a very caring and kind person and I love her very much. From our first date, when we spent hours talking about everything under the sun, I knew she was the one for me. I have never had a connection with someone like I do with Kiyoko. She is my best friend and my biggest supporter. I feel Kiyoko’s love for me makes me a better person and also makes me want to try and improve on that everyday. Kiyoko will be an excellent mother, and I can’t wait to see her in that role! She has a true love for children. Kiyoko has a sweet spot for all animals, not just our dog. Kiyoko loves family and friends and enjoys spending time with them. She believes they bring joy to life. She enjoys working in the yard, Curling, reading, hanging out with our dog, traveling and of course shopping.
Our Life Together
We are truly best friends and are able to count on each other no matter what. Our communication, trust, love, friendship, and dedication to each other is what has made our marriage successful. We enjoy being together and are grateful for the experiences we have had. Taking vacations is one of ourfavorite things to do and we take them quite often. Many of our trips are to Japan to see family or to somewhere warm to get away from it all, or out to the mountains to hike, ski, or bike.
The best thing about our relationship is that it doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing, as long as we are together. Hanging out with our dog Jiro, cooking dinner together, being out at the park near our home, doing yard work, going grocery shopping, or just cuddling together on
the coach watching TV.
both of us are excited about being parents and realize that it will be challenging but also the most amazing and rewarding gift in life. we both want to be very involved in raising our child, we understand and know the importance of loving and nurturing a child. as children, were both blessed to be part of a loving home where family came first and were fortunate to be raised in such homes. One thing we both recognize is the importance of having a “Stay at Home” parent as our parents both made us fee loved, valued and respected. They nurtured us, challenged us to grow, encouraged learning and education and taught us values and morals. Through their love and guidance they allowed us to grow into the people we are today and showed us what matters most in life. We want to give these gifts to you child and be there for him or her to help him or her grow, blossom, learn and experience all that life has to offer.
We are looking forward to build connections with your child, but with you as well. Should you choose us to be the adoptive parents of your child, we are committed to keeping you updated on your child’s growth and progress. We also desire to have visits with you as you feel comfortable. If you are interested in learning more or speaking with us, please contact Little Angel Adoptions at 1-888-281-8948.
Todd & Kiyoko