Family Details

Christopher and Dawn

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Thank you for taking the time to read about the Mann family. We are currently a family of 7 total from the Florida panhandle, we have completed all the required courses & home study.

We understand the profile isn’t exclusively about “US” but we wanted to introduce ourselves and give you an idea that we can and are able to provide a loving/nurturing home. We would love to support healthy relationships with family and/or caregivers, so they never forget those who loved them first. We want to encourage their dreams, nurture & guide their individuality, and arm them with the tools to face challenges the next phase of their life will bring; whether it be teen years, college, or transitioning into adulthood. ALL of this with full confidence, knowing there is a strong support team cheering them on.  
Our Why :

It is our desire to step out of our comfort zone and help others; to open our home to children in need of unconditional love and fulfill our Psalms 82:3 calling (“Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.”)

Adoption is in our blood!

Dawn
is a Pacific Islander and her mother was adopted in 1952 by a Navy family from Oklahoma. Her parents adopted a total of three children and their blended family was blessed with children who were of Irish, Filipino, and Pacific Islander descent.

Chris' great-grandfather was Poarch Creek Indian. After his death, his great-grandmother married a non-native American man. Her new husband adopted Chris’ grandfather and raised him in a loving environment. To continue the example of unconditional love, Chris’s grandfather adopted his wife’s eldest son, from a previous marriage.   

We have always wanted a BIG family after the birth of our youngest we decided adoption was the best option to continue growing our family. Both sides of our family are supportive of our desire to open our hearts and home.

Chris is the 3rd oldest from a blended family of 7 children. During his youth his favorite activities were surfing, skateboarding, video games, cartoons, he also played high school football and ran track. He has been self-employed the past 6 years. 
Dawn is the oldest from a blended family of 5 siblings. Her father was in the Air Force and they moved around until his retirement during her senior high school year. She worked as a legal assistant until 2005 when she became a stay at home mom and began homeschooling the boys. 
* Our 24-year-old son, Christopher (CJ) is a Certified Marine Mechanic and lives on the east coast of Florida. He's quite athletic, a hard worker, eager to lend a hand to those in need, always full of interesting trivia facts, is ready with a magic trick or a joke and musically talented; enjoying the guitar most. 
* Cobi is our 18-year-old and graduated high school May 2017. During his senior year, he was a Jr. Volunteer Firefighter a leader for a local division of the Civil Air Patrol, plays the trumpet and works part-time at Chick Fil A.
In May 2018, he completed his EMS education and will be moving to North Carolina to begin a new life adventure, August 2018. 
* Third oldest, Cyler (Kyler), is 17 and a Junior. Cyler is a special young man who overcomes obstacles every day.  He is a high functioning child on the Autism Spectrum. He is an amazing young man with a quirky sense of humor. He is developing his artistic talents and has a beautiful creative mind. He plays the saxophone, enjoys fencing, and is also in the Civil Air Patrol and making excellent strides in leadership and ranking. This year he also started a Cotillion course and enjoyed the end of year presentation and grand ball dance; which includes tuxedos for the young men and formal ball gowns for the young ladies.
* Czarina is our only girl and is looking forward to the possibility of having a  sister - or two. She is 13 years old, very sweet, enjoys her girlie ways but also has a bit of tomboy in her, too. She loves to sing, laugh, play games, spend time with her brothers. Cotillion has helped her refine her manners and gain confidence to be in any social situation. This year she also joined Civil Air Patrol and enjoys this activity with her older brothers. This fall she hopes to experience either dance or music.
* The current youngest is Carter; he is a wise little man for being only 10 years old in the 4th grade. He is ALL BOY and you’ll find him outside shooting his bow and arrows, riding his bike, or playing with the livestock. When he’s inside he enjoys board games, games on his tablet, and playing with Legos. He plays the piano and is learning to overcome his hesitation to perform in public. He is eager to be a brother (big would be nice but younger would suit him as well).
We enjoy the benefits of country life, with the ocean short drive away. We have a 6-acre hobby farm with cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and ducks to name a few. Additionally, we have a garden and the children have their own area garden as well. There are fruit trees, fruit vines, fruit bushes AND we can’t leave out the pool and play-set-activities for all and LOTS of room to run and play.
We hope to be matched with a sibling group but a single child would be a blessing as well. A match that enjoys the outdoors, traveling, country life with city sophistication but will also open our lives to new experiences. We are a family that enjoys learning new things and helping others.

Lifestyle and interests
Chris - enjoys cooking, rebuilding equipment, playing games with the children, especially NERF tag. 

  Dawn - Reading and researching subjects that involve improvements to our health, education, and farm to name a few. Livestock, organic gardening, refurbishing/upcycling, traveling and teach others about healthier options.

Through the years the boys have experienced horseback riding, fencing, formal dance as well as hip hop training, watching the local Blue Angels Air Show performances, a variety of sports, running in 5k’s, going to the beach, summer camp, canoeing, whitewater rafting, primitive camp trips (without running water, cooking over a fire, sleeping in tents etc.), hiking, learning about other cultures (Greek Festivals, Native American Pow-Wows) and foreign travel just to name a few.
We are a Christian family learning the deepest meaning of unconditional love, love for neighbor, love for enemies and having a servant’s heart. Summers are spent volunteering at camp supporting and during the remaining of the year, we find other ways to serve our community.  Our family enjoys traveling and exploring natural and man-made areas. At least 4 times a year we travel to visit our parents; grandparents are an important part of our lives. Once a year we take a big family trip; last year we went to Tennessee and this year we spent almost two weeks in Kentucky.

Experience with children

Chris has worked with the boys and their Scouts troop during camp-outs and badge events. 
Dawn was a nanny for 3 years after graduating high school and has worked with children through church summer camps and homeschool co-op groups.
CJ, Cobi, and Cyler have all volunteered during church summer camps and worked directly with children under 12 years old in various activities; such as archery, riflery, photography...etc). This year will be Czarina's first year to as a teen volunteer.  Cobi will be an adult assistant dorm counselor and Cyler will assist in swimming.  They are all looking forward to a summer full of servicing, sun & fun! 

Support network

We have a FANTASTIC network!

Parents (future grandparents) that are extremely active in our children's lives. They are supportive of our family's decision to adopt.
Our church family is also supportive of our adoption journey and eager to meet and build relationships with them. Our pastor is aware and will be a part of our transition counseling. Additional counseling will come from our local agency's professional resources. 
Transition & family counseling is not negotiable...it is a must!

Available resources

* Grandparents
* Families First Network
* Our Pastor with Living Church of God
* School counselors 
We are a homeschool family but do not object to public school or tutors if it's in the best interest of the child(ren) to remain in that familiar structure.
* We have friends who have recently adopted and are in the same part of the process as we are. There are local support groups for Foster & Foster/Adopt families.
* Medical - we have advised our local pediatrician, dentist, & orthodontist of our adoption plans and all have expressed excitement of meeting our newest child (children).
* Cultural - that would depend on what their cultural interests are and if there are local groups. IF not, then we would research to find a way to support them. Florida is so diverse that I can't imagine any opportunity being out of reach.

Family Picture
Profile Christopher Dawn
Age: 48 49
Occupation: Self Employed Stay At Home Mom
Hobbies and Interests: Agriculture, Traveling, Cooking, Surfing, Skateboarding, Video game, Outdoor Activities Crafting, Essential oils, Nutrition, Animal Husbandry, Gardening, & Traveling
Favorite Sports Team: FSU FSU
Favorite Place to Vacation: Bahamas Mountains
As a Family
State of Residence: Florida
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Eligible to Adopt:  
Age Range of Child: 0 - 17 yrs. old
Number of Children: 1 - 7 children
Ethnicity: No Preference
Gender: No Preference
List all trainings you have received in past 2 years: * QPT * FAPA meetings * FFN's Welfare In-Service Trauma Training
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  • 2018 Cotillion
  • Our fenced in pool
  • The boys before their end of year recital May 2017
  • Our garden area
  • After a recital performance
  • Two middle boys during a fencing lesson
  • Our volunteer Jr. fire fighter
  • Trip to George Bush's Library
  • Everyone goes zipliningYep - grandparents included
  • Waiting at the finish line of an Inflatable 5k...
Not our 1st and not our last ;)
  • Chris & Dawn 
On our way to our 19th Anniversary dinner
  • The whole "gang" on the coldest day Jan 2018
  • Dawn's mom & step father who are cherished and active in the children's lives.
  • Family day at the beach
  • The whole gang supporting our most recent graduate
  • Family Cotillion - before the party started

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