I recently had the opportunity to interview hopeful adoptive parents Justin and Kelli from Minnesota. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.
I asked Justin and Kelli some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a loving, family-oriented Christian couple who are so excited to become first-time parents through adoption!
1. When you were a kid, what did you absolutely love to do?
Growing up in rural Minnesota, we both loved swimming and fishing at the lake with our families. Kelli enjoyed giving her cat bike rides up and down the driveway in a cat carrier her dad built onto the back of her bike.
Justin had many childhood collections, including baseball cards, coins, rocks, and keychains.
2. If you could go back in time, to what year or time would you travel?
Kelli would travel back to the Roaring 20’s – it was peaceful after the war had ended. No cell phones, social media, or internet, and family values were still very important in society.
Justin would love to travel back to the 1980’s, the era he grew up in – such great music and, oh, the Zubaz pants!
3. What was your first job? Did you like it?
Kelli’s first job was as a “launderette” at the local small-town laundromat. She washed, dried, and professionally folded resort bedding and towels during the summer tourism months. It was an awesome first job during summer break!
Justin’s first job was mowing lawns for $5 a yard – at that time and age, it was some good cash!
4. What is a fun fact about you that usually surprises others to know?
Kelli conquered a stage IV Wilmes Tumor (childhood kidney cancer) at the age of four!
Despite being afraid of heights, Justin has been sky-diving in Minnesota and hang-gliding and canyoning in Interlaken, Switzerland.
5. As parents, what is something specific you want to teach your child?
We want to teach our children to be respectful to others and generous with their time and God-given talents. Giving to those in need and treating others how they would like to be treated will bring much joy and fulfillment.
Curious to know more about Justin and Kelli?
You can view their adoptive family profile online.
If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
1-800-923-6784 and we can connect you with them.
As the Vice President (VP) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.