My wife and I started our family with three biological sons. Over the years we added children by domestic and international adoptions that have been quite diverse. We have adopted an infant, toddlers, a school-aged child and teenagers. Some of our children have special needs, including; Down syndrome, Mental development challenges, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Believe it or not, we have a happy family. Some days seem long, and there are times when I rely heavily on my coping tools (Tylenol, caffeine, and profanity), but we really do have a happy and amazing family.
In May of 2013, I quit my day job. I resigned as the President/CEO of White Knight Fluid Handling Inc., a pump company that I started with my family in the early 1990s. Now I focus on writing, charity work for orphans and other disadvantaged children, and talking about families.
You may have seen my work in places like the Huffington Post, Adoption Today Magazine, Hitched Magazine, About.com, or scattered around on blogs where I have provided guest pieces.
I have authored two award-winning books, both based on adoptions from Russia. I write short stories as well and I try to keep up on my own blog.
Welcome to my website, johnmsimmons.com. My friends just call me John.