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We are Alex and Anthony and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our profile. We feel both honored and grateful for being considered as part of your adoption plan. We realize this must be an overwhelming decision for you to make, so we hope this book will offer you a glimpse into our lives, to understand who we are, both as individuals and as a couple, to distinguish if we are the family you trust to parent your child.
We have a loving and caring household and we are both very excited about welcoming a child into our lives. Starting a family, and offering that child a warm, healthy and happy environment ranks at the top of our priorities in life. We will enjoy spending quality time together as a family, developing a strong bond, while playing and learning. Equally important to us is that a child has strong role models, a great education and opportunities that will help him/her succeed in life.
We have incredibly supportive family and friends around us who support us unconditionally. If you choose adoption, we will make sure your child is loved and proud of who he or she is. We plan to raise a child based on a foundation of unconditional love, acceptance and open communication.
Alex and Anthony
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and learn more about our family. We recognize this is a difficult time for you and realize the courage and strength you have to even consider making an adoption plan. We thank you and are so grateful to you.
We came to adoption after a couple of years of unsuccessful attempts of conception. We have family and friends that have built their families through adoption and recognize pure love as family, not biology.
We have been married for 4 years, but have known each other since grade school. We are laid back in nature and have a tremendous amount of respect and love for each other. We enjoy so many things together, especially jumping in the car and heading out to a lake or nearby beach with our bikes on the rack and fishing rods stowed in the trunk.
We are both down to earth and have been known to love a good Friday night in with a pizza and movie after a long week.
Brian is a natural leader, who is practical with a wonderful sense of humor that can put anyone around him at ease. Amy is a kind-hearted soul with a cheerful disposition.
There is one thing we can express with absolute certainty: any child in our home will be loved, cherished and absolutely adored, not only by us, but also our large extended families! Our child will know that our family is built on deep love.
We appreciate you taking a moment to learn about us and wish you well.
All the best to you,
Brian and Amy
Hello- My name is Andrea, please call me Andi. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate you looking at my profile and considering me as a parent for your child. This must be an incredibly difficult time for you and I wish you much peace of mind. I honor you for the courage that you have as you make the important decisions in front of you. Thank you for considering me.
I am a life long Philadelphian. I am an outgoing person who loves to connect with people. I am a single woman with a large extended family of parents, aunts/uncles and cousins in the area. In addition, I am part of a large community. Though I left the area for ten years of schooling I have been back in the community for 16 years. I live in a wonderful, safe and diverse area in a home that I own right outside of the city.
I have an extremely close relationship with my siblings and parents. My parents are wonderful people and they are local. My dad is family doctor. My mom had her own business for many years and now does volunteer work. My brother lives an hour away with his family, and my sister and her family live in Boston. We speak every day and are very much a large, loud and loving extended family. We love to gather for holiday dinners or for lazy days down the shore in the summer. I am very close with my teen niece and nephew.
Professionally I work as a member of the clergy. I am a rabbi and I work at a large synagogue as part of a team. I love to meet families at all points in their lives and to help them to find spiritual meaning and comfort. I am also an activist for those in need.
Fifteen years ago I founded a food pantry. My work involves a great deal of time with children of all ages. My congregants often tell me that I would be a wonderful mom; I yearn to be a mom and to provide a warm, loving, fun, creative home for a child. Because I work in a large community I have some flexibility in my schedule and my co-workers and congregants are very excited and supportive of my building a family.
In my work and family I have always loved helping kids to discover who they are and what special gifts they have been given. Though I am not yet married, I do hold out hope for that kind of committed relationship. In the meantime, I do not want to miss out on the blessings of raising children. With that in mind, and with the strong support of all those around me, I am excited to build my family through adoption. Please know that in my family your child would always know unconditional love, and I would, of course, be open to having you in our lives also.
When I am not working I love to cook big dinners for friends and family. I love to ride my bike, especially at the shore. I also love to sing. There is always music in my life. I am a movie buff and love pop culture. I enjoy travel and would want my child to see the world and experience many cultures.
As you can see, I am a person of faith and consider my life to be blessed. I would love to add one more blessing of children to my life, and to share my blessings. I wish you good luck in your upcoming decisions and in the months ahead. I am hoping that I will be able to learn more about you and your family.
Hello - we are Andrea and Michael and we would like to thank you for reading our profile. We admire your courage in this most challenging of times and fully respect that you will make the right decision for you and your child.
We are excited about welcoming a child into our lives, and decided adoption is the best choice for our family.
We both work in finance in New York City. We've been together for five years, been living together for four years and were married on December 22, 2012. We have a strong relationship based on respect for each other, having common goals and some separate interests. We both come from humble beginnings and have been very fortunate in life. We want to share our fortune with a child giving him/her the opportunities we had and more. We both grew up in families with great history. We value education and it will be a priority to teach our child his/her heritage and ours as well.
Michael is the chef in our home and we both enjoy having friends, family and neighbors over often. Michael makes smoked turkey, mac and cheese, gumbo and other family recipes. Michael has a way with children that is almost indescribable other than the fact that they adore him immediately upon meeting. He is a proud American, Black Man and a Veteran who volunteers and loves rap music. Andrea was born and raised in Australia and spent her youth swimming, riding horses and still does when she goes home. In her 20s, Andrea moved to London where she spent 15 years developing her career and creating a great network of friends. Over the years, she was asked to be a godmother twice and an aunt to several "nieces and nephews". Andrea is a very loving and independent woman who runs, speaks Spanish and enjoys traveling.
We own our home in Manhattan, near Central Park. Our building and neighborhood is wonderfully diverse with a great soul and a generous spirit. Through our friends and neighbors, we have a strong support network around us. Over the years we have built a family in New York of friends with children and families like our own. We are also fortunate to have very supportive families who cannot wait to welcome our child into their lives.
Having family and friends around the US, in London, Singapore and Australia means we take at least one big trip a year. We look forward to seeing the world through the eyes of our child. Above all else, we want our child to have fun - to grow and play and be happy.
We hope that reading this profile of us gives you a better understanding of who we are.
Hello! We are Ted and Ann and we admire your courage and strength as you explore adoption for your baby. We want to truly thank you for considering us as potential parents.
We were introduced ten years ago by mutual friends and have been married for seven years. Ted works with computers and is a writer. He enjoys gardening in the spring and summer, photography, and surfing. Ann is a teacher at a local private school. She enjoys knitting, cooking, and reading. Together we love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and bicycling. We also enjoy exploring local farmers' markets and parks. We are both close with our families and look forward to holidays spent with them.
We have always known we wanted to have children. When we were ready to start our family we found that we were unable to have biological children. Adoption seemed like a loving choice. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better. We look forward to getting to know you too. Whatever choice you make for your baby, we wish you all the best.
Ted and Ann
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our profile. Our names are Ari and Gabe. We hope that wherever your path takes you, that you find happiness and wholeness, and are so grateful that you would consider us as part of your adoption plan.
We met in 2005 when Gabe was in law school in New York City and Ari was visiting from his home in California. We had an instant connection and dated long-distance for a year. Three years ago, we realized we were meant to spend everyday together in a serious, committed relationship. Ari moved out to Brooklyn two and a half years ago, and we started to build our future together.
We have been talking about creating a family for a long time with each other, and know that open adoption is the best way to form our family. We want to raise a child who feels unconditionally loved, who knows that they are capable of being anything they want to be, and can be proud of every part of who they are and their history.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about us.
-Ari and Gabe
Thank you so much for taking the time to look through this book and getting to know us. We truly hope we get to meet you someday. The emotion and energy it takes for you to make this decision is so amazing. Please know that we admire you and the choice you are considering.
We have been married for almost five years, and we live in Philadelphia, a city we love. Brian is a professor of education. He trains people who want to be high school social studies teachers. Charlotte is a writer. She studied poetry, and now works as a fundraiser and writer for a museum.
The most important thing we want to tell you is that we will love your child more than anything else in the world. We are so excited to give our love to a child, and to raise that child in a safe, nurturing home where they can have fun, be happy, and always be comfortable with who they are and where they came from. We thank you for your strength and your courage, and we hope you have support as you make this difficult decision.
Brian & Charlotte
Hello! We are so excited to become parents and to build our family through adoption. We met five years ago and were married in Maine, where Chris grew up, in 2010. As family is most important to both of us, we hope to raise a son or daughter together.
We love spending time with our families and friends, while cooking from the recipe book that Chris's grandmother wrote for her grandkids or making the family recipes passed on for generations through Jared's mother. (Jared particularly enjoys baking blueberry muffins and rhubarb pies.) We visit our niece and nephew often, celebrating holidays, building LEGO, singing and dancing, playing in the snow, and reading stories. We spend a lot of time outdoors, walking around the city where we live and work and hiking, canoeing, and camping in the places we visit. We travel often to areas of the world we’ve never been, like Africa and South America, and to familiar places we love, like where we grew up and lived abroad. We are passionate about art and music and sing together in a community chorus. We will inspire our child to love learning as much as we do.
And most importantly, we are so excited to share our lives and our love with a child. We hope that you enjoy learning more about us, and the family we hope to build by adoption, through our words and pictures in our profile.
Chris and Jared
First we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We are Barb and Cin. We recently married after 5 solid years of a peaceful, humble, loving relationship that grows every day. Our happiness and success not only comes from “loving one another” but “liking one another”. We are truly best friends! We accept each others weaknesses and strengths. We view life positively and simply. Our home is our safe, peaceful haven which we enjoy coming back to after a long day. Cindy is a Nursing Home Administrator and Barb is a nurse. We are active and love to be outdoors. We are true to ourselves and both possess the power of forgiveness. We long to raise a happy child together. We want to be able to share our growing love for one another with a child that will know and feel that love every day. We have a strong foundation and a solid base to assure a little one’s life will begin and continue on a successful journey. We are so excited! We both understand that this is a very difficult decision that you have to make in your life, one that you probably wished you didn’t have to. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Our promise to you is that we would love this child with all of our hearts. We would be honored if you selected us to help make our dreams come true.
With much appreciation,
Barb and Cin
Hello! We are so happy that you chose to take the time to get to know more about us. We appreciate the strength it takes for you to consider adoption and we are thankful for your courage. We are hopeful that something about us will touch you and allow you to trust us to be a part of your plan. .
We are Tricia and Craig. We have been together for 11 years and married for 9 years. We have grown so much as a couple since we first met and we continue to grow our relationship daily. For the past 9 years we have lived in a family friendly neighborhood in Philadelphia. We are surrounded by parks, playgrounds, shops and restaurants. We are able to participate in many community and cultural activities throughout the year. Our extended families are located in nearby NJ making it possible for us to get together often.
In the past Tricia has worked as a child and family counselor in various schools in Philadelphia. Currently she is a stay at home mom to their 4 year old daughter Maya. Most recently Craig has worked as a computer consultant designing systems for various local companies. In the past he was a practicing attorney and real estate developer, but has recently returned to the computer field.
We both love being outdoors hiking, biking, playing tennis or checking out the local parks. We enjoy being active and try to do something outdoors on a daily basis. We also enjoy checking out the newest local restaurants. Another thing we love is traveling and we can’t wait to travel to new places with our family.
After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments we just knew in our hearts that we wanted to grow our family and we can’t wait! We have decided that adoption is the best choice for us. We have a wonderful extended family who is beyond excited to welcome a new member of our family. We would always welcome a relationship with you if that's what you choose. Ultimately, we just want the child to know that they're loved by us and that it was because of your love that that’s possible.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know us a little. Best of luck with your decision,
-Tricia & Craig
We are Damian and Brian and we are honored that you are interested in learning about our family.
We met 17 years ago while we were in college and have been together ever since. In July of 2014, we were finally able to make it official and got married. We always knew we wanted kids, and now that we have the resources to make that dream a reality, we are very excited to take this step.
We live in a diverse and welcoming neighborhood with great parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and lots of children of all ages from many different types of families.
Damian is very creative and, in his spare time, enjoys photography and videography. Brian enjoys working out and plays in recreational football and softball leagues. We both love staying active. Whether it's running a race, a trip to the beach, or a long hike, we both love to be outside. We make a great team and the differences in our personalities tend to complement each other well.
We both grew up in loving and stable homes and would make sure our child does as well. Our families are very dear to us and we've only gotten closer to them as we've further explored becoming parents through adoption. We love spending time with our nieces and nephews. Holidays are always a special time for us. Christmas Eve with Damian's family and Christmas Day with Brian's are usually two of our favorite days of the year. Most of our brothers and sisters are parents and will be a valuable source of information, love, and support to us and any child who should join our family.
We hope that you learn more about us by looking at our profile and we hope that we get the opportunity to learn more about you. Whatever you should decide, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your child, and we wish you all the best!
Love, Damian and Brian
From the bottom of both our hearts, thank you so much for taking the time to consider us as potential adoptive parents to your baby. Although we can't know exactly what this time is like for you, we recognize that it is difficult, and we know that whatever path you choose will be the best for you and your child. We hope this profile will give you a good sense of what makes us who we are and the kind of loving home we provide for our family.
We met through a mutual friend in 2003, and we both knew fairly early on that we had found something special. When we started dating, Eric had already committed to begin work at a law firm in New York City the following fall. Eric followed through on his commitment for several months, but eventually was drawn back to the Philadelphia area where he and Kurt have lived together ever since and were married in 2008.
So, what are we like? We are friendly, smart, and silly guys who love spending time together and with our daughter, Gretchen. Whether we're food shopping, running errands, going out to dinner, spending time with family and friends, vacationing in Disney World, or just spending a quiet evening at home, we have a ton of fun. We both enjoy movies, music, theater, politics, and video games. However, we're also as different as we are alike. For example, Kurt tends to be the quiet and relaxed one while Eric is usually outgoing and intense, and Eric is a little bit on the messy side while Kurt likes things neat and tidy. We balance out each other quite well and make a great team. The most important thing to us is family. We are both extremely close to our families; in fact, the night Eric realized he had fallen in love with Kurt was the night he was sick in bed, but could hear Kurt and Eric's dad watching Finding Nemo and laughing out loud together.
Kurt is a bit of a stereotypical geek in multiple ways. He studied computer science in college and worked in Information Technology for nine years. He loves getting his hands on the latest gadgets and gizmos. He has also carried over from his childhood a love of Transformers with a current collection of over five hundred figures. Kurt also has an immense love of music, which he inherited from both sides of his family. He sings, plays piano, and loves listening to and singing along with musicals. Eric is a bit of a geek in his own way. He loves being a lawyer, is an avid reader of American history, and is a pretty talented cook as well. He loves all things having to do with sports and outdoors, especially baseball, gardening and fishing.
Because family is so important to us, we've always known we wanted to raise children. We began our family in 2012 with the adoption of our daughter, Gretchen. Gretchen is an amazing girl and brings us so much joy. We are so lucky and grateful to have her and her birth family in our lives. We've also always known that we wanted to have two children relatively close in age, so we're ready to grow our family again. And Gretchen is ready to be a big sister!
Again, thank you so much – we are honored that you've considered us to raise your child.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I am Esther and I am so excited to become a parent through adoption! I live in a pretty, Philadelphia neighborhood, where I own my home. It is full of trees, playgrounds and children. I teach elementary school and I know what it takes for young children to learn, to succeed and to thrive. I love spending my days with my students. They always make me laugh, even on the toughest of Monday mornings! I have a large and present extended family. My sister and her two young children often visit on Saturday afternoons to spend time with me at home, or to venture up to the local playground. I have two other sisters, a brother and two sets of very helpful parents just a few miles away. In addition to family, many of my friends have young children and we are looking forward to raising our kids together. I have wanted to become a parent for a long time and I am now in a place where I can offer a child a stable and loving home.
I wish you peace and strength. I am honored that you have taken the time to learn about me.
It takes courage to consider adoption for your baby. Even if you don’t choose us, we thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
We are Fairlight and David, a fun loving couple who have been married for almost 10 years. We are very much in love and excited at the prospect of continuing to build our family through adoption. We’ve always dreamed of having children. When we became parents for the first time through adoption almost five years ago, we couldn’t have been happier. We love our son Henry very much, and are grateful everyday to have him in our lives. But while Henry has brought us great joy, we feel incomplete as a family. We’ve always dreamed of a home filled not just with the voice of one child, but two.
An open adoption makes the most sense to us because we want our children to know their birthparents. We believe children need to know where they come from in order to have a healthy understanding of who they are. We talk to Henry often about his birthmom and consider her a cherished member of our family. While she believes it best not to have contact with us at this time, we would welcome a deeper relationship with her should she change her mind. We’d love to consider you a member of our family, but we will follow your lead as to how much involvement and contact you wish to have.
David works in public relations for financial services firm. He’s been with the company for about five years. Fairlight is a pre-school teacher at a small nursery school. She’s been with the school for about three years. Both of us love our jobs, but family comes first.
We moved to Philadelphia from New York about nine years ago to be closer to David’s parents and sister. His sister has since married and recently had a beautiful baby girl who we love spending time with. All of us will often get together for dinner on the weekends or just hang out.
Fairlight’s parents live in Michigan and her brother lives in Arizona. Despite living in different states we are very close. Every year we go to Fairlight’s parent’s home for Christmas. Sometimes, Fairlight’s aunt and cousins make the trip, which makes for a big, loud, fun gathering.
Having fun is something that’s important to both of us. We love to go for long walks as a family in a beautiful nearby park with our 11-year-old greyhound Willow. When the weather is right, we like to go apple picking and we love going to the beach. When the weather is not so great, we like to go to museums (Henry loves The Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Science), or just hang out at home.
We have great friends and neighbors who are so excited that we are adopting. We are lucky to live in a close-knit, diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia. We have a beautiful four-bedroom house, but the real reason we bought it is because we love our neighborhood.
We’re so looking forward to growing our family. Fairlight loves being a mother. She became a teacher because she loves children. David adores being a father. After trying infertility treatments, we decided we would much rather build our family through adoption. We both feel we’re in a place where we can provide a safe, happy environment for children to grow.
We hope this gives you some idea of who we are. We wish you all the best.
Fairlight and David
Hello from Daniel and Faith.
We met in Ecuador ten years ago - weird for two people from New Jersey! Our mutual interest in the world brought us together in a small market town, and there the adventure began. We have traveled to eight other countries since and look forward to a lifetime of exploration and discovery.
Here in central New Jersey we live in a suburban community where we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. It is a diverse area with many ethnicities, and the neighbors we visit with most are Mexican, Indian and Guyanese-American. Our townhouse is in a beautiful wooded development with playgrounds and a pool (endless fun!), where our family's church and our jobs are 15 minutes away and our parents are 20-50 minutes away.
Daniel is a respected and loved teacher of English as a Second Language, twice awarded Teacher of the Year. Outside the classroom, Daniel reads a lot and blogs, sharing new ideas and practices with other educators.
Faith loves her job as a middle school counselor, helping students grow up to be young adults of good character. At home, Faith can usually be found in the kitchen making meals with farm-fresh ingredients or taking a run through the neighborhood.
And then there is Julia, our very funny and smart pre-schooler. Family time involves reading books, drawing, playing with Legos or Play-Doh and practicing karate. Our favorite outings include the library, zoo, planetarium, parks and farms. And of course, travel - Julia's favorite trip so far was to Puerto Rico. We pour ourselves into giving Julia a rich and loving upbringing and showing her all the opportunities the world has to offer.
We have been thinking about adding to our family for some time, and conversations have always come back to adoption. Our family and friends have been so encouraging and supportive - they know the love we have in our hearts. We are all equally excited to welcome a new baby and new family into our lives. Julia can't wait to be a big sister.
Thank you for getting to know us.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to find out a little about us. We are Gwyn and Scott and we are very excited about growing our family through adoption. Quite frankly, we can’t wait to be parents!
We have been married for 17 years and have lived in our home for about the same amount of time. Our home is warm and well loved and filled with books and records, fabrics, photographs and plants. Our neighborhood is diverse and active, with many shops, schools, playgrounds and parks. We are in walking distance to farmer’s markets, our community garden and the movies. We ride our bikes to work every day (Gwyn close, Scott far!) and walk just about everywhere else.
We both love music, gardening, playing games, reading, and hiking. Ideally, these things are done with friends and family, when we can also be silly with our nieces, nephews and the many children of friends that are part of our life. At home, we take turns cooking- Scott is the master baker of the house and Gwyn makes a mean soup!
We are gentle, kind and loving people who enjoy the simple things in life and can’t wait to share those things with a child of our own. We are excited to watch a child grow and learn, and to be reminded to look at things from a child’s perspective of wonder and awe. We are excited to share the things that we love, to read and sing to them, and to run around in the garden, picking raspberries and sniffing the roses.
We had always considered open adoption as a way to grow our family after we had a child of our own. When we discovered that we couldn’t conceive a child we began our research into adoption and soon found Open Arms. We have a deep appreciation of the responsibility of adoption and a commitment to raise a child to be proud of who they are. We look forward to helping guide our new family member in this journey of discovery. We have a large supportive network of family and friends who are just thrilled to watch us become parents and to open their hearts to our new family member.
Sincerely, Gwyn & Scott
We are Nathaniel and Jennifer (call me Jen). We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and for even considering us as parents for your child. We admire the courage it takes to make an adoption plan for your baby. We see it as the ultimate act of love, and we know it is not an easy decision.
We met in 2008 and had the most unique first date at an art studio! After several years of marriage our love continues to grow stronger. We are so excited to add a child to our family. We hope, as you turn the pages, you will see we are a loving, caring couple who can't wait to become parents. Thank you again for reading about us; we hope to learn about you someday.
-Jen and Nathaniel
Hello,and thank you for considering us as you explore adoption for your baby. We are humbled by your strength and courage as you face this difficult decision. We truly hope that, after reading our story and seeing pictures of us with our family and friends, you'll want to get to know us better and learn how much love is in our hearts.
Jessi & Roehl
Hello! We’re Karen & Matt. Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about who we are and how we live. We already know something about you: that you are strong, wise, and brave, and that you have tremendous love for your child. We hope to meet you one day, so that we can learn more. Wherever this process takes you, we are honored that you would consider us as partners in your adoption plan.
We have known each other for over 20 years! We went to high school together and performed in many plays and music concerts together. The Philly suburbs were our home growing up, and now we’re back. We spent much of our young adulthoods living in cities across the U.S. and traveling a lot before settling back into the Philadelphia area to lay down roots and start a family. Most of our family and friends are here, and it just feels like home.
After many years of being out of touch, Matt wandered into a coffee shop in West Philly and there was Karen! We caught up with each other, and there was an instant spark! We started dating soon after, and were married in 2012. We connected over our mutual love of the performing and visual arts, and our passion for bettering our communities and the world. Matt is an attorney and activist who focuses on mediation, criminal justice reform, and anti-racist organizing. Karen is the proprietor of her family's eyeglass business, a company that is still proudly small & local after 5 generations! She loves yoga, is on the Board of their progressive synagogue in Philly, used to be a stand-up comedian in New York, and enjoys acting in community plays and movies when she can. Matt just finished a movie with Karen as the star, he loves making and watching films, is a coffee fanatic, and occasionally performs music with his band from Philadelphia to New Hope, PA.
The only thing missing from our lives is being woken up at 3am by a crying baby! We’ve talked about having kids since before were married. Adoption was always something we considered, and after we found out we can’t have biological kids, we looked more seriously into adoption over the last couple of years. Many roads led us to Open Arms, and we are so happy with the support we’re receiving and the community we are building as we walk this path. We want the same for you. Even though there are losses involved with adoption, we believe it can be a really positive and transformative experience for everyone involved. We look forward to meeting you, and sharing more.
Karen & Matt
We are Kathleen and David. We have been married for 7 years and live in Central Pennsylvania. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision is for you. We understand that making an adoption plan is one of the toughest decisions you will make in your life. When we are fortunate enough to be parents, we plan to raise our child so they are loved unconditionally and raised in a happy, healthy, and warm home. As we have learned more about the adoption process, we feel more than ever that this is the right path for our family. We want nothing more than to provide a home for a child.
We were both living in New York City when we met in December 2004 through an online dating service. After dating for a few months, it was clear we were both in love. David proposed to Kathleen one year to the day we met—in Cape May, New Jersey at a Bed and Breakfast. We married in the spring in Kathleen's home state of Indiana. Our marriage is full of love, understanding, patience, and laughter. In 2012, we moved to Central, Pennsylvania so Kathleen could take a new job at a large research university. David works in corporate finance and is a playwright.
More about Kathleen (in David’s words):
Kathleen is a woman who’s sure she can change the world for the better, and I know she’s right. From the day I met her, she has always been passionate about her scientific work, doing research in eating behavior and obesity in children, and everyone who’s worked for or with her can’t say enough about how terrific she is, both as a scientist and a person. Even though I’ve never worked in her lab, I can see the strong, confident, caring person she is in her life away from work. She is always curious, whether it’s about a new recipe or a book she just started reading, always compassionate to her family, her friends, and her coworkers, and one of the funniest, smartest, and sweetest people I’ve ever met. I’m lucky to have found her and I love sharing my life with my beautiful, wonderful wife.
Kathleen will make a terrific mother because of her heart full of love and compassion. She is patient and kind, always forgiving of faults, and able to take a tough situation and make it better with her thoughtful words and warm spirit.
More about David (in Kathleen's words):
David is funny, charming, intelligent, and handsome. He makes me laugh until my sides hurt on a daily basis. I fell in love with him because of his wit, his sense of humor, and his adorable green eyes. I love that he is so helpful around the house and so caring. He always asks me how I am and never hesitates to take on some of my responsibilities when I need help. I can tell he will make an excellent father because he is playful and affectionate, but also practical and calm. He is very even keeled in his emotions. David was brought up in a family that talked through their differences, without raising their voices. When we have disagreements, we talk through them patiently and calmly.
Another reason why I love David is because he is so artistic. I’ve always loved the arts, and David brings out that side of me. Ours is a house filled with great books, movies, and plays. David has introduced me to the theater and we share in our love of writing.
We both have close, loving families, and they love visiting us in our beautiful home in Central Pennsylvania. Our nieces and nephews love playing in our pool and running around in our backyard. We are hoping to start a family of our own and fill our home with even more love by growing our family through adoption.
Yours in love,
Kathleen & David
We are so happy you have chosen to get to know us. Our names are Jason and Kristy. We have been together for 12 years now. We have a loving and fulfilling relationship between the two of us but have always wanted to share our blessings and life experiences with a child. Our decision to start a family through adoption came about because of our inability to conceive. It was a difficult time for us to navigate through. But as we've gained a knowledge and better understanding of adoption, it has been exciting and uplifting to take this unexpected journey to become parents. We understand that it is with a loving heart that you are considering open adoption. We want to honor that decision with as much love and care as possible. We have incredibly supportive family and friends in our lives. We will share that same life with our child to help nurture and raise them to become the best person they can be. We will shower our child with unconditional love and support, encouraging their talents and interests as best we can. This is the place a child would call home.
We would love to have you on this journey with us but understand if that is a choice you need time to discover for yourself. We wish you continued strength and courage.
Jason and Kristy
We are Mike and Laurie and we are very excited about growing our family through adoption. We met eleven years ago, have been married for seven years, and have a son named Ben who is an energetic, happy pre-schooler. We live in a diverse, family-friendly town in the suburbs of New York City near our parents and extended family. We have great friends on our block and all of the kids in the neighborhood love to play outside together.
We always knew we wanted a large family with lots of kids. Ben was born in December 2010 after years of trying to have a family. We had difficulty with getting pregnant a second time and we knew it was meant to be for our family to grow through adoption. We have close family members who were adopted and our family is very supportive of us. We cannot imagine the difficult decisions that you are making and we are incredibly grateful that you are considering us as a part of your adoption plan.
We feel very lucky to have a healthy and happy son but our family is not complete. Ben loves playing with babies and other kids and will be the most amazing big brother. We cannot wait to have another child become a part of our family and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.
-Laurie and Mike
We are Libby and Matt. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us.
The fact that you are considering adoption for your child is truly amazing and we can honestly say that we are humbled by your courage and strength. You know what is best for your child and we respect the decisions that you will make.
We have known each other for nearly 15 years and have been happily married for seven. We have a great relationship built on mutual respect, trust and compromise. We always wanted to have a family and adoption is the best choice for us. We are so happy about the possibility of being parents.
We both work in marketing—Matt on the research side of things and Libby on the more creative end. In our free time, Matt likes to grow his own vegetables and is a grill-master extraordinaire. If there is a long week-end, you’ll find Matt smoking a brisket and Libby making the side dishes for a backyard barbeque. We both love to entertain our family and friends when we have the chance. In recent years, Libby has taken up sewing and likes to create things for her home, family and friends. Libby is also a musician and is looking forward to sharing her love and appreciation for music with her child.
We live just outside of Philadelphia in Ardmore, PA in a very close-knit, family friendly neighborhood with many children of all ages and a great elementary school within walking distance. While Libby’s family lives in Ohio and we visit a few times a year for birthdays and holidays, Matt’s family lives in Philadelphia and we see them all the time. Both sides of our family are looking forward to welcoming a new member and couldn’t be more pleased that we’ve chosen adoption to grow our family.
Again, thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
Libby & Matt
We are Kris and Mark and thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We know that as you are reading this, you are faced with perhaps the most difficult decision of your life. We want you to know that whatever you choose to do, we are honored that you considered us, and we admire the love you must have for your child to face these tough choices.
We met in Philadelphia eight years ago and have been together since. Over time our lives have changed a great deal. Kris began a new career at the National Park Service and Mark went to graduate school to study art history. We've traveled all over the world together, bought our first home and then our second, and we recently got married. Through it all we've talked about having children, planned for them, and now are ready to devote ourselves to being good parents.
We moved earlier this year and our new neighborhood is full of young families of all types, great parks, restaurants, and shops. We both love being at home and Kris loves to do home projects, like building planters for our garden. When he's not working on a project, he's often planning a new trip for us, since we both share a passion for traveling. Mark likes to keep busy gardening and decorating, but he's also a big reader, and he's always reading several books at once. We try to approach our life together as a team, whether it's work or fun, so we always make time for one another, whether it's to eat a nice meal or watch a good movie.
There's always something delicious cooking in our house! Kris loves to cook and Mark enjoys baking, so we think we make a great entertaining team. We have friends over for dinner every week and we believe there's always room for an extra person at our table. We're close to our friends, who are like family to us, and we love to spend time with them. We're also lucky to have Kris's sister and her husband nearby, so our house always feels full. We feel blessed knowing that there will be a great network of people around our child, loving and supporting our family.
We're excited to tell you all about our lives and we hope that this book can be a start.
Mark & Kris
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile.
We know this is an incredibly difficult time for you. We wish you strength and as much comfort as possible. Wherever your process takes you, we know you will make the best possible decision for your child.
We are Rachel & Rob. Rachel grew up in a small town in Iowa, but has spent most of her adult life in large cities in the US (as well as several months in Zimbabwe during college). Rob grew up on the West Side of Chicago. We've been together since 2003 and have been married since 2007.
We came together over our mutual love of music, learning, and having both had life experiences that made us passionate about social justice. Rachel is an attorney who focuses on housing issues for low-income people and communities. Rob is a computer programmer for a company that makes it easier for people to access public benefits.
We live within walking distance to Center City and the museums. Locally, we have a strong network of friends and a nurturing religious community. We both have family and close friends in other parts of the country who we see frequently either in person or on video calls. Many of our friends both near and far have young children. We are looking forward to growing our family through adoption--and so are our family members!
-Rachel & Rob
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my profile. I am Robin and I am so excited to become a parent through adoption. I have thought about this decision for a long time but wanted to wait until I was sure I could offer a child a stable and loving life.
I grew up in New Jersey, which is where my parents still live. I visit with them and my brother, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, about once a month. My family is very close and we speak on the phone often.
I have lived in Philadelphia for the past twelve years. During that time, I have worked as a reading teacher in the school district of Philadelphia. I have met people who have become part of my extended family. These people include co-workers, friends and their families. Because of them, my life is filled with love, laughter and fun. I consider myself extremely blessed to be welcomed into so many people’s lives as a member of their family and would be honored to include you and your child in mine.
Philadelphia is a great place to live. From my home, I can see the park next door where lots of families come to enjoy the river and the amazing multi-cultural celebrations that happen there. I love to explore these different cultures through art, music, and dance. Dancing is one of my greatest pleasures. I also really love to read and learn. I am always fascinated by the way people grow and learn throughout their lives.
I believe the best thing I can offer a child is the freedom to grow up to be whatever inspires them. My parents have always supported my dreams and I would definitely do that with your child.
Thank you again for allowing me to share a little about my life, my hopes and my dreams for your child.
Hello! We are Allan and Robyn, a fun-loving couple who have been married for almost five years. Having a child has long been a dream of ours and expanding our family through the gift of adoption is so exciting for us. We are grateful that you are taking the time to get to know us. We promise to open our hearts and provide a home for a child that is filled with unconditional love, support and encouragement.
Although we do not yet know you, we admire your strength and courage in making this decision and feel honored that you're considering us to be a part of your child's life. We know this decision is a difficult one and one that is made out of love in the best interest of your child. We sincerely hope that viewing our photos and reading about our lives will give you a better understanding of who we are and what we will share with a child. Thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We wish you strength and all the best as you make this decision.
-Robyn and Allan
Hello and thank you so much for wanting to learn more about us! First we’d like to take the time to say thank you so much for considering us to possibly be a part of your adoption plan. Your love and commitment to making the best choice for your baby is completely selfless. Whatever you decide is best for yourself and your baby, please know that we are amazed at your strength and sacrifice.
A little about us. We met on Thanksgiving Eve in 2005 when Paul saw Shaun and knew he had to talk to her. A phone call turned into a first date, and by January of 2006 we were meeting each other's families and envisioning what a future might look like. We've been together ever since. The two of us share a deep love and appreciation for each other, as well as shared view of the world. We value family, open mindedness, learning, hard work, and providing support for each other and those close to us.
We live in a suburb of Philadelphia, where there are lots young families and fun things to do. Both of our families live close by, and we spend a lot of time hanging out with them. Family and friends are extremely important to us. We are also focused on making life fun. Humor is also a big part of our lives. This includes a steady set of pranks and trying to make each other laugh on a regular basis.
Most would say Paul is a friendly, outgoing guy who prefers to laugh over doing pretty much everything else. He’s loyal, focused and loving, and would do anything for the people that he loves. His values are openness to other views and cultures, and a desire to help those that need it. Currently he works in public relations at a law firm. He has a strong work ethic and takes pride in what he does, however his “real” life is always at home, with his family.
Shaun has been working as a nurse for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked in a variety of social service positions with young adults and children. She has a special place in her heart for those who have suffered or are unable to speak up for themselves. She always finds the best in people and has a huge heart. These characteristics have been fundamental in helping her to fulfill her most important role as a mother.
We are proud parents to a five year old boy named Owen. We love being parents, and Owen is a bright, happy boy who amazes us every day with how kind he is. We focus on teaching him to be caring and open minded, as well as respectful to others. Most importantly we want him to be confident in who he is and understand his special talents and unique place in the world. Being a big brother will come very naturally to him, and he is very, very excited to welcome a little brother or sister!
Bringing a new child into our home will be a joyful and long awaited event for our family. We are excited to celebrate the uniqueness of adoption and share with the child just how much everyone loves him or her. Becoming parents again and being able to grow our family is so precious to us. You providing us with that opportunity is an amazing gift. Thank you so much for your consideration!
-Shaun and Paul
Hello, We’re Stevie and Stephen.
We’re honored by the time you’re taking to read our profile. We understand that the decision to make an adoption plan for your child is important and difficult. We admire you for considering adoption and would be grateful if you would consider us as possible parents for your child.
We are very excited about adopting and providing for another child, and we know that part of that is helping our child understand where they come from. We look forward to building a healthy, respectful relationship with you, learning who you are, and helping our child connect to their own personal story of where they came from. In our lives, we both have strong connections to our ancestors, biological and spiritual, and we want that for our child as well.
Stephen is thirty-two years old and is a high school Math and Spanish teacher. Stevie is thirty-three years old and works as a director in a non-profit. We met and fell in love 9 years ago, and 3 years ago we adopted our first child, Anaïs. We loved the process of becoming her parents! We can’t wait to add a younger sibling to the mix.
We both come from large families who gather frequently and truly enjoy spending time together. Stephen grew up in New Hampshire, where his parents and some of his family still live. Although it’s not very close, we find opportunities to visit each other several times a year. As much as we love Philly, we also love spending time in nature and NH has so many beautiful places to hike and camp. Stevie’s parents, siblings and other relatives are close by in New York, and we see them as often as we can. We also have a large circle of close friends who take an active role adding to our extended family.
Our daily lives look something like this: Stephen’s work keeps him busy during school-teaching hours, but he’s around evenings, weekends, and school vacations to devote time to family. Stevie sets his own work schedule and is able to work from home a lot of the time, so during the day he coordinates child-care and preschool. We do almost all of our cooking at home, everything from quick and simple meals to baking bread from scratch, and we do our best to eat natural and fresh foods. We are voracious readers and our house is full of books. We love puzzles and games, and are excited about sharing our love of learning with our children. We speak a combination of English and Portuguese at home and some other languages with friends – it sounds like a lot, but our family is used to it! We like to go to plays and dance performances, concerts and other events around the city (we’ve even performed in some of them). We have traveled widely throughout our lives and continue to do so as our family grows.
We welcome the challenges that raising a second child will present, as well as the great joy that comes from parenting. We know that life can be complicated and messy, but that can make it even more rich and beautiful. We want to help our child embrace and navigate the network of love that surrounds them, beginning by building an understanding with you.
Stevie & Stephen