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Claudine

Claudine

About me:

I am lucky to have great friends, a close community, and a super loving family. I’m outgoing and on the move — always inviting new friends into the fold, launching a volunteer project, or working on a new house project. I run my own consulting business, which means I’m my own boss – this is great for flexibility and raising a family. I love the sunshine and, when it’s out, am happy to walk my dog LuLu, play tennis, or go to the beach. I’m excited to welcome a child into my life!

My hobbies:

I love to be outside -- swimming, paddle boarding, and hiking in the woods.  And, of course, a good walk with my dog LULU is terrific! When I’m indoors, I love reading a great book and cooking for my friends and family. During a winter storm last week, a giant pot of chili was the perfect draw for everyone in the neighborhood!

Special activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I look forward to reading stories at bedtime, making dinner/baking cookies together, visiting children & art museums, going to the beach, playing sports, and traveling to different parts of the country and world.

Extended family and holidays:

I have two brothers and my mom and dad have been married for over 40 years. I also count my sister-in-law’s family as my own as we gather for holidays and have been close for over 20 years.

While I don’t have any “official” nieces and nephews, there will be lots of “cousins” around!  First, MAX is my brother’s nephew and, as part of my extended family, will be a real cousin!  Second, I have loads of close friends with children who call me “Aunt Claudine” – these kids will be “cousins” as well. They include Avery, Kirk, Hayden, Colton, Benjamin, Thomas, Erin, Maggie, and Brian.

Holiday gatherings are a blast!  At Christmas this past year we gathered in North Carolina where my brother and sister-in-law live – my whole family was there, as well as my sister-in-law’s family which we consider our extended family. We had a great time cooking big meals, opening presents with Max (my “nephew”), taking long walks to work off our big meals, playing music, and exploring Asheville. I love my family!

My adoption story:

From the very beginning, I will make sure that adoption is part of my child’s story. As an infant and toddler, this will start with reading books about adoption. I am open to working with a birth mother on how they would like to stay in communication and, depending on this, I will continue to communicate with my child as these interactions occur. I am fortunate to have two close friends who have adopted recently – so, my child will not feel “different,” but equally special.

I am open to ongoing contact or meetings with birthparents. Because it’s such an important decision, I look forward to figuring out with birthparents the best decision for our families.

My home and neighborhood:

I live two blocks from the elementary school and have a great fenced-in backyard where barbecues take place in the summer.  I love my house and, in preparation for a family, I have just renovated the kitchen and prepared a fun baby room!

I am SO fortunate to have a vibrant, wonderful community. One night, neighbors gathered at my house for take-out and assembled the crib for the baby’s room. And, while this was happening, another neighbor stopped by while walking with her dog.  It’s a home with lots of activity and love. Lulu – my dog – is always looking out the window to welcome new friends!

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Ed and Julie

Ed and Julie

About us:

We knew from the start that we wanted to be together forever.  We enjoy the simple things in life and are both very grounded.  What immediately attracted Ed to Julie is how warm, caring and compassionate she is.  Ed has a very big heart and he is not afraid to show it.  With him at her side, Julie always feel safe, happy and secure. She is so grateful that Ed has her back.   We both love and support each other unconditionally.

Ed is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Julie is a General Director at a financial services company.

We have a five year old daughter Jillian.  Jillian is very loving and she really enjoys being around other children.  She has such a curiosity and zest for life, which makes us incredibly happy.  We have no doubt that she will fully embrace the role of being a big sister.

Julie’s company is very progressive and offers generous time off for adoptive parents for when the baby arrives. When parental leave ends, Julie will have the added flexibility to work from home as needed.  Ed will also take some parental leave in addition to Julie’s initial time off to ensure the baby is happy and well adjusted.  Ed works close to home and also has the option to work from home.

Our hobbies:

Julie is very artistic and likes to draw, paint and design.  In fact, Julie recently completed a very special project, the baby’s nursery.  Julie designed a bright and sunny Winnie the Pooh themed room filled with everything a baby would need.   She also added her own special touch by painting a sweet mural on the wall to welcome the baby home.   We believe that it is so important for the baby to be surrounded by bright, happy colors, patterns and shapes.  Babies are very visual and this whimsical room is sure to generate lots of happy giggles and smiles.

Ed is an avid golfer and Julie recently took up the sport.  We play golf together on occasion.  Ed is a very patient teacher and does not get the slightest bit flustered when Julie’s ball veers way off course, which unfortunately happens quite a bit !  In fact, our daughter, Jillian, took mini-golf lessons last summer so that she could be just like her Dad.  Ed also participates in a weekly golf league with his father.

What our holiday gatherings are like:

As a family we celebrate holidays in a big way with a strong focus on our family traditions.  Easter is our favorite holiday since it is the only time we host both of our families together for Easter brunch.  We prep for the big day well in advance by decorating the house, baking lots of goodies, and by coloring plenty of eggs for our annual Easter egg hunt with all of the cousins.

Christmas is also very special to us.  Each year, the Elf on the Shelf arrives at our home the day after Thanksgiving, throughout the season we drink cocoa from our beloved Santa mugs, and we adorn our tree with ornaments that have sentimental value because they were passed down through the generations.  Every time we go on vacation, we purchase a new ornament as a remembrance of our trip.  It’s fun to reflect on how far we’ve travelled together each Christmas.  Each year, we gather with all of our extended family on Christmas Eve to celebrate and watch Santa and his reindeer ride through town aboard a fire truck.  It is so fun taking in these special moments surrounded by family.

Activities we look forward to doing with our new child:

As a family, we have so much fun together.  We live close to a park so most of our free time is spent outdoors.  During the summer months, we spend time at our beach cottage. While there, we enjoy taking long walks along the beach, swimming, surfing and digging for shells to add to our ever-growing collection.  Once in a while, we treat ourselves to ice cream from our favorite local shop. We look forward to continuing these traditions and memories with our new addition.

Our adoption story:

We will feel very blessed to become adoptive parents and will share our child’s birth history with him/her proudly.  Your love and sacrifice will never be forgotten.  We plan on letting our child know from the very beginning that he/she has birth parents out there who made a huge choice, one not entered into hastily, that was made only out of love and care for him/her.  It was because of this love and caring that is how he/she came to be with us, and that we are eternally grateful for your selfless act. You will always be spoken about in our home with the utmost respect and appreciation.

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Ian and Suzanne

Ian and Suzanne

About Us

We are Suzanne and Ian and we met seven years ago on a blind date. It was a casual summer day that incorporated good food, modern art and the ocean. These are some of our favorite things to share together.

Our marriage is very balanced, loving and supportive. Suzanne is very social and loves to entertain while Ian is low key and reserved.

Suzanne is an insurance broker. She works from home and this will allow her to take care of the baby throughout the day. She will take time off when the baby is born. Ian is an architect and works in an office. He will take some time off once the baby is born. We both look forward to starting our family.

Suzanne has a large family and we spend most holidays at her parent’s house. We have fifteen nieces and nephews and the energy level is always positive.  Our family is spread out over a few different states and we make time to see everyone.

Our Hobbies

Suzanne enjoys running and practicing yoga. She tries to get a couple of road races in each year. She also likes to create menus each week, cook new dishes and take care of our flower and vegetable gardens. In the summer, Suzanne loves spending time at the beach.

Ian likes to work with his hands. He enjoys drawing and restoring old tools and furniture so there is always a project going on in the workshop. Ian has always been in and around boats and hopes to build one someday. He is also a sports fan and loves watching baseball, hockey and football.

Qualities we see in each other

What Ian sees in Suzanne: She is a very honest and caring person. She has a lot of positive energy and a loving spirit so it's no wonder people enjoy spending time with her. Being a people person comes naturally to Suzanne because she always thinks of others first. She also has an amazing laugh that is three times her size! Suzanne is hopeful, grateful and spontaneous.

What Suzanne sees in Ian: He is very creative and finds inspiration everywhere. His creative talents span from the kitchen, to the workshop, and to the design studio. He is young at heart and he wears it on his sleeve.  Ian is patient, humble and generous.

Activities we look forward to

We both intend to be very present and play an active and supportive role as parents throughout the child’s life. We look forward to sharing our own interests but also can’t wait to watch our child’s sense of discovery unfold.  Suzanne would like to run road races with the child and share her knowledge of food and cooking. Ian would like to take our child to a baseball game at Fenway Park and share his knowledge of boats.

Our Adoption Story

We want to make sure that our child knows how special he or she is and the story of how we all became a family. This is a story that could be met with emotion and confusion which is why we anticipate that this is going to be an open and continual conversation and we are both prepared to keep this positive.  We also plan to be open with the birthparents as long as this benefits the child.

Our home and neighborhood

Our house is in a suburban neighborhood at the top of a hill on a dead end street. The yard is fenced in on three sides.  We like to keep it cozy and casual inside.  There is a school nearby and we can walk to downtown. The ocean is five minutes away! Our neighbors are all very friendly. Some have little children, some have grown up children. Everyone is excited to know that we are adopting!

We have flower gardens, vegetable and herb gardens. Sometimes we pick a few quarts of strawberries and a handful of rhubarb which is just enough for one of Ian's pies. Suzanne does a great job tending all of the gardens and we both enjoy growing our own food.

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Alan and Vicky

Alan and Vicky

About us:

We were introduced to one another at college through the boyfriend of Vicky’s roommate.  We soon discovered that we were taking the same class, and for months met at the library, eventually turning our friendship into a romance.

Vicky is a stay at home mother who was a career counselor previously and Alan is a Middle School educator.  Vicky is planning to stay home full time with the baby.

Qualities we see in each other:

Vicky  says, “Alan is a humble, intelligent, faithful and loving man.  He is undoubtedly committed to me.  Our relationship was challenged as I experienced all of my fertility-related health issues – but not once did he waiver from his love and commitment to me and to us.  Alan’s patience, humor and dedication to our son Noah has been such a beautiful thing to watch over the last five years.”

Alan says, “Vicky is  a fun-loving, beautiful, passionate, and giving woman, who has remarkable instincts, is a great leader, a wonderful cook, and a tremendous parent.  Vicky always wants to give to me, to our families, and to others.  As a mother, she wants to give the world to our son, Noah and looks forward to doing so for a second child.  She is a strong woman, a positive role model and a natural leader.  She has taught me how to lead, and how to enjoy life.  She enjoys the company of others, and always helps or welcomes them.  As an educator I have been around many people who work with children, but none like Vicky.  She has an unbelievable way with kids; she is naturally gifted at getting kids to listen to her, follow her lead and make the right choices. “

Activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We look forward to sharing the things that make us happy as a family--from activities like hiking, camping, swimming and skiing to quiet-time spent reading and playing board games to working around the house and gardening together.  We come from families that did everything ourselves and together and look to share that same thing with our children.

Our extended family:

Vicky has a brother and sister who treat Noah like their own child.  With Vicky coming from a large Italian family, her cousins are like siblings, and their children are like Noah’s cousins and will be the same to a second baby.  In Alan’s family, Noah gets special treatment as the only young child--both of his cousins are in college and love spending time with him.  They are thrilled at the idea of welcoming another baby.  Most importantly, Noah talks each day about welcoming a new baby into our family.  He spent time at Vicky’s mom’s daycare and in a multi-age Preschool where he has great experience with younger children.  He shows remarkable care and love to younger children and truly cannot wait to be a big brother.

Our adoption story:

We have been taking out all of the baby items that were Noah’s and remembering that feeling of holding and loving him from the moment we learned about his birth mother’s plan for us to be his adoptive parents.  We are so appreciative of all you as a birth mother are considering as you make this decision, as Noah’s birth mother did for him.  We share with Noah the decision that his birth mother made for him and talk about her regularly.  We will share our second child’s adoption in the same way.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a very community-oriented town where all activities are family-focused.  Considering Alan’s area of expertise in public school education, we also selected the town on its educational reputation.  Our home is on a cul-de-sac within a very friendly neighborhood.  We have a neighborhood full of children in a range of ages with whom our son Noah plays constantly. Our yard tends to be the one everyone convenes to which we love.  The town itself has several parks and even a trail that runs through it. We like walking that trail often since it leads to a little coffee shop at the center of town.  We live in a colonial home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room, fireplace room, sunroom, basement and attic.  We have a mix of traditional and modern furnishings with Noah’s toys sprinkled in every corner of course.  Because we love being outside, we have a huge vegetable garden and outdoor patio area and swing set.  As we mentioned, we love being outdoors so the outside of our home is cared for just as much as the inside.

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Bobby and Christine

Bobby and Christine

About Us

We met through mutual friends during our freshman year at college and immediately became close.  Over time, the friendship grew to love.  We got married nine years ago surrounded by our family and friends.  We are happier than we have ever been since adopting Lucas.  He is amazing and we know he will be the best big brother. We are so excited to grow our family in the near future!

Bobby works for a healthcare IT company.  Christine was a high school math teacher for ten years and now stays home to raise Lucas and his future sibling.

What Christine Loves About Bobby

Bobby is my rock and he makes me laugh every day.  He is patient, calm, logical, and responsible.  He is an amazing father.   I am happiest when we are together.

What Bobby Loves About Christine

Christine is one of the most compassionate and caring people I know, with beautiful brown eyes that light up when she smiles.  We love spending time together traveling, walking in our town, and playing with Lucas.

Activities We Love

We love being with family and friends but we also love the quiet moments spent together going for walks into town or sitting on the hammock together relaxing.   We love to travel together to new destinations and love our family tradition vacation spots.  During the summer, we love going to the beach, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, mini golfing, going on our parent's boat, and running road races.  In the winter we love skiing, ice skating, and watching sports with friends.  On a daily basis, our favorite activities include snuggling to read bedtime stories, dancing together in the kitchen, and laughing all day long.

We are excited to teach our children how to ride a bike, play soccer, swim, and even coach their little league teams.  We look forward to opening presents in pajamas on Christmas morning.  We also want our children to see the world and look forward to traveling as a family.

Family

We have a very large, extended family and we are extremely close.  We have a combined total of seven siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews who are so in love with our son and are thrilled we will be welcoming a new addition to the family.  We regularly enjoy spending holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations together, as well as traveling as a family.

Home and Neighborhood

Our home is located in a suburban town in Massachusetts with an excellent public school system and many community parks, playgrounds, shops, and restaurants.  We live on a wide avenue flanked with mature oak trees and bike lanes.  We love our home, our neighborhood filled with other young families, and our proximity to zoos, several museums, and all the entertainment Boston has to offer.

 

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Ben and Ari

Ben and Ari

About Us

We met in 2006 while attending separate graduate schools, Ari for graphic design and Ben for education. Ari worked at the local gym that Ben attended. She noticed him right away but it took Ben a little while to ask her on a first date. From that day on, we were inseparable and four years later, we were married.

We were instantly comfortable with one another. We have very good communication and it has always been easy for us to share our feelings with each other. We are each other's biggest supporters, each other's rock.

Our son, Emmett is so excited to be a big brother! He has such a big heart and is very affectionate. He often takes out his baby toys and says that he is going to share them with his baby brother or sister. Due to multiple pregnancy losses, we are unable to have any more biological children.  We look forward to growing our family through adoption.

Ari is a stay home mother with Emmett and plans to do so with the baby. Ben works at a private high school in fundraising and development.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Ari says, “Ben is an awesome dad! He’s always teaching Emmett new things like riding a bike or playing hockey. It has been so amazing to watch their bond grow over the past three years. Family is his number one priority. He always puts our needs first and works hard to provide for us. Ben is kind and compassionate. His love for us is unconditional and I’m so grateful for him.”

Ben says, “Ari is a very caring and kind person. On our first date, we spent hours talking and laughing and I knew she was the one for me. She is my best friend and biggest supporter. Ari has a huge heart and is a wonderful and devoted mother and wife.”

Our Hobbies

We are both very active people and enjoy going on family runs and participating in local races. We like to take our son on fun adventures like apple picking, the zoo or a nearby farm. Ari loves to bake and Emmett is a great little helper in the kitchen. Ben is looking forward to Emmett getting a little older so he can take him to sporting events and coach his little league. When we get a night alone, we like to go out for a nice dinner or watch a movie at home.

We spend much of our summer at Ari’s parent’s house on Cape Cod. We enjoy swimming in the pond or ocean, going for family walks, or out for ice cream. We both grew up skiing so in the winter, we like to take weekend ski trips and Emmett is just learning to ice skate.

These moments we have with Emmett are so special to us and we can’t wait to make even more memories with our next child.

Extended Family

We’re lucky that both of our parents and Ben’s sister and her family live within an hour from us. We have three nephews ages 8, 6 and 2.5 and we see them often. Emmett has a great relationship with his cousins and there is a never a dull moment when they all get together. While Ari has a smaller immediate family, her extended family is quite large with nine cousins and ten second cousins. The kids are all around the same age and it’s so fun watching them play together. Everyone is so excited for another cousin to join!

We love spending holidays with our families combined. We spend Thanksgiving at Ben’s parents' house, but Ari’s family comes as well, and we regularly celebrate birthdays together.

Home and Neighborhood

We love our home and neighborhood. The previous owners added on a large and bright room off the kitchen that we currently use as a playroom. Our yard is perfect for playing, with a swing set, sandbox and many fun outdoor toys. Our neighborhood, like our town is very diverse. There are many young families on our street and all the kids enjoy playing with each other. We live a mile from a lake that has swimming and boating, a playground, and a farm. The public schools are ranked top ten in the state. We live two miles from the elementary school and within walking distance to both the middle and high school.

Adoption Plan

We plan to be open with your child from day one about his or her adoption and how much love you have for them. We would love to share photos and updates with you throughout the years.

 

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Ted and Raquel

Ted and Raquel

About us:

We met while working at the same medical practice ten years ago and would see each other in passing; as we worked opposite shifts, we always said hi and bye and that was the extent of  our conversation.  Raquel left the practice and found herself working for another hospital not knowing Ted worked there per diem, so again we would laugh and joke as we said hi and bye.  It wasn’t until years later when Raquel went out with a girlfriend of hers who knew Ted and introduced us, not knowing we had known each other for the last five years.  We have been inseparable ever since!

Ted is a Polysomnographic Technician and Raquel is a Medical Assistant.   We both work short work weeks, about three days per week.  We will both be home most of the time with the baby.

Qualities they see in each other:

Raquel says about Ted,  “Ted has the kindest soul, he is always putting others before himself which is why I fell in love with him, he really is a selfless being.  Ted is also really compassionate in everything he does, he gives 100% every time.”

Ted says about Raquel, “Raquel’s confidence and honesty is what drew me to her, I admire her compassion for helping others, she really has a knack for it and loves what she does.  Her humor and smile can get anyone out of the roughest day.”

Activities we look forward to:

We are excited to spend our summers in Greece with Ted’s family and our little one.  We plan on traveling the world as a family.  We look forward to bedtime stories, going to the local farmers' market on weekends where they host a ton of child friendly events in the summer.  We both look forward to teaching our child to ride a bike, bake or play hockey.  Our best friends also adopted twins who are just a few months old, so we look forward to a lot of play dates in the near future.

Holiday gatherings:

We both come from very large families, so our holidays are always a big to-do! We celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  We usually have on average about 20-25 people over for the holidays.  Christmas is our biggest event and probably our most favorite holiday, every year there is a new host.  We do lots of cooking, baking and eating!

Our adoption story:

We plan on being open and honest with our child about adoption, letting them know the love their birthparents had for them and to be able to do something so selfless as adoption is something to be admired. We are grateful to have best friends who adopted twins from birth.  Being able to have support within friends and family and to relate to one another as they grow is going to be wonderful.

Home and neighborhood:

We live in a child friendly neighborhood on a quiet street.  Our home has a big fenced-in yard to play and run in.  We live just ten minutes from a beautiful beach where they spend a lot of time.

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Tom and Kerry

Tom and Kerry

About Us:

When we first met and started dating, we felt it was a match made in heaven, sharing both common and complimentary interests. We got married in the fall of 2013. Together we are more complete and a strong unit.

Kerry’s life is about children. She has volunteered with Operation Smile for years, has worked at Disney World and at a children's hospital, and is currently taking time away from work to be at home with our children. Tom is an electrical engineer with a very flexible schedule that will allow him to spend a lot of time with our children. Something he is very excited about doing.  Tom is an active, fun loving man, and a wonderful Dad to our son, Patrick.

Qualities we see in each other:

Tom says: “Kerry is a social butterfly. She loves to decorate and plan parties especially for the holidays. She loves cooking. She has welcomed my family. She has a kind heart, smiles and is upbeat, she is an amazing Mom to our son.”

Kerry says: “Tom is an incredible supportive, loving husband. He has a great sense of humor that makes me smile. I love watching him interact with our son and our nieces, nephews, and friend’s children. He is dedicated to anything he may take on and will have that same dedication in raising our family. “

What we do for fun:

Taking care of and playing with our son is the best part of our day.  Kerry enjoys photography and scrapbooking, as well as trying out new ideas for cooking\baking.  Tom is very good with his hands and is frequently busy doing projects around the house. We both enjoy the outdoors: gardening, camping, swimming, boating, hiking, and sailing.   Both of us have traveled extensively and seen a lot of the world.  We are looking forward to doing these activities and more with our children.

Our extended family:

We are both from fun families!  Tom's family is small which enhances his desire to nurture a family of our own. He is close to his parents who live in New York.  We visit them regularly and they are so excited about having another grandchild.  Kerry's family has about 30 people, including 5 first cousins all within a few years of each other. Their children are like nieces and nephews to us.  They even call Kerry Auntie. The holidays are a time that we always get together with our families.  We attend all of our niece and nephews’ birthdays, summer cookouts. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day are a huge celebration where we see all of our family.

We are lucky to come from wonderful, supportive families.  We are both very close with our siblings and see them as often as possible.  We are incredibly close with our parents and enjoy getting together for all different occasions.  Everyone is very excited for us to adopt another baby!!

Home and neighborhood:

We have a great 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home, on 1 acre of land.  There is a screened porch off the kitchen which leads out to a deck, and large yard with a swing set and tree house. There are beautiful flower gardens, and a vegetable garden.  Our neighborhood is quiet with many children on the street.   Hiking trails, farm stands, schools, a park, and the library are within minutes from our home.

We also have a house on a lake that has been in Kerry’s family for many years.  It will be a wonderful place to spend time enjoying the beach, paddle boats, sailboat and canoes with our children.

Our adoption story:

We will be sure our children will know their adoption was an act of love, not only by us, but also their birthparents.  With Kerry’s love of scrapbooking we will have books to not only tell but show them the story of their adoption.  We will be eternally grateful for being able to bring another child into our lives.  We adopted our first child and we meet with his birthmother twice a year.  We are open to having the same arrangement with the birthparents of our second adopted child.

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Zack and Nick

Zack and Nick

Our Story

Nick is originally from Virginia and Zack is from Texas, but we lived just a few blocks away from each other in Brooklyn, NY. Zack returned to NYC after completing his Ph.D. and working as a journalist in England, while Nick moved to NYC to begin his Master’s degree, after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. We fell in love quickly, are still incredibly happy together, and haven’t spent a day apart since!

Six years later, our friends and family celebrated our wedding in Cape Cod. Nowadays, Zack is a writer and a university professor of English, while Nick works at a non-profit that focuses on the diversity of families. We still love to travel, so we’re excited to introduce our child to new cultures and adventures. Our own adventurous lives led us to New England, where we’ve happily settled down and started our family with our son, Quentin, who we adopted three years ago.

We’re lucky that we can be very flexible. Zack gets all summer off, thanks to his teaching schedule, and he will take paternal leave when the baby first arrives. Nick will also take paternal leave shortly thereafter.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Nick on Zack: “Zack is a nonstop planner. He’s always looking for new activities for us to do as a couple and as a family - road trips to visit friends, day trips into Boston or other parts of New England, and of course our annual vacation to the beach. Zack is also hilarious - he can turn any chore or bad mood into a laughing fit and no one can get a gleeful giggle from our son like he can. And he’s my go-to for any crossword puzzle clues about TV and movies or actors and directors.”

Zack on Nick: “My best friend of 25 years just recently told Nick that he is smarter than anyone she has ever met, and I have to agree. Nick is very intelligent without having to work at it, but he’s also a total goofball who frequently cracks jokes and breaks into silly dances all over our house. He’s also a natural caretaker who loves to feed everyone in his immediately vicinity. He makes sure that our son’s juice cup is always full.”

Activities We Look Forward to Sharing

With our firstborn child we go on mini adventures every single weekend, be it on grand scale beach trips of European vacations, or smaller journeys like going to check out local ponds, farms, firehouses, cinemas, libraries, museums, sporting events, and more.  Our family doesn’t really sit around since there’s so much everywhere for us to go explore ! We look forward to doing these without second born child too, and so many more things.  Our family can pretty much make fun happen from any situation, place, or circumstance.

Extended Family & Holidays

Our family goes beyond just our blood relatives since we’ve lived in so many places and have made such a big family of friends (and their kids), too. So far our current son has—and our future child will have—three cousins in Utah and three more in Texas, plus lots of ‘local cousins’ and their loving aunts and uncles nearby in MA, too.

Christmastime is definitely our favorite and biggest holiday. We start prepping for Xmas the day after Thanksgiving and celebrate for the entire next month, by going to the Christmas tree farm, visiting Santa Claus, drawing ‘Dear Santa’ wish-lists, and then get together to party with a big group of family and friends! Our little town is picture-perfect year-round when it comes to holidays, so we go trick-or-treating as a family for Halloween, hunt for eggs on Easter, watch fireworks on the Fourth of July, and prepare a giant meal (with lots of pies) on Thanksgiving.

Our Adoption Story

We made a storybook, with real-life photos, for our first child about his adoption. We plan to do the same for the second child, too, so that he or she will know where he or she came from early-on. We’re already a ‘different’ family with two dads, so we happily embrace this factor and tell our kids positive stories about how they came to be in our family. We are open to ongoing contact/meetings with birthparents. Although this is not a requirement for whichever birthmother we’re matched with, we are certainly in favor of openness, so that our child can know as much as possible about him/herself. We see our first son’s birthmother at least a few times a year and exchange photos and messages year-round.

Our Home / Neighborhood

Three years ago we bought our dream home: a gorgeous 5-bedroom village colonial that’s been completely remodeled and has a huge fenced-in yard for our kids to play in (and get a puppy when they’re ready to take care of it!). Our house is constantly filled with the scents of yummy food cooking in the kitchen and the sounds of a very lively toddler and his dads laughing nonstop. We can walk into our town from our house, too, which we love, since restaurants, playgrounds, parks, shops, bookstores and libraries, and more, are so nearby.

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Cory and Ariel

Cory and Ariel

The Story of Us

We first met at a law office, where we both worked. One day we found ourselves at the office alone. We spent the day together, and talked the whole day. We felt very comfortable around each other, like we could tell each other anything. However, shortly thereafter, we both moved on to other jobs and lost touch.

Years later, Ariel noticed Cory's profile on a dating site. She immediately messaged him and asked him if he wanted to meet up to go out…and we have been inseparable ever since. Two years later, we got engaged in the middle of a brewing hurricane off the coast of Maine!  Ariel got suspicious as to why we would be going to the beach in such awful weather. Cory proposed in a gazebo overlooking the harbor, but we couldn’t see anything with the heavy fog. It might sound like a proposal gone wrong, but it was just perfect. We have had to weather many other storms since then, but we have only grown stronger in our love for each other.

About Ariel and Cory

Cory says... Ariel loves being a stay at home mother. Ariel is fun, caring and always compassionate. She is always putting others needs above her own. She is exceptionally organized and often volunteers for school events and as a room parent. As a mom, she is tender and loving, while always finding fun activities to do with Marie and as a family.

Ariel says... Cory is smart, passionate, a very hard worker, an excellent provider for the family, and a devoted dad. He has a strong sense of justice and loves his job as a lawyer. I love to watch him play outside with Marie, whether that’s teaching her how to ride a bike or swing a bat. Cory also enjoys one on one time with Marie, taking her bowling, mini golf, to the arcade and sporting events.

Our Daughter Marie

Marie is seven, and she can't wait to be a big sister! She is outgoing and full of energy. You can hear her laughing from across the whole house. She has a big heart and always displays a strong sense of empathy. She will be a protective, loving and fun big sister.

Home and Neighborhood

We live in a large, kid friendly colonial style home, where we have many family and holiday gatherings. The first floor has an open concept, with hard wood floors throughout and a large kitchen island where we like to cook and bake together. The upstairs has four bedrooms, two of which are currently empty, and a cozy, carpeted playroom for Marie to share with her new sibling.

There is a large yard with a swing set and a fire pit, where we love to make s'mores. Our home is on a quiet cul de sac with many families and children of all ages.  You will often find people outside, going for walks with their pets or skating on the pond in the middle of a cold winter day. The neighborhood is tight knit with numerous family friendly gatherings, including a block party in the fall that congregated at our house just this past year!

What We Do for Fun

Ariel enjoys reading, walking outdoors, and yoga. Ariel is happiest when she is in her newly remodeled kitchen, cooking and baking treats for the whole family.  Cory likes to play golf, softball, watch his favorite local sports teams and exercise. He runs several road races a year, including the occasional half-marathon. However, our best days are the ones we spend all together! We enjoy quiet evenings at home, playing board games in front of the fire. We like to go to parks, the zoo, and weekend trips to Cape Cod to visit Grandma.

Our Extended Family

Ariel has a large, close, “Brady Bunch” type of family with numerous siblings and plenty of young cousins for our children to play with. Cory comes from a small but very tight family.  Both grandmothers live nearby and come over often to babysit.  Holidays are very important to us.  We now host Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter every year.

Why Adoption

Since we were able to get pregnant with Marie right away, we were surprised to find ourselves unable to have a second child. When our daughter heard the news, she immediately said "Couldn't we just adopt a baby? That would make us happy." We know in our hearts our family is not complete, and we are so grateful for the chance to grow our family through adoption.

Whether we have months to prepare, or just a few days, we will be ready. We have an attic full of baby items, and a cast of family and friends ready to shower the new baby with love. We have space in our hearts and our home. Adoption just feels right to us.

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Kevin and Lynda

Kevin and Lynda

About us:

We met during our freshman year of college. Kevin’s roommate was classmates with Lynda and we ended up meeting through him (he was the best man at our wedding). We have been inseparable ever since and we still celebrate the anniversary of our first date.

Lynda is a high school librarian and Kevin works for a private jet travel company.

We both plan on taking time off to spend with the baby in the beginning. Lynda works at a school, so she has summers off, school vacation weeks, and holidays that she will always spend at home with our child. Kevin works from home.

Our hobbies:

Lynda loves to read, dance at her weekly Zumba class, and spend time with family and friends. Kevin likes to spend his free time playing golf, reading, cooking, and watching his favorite sports teams. Together, we enjoy going on walks around our neighborhood and going to the beach.

Qualities we see in each other:

Kevin says, “Lynda makes me a better person than I would otherwise be without her. She is very compassionate and thinks about how any situation will impact the feelings of others as much as how they will impact her own feelings. She also has a bright, outgoing personality that makes me enjoy every moment we get to spend together.”

Lynda says, “Kevin is a true life partner who knows me better than anyone else and is someone that I feel I can honestly be myself around. The things I love most about him are his loyalty, his sense of humor, and practical yin to my yang. We really are a team and we enjoy doing most things together.”

Activities we look forward to:

We look forward to sharing our hobbies with our child as well as nurturing their own interests and doing everything we can to help encourage them to discover who they are as a person. Books and reading will be a big part of our child’s life; we’ll make regular trips to our public library and their room will always be well stocked with quality books. We enjoy going to the beach and the pool regularly. We can’t wait to build sandcastles, swim, and play games together at the beach. As our child gets older, we are excited to attend all of their sports and/or other extracurricular activities. We also love to travel and look forward to making lots of family memories while exploring new and exciting places together.

Extended family & holidays:

Holidays are always spent with our families. Lynda’s parents, brother, and extended family live close to us and Kevin’s parents, brothers, and extended family live farther away so we alternate where we spend Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. We host Lynda’s immediate and extended family at our house when it’s our year for Thanksgiving or Christmas as well as Easter every year. Kevin has a large extended family and Thanksgiving dinner with them usually includes about 50 people. We really look forward to seeing everyone at these holiday gatherings. There’s always lots of yummy food, games, and laughter as people tell stories catching each other up about their lives. We can’t wait to include our child in these special memories.

Our adoption story:

Our child will always know how loved they are. We’ll teach our child about adoption from the very beginning. We’ll share whatever information about our birth parents that they’re comfortable with. We’ll use picture books to show them what adoption is and what it means for our family and we’ll always answer all their questions. We want our child to know about their background and make sure they know how positive their adoption is for everyone involved. We will teach our child about their birth parents and they will always be mentioned in the most positive way because they are the one who brought us all together.

We are completely comfortable with an open adoption if that is something the birth parents are interested in as well. We are happy to send updates/photos and to arrange a meeting once a year.

Our home & neighborhood:

We own a singles family colonial style home and love our neighborhood. We are in a great location which includes short walks to three parks, a downtown with many restaurants, shops, and a farmer’s market, as well as a town pool that we go to regularly in the summer. We are only a 5-minute drive to a zoo, a pond with boat rentals, several hiking trails, and a 30-minute drive to the beach. We live in an excellent school district and the local elementary school is only a short walk from our house. We’re also fortunate to live near our close friends, many of whom have young children.

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Brandon and Erica

Brandon and Erica

About us:

We met over eight years ago, for our first date, we met for coffee – six hours later we were still talking and neither of us wanted to end the conversation and go our separate ways. We’ve been best friends, a great team and committed to one another ever since.

Brandon is a senior analyst at an insurance company. He has been part of the same company since graduating college, receiving multiple promotions. His company has fantastic benefits, including paid paternal leave, so he will have time off from work once the baby arrives. Erica is a self-employed graphic designer who works from home, which will allow her to be a stay at home mom.

What we do for fun:

Together we enjoy attending the occasional live music or sporting event and spending time with our wonderful rescue dog, Chelsea. We enjoy tending to our garden and whale watching in the summertime. Brandon enjoys working out in our home gym, watching movies on the big screen in our home theater and also likes woodworking. Erica can often be found with her camera, her hands covered in dirt from planting flowers and gardening, painting furniture or hunting for treasures at thrift stores.

Qualities we see in each other:

Erica says, “I admire Brandon’s easy-going, laid back personality. He is kind, patient and supportive in all that I do, he makes me laugh every day and always knows exactly what to say and gives the best hugs.”

Brandon says, “Erica has one of the biggest hearts of any person you’ll ever meet. She is very nurturing, and I know she will make a wonderful mother.”

What we look forward to:

Erica looks forward to continuing current traditions as well as creating new traditions and memories. She looks forward to being able to attend school functions and chaperoning school field trips. She is excited for photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny, as well as reading bedtime stories and doing arts and crafts. Brandon is looking forward to throwing the ball, teaching our child how to ride a bike and family vacations.

Our extended family & holidays:

Family is so important to both of us. Brandon has his parents, one brother and two nephews as well as three younger first cousins. He has two grandfathers and one grandmother. Erica has her parents, one brother who was adopted through Adoptions With Love 29 years ago, seven first cousins and many second and third cousins that we seen regularly as well as one grandmother.

Since we bought our house, it’s become tradition to host Thanksgiving for Erica’s parents, brother and Brandon’s family. Usually more of Erica’s extended family joins us for dessert. We have two turkeys, one cooked on the smoker and one deep-fried - it’s hard to choose a favorite because both are so delicious! Christmas is spent with Brandon’s family in Texas at their beautiful farmhouse and we celebrate Christmas with Erica’s family when we return home. We’re always having gatherings with our core group of friends, getting together for potluck brunches, celebrating someone’s birthday, or hosting our annual Super Bowl party. We’re grateful to have such a genuine and supportive group of friends and family.

Our adoption story:

We will be open with our child about the huge sacrifice you made by your adoption plan. We will let our child know that because of you and your selfless act, we were given the opportunity to become parents.

Our home & neighborhood:

Our home is part of a private neighborhood with a good mix of empty nesters and younger families with children. Our house is situated at the end of the street on a cul-de-sac that is perfect for riding bikes. Our home consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms, an open concept living room/kitchen and dining room. The finished basement consists of an office area and media room. Off the eat in kitchen, there is a deck that leads to a fenced in grassy yard with raised garden beds lining the fence. The elementary school is located nearby, there are many parks in the area and we are only five minutes from the beach.

 

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Matt and Jamie

Matt and Jamie

About us:

We first met in passing at a favorite coffee shop in downtown Boston.  Fate would have it that we played in the same summer softball league, where Matt asked Jamie out for the first time. We had our first date at the Fisherman’s Festival in the North End in 2007.  We made our way through the crowds and found a couple seats at a small Italian restaurant. We spent hours swapping stories.

Over the next few years, we were inseparable, and were even dubbed ‘Mamie’, the combination of Matt and Jamie. We filled the next few years with traveling, camping, and celebrating holidays with friends and family.

In 2010, Matt proposed to Jamie in the Boston’s Public Garden, next to the Swan Boats.  Coincidentally, we got married four years exactly from our first date!

Matt works in finance at an advertising agency.  Jamie works in property management for Real Estate Investment Company.

Our hobbies:

Matt has a passion for filmmaking that even took him to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to work for a producer.  He is currently the technical director of a local film festival and working on a documentary film on local charities.  He enjoys film, travel, and giving back.

Jamie enjoys snorkeling, gardening, and spending time outdoors.  She loves being Auntie Jamie to her brother’s three children.  She enjoys cooking and hosting at our home, especially in the nice weather when the pool is open.

Qualities we see in each other:

Jamie: “What drew me to Matt was his sweet soul and huge smile.  He has a very uplifting effect on people and is always kind to others.  What he values most is making people happy and leaving the world a better place.”

Matt: “What drew me to Jamie was her beautiful smile, nurturing spirit and her incredibly optimistic outlook when faced with adversity.  Her loyalty to her family is unwavering and her love for all animals is touching.  She is grateful for everyone in her life and values family and friends over material things.”

Activities we look forward to:

We look forward to sharing the experiences that we enjoyed as kids; hunting for treasures on the beach, roasting s’mores on camping trips, and apple picking, to name a few.  We are excited to share our holidays with a child, as we cherish that time with our friends and family. Most importantly, we look forward to helping our child explore who he or she is, and provide the love, guidance, and support needed to create a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Our extended family:

Jamie is the younger of two children.  Her older brother has three children, Colby, Bella, and Vivian.  Jamie’s mother is very excited about our adoption plans and our efforts to start a family.  Jamie herself has over 30 first cousins, and over 17 second cousins.

Matt’s mother and father are both retired and could not be happier to someday greet their first grandchild.  Matt is the youngest of two children, his sister was just married and is hoping to start a family soon.

We also include our friends in the category of family.  Over the past few years, we have helped them welcome over a dozen babies that are looking forward to a new friend.  All of our friends are supportive of our decision; several of them were adopted themselves.

Holidays:

The holidays are for spending time with family and friends and we both enjoy the holiday spirit.  In the fall, we carve pumpkins, go apple picking and decorate the exterior of the house for Halloween.  Our neighborhood has a Halloween costume party each year.  Thanksgiving we spend with immediate family, as well as a Friendsgiving with friends and their children.  Christmas Eve is on a rotating schedule with immediate and extended family.  We enjoy hosting Christmas Day with immediate family.

Our adoption story:

We plan to be open and honest about with our child about their adoption, but will respect the birth parents' wishes if they want some discretion.  We strongly believe that a child has the right to know who they are and where they come from and that being adopted is just great part of their story.  We want our child to know that they are loved by us and by their birth parents.  We will create an adoption book that tells their story.  We believe that when our child is at the right age, it will be his or her choice to explore a relationship with the birth mother and father if they don’t have one already.

Our home & neighborhood:

Our home is situated on a one way in, one way out neighborhood. It borders on conservation land and we frequently see deer and bunnies.  Our backyard is separated into two sections by a small fence.  One half is a grassy area with a swing set and gardens. The other half is an in ground pool with a small pool house.  You will find grapes, asparagus, blackberries, basil, mint, oregano and peaches growing in our back yard.  We have four bird feeders and a birdbath that attract a large variety of birds including blue jays, chickadees, and cardinals.

Our neighborhood is a collection of friendly and close families. There are children of all ages ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Most of our neighbors have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and as a result of being a tightly knit group, have no plans on leaving anytime soon. Our neighborhood provides the perfect destination for trick-or-treating, and we love to hand out candy.

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Josh and Peter

Josh and Peter

Our Story

We met a little over 9 years ago at a child psychiatric hospital where Peter was a medical student that Josh worked at as a counselor. After dating, we moved together across the country for Peter to start surgical training and Josh to start a PhD. We were married a couple of years ago and having a strong marriage is something we value.

We share our home with two gentle and loving dogs, Meeko and Bailey. Our dogs enhance our lives and adore spending time with us. Whether relaxing at home or taking walks around the city, they revel in showing affection to everyone around them, especially kids!

We were both fortunate enough to be raised by loving and supportive parents and always had a lot of family and friends to care, guide, and encourage us growing up. Our family and friends are spread across the country. We see them several times throughout the year for birthdays, holidays, and family events like our yearly ski trip. Our most intimate family and friends provide us with an unbelievable support system and cannot wait for us to welcome a new family member!

Peter Talks About Josh

Josh is both the smartest and most kind and gentle man I have ever met. His first thought is always about those around him - he wants to hear everyone’s story, and makes it easy to be your most genuine and authentic self. I’ve never seen people open up and feel so comfortable so quickly with anyone else. What I admire most about my husband is that he always uses his incredible talents and accomplishments to help make others’ lives better, and that’s where he finds his joy. I always try and follow his example both in my personal life and at work, and am so excited to see him be a father.

Josh Talks about Peter

Peter has an incredible ability to put people at ease. Peter’s brilliance, enthusiasm, and hard work have made the seemingly impossible a reality throughout our relationship. He sets high expectations for himself and makes a concerted effort to grow and change. Peter’s endearing personality and compassion influences all those around him and I can only imagine how close our child will be to his heart.

Things We Love to Do

  • Travel
  • Spend time with our family and friends
  • Watch movies at home and in the movie theatre
  • Cooking and trying new restaurants
  • Walk our dogs
  • Host social gatherings and holidays like Christmas & Thanksgiving

Our Home & Neighborhood

We recently bought a 1950s single level ranch home and completely renovated it so that we could grow our family in a safe and comfortable physical environment and supportive neighborhood. It is a modern home with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms that was built with young children and our small dogs in mind. We have a spacious and private backyard to enjoy time outdoors. We live in a neighborhood that is progressive, diverse, and welcoming to gay families. There are multiple excellent private and public schools, restaurants, shopping, and parks than we can count within walking distance!

Our Life as Parents

While we both have experience with children, we understand that parenting is an entirely different experience. The challenges of parenting present themselves throughout a child’s life and we hope to be reflective as we encounter them. We want a child to adventure with, to show the wonders of the world to, and to raise to be an incredible human being. We want our child to understand their birth parents’ great love for them, and to admire their strength and selflessness. As our child grows, we plan to share their adoption story. We want them to be proud of who they are and where they came from.

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