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Joao and Kim

Joao and Kim

About us:

We are Kim and Joao and met on a blind date in 2001.  We were set up by a longtime friend of Kim’s from elementary school who also went to college with Joao.  We are both truly equals, we work off of each other’s strengths.  Kim is quiet and reserved an Joao is the life of the party.

Kim will be home with the baby on maternity leave for the first few months of their life.  We both work from home, providing a lot of flexibility. So in essence, there will always be a parent in the home with the baby.

Kim is a Business Analyst for a large investment firm and Joao works in Sales for a communications company.

Our hobbies:

We are both runners.  This is a hobby that Joao took up after we met, he likes to say he took up the sport to impress Kim.   Kim loves to read and Joao can be found paddle boarding in the summer in the ocean.  Our favorite things to do involve outdoor activities as a family.  Hiking, canoeing and snow-shoeing are some of our favorites.

Qualities we see in each other:

What Kim sees in Joao:

Joao is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  He is often the first person at someone’s side in times of need.  He is also the life of the party and will light up a room as soon as he walks in.  All of these qualities are what made me fall in love with him and have helped us get through a parent’s worst nightmare.   After struggling to have children, we were blessed with twin girls 7 years ago.  One of our daughters was born with a heart defect and passed away at 6 months old. His strength and constant positivity are what allowed our family to heal and move forward.  But, I think his greatest quality is that he is an amazing Dad to our 7 year old daughter, Julia.

What Joao sees in Kim: 

Kim’s compassion and love for other people is one of her greatest qualities.  She always puts others first and is an amazing role model for our 7 year old Julia.  Even though she is a quiet person, she has the ability to welcome everyone in to any setting and make them feel comfortable.

Activities we look forward to:

We love doing outdoor activities as a family.  In the summer, we spend a lot of time at our in-laws house at the beach.  In the fall, we love to go apple-picking and hiking in between watching Julia play soccer and field hockey.  Sledding and snow-shoeing are two of our favorite activities we do as a family in the winter.  Living in New England, there is so much to do all year-round.

Extended family and holidays:

Kim has one brother and Joao has two brothers.  We have two nieces and one nephew (ages 1, 9 and 12).  We are so lucky to live so close to all of our extended family and we even live in the same town as Kim’s parents.  Our favorite thing to do on the weekend is to get together with our entire extended family and have dinner.  Julia will often have sleep-overs with her cousins.

Holiday gatherings in our family are some of our best days.  They include a house full of people and many kids.  We often sit around the table for hours laughing and enjoying amazing food.  The kids will be off playing either inside or outside.

Our adoption story:

We plan to explain to our child how their birth parents are the most selfless people on this planet and that they loved their child so much that they chose us to love and care and protect them.  We believe this is something that is such a big part of the child’s history and how our family will come to be and they deserve to understand where they came from and that they are loved so much by all of us.  We have a unique perspective as Kim’s brother was adopted as a baby and so we understand the positive impact that adoption can have on a family.

Our home and neighborhood:

Our home is a Colonial-style home located on the corner of a cul-de-sac neighborhood.  Our home is often filled with family and warmth.  There are kids ranging from kindergarten to college in our neighborhood.  We live about a mile from our daughter’s elementary school, which allows Joao to walk our daughter to school every day.

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Karen

Karen

About Karen:

I lead the professional development & training team in a law firm and focus on developing training programs and providing resources, coaching, and career guidance to attorneys and staff. I really enjoy counseling people and helping them to learn, grow and develop.

My hobbies:

I love being active and trying new activities. I enjoy hiking and taking my dog for long walks, traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. I also enjoy volunteering with my dog, playing and watching sports, practicing yoga and exercising, reading, cooking and baking healthy food, listening to music, dancing, and taking photos.

Activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I love the seasons and look forward to enjoying all that each season has to offer with my child: apple picking and dressing up for Halloween in the fall; sledding, ice skating and skiing in the winter; watching the daffodils bloom, having cookouts and taking long walks in the spring; and going to the beach and eating lobster and ice cream in the summer.

I cannot wait to play in the yard with my child, to teach him/her to read, ride a bike and swim, and travel to and explore new places. I also am excited to introduce my child to my family’s holiday traditions, especially cooking a big Thanksgiving feast, decorating the Christmas tree and baking Christmas cookies.

Family:

I have a very close-knit family. My parents visit often and my brother and his wife and 4-month old daughter live about 15 minutes away. I spend a lot of time with my niece, who cannot wait to have a cousin close in age. I have seven first cousins who have children ranging in age from twelve to thirty years old who will welcome my child with open arms and serve as role models and mentors. In addition to my family, my child will have several “cousins” who are children of very dear friends ranging in age from 14 months to 15 years old. And, I have a sweet, playful and loving 8-year old boxer pup who makes me smile and laugh every day, and who loves children.

Holidays:

Family holiday gatherings are lots of fun and filled with time spent with family and friends, decorating the Christmas tree, hanging stockings and putting up holiday lights, baking and eating yummy homemade foods and treats, listening to music, opening presents, playing games by the fire, telling stories, and lots of laughter.

Adoption story:

I plan to be very open about my adoption journey and that of my child, teaching him/her not only about my family's heritage and traditions, but also the story of his/her birth family. I will continue to educate myself to ensure my child has a wonderful and positive experience and has access to information that will he/she would like. I hope that through this openness my child will understand just how special and loved he/she is, and how courageous and selfless his/her birth parents were in making the huge sacrifice they made for his/her future.

Contact with birthparents:

I am open to meeting with and having ongoing contact with my child’s birth parents and look forward to sharing my child’s adoption story with him/her.

Home and neighborhood:

I have a really great 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in a wonderful neighborhood, on a quiet one-way street with fabulous neighbors and young families as well as people who have grown up and have lived here forever. It's the kind of neighborhood where everyone says hello and waves when you drive by and there are get-togethers for everyone on the block. I have lots of green space and there are wonderful parks, playgrounds and walking trails nearby.

I also have a vacation home in a family-friendly community near the ocean, just over an hour away, that provides access to swimming, playing on the beach, boating, fishing, tennis, and relaxing by the fire in the winter.

 

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Erik and Kathryn

Erik and Kathryn

About us:

We met at Kathy’s brother and sister-in-law’s annual Barn Party. (It’s a festive event for family and friends that includes bobbing for apples, potato sack races, a tug-of-war, and all sorts of fun games for children.) Erik likes to joke that he went to the party with an appetizer and left knowing he had met his future wife.

Soon after meeting, we went on a hiking date. It was the fall, and the crisp New England air and beautiful foliage was a great backdrop for getting to know each other better. We went on many hiking dates after that and realized that we really enjoyed each other’s company. After a while, we met each other’s families. Kathy’s family loves Erik and his family loves Kathy. We feel blessed to have each other as life partners.

Kathy is a teacher, and Erik is a credit analyst. We both look forward to spending a lot of time with our child. When the child is born, Kathy will take a leave of absence from work. Her main goal is to spend time with our baby.

Qualities we see in each other:

Erik: “When I met Kathy, I knew that I wanted to spend more time with her. She walked into the party and lit up the room with her smile. She had energy and enthusiasm, which I loved. The more time I spent with Kathy, the more I knew that she would be a great life partner. Kathy and I have shared values and that forms the basis for our strong marriage, which is built on love, trust, and respect. I have seen Kathy interact with our nieces and nephews and that interaction has proven to me that she will be a mother that will love, nurture, and guide our child through all of life’s ups-and-downs. Kathy is kind, loving, and fun. I know that Kathy and I will make a great team in raising our child.”

Kathy: “Erik is patient, compassionate, and fun. I love watching Erik throw the ball with our nieces and nephews, race them in the yard, and listen to how their days have gone. I love that everyone in my family loves Erik; his humble manner and calm demeanor make him easy to talk to and to spend time with. Witnessing Erik interact with our nieces and nephews convinced me that Erik is not only a great spouse but will also be a great father.”

Hobbies:

Whether we are watching movies on the couch, hiking in the mountains, walking the beach, or cheering on our favorite sports teams, we enjoy each other's company. We play tennis, swim, and hike together. We also enjoy going on weekend getaways. Our favorite times are those spent with family.

Erik enjoys aviation, skiing, and playing tennis. (Erik earned his pilot’s license years ago.) He also enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams.

Kathy loves to exercise, read, cook, and do crafts. She, too, is an enthusiastic sports fan.

Activities we look forward to with our child:

We look forward to big and small life experiences with our child. We look forward to making pancakes with maple syrup smiley faces, spontaneous dance parties, and helping a child find his/her passion in life. We are ready to help with homework and to attend games and/or recitals. We will support our child in whatever capacity he/she needs. We are ready to change diapers, stay up at night when our child is sick, and to bandage skinned knees. We look forward to introducing our child to his/her extended family, which eagerly awaits his/her arrival.

Extended family:

We have an extensive, loving family, all of whom live locally, waiting to embrace its newest member. Our child will have doting grandparents, four sets of aunt and uncles, and eight first cousins. Kathy has 24 first cousins and they, too, live within a short drive. Our families enjoy spending time together.

Holidays:

The words “family” and “fun” sum up our holidays. At Thanksgiving, one family member hosts and everybody else brings the sides and desserts. Christmas Eve, we go to Erik’s uncle and aunt’s house for a traditional Swedish dinner. We spend Christmas morning together, then join Erik’s side of the family for brunch. Later, we head to Kathy’s parents’ house where we enjoy time with Kathy’s side of the family. Every year, our family gets together for Flag Day (June 14th). The town Kathy grew up in holds a big parade to celebrate the day.

Our adoption story:

We plan to be open with our child regarding adoption. We will make sure that our child knows that you love him/her greatly and will let our child know that your choice to make an adoption plan is a selfless act of love. We will love our child unconditionally and support him/her wholeheartedly.
We will honor your wishes regarding the level of communication you wish to have with your child.

Home and neighborhood:

Our home is filled with love and laughter. We currently live in a two-bedroom townhouse in a suburb of Boston. Our child will have two sets of aunts and uncles, a set of grandparents, and two cousins in this town. Suffice it to say, our child will be well-loved by family in our community. From our home, we can walk to the library, restaurants, and schools. Our hometown celebrates the 4th of July in style. The Night Before the 4th celebration includes food, music, and a great firework display.

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Scott and Krysten

Scott and Krysten

About us:

We met through mutual friends one night out on the town. Our first date was a dinner date, this is when we both became eager to spend more time together. After another date at the ice skating rink and out to the movies, we knew we were meant to be, we became inseparable and the rest, they say, is history !

Scott is a Police Officer and Krysten is a Registered Nurse.  Krysten has a very flexible job and is able to work from home, Scott intends to take a leave of absence from work once the baby arrives.

Qualities we see in each other:

Scott says about Krysten:  “I love how compassionate Krysten is. I love her positive attitude and her integrity. I appreciate how she can lighten any situation. Krysten is truly one of a kind and I admire her patience.”

Krysten says about Scott:  “I love how supportive Scott is. I  respect how motivating and smart he is.  Scott can always make  me laugh, I can see Scott playing ball or building a doll house with our child, he puts effort and thought into everything he does”

Our hobbies:

We enjoy being active and spending time outside, especially by the water. We both like to travel and have been travelled to many interesting places. Scott likes fishing, golf and  going to sporting events while Krysten likes crafting, crocheting and baking delicious treats for  many to enjoy !

Activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We are eagerly looking forward to many wonderful times, bed time stories, baking together, playing outside, swimming in the lake, attending dance recitals or sporting events, traveling to Disney, helping with homework, and making new traditions such as game night, to name a few.

Extended family & holidays:

Scott has quite a large family on both sides. Scott has many cousins who have children and every Sunday we gather at his mother’s house down the street to have Sunday dinner and catch up. Krysten has a smaller family, but many close friends whom have children that call her “Auntie Krysten.” We feel that we are constantly surrounded by friends and family daily, we are so lucky.

Holiday gatherings with our families are huge and always SO much fun. There are children running around everywhere and always more food than anyone can eat. Usually the house is packed with 30+ family members. Holidays are always full of laughter, fun and great memories .

Our adoption story:

We planning on being open and honest with our child about their adoption story. We plan on telling our child the sacrifice their birth parents made and how loved they are by everyone, we vow to be supportive to our child in every way we can.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a beautiful brand new home on a lake on a private  cul-de-sac. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly. Neighbor’s wave as they drive by and everyone gathers a few times a year. It is a great town for a child to grow up in and we look forward to introducing our new  arrival to the community.

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John and Courtney

John and Courtney

About us:

Our paths crossed for decades. Our families attended the same church when we were little. Courtney’s mother was John’s Sunday school teacher. Because of this, we have always known each other, but because of age difference and not being in the same circles, we never became friends. Finally, we ended up both living in the same area after College and had met at a pub. We talked a bit about our familiar families and friends. We exchanged numbers and began dating. Very quickly we felt comfortable with each other and had a very deep understanding of one another. We have both described the connection as feeling like we were "home".

After many years in the construction business John recently started his own Construction Company. Courtney works for John as bookkeeper. Courtney is able to work her own schedule and often times John’s jobs can have him working in the garage or coming home for lunch.

Courtney is home full time with Sam and will be with the next child. She does plan to keep up her work with the company but this can be done on her own schedule. She always wants her children to see her working. She believes this is important in teaching kids to work hard.

Qualities we see in each other:

Courtney says, “John is an incredibly hard working man. He  is known to be genuine and honest. To me he is one of the smartest people I have ever known. He takes his time figuring things out and doesn’t give up until he finds a solution. He is funny and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is a very proud father. Every day he looks at our son with utter amazement that he gets to be a Dad. He is a patient teacher to our son and our boy wants to be just like his Dad.”

John says, “Courtney is a very special person who would do anything to not let the people she loves feel sad. She has continued to prove to me and everyone who knows her that she is genuinely the sincerest person you will meet, and puts everyone else’s needs ahead of hers, including our son. She also has a great self-deprecating sense of humor and always makes people laugh. She always has a way of seeing the good in situations, and has become such an amazing mother; it’s like it’s what she was born to do. “.

Our hobbies:

John is very much a guy’s guy. He loves football and never misses the football game. He loves boating with his Dad and fishing. More recently, he takes Sammy along with him. John also likes to do wood working in the garage. He has built furniture and built in shelves for the house. Sammy and John recently started building wooden cars.

Courtney loves to be active. She likes biking and running. She is very involved in organizing events for Sammy’s school. She loves music and history. She likes reading about these subjects. If Courtney is at home cooking dinner or cleaning she will always have music on and encourages Sammy to dance with her whenever possible.

We look forward to being a family of four:

We know another child is in our hearts and we will finally feel our family is complete. We look forward to having another child at dinner time around the table. John’s looks forward to building a tree house in the backyard for two kids to play in. Courtney can’t wait for  summers on the beach making sand castles with both children. We love  and cherish family more than anything. We genuinely love to be with each other.

Our extended family:

We are very close to our parents and siblings. They all live with in a 6 mile radius of us. John’s sister has three kids 4, 2, and 6 months old and Courtney’s brother has two kids 4 and 3. All the cousins are best friends and we plan activities with them together a couple times a week. They are very excited to add another cousin to the gang. The grandparents are equally involved. Its not uncommon for any of them to swing by on a whim for a visit and all of them are on call babysitters as well. This set up is really special for us but also for Sam and hopefully another child. Sam is growing up very close to all these extra people. There is no shortage of support and love.

Our adoption story:

One of the most delicate parts of adopting a child is relaying to them the story of how our family came to be, and the extraordinary birth parents that made an incredibly selfless decision for a baby they love and want the best for. We have introduced this to Sam early which we feel is the best thing to do. Sammy has an adoption book that we read that have pictures of his birth parents. He knows them by name and can recognize them. He is still young but as he gets older we are so happy to tell him all the goodness that he has inside him that was given to him by these people.

Our home and neighborhood:

Our house is our dream home, we bought it a few years ago and had it renovated, it has lots of beautiful space, Every house in the neighborhood is full of kids. All the parents are responsible, loving, and good natured. This offers so much support as we all are raising kids and have the same goals for them. We  know the whole neighborhood will be so thrilled for us to add another child to the group.

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Marie

Marie

About me:

I am the director of marketing for a local software company. A lot of my work involves storytelling; putting messaging together, explaining how software can solve business problems. I like the company and the people I work with. My company has excellent healthcare and a flexible schedule to support employees with families.  It is perfect for a working mother.

My hobbies:

I rescued my dog Wyatt two years ago and he is a big part of my life.  He’s a sweet and goofy lab mix who loves people and is really great with little kids. We go for long hikes and swims in the summertime.

I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. It has taught me to appreciate my life more, not take myself too seriously, and helped me become a kinder, more patient person. My yoga retreats have taken me to Italy, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I’ve met amazing people through these experiences – including some of my closest friends.

Activities I look forward to doing with my child:

I want to provide a child with a warm, loving home filled with laughter and the traditions I grew up with -- plus a few new ones we’ll make up along the way.

I look forward to teaching my child to swim, ice skate, and ride a bike.

I look forward to snuggling up on the couch and watching Disney movies on cold rainy days, carving pumpkins and going apple picking in the fall, spending a warm, summer day at the beach splashing in the waves, and making snow angels on a wintry day in the snow.  I want to share my love of travel – whether it’s a weekend road trip to visit friends or a trek across the globe.  Let’s have an adventure!

Extended family & holidays

I grew up in a close, tight knit family (11 kids!) who relishes time together and family traditions. Because we live close to one another, I spend a lot of time with my siblings and their kids. I am lucky to have 22 nieces and nephews. They love each other dearly and are all funny, smart and outgoing individuals.

On the weekends, you’ll find us hiking in the woods with our many dogs, ice skating in my brother’s backyard rink or swimming at my sister’s pool. We rent a beach house in the summer and spend the days’ boogie boarding, swimming and surfing.

We love to celebrate the holidays and our birthdays as a family.  My mom’s birthday is Christmas Eve and despite the size of my family we still celebrate together in the house we grew up in.  We draw names in a Secret Santa gift exchange and the kids go crazy when it’s their turn to swap gifts with each other.  Over the year’s people started showing up in Santa costumes. Last year, three Santa’s showed up -- the youngest was twelve.

Many of us have March birthdays. A few years ago I planned a bowling party to celebrate with my family. Everyone showed up to play, some in costume (why not!), and we gave an award to kids with the highest scores.  This tradition has continued on.

My adoption story:

I recognize that a child who knows they are adopted may have questions about their birth parents. I will be open about the adoption process with my child from the start so they understand how loved they are. I believe that if I introduce the birth parents as a nature extension of the child’s life, and am open about their adoption, I can help my child understand and appreciate their history.

I hope to meet with and maybe have regular contact with my child’s birth parents.  They are an important piece of my child’s life and our family story.

My home & neighborhood

I live in a beautiful 3-unit brownstone on a family-friendly, tree-lined street . My home is recently renovated and features a large open concept kitchen and living room.  Most of my neighbors know me and my dog, Wyatt, by name and often stop to say hello and give him a scratch behind the ears.

During Halloween, our neighborhood association hosts a barbecue and closes the street to traffic so the kids can safely trick or treat. The week before Christmas, parents and their kids go door-to-door caroling.

It’s a great neighborhood and we can walk to restaurants, shops and public parks.  I am 1 block from several parks and 2 blocks from a children’s playground. There is a children’s daycare across the street and a middle school one block away.

 

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Jim and Holly

Jim and Holly

About Us

We met at a young professionals’ social event and discovered that we shared many interests and values as well as a special connection.  We dated for 4 years and now have been happily married for 4 years with hearts full of love for each other and a lot of laughter in our house.

Holly has worked at a University for several years and is passionate about helping people reach their educational goals.  This field offers a flexible and stable environment and is close to home.  Holly plans to take several months off after a baby arrives then plans to work a modified schedule partly from home.

Jim is a partner in a small real estate firm and has been in the business for many years.  He enjoys this role because it is entrepreneurial, gives him control of his future and has a flexible schedule.

Our hobbies

Exploring our community, traveling and living an active lifestyle are very important to us.  We love the outdoors and especially being on the ocean during the summer.  We are both avid readers and enjoy attending sporting events. Holly enjoys nature walks, volunteering and time spent with family and Jim enjoys community service, photography and loves to cook.

Qualities we see in each other

Jim says that Holly is one of the most caring, loving and empathetic people he has ever known.  When they first met, he was quite impressed that Holly was a mentor for a young girl with emotional challenges.  They share many traits; among them is a focus on career and a love of family.  Jim says his wife is a strong and determined woman and he stands in awe of her resilience and focus on becoming a parent.

Holly says that Jim is one of the hardest working and compassionate people she has ever known.  He is stable, emotional supportive and dependable.  He is gentle and patient and a true partner who has been by her side every step of our journey.  Among his greatest strengths are his thoughtfulness and easy-going personality.  Faith and service to others are very important to him.  Holly says she is also very lucky that Jim is a great cook!

Activities we look forward to doing with our child

Watching our child grow and thrive in our home will bring us so much joy.  We cannot wait to read bedtime stories while rocking him or her to sleep.  Sharing our enthusiasm for travel, the ocean and the outdoors with our child is important to us.  We are so excited to experience summer barbecues and autumn hikes through our child’s eyes and see the excitement on his or her face as we push him or her on the swings at our neighborhood playground.  We will be there to celebrate milestones like first steps and the first day of school, as well as offer comfort when he or she is sad or hurt.

Family gatherings/holidays

Having both come from warm, loving and nurturing homes, we want to provide the same to a child.  We enjoy time spent with family and friends and love hosting holiday dinners.  We enjoy celebrating milestones and birthdays, swimming in Holly’s parents’ pool and being on Holly’s family’s boat.  Between both sides of our family, we have 3 nieces and 2 nephews as well as many cousins with children.  Our family is thrilled about the idea of welcoming another little one into our family.

Values

We will offer a child a safe, secure and stable home filled with love.  Raising a caring, responsible, respectful and resilient child is our goal.  It is essential to give him or her strong roots and a healthy sense of themselves as well as build his or her curiosity.  Family traditions, community and education are important to us.  We also value the importance of honest communication with a child at all ages of development.

Our home and neighborhood

We own a great condominium with a lovely sunny lawn in front of our building.  Our town is a family-oriented community with diverse culture and excellent schools.  It offers advantages of urban living while still having the feel and comfort of the suburbs.  We have a wonderful playground, several parks and a daycare within a five-minute walk from our home.

Our adoption story

Since early in our relationship, we shared the dream of having a family and have embraced adoption as a perfect way of becoming parents.  We want to be the solution that expectant parents seek while serving a child in need.  We would be open with our child regarding his or her adoption story and honor our child’s connection to his or her birth parents and heritage.  Our child’s life will be celebrated every day and we would be eternally grateful for this blessing!

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Tim and Josh

Tim and Josh

About us:

We met while living in upstate New York over 10 years ago.  In the three weeks until our first date, we wrote emails and talked and laughed for hours on the phone, building a foundation for what ended up being our best - and last first date.

We had an instant connection, we both love to joke around and laugh.  Shortly after we met, Tim was moving into a new apartment, Josh went the extra mile and helped Tim painting and moving in.  This casual time together making a home for Tim (which Josh moved into a year later) cemented our relationship. We moved to Massachusetts in 2007, and put down roots in our community here.

We both come from big families and always knew we wanted children.  Adopting Colin has made us closer and filled our home with joy and laughter.  We can’t wait to share that with another child.

 Qualities we see in each other:

Josh says, “Tim knows how to live in the moment and make the most of it.  He’s confident, smart, loving and loyal.  I know he always has my back and being with him makes me better “.

Tim says, “Josh is basically a big kid himself. All children love him and his joy is contagious and helps keep me young at heart.  He is also the kindest person I know.”

Josh is a Marketing Director and Tim is a Yoga Teacher and a stay at home Dad. Josh has 10 weeks of paternity leave that he’ll use and Tim has a flexible schedule and will be home with the new baby.

Our hobbies:

Tim enjoys practicing yoga, reading, music, video games and puzzles.  Josh loves doing projects around the house, gardening and skiing. As a family, we enjoy days at the beach and traveling to visit family and friends as well as exploring new places. Colin loves to swim, and we are in a pool all summer and try to get to the beach a few times every winter.  We have memberships to a few children’s museums and Colin loves to explore and learn with his friends.  We spend a lot of time with our family friends at our local playgrounds too.

Activities we look forward to doing with our new child:

Our son Colin is looking forward to showing a new brother or sister some of his favorite places and activities.  We live near a zoo, museums and a big park with multiple playgrounds and a community garden.  We love to ride bikes as a family in nice weather.  In the summer we also spend time at our family’s beach house, a couple hours drive from home.

Extended family and holidays:

We both come from large extended families and are both the oldest of 3 siblings.  The baby’s three uncles and one aunt-to-be are very excited for a new niece or nephew. There are also lots of cousins, young and old that we’ll visit when we see family for holidays and on vacations.

Holidays are an important time to gather, have fun and celebrate our family. We sometimes host extended family for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and some years we travel to their homes.  We love making big dinners and hosting lots of friends as well.  When spending time together we play games, do puzzles and take outings when together during holidays.

Our adoption story:

We know that for birthparents, making an adoption plan takes a lot of bravery and love for the child.  Just as we’ve started to do with our son, we are committed to talking openly about how we formed our family and about all those involved.  We’ll tell him/her first in the form of a bedtime story, later answer questions he/she may have.  We’re hopeful that we can learn as much as we can about our child’s birth family so that we can pass on their story of how we all worked together to form a family. In the same way we are open to on going contact and meetings with birthparents with our first son Colin, we continue to believe in being as open about all aspects of the family.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a house on a dead end street near the city.  Three neighbors on our street have kids under age 5.  We live near parks, playgrounds and a big pond with boats.  We can take the train to museums or the aquarium in just a few minutes.  Our neighborhood has many young families; we can walk from our house to restaurants, the post office, grocery store and a great ice cream shop!

 

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Claudine

Claudine

About me:

I run my own consulting business, which means I’m my own boss – this is great for flexibility and raising a family.  I help healthcare companies with strategic planning and public policy – that’s a complicated way of saying I help them figure out how to run a successful business!

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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Will and Amber

Will and Amber

About us:

We met while studying at the same school. After noticing each other in the street one morning, Will took the uncharacteristically bold move of approaching Amber in the college library and leaving her a note worried that he might never see her again. She called!

We fell in love quickly and have been together ever since we met, moving together to Los Angeles, New York, and back to Massachusetts. Our marriage and relationship has evolved in many ways, probably in part because we as people have basically grown up together, alongside each other. Our relationship and love have grown as we’ve encountered all the joys and challenges of our first 7 years of marriage. The best day of our lives so far was the birth of our son Silas in 2011. We feel that our family is not yet complete, and cannot wait to share our love with another child. Unfortunately, due to a medical issue, we are unable to have another child. We look forward to adopting our next child to bring more joy into our lives.

Will currently stays home with our son Silas, who is 5, and plans to stay home with the new baby as well. Having been through those youngest years once already with Silas, Will has learned many great ways to spend the day having fun and exploring that he is excited to share with our next child. Silas is extremely excited about having a new brother or sister and is already making lots of plans.

Amber works in marketing and makes commercials for a clothing brand. Will is a stay at home dad, musician, and filmmaker, able to fit his projects around his number one job of being a father.

Qualities we see in each other:

Will admires Amber’s hard work, practicality, and problem solving abilities. She is endlessly supportive and encouraging as well. As a mother she is very patient, supportive and a great listener. She is also a lot of fun and always up for an adventure.

Amber thinks that Will has an incredible moral compass, which guides us both a lot of the time. He is highly considerate of other people, and dedicates so much of his time to helping family and the people we know. We both value the same things – generosity, creativity, kindness, doing good for other people and the world, and having fun with life.

Our hobbies:

Amber enjoys reading, flower arranging, swimming, the beach, hiking, and travelling.
Will loves playing the guitar, drawing comics, vegetable gardening, kayaking, hiking, camping, and animation.

Special activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We are very focused on home and family, so we are really looking forward to having another child in the house and all of the fun and excitement that will come with it. Just the simple thought of hearing the two kids playing together in the yard. Some favorite activities we’re excited to share with our new child include reading favorite books, picking blueberries and raspberries in the yard, baking bread, singing and dancing, making pillow forts, camping, kayaking, going to museums, riding bikes. There are woods for hiking and learning about nature, farm animals to meet, beaches and the ocean, and lots of great playgrounds. It will also be exciting to see what interests our new child develops, and to help them explore those.

Extended family and holidays:

Our new child will be welcomed into an ever growing extended family, many of whom live locally. Amber’s parents are an hour away, and Will’s parents live 10 minutes away. We see both sets of parents often. Also 10 minutes away is Will’s sister and her family, including her 4 year old boy. He and Silas are great friends, and will be thrilled to have another playmate around! Will’s brother lives in England with his family. They have a 5 year old daughter with another daughter on the way. We manage to see them for a few weeks every year and it’s always a lot of fun getting the cousins together! Everyone is thrilled at the idea of a new baby in the family.

For holidays everyone gets together, at one of our parents houses or at our house. There’s a lot of overeating, children running around playing, walks in the woods, games in front of the fire, and conversation not to mention many laughs !

Our adoption story:

When the time is right we will be very honest with our child and tell them about the amazing sacrifice their birth parents made for them. We will explain to them that it was a truly selfless decision made out of love and with the child’s best interest in mind.

We are open to contact with the birthparents if this is something they desire as well. We truly respect the difficult decision the birthparents are making and will do as much as we can to to support them as long as it is in the best interest of the child.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a great community, overlooking the Atlantic ocean – a beautiful place to grow up. We have a colonial house on a quiet street. Our style is modern, laid-back, and very kid-friendly. There is a playroom, and a third bedroom waiting for our new child. We have a fenced-in backyard, with a few different vegetable gardens. It’s always very sunny, and has lots of room to play. Our front yard has a large flower garden, which is quite beautiful in the summer.

Our neighborhood is right by the ocean – you can walk to a few small and beautiful beaches – and has lots of children. We live a short walk from several amazing parks and playgrounds, two of which are right on the ocean. Our town has a lot of cool activities for kids on the main street for holidays, events at the town library, cafes downtown. We are a short drive from many great spots for hiking, nature preserves, museums, and more beaches.

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Anthony and Melissa

Anthony and Melissa

About Us:

We have known each other since kindergarten. Anthony was the only boy (aside from family) invited to Melissa’s parties throughout grade school. Years later, our mothers, who both work in the same elementary school, urged us to meet up again. We were instantly a match-made-in-heaven, which just goes to show that mothers truly know best!

Anthony is the manager of a used car dealership. He has been working for this company going on twelve years. The company values him as an employee and he values the family atmosphere they foster in the work place.

Melissa is a preschool teacher. Every day, Melissa teaches each child in her classroom and cares for them as if they are her own. Melissa enjoys feeling like a "mother" to her students.

When we are blessed with the opportunity to become parents, Melissa will leave her position as a teacher to become a stay-at-home mom. Home is where the heart is; and she is thrilled to give her heart and soul to our child.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Melissa says, “Although corny to say, I consider Anthony to be my Prince Charming, who drives a white Cadillac instead of riding a white horse. From always opening the car door for me to all the sweet and sincere things he does, he constantly shows me that true love and chivalry exist. Anthony is extremely respectful, compassionate, and hardworking. He values and upholds the motto of “service above self.” Anthony puts everyone around him first; always lending a helping hand or shoulder to cry to on. I am always comforted by his protective nature and unconditional love. I can depend on him for anything. I can’t imagine my life without him, Anthony means the world to me.”

Anthony says, “There are so many things that I love about Melissa, but one thing I love most is her care and compassion towards everyone around her. Melissa cares deeply for all whose lives cross her path. She values and upholds the “Golden Rule” with integrity as she treats others with the same courtesy and dignity that she would like to be treated. Melissa especially takes great pride in the children she teaches, rejoicing with them in their triumphs and growing with them in their tribulations. I have watched her kind heart and calm temperament with our nieces and nephews and with her students at school, and I cannot wait to see the huge smile on her face as she nurtures our child.”

Hobbies:

Anthony enjoys fixing and restoring cars (especially Cadillacs), working in the yard, and cooking on the grill. Melissa enjoys dancing (especially ballet), baking delicious desserts, reading, and arts and crafts.

We love taking our dog for long walks around the local lake and stopping for scenic picnics. Our dog lives for treats and kisses, and we graciously supply her with many. We're especially lucky that the local ice cream stand sells doggie ice cream, but having a cone of her own doesn't stop Caddie from licking up ours too!

We also love giving back to our community any way we can. We are involved in various organizations together including the Sons of Italy for which Anthony is the President and Melissa is the Secretary.

Activities We Look Forward to with Our Child:

We look forward to giving a child an incredible life filled with love and opportunity. From the simplicity of eating dinner together every night to the luxury of traveling the world, we are excited to delight in the many memories we make and the quality time we will share with our child. We look forward to reading our child nightly bedtime stories, baking and cooking together, taking road trips across the country, instilling a love of science and the arts through trips to the museum and theatre, and so much more! We can’t wait to encourage and explore our child’s interests and abilities by sharing all the wonders the world has to offer.

Extended Family:

We have very strong relationship with our families, who are eagerly awaiting the newest addition to our loving families. Our child will have 6 cousins, 3 Aunts, 4 Uncles, 2 Grandmothers, 2 Grandfathers, and one Great-Grandma who will adorn them with love and affection. Their cousins, who range in age from six months old to fifteen years old, are all excited to have another playmate!

Melissa’s dad comes from a large, loving family; he is the youngest of eight siblings. Every summer we enjoy an extensive family reunion at our family's lake cabin in Maine and beach house on the Atlantic Ocean.

Holidays:

We greatly enjoy bringing our loved ones together at least once a month by hosting a variety of gatherings at our home! Whether it is for a family game night or backyard barbeque, our annual pumpkin party and Christmas cookie swap, or holiday traditions like Thanksgiving dinner or Easter brunch, we love uniting our family and friends for food, fun, and festivities.

Our community has countless ways of celebrating special occasions that we are actively involved as well, with including the Sweetheart Dinner Dance, parades for Memorial Day, carnivals for homecoming, Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving, and the festival of lights at Christmas.

Home and Neighborhood:

We live in a charming brand new, custom built three bedrooms, two bathrooms, colonial townhouse on a quiet dead-end road in friendly, suburban neighborhood. We love our open floor plan home that enables us to bond at family gatherings and is delightful for entertaining our friends. We have a spacious deck and a fenced in backyard that is perfect for hosting our family cookouts and parties.

We also live within walking distance to family friendly recreational parks and playgrounds. We love that our home is perfectly situated thirty minutes from the city for exploring our nation’s history and family attractions, and an hour away from the best beaches for spectacular seaside getaways and outdoor adventures.

Our Adoption Story:

Due to medical issues Melissa had in her youth, we realized early on that God had a different plan for creating our family. Along with our family and friends, we are very excited to start building our family through adoption. It has always been our dream to become parents and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be parents through adoption.

Adoption is a miracle that allows us to achieve what would otherwise be impossible and helps another person in need of a resolution.  Both of us strongly believe in the benefits of an open adoption and intend to honor our child’s adoption story through positive, age appropriate information. We will warmly acknowledge our child’s adoption story with validation, comfort, and hope while building positive connections and self-concepts.

We want our child to understand their birthparents’ great sacrifice, and to admire their strength and selflessness. They’ll always know that your love is what bought them to us. Our home and hearts are open to you. We welcome you as a member of our family in whatever way is most comfortable for you and in the best interest of the child.

 

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Chris and Jin

Chris and Jin

About Us

For our first date we went hiking. From the beginning, we were drawn to each other’s love for the outdoors, active living, and dedication to family. We fell in love during a trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico. The island represents our shared values of enjoying the simple joys in life: beautiful nature, good food and fun times with family and friends. Four years after our first visit, we celebrated our wedding there with 70 of our closest family & friends.

Jin works in marketing, and Chris is a Social Worker who runs a residential shelter for homeless youth. We plan on prioritizing time as fathers and will be home with the baby.

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

Jin admires Chris’s passion for life & nature, spontaneous spirit, and big heart. He’s helped Jin to reconnect with nature and to literally “stop and smell the flowers." Chris values Jin’s strong work ethic, ability to bring people together and desire to learn. Jin inspired Chris to explore new interests like cooking, and pursue his Master’s degree in social work. We support each other’s passions and ambitions in profession, art, and health.

Hobbies

Chris loves gardening, sailing, and water & alpine skiing. Jin enjoys running, relaxing in the sun, and wheel pottery. We both share a love for hosting friends & family, cooking classes and going for runs.

Activities We're Looking Forward to Doing With Our Child

We are looking forward to discovering the world and creating new memories with our child. From tasting new recipes we cook, traveling to Vieques or playing in parks and playgrounds in our neighborhood, we are excited to see the world from our child’s perspective with a sense of newness and wonder.

We are especially looking forward to summers at the lake house in Vermont with all the family & cousins swimming, sailing, fishing and going for boat rides. It’s a special time and important tradition that keeps our family close and strong.

Extended Family & Holidays

We both grew up in big loving families, who are still invested in our lives to this day. As adults, we get together regularly with Chris’s parents and brother’s family who live nearby for dinners, birthdays and to watch Patriot’s games. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are special occasions when the entire family near and far come together, and there’s lots of laughs, love, good food and fun.

Our families are extremely supportive of our adoption. Our seven nephews & nieces aged 3 to 11 are especially excited to meet their new cousin.

Our Adoption Story

We both always knew that we wanted families and to be fathers. Having close friends who were adopted, we have learned about the importance of open adoptions.

We recognize and respect that the birthparents will play an important role, even if they are not part of the child’s daily life. We intend to tell the child early on about their birthparents who love them, and plan to celebrate the child’s adoption story as they grow up. To support this, we are open to ongoing contact with the birthparents, and hope to share information together as birth and adoptive parents.

Home and Neighborhood

We are fortunate to live in one of the greenest neighborhoods in Boston. It’s full of parks, playgrounds, and plenty of young families. Also, we’re close to restaurants, museums and all the culture Boston has to offer, and work is a quick bike ride away for us.

We live in a two-family house with a big kitchen, cozy living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The back yard is our favorite space with a lush garden full of strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, flowers and an apple tree. We enjoy gardening, playing games and soaking in the sun with friends and family.

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Rob and Elyse

Rob and Elyse

About us:

We met before our first Christmas after graduating college, mutual friends of ours each told us about the other - saying that we were so similar, almost the same person, and if we met each other, we’d either love each other and be inseparable or hate each other.  We met shortly thereafter and haven’t looked back!  When we first started dating, we would spend hours each night talking to each other and really getting to know one another.  We spent all of our free time together and enjoyed every minute of it that suddenly we were simply happily in love.

Elyse is an Office Manager/Operations at a large commercial real estate firm and Rob works as IT Support for a medical software company.  Elyse will be spending a few months home from work after the baby's arrival and Rob will take a brief leave and has flexibility to work from home fairly frequently.

Qualities we see in each other:

Elyse says, “Rob is kind, gentle, intelligent and thoughtful.  He is extremely easy to be around and talk to and is sneakily witty and clever.  He has an old soul and is extremely loving.  I know that he is going to be a great father because he is an amazing husband and friend.”

Rob says, “Elyse is compassionate, caring, kind, and loving.  She is always smiling and brightens any room she walks into.  Elyse has so much love to give and gives it freely.  She is my best friend and my rock and because of that, I know she is going to be a wonderful mother.”

Our hobbies:

We are both very active and enjoy various forms of exercise, mainly being outdoor exercise.  Elyse is an avid reader and likes to knit.  Rob enjoys yard work and we both love to travel and cooking is always a favorite pastime !

Activities we look forward to:

As a family, we are looking forward to traveling.  We both love to explore new places and cultures, from a small New England fishing town to an international city, we love the excitement, wonder and awe that comes with traveling somewhere new.  We also both can’t wait to teach our child to appreciate the outdoors, from playing sports to hiking and swimming to laying in the grass and watching the clouds float by.  Rob is particularly excited to teach our little one golf and Elyse looks forward to baking up some tasty treats with our child’s helping hands.

Extended family and holidays:

We both have large, close knit extended families.  Our child will actually be the first grandchild on both sides of the family, but will have many ‘cousins’ in our close friends’ children with whom we spend a lot of time.

Holiday gatherings tend to be loud and boisterous as we are large in number.  Our child will not initially have ‘first cousins’ but they have plenty of second cousins.  On the off occasion that a holiday gathering is just our immediate family, the noise level subsides a bit, but the amount of love does not.

Our adoption story:

Our child will know from the beginning that their birth parents made the ultimate sacrifice out of love to place them in our loving care.  They will know to love, respect and be grateful for their birthparents.  We will help them to understand just how much they are loved by everyone involved.  We are “open” to ongoing contact and or meetings with birthparents.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a quaint ranch house situated on a large half acre lot with a fully fenced in yard.  We purchased our home a year and a half ago and put a lot of work into updating it and making it comfortable to raise a family in.  Our home is in a child-friendly neighborhood in a town with a good school district.  The neighborhood itself has no thru streets so car traffic is minimal.  When the weather is nice, you can hear kids playing, see them riding their bikes, and out with family walking their dogs.

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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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Kate

Kate

Occupation:

I am a special education teacher supporting middle schoolers on the Autism Spectrum both academically and socially.  Not an hour goes by where I don’t laugh with my kids.  Ten years of teaching has taught me how much I can love any child in my life.

My hobbies and sharing them with my child:

The teacher in me loves a project: making play dough soap for the bath, building obstacle courses outside and creating our own games and plays.  Snow days will be a combination of creating snow sculptures and drinking hot chocolate while coloring by the fireplace.

Sports and fitness are a big part of my life and I can’t wait to share this passion with my child.  I’ve already picked out a baby carrier and jogging stroller for family walks with the dogs.  I’m on a kickball team, and have ten teammates looking forward to our newest player.  The owner of the dance and fitness studio where I am a barre teacher has asked me to do a “Mommy and Me” class once my baby arrives.

Family:

I’m the oldest of three, and my siblings are excited to become first time aunts and uncles.  My dad is a retired teacher and will have a library together in no time for his grandchild.  My friend’s children, who range in age from 2-8 call me “Auntie Kate,” and cannot wait for their new cousin arrive.

My dad was one of seven and my mother one of five children, which has given me twenty seven first cousins and twenty second cousins.  My parents and their college friends created a third side of my family which one of us dubbed the “fake family”.  There are nine of us “kids” and the third generation is in full swing with five children and two on the way.

Holidays:

I am in my element when I am entertaining.  Each year I host two Thanksgivings.  I’ve perfected a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich which is looked forward to more than the actual spread.  Summer starts with a Memorial Day BBQ and concludes with one on Labor Day, with plenty of outdoor movie nights in between.

Yankee Swaps have become a serious Christmas tradition and there is a pajama brunch to look forward to the day after.  Board games are present, with Uno being a crowd favorite.

Adoption Story:

A scrapbook is already in the works and will continue to grow as I prepare for the baby’s arrival. I would love for the birth parents to be a part of this, sharing their own photos and messages. This will become a bedtime story that I’ll read from the very first night together.  I hope to have an open adoption and continue our story together.

Home and Neighborhood:

I own a three bedroom antique cape/colonial house with a yard.  The children in my neighborhood run outside when they see my dogs Rummer and Teddy walking by.  My house is less than two miles from playgrounds, nature trails and sprinkler parks.

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Bryan and Laura

Bryan and Laura

About us:

We met through a mutual friend.  After our first date at Olive Garden and mini golf, we have been inseparable.  We just felt comfortable together.  Our relationship was easy and our families welcomed each other into their families.  Over the years we matured together, grew stronger.  We knew we were meant to be together forever, we followed our hearts and when the time was right Bryan proposed.  5 years after meeting we were married !   Our wedding day was the best day of our lives.  We have been married for 11 ½ very happy  years.

We are the owners of a Commercial General Contracting business, specializing in building restaurants.  Bryan runs the field side.  Owning his own business allows flexibility in his schedule to spend more time with his family.  Laura runs the office side of the business.  Once the baby arrives, Laura will stay home with the baby.

Qualities we see in each other:

Laura says, “Bryan is an amazing partner.  He loves unconditionally and is my biggest cheerleader and supporter.  He strives to give our family everything we would ever want and works extremely hard.  He is funny, loving, emotional, passionate, dedicated, and nurturing.  Bryan is the best.  His priority in life is providing for his family and spending time with his family.

Bryan says, "Laura is the kindest person I know.  She is always putting everyone else's needs before her own.  She always knows how to make you smile, she has a silly side that could brighten anyone's day.  She is always our family’s biggest supporter and loves us fiercely.  She is an amazing mother and wife anyone could ask for, her dedication to her family and anything else she puts her mind to are matched by no one.  Laura also has an incredibly creative side, whether she is decorating our house for the holidays or planning a family gathering or party, everything she starts she sees through to the last detail."

Our hobbies:

Bryan enjoys working on his home projects, sports, riding his ATV, camping, and spending time with his family.  Often you will find Bryan washing his truck for hours.

Laura enjoys baking, decorating, gardening, and running.  In the summer Laura enjoys spending time at the beach, sitting by the fire, and just being outside.  Our family trips are such a wonderful time and the memories we create are priceless.

Activities we look forward to:

We are looking forward to telling them 'I love you' over & over, watching the first time they roll over, crawl, walk.   We look forward to teaching them how to ride a bike, helping them to catch their first fish, or just curling up on the couch watching movies and making popcorn.  We look forward to every sport they might want to be a part of, it brings us so much joy and is so rewarding to watch them succeed.  We are excited to take family trips together.

Our extended family and holidays:

Bryan has 3 siblings, Laura has 2 siblings.  We have 11 nieces and nephews.  Bryan’s father and Laura’s parents will very much be part of the baby’s everyday life.  We have a huge support team of family and friends.

With such a large family, to say the holidays are crazy is an understatement.  We enjoy the traditions of cutting down the Christmas tree as a family … Thanksgiving we all gather for dinner and football.  On Halloween Bryan’s brother sets up a haunted hayride in his backyard.  Traditions are important to our family.

Our adoption story:

Our child will know from Day 1 that they are adopted, that their birth parents loved them so much that they found a family to show them all the love that they wanted to.

We are open to ongoing contact with the birthparents.  We feel it would be helpful to the child to know their birthparents and to understand where they came from.

Our home and neighborhood:

Our home is located in a quiet neighborhood, in a newly built colonial home on a small cul-de-sac.   The home has a great yard for running around, playing ball, or digging in the sandbox.  We are close to the playground, the library, and the schools.  Our neighbors are friendly and there are many young families to get together with.

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Greg and Jennifer

Greg and Jennifer

About us:

We met working together at a restaurant and years later ended up working together again.

Jennifer: I actually picked Greg’s name in our work ‘Secret Santa’ 4 years before we even began dating.  Greg still has the tie I gave him.

Greg: When I first met Jennifer working at a restaurant I instantly had a crush on her.  Fate happened to bring us back together year later.  After college, Jennifer came back to work at the restaurant where we first met.

We both love the mountains and fell in love during a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  On the ride there we got to spend quality time together and learned a lot about each other.

Greg is self-employed and Jennifer is a Senior Executive Assistant.  We know that we are very fortunate that we will both be able to be home with the baby.

Qualities we see in each other:

We see each other as being trustworthy, kind, family orientated and hard workers.  Greg is good with finances, loving and committed.   Jennifer is patient, generous, friendly and loyal.

Our hobbies:

Greg loves the outdoors and enjoys skiing, swimming, gardening and traveling.

Jennifer loves yoga, reading at the beach or pool, going to concerts and traveling everywhere and anywhere.

Activities we look forward to doing with our child:

We cannot wait to show our child the world.  We look forward to having family dinners, playing with cousins, decorating cookies, going to the beach, camping, playing in the snow, reading books and visiting Disney World with all the cousins.

Extended family and holidays:

We are very close to our families and spend lots of time together.  Our parents are all very excited to have a grandchild come into our family.  Jennifer is the oldest sibling of five and Greg is the youngest of two.  There are lots of aunts and uncles looking forward to a new niece or nephew to spoil with lots of love.  Our two nieces and nephew are very young and can’t wait to play with a new cousin!  We also have a lot of friends in the area with children that we consider family.  We love going to watch them in recitals and ball games.

We are fortunate to live within driving distance to most of our family and are able to spend time with family at every holiday.  At each holiday gathering we have lots of food, conversations and fun.  We are loud, silly and enjoy traditions.

Our adoption story:

We have been researching books to start reading to our child at a young age.  We look forward to sharing as much special information about our child’s birth parents that we know.  We have had a great experience so far and can’t wait to tell them how exciting it all was.  We are open to contact via email or letters.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live on an acre of land in a home that we built 6 years ago.  We have a big backyard for our child to play in and are in walking distance to our town parks and fields.  Our town offers lots of fun activities for children.

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