Meet our Families!!

Your wishes for your baby are important to us and are always respected. Please take a few moments to meet our families and then we invite you to tell us about the kind of family you want for your baby.
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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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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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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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Jen

Jen

About Me

Hello !  my name is Jennifer and I am a Hospital Administrator but I can’t wait to be a mother.  I love playing the piano, traveling, working out, reading and cooking special dishes.  I hope this gives you insight into who I am and who I will be as a mother to your child.  I am honored that you are reviewing my information.

Special Activities I Look Forward to Doing with my Child

There are so many fun things to do with children in the Boston area!  I’m looking forward to taking my child to the Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, local beaches and parks.  Travel, including road trips around New England and plane trips to fun cities, is definitely something I look forward to doing with him or her as well.

Every year my close knit family spends a week on Cape Cod going to the beach, golfing, cooking out, and relaxing.  It’s something we look forward to and I can’t wait to experience it with my child.

There will also be music and swim classes, theater and sporting events, and many playdates with cousins and friends.  I’d like to expose my child to a variety of fun activities and then let him or her decide those that bring the most joy and fulfillment.

Extended Family

My parents live in the same town as me and my sister and her family live in the same neighborhood.  As you can tell we are all quite close.  My adorable nephews Scotty (3) and Teddy (1) cannot wait to meet their new cousin.

I’m also stepmom to Emily and Maggie.  Although I’m no longer married to their father, the girls and I are still very close. They are excited to be involved in their little brother or sister’s life.

Most of my aunts, uncles and cousins live nearby and we see each other often.  My child will be raised in an environment filled with the love of many.

Holiday Gatherings

Holidays are so much fun in my family!  Formal holidays like Christmas and Easter are spent at Nana and Grampa’s house with games, music, and delicious food.  Birthdays are similar – with a large extended family, we are always celebrating someone and eating cake.  When the weather is nice, we often have cookouts and more informal gatherings as well.

My Adoption Story

I intend to integrate adoption into our conversations while my child is young through books, pictures, and when appropriate, visits with the birth family.  I’ve already started taking pictures of various milestones such as dropping off my adoption application and having home study meetings to incorporate into my baby book.  Celebrating each milestone and sharing with my child will show that, even though I didn’t give birth to him or her, I anticipated his or her arrival with great joy and gratitude.

As my child gets older, I will continue to ensure that adoption is a natural part of our family story and will take cues from him or her about when and what they want to know more information.  I intend to be as open as possible depending on the needs of the child and birth parents.  Because I have stepchildren and have collaborated with their mother and stepfather regarding their care, I know how rewarding it can be to raise a child in a family in which the roles may not be traditional, but everyone is united in love for him or her.

I think it’s important for our baby to know who his or her birth parents are and, if everyone is comfortable, establish ways to keep connected over time.

My Home and Neighborhood

My condo is in a beautiful suburb of Boston, MA on a reservoir surrounded by hiking trails.  The school system is excellent and there are lots of community events and resources for children close by.

The Mickey Mouse-themed nursery is ready!  All rooms have been professionally baby-proofed to ensure that children can play safely.

Thanks again and I wish you well in your journey to find the best family for your baby.

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Matt and Tricia

Matt and Tricia

About Us

Hello! Thank you for taking some time to learn a little about us! We are Trish and Matt. We are a young, energetic couple and we are very excited about starting our family through adoption. We are surrounded by a supportive network of friends and family and we are lucky enough to be called Auntie, Uncle, and Godparents to amazing children in our lives. We have a puggle named Emmett who keeps us very busy and active.

Matt is a middle school science teacher and he enjoys creating new, fun experiments to help his students learn about science. He has spent many years coaching the boys’ soccer team and the girls’ softball team, as well as the competitive science team. Trish is an executive recruiter for hospitals and health systems and she takes great pride in helping healthcare organizations find outstanding leaders. She has a lot of flexibility with her job and works from home which will give her the opportunity to be with the baby.  Trish can’t wait to become a mother and Matt will be a fantastic dad.

We met on a blind date in the spring of 2013. Our friends from work set us up because they knew we had common interests and active lifestyles. We spent the summer getting to know each other – taking trips to the beach, going on bike rides, and cheering on Boston sports teams. We dated for about a year and a half before we got engaged. Matt proposed at the midway point in a half marathon. He told Trish he had a rock in his shoe and when Trish came over to check on him, he gave her the rock!  We got married 4 months later in the winter of 2015 on Valentine’s Day weekend – during a blizzard! It was very romantic, and all of our family and friends made the wedding – it was a very special, memorable weekend!

Our Hobbies

We both enjoy being active and exploring the outdoors – whether it be cross country skiing, hiking with our puggle, Emmett, going for a bike ride, or spending a day at the beach with family. We also love to travel and look forward to more family-friendly, local trips in the next few years as we grow our family. We both love sports and grew up playing soccer.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Trish about Matt: I feel so lucky to have met Matt and to have him as my husband! He is compassionate, thoughtful, patient, affectionate, handy, and he is always trying to make me laugh and smile! I cannot imagine navigating life’s challenges without him. Matt is naturally a very positive, balanced individual. He is the steady rock in our relationship, especially in the last few years as we have dealt with so much loss. I am very grateful for his strength. Matt also brings out the best in me and constantly inspires me to be a better person. When I see how kind and genuine he is to me and with everyone around him, it compels me to be a better person too.

Matt about Trish: I have seen the inner strength Trish possesses and it is truly inspirational.  When a challenge arises, Trish excels at putting together a plan and executing the solution. I can only imagine how awesome Trish will be as a mom.  She is an outgoing person, who is thoughtful and caring.  She brings warmth to any room she walks in and will provide nothing but comfort and love to a child.  She also gives the best hugs. When I went on a blind date 5 years ago, little did I know that I would fall in love with a woman who would inspire, motivate, and challenge me to be a better person and man.  As time has gone on we continue to learn about each other, grow closer, and understand the ways we complement each other as partners and, hopefully soon, as parents.

Extended Family & Holidays

We have a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins – who make family gatherings a top priority for us! We are very lucky because many of our family members live nearby so we get to see each other often.

We never miss a chance to celebrate birthdays or holidays with our friends and family. Most holidays are filled with many family members gathered around an extended table to enjoy a delicious meal. Every Christmas we have a big family party complete with an annual Yankee swap and a candy filled piñata for the kids!

Our Adoption Story

We believe the decision to create an adoption plan is an extraordinary act of love by the birthmother and birthfather. We will start to talk about our child’s adoption from the very beginning of their life, so they know that adoption is a positive and special experience for everyone involved. We will be honest and positive about the adoption in hopes that our child understands that he or she is loved — not only by us, his/her adoptive parents, but also by their birthparents who chose to give him/her life and make an adoption plan.

We recognize that it is tremendously difficult for birthparents to consider developing an adoption plan for their child, but that for various reasons it may be the best decision for the child. If having ongoing contact makes this decision easier for the birthparents, we will gladly remain in contact if that is what you would like, and we are definitely open to ongoing contact or meetings.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a two-story, tan-colored cape-cod style home. Our house has four bedrooms and two baths and is located in a quiet, safe, family-friendly neighborhood. We live near a state university and a number of parks. We also have a large, fenced-in backyard with raised beds for a vegetable garden. When the weather is warm, we enjoy grilling and hanging out on the deck or in the sunroom. Our neighborhood is filled with the laughter of children and wonderful families.  Trick or treating is great fun in our neighborhood.

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Jonathan and Kristine

Jonathan and Kristine

About Us

We met in 2009 through our church. Jonathan had attended for many years and Kristine had just moved to the area.  Jonathan was a leader for an annual youth mission trip, doing home repairs for people who needed them, and Kristine volunteered to help as well.  Jonathan was impressed to find a woman who could swing a hammer, and after a while, he invited her to lunch after church. Kristine thought it was so sweet that he was being nice to the new girl!  One day, he invited her to hear one of his favorite bands.  One of her friends had to point out that it was a date!  Our love grew quickly and we were married in 2011.

We knew we wanted kids, and were blessed when Alexander was born 2014.  We fell in love with him even faster than we did with each other and looked forward to welcoming more children into our family.

Jonathan is an Electrical Engineer and Kristine is a part-time consultant and works mostly from home.  This allows a great deal of flexibility with caring for Alexander who is in preschool and loves it!  He is an expert at all things play.

Once the baby comes, Kristine will be home full time.  She can’t wait to be home with a baby.

Our Hobbies

Jonathan plays ultimate frisbee, basketball, and guitar.  Kristine enjoys camping and swimming.  Alexander loves swimming, coloring, playing with toys and watering the flowers in our yard.  Together, we like to hike (we have a baby backpack), go for bike rides (we have a bike trailer with room for two!), sing, eat ice cream, watch movies, and just sit in the Big Brown Chair with a book.  Curious George is a big favorite.

We believe it’s the love that makes the activities special, not the activities themselves.  We look forward to holding him or her, giving lots of hugs, reading to them, and singing with them.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Jonathan about Kristine: Kristine is who I’d been searching for my whole life.  I already mentioned the hammer part.  But she is also accepting, selfless, supportive, loving, patient and way more organized than I am.  Both I and Alexander are lucky to have her.

Kristine about Jonathan:  Jonathan is who I’ve been searching for my whole life too. He is patient, compassionate, gentle, loving and incredibly thoughtful.

Our extended family can’t wait for another member!

We have 10 siblings and step-siblings between us, yielding a total of 13 nieces and nephews.  Some of them are in their 20s and 30s and having their own kids – there are already 6 young cousins in the next generation, ranging from 4 months to 6 years old.  And there are two loving sets of grandparents who love to spoil their grand- (and great-grand-) babies!

We celebrate holidays with our family and our extended families are spread out, so holidays usually involve travel.  All the cousins want to see each other and we usually have many people converging from all over at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

We will share our adoption story with honesty and love.

Our story is simple.  Alexander understands the basics, even at four.  We love being parents, and are unable to have any more children.  So, we’re reaching out to someone who is going to have a child, but is not able to be a parent right now.  Together, we can create the best life we can for that child, because we all love him or her.

We want what is best for our child.  We’re completely new to adoption, but have been learning through the pre-adoption group about what it means to have an open relationship with birthparents.  We would like to work with the birthparents to set a level of contact that is beneficial to everybody involved.

Our Home & Neighborhood

Our home is perfect for raising a family.   It is warm and comfortable, and our neighborhood has young children. We can walk to the library and a couple of different playgrounds.  We have a sunny playroom next to the kitchen, where Alexander can play and keep an eye on mom’s cooking at the same time!  We enjoy playing outdoors in our big yard, where there is a sandbox and climber, and plenty of room to run.  We like to plant flowers.  This year we planted pumpkin seeds, and we are hoping to have a pumpkin to carve this fall!  For adventures, we walk down to the little stream at the far end of our yard to throw sticks, look for frogs and listen to the birds.  It is very peaceful.

At the end of the day, we snuggle up and enjoy books together. Big brother has been practicing his reading, and can’t wait to read bedtime stories to the new baby!

We wish you well as you make your way through this journey.  We imagine it is difficult and we hope to have given you some insight as to who we are.

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Artug and Lorie

Artug and Lorie

About us

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We are Lorie and Artuğ (pronounced Artoo). We met on a blind date in 2012 and have been together ever since, though our first date almost didn’t happen!  Artuğ chose a really quaint bar/restaurant for us, but it had no signs outside or even a street number! Lorie kept circling the block trying to find it, while Artuğ thought he was being stood up!  Fortunately, for both of us, Artuğ was patient and Lorie eventually found it. Once we met, we ended up talking for hours!  Lorie remembers feeling more comfortable with Artuğ than she had on any other first date and Artuğ remembers Lorie seeming generally interested in getting to know him. We both remember a lot of laughter.

We had been dating for two years when Artuğ brought Lorie back to the place of their first date to propose.  We were married in 2015 on a beautiful spring day in an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by our family and friends. We tried to create a day that would be special and meaningful for everyone which included bilingual programs/menus, a children’s room with games, music and personalized cupcakes, and gifts we made ourselves for each of our guests.  It was an amazing way for us to start our life together.

Lorie is a physician specializing in internal medicine, geriatrics (caring for older adults) and palliative care (caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses). She feels privileged to be able to care for patients and their families when they are quite vulnerable. Artuğ is a Product manager for a high-tech company with a background in Mechanical and Software Engineering.  He feels lucky to have a job where he can problem solve through creativity and teamwork.

Our Hobbies

We both love to spend time outdoors: hiking, kayaking, playing tennis or biking. During the summer, we drive to Cape Cod where we explore seaside towns, camp in tents and enjoy the beaches. Having grown up by the sea, Artuğ loves anything to do with the water including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. Lorie loves anything related to music and dance, is a certified Zumba instructor and plays violin.  This has inspired Artuğ to learn piano and we now own one!  We both love to travel and have a great time together as we visit new places around the world.  Artuğ is definitely the chef of the family and Lorie likes to take on interior design projects in the home.

Qualities we see in each other

In Lorie’s words, “I have never met anyone who knows how to make the most of every moment, the way Artuğ does.  He is always coming up with new experiences for us. I am grateful to have him in my life, both for the adventures he creates and for his positive and loving nature. Artuğ also loves to learn which inspires me to continue expanding my knowledge. He is passionate about cooking, putting love (and deliciousness) into everything he makes. He understands the close relationship I have with my parents and is a wonderful son-in-law. I feel incredibly grateful to have him as my husband and I know he will be an amazing father.”

In Artuğ’s words, “Lorie is the most caring person I know, always thinking about other people and showing compassion in situations that others might overlook.  She is incredibly loving and smart, a combination I feel so lucky to have found. I often refer to her as my ‘subconscious’ because she helps me think through situations in a way that is supportive and calming. She has also expanded my world by introducing me to new music and art.  She is so considerate towards my family and I love how she interacts with our niece. Lorie is my best friend and I know she will be a wonderful mother.”

Activities we look forward to doing with our child

We both look forward to sharing the beauty of nature with our child.  We could imagine hiking and camping (with s’mores, of course) becoming a family tradition. We will share the fun of going to the beach, building sand castles, playing in the water, and taking sailing trips.  We would love to teach our child tennis (Lorie taught tennis to children during her college summers) or any sport that he or she might enjoy. There will inevitably be a lot of singing and dancing in our home. We also can’t wait to travel together as a family, introducing new and unique experiences to our child. Reading together will also be a family event and we can’t wait to find favorite bedtime stories.  While we will share our interests with our child, we truthfully can’t wait to see what our child finds meaningful to him or her and support those interests.

Extended Family

Both of our parents can’t wait to become grandparents (for Lorie’s parents it will be their first grandchild!) We are both very close to our parents and it is important to us that our child will have strong relationships with all of them.  Artuğ’s brother and sister-in-law are eager to become an aunt and uncle and our niece, Maya is so excited to have a first cousin.  She is already imagining the books she will read to our child and the games they will play! We have a large extended family who will welcome our child with open hearts. We are already honorary ‘aunt and uncle’ to many of our friends’ children, and they can’t wait for us to have a child to add to this second extended family.

Holiday Gatherings

Our holidays are usually a time for us to bring family and friends together.  We have a lot of fun celebrating, whether it’s watching fireworks, carving pumpkins, decorating a tree, or baking birthday cakes! We love to host people at our home (Lorie decorates for the holiday and Artuğ does a lot of the cooking).  Our favorite holiday is Thanksgiving when we have our parents, family and close friends at our home.  Artuğ cooks a beautiful turkey and Lorie and her dad prepare traditional family recipes of stuffing and cranberry sauce.  We love having everyone come together for great food, story-telling, and lots of laughter.  We are sure that having a child will create memorable new holiday traditions!

Adoption Story

Our ability to grow our family through adoption is a true gift based on love, and we want our child to feel that as well. It is incredibly important to us that our child hears his or her adoption story from day one. In our family, we will explain to our child that the decision made by our child’s birth parents was done with the greatest amount of love and consideration for him or her. We will answer any questions honestly, sensitively, and of course age-appropriately.  Most importantly, we will strive to understand what meaning our child is trying to make through his or her questions, so we can be as supportive and informative as possible.  It is our promise to always refer to our child’s birth parents with gratitude, love and respect.

Open Adoption

We want to create a supportive environment that will allow a future relationship to develop between our child and his/her birth parents if that is what our child and his/her birth parents desire.  As far as we are concerned, the more love to go around, the better.

Home and Neighborhood

We live in a very sunny two-level home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  People often comment on how warm and welcoming our home feels when they first visit which is what we always wanted.  We have two big decks where we often eat meals, grow herbs and vegetables, and host family and friends. Our neighborhood offers us the best of both worlds. We are in an urban environment with easy access to shops, theater, museums, sporting events, universities, and restaurants.  But, when you turn down our street you would never know this. We are on a quiet side street with a beautiful park and playground around the corner. Our neighborhood is very child-friendly, known for its great schools and short walks to libraries, parks, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts.  We are also within walking distance of a river where we can rent boats, ‘quack’ at the ducks and watch the sailboats go by.  We can’t wait to bring a child into our home and our community!

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