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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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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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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Eric and Emma

Eric and Emma

About Us

We met over six years ago through Eric’s cousin, whom Emma worked with.  We have been inseparable since our very first date!  Eric proposed after hiking to the top of a mountain, which is one of our favorite things to do--it was so special! We have been happily married for almost three years and our marriage has only grown stronger since then.  We are so excited to grow our family through adoption.

Emma is a special education teacher who works primarily with kindergarten and first grade students.  She has been working in the same school for over four years.  She plans to take six months off when the baby arrives and is excited to have the summers and vacation weeks off with the baby.  Eric is a plumber and pipefitter for a mechanical company. Eric plans to take some time off in the beginning when the baby arrives so we can spend quality time together as a family!

Qualities We See in Each Other

Emma says about Eric, “Eric is the most wonderful and loving husband who works so hard to provide for our family.  He makes me laugh every single day and supports me through any challenge I may face.”

Eric says about Emma, “Emma means the world to me. She is the most loving and caring person I know. She is such a strong person and can accomplish anything she puts her mind to. Emma is an incredibly hard working individual.”

Things We Look Forward To

We are so excited to share all of our amazing adventures with our little one. We are looking forward to sharing our love for the outdoors with our child.  We spend a lot of time hiking, kayaking, playing sports, or just hanging out in our backyard.  Eric can’t wait to teach our child to play catch! As a lover of baking, Emma can’t wait to have a little helper in the kitchen to help to bake cookies and cupcakes.  We love traveling to different National Parks and we look forward to sharing this love with our child.  What we look forward to most are the little things; waking up on a Sunday morning and making pancakes with the family, movie nights on the couch, and reading on the swing in our backyard.

Extended Family

We both have big extended families that we are very close to.  Our parents have been our role models since we were young and they are looking forward to welcoming a grandchild into their lives!  We are so lucky that all of our siblings live nearby. We love spending time together on the weekends. They can't wait to be aunts and uncles, some for the first time!  We have two nephews who we spend a lot of time with.  They can’t wait to become cousins!

Holidays

Holidays are very special to us.  We both have large families who love to celebrate!  We can’t wait for our child to join our families for all of our holiday traditions, like decorating gingerbread houses for Christmas, cheering us on at our annual Thanksgiving flag football game, and opening presents one at a time with Eric’s family. These traditions will be so much more special with our child, as will the new traditions we will start as a family. Every year, we travel to New Hampshire to cut down Christmas trees with both sets of parents, siblings, and cousins. It is one of our favorite trips and we can’t wait for our child to join us!

Our Adoption Story

We plan to be very open and honest with our child about their adoption story from day one and ensure that they know how loved they are both by us and their birth parents.  We will answer any questions they have.  Our child will know that their birth parents were able to give us the most amazing and precious gift that anyone is able to give and how we admire their strength, courage, and selflessness. Our son or daughter will always know what a blessing they are to us.

Home and Neighborhood

Our home is on a quiet street in a small, rural town.  We have a cozy home with a big backyard that we spend a lot of time in. We have neighbors with young children who live right across the street.  We live close to our town’s elementary school and our town park.

 

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Mark and Wendy

Mark and Wendy

About Us:

Wendy is a Second Grade Teacher and Mark is a Financial Analyst.

We met online over 10 years ago and have been married almost 9. Our first date was at a sports bar watching a basketball game and eating dinner.  We had great conversation and planned another date that same week.

Our Hobbies:

Wendy enjoys spending time with Gabriella especially all summer being a teacher.  We enjoy going to the beach, travelling.  Wendy also likes to garden, go to the gym, as well as go to sporting events and concerts.

Mark enjoys spending time with Gabriella and taking her to the playground.  He enjoys watching and playing sports.  He likes going to the gym as well as travelling and going to sporting events and concerts.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Wendy about Mark: Mark is the most caring person I have ever met.  He is very close with his family and would give anyone the shirt off his back.  He is loving, calm, honest and has a great sense of humor.  I love the way he connects with our daughter.  They have a very special bond that reminds me of the bond between my Dad and I.  I love how Mark surprises me with dinner and all of us with vacations.  I always tell him he should work as a travel agent.  Every time we go on vacation everything is planned perfectly.  Not only do I love having him as my life long partner, I love him even more seeing him as a dad.

Mark about Wendy: Wendy is caring, patient and always makes me laugh with her funny sarcastic sense of humor & outgoing personality.  She is always the one that lights up the room and makes everyone laugh when we are with a group of people.  Wendy is undoubtedly the best Mother and Wife. Words cannot describe the bond between Wendy and our daughter. Wendy brings out the best in me and constantly inspires me to be a better person. She cares about every single child she teaches like they are her own.  She always finds a way to bring the best out in every child and finds something special about each one.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing With Our Child:

Currently we do so many fun and exciting things with our daughter.  We can’t wait to add to the excitement with another child.  We will continue to travel to different places.  Gabriella has been on a plane 5 times and is only 2 ½.  She has been to Disney World, Mexico and on a cruise.  We can’t wait for a sibling to join her in the fun.  We love going on day trips to the museum, aquarium and water park.

Holiday Gatherings:

Our holiday gatherings our huge.  We recently had a family reunion weekend with 51 relatives.  Most of our holidays include at least 20 people.  Her grandparents and aunts and uncles love spending time with her for every holiday. We have so many laughs, play games and Gabriella gets to play with all of her cousins.  We always look forward to the next holiday gathering.

Our Home & Neighborhood:

We have the most amazing neighborhood.  There are eight families with children that we are incredibly close with.  We go to birthday parties, have barbecues, play dates and swim frequently.  We also go to the beach and take vacations together.  We get together on Halloween and go trick-or-treating.  We also spend the 4th of July together at the beach watching the fireworks.  Our daughter absolutely loves all the kids in the neighborhood with ages ranging from 1 years old to 11 years old.

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Joe and Caitlin

Joe and Caitlin

About Us:

Caitlin is a nurse anesthetist and Joe is an accountant. Caitlin has a very flexible job where she can choose her hours.  In addition, Joe is planning to take a month off from work after the baby is born.

Our Hobbies:

We love to take adventures and travel as a family. Our family already includes a wonderful, five-year old boy who is excited about becoming a big brother.  We love the beach and our travels often bring us to one.  However, we also love playing and watching sports.  Our favorite sports to play include soccer, basketball and baseball.  Like most New Englanders, we love our professional sports teams and try to attend at least one game per year.

Our week nights often include family walks and bike rides.  When we are not active, we enjoy reading books and playing board games. Caitlin teaches Irish Step dancing and enjoys yoga and cooking healthy food. Joe is still playing competitive soccer and just participated in the 150 mile bike ride to raise money for MS research!

Our Story:

We met playing co-ed soccer after college.  Joe had just moved to Boston when he joined Caitlin’s team.  We started dating shortly after and the rest is history.

Playing soccer together allowed us to form a friendship first and get closer while surrounded by mutual friends. Our friendship made us realize how much we had in common and how much fun we had together and over time we grew closer and our relationship grew stronger.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Joe is an excellent father – so caring and patient and has no problem expressing love to both me and our son. He loves being around other people and makes the most out of every situation.

Caitlin is a caring, loving individual who always puts others first. Her positivity and zest for life bring out happiness in everyone around her. Being a mother is her most cherished role in life.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing With Our Child:

We cannot wait to bring our new baby around the family – we are constantly spending time with Caitlin’s family, watching sports games, having dinner together, spending the day at the beach or going for beach walks. We look forward to bringing the baby to our church and welcoming the baby into our faith community. And most importantly we look forward to being together as a family with our son and the new baby, playing games, going for walks, reading books, etc. Sometimes are best moments as a family are on the quiet nights at home together with no plan!

Our Extended Family:

Our extended family is extremely important to us and they are very excited for our adoption.  Our son has six cousins, all under the age on nine and a seventh one is on the way.  We spend as much time with them as possible and Caitlin’s two sisters play an important role in raising our children.  In addition, the baby will have four loving grandparents who will spoil it with love.

Holiday Gatherings:

No matter what the holiday is, both our families are ready to host a big gathering to bring everyone together. We all chip in cooking dinner and cleaning up, tell stories, talk, listen to music, and enjoy seeing everyone together in one place with all the extended family.

Our Adoption Story:

We plan to keep a book and record videos along the many phases of the adoption journey so that when the baby is ready and old enough, we can share the whole journey with him or her. We believe that the birth parents are an important part of who our adopted child will be.

Our Home & Neighborhood:

We recently moved to a beautiful, diverse family neighborhood in Boston. After work, most people can be found out on walks or playing in their yards.   A block down from our house are tennis and basketball courts in one direction and in the other is a neighborhood beach and park.  We live in a large, brand-new three bedroom and three-bathroom home.

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Jon & Ted

Jon & Ted

About Us:

Jon is a college administrator and Ted is a math professor.

Jon is a runner and likes to run half marathons. He plays the trumpet, sings in his church choir and recently learned how to tap dance. Jon also makes the best Thanksgiving Day turkey — ever! — and loves trying new adventures in the kitchen.

Ted likes to build creations with LEGO bricks. He also likes to sing and learned how to tap dance with Jon. Ted loves the outdoors and hikes and camps every chance he gets. Both enjoy performing in community theater.

Our Story:

Jon and Ted met at a singles party for gay men that neither really wanted to go to. Jon wanted to support his friends throwing the party and Ted knew he wouldn’t hear the end of it from his mother if he didn’t go. They noticed each other across the room and Jon asked one of the hosts to introduce him to Ted. The rest is history and they are glad they decided to attend the party!

Both Jon and Ted left that party with a giddy optimism about the other. Jon knew that Ted was husband material when Ted mentioned attending church. Jon began falling in love with Ted as they talked about their spiritual paths and as he learned about Ted’s confident loving spirit. Ted loves how Jon draws Ted out of himself. Ted knew he had found the right guy when Jon said he wanted to have kids, too.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

What Jon sees in Ted: a gentle way about him that teaches Jon patience and an intelligence that amazes Jon every day.

What Ted sees in Jon: the most amazingly sympathetic heart, and the ability to hear what people around him need.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing With Our Child:

We love walking to the big park near our house and traveling to our favorite beaches. We are members of nearby kid-friendly museums, and visit them often. We also enjoy attending kid-friendly concerts and theater. Ted is especially excited to have another LEGO builder in the family.

Extended Family:

In 2016, we adopted a daughter named Valerie. She is looking forward to being a big sister! Jon’s sister has two boys and a girl, and Ted’s brother has two girls, all ranging in age from 4 to 16 years old. All four grandparents are as excited as the kids are to have a new family member!

Our Adoption Story:

We tell our first child stories about how she is a gift of love from her birth mother to us, and we look forward to telling these stories to our new child. As our children grow up, we will talk about how all of us planned our family from before they were born.

Are You “Open” to Ongoing Contact with the Birth Parents?

Yes.

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Kevin and Jonathan

Kevin and Jonathan

About Us

Kevin is a high school vice principal after having taught for over ten years. Jonathan is an architect. Hugo is our adorable 2-yr old French Bulldog. We have a very special story. We met when Kevin found Jonathan’s wallet on the street. It’s been eight years together and we have been married for two of those. Our story is special to us and is always a great ice breaker when meeting new people!

Our Hobbies

We are active individuals and together as a couple. We both love to travel. We spend a lot of weekends at Jonathan’s parent’s house on Cape Cod and look forward to taking our child there. Jonathan is more of the cook and Kevin the host, and we love to have dinners with friends and family, both in our house and out at restaurants. Kevin is a distance runner and has completed five marathons. Jonathan brings his creativity from his profession into the home doing special art and craft projects around the house. Most of all, we love to do things together as a couple.

Qualities we see in each other

Jonathan is a very intelligent, caring man with a good head on his shoulders. He loves to be around people and is always planning our next outing, trip, hangout, etc. Jon is not one to sit around without a plan or purpose. He has an infectious laugh and smart witty sense of humor, appreciated by anyone he is around.

Kevin is a warm and truly kind person.  He is calm and a problem solver.  His patient and positive attitude is a great asset to a household.  People find Kevin easy to be around, and he is quick to make new friends.

Our Extended Family

We are both lucky to have loving accepting families. We each have a sister (Jonathan’s is younger, Kevin’s is older). Neither sister have children yet, so our parents are looking forward to being grandparents. Our extended family is large and full of love and laughter. Holidays with them are spent recounting stories, maintaining traditions, and watching the various dogs and children run around and play. Time on Cape Cod with family is something we always treasure.

Our Adoption Story

We’ve both wanted to have children of our own for as long as we can each remember, and we look forward to learning about an adoptive child’s journey! We will do everything we can to show our child the love and sacrifice their birth parents have for them. We are happy to have an open adoption and determining, with the birth parents, what that will look like and what will be best for our child.

Special Activities we look forward to sharing with our child

We look forward to showing our child the cultural, sports, and historic aspects of Boston. Traveling around New England, our country, and the world will be very special to do as a family. We look forward to filling our child’s room with bookshelves and spending special time learning and reading together. Jonathan’s love for arts and crafts will allow our child to explore their creative side (and maybe they can even teach Kevin a thing or two). Most importantly, we look forward to doing these things together!

Our Home/Neighborhood

We live in a bright, cozy, new single-family home.  Our neighborhood is full of families and laughing children of all ages.  While being in Boston gives us all of the excitement and activities a city has to offer, our street is peaceful and calm, and right by many parks and playgrounds.

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Alain and Celia

Alain and Celia

About Us

Alain is an internal medicine doctor and Celia is a PhD Candidate in Education Policy. Before going back to graduate school, she was a 9th/10th grade teacher in New York City.

Our Story

We met in rural Rwanda. We were both working at a hospital there, Alain as a doctor and Celia in medical education. We met in the large dining hall where all the staff gathered in the evening for meals.

I (Celia) fell in love with Alain immediately. He is such a warm, thoughtful, caring, funny person, and I could see that from the first time we met at the dining hall, where he put everyone at ease.

I (Alain) quickly fell in love with Celia too, as I found her easy laughter, her sense of humor, and her generosity irresistible.

It took us two years to begin dating, though. All of our colleagues and friends used to tease us that we should get together, and although we denied it, we eventually admitted that they were right!

Our Hobbies

We share the same hobbies – we love to spend time outdoors, hiking and riding bikes. Alain is also a runner and Celia loves to swim. We also love to travel the world and learn new languages. When we’re home, our favorite activities are cooking together, reading, and playing with our very naughty cat, Pickles.

Qualities We See in Each Other

There are so many things I love about Alain. First, he is kind and gentle with everyone, always seeing the best in those around him. I also love the relationships he has with his huge family, particularly his young nieces. He is always curious and eager to learn new things, qualities that make him a great doctor, adventurer and partner.

Celia is the most generous person I know. I’m inspired by how she always puts others before herself. I also love how passionate and fearless she is in pursuing her dreams. Her ability to form and maintain friendships and her care for her family are also incredible and mean that our home tends to be filled with loved ones.

Our Extended Family

Alain has 6 siblings, 6 aunts and uncles and 60 cousins! They live in Rwanda, and many have come to visit us and we visit them too. Celia has a brother, 6 cousins, lots of aunts and uncles and her paternal grandparents, and we spend time with them at holidays and other celebrations. All of our family members are excited for a new addition to the family.

Our Adoption Story

Celia was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was four months old. Although the doctors repaired her heart, she always knew that it would be unsafe for her to give birth to a child and that adoption would be the way she would become a parent. Alain has always wanted to be a father and adoption seems like the perfect way to make that dream come true. We are thrilled to start this lifelong journey together!

Holiday Gatherings

We are lucky to have family in many places and we divide our holiday times between Boston and Alabama, where Celia’s family lives, and Rwanda, where Alain’s family lives. In all places, we are often the ones making the pie. Yum.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a sunny three-bedroom home with a large backyard. We are in a family-friendly neighborhood in Boston that is full of diverse families, and we are walking distance from two children’s libraries, a public pond and a forest, which we like to explore in sun and snow. We also love living here because we can access all the great things that Boston has to offer, such as museums, parks and cultural activities, even while living in a quiet and green part of the city.

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Dan and Jinrong

Dan and Jinrong

About Us:

We met using an on-line dating service! At first, we weren’t sure about a “relationship” together, but enjoyed our time together so we decided we would just hang out as friends and see what happened. After hanging out together on numerous occasions, we were becoming more than friends and fell in love with each other. It was awesome that, even though we were culturally polar opposites, we had personalities that just worked together. In 2013, we moved in together and got married 4 years later.

Jinrong is an entrepreneur, and Dan works for a major University.

Jinrong is planning on being a stay-at-home mother if we’re lucky enough to adopt a child. Dan would also take some time off initially to be with the baby.  Dan has great time-off flexibility from his job which will allow him more time to be involved with our child’s daily life.

Our hobbies:

Jinrong loves to walk, jog, cook, play tennis, go to shows, and spend time with friends.  Dan enjoys working out, fishing, playing/watching sports, and anything related to music.

Together, we enjoy going to shows, restaurants, and long walks around the city.  We are very adventurous and love to travel and explore the world together.

Qualities we see in each other:

Dan has a big heart, is very smart, and is an awesome person! He regularly donates blood platelets at the local Children’s Hospital and has donated to numerous charities over the years. He respects and embraces different people and cultures.  He also has a great sense of humor and we belly laugh daily.

Jinrong is a very strong person. She left China by herself and moved to the US to try and better her life.  She worked hard, held a professional job, and eventually opened up a small restaurant all on her own. She is relentless in the pursuit of her goals.

Our adoption story:

We truly want to have a family and although it would have been great to have children of our own, we knew that it was a long shot and always had adoption as a possibility.  If we are lucky enough to be chosen, we will do everything in our power to be great adoptive parents to your child, love them unconditionally, and raise them as our own.  We will positively teach them about their birth parents, so they know who and where they came from.  We will do our best to help them understand the sacrifices you made for their future.

Activities we look forward to:

We want to share all of our hobbies with our child, especially our love for travel.  We look forward to raising our child to be bi-lingual (English/Mandarin Chinese) and to have them experience, appreciate, and respect people from different cultures.  We’d like to provide a stable upbringing, stressing education along with extracurricular activities such as music, sports, or other things that might interest them.  We’d love to see them get a college education and become well-rounded adults and productive citizens.  But we also want them to laugh every day and enjoy life!

Extended family & holidays:

Our families are in different parts of the world, but we try to see them as often as we can.  Dan has a sister close by and two biological adult sons from a previous marriage that are relatively close by.  On all major Holidays, we try to get together with as many of them as possible to celebrate.  We can’t wait to create new special moments and memories with our child.

Our home & neighborhood:

We have an apartment in a large, diverse, city.  Our complex has over 100 children living there at any given time. There are 4 playgrounds, a children’s playroom, basketball courts and plenty of greenspace to run around in.  There’s also a river across the street from us and a park.  Our community is very vibrant with many restaurants, parks, libraries, museums, major league sports teams, and other cool activities.

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Adam and Jason

Adam and Jason

About Us

Love, family, and fun are at the heart of our lives, and we can't wait to share that with a child! Adam is a doctor, and Jason is a lawyer. We live in Boston with our sweet dog Oreo.

Our Story

A mutual friend introduced us in 2002 in San Francisco. Adam was in medical school, and Jason was in law school. It was love at first sight. Later we moved to Boston, where we married in 2009 in front of our friends and family.

Our Hobbies

Adam loves to rock climb and hike outside, while Jason loves to sing and play music. A perfect night together would be dinner and a movie, especially a good romantic comedy. A perfect weekend together would be camping in the forest, sitting by the fire making s’mores.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Adam: What I love most about Jason is his generosity and sense of justice.

Jason: What I love most about Adam is his silliness and compassion.

Holidays with Our Families

With most of his family in California and Arizona, Adam makes the most of his time with his parents, three sisters, and young niece and nephew. We all get together every Thanksgiving in Southern California, when Adam's extended family gathers for lots of turkey, stuffing, and fun at the beach.

For Christmas, there's nothing we love more than to visit Jason's family in Michigan, to see his sister and brother-in-law, their two kids, and his mom who lives with them. Afterwards, one of our favorite traditions is to invite all of our cousins over on New Year's Eve for a big sleepover.

Our Adoption Story

From our first date, we've talked about having children together. After many years of school and careers, we are ready to take that step and welcome a baby into our lives. We want to build a home that is filled with laughter and love, singing and silliness -- not to mention our dog Oreo's occasional barking! We hope you feel comforted to know that your child would be the center of our universe.

We will always honor your important role in our child’s adoption story, and how you helped us create a family together. We want our child to know their history and heritage, and the choices you made to give them the best life possible.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

  • Take our child camping
  • Make snow angels together
  • Go pumpkin picking in New England
  • Visit national parks, like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone
  • Teach them to play an instrument

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a safe neighborhood of Boston, with the sights and activities of the city just steps away from our home. Within 15 minutes, we can get to the Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Greenway Carousel, Museum of Science, Harvard Natural History Museum, and Franklin Park Zoo. But what's most exciting is that our child will be exposed to the wonderful diversity that the city has to offer.

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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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Ricky and Laura

Ricky and Laura

About Us:

We met in college in 2005 in Paramedic class. Ricky sat behind Laura, and we spent a lot of time together because it was a small group. Having many mutual interests and hobbies grew our love, and 4 short years later we got married! We make a great team and balance each other well. Ricky is a Firefighter / Paramedic for the town he grew up in and Laura is a nurse at a local emergency department. With our very accommodating schedules one of us is always at home with our daughter Ava who is 20 months old.

Qualities we see in each other:

Laura about Ricky-- "Ricky has a huge heart and will do anything for someone he cares about. He is strong, intelligent and hardworking. He amazes me every day with his knowledge base and his ability to fix almost anything. He is such a great father and his love for Ava is unmatched. She lights up every time she sees him and they have a special bond”.

Ricky about Laura-- "Since I've known her Laura has had strong maternal instincts, and she has flourished in becoming a mother with such ease. She is patient, nurturing and attentive to everyone else's needs no matter the environment. I know she will pass on these great qualities to our children”.

Our Hobbies:

We enjoy camping and being outdoors, and both are physically active and enjoy exercising. Ricky is an avid bow hunter and enjoys cooking and hosting family and friends at our home. Laura likes to run races, hike and read. Above all we both enjoy spending time with our daughter.

Activities we look forward to:

We have been able to enjoy camping, hiking and traveling with our daughter and intend on continuing to do this with our next child.  We hope to try new things and see new places as our children grow and taking trips as a family to national parks, zoos, concerts and beaches just to name a few.

Family Gatherings:

We are very close to our families, and our children will have grandparents, aunts, uncles, 6 first cousins and too many second cousins to count to spoil them. We have big holiday gatherings, some years hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and have had over 30 family and friend over.

Our Adoption Story:

We plan on being nothing but open with our child when it comes to his/her adoption story. With our daughter Ava, we openly talk about her birth parents and how much they loved her, and it was out of love that they made the decision to give us the greatest gift. We hope to have as much information as possible for our child in regards to his/her history.

Our home and neighborhood:

We live in a picturesque 3 bed room custom ranch on 12 acres of land in a small town in Massachusetts. We have plenty of room to play and explore as most of our property is wooded, and we often seen deer, bunnies and turtles just to name a few! We are close to parks, playgrounds, and there is a Christmas tree farm on our street that has horse drawn hay rides, Santa, a corn maze and pumpkin picking!

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Erik and Sunita

Erik and Sunita

About Us

We met as graduate students in Boston and immediately became best friends.  We married a few years later and eventually adopted our daughter.  Our lives are filled with adventure, love and laughter.  We enjoy spending time outdoors biking, hiking and taking walks.  We cherish the time we spend with our daughter, family and friends.

Our Hobbies

Sunita loves cooking and baking, arts and crafts and gardening.  She also likes sports - tennis, golf, running and biking.  Erik likes outdoor activities like camping, hiking, biking and running.  We both enjoy reading and traveling to explore new places.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Sunita is smart, strong, loving and full of fun.  She makes life fun for all those around her, giving her time and energy to make others feel included and loved.  These attributes make Sunita a great mom.  She is creative and inspires our daughter to draw, paint, build and read.

Erik is everything you could want in a husband and dad.  He is adventurous, smart and energetic.  He is also kind and caring.  He strives to make connections with people and most importantly, he loves to teach, nurture, and have fun with our daughter.

Our Extended Family

Sunita’s immediate family lives in her hometown in Pennsylvania.  The whole family gets together a few times a year and it is so fun to watch the kids having good times together.  Erik’s family lives in Portland, Oregon.  We travel there or to Montana, where Erik grew up, to spend time with his family at a family cabin in the woods.  Sunita’s mom and Erik’s parents visit us often as they love to play with our daughter.  We frequently FaceTime to stay connected.

Our Adoption Story

After several years of trying to have a child, we decided on adoption.  It was an easy choice since we knew we wanted a family.  We are thrilled to have our daughter in our lives.  We have an open relationship with her birth mother and will continue to help her understand and know her birth family.  We also know how much more love we have to give and so we’ve again turned to adoption to expand our family.  We are excited to welcome another child into our home.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We look forward to including our child in all the fun things we typically do - trips to the beach in the summer, walks to neighborhood playgrounds, cheering on Boston sports teams and going to museums.  Our child will also share in the small things we do everyday- doing puzzles by the fireplace, reading books before bedtime, playing catch in the backyard, weekend mornings cuddling in mom & dad’s bed with our two cats, and giving and getting hugs and I love you.

Holiday Gatherings

Our holidays are always special times.  There is always a lot of food, as Sunita loves to cook, especially with her mom and daughter.  We spend holidays with family as much as possible, either having them visit us or traveling to visit them.  It is always a great time to reconnect and fun to see how much the kids have grown and what their new interests are.

Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a three-level four bedroom home in a family-friendly neighborhood.  We have a large backyard with plenty of space to play.  We enjoy spending time on our deck and patio.  There are several great playgrounds and parks we walk to, including one by the school our daughter will attend.  We do bike rides on the local bike path and there is a small town beach that we frequent in the summer.

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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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