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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Bobby and Graham

Bobby and Graham

About Us

We met in the spring of 2015 and have been committed to each other ever since. In the summer of 2017, to solidify our commitment to one another, we had a beautiful New England sunset wedding with family and friends.

Bobby is a French teacher and world language department head in a local school district. Graham is a home inspector, real estate agent, and investor. We both love our jobs, but also consider ourselves lucky to have the flexibility to spend a lot of time together away from work as a family. We both come from families that are really close, so we have always wanted kids. We are so excited to become parents and welcome a child into our home and family. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.

Our Hobbies

We love spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, reading, playing with our two dogs (Miles & Mischa), being outdoors, Harry Potter, and each other. We are both very curious people and never tire of learning new things or traveling to new places. We enjoy spending our downtime reading together, visiting museums and historic homes, attending concerts and shows, exploring new food at local restaurants, hiking with our dogs, or simply sharing an ice cream at the park.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Bobby about Graham: Graham is strong, kind, loyal, and is never afraid to try new things. People around him love his sense of humor and authenticity. He’s always up for adventures and makes life fun. He is smart and loves to read and create. Graham will be a perfect dad!

Graham about Bobby:  Bobby is caring, thoughtful, and has a heart for people. He’s a good listener and people come to him often for counsel. Bobby brings humor and enthusiasm to everything he does to show his loved ones just how much he cares. Bobby will be a wonderful papa!

Our Extended Family

We grew up on opposite ends of the country, Bobby in Louisiana and Graham in Connecticut, and we both have large extended families that are very supportive and loving. We both grew up with one sibling each and have 17 cousins. We have one nephew and four nieces who all mean the world to us and bring so much joy to our lives! Whenever we’re together, it’s like we’re all the same age, although their ages range from two to 17 years old; we spend hours playing and laughing together. Our parents are amazing role models to us, and they’re amazing grandparents to our nieces and nephews. We talk to our families regularly and have a very supportive, loving relationship with our immediate and extended family members.

It’s a family tradition to spend every holiday and special occasion, including birthdays, with family. When we get together with family, we tell stories, share memories, and play with all the kids. Everyone gets involved, and there’s so much love shared!

Our Adoption Story

Building a family through adoption was what initially attracted us to one another. We have wanted a child for as long as we both can remember. Being a same-sex couple, adoption is the natural choice and in our hearts we know raising a child is the best thing that could happen to us. We are very blessed to have strong and supportive family and friends to help us throughout this next chapter in our lives. We are confident we can provide a child with a loving, healthy, and happy home.

Activities We Look Forward to

We look forward to sharing our passions and pleasures with our child.  Firstly, we love traveling to and exploring new places near and far. We cannot wait to bring our child to Nana’s pool, on road trips to the beach and the mountains, and on planes to visit Bobby’s family in New Orleans, Mickey and friends, and to discover new places together.  In addition, we’re eager to go on walks with our dogs and entertain family and friends at our home; everyone will be so pleased to have a new addition to the mix! Finally, we cannot wait to just stay local.  We plan to check local websites for community events and attend them together with our child. We will also make sure to make time to read to our child or watch our favorite TV show together before bed every single night.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We love our open concept ranch home located in the heart of our town. Our neighborhood is filled with friendly neighbors with children and pets. Being in the real estate industry in multiple capacities, Graham is constantly updating the decor and landscaping of our home, as it’s something he really enjoys. Recently, we added a large bedroom and a family room in our basement to allow for extra living space when one of the rooms upstairs turns into the nursery! Blocks away is a lovely park where our child will play, an elementary school, a middle school, and our dogs’ favorite walking trail!

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Ryan and Bima

Ryan and Bima

About Us

We grew up in the same town and have known each other since junior high school. It wasn’t until four years ago that we ran into each other at a mutual friend’s BBQ. Shortly after the BBQ we began to date which quickly blossomed into a wonderful relationship. After purchasing our first home together in 2016, Bima asked Ryan to marry him. We got married in early 2019.

Our Family:

Joey is Bima’s 8-year-old son that lives with us. He is extremely smart and continues to win awards for his academic performance. Joey is beyond excited that he’ll have a younger sibling. He has a huge heart and is kind and gentle. Joey loves to play board games and run around outside. Joey is looking forward to teaching his new sibling how to swim and play sports but most importantly he can’t wait to show them how much love that our family has to offer. One of the best days of his life will be when he can say “I’m a big brother now!”. Ryan and Bima have large extended families consisting of 20+ aunts and uncles and 50+ first and second cousins. We look forward to introducing our new child to our large and loving family.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Bima about Ryan: Ryan is my partner in life. I love him very much. I feel that he is one of the most generous, caring, loving, and thoughtful people I know. He makes me a better person and continuously motivates me through our life. More than my husband, Ryan is my best friend. I have no doubt he will be a great father as he already is to my son.

Ryan about Bima: Bima is a wonderful husband and partner. We work, play, and laugh together daily. He is my rock and he never ceases to amaze me. He is compassionate and strong. He’s loyal and honest. One of the qualities that I love about Bima is that he’s an amazing father.

Our Adoption Story

Being a same-sex couple, adoption was our first choice. We are supportive of an open adoption and look forward to working together to create a plan that will honor and respect the level of openness you choose for yourself, your child, and your family. Above all else, our goal is to maintain a connection. The miracle of adoption helped grow Ryan’s immediate family as his sister was adopted into his family as an infant. He also has two adoptive cousins that are now in their thirties. Not only will your child have an enormous support system, it will be inclusive of family members that have been adopted themselves.

Activities We Look Forward to:

All our family members are ready to welcome another child into our family. We look forward to cutting down our Christmas tree, going apple picking, carving pumpkins, and going on our annual vacation. We’ve spent countless hours talking about details on how we plan to raise our child. We get excited about the many things we will be able to teach, the values we will instill, and the adventures we will share.

Our Home & Neighborhood

Our cozy three-bedroom raised ranch is located on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood. We are fortunate enough to have a large yard where there’s plenty of room to run around and play! During the summer you will find us outside planting flowers, kicking a soccer ball around, or picking home-grown vegetables from our garden. There’s also a town beach with a large playground, basketball court, and a biking path just a short distance away.

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Andy and Danielle

Andy and Danielle

Our Story:

Andy and Danielle both grew up in Massachusetts. Andy has two younger brothers and Danielle is an only child. Andy is a project manager and engineer working on transit and transportation projects within the Boston area. Danielle is an executive assistant supporting the corporate planning and business development departments at a biopharmaceutical company located just outside of Boston. We both thoroughly enjoy what we do and those with whom we work. However we always put our family first while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. We met in our early twenties, through mutual friends just over 10 years ago. We've been inseparable ever since. Andy grew up hiking/camping and volunteering earning eagle scout. Andy of course shared his love with nature with Danielle and soon we were tracking our experiences hiking/camping 4,000+ footers. In July 2013 we were engaged on top of Mount Bond in the white mountains. We've been happily married now for five years. We have raised two beautiful pups Carrigain and Baer both long-haired GSD's.

Our Hobbies:

Andy: I enjoy learning new things, building/tinkering in my shop/barn and listening to music. I find myself often daydreaming about my inventions being the next big thing.

Danielle: I enjoy antiquing, gardening and dancing. I take great pride being a therapy team with my partner Carrigain (the older of our pups) reading to the children at our local library.

As a couple we share a love for hiking, canoeing, cooking, skiing, animals, home renovations, travel, snuggling with our pups and spending time with family and friends during the holidays.

Qualities We See In Each Other:

Andy: Danielle is persistent in what she believes in. She is friendly, caring, reliable, dedicated, compassionate, kind, cheerful and always puts those she cares for first. Danielle embodies all of the qualities of a mama bear.

Danielle: Andy is one of the most caring people I know. I feel the safest when I am by his side. He's a true romantic. He's sweet, smart, loyal, reliable, thrifty, brave, and funny (after all he was nominated class clown in HS). "Handy Andy" is always sticking his neck out for family and friends whether it's to help them move, build a vegetable garden or run errands. Andy will be an amazing father. I can't wait to watch him teach our child the importance of values and respect. He will encourage he/she to appreciate nature and to enjoy the little things in life.

Our Extended Family:

Our family and friends (some adopted or connected to someone through adoption) have been unbelievably supportive in our decision to adopt. They're excited to meet our newest family member!

Special Activities We Look Forward To Doing With Our Child:

We will encourage questions, playing outside in the dirt, jumping in every puddle, sing-along songs, and will love our child with every ounce of our being. We envision exploring the trails behind our house, collecting salamanders, making walking sticks, tending to our vegetable garden, picnics in the park, and collecting seashells at the beach. At the end of a long day, we can’t imagine anything better than winding down for the evening with a big warm snuggle under blankets while roasting marshmallows by the bonfire.

Our Home & Neighborhood:

We live in traditional colonial/farmhouse with a barn. We abut 100+ acres of conservation land with trails and fields overlooking rolling pastures that are home to horses, cows, sheep, goats, llamas, and more. Our community shares in the desire to continuously improve and enrich the land for our families to enjoy for years to come.

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Andrew and Ruth

Andrew and Ruth

About Us:

Thank you for reading our profile! We are so excited about expanding our family through adoption for the second time!

We met about 15 years ago through mutual friends while attending college together. After graduation, we dated long-distance while Andrew served in the Air Force. We married after 4 years of dating and have been married nearly 10 years. We had the wonderful opportunity to expand our family in early 2017 with the adoption of our son, Luke.

Andrew works as a Program Manager in a Cancer Center at a large hospital in Boston.  Ruth works as a Program Manager at a consulting firm in Boston. Both of our employers offer flexible work schedules and generous parental leave following an adoption. We both work shorter work weeks, which allows us both to have a day at home with our son (Luke) each week. Three days a week, we walk to pre-school together and Luke loves his friends and teachers.

We live in a quiet neighborhood in Boston, surrounded by playgrounds, splash pads, and lots of museums which we frequent. We have been so blessed through adoption with our son and are so appreciative of his birth parents. We look forward to opening our hearts and home to a second child.

Our Hobbies:

We both enjoy the outdoors, especially lakes and mountains. Biking, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking are some of our favorite activities. We enjoy many attractions around the city including museums, concerts and sporting events. We love to travel but sometimes find a relaxed weekend at home hits the spot! We already enjoy including our son in many of these hobbies and encourage him to pursue his favorite activities.  Luke currently attends weekly swim and music classes and they are always a highlight of the week (for him & us)!  We love spending time together as a family and look forward to adopting another child.

Qualities We See in Each Other:

Ruth about Andrew: Andrew loves to be surrounded by people he cares about while enjoying the great outdoors. He is strong and steady, the kind of guy who can handle anything that comes his way. He cares deeply about his family and has a true servant's heart. He loves hiking, biking, and southern BBQ! Andrew is a wonderful father. He is patient and kind. It’s been a blessing to see our son benefit from these qualities I enjoyed for many years before we became parents.

Andrew about Ruth: Ruth is caring, loving, fun and loyal but is also driven, focused and dedicated. I love Ruth’s ability to balance being a loving and supportive spouse and friend while also pursuing her passions and career. She has wonderful maternal instincts, and I see her sacrificial love for others before self on a regular basis, especially with our son. She loves cooking and inviting people to our home. She does a great job creating a sense of community for our family.

Activities We Look Forward to:

We can’t wait to introduce our new baby to our supportive family and community of friends. They have done a fantastic job of supporting us as parents and loving our son. We want to expose our children to a wide range of activities, including many that have been influential in our own lives (youth sports & hobbies).  Bike rides along the harbor and river are a favorite family activity! We love going to national and state parks and we can’t wait to take our children with us. We also love to cook and look forward to special meals at home as a family.

Family Gatherings/Holidays:

We are close to both of our families and we can’t wait to introduce them to our new baby. Christmas and Thanksgiving are our favorite family holidays. These holidays are a time where everyone comes together to enjoy a (large!) meal and spend time together. Andrew’s family has incredible recipes that we look forward to all year. Ruth’s family holidays include lots of time with nieces and nephews at the lake.

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is decorating the tree using ornaments from each new place we’ve visited together.  We look forward to adding another special ornament to our collection when we travel to meet our baby for the first time.

Our Adoption Story:

After many years of struggling to conceive we decided adoption was a wonderful opportunity for us and the right way to grow our family. We have so much respect for parents considering adoption plans. We adopted our first child, Luke, by partnering with AWL a couple years ago. We know we have more love to give and look forward to growing our family with a second adoption. We want our child to know our ability to love him or her was only possible because of the love you first demonstrated. We want our child to know about his birthparents and welcome an open adoption.

Our Home and Neighborhood:

We currently live in a quiet neighborhood in Boston in a comfortable home that allows us close proximity to work and school, giving us more time together as a family. Our apartment is close to the Boston Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum, playgrounds, baseball/soccer fields, Charles River and both of our offices. We love to open our home to friends and family on a regular basis and want it to be a warm and welcoming place for others.

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Margaret and Oliver

Margaret and Oliver

About Us

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! It seems unlikely that a guy from a small village in Germany would meet a girl from New York City but somehow we found each other at a mutual friend's party in Massachusetts in the summer of 2007. We got married in 2013 and it has been a wonderful adventure ever since. We are so excited to explore the world through our child's eyes. We look forward to reading books together, going on hikes around New England, and traveling to see our friends and family around the world

Our Story

Our journey to this point has been a long one. After more than four years of trying to conceive, we decided to close the door on having biological children and dream about growing our family through adoption. Once we made this decision, it felt like the entire world brightened and hope sprung in our hearts. We are thrilled to be able to grow our family through adoption and cannot wait to welcome a little one into our home.

Qualities We See in Each Other

What Oliver Loves About Margaret: Margaret is outgoing, loving, and caring. She makes more friends in a year than other people in a lifetime, and somehow she manages to stay in touch with everybody. I love her laughter; it's the heartfelt kind that you can hear from another room. She's smart and cultured, plays the flute, reads books, and enjoys going to concerts and plays. I love that Margaret has come to enjoy long nature walks with our dog.

What Margaret Loves About Oliver: Oliver is one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met. I love that he is incredibly curious about the world and is always wondering how things work. He fixes everything around our house and loves creating all sorts of ad-hoc science projects. I love that he has a lot of different passions including woodworking, cooking and baking, botany, photography, and more. I can’t wait to see him as a father and to see him teach our child(ren) all about the world.

Our Adoption Story

Once we made the decision to grow our family through adoption, we immediately recognized that choosing this path is a gift based on love. We are fully committed to an open adoption and plan on being completely open with our child(ren) when it comes to their adoption story. It is important to us that our child learns about how much love their birth parents have for them to have made an adoption plan.

In addition, it is important for us to state that we are only interested in transracial adoption. As a mixed race couple, we intend to honor our child’s ethnic and racial background as we recognize this is incredibly important for a child’s development.

Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a great neighborhood in a diverse city outside of Boston. Our condo apartment is filled with plants and light and we are close to several parks, playgrounds, and schools. There are a lot of families in our neighborhood, including several adoptive families. Racial and ethnic diversity is very important to us and our neighborhood is reflective of this.

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James and Crystal

James and Crystal

About Us

Hi! We are James and Crystal and we have known each other for 22+ years. We started dating in 7th grade and have basically been together since. Our relationship over the years has been an amazing journey evolving from a junior high crush, to best friends, to husband and wife.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Crystal about James:

James is one of the most balanced people I know. He is silly, yet focused. He can be spontaneous, yet practical. He loves a good adventure, but is also structured and stable. James is genuine and kind and, without a doubt, the most generous person I know. I love our silly banter and, having known each other since middle school, we really "get" one another. He's my rock during the tough times and the one who makes the good times great. He's a natural caregiver and a compassionate person.

James about Crystal:

Crystal inspires me to stand up for what I believe in every single day. I have never met anyone with a stronger conviction in doing the right thing or someone who would fight harder to right a wrong than Crystal. Through the years, I have seen her in so many roles with kids, a toddler teacher, guidance counselor, tutor, aunt, and in every single one she holds their best interest at heart.

Our Adoption Story

Adoption has always been in the plan for us; it was definitely more of a “when” than an “if”. After moving back home from living abroad, gaining stability in our careers, and purchasing a new home, we decided we were ready to start building our family. While having biological children has not worked out for us, it has only fast forwarded our plans to build our family through adoption.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We can’t wait to share holidays and traditions, introduce them to Santa, go apple picking, carve pumpkins and dress up for Halloween, bring them to amusement parks, ­­snuggle up for movie night, build forts in the living room, and go to the park. Going to Disney World has been an annual tradition and we are excited to give our child the same experience. James grew up going to a Lake every Summer with his cousins who have continued the tradition with their kids (50+ people) and can’t wait to bring ours. Mostly, we are excited to teach them something new at every turn and give them opportunities to explore and grow.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We recently purchased a sunlit condo in a family and pet friendly neighborhood of Boston where we live with our cat. Our neighborhood is full of families with young children, a waterfront playground across the street with several schools just a few minutes walk from our home. Our small community within the larger city often hosts family events for the holidays including parades and celebrations throughout the year. We are minutes from some of the best medical facilities and educational institutions in the country. We also have museums, an aquarium, an ice rink, and several sports fields within minutes from our home.

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Carolyn

Carolyn

About Me

Hello, I’m Carolyn. I am a fun loving young professional living and working in the lively city of Boston. I am over joyed at the thought of becoming a mother, and sharing my joyful life with a child, something I have wanted ever since I can remember. My life is full and rich in adventure and I cannot wait to share these moments. I relish my close knit family, my warm and fun friends, and my job that offers me great flexibility.  I love the people I work with and my job has allowed me the financial security to own my own home and plan for a baby.  I have been rewarded the opportunity to be a loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, auntie, god-mom and mentor for years and look forward  to the moment when I can share that same affection to my future son or daughter as their “mom.”

Qualities my Family and Friends See in Me

My friends and family would call me, "the planner.”  From surprise birthday parties, to packing the beach cooler with snacks, to figuring out how to decorate a living room, I’ve got a plan. I love the responsibility and the result of the joy it brings people I love.  My friends have told me that I am a good sounding board; they know I will be an unbiased and supportive friend in their time of need. They’d also describe me as “the creative one.”  My friends tease me for sending handwritten notes to them out of the blue but I think they like getting snail mail that isn’t junk! I’ve already started writing letters to my little one and can’t wait to creatively capture his or her milestone moments in life to share with you if that is your wish.

My Hobbies

I enjoy sending handwritten cards to those I love, I also enjoy giving gifts of experiences instead of things you can buy in a store.  A few years ago, I decided to try something new every week for a year.  It lead me to trying new foods, visiting new cities, learning to ski, paddleboard, and waterski.  The most fun part about this challenge was recruiting friends to do it with me.  Most of my hobbies are done with the support of friends and family.  I started running a few years back and went from 5K to half marathons.  I am aiming to travel to all 50 States and I dream of bringing my little one with me to experience new things with me.  I’ll be sure to add a running stroller to our baby registry so we can go for jogs together!

My Extended Family

My whole family cannot wait to meet my little one!  I am blessed to have the example of my parents loving marriage, two sisters, a brother and now the love of two brother in laws, two nieces and two nephews. A group of twelve now, our immediate family has grown to share in the traditions that make our family unique. My grandmothers both in their 90s, godparents, aunts, uncles cousins and friends make up the generational circle of love and are eager to welcome and bond with my future child.  The big question on everyone’s minds is “Girl” or “Boy” for the cousins tie breaker.

Open Adoption

The gift of motherhood through adoption is built on love and I want my child to feel that as well. It is incredibly important to me that my child hears his or her adoption story from day one. I promise to always refer to my child’s birth parents with gratitude, love and respect. I hope to create a supportive environment that will allow a future relationship to develop between my child and his/her birth parents as I’d be grateful that there are many people in our baby’s life to love him or her.  Should you prefer privacy, I respect that as well.

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Sarah and Curtis

Sarah and Curtis

About Us

We met in 2009 and have been happily married since 2013. We share a love of music, art, the outdoors, and learning. Kindness and caring towards others are the things we value most in life.

Our Story

Sarah was working at an arts and crafts fair when we first met. After talking for a while, Curtis won Sarah over by returning with a surprise, desperately needed tea and muffin.

Our Home

We have a cozy home with two playful kitties in a vibrant, diverse community in the city. Our neighborhood is welcoming and full of great activities for families. All year round there are fun outdoor gatherings: a spring festival, a Halloween parade, craft fairs at Christmas time, and outdoor movies and concerts in the summer. Close to our house is a beautiful pond with a park where people bring their families and pets to walk and meet neighbors and friends.

Our jobs are close to home and we each walk to work. Sarah works for a museum, community center, and arts school that are in our neighborhood. Curtis is a computer scientist working with non-profit research labs that are trying to cure childhood cancer.

Our Hobbies

We love exploring nature, volunteering in our community, and traveling. We’ve toured ten countries together and look forward to visiting new places and taking road trips as a family. Art is an important part of our lives. Sarah teaches art and works as an illustrator and Curtis makes music and is an avid photographer.

Holiday Gatherings

Holidays are big events in our families. Most of Curtis’s extended family members (over 40 people!) live nearby and we see them for all the big holidays and some of the small ones. We travel to nearby New Hampshire to visit with Sarah’s family at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and throughout the year. We gather in someone’s house enjoying board games and lots of good food.  With so many people, it’s usually near someone’s birthday so there is always a cake and a lot to celebrate.

Our Adoption Story

Curtis had childhood cancer and has been cured and healthy for over 20 years.  We knew that we would not have a biological child because of Curtis’ treatment when he was a kid. We are excited to adopt a baby into our family.  We can’t wait to share with a child cookie baking on snowy days, summer fireworks over the harbor, and the kindness and opportunities we have had growing up in loving families in New England.

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Cody and Susan

Cody and Susan

About Us

Susan and Cody first met on Myspace. Susan messaged Cody and they began writing each other. Messages turned to calls and falling asleep on the phone at night. With plans to meet, Cody boarded a plane. When they first saw each other Cody grabbed her in his arms. They’ve been inseparable since. They moved in together falling deeper in love. After asking Susan’s father, Cody took her on a weekend getaway and proposed on a Sunday afternoon near a beautiful waterfall. Now together twelve years and married four, Cody manages a Collision shop and Susan teaches children with special needs.

Our Story

Susan long dreamt about becoming a Mother. She was devastated when the doctor said she couldn’t have children. On that rainy night, Cody took her in his arms and promised her she’d be a Mommy. From that moment on they knew they’d be a family. Adoption is the key to their hearts.

Qualities We See In Each Other

Cody is like no one I’ve met. He’s amazing in so many ways. A hard worker, always giving without wanting in return. He makes me laugh like nobody else. He cheers me up and just hearing the sound of his voice can calm my nerves. When Cody tells me I’m the most beautiful girl, I feel it in my heart. I still get butterflies when he looks at me. He’s my best friend and makes all my dreams come true. Cody is going to be one amazing Daddy.
-Susan

Susan is a remarkable woman. She’s loving and understanding with a heart of gold. Beautiful and strong with a humble personality. She puts others before herself and is a loyal person people can talk to. She loves children and is certain to be an exceptional Mom.
-Cody

Our Hobbies

We enjoy many activities together. Cody’s favorites are camping at the lake, swimming and wakeboarding! Autumn leaves and apple orchards fill our fall time. Snowboarding is a winter favorite. I joined Run Disney and I’m really loving it! In the summer we participate in fundraising and benefit rides on Cody’s motorcycle. Cody also enjoys flying drones. We attend various concerts, amusement parks and sporting events too. We’ll love sharing these hobbies with our child.

Special Activities We Look Forward To Doing With Our Child

There’s countless traditions to share with our child. Apple picking, trick or treating and taking in the fall colors. Winter strolls gazing at neighborhood Christmas lights. Spring walks to the park to play on the swings. Summer trips to mountain lakes and days at the beach collecting seashells and building sandcastles. 4th of July Fireworks at the park or watching an evening movie outside our favorite ice cream shop. Taking our child to Disney World to see them smile when they see Mickey Mouse for the first time. We’re especially excited to have them meet Santa.

Our Extended Family

Family is everything. Susan’s always been especially close with her parents. Sadly Susan lost her Mother in spring 2018. It’s heartbreaking for Susan being without her Mom. She knew how much Susan wanted to be a Mom. Grieving the loss of his wife, Susan’s Father remains supportive. Susan and Cody stay in close contact with their Aunts (7), Uncles (6) and many Cousins. Cody often visits his family in the Pacific Northwest and Florida. His Sister is married with a Son and Daughter. Cody’s Brother, parents and Grandfather are eagerly awaiting good news. There's so much love for the new addition!

Our Adoption Story

Adoption is the definition of love. It’s paramount our child truly understands the selflessness and love of their birth parents for making such a difficult decision.

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Matt and Katie

Matt and Katie

About Us

Thanks for taking the time to learn about us. We are Matt & Katie. We met 8 years ago through a popular online dating site. We were engaged after a year and married a year after that. Everything seemed to fall perfectly into place and we started on our lifelong journey together. Katie works as Senior Operations Manager at a pharmaceutical company and Matt works in sales at a wholesale distribution company in the construction industry. Three years ago, we adopted our dog, Toro. He is quite the character and great around children. He cannot wait to have a new friend to play with!

Our Hobbies

Matt is a “jack of all trades” and likes to work on projects around the house and yard. He is also an excellent cook and loves to grill and smoke food all year round. His other favorite hobby is saltwater fishing.

Katie is a talented singer/song writer and has been in a band for over 15 years. She also loves animals, arts and crafts, baking, shopping and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Qualities We See in Each Other

From Matt, of Katie: Katie’s qualities can’t be summed up in a few sentences. She is the kindest, selfless and most caring person that I know. She is very determined and excels at everything she does. She loves unconditionally and is quick to forgive. Katie has a very calm and collective nature about her and I have no doubt in my mind that all of her qualities are going to make her a fantastic mother.

From Katie, of Matt: I never believed in love at first sight or understood how easy a relationship could be until I met Matt. After just two dates, I knew in my heart that he was the one I had been waiting my whole life for. He is the most genuine, hard working, caring and honest person I know. He puts his family and friends before anything else but also goes out of his way to help anyone in need without the expectation of getting anything in return. He laughs with me during the good times and wipes my tears when I’m sad. He is also really funny and always makes me smile. He is truly one in a million. I am so blessed to have found my soulmate and know that he will be an amazing dad to a very lucky kid.

Our Extended Family and Holidays

Our parents are overjoyed at the thought of welcoming their very first grandchild into the family! Many of our family members including our parents, several of our siblings, aunts/uncles and cousins live within a 20-mile radius. We have a very tight knit family so having everyone close by gives us a great support system when we have a child. Along with all major holidays, we host a number of family dinners and get togethers through out the year. Thanksgiving is one of our favorites because everyone comes over; parents, siblings, aunts/uncles and cousins.

Our Adoption Story

Ever since we met, we have talked about starting a family. Due to medical reasons we have come to the decision that adoption is the best path for us to take. We are very excited to welcome a child into our home and start the next chapter of our life that we have been waiting so patiently for.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We want our child to be able to experience all that life has to offer. Some activities that have a strong meaning for us that we want to share with our child include fishing, playing music, going on trips and spending time with family and friends.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live on a quiet cul-de-sac in a suburban town surrounded by friends and close to family. We custom built our dream home together right after we got married. We built our house with children in mind and included extra bedrooms, bathrooms and an extra-large room over the garage to be used as a child’s play room. We have an inground pool, fully fence in yard and a nice big area for kids to play. We are close with all of our neighbors and throw a big block party each year with activities for both kids and adults. We could not have picked a better neighborhood to raise our family.

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Lon and MaryClaire

Lon and MaryClaire

About Us

Hi! We are Lon and MaryClaire. Thank you for taking the time to read our story! We met through a summer softball league eight years ago and have been married for six years.  Lon proposed at MaryClaire’s favorite spot in Acadia National Park which we continue to visit.  We both work in healthcare where MaryClaire works at a cancer research center and Lon works at a medical laboratory.

Our Hobbies

We like to be outdoors and enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, and taking in new scenery.  We like to travel and these trips together have helped us grow as a couple and created great memories. We like to cook and MaryClaire bakes; we learned helpful cooking tips from our parents that we look forward to sharing with our child as we cook together. Lon is a talented musician and we are excited to share our musical interests with our child.

Qualities We See in Each Other

From Lon, of MaryClaire: MaryClaire deeply cares and loves people.  She lives her life so that the moment she is presently in is the only moment that currently matters.  I fell in love with her instantly.  She sings nursery rhymes and has been collecting children’s books for years that she knows word for word.   Watching her interact with our nieces, nephews, and friend’s children have shown me just how great of a mother MaryClaire will be for our children.

From MaryClaire, of Lon: Lon first caught my eye in the cafeteria at work and I was excited to meet him at softball.  Right from the start I was comfortable being with Lon and I enjoyed the time we spent dating. I am blessed to call Lon my husband and best friend. Lon leads by example, has a generous and empathetic heart and is an attentive and sweet husband. Connecting with kids comes very natural to Lon. Lon is a good story teller, is musical and is funny as well! Lon will be a fantastic Dad to our child!

Our Extended Family

Our families and our dear friends share in the excitement we have to adopt a baby. We gather with our families multiple times a year for holidays, birthdays, and special events. There are many people who are waiting to meet our son or daughter and to be in his or her life.

Our Adoption Story

We are thrilled that we can grow our family through adoption. We will be honest with our child to explain his or her story and the selfless decision his or her birth parents made to make an adoption plan.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

It will be a joy to experience every day with our child and we look forward to snuggles, hugs, kisses, reading books, jumping in leaf piles, catching lightning bugs, baking, cooking, playing music, visiting with family and friends, connecting with neighbors, biking, hiking, laughing, making snowmen, going to church, watching our child learn, traveling and making memories in many other ways.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in the suburbs in a home that has a nice yard and is on a quiet street. Our neighbors are wonderful friends of ours and are very friendly and welcoming. Our neighborhood is a fun place year-round and especially so during trick-or-treating! Our cozy home is set and ready for us to welcome home our child.

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Shaun and Kate

Shaun and Kate

Our Story

We met over five years ago in New York City, through our work as scientists studying the mind and brain.  It was a meeting of hearts as well as minds: we fell in love fast and have been together ever since.  After dating for a few years, we relocated to Boston and bought a house in a pleasant suburb just a few miles from the city.  Compared to Manhattan, the peace and quiet was a big change!  But we absolutely love living here and it’s a perfect place to raise a family.

We were married in a beautiful ceremony in Vermont’s Green Mountains, surrounded by our closest friends and family.  We’re a “transatlantic” couple: Kate was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, whereas Shaun grew up “across the pond” in England.  Kate attended graduate school in New York City, where she then worked as a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher, aiming to help people with serious mental illness.  Shaun moved to the US in his mid-twenties, to pursue his career in research, studying genetics and neuroscience.  He’s currently interested in what sleep does to keep our brains healthy.

Our Family

Shaun’s son from his first marriage, Lorcan, is 11 years old and lives with his mom a few miles away.  He spends several days with us each week as well as weekends and holidays.  We have a lot of fun together, and Kate and Lorcan are very close.  As an only child, he’s very excited to become a big brother!  Our fourth family member is Clover, a two-year-old golden retriever. She’s a very sweet and gorgeous girl, who loves to go for long walks, chase balls, and snuggle.

Our Hobbies

Having competed through her college years, Kate is still an avid runner (and still pretty competitive in general!).  Nowadays she rarely has occasion to sprint, but she goes for long and leisurely runs to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors.  She also has a passion for cooking, playing games, reading and travel.

Shaun likes to play games as well – but he also enjoys creating new games. He has developed a card game of his own, called Squirrel, and he is a pro at organizing scavenger hunts whenever Lorcan has friends over or our nieces and nephews visit. He is a bit of a “tech” guy and when not working on his computer, you might find him playing a video game or two with Lorcan.  Together, we share movie nights, board games, and sitting by the fireplace.  We’re lucky to have a pool in our back garden, where we spend a lot of time splashing around, playing volleyball and grilling out.  We also frequently go on nature hikes with Clover, who loves running through the woods, creating obstacle courses for herself, and greeting everyone who walks by.

Qualities We See in Each Other

Kate on Shaun:  Shaun is an optimist.  He has a special way of seeing the silver lining no matter what happens.  If we plan an outdoor activity and it starts to rain, he will inevitably say it is better in the rain (he is from England, after all).  He puts a positive spin on everything and refuses to let things get in the way of enjoying our time together.  This is one of the reasons that I love him. He is the most intelligent person I have ever met but he’s still able to enjoy silly films and playing kids’ games. He works hard and is dedicated to his career, but his priorities are centered on our home and he always puts family first.

Shaun on Kate:  Kate’s awesome, although I may be biased.  She has a great capacity for joy – a very important quality – and is able to appreciate the good things in life and not take them for granted.  She is a very social person who effortlessly elicits warmth and connection in others.  Kate’s very caring and despite not having had children of her own, has a naturally maternal way.  (I sometimes think she’s like a mom to the younger people in her group at work.)  But she’s a cool character too, who is pretty unflappable and doesn’t sweat the small stuff.  We already mentioned that she’s competitive: in fact, she’s usually the one who wins no matter what we’re doing, from tennis to card games to shooting pool. But it must be love, because I don’t even mind…

Our Extended Family

Kate: I have one sister (Beth) and one brother (Dave) with whom I’m very close.  When I was 18 years old, our mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away five years later.  Through those difficult times, we learned just how important family is and we do not take one another for granted.  Beth still lives in upstate NY with her husband and four children.  We see them several times a year and I revel in being an aunt. Dave moved to Texas about 15 years ago, where he lives with his wife and two children.  Because of the distance, we see his family less frequently than Beth’s, but still manage to visit once a year and take advantage of FaceTime and texting between trips.  I’m very close with my dad Hank and his wife, Judy - who live together in the town where I grew up.  We travel together when we have the chance and have been to Ireland, Italy, and Hawaii – among other less exotic places. We truly enjoy spending time together. Hank and Judy are both looking forward to doting over their newest grandchild.

Shaun: I have one sister, Claire, who lives in Cheltenham, England with her husband Gareth and their three children.  My parents, Steve and Ann, live about an hour from Claire, in the house where I grew up, in a town called Rugby.  Despite living in another country, we’re able to visit once a year, and my family enjoys the excuse to travel “stateside” and tour all over New England, Colorado and other places (as well as seeing us, of course!).  It’s always a pleasure to see the kids get together, as they particularly love their American cousin Lorcan.

Our Adoption Story

We wanted to start a family but couldn’t get pregnant.  We went through two unsuccessful courses of IVF.  We were disappointed of course, but not devastated as adoption was something we’d considered right from the start.  To us, growing a family is what matters most and DNA has little to do with how we personally define family.

Special Activities We Look Forward to Doing with Our Child

We’re excited not just for the special occasions and achievements our child will enjoy, but also for the little moments we’ll share with our child, whatever they may be.  Perhaps building snowmen in Boston’s snowy winters, followed by a hot chocolate and a cozy fireplace.  Or laughing at something silly at the dinner table.  Or making up games during road-trips, or the tooth fairy’s first visit.  We’re excited about a life full of such moments, made special because they are shared moments, family moments.

But when not just having plain old fun, we do look forward to encouraging our child to grow to be true to his or herself, by providing opportunities and enriching experiences for them.  We’ve been fortunate to have resources but also flexible work schedules, and we look forward to taking advantage of these to provide for our child:  for example, through exposure to new places through travel, opportunities to engage in sports and hobbies, as well as a solid education and love of learning.

Holiday Gatherings

We love the holidays!  Kate’s favorite is Thanksgiving, as we get together with our extended families and eat and play games all day. It is a perfect time to catch up with each other without any set agenda (except for mealtime!) and it is usually right around the time that it gets cold outside, which makes for a nice setting by the fire.  Shaun is a big fan of Christmas. We decorate the house early and spend a festive evening decorating the tree and listening to Christmas music. Every other year, we travel to England to spend Christmas with Shaun’s family. Lorcan gets the chance to see his British cousins and we usually rent a house where we can all stay together.

Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a safe, leafy neighborhood just outside of Boston, on a small street with friendly neighbors, most of whom have young children themselves.  The town has some of the best schools and libraries in the state.  It’s still easy to get into the city whenever we want, which is good for many family-friendly activities, from the Children’s Museum, to Swan Boats in Boston Public Gardens, to baseball at Fenway Park.

Our home is a spacious split-level, mid-century modern house, with four bedrooms, a large kitchen where we often gather, living room, dining room, a family den (where we mostly hang out when not in the kitchen), as well as a games/media room and finished basement with a pool table.   Our back garden is fenced-in, with a lawn and patio where we often grill, and spend time in the swimming pool.  There’s also a little pool house with a mini-kitchen that’s a fun place for the kids to play house in.   It’s a nice home and a great place for our family.

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Mike and Emily

Mike and Emily

OUR STORY

Mike grew up in New Jersey as an only child, and went to college not too far from home, eventually taking his first full-time job in the Boston area. Emily grew up in western Massachusetts, the oldest of four kids. After college, she spent a couple years teaching on a small island in the Pacific as part of a volunteer program. Afterwards, she moved back to her hometown and worked nearby, but would frequently go into Boston on weekends to visit friends. As luck would have it, we met on one of those weekends at a gathering of mutual friends about 10 years ago. We dated for about 4 years and have been married now for over 5! Currently, Emily is a teacher at a nearby public library and Mike works in the tech industry as an electrical engineer.

OUR HOBBIES

Emily loves reading, running, crafting, and paddleboarding. She also likes to catch up with her siblings and childhood friends, many of whom also live in the Boston area. Mike enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and playing or watching sports with friends. He likes tinkering and building and always has some small project going on around the house. Together, we share a love for silly jokes, being outdoors, playing board games with friends, and snuggling with our two cats Boots and Busta in front of the TV. We both enjoy traveling and loved the adventure of living in Beijing, China together for two years on a work assignment. We look forward to taking our child to places we have been and to many new places we can explore together.

QUALITIES WE SEE IN EACH OTHER

We’re very different people - Mike tends to be analytical, calm, and introspective with a dry sense of humor, while Emily is creative, ambitious, bubbly, and engaging. Left to his own devices, Mike would likely fall into a predictable, uninteresting routine. Left to her own devices, Emily might fall into disorganization and chaos! But together, Mike provides the stability and grounding to the relationship while Emily provides the energy and creativity that make life interesting and meaningful. Together, we help to moderate each other’s flaws and anxieties, but accentuate our individual strengths. We support each other, we rely each other, and we laugh with each other - a lot.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING WITH OUR CHILD

We are excited to share in some big adventures with our child, but especially in the many small, everyday adventures! We can’t wait to have a little one toddling around, playing with our pets, splashing in puddles, and building amazing Lego creations.

Emily: I’m looking forward to taking our child to explore the beach near our home and to enjoy sing-alongs and storytime at our library. I can’t wait to teach them how to make crafts, do kitchen science experiments, and dance around the living room.

Mike:  I’m excited to chase our child around the house, jump in piles of leaves with them, play games with them, and help them take things apart to understand how they work. It will be a lot of fun teaching them how to throw a baseball, shoot a basketball, and catch fish.

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY & HOLIDAYS

We’re lucky to have Emily’s sisters, parents, and grandmother nearby and we see them often, either in her hometown or out on the coast. We especially love spending the big holidays together and taking part in family traditions - getting a Christmas tree, cooking a massive meal on Thanksgiving, hunting for Easter eggs, and celebrating birthdays together. Often, we invite our close friends to join in the festivities. Emily’s brother and extended family also live in the northeast. We see them a few times a year for family gatherings. We adore being aunt and uncle to her brother’s two young children and look forward to welcoming another niece or nephew in the next year when Emily’s sister has a baby, too! Mike comes from a very small family. His Mom lives in North Carolina and we visit her several times a year, including traditionally on New Year’s. But she’s currently making plans to move up to Boston very soon, because she wants to be close to her grandchild! We are grateful for FaceTime so we can catch up with her, his aunts, and his uncle despite the miles that separate us.

OUR HOME & NEIGHBORHOOD

We recently purchased a warm and sunlit home for our growing family in one of Boston’s most vibrant and historic communities. There are lots of families around with young children, and we have playgrounds and great schools just a few minutes’ walk from our home. We run most errands by foot since we have grocery stores, shops, restaurants, great medical care, and access to public transit just a few blocks away. Also in walking distance is our local library, a beach, an aquarium, and museums with great activities for kids.

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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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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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