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Noah & Szilvi

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and get to know us a little bit. We look forward with joy to start our family through adoption and to welcome a child into our lives with laughter and love. At the same time, we know that this is a difficult choice for you, and we admire your strength and courage. We hope that you consider us and we look forward to the journey that lies ahead of us.

About Us

Attorney Adviser
Educational Research Analyst
Law Degree
Doctoral Degree in Social Science
Legally Married
District Of Columbia

How Adoption has Affected Us

Ziplining in the Rainforest

We understand on a deep personal level how beautiful it is to create a family through adoption. Noah's mother adopted his older sister domestically; Noah's sister-in-law was adopted internationally as an infant; and one of Noah's best friends from childhood was adopted as an infant as well. We are so lucky to have these loving people in our lives to encourage and support us through this process. Talking with them has helped us better understand the complexities of adoption, and we are ever grateful to them.

We also know that adoption can raise unique challenges for a child. And so we are fortunate that as our child grows up and faces questions, he or she will be able to ask these friends and loved ones questions about adoption or what they are going through. These special people have always been there for us, and we know that they will be there for our child as well.

We believe that honest conversations create trusting relationships. We are committed to creating an open and encouraging environment for our child to question, explore, and make sense of their own adoption story and background. We plan to make a life book to assist our child in this process, and would like to involve the birth parents as much as they want to be involved. We understand that our child may have different questions as they grow older, and we are committed to being by their side as they develop their own unique identity. We are committed to maintaining open relationships with our child's birth family and understand the importance of talking about our child's birth parents in a positive and respectful way. We want our child to be proud of where they come from, and we want him or her to understand that they are loved by many people.

Addressing Cultural Diversity

Because we are from different cultural backgrounds, we are sensitive to cultural differences and will affirm them. We think that one of the best ways to affirm cultural identity is to expose our child to a variety of people and places. Fortunately, this will be easy in Washington, DC. We live in a dynamic neighborhood with families from all types of backgrounds around us. Our circle of friends and colleagues is diverse - in terms of nationality, ethnicity, religion, and race - we believe that a community of friends who share our child's cultural and racial heritage is important for our child to feel rooted in that community. In DC, we can easily take advantage of relevant exhibits, cultural festivals, events at embassies, and will engage with groups and organizations that affirm our child's cultural/racial background.

We are also strongly committed to raising a multicultural, bi-lingual child. We want our child to visit family in the U.S. and Europe and to be comfortable navigating both cultures. Of course, this will just be one aspect of our child's identity; there will be many others. But we will work hard to ensure that our child sees and experiences the richness of both of our cultures. We know that we will have much to learn if our child comes from a different cultural or ethnic background. It will probably be challenging sometimes, but we are excited to explore and embrace our child's cultural identity together.

Childhood Memories

Noah grew up next to a lake, and his childhood was filled with lake- related activities, including ice skating, boating, and swimming. He learned how to swim at the same time he learned how to walk! Noah was involved in other activities too, from team sports like basketball and soccer to modern dance and karate. Some of his strongest memories as a child are of spending a few weeks during each summer at the ocean with his family. They packed picnic lunches, played beach games, splashed around in the waves, and just spent lazy afternoons together.

Szilvi grew up in a tight-knit community with several other families with children who played together regularly. She was active in handball, playing violin, step-dance, acting, poetry competitions, and handcrafting. Szilvi's family shared dinner together every night - a tradition that she wants to continue with her child. Like Noah, some of Szilvi's strongest memories are of spending family vacations at the beach, playing and laughing with her parents and friends. Szilvi's family had a close group of friends with whom they went on vacation, and together they hiked, barbecued, and played incessantly.


 Noah and Szilvi with Niece on The Couch
Noah and Szilvi with Niece on The Couch
Noah Doing Yoga in The Dominican Republic
Noah Doing Yoga in The Dominican Republic
Szilvi Hiking in Ecuador
Szilvi Hiking in Ecuador
Noah in Our Garden with Sunflower
Noah in Our Garden with Sunflower
Szilvi and Noah Playing Basketball
Szilvi and Noah Playing Basketball
Reading to Our Nephew Together
Reading to Our Nephew Together
Szilvi with Her Best Friend's Baby
Szilvi with Her Best Friend's Baby
Noah Hiking in Vietnam
Noah Hiking in Vietnam
Noah Making Christmas Cookies
Noah Making Christmas Cookies
Szilvi with Her Sister in Law and Niece
Szilvi with Her Sister in Law and Niece
Noah with Niece
Noah with Niece
Noah Teaching Nephew Yoga
Noah Teaching Nephew Yoga
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 Noah and Szilvi with Niece on The Couch
Noah and Szilvi with Niece on The Couch
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Noah Doing Yoga in The Dominican Republic
Noah Doing Yoga in The Dominican Republic
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Szilvi Hiking in Ecuador
Szilvi Hiking in Ecuador
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Noah in Our Garden with Sunflower
Noah in Our Garden with Sunflower
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Szilvi and Noah Playing Basketball
Szilvi and Noah Playing Basketball
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Reading to Our Nephew Together
Reading to Our Nephew Together
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Szilvi with Her Best Friend's Baby
Szilvi with Her Best Friend's Baby
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Noah Hiking in Vietnam
Noah Hiking in Vietnam
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Noah Making Christmas Cookies
Noah Making Christmas Cookies
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Szilvi with Her Sister in Law and Niece
Szilvi with Her Sister in Law and Niece
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Noah with Niece
Noah with Niece
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Noah Teaching Nephew Yoga
Noah Teaching Nephew Yoga

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

Washington DC - We live on a tree-lined street in a dynamic, diverse neighborhood. We are right next to Rock Creek Park, an enormous park that cuts through the whole city, where we love to go for walks. We are also next to a recreation center with a playground, community garden, and tennis and basketball courts. The playground has a “pirate ship” theme and our friends’ kids’ love it. There are a number of families with young children of all backgrounds and ethnicities in the neighborhood. Our neighbors are very friendly and we get together for cookouts in the backyard or hikes through the park.

We regularly go to the Smithsonian museums, which are free and offer endless adventures for kids (and for adults!). We make picnics to eat on the national mall. There is also a vibrant art and music scene, and we love to listen to live music and see local art installations.

We live in a big brick house. There are 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, a large kitchen and dining room, a living room, a sunroom, an office, and backyard. Our favorite spot is the sunroom: there are windows on three sides and it’s the perfect place to drink a coffee, eat dinner, or just relax. We also love to spend time in the backyard—gardening in the summer and sitting around the firepit in the winter. We grow roses, lavender, sunflowers, tomatoes, and we hope to experiment a little more each year.

Our Extended Families

Noah's Family in Christmas Sweaters

We both have small, tight-knit families and spend holidays, vacations, and sometimes long weekends together. Noah's parents still live in his childhood home next to a peaceful lake in a small town. Noah has an older sister (Mya) and a younger brother (Ari), and two nephews and a niece and we cannot wait for them to meet their new cousin! All of us regularly spend Christmas with Noah's family, laughing and cooking together: burritos for breakfast and veggie lasagna for dinner!

Exploring Budapest with The Family

Szilvi's family is from Budapest, Hungary, where she grew up, and we regularly travel to Europe in the summer to see them. We go for walks with Szilvi's mom (Nelli), sister (Mirtil), and niece and nephew, eating delicious Hungarian pastries and admiring the beautiful architecture. While Szilvi speaks perfect English, Noah is still learning Hungarian, and he takes every opportunity to practice with Szilvia's family (sometimes embarrassing himself!). Though on different continents, our families have visited each another, bringing us great joy to see them experiencing a different culture and developing deeper connections. We celebrate our American and European heritages, and are proud of our unique cross-cultural extended family.

From Us to You

This will be our first child, and we cannot wait to start a family. We have a lot of love to give and are committed to creating a nurturing, supportive, and fun home for the child to grow up in.

We are both public servants who believe in serving others. Noah is an attorney for the federal government and Szilvi is a data scientist and sociologist. We are problem solvers and love learning new things. We care deeply about our community and our world, and want to raise a child who is caring and kind. We hope to fuel the child’s love of learning, reading to them and encouraging their imagination.

We met 15 years ago and spent many years in a long-distance relationship. Being apart, we developed excellent communication skills and a deep understanding of one another. We got married 6 years ago and are deeply committed to one another. We have a stable, loving relationship that is built on trust, and we are ready to welcome a child.

We are from different cultural backgrounds: Szilvi is from Europe and Noah is from Massachusetts. We know that appreciating one another’s background and identity takes patience and work. But our relationship is strong and interesting precisely because of our differences. We welcome the opportunity to add to the diversity of our family, and to affirm the child’s background and culture. We look forward to widening the child’s perspective by traveling to meet family and friends across the United States as well as in Europe. And we are committed to exploring how to celebrate what makes us different as much as what makes us the same.

We want to nurture the child’s sense of self-esteem, exposing them to different activities so that they can identify their interests and passions. As children, Noah was a dancer and Szilvi played the violin, and we want to encourage the child to express themselves through art or sports or music. We both had fun and playful childhoods, and we want to pass that joy along!

We are both extremely close to our families. They are fully supportive of our decision to adopt, and excited to be adding another baby into the mix! We have a young niece and nephew (ages 2-and-a-half and 6 months) who will be absolutely thrilled to have a new cousin to play with.

We cannot imagine how difficult this time must be for you, and the complex emotions you are facing. Whatever decision you make, we admire your strength and courage. We are sure you will make the decision that is right for you.

We think it is important for the child to have a strong connection with his or her birth parents, and we will regularly send letters and pictures. We are also open to keeping in touch, such as through email or social media, in order to nurture the relationship. And we are open to arranging visits when the time is right. Whatever happens, we will commit to you that we will always honor you with our words and our actions. We promise to give the child a nurturing, safe, and compassionate home.

As you consider adoption for your child, we hope that learning more about us gave you some comfort or peace of mind. If you would like to meet or talk as you go through this process, we would welcome that opportunity. We are thinking of you.

Noah & Szilvi


Bill Murray
Idris Alba
Jennifer Lawrence
Olivia Coleman
Philip Roth
Peter Eszterhazy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Corrections
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Lindt chocolate
Family Guy
Childhood Memory
Learning how to swim
Family vacations
Childhood Toy
Rubic's cube
Children's Book
Goodnight Moon
Giving Tree
Los Angeles
Classic Movie
West Side Story
Dolce Vita
Day of Week
Chocolate cake
Fruit Tart
Disney Movie
Lion King
Finding Nemo
Dream Car
Aston Martin
Dream Job
Surfing instructor
Dream Vacation
Greek islands
Family Activity
Beach trips
Card games
Flower / Plant
Form of Exercise
Connect Four
Art museums
Holiday Song
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Holiday by Madonna
Holiday Tradition
Making breakfast burritos
Family Christmas Dinner
Ice Cream
Junk Food
French fries
Leisure Activity
New Yorker
Memory with a Child
Reading to my nephew
Dancing with niece and nephew
Memory with Spouse
Taking long walks through the old streets of Budapest
Zip-lining in Ecuador
The Royal Tannenbaums
Life is Beautiful
Movie Munchie
Junior Mints
Movie Quote
"That rug really tied the room together." - Big Lebowski
"Take it easy, man." - Big Lebowski
Movie Type
Crime drama
Les Miserables
Musical Group
The National
The National
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Wheels on the Bus
Olympic Event
Water Polo
Personal Hero
My mother
My mother
Les Miserables
The Christmas Carol
ee cummings
Jozsef Attila
Quality about my Spouse
Her understanding and empathy
Patience and thoughtfulness
"We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Martin Luther King
"There are no mistakes, only happy accidents." Bob Ross
Food trucks
Sat Bains
Veggie melt
Mushroom reuben
Shopping Store
I'm on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
Perfect Day by Lou Reed
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Michael Jordan
Steffi Graf
Sports Team
Boston Celtics
Hungarian National Water Polo Team
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Anything in the Instapot
Italian food
Time of Day
Reading before falling asleep
Going to the beach in the summer with family and friends
TV Show
Breaking Bad
TV Show Character
Dwight from the Office
Omar from The Wire
Type of Music
Vacation Spot

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