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Dustin & Kari

We believe that everyone has the potential to make the world better, and we will fight to help our adoptive child find their gifts. We've spent the last twenty years building a loving home full of laughter and love that is ready for a child. Your choice of our home would be an honor and a gift.

About Us

Software Engineer
Registered Nurse
Master's Degree in English
Master's Degree in Interior Design
Legally Married

What Makes Us Unique

Happy Together

We are unique because we fell in love at a very young age and have been in a stable relationship for over twenty years. We've been successful in maintaining a long-term relationship that started in our teens because we've given each other the freedom to pursue our goals and grow as people, and have never held each other back.

Senior Prom

We stayed together during college, even though we went to schools in different states and had to maintain a long-distance relationship for several years. This was a really difficult time for us because we missed each other so badly when we were apart, but it also helped deepen our friendship. We learned how important it was to laugh together during hard times. It also taught us how important it was to value our time together. When we were able to be together during our college years it was often just for a summer, a few weeks or even a few days. We learned to make the most of that time, and thinking back on it now make us remember to never take each other for granted.

Our Cultural Heritage

In the Roman Colosseum

Kari is partially of European descent, and is also descended from Alaska Native people (Athabaskan). She is strongly influenced by memories of her paternal grandmother, who grew up in a Native village in the Yukon territory of Canada. Hearing first-hand accounts from her grandmother and her father about how native people were treated shapes the way that Kari thinks about the world, and about adoption. Her grandmother was taken from her home at a young age by white missionaries who deliberately robbed her of heritage and language. Knowing the pain that this causes, Kari is committed to making sure that her child learns and values the cultural heritage of their birth parents.

Dustin is of European descent - primarily Italian and northern European. His ancestors have deep roots in the area where we live. His maternal great-grandparents were immigrants from Italy who became farmers on the south side of our city, and who were among the first farmers to sell produce at the historic public market downtown. He has great memories of going to family dinners and learning about this part of his family (and also great memories of his family's Italian cooking).

Adoption in Our Family

We've wanted to adopt a child for a long time, and we always talked about it even before we had problems conceiving a child. Part of the reason for this is having a family member who is adopted.

Spencer is Kari's brother-in-law and is one of two adopted kids in his family. He's taught us a lot about what it's like to be adopted. He is a kind and enthusiastic person who's close with his family, and he's a reminder of what a truly successful adoption looks like.

His adoption was also transracial. Spencer is from Mexico and his parents are white. Talking to Spencer about the way in which transracial adoption has shaped his life has been influential in how we think about our own ability to be transracial parents. He has told about what it's been like to grow up as a person of color in a white family within a white community. Talking to Spencer has helped us realize the need to potentially transform our lives when we adopt. Our current neighborhood has some diversity, but it is still mostly white. If we are part of a transracial adoption, we feel strongly that we are going to relocate to a more diverse neighborhood for the benefit of our child so that they are not racially isolated and can feel comfortable.

We've always wondered about the challenges of adopting. It's hard to anticipate what adopting is like before you've done it. Talking to Spencer has given us assurance that we can be successful.


Taking Our Dog, Dough Out to the Beach in Oregon
Taking Our Dog, Dough Out to the Beach in Oregon
A Night Out in Hong Kong
A Night Out in Hong Kong
Kari & Her Niece
Kari & Her Niece
Seeing the Temples of Angkor Wat
Seeing the Temples of Angkor Wat
Dustin Salmon Fishing With His Brother
Dustin Salmon Fishing With His Brother
At an Elephant Preserve in Thailand
At an Elephant Preserve in Thailand
On the Beach in Portugal
On the Beach in Portugal
At Kari's Brother's Wedding
At Kari's Brother's Wedding
Visiting the Pyramids Outside Mexico City
Visiting the Pyramids Outside Mexico City
Dustin at a Historical Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
Dustin at a Historical Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
Kari Enjoying Lunch on Vacation
Kari Enjoying Lunch on Vacation
Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
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Taking Our Dog, Dough Out to the Beach in Oregon
Taking Our Dog, Dough Out to the Beach in Oregon
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A Night Out in Hong Kong
A Night Out in Hong Kong
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Kari & Her Niece
Kari & Her Niece
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Seeing the Temples of Angkor Wat
Seeing the Temples of Angkor Wat
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Dustin Salmon Fishing With His Brother
Dustin Salmon Fishing With His Brother
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At an Elephant Preserve in Thailand
At an Elephant Preserve in Thailand
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On the Beach in Portugal
On the Beach in Portugal
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At Kari's Brother's Wedding
At Kari's Brother's Wedding
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Visiting the Pyramids Outside Mexico City
Visiting the Pyramids Outside Mexico City
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Dustin at a Historical Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
Dustin at a Historical Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
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Kari Enjoying Lunch on Vacation
Kari Enjoying Lunch on Vacation
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Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day

Our House and Neighborhood

Relaxing in Our Living Room

We live in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in Washington state. Although it's located in a city, our neighborhood feels like a tight-knit community. We've lived here for over 10 years and have gotten to know our neighbors well.

Doug Relaxing in Front of Our Christmas Tree

Our neighborhood has a coffee shop across the street where all of the neighbors get together with their kids and dogs. We have multiple beaches and lakes within walking distance, so our child will be able to grow up on the water just like we did. We also live close to the city zoo, where our child will be able to regularly visit their favorite animals. Sometimes you can hear the animals when you're just walking through the neighborhood!

There are lots of community events on our street such as block parties, car shows and school fairs, and ample opportunities for a child to meet other kids. There is also an elementary school and a library just a couple of blocks away. We currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment, but we have a down payment for a house and plan to buy one once we have a child and they get a little older; this way we can make sure that when we purchase a house it will be a good fit for the child.

Our Extended Families

Fun With Kari's Family

Our families and friends are very important to us. We both grew up in the area, and so most of our extended family and friends live close by.

Dustin & His Mom Boating

Both sides of our family have traditions that we celebrate every year. Kari organizes a weekend camping trip for her siblings every summer. Everyone takes turns cooking for each other at the campsite, and during the day we go on short hikes and spend time with Kari's niece, Blakely. We look forward to it every year as a time to re-connect. On Dustin's side of the family, we like to go out on Dustin's brother's boat and fish or just spend time together on the water.

In addition to our families we spend a lot of time with our friends. Some of our friends we've known since high school. We like to cook for each other and travel together. Dustin goes to Comicon every year with one of his closest friends, Jamie, who is expecting his first child. We are excited about the prospect of raising our kids together!

From Us to You

We are grateful and honored that you are considering us to adopt your child. We imagine this is an emotional time filled with uncertainty. We want you to know that we care about you, and we will work hard to make sure that this process is as smooth as possible. This is a new experience for us, as it may be for you, and we want to work together to make sure that you feel respected and cared for.

We are both in our early 40's and live in the pacific northwest. We've been married for thirteen years, and together for nine years prior to that. We met when we were both still in high school and stayed together while we went to college in separate states. Having been together for such a long time we've both changed a lot over the years, but one thing that has never changed is our love for each other. We've always been there for one another, and we always will be. Neither of us come from families with a lot of money, but we have worked hard to establish good careers, save money and make sure that we are able to provide for each other and for our future family.

We have a warm and welcoming household that we would love to share with a child. We laugh together constantly and spend a lot of time playing with our dog, traveling and seeing family. We can't wait to welcome a child into our home. We have friends and family members with children, and a child in our house would have no shortage of cousins and kids their own age to play with. Our neighborhood has parks, a zoo, beaches, great schools and lots of other kids.

Our relationship is really strong and long-lasting, and if we were to adopt your child they would become part of a family that has faced a lot of challenges and thrived. We will do everything in our power to nurture our child and give them every opportunity possible, most importantly the opportunity to discover themselves. We aren't going into this process with an expectation that our child will be any certain way - we just want them to be loved and supported. Our goal is to raise a child to have a happy, fulfilling life.

As the child's birth mother we see you as an important person in our lives. It's understandable if you don't yet know how much you want to be involved in the child's life going forward. However, you should rest assured that we will always honor your role as birth mother, and will do everything we can to make sure our child learns about their birth family's culture and community. Kari's family's experience with Native missionary schools in Canada - where Native children were taken from their homes and robbed of their culture- makes us especially committed to honoring our adoptive child's culture. We are open to setting up communication like letters, phone calls and pictures, or visits in the future, depending on what you are comfortable with.

It's hard to express in a letter how much this chance to adopt your child means to us. We are humbled and honored by your consideration of us as adoptive parents for your child. If you were to select us, your child would have a family that would always fight to give them security, love and encouragement.


Dustin & Kari


Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tom Hanks
Frances McDormand
Kathy Bates
Ursula K Le Guin
David Sedaris
The Dispossessed
The Sober Lush
Candy Bar
The Simpsons
Bob's Burgers
Childhood Memory
Going to the fair with my cousins
Every Christmas Eve my parents threw a big party with family and lots of food
Childhood Toy
Ninja Turtles
Children's Book
Maniac Magee
Sweet Valley High series
Hanoi, Vietnam
Classic Movie
Star Wars
The Shining
Mustard yellow
Day of Week
Cherry Pie
Disney Movie
Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Dream Car
El Camino
Dream Job
Being a mom
Dream Vacation
Road trip from NYC to Miami
Family Activity
Traveling and Camping
Flower / Plant
Form of Exercise
Walking and Hiking
Ranier cherries
Dungeons and Dragons
Cooking and Drawing
Holiday Tradition
Making chili with Kari on Halloween
Dustin's mom makes cinnamon rolls with pink frosting for Christmas
Ice Cream
Junk Food
Tim's Cascade dill pickle chips
Leisure Activity
Watching reality tv and painting my nails
Memory with a Child
Camping with our niece, Blakely
My niece telling me about starting kindergarten
Memory with Spouse
Getting our first dog together
Traveling together
The Big Lebowski
Movie Munchie
Movie Type
Drama & comedy
Musical Group
Olympic Event
Gymnastics & Ice Skating
Personal Hero
Muhammad Ali
Amy Seders
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of humor
Sense of humor
Anything Mexican or Indian
Gado Gado
Meatball Sub
Shopping Store
Powell's Books
Standing in the way of control by Gossip
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Marshawn Lynch
Sports Team
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Bolognese sauce
Time of Day
Early Evening
Watching Dragnet on weekend mornings
TV Show
The Simpsons
Six feet under
TV Show Character
Ruth Fisher from Six Feet Under
Joe Friday
Type of Music
80's Punk
Vacation Spot
Video Game
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