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Zach & Jessica

We have always known that adoption was the right path for us. Both of us have experienced adoption first-hand and through immediate family: Zach was adopted at birth and Jessica's mother and uncle were adopted in their youth. We look forward to expanding our family and hope that you will consider trusting us to be your child's parents.

About Us

Science Teacher
Bachelor's Degrees in Geology & Anthropology
Bachelor's Degree in Biology; Master's Degree in Biology Education
Legally Married
North Carolina

Adoption in Our Lives

Zach With His Mom & Niece

I (Zach) was adopted at birth in 1990 by a same-sex couple. At the time, closed adoptions were the norm, and I was unaware that I was even adopted until age 17. This experience has strongly shaped my opinion on how to address a child's adoption story. While I understand that my mother meant well by not telling me (due to a desire for me to feel secure that I belong in the family), I believe that not telling me was a mistake. We plan on being open and honest about our child's adoption story and look forward to developing a relationship with you, if that is something you would like.

Several years ago, I was contacted by three biological half-siblings, one of whom also has an adopted son. I have not yet met my biological siblings in person, but we exchange texts, calls, and emails on occasion.

In addition, Jessica's mother and uncle were adopted in their teens by their step-father. Adoption is already a very special part of our family and we are excited to begin our own adoption journey!

Our Lifestyle

On a Hike in Green River Gorge

We try to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We both enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, camping, biking, or just strolling through the local park or downtown. We go for walks on a near daily basis with our dog around the neighborhood to say hi to neighbors or to the local park to interact with other dog friendly people. We enjoy biking on the local Greenways and other bike friendly trails in DuPont forest. Zach also enjoys fly fishing and Jessica enjoys bird watching.

We cook healthy meals at home that consist of mostly vegan or vegetarian options. One of our favorite recipes to make is Tofu Curry. We enjoy vegan and vegetarian meals because of our wide preference for flavor and cooking styles. We enjoy Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican, Jamaican, and other style foods. Other dishes we enjoy that are not vegetarian include Shepard's pie and beef stroganoff. When going out to eat we try to find local stores in order to support the local community.

Cultural Diversity

Learning to address cultural diversity comes in many forms. For starters, we first have to realize the unconscious biases in life and take meaningful steps to address and correct these biases. As an educator, Jessica tries to be aware of the cultural diversity she sees in her classroom and really gets to know her students on a personal level. This approach allows her, and the students she teaches, to understand different perspectives outside our norms. We will work to ensure that our child will know about their background; ethnicity, culture, and race, and will have role models present in their life that they can connect with and look up to. Incorporating our child's diversity with our own traditions will help make sure our child feels seen and heard and that their background, while it might be different from ours, is just as important.

Zach grew up with same-sex parents, and we are passionate about supporting our child to be whomever they are meant to be. We see difference as a strength, not a disadvantage, and we are committed to fostering a strong sense of self and place in our home and community.


Under the Waterfall in Bridal Veil Falls
Under the Waterfall in Bridal Veil Falls
Jessica On a Via Ferrata Climb in  West Virginia
Jessica On a Via Ferrata Climb in West Virginia
Fun at a Concert
Fun at a Concert
On a Hike in Triple Falls
On a Hike in Triple Falls
Shoulder Ride With Uncle Zach
Shoulder Ride With Uncle Zach
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Zach's Birthday
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Zach's Birthday
Dressed Up for Rocky Horror (Halloween 2019)
Dressed Up for Rocky Horror (Halloween 2019)
Zach Ziplining
Zach Ziplining
Zach & Friends at a Tough Mudder Race
Zach & Friends at a Tough Mudder Race
Visiting the Oldest Bridge in South Carolina
Visiting the Oldest Bridge in South Carolina
Walking Across a Hanging Bridge
Walking Across a Hanging Bridge
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Under the Waterfall in Bridal Veil Falls
Under the Waterfall in Bridal Veil Falls
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Jessica On a Via Ferrata Climb in  West Virginia
Jessica On a Via Ferrata Climb in West Virginia
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Fun at a Concert
Fun at a Concert
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On a Hike in Triple Falls
On a Hike in Triple Falls
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Shoulder Ride With Uncle Zach
Shoulder Ride With Uncle Zach
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Hot Air Balloon Ride for Zach's Birthday
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Zach's Birthday
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Dressed Up for Rocky Horror (Halloween 2019)
Dressed Up for Rocky Horror (Halloween 2019)
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Zach Ziplining
Zach Ziplining
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Zach & Friends at a Tough Mudder Race
Zach & Friends at a Tough Mudder Race
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Visiting the Oldest Bridge in South Carolina
Visiting the Oldest Bridge in South Carolina
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Walking Across a Hanging Bridge
Walking Across a Hanging Bridge

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in the mountains of North Carolina and are surrounded by lots of summer camps that attract people from all over the world. Our town holds multiple festivals throughout the year including an apple festival and dog festival. We live in a neighborhood that has several families with children, on a dead end street, and holds several gatherings throughout the year for holidays.

We live in "The land of Waterfalls" with easy access to local trails, parks, rivers, and bike paths. The town park is a short drive from our house where our child can play on several jungle gym areas.

The Hands on Science Center, Mineral and Lapidary Museum (with a life-size Triceratops skull!) and Pinball museum and arcade are located downtown.

Our house is a split level home with 3 bedrooms. The main gathering places are the living room and the kitchen. Making dinner is a family affair, and typically consists of vegetarian friendly meals. We have plenty of space in the yard for sports, games, and watching the nearby wildlife.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Family

Zach has two older sisters and Jessica has a younger sister. They live a few hours away, and we typically see them multiple times per year. In addition, our child will have "Aunt" Danielle and "Uncle" Cory; close friends of ours.

Zach's sisters have been married for many years and have young children that are excited to be cousins again. Jamie has 3 boys; 10, 8, and 3 years old and Brooke has a daughter; 4 years old. Zach's mom has recently moved to be closer to her grandchildren.

Jessica's Family

When visiting with Jessica's father, and his wife, we typically make homemade cinnamon rolls, using Jessica's grandmother's recipe and play card games for hours on end. Jessica looks forward to introducing our child to this very special family tradition. Jessica's mother and grandmother are German and growing up Jessica and her sister celebrated St. Nick's Day. This is a traditional German holiday in December that involves putting your shoes by the front door so that St. Nick can leave you candy.

We currently have 2 cats and 1 dog. We can't imagine life without at least one animal in the house!

Both of our families are looking forward to welcoming another grandchild, or in Jessica's family's case welcoming their first grandchild. They are already picking out names for what they want to be called; "grammie" is Jessica's favorite!

From Us to You

We appreciate the time you are taking to learn more about us. While we cannot imagine how difficult this decision is for you, we want you to know that we promise to give your child a safe, loving, and accepting home.

From early in our relationship, we knew we wanted to adopt in order to grow our family. Jessica's mother and uncle were adopted by their step-father as pre-teens and Zach was adopted as an infant by his mothers, so we are both familiar with the many different forms that family can take. Our families live close by and are excited and supportive of our decision to adopt. We look forward to weekend trips for your child to meet their grandparents, great-grandparents, and cousins.

We first met in college and after 5 years of dating decided to get married in 2015. After college, we moved to North Carolina and began our careers. Currently, Jessica works as a high school science teacher. She has been teaching Biology and Physical science for the past 8 years. She connects with children in a positive way to help encourage and facilitate the love of learning. Zach currently works as an environmental risk consultant for a bank. His job is fully remote and he works out of our home.

We anxiously await the day that we can meet our newest family member. Our household currently consists of our rescue pets: 2 cats and 1 dog. Not only are we are committed to ensuring that they develop their strengths and passions, but we also look forward to encouraging their interests and endeavors in all aspects of their life. We are passionate about ensuring that they are exposed to a wide variety of experiences and people and that they develop a deep connection with their ethnic and cultural history and a strong sense of confidence in regards to their place in the world. We are both non-religious and strong advocates for equality and equanimity in our community. Your child will grow up in a household that values diversity and inclusion of all people, races, and creeds. We are very excited for the future we will share with your child.

We live in the mountains, and we look forward to sharing our love of nature and the outdoors with our child in one of the world's best natural playgrounds. As the years pass, we're happy to share with you your child's growth and experiences through email, photos, and letters. As a family that enjoys traveling and adventures, we will be happy to share keepsakes and mementos of your child's interests as they grow. We will always be open and honest with your child in regards to their adoption and will make sure they know how much you love them and will always reflect you and their adoption in positive manner.

You are incredibly courageous and selfless and will always have our gratitude for your decision. Thank you again for taking the time to get to know us and considering us as potential parents for your child.


Zach & Jessica


Kurt Russel, Stephen Fry, George Clooney
Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Kathy Bates, Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Madeline Khan
Natalie Portland, Kiera Knightly
All animals
Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, Ron Rash
Robert E. Fiest, J. K. Rowling, Sarah J. Maas
Lord of the Rings, The Pillars of the Earth, Another Roadside Attraction
Magician series, Harry Potter series, Throne of Glass series
Candy Bar
Almond Joy
3 Musketeers
Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Scooby Do, Rick and Morty, Justice League
Childhood Memory
Disney World, weekends at grandparents' house
Childhood Toy
Children's Book
Hey Al, Greek Gods and Myths
Where the sidewalk ends
Cusco, Peru
Classic Movie
The Thing, 007 series, A Fistful of Dollars Trilogy, Army of Darkness
The Thing
Green, blue, purple
Milk Chocolate
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Pocahontas, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Encanto
Dream Car
Dream Job
Trail Guide
Dream Vacation
Madagascar, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand
Istanbul, Egypt
Family Activity
Hiking, Cooking, Gardening
Hiking, Card & Board Games
Flower / Plant
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Sunflower, orchid
Spicy Foods, Empanadas, Trout, Ratatouille
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, then sushi
Form of Exercise
Hiking, running, bouldering, biking
Hiking, yoga
Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Rummikub
Among US (video games), Ticket to Ride
Fishing, cooking, camping, reading, badgering animals I run across in the woods
Fat Bear Week
Holiday Song
Last Christmas by Wham!
Holiday Tradition
Puzzles and movies at Christmas, Thanksgiving dog show
St. Nicks Day, you get candy
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Phish Food, Ben and Jerry's
Junk Food
Popcorn, pretzels
Anything chocolate, popcorn
Leisure Activity
Reading, board/video games
Reading, watching a show, listening to an audiobook
Nat Geo
Memory with a Child
The births of my niece and nephews; not getting thrown up on by my niece
Memory with Spouse
Exploring Yellowstone
Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert; travelling to Peru
In Bruges, Guillermo del Toro, Wes Anderson, Cohen Brrothers, and Quentin Tarantino
Pride and Prejudice
Movie Munchie
Buncha Crunch
Movie Type
Comedies, Dramas, Monster Movies, Westerns
Comedy and Scifi
Avenue Q, Rent
Musical Group
David Bowie, The Black Keys, RHCP, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Rage Against The Machine
Green Day, Bowling For Soup, ABBA, Meatloaf
Olympic Event
Swimming, Volleyball
Soccer, Gymnastic
Personal Hero
Nina Simone
The Crucible, The Haunting of Hill House
The Addams Family
Rudyard Kipling, Walt Whitman
Edgar Allen Poe, Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Her patience with putting up with my shenanigans, her intelligence
He gets me
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature. Tom Robbins
Anything Albus Dumbledore or Yoda said
Ridgewood Barbecue
Lemongrass (Thai), Cookout (Fast Food)
Turkey Reuben
Bacon Egg & Cheese on an English Muffin
Shopping Store
Outdoor stores
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie), Back to Black (Amy Winehouse), My Dingaling (Chuck Berry)
It's My Life (Bon Jovi), 1985 (Bowling For Soup)
Sport to Play
Soccer, Volleyball
Sport to Watch
Soccer, Volleyball, Extreme Ironing
Soccer, Rugby
Sports Star
Alex Morgan, Olivier Giroud
Mia Hamm, Megan Rapinoe, Lionel Messi
Sports Team
Arsenal, Nashville FC
Atlanta United
Subject in School
The Question, Green Arrow
Superman, Jean Grey, Green Lantern (John Stewart)
Thing to Cook
Grilled Cheese
Time of Day
Playing cards with family
TV Show
Generation Kill, It's Always Sunny, Arrested Development, Succession
Rick and Morty, Madame Secretary, Bob's Burgers, Firefly
TV Show Character
GOB Bluth
Pickle Rick!
Type of Music
Blues, Alternative Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Punk
Pop Punk, Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
Mountains, Some place I've never been
Mountains or Beach
Video Game
God of War
Gauntlet, Stardew Valley, Hogwarts Legacy

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