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Heather & Elizabeth

We are so excited to have the opportunity to adopt a child and create the family we have always hoped for. We are very grateful for you and believe that considering adoption is an incredible act of kindness and bravery. Thank you for thinking of us. We can't wait to become parents and are happy to answer any questions you have as we begin this journey together.

About Us

Heather
Elizabeth
Job
Manager
Managing Director
Education
Master's Degree in Public Health
Bachelor's Degree in Economics
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Discussing Adoption

Heather & Elizabeth at the Beach

We have learned a lot watching the adopted children in our families come to understand their own histories and the incredible stories of how they came to be part of our family. We are happy that adoption has changed considerably over the years and that speaking openly about adoption as an adoptive parent and as an adopted child is far more common than it used to be.

We plan to talk openly with our child about his/her adoption journey and how we became a family, being mindful of the feelings and questions they might have throughout their life. We want to support our child learning about their ancestry, genetics, and everything that has helped them become who they are. It is our hope that our child can be connected to his/her birth parents in some way and have the opportunity to ask questions and form their own relationship in whatever way feels comfortable for both the child and the birth parents.

The most important message we hope to convey to our child is that they are loved and cherished by us and our entire families.

Why We Chose Adoption

Heather Hanging Out with Obama's Dog, Bo

Having kids was always in the cards for us – or so we’ve hoped. Being two women in a committed relationship we thought, great! Double the chance of getting pregnant. Not the case. After years of fertility treatments and emotional, physical, and financial tolls, we decided adoption was our way to becoming parents. Shortly after making that decision, it started to feel not so much like adoption was just a way for us to have a child, but instead it felt like adoption is the way we are supposed to become parents.

The thought of adopting just feels right to us. Maybe it’s because we have so many adopted kids in our families, but it just feels like there is a child about to arrive in this world that is meant to make our family complete. We are so grateful that adoption is an option for us and that there are birth parents like you willing to consider us as adoptive parents.

Life Priorities

Hiking in the Snow

We try to make life as exciting and meaningful as we can – in our home life, our work, and everything in between. Before we met and when we were both younger, traveling all over the world was a priority. We both worked multiple jobs to save our pennies so we could visit interesting places from the beaches of Greece to the mountains of Laos and see what else is out there.

As we’ve gotten older we still love to visit new places, but our focus has moved from traveling to creating a home that can be the center of our lives, where our family and friends love to spend time. It’s important to us that we have a safe, comfortable, and happy home to live in and raise a child. A home that is filled with laughter, lots of game-playing and good cooking. A place where we can snuggle in front of the fire with our kid reading books, and work in the garden trying to grow our own vegetables – not as easy as we thought when we started.

The people we love are the most important part of our life – whether they’re near or far—and the connections we have with our families and close friends are what really fulfills us. Having a child to bring into this life we have created would be incredible.

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Heather & Elizabeth Skiing Together
Heather & Elizabeth Skiing Together
Heather on Summer Vacation
Heather on Summer Vacation
Heather with Her Mom & Aunt Kathi
Heather with Her Mom & Aunt Kathi
Finn & Gherkin Waiting for a Treat
Finn & Gherkin Waiting for a Treat
Heather & Her Aunt Kathi at Universal Studios
Heather & Her Aunt Kathi at Universal Studios
Visiting the White House During the Holidays
Visiting the White House During the Holidays
At the Horse Races on a Fantastic Day!
At the Horse Races on a Fantastic Day!
Elizabeth Enjoying a Fun Lunch with Heather
Elizabeth Enjoying a Fun Lunch with Heather
Heather Skiing
Heather Skiing
Heather at Our Favorite Winter Getaway Spot in Lake Placid, NY
Heather at Our Favorite Winter Getaway Spot in Lake Placid, NY
Elizabeth & Her Horse Friend, Clever
Elizabeth & Her Horse Friend, Clever
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Together
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Heather & Elizabeth Skiing Together
Heather & Elizabeth Skiing Together
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Heather on Summer Vacation
Heather on Summer Vacation
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Heather with Her Mom & Aunt Kathi
Heather with Her Mom & Aunt Kathi
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Finn & Gherkin Waiting for a Treat
Finn & Gherkin Waiting for a Treat
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Heather & Her Aunt Kathi at Universal Studios
Heather & Her Aunt Kathi at Universal Studios
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Visiting the White House During the Holidays
Visiting the White House During the Holidays
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At the Horse Races on a Fantastic Day!
At the Horse Races on a Fantastic Day!
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Elizabeth Enjoying a Fun Lunch with Heather
Elizabeth Enjoying a Fun Lunch with Heather
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Heather Skiing
Heather Skiing
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Heather at Our Favorite Winter Getaway Spot in Lake Placid, NY
Heather at Our Favorite Winter Getaway Spot in Lake Placid, NY
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Elizabeth & Her Horse Friend, Clever
Elizabeth & Her Horse Friend, Clever
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Together
Together

Our Extended Families

Elizabeth with Her Parents & Brother

We come from very large, loving families. To say they are excited about us adopting a child is a giant understatement. Once this journey began for us, our families were fully on board and ready to help – and by help, we mean thinking of ways to spoil this child and coming up with a never-ending list of the fun things we are all going to do together.

Board games are a must. Our families play games non-stop when we see them, whether it’s over the holidays, hot cocoa in-hand, or during a summer beach vacation. And we can’t leave out cooking. We grew up surrounded by our extended families having gatherings all the time – Heather’s family had cookouts where it seemed like the whole town was invited, and Elizabeth’s close-knit aunts, uncles and cousins put on regular feasts that always seem to end up with special guests joining from church or the community.

Beyond our families, we have an extraordinary set of friends that act and feel just like they’re family too. Most of our friends have children that we get to spend time with often. We can’t wait to add our own child into the mix and see them all grow up together. We know how lucky we are to have such support from our families and friends. It will be incredible to bring a child into this life of ours and see them thrive from the attention, generosity, and love from our family and friends.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We are very fortunate to live in one of the most diverse, dynamic, and interesting cities in the world. Downtown is just a short drive away, but what really makes our home special is our neighborhood. We live in what could be considered a small town within a big city. There are lots of families with kids of all ages who live near us, which explains why the playgrounds are always so lively. The main square is just a short walk from our house and it has everything we need – a hardware store with a manager that chats us up whenever we go in, a pet store that’s Finn and Gherkin’s favorite stop, and a farmer’s market where we get fresh eggs and veggies for the week. It’s a close-knit community, with a lot of advocacy focused on family well-being and making our small ‘town’ a safe and supportive environment for kids to thrive.

Our home is much the same -- welcoming, cozy and with a lot of friends and family always around. We have a big backyard that has seen a good deal of kid playtime over the years, a deck that is perfect for grilling, and a big kitchen that we love to cook in. In winter, sitting near the fireplace is our favorite spot in the evenings, and come summer there is a porch out front that gets a good breeze and is a great spot for watching the neighborhood kids play.

From Us to You

Never in our lives has a letter seemed more important than this one. Though we have no way to know who you are or what you’re going through right now, one thing seems very certain to us: that your decision to consider placing your child for adoption is an act of immeasurable love and bravery. And we are so grateful for that.

Like so many people, we have wanted to have children for a long while, yet have been unable to do so. We wish you could see how excited we are to have a family and how much love and affection fills our home. Since that’s not possible, we hope we can convey a small measure of our love, admiration and excitement to you through this note.

Put simply, we would relish the opportunity to bring your child into our family. Both individually and as a couple, we feel ready and excited to become parents. And though we suppose no one really knows what it’s going to be like to become a parent until it happens, we know we want to raise a child in much the same way we were raised: by loving parents who always made sure that we were their first priority, made us feel secure and tried to help us grow into compassionate, kind adults who contribute meaningfully to the people and community around them. Security, love and our commitment to helping him or her grow into being an independent, happy adult- those are the most important things we believe we have to give to a child.

We have been together for more than 10 years and finally married in 2011. We began trying to become pregnant soon after. Through five years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, still excited to become parents, we decided to adopt. Adoption feels like a natural way for us to create a family. Partially because we have so many members of our family who have been adopted and partially because - as a gay couple - we always knew there would be more challenges for us in building a family than for some.

While anyone who’s close to us knows how much we want to be parents, anyone who has the chance to meet our family and friends would see that we have competition over who’s most excited about the fact that we are planning to adopt. This child will have lots of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins as well as a whole bunch of family friends to celebrate their addition to our family and their growth and development over the years. We can't wait for all of that to begin.

Along with our family and friends, our home is a big part of who we are. We live in a neighborhood full of families of all kinds, with playgrounds, schools, and a pool all just a short walk away. Incredibly, there is a national park within walking distance where we spend lots of time hiking with our dogs. Our neighbors are our friends and the community we live in feels just like a small town, even though it’s actually part of a big city.

Our house is warm and welcoming and often full of friends and visiting family. We have a big kitchen that we love to cook in, a finished basement that is perfect for a giant kids’ playroom, and a large backyard for kids to run around.

We are also eager to get to know you and build a relationship if you are interested in an open adoption. No matter what you decide, we will always honor how important you are to this child’s life and keep you updated with photos and letters. Between the two of us, we have eight adopted cousins, so we know how amazing it will be to bring a child into our lives through adoption.

We feel incredibly lucky to have this chance to bring a child into our life and complete our family. We cannot wait to meet him or her.

Again, thank you. We hope your search finds the best possible placement for you and your child.

All our best,

Heather & Elizabeth

Favorites

Heather
Elizabeth
Actor
Ryan Reynolds
Idris Elba
Actress
Melissa McCarthy
Maggie Smith
Animal
Dogs - especially funny looking mixes
My childhood cat, Tigger
Author
Carl Sagan
Richard Adams
Book
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Watership Down
Candy Bar
Snickers
Watchamacallit
Cartoon
Calvin & Hobbes
The Far Side
Childhood Memory
Summer cookouts with my extended family and family friends
Big family events like birthday parties and holidays
Childhood Toy
My teddy bear, which was a polar bear named Iceberg
My pets--not technically a toy, but still my favorite.
Children's Book
Skippy Jon Jones, Lost in Space
The Corgiville Fair
City
Sydney, Australia
New York
Classic Movie
Gone with the Wind
The Philadelphia Story
Color
Cobalt Blue
Orange
Day of Week
Saturday!
Saturday
Dessert
'Brownie Surprise' (an original recipe)
Chocolate Cake
Disney Movie
Finding Nemo
Up
Dream Car
Jeep Wrangler
Antique BMW
Dream Job
General Store owner in a small town
Running an animal sanctuary
Dream Vacation
Beach vacation with my whole family and lots of friends
6 months traipsing around the globe
Family Activity
Grilling with friends and family on a nice summer's evening
Swimming at the beach, hiking in the woods
Flower / Plant
Daffodil
Hydrangea
Food
Any and all breakfast food
Pasta
Form of Exercise
Swimming
Yoga
Fruit
Blueberries
Peach
Game
Skipbo and Settlers of Catan
Cards - Hearts
Hobby
Boating or Anything on the Ocean
Horseback Riding
Holiday
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
I'll be home for Christmas
Baby It's Cold Outside
Holiday Tradition
Playing games with my family Christmas Eve
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's S'mores
So very hard to choose, but maybe Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Junk Food
Pizza
Salt and Vinegar potato chips
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Dinner with friends
Magazine
National Geographic & US Weekly
Vanity Fair
Memory with a Child
Holding my best friend's baby for the first time
Going with my Aunt and Uncle to pick up their children at the hospital. I also love watching the kids in my family open presents.
Memory with Spouse
Any Adventure We Go on Together
Our Wedding Day Surrounded by Family & Friends
Movie
The Great Outdoors
The Breakfast Club
Movie Munchie
Chips and Dips
Popcorn with lots of butter
Movie Quote
It's life, not a hayride.
From Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Movie Type
Action/Adventure
A good spy movie is hard to beat
Musical
Sound of Music
West Side Story
Musical Group
Bruno Mars
Stevie Wonder
Nursery Rhyme
The itsy, bitsy spider
I'm a Little Teapot
Olympic Event
Gymnastics
I love all the olympics but the ski jump is super exciting--and three day eventing
Personal Hero
My Dad
Gloria Steinem
Play
Book of Mormon
Macbeth
Poet
Robert Frost
Walt Whitman
Quality about my Spouse
Compassion for others
She is patient, kind and thoughtful.
Quote
"This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in." Theodore Roosevelt
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Restaurant
Republic, our neighborhood oyster bar
Pasta Mia - sadly it's no longer open!
Sandwich
Tuna Melt
Really good egg sandwich
Scripture
Proverbs 29:7 "The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern."
Shopping Store
Wegmans
Anthropologie
Song
Ave Maria
Lovely Day
Sport to Play
Basketball
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Soccer
Sports Star
David Ortiz
Abby Wombach
Sports Team
Patriots
Indiana University Basketball
Subject in School
Biology
Physics
Superhero
Wonder Woman
The Wonder Twins
Thing to Cook
Burger and dogs on the grill
Soup
Time of Day
Late at night when the house is all quiet
Late morning
Tradition
Gathering with friends and family to cook and eat a big Thanksgiving meal then head out on a walk around the neighborhood
Playing games with family around the holidays
TV Show
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
TV Show Character
Dorothy Zbornak
Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey
Type of Music
Pop and 80's
Really hard to choose just one, but R & B and Pop music
Vacation Spot
Any beach with good waves
The beach
Video Game
Ms. Pac-Man
Old Super Mario Brothers

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