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Mike & Traci

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile! The decision you are considering is truly one of the bravest and most selfless acts imaginable. We are honored that you would entrust us to be parents of your child. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption. We hope that you consider us and we look forward to the journey that lies ahead.

About Us

Orthopedic Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Grant, Patrick
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

We Can't Wait to Add a Child to Our Family!

Traci was adopted at birth by her parents into a large Polish extended family in a small two-stoplight town in Pennsylvania. It was a closed adoption unfortunately, and she has never met her birth parents and does not know much about them. Her adoptive parents were always very open with telling her she was adopted and what that meant. Her high school best friend (referred to as Coci or Aunt Meg by our boys) was also adopted from birth and had an open adoption relationship with her birth mother. Traci and Meg have obviously talked a lot about these experiences and our decision to adopt.

Coci Meg & Uncle Fritz

We feel that it will be wonderful for Traci to bond with our child around the experience of being adopted and what that is like. We hope to foster an open relationship with their birth parents and give our child the fullest picture of what makes them who they are.

Cultural Diversity

Celebrating Our Polish Heritage

Regardless of the race and ethnicity of our new baby, we are committed to addressing cultural and racial diversity both within our family and through our community. We do and will openly talk about race and cultural diversity with our children. We plan to give them plenty of opportunities to learn and talk openly about racism and how to handle instances of prejudice. We have been thoughtful about buying books and toys that celebrate diversity. We hope to surround our children with friends and role models of all races, and our community helps to make that goal achievable. Race has no impact on how much we will love and cherish our new baby, but we would never ignore race as an important part of our baby's identify and life.

10 Promises to You & Your Baby

We Will:

  • Teach them to never stop learning.
  • Celebrate how hard they work at things, not just how good they are at them.
  • Instill in them a desire to give back to the world.
  • Teach them to treat others how they would like to be treated.
  • Show them how to fight for what is right.
  • Encourage them to follow their dreams.
  • Be good role models in what we do and say.
  • Give them all our love and support.
  • Show them this great big world and all its wonders.
  • Tell them to always, always, ALWAYS be kind.
  • Photos

    Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
    Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
    Summer Fun With Friends
    Summer Fun With Friends
    Cheering On Notre Dame
    Cheering On Notre Dame
    At the Women's March in Boston
    At the Women's March in Boston
    Dressed Up at a Family Wedding
    Dressed Up at a Family Wedding
    At the Holiday Pops in Boston
    At the Holiday Pops in Boston
    Birthday Celebration
    Birthday Celebration
    Playing Candyland With Uncle Justin & Aunt Clara
    Playing Candyland With Uncle Justin & Aunt Clara
    Patrick Enjoying the Sunny Day
    Patrick Enjoying the Sunny Day
    Celebrating Grant's Birthday
    Celebrating Grant's Birthday
    All Smiles
    All Smiles
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    Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
    Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
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    Summer Fun With Friends
    Summer Fun With Friends
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    Cheering On Notre Dame
    Cheering On Notre Dame
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    At the Women's March in Boston
    At the Women's March in Boston
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    Dressed Up at a Family Wedding
    Dressed Up at a Family Wedding
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    At the Holiday Pops in Boston
    At the Holiday Pops in Boston
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    Birthday Celebration
    Birthday Celebration
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    Playing Candyland With Uncle Justin & Aunt Clara
    Playing Candyland With Uncle Justin & Aunt Clara
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    Patrick Enjoying the Sunny Day
    Patrick Enjoying the Sunny Day
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    Celebrating Grant's Birthday
    Celebrating Grant's Birthday
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    All Smiles
    All Smiles

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home at Halloween

    We own a home in a beautiful neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our community is just outside of the city proper, but has a very small-town feel to it. Our neighborhood is diverse, safe, and friendly with a very strong community spirit. Our community has annual block parties, community days, Trick-or-Treating, caroling, and youth sports activities to keep our family busy. There are many young children, including several to adoptive parents, in our community which all but guarantee friendship opportunities for our kids.

    Our home is a red brick Dutch Colonial, and each of our children has their own bedroom, along with a playroom on the third floor which is always seemingly bursting with blocks or Legos. We love that our home has a large fenced-in backyard (with a sandbox and swingset) where our boys love to play. Our oldest has even started to help maintain a small garden there. We also love that we are an easy walk away from things like the local library (down the street), community pool (down the street), coffee shops (around the corner), playgrounds (across the street), soccer fields (a few blocks), and restaurants (a few blocks). Our commute is about 15-20 minutes to work and 30 minutes to Mike's parents house, ensuring we don't waste time in our cars getting back to our children.

    Our Extended Families

    Fun With Cousins

    Mike's extended family is deeply rooted in Pittsburgh. His mother's family, including her four siblings and their children, live locally and we have get-togethers at least twice a month. Mike's sister lives 10 minutes from us and has two girls of her own. Traci's family is from northeast Pennsylvania, but they are planning a move to our neighborhood next spring or summer. It will be great to have everyone so close together, and we are all looking forward to another new addition to the family! Mike's parents are thrilled (if not a bit exhausted!) at the prospect of another grandchild and love that we are growing our family through adoption. Traci's parents, being adoptive parents themselves, could not be more thrilled that we also chose that path to parenthood and will certainly provide a wealth of experience and advice as we proceed forward.

    Swimming With Cousins

    We have several family traditions which we value deeply. Mike's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Last year, we hosted Thanksgiving at our home (our first attempt as it was usually held at his parent's). Our boys were thrilled to have so much family under their roof! For Christmas, both families have longstanding traditions. Mike's Italian family celebrates the Feast of the 7 Fishes and Traci's Polish family celebrates Wigilia, both on Christmas Eve. As our families continue to converge in Pittsburgh, we hope to merge these traditions into a unique Italian/Polish celebration.

    From Us to You


    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and get to know us better. We also wanted to open by saying that what you are considering is a very brave act. Choosing a family for your child is a big decision and shows how much you love them.

    We met when we were both 22 years old when we started medical school in Pittsburgh. On the first day, Traci ended up falling down a flight of stairs and Mike helped her up. We started dating soon after that and we were married right after graduation four years later. Next, we entered residency (Traci in pediatrics and Mike in orthopedic surgery), and our training was hard and our hours were long. We are continually thankful that we had each other through this process. Now, we have been together for 13 years and married for nine. People change a lot from age 22 to age 36. Thus, we sometimes tell people that we "grew up together."

    Our plan was always to have a big family. We love a full house, a lot of laughter, and a lot of love. We both grew up with large extended families and had big, loud holidays. We wanted our children to have that love and support and to be there for one another.

    Since Traci herself was adopted as a baby, we had always planned to adopt at least one child. In 2014, Traci got pregnant with our first son, Grant. He was unexpectedly born six weeks early and spent nearly a month in the hospital after he was born. It was very scary for us to be on the other side of medicine, but we had each other and our families. With time, everything worked out and Grant is now a perfectly healthy 6-year-old. He is bright, hard-working, and thoughtful. He loves cars and trucks and things that go and loves to read. He's going as a steelworker for Halloween this year ... because that's one of his heroes.

    Three years later, Traci was again pregnant with our second son. With Grant's early arrival, she was considered "high risk" and we spent a lot of time in the doctor's office and getting ultrasounds. It was stressful and we were so anxious. But Patrick arrived right on time and immediately filled our lives with joy. He is charming and cheerful and loves a crowd. He is drawn to anything with a heartbeat and LOVES dogs.

    As we look at our boys and what pregnancy was like for us, we recognized the time to adopt was now. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption. Traci is excited to share the experience of being adopted with a child and being with them to navigate this special part of their life. She had a closed adoption and, thus, knows nothing of her birth family. Truly, one of her heroes is her birth mother. Someone who she's never met. Thus, we hope to provide a different experience to our own adopted child and we promise to send many letters and pictures to you and we are open to other forms of contact.

    Why should you chose us? We are good parents and good people. We are not perfect, but we are always learning and always trying. Our family is our number one priority. We want nothing more than to watch our children grow and learn and love life in this wonderful world. We will show them how to care for each other and how their family is the best team they will ever be on. When Grant was in the hospital, we couldn't control much, but we did read him Harry Potter every day. At the end of the series, Harry's father promises to stand by him "Until the very end." We feel this epitomizes what it means to be a parent. Through it all, whatever comes, we will be there for our children and each other.

    What a brave thing you are doing. We hope we can share this journey with you.

    With love,

    Mike & Traci


    Robert DeNiro
    Tom Hanks
    Julia Roberts
    Emma Watson
    Ken Follett
    Jonathan Safran Foer or Zadie Smith
    Harry Potter
    The Great Gatsby
    Candy Bar
    The Simpsons
    Childhood Memory
    Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games
    Watching Notre Dame football with my dad on Saturdays
    Childhood Toy
    Children's Book
    The Fox and the Hound
    Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Classic Movie
    A River Runs Through It
    Day of Week
    Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Ice cream
    Disney Movie
    Mary Poppins
    Dream Car
    Shelby Cobra
    Jeep Cherokee Classic 1999 (my first car!)
    Dream Job
    Owner of a bookstore
    Dream Vacation
    Family Activity
    Flower / Plant
    Pine tree
    Pierogis made by my grandmother
    Form of Exercise
    Hiking/playing basketball
    Settlers of Catan
    Holiday Song
    Someday at Christmas
    Silent Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Christmas lights tour
    Wigilia (traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner)
    Ice Cream
    Cookies and Cream
    Vanilla bean
    Junk Food
    Salt and pepper chips
    Cool Ranch Doritos
    Leisure Activity
    Sports Illustrated
    National Geographic (we used to get it when I was a kid and it was so exciting!)
    Memory with a Child
    Train ride in Germany
    Our sons' birthday parties at our house with our families
    Memory with Spouse
    MLB playoff in Pittsburgh
    Traveling Europe
    Forrest Gump
    Harry Potter
    Movie Munchie
    Kettle Corn
    Movie Quote
    Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. (Harry Potter)
    "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (Harry Potter)
    Movie Type
    Musical Group
    Bruce Springsteen
    The Beatles
    Nursery Rhyme
    Three Blind Mice
    Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Olympic Event
    Downhill skiing
    Personal Hero
    My parents
    Too many to count, but JK Rowling if I had to pick!
    The Cursed Child
    The Vagina Monologues
    Robert Frost
    Maya Angelou
    Quality about my Spouse
    His sense of humor
    Frequently wrong, never in doubt.
    So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. -F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
    D's HotDogs
    D's Hot Dog Shop (near our house)
    Turkey on rye bread
    1 Corinthians 13
    Shopping Store
    LL Bean
    Under Pressure
    What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Women's basketball
    Sports Star
    Andrew McCutcheon
    Michael Jordan
    Sports Team
    Dartmouth College
    Notre Dame
    Subject in School
    Big Joe Magarac
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Soups in the slow cooker
    Time of Day
    Dartmouth football game watches
    Saturday morning adventures with our family
    TV Show
    New Girl
    TV Show Character
    Mister Rogers
    Type of Music
    Classic Rock
    Vacation Spot
    Bar Harbor
    Video Game
    King's Quest

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