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Jason & Nate
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We both come from loving families, and we know the value of growing up in an environment of unconditional love. Our family has a personal connection to adoption as Nate's father was also adopted. If you chose us to be the adoptive parents to your child we promise to show the child the same unconditional love we were shown growing up.
How Adoption has Affected Us
Nate has a very personal connection with adoption. His dad was adopted in the 1950’s after being left on the front porch of a person with whom his mother knew he would be safe. In the last few years, through the use of 23andMe DNA testing, he has been able to connect with his birth family. This has been an incredible journey to take as a family.
His birth family has become a wonderful addition to our family. This experience had a direct influence on our decision to pursue adoption. We had been discussing this journey for some time but getting to be part of Dad’s journey cemented that adoption was the path to parenthood that we wanted to choose. Your child will be part of the continuation of this story. We want their grandpa to be a very important part of their life. Adoption is an act of love, and the connection of the birth family and adopted family has enriched Nate’s father’s life.
In addition to this personal connection, many of our colleague’s families also include adopted individuals. These colleagues have been an incredible support network throughout the process. Whether it be through conversations about cross-cultural in adoption, general advice about the adoption process, or parenting advice they have and will continue to be an important part of your child’s life.
Favorite Vacation Spot
We have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some incredible places. In the last year we have traveled to Israel, Jordan, Hawaii, London and Scotland. Of the places we have been, London has always been the place that we have loved to most. It is an incredible city that is made up of individuals from many different cultures. We are also history nerds, and there is a ton of history in London. This was the first international destination we took together as a couple, and it will probably one day be the first international trip we will take as a family. We believe that it is important to celebrate many different cultures and faith traditions.
To that end, we try to seek opportunities to experience as much and as many places as possible. For us, London is a gateway to that endeavor. We hope to share London with your child, as well as many other vacation destinations around the world. We love traveling together, and since Nate is a planner for a living, we are always sure to have some unique and incredible experiences. We can’t wait to share these and many more experiences with your child.
Education We will Provide
Both of us work for an organization that believes in and fights for a quality public education for every student regardless of the zip code they live in. For us, this is not just the mission of our organization, but a passion for us as well. You can know that your child will receive the best possible education opportunities, and that we will ensure that they have every possible resource they need to succeed academically. As your child ages, we will discuss with them what their academic journey beyond high school will look like it, and then support them through this journey in their life. It may include college, but it may also include a trade school. Our main goal for your child will be to ensure that they have the education they need, in order to have the career they want. Beyond classroom learning, living near Washington, DC we will be able to share numerous museums and other educational activities with your child.
We are lucky that we both work for an organization and cause we believe in. For us, we get to live the saying “find a job you love so you never work a day in your life.” We know the difference that this has made for us, and we want to make sure we set your child up for the same.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, historic city not far from Washington, DC. Our home consists of a two bedroom apartment in a building of about 500 units. The advantage to such a large luxury apartment building is that there are a lot of families who live there, and there are always things going on for families and residents. The building has many public spaces, including a rooftop pool where we can swim on hot, humid summer days. There are many playgrounds and other family activities nearby. One of the things that we love about our community is that there are many festivals throughout the year, to which we are within walking distance. In addition, being so close to Washington gives us access to world-class museums, performing arts, and other actives. We also live nearby to many of our friends, who are a huge part of our support system. Many of our friends are also in a time in their lives when they are either starting families or will be starting families in the near future. Family is really important to us and, although our families live in the midwest, we go visit them often throughout the year and on holidays.
We both work for the same organization, a large social justice organization where we focus on advancing issues pertaining to education, workers rights, and racial and social justice issues. We couldn’t be luckier to work for an employer who is almost as excited for us as we are.
Our Extended Families
When we aren't working, our favorite thing to do is to spend time with our chosen family, a group of about 18 people to whom we are incredibly close. During the summer time will spend time with them relaxing by a pool, and during the winter months we are known for hosting game nights where we will fill our home with laughter and joy.
Both of our families are in the Midwest, and we prioritize spending time with them with 3-4 visits to each every year. Both sets of future grandparents are over the moon about our adoption process and could not be any more supportive. In those visits to see family, we love to spoil and spend time with our our niece and nephew. We enjoy taking them on weekend adventures to Washington, DC and to the Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park. As our niece and nephew have gotten older, we have prioritized trips home to see them participate in various high school activities such as cheerleading and basketball.
For us, our faith is an important part of our lives. We go to a medium sized church in Washington, DC that was one of the first to racial integrate in the 1920's. Surrounding ourselves with a diverse network of friends and a support network has been something we have been intentional about focusing on.
From Us to You
Around 1957, a family in Northwest Ohio welcomed a little boy into their lives. They loved him as their own and gave him a wonderful life. That little boy is Nate’s dad, and he was adopted. We open the letter this way because we want you to know that the story of adoption does not begin and end with the difficult decision that you are facing now. Instead, a whole new story begins not only for you, but for the wonderful miracle you carry inside you and the family who wants to welcome them into their hearts. We hope that this letter gives you a glimpse of who we are and the excitement we have about becoming dads. We are originally from the Midwest, a place that will always hold a piece of both of us that we will always feel is “home.” As we shared above, Nate's family has been touched by adoption, and recently the family has grown to include his dad’s birth family. Nate’s parents are working class people, whom have worked hard for everything that they have. When he was 16 years old, he came out as gay, and his family has never wavered in their support. His sister and parents have been unquestionably, lovingly supportive every day of his life. They cannot wait to welcome a new addition to our ever-growing family. Jason’s parents are also middle class. He grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan. He has wonderful memories of Tuesday night dinners out with Mom, and weekend golf as a family. As Jason prepared to graduate from college, he shared a secret with his parents: He is gay. It took some time, and there were some bumps along the way, but today they enjoy a loving and supportive relationship. Jason’s mom may be the only person more excited for this adoption process than we are. Jason’s dad has even joked that he may have to un-retire to be able to afford airline tickets so they can spend as much time as possible with their grandchild. We’ve been together for eleven years and married for the last eight. We met in 2009, which turned out to be a transformative year for both of us. As I’m sure you understand, transformations aren’t always easy. Not long after we met, Jason was in a car accident that ended his career as a police officer, and Nate’s company closed leaving him without a job. We had to reinvent ourselves then, and we would continue to reinvent ourselves throughout our relationship. We spent two years in Wisconsin where we worked as a team to advocate for LGBT rights and have spent the last six years living in near Washington, DC. In Washington, we work for a social justice organization, fighting to ensure that every child has access to a free, quality public education. We are passionate about what we do, believing that our time and energy is best spent advocating for a better future. We are blessed to be surrounded by friends and colleagues who also comprise of adoptive families and are supportive of our adoption process. There is a saying that laughter is the physical manifestation of hope. Through our friends, family, and colleagues we laugh and are surrounded by love, and through that love find hope. As we sat down to write this, the challenge is how do you write a love letter about how much we want to love someone that we haven’t even met? But, isn’t that what all parents do - fall in love with someone they’ve not yet met? Here we are, you and us, trying to communicate that we desperately want to provide unconditional love, a safe future, and an opportunity for this little person to be whoever and whatever they want to be. This journey is an adventure, and we want to do this together. We want you to be a part of your child’s life and are committed sending pictures and letters as they grow, and we would welcome the opportunity for annual visits. We have seen first-hand the transformational impact that the act of love that is adoption can have on the story of one life, and now look forward to seeing how it will radically impact our story too.
With hopeful love,
Jason & Nate
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