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Mort & Alison

We appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little bit better through our profile. We would be incredibly grateful if you were to choose us to be parents and provide us with the gift of parenthood. We look forward to what the future holds, should you consider us.

About Us

Mechanical Engineer
Senior Director, Human Resources
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Business Administration
Legally Married

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

A Windy Beach in Cork, Ireland

Our favorite vacation is when we return to Ireland, where Mort grew up, to see family and friends. We always make a point of exploring a new destination in Ireland that neither one of us has visited before and include our family or friends when we are doing so. To be able to spend quality time with our family as it continues to grow and watch our nieces grow up is the best way to break from our jobs and life in the U.S. Whether exploring the wild coastline, beaches and landscape, going out to see local musicians or relaxing at home, we love to catch up with everyone that we haven't seen in a while. We always look forward to sharing meals together and enjoying all of the foods and treats that we can't get in the U.S.! The summer evenings are long in Ireland and we make the most of being outside together for meals or to visit when the weather is nice. To be able to take a child and see them explore another country and experience all of the things we love about visiting overseas would be so special to us. We know that our Irish family would love to have another member of the family to join in all of our adventures together.

Our Lifestyle

Exploring a Cave on a Hike in Southern Ohio

We have a very active lifestyle and enjoy being on the go. Mort is a Mechanical Engineer, who enjoys discovering new and different ways to make things more efficient, whether it be at work or at home. Alison is an HR Leader for a Biotech company and spends her time ensuring that people develop their talents to the utmost.

Outside of the workplace, we enjoy experiencing what our local area has to offer by heading to the lake for a walk or kayak, going for runs, taking walks or hikes with our dogs or meeting with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. We are also avid travelers and love to see different parts of the U.S. and many international destinations. We are blessed to have family and friends in a number of countries around the world and are always looking forward to our trips to destinations like Ireland, England, Europe, the Caribbean or Asia. To experience these types of adventures with a child is something we look forward to doing together.

To relax, we enjoy cooking together and entertaining friends and family. Not only will a child be able to share our hobbies, but they will have opportunities to learn from and share experiences and activities with many friends and family members.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Rainforest Dinner in Malaysia

Our personalities definitely complement one another. We are both incredibly adaptable and are willing and able to tackle whatever life brings.

Mort is stable and constant in nature. He is pragmatic, straightforward, and has a wonderful sense of humor that finds amusement in the everyday.

Alison is very determined and has an ability to easily engage with others. She focuses on a person's strengths versus their weaknesses and can bring the best out in them. Her friends and family are always coming to her for sound advice, as she is always there for them.

We enjoy trying and experiencing new and different things. Our sense of adventure has led us to traveling the world, moving to different international locations and being able to experience different opportunities to learn and grow as individuals and a couple.

Our families raised us to be open to new experiences and curious, with a thirst for learning. Since we both enjoy learning about different things as individuals - Mort being someone who is always fixing or building things and Alison who is creative in nature - we are always learning from each other and look forward to the day we can provide similar opportunities for a child to experience so many new things that will be a part of their learning and development as well.


Cleveland Skyline on Lake Erie
Cleveland Skyline on Lake Erie
Alison Riding a Camel in in Morocco
Alison Riding a Camel in in Morocco
Visiting Friends in Malaysia
Visiting Friends in Malaysia
NY Giants Game
NY Giants Game
Mort & Our Neighbor's New Son
Mort & Our Neighbor's New Son
Alison Running a Marathon
Alison Running a Marathon
At Home With Our Dogs
At Home With Our Dogs
Mort With the Donkey's on His Family's Farm
Mort With the Donkey's on His Family's Farm
Mort Sailing on the Long Island Sound
Mort Sailing on the Long Island Sound
Alison & Her Mom Dogsledding in Quebec
Alison & Her Mom Dogsledding in Quebec
Golfing on a Cloudy Day
Golfing on a Cloudy Day
Dancing at a Family Wedding
Dancing at a Family Wedding
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Cleveland Skyline on Lake Erie
Cleveland Skyline on Lake Erie
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Alison Riding a Camel in in Morocco
Alison Riding a Camel in in Morocco
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Visiting Friends in Malaysia
Visiting Friends in Malaysia
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NY Giants Game
NY Giants Game
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Mort & Our Neighbor's New Son
Mort & Our Neighbor's New Son
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Alison Running a Marathon
Alison Running a Marathon
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At Home With Our Dogs
At Home With Our Dogs
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Mort With the Donkey's on His Family's Farm
Mort With the Donkey's on His Family's Farm
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Mort Sailing on the Long Island Sound
Mort Sailing on the Long Island Sound
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Alison & Her Mom Dogsledding in Quebec
Alison & Her Mom Dogsledding in Quebec
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Golfing on a Cloudy Day
Golfing on a Cloudy Day
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Dancing at a Family Wedding
Dancing at a Family Wedding

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is in a wonderful location! We live in a four-bedroom house with a finished basement and big backyard that is perfect for running around in and playing with our two dogs.

Our street is in the shape of an oval, which makes for close neighbors, friends and many families and their young children interacting, whether it be playing basketball in a neighbor's yard, riding bikes around the oval or splashing around in a neighbor's pool.

We live within walking distance of Lake Erie, with beaches, parks, swimming pools and other outdoor recreation areas close by. Our home is also within walking distance of several schools, many shops and restaurants.

Our city hosts a regular farmer's market, concerts, movies in the park in the summer and outdoor skating rinks in the winter.

Being so close to downtown Cleveland means that we are able to take advantage of the lakefront, our local sports and music venues, zoo, aquarium and many museums.

Our Extended Families

With Family in Ireland

We grew up miles apart, with Mort being born and raised in Ireland and Alison in Ohio. We met in Ireland when Alison was working there and moved to a number of locations together before returning to Ohio to be closer to Alison's family. Despite being raised in different countries and cultures, our upbringing was similar, with family, neighbors and friends being close in both proximity and relationship.

Family is incredibly important to us and both of our families are looking forward to the potential of being a part of raising a child.

Alison & Her Dad

Alison's parents, brother and sister-in-law live close by. We get together regularly whether it be to celebrate a birthday, holiday, attend a sports event (ice hockey is a family favorite), concert or for a cookout.

We travel to visit Mort's family in Ireland at least once a year. When we do, we stay with his parents and his sisters, one of which is raising a young family. We make the most of these visits to catch-up with our young nieces whether it be traveling within Ireland to experience new places, playing hide and seek, building with Legos or exploring the family farms. We always have fun together.

These moments are all something we would love to be able to experience with a child, and we know our families are eager for the opportunity to go on trips, spend holidays together and build upon the memories that we have been making over time.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We know that adoption will be an amazing experience and can't wait to embark on this journey and share our love with a child.

We realize that you have a difficult decision that you are in the process of making and we admire your courage and strength while doing so. We hope that we have given you a glimpse into our world, but would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to provide more detail if there is more that you would like to learn about us.

We both grew up in different countries and have experienced different cultures as a result. Even after knowing one another for 14 years and having been married for nearly 10 years, we are always learning about one another and believe that it is important to share different thoughts, ideas and experiences to continue to build upon our relationship as a couple.

Alison's parents are both retired educators and raised her to value learning, whether it be in school or through everyday experiences, traveling the world and/or interacting with many different people. Mort's parents both farmed the family farm in Ireland and emphasized not only learning in school, but also through the practicalities of living and working on a farm. To watch our nieces learn and experience the same in Ireland is something we hope for our child as well. We will place a focus on education in both a classroom setting and through experiences outside of school, as we believe in the importance of shaping a future through making learning fun. Both of our families have set wonderful examples of integrity, morality, kindness, strong work ethic, tolerance and fed our curiosity by providing many opportunities to learn and grow. We look forward to sharing these traits with a child and our families can't wait to welcome a child to the family.

We both have a sense of humor and like to have fun whenever possible. We approach most tasks and situations with this mindset, which makes tackling anything doable! This is evident both inside the workplace and at home. As our family grows, we plan to adjust our roles so that we are fully present to care for all of the needs of a child. It will be a privilege to share new experiences as we embrace parenthood together.

We will share with you your child's growth and experiences through letters, emails and photos if you wish to receive these. We are also open to making arrangements for visits when the time is right and look forward to being able to do this over the years should it be something you wish to do. We are eager to work together to maintain a healthy relationship with you and a child. We will be open and honest with a child as it relates to adoption and their story. We will always speak positively about you and will honor you with our words and actions. We believe that it is important for your child to know that they are loved by you and that your decision about adoption was not an easy one to make.

Thank you again for considering us as potential parents for your child. We look forward to the potential of adding to our family and will always provide the love and support that will help a child to thrive.

Mort & Alison


Jeremy Irons
Matthew McConaughey
Julia Roberts
Drew Barrymore
JR Tolkein
Jack Kerouac
Lord of the Rings
On the Road
Candy Bar
Kit Kat
Childhood Memory
Going to the Dublin zoo with my family
Going to baseball games with my Dad
Childhood Toy
Care Bear
Children's Book
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Pat the Bunny
New York
Classic Movie
Ben Hur
Sound of Music
Day of Week
Black Forest Gateau
Disney Movie
Mighty Ducks
Dream Car
Dream Job
Professional Soccer Player
Travel/Food Writer
Dream Vacation
Family Activity
Getting together for a family meal
Grilling with our extended family
Flower / Plant
Form of Exercise
Walking the dogs
Volleyball, Swimming and Running
Gaelic Football (Irish National Sport)
Holiday Song
Little Drummer Boy
White Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Christmas brunch with family and friends
Christmas Eve with family and friends
Ice Cream
Key Lime
Junk Food
Burger and Fries
Leisure Activity
Watching sports
Walking the dogs
Popular Mechanics
Memory with a Child
Taking my niece to the Christmas village to meet Santa
Jumping on trampolines with my friends' children
Memory with Spouse
Sailing in Hawaii
Sailing in Hawaii
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" (Godfather)
Brothers don't shake hands, brothers gotta hug
Movie Type
On Your Feet
Musical Group
The Dubliners
Foo Fighters
Nursery Rhyme
Jack & Jill
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Track & Field
Figure Skating and/or Hockey
Personal Hero
Michael Collins
My Grandfather
The Field
Fun Home
WB Yeats
Emily Dickinson
Quality about my Spouse
Understanding & helpful
His sense of humor
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Pacher's Inn (near my hometown in Ireland)
The Place to Be (a little diner in my hometown)
Grilled Cheese
Shopping Store
Irish Rover
Walking on Sunshine
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Hockey or Football
Sports Star
Lionel Messi
Wayne Gretzky
Sports Team
Manchester United
Cleveland Browns
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill
Chili or Curry
Time of Day
Our friend's Halloween party
Christmas morning brunch with family and friends
TV Show
Law & Order
TV Show Character
Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
Elizabeth Jennings from The Americans
Type of Music
80s music
Rock or Alternative
Vacation Spot
Video Game

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