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Matthew & Kaitlin

We believe that adoption is an honor and a merging of families through the love for a child. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. Choosing us to be the parents to your child would mean the world to us. We are proud of the life we share together and are excited to grow our family. We look forward to sharing our lives with you and getting to know you.

About Us

Matthew
Kaitlin
Job
Lieutenant Commander - U.S. Coast Guard
Administrative Assistant
Education
Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Camping at Olympic National Park

Kaitlin enjoys going to the gym, doing yoga, and hiking in her leisure time. She usually takes her camera with her on hikes and practices macrophotography (close-up photography of small subjects). Kaitlin also really enjoys cooking and meal planning for the week, spending time with pets, and spending time with friends.

Matthew enjoys competitive running and runs several miles each morning. He is exploring new hobbies including woodworking and gardening, and has built some simple furnishings and grown vegetables and fruits in our patio garden. Matthew also enjoys playing with our dog and taking him (and sometimes even our cat!) for long walks.

Kaitlin's Favorite Photo With Her Macro Lens

Most of all, we enjoy spending time together and with our pets. On a typical weekend, we'll go for a hike near our home or stroll downtown, or take a day trip to explore further away. We take 1-2 week-long vacations a year with relaxed itineraries that leave time to seize unexpected opportunities. Our favorite vacations have been to national parks, to amusement parks with friends, and trips that coincide with local events. Kaitlin loves identifying wildlife while on hikes, and has taught Matthew a few tricks like how to find banana slugs based on plant matter and slime trails. Our shared love for nature prompts us to make ethical decisions in our lives; for example, we will always research a product's impact on the environment before purchasing and try to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint.

We Welcome an Open Adoption

In San Francisco

Kaitlin's lifelong best friend was adopted in an open adoption in 1990 and she witnessed the benefits of an adopted child being connected to their birth family at all stages of their life. Growing up, even though her birth family lived across the country, she always knew that she could call her birth mother to ask questions or plan visits. As an adult, she continues to keep in touch with her birth family and even met a new half-sister. In contrast, Kaitlin also had another childhood friend who was adopted and didn't know her birth parents. This friend at times struggled with the many unknowns and questions that she could never ask.

Knowing this but also being sensitive to any situation, we want to have an open adoption that our child's birth parents are comfortable with. We will never ask too much of you. At the end of the day, you are a part of our child's family and upbringing. We hope to share important milestones and keep in touch. We also intend to raise our child with full knowledge that they are adopted and loved by us and their birth parents. We are open to discussing your needs and desires.

Cultural Diversity

Kaitlin works for a nonprofit foundation that focuses on providing education on diversity, equality, and inclusiveness in professional sports. This job provides a lot of educational resources on a wide variety of cultures and how to address and defend victims of racism. Sharing this knowledge with each other and committing to learning more every day, we feel confident in our ability to raise a child to be proud of their culture. We hope to be involved with our local community to keep our child connected with people they can relate to. Specifically, we can look for doctors of the same race, attend church with a diverse community, and seek out other mentors with similar backgrounds.

We hope that our child's birth parents will also be involved, so they will feel connected to their roots. We believe in an accepting, inclusive household and cannot wait to share this love with our child and their birth parents.

Photos

Hiking to See Waterfalls in Croatia
Hiking to See Waterfalls in Croatia
Searching for Tide Pools on Vacation
Searching for Tide Pools on Vacation
Fun at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fun at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Enjoying a Day in Zagreb, Croatia
Enjoying a Day in Zagreb, Croatia
Kaitlin at Work With Her Favorite Animal - A Stingray Named Annie
Kaitlin at Work With Her Favorite Animal - A Stingray Named Annie
Matthew Running in a Local Competition
Matthew Running in a Local Competition
Birthday Party for Our Dog, Meeko & His Best Friends
Birthday Party for Our Dog, Meeko & His Best Friends
Enjoying Ice Cream on Our First Trip to Disney World
Enjoying Ice Cream on Our First Trip to Disney World
At Kaitlin's Best Friend's Wedding Reception
At Kaitlin's Best Friend's Wedding Reception
Our Wedding
Our Wedding
Kaitlin & Her Best Friend's Son Feeding Lorikeets
Kaitlin & Her Best Friend's Son Feeding Lorikeets
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding
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Hiking to See Waterfalls in Croatia
Hiking to See Waterfalls in Croatia
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Searching for Tide Pools on Vacation
Searching for Tide Pools on Vacation
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Fun at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fun at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Enjoying a Day in Zagreb, Croatia
Enjoying a Day in Zagreb, Croatia
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Kaitlin at Work With Her Favorite Animal - A Stingray Named Annie
Kaitlin at Work With Her Favorite Animal - A Stingray Named Annie
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Matthew Running in a Local Competition
Matthew Running in a Local Competition
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Birthday Party for Our Dog, Meeko & His Best Friends
Birthday Party for Our Dog, Meeko & His Best Friends
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Enjoying Ice Cream on Our First Trip to Disney World
Enjoying Ice Cream on Our First Trip to Disney World
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At Kaitlin's Best Friend's Wedding Reception
At Kaitlin's Best Friend's Wedding Reception
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Our Wedding
Our Wedding
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Kaitlin & Her Best Friend's Son Feeding Lorikeets
Kaitlin & Her Best Friend's Son Feeding Lorikeets
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Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

Our House and Neighborhood

Splash Pad & Pool at a Nearby Park

We live in a two story, two bedroom townhouse in California. Our child will have their own bedroom and bathroom with plenty of space to run around with their toys. Our favorite room in the house is our living room, where we have a large rug that is used to play with our pets and a comfortable couch for family movie nights. We also have a nice patio where Matthew enjoys tending to a small garden; we have enjoyed many fresh vegetables from it.

Our neighborhood is small and diverse with a mixture of young families and retirees. Our neighbors' kids enjoy coming out to play with our dog, Meeko, and throwing the frisbee for him. We also have a community pool next to our townhouse that is accessed by key.

Our neighborhood is right next to an elementary school. On weekends the playground is open to the public and many families enjoy taking their children there to play. We also live less than a mile away from a large park with multiple playgrounds, a pool and splash pad for tiny tots, and a wildlife rescue center. There are also many safe areas to hike in our community.

The local community is vibrant with festivals, parades, and numerous clubs and organizations. In addition, our Coast Guard community is very supportive of families no matter where we are stationed. The local base hosts events throughout the year for families like carnivals and trunk-or-treat.

Our Extended Families

Kaitlin's Family

Kaitlin's parents and her sister's family live in North Carolina, as well as most of her large extended family including many cousins. Every year during the Christmas season, Kaitlin's entire extended family gets together for a traditional Christmas dinner at a local restaurant in Raleigh. This is Kaitlin's favorite family tradition because of the holiday cheer and the opportunity to see cousins that have spread out across the country.

Matthew's Family

Matthew's parents live in South Carolina and his two brothers and their families live in Michigan and Pennsylvania. We get together about every year for a week just to spend time together. We cook big meals, play games, and enjoy outdoor activities with our several young nieces and nephews. When we get together for Christmas, we'll all attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day have brunch, open gifts around the tree, and prepare a festive dinner.

We keep in touch with our families regularly by phone and video chat, and periodically organize virtual game nights with our siblings. Both of our families are excited and supportive of our adoption plan. One of Matthew's grandmothers was adopted so our adoption journey has special meaning for many in our extended family.

From Us to You

This is a challenging letter to write to someone we have not met, and it is hard to give full insight into our lives to someone making the most difficult decision of their life. It is our hope that the pathways we have each taken in our lives have led us to find each other. The decision before you is not an easy one and it is a decision we respect and hope to be a part of. Please know that we are grateful for the chance to get to know you and support you. We have so much love to give and hope to have this opportunity, not just to give love to your child but to you as well.

In our family we value honesty and open communication. Your child will live in an inclusive, judgement free home and they will hear about the heroic choices their birth parent(s) made on his or her behalf from the very beginning. We value honesty and structure in our home but never take ourselves too seriously. We are a playful couple who are comfortable enough to be silly in front of each other; whether it be singing in the kitchen or jumping around in our Simpson's onesies! We often try to envision how much we will enjoy sharing our simple, joyful moments with our future child.

We take education seriously in our home and will promote learning in a healthy environment. We will provide the best educational opportunities for your child that we can. Importantly, we will ensure your child receives a well-rounded education that includes their own culture and cultural history, and we will keep them connected to any community they are a part of.

We met in the summer of 2017 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Matthew was stationed on a Coast Guard ship and Kaitlin was working at the local aquarium. Matthew deployed every few months but we kept in touch daily with each other. Matthew would share experiences of his travels and Kaitlin would share funny work stories about the bald eagle she was training. Matthew proposed on Kaitlin's birthday in March of 2019 at the state park where they hiked on their third date. Our wedding took place with friends and family in December of 2019, and we have been loving every moment of our lives together ever since. Matthew's current position in California is on land and is perfectly timed to welcome a child into our family.

If we had one word to describe ourselves this past year, we would use resilient. In January of 2021, Kaitlin almost passed away from an ectopic pregnancy rupture. After the surgery and loss, we were both feeling weak from the traumatic experience. Everyone has struggles that are unique to their lives and if there is one thing we have learned from our loss it is the compassion for the experiences of others. We are grateful for the opportunity to be alive and together, and for the opportunity to build our family through the unique and exciting path of adoption. While your and our experiences will be vastly different during this process, please know that we are here to support you. We have found strength, love and support in each other and hope to have the opportunity to do the same for you and your child.

Your wishes and needs for the relationship you have with your child are very important to us. We want your child to have a connection to their roots and their culture. We are open and look forward to discussing your communication needs with your child. While we may be required to move with the military through the years until Matthew retires, this will not affect the stability of your relationship with your child. We are committed to providing a healthy, happy life for your child and look forward to getting to know you.

Sincerely,

Matthew & Kaitlin

Favorites

Matthew
Kaitlin
Actor
Keanu Reeves
Dwayne Johnson
Actress
Jennifer Lawrence
Emma Watson
Animal
Cat
Stingray
Author
Bill Waterson
Dr. Seuss
Book
Bridge of Birds
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Candy Bar
Snickers
Twix
Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes
Childhood Memory
Family vacations
Walking through horse pastures with my dog, laying down in tall grass and enjoying the outdoors with my dog.
Childhood Toy
Legos
I had a stuffed cat that I named "Climber" that purred when it shook. He went everywhere with me.
Children's Book
Tuesday
Green Eggs and Ham
City
New Orleans
Lahaina, Maui
Classic Movie
Princess Bride
Lion King
Color
Blue
Orange
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice cream
Boston Cream Pie
Disney Movie
Wall-E
Wreck it Ralph
Dream Car
Miata
Tesla Model X SUV (or any future electric SUV)
Dream Job
Park Ranger
Zookeeper, conservationist (Accomplished; no longer in the field)
Dream Vacation
Australia
African Safari, Volunteering with the Green Army (anti-poaching trip in South Africa)
Family Activity
Playing games
Outdoor recreation, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife watching
Flower / Plant
Pumpkin
Bird of Paradise
Food
Indian
Mashed Potatoes
Form of Exercise
Running
Yoga and weightlifting
Fruit
Grapes
Watermelon and honeydew melon
Game
Wingspan
Candyland
Hobby
Competitive running
Cooking
Holiday
Halloween
Christmas
Holiday Song
O Holy Night
Frosty the Snowman
Holiday Tradition
Midnight Christmas Mass
Preparing for Santa, anything to do with Santa/magic of Christmas
Ice Cream
Moosetracks
Rocky Road
Junk Food
Chips and Salsa
Peanut M&Ms
Leisure Activity
Napping
Walking in nature or through gardens; along the beach or seaside cliffs in California
Magazine
National Geographic
National Geographic
Memory with a Child
Playing in the toy room with my nephews
When I worked at zoos and aquariums, I helped children interact with giraffes, stingrays and sharks. I loved watching the connection and excitement.
Memory with Spouse
Proposing to my wife
When Matthew asked me to marry him in the state park; the same place we were hiding from a rain storm on our third date.
Movie
Talladega Nights
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Frozen ICEE (cherry and coke flavors mixed!)
Movie Quote
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live-Albus Dumbeldore
Movie Type
Comedy
Pixar/animation movies. I appreciate the artistry and work that goes into this film type.
Musical
Greatest Showman
Greatest Showman
Musical Group
Lady Gaga
Spice Girls (I was really into them in the 90's/2000's)
Nursery Rhyme
Frere Jacques
Winnie the Pooh
Olympic Event
Winter: Short Track Speed Skating Summer: Track and field
Summer: Javelin Winter: Figure Skating
Personal Hero
My dad
Jane Goodall and the future birth mom to our child
Play
Lion King
Wizard of Oz
Poet
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her emotional intelligence (nurturing, caring)
His playfulness and kindness; it makes him an absolute joy to be around.
Quote
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
Restaurant
Zeera Indian Cuisine
Oke Poke (Poke restaurant near our home)
Sandwich
Chicken cheese steak
Grilled Cheese
Shopping Store
Sloat Garden Center (local garden center)
BayouWithLove
Song
Telephone
A Million Dreams
Sport to Play
Running
Softball
Sport to Watch
Hockey
Baseball
Sports Star
Billy Mills
Gabriel Kapler (employer)
Sports Team
Detroit Red Wings
San Francisco Giants
Subject in School
Physics
Science (mostly biology, but any science)
Superhero
Underdog
Shuri
Thing to Cook
Poke and Salsa
Plantains
Time of Day
Morning
Early evening/sunset
Tradition
"Family Race to Bed" All pets line up at bottom of stairs and race us to the bed.
Taking trips for birthdays instead of buying gifts
TV Show
Modern Family
Modern Family
TV Show Character
Homer Simpson
Maze (Lucifer)
Type of Music
80's
Hawaiian, Reggae, Beach
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Croatia; Hawaii
Video Game
Frogger
Mario

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