dear expectant mother
We will never be able to fully understand the challenges of your journey, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the decision you are making. We also know that sometimes the best choices for our children and families aren’t the easiest ones, and your bravery truly inspires us.
Although you may not always know fearlessness on this path you have chosen, we hope you find courage and solace in the fact that you are bringing an amazing new being into the world! The idea of growing and birthing a baby is awe-inspiring to us, and you and your little one are no exception. Our family has alternative origins: both of our children were conceived through sperm donation, and we share their birth stories with age-appropriate honesty whenever they ask. Your child will have their own birth story to learn, share, and fall in love with. You will always be this child’s parent, and your child will grow up knowing you are part of their story.
Your child will always know an incredible, unbreakable, boundless love from you and for you. Our love for them will always be paralleled with a love for you, for this unconditional, limitless gift to our family.
We have been together since December 2002, and after living in both Manhattan and San Francisco, we settled in a small University town in the midwest. We married in August 2008 in San Francisco’s beautiful City Hall, and in November 2016, we had our reception in a stunning art museum with friends and family. Rachel is a Doctor of Psychology and has a thriving private mental health practice that caters to children and families. Dani works as a performer and director, teaching private voice, piano, and theater lessons. She also choreographs, sings, and directs professionally throughout the region. In her free time, Rachel likes to memorialize the family’s adventures in scrapbooks, perform in community theater productions, and go to the gym. Dani’s hobbies include knitting everything from cardigans to stuffed animals, baking and decorating cakes for loved ones, and taking our kids to the movies.
Our Home & Pets
We and our children, Esme and Xander, live in a large house with our dog, Honeysuckle. Our single-family dwelling sits on a corner with a large yard surrounding it and a swing set in the backyard, only minutes from downtown. The home has two stories, though most of the action occurs in the kitchen, great room, and playroom. The kids love to play outside, both on the sidewalk out front or the backyard, especially if they can ride scooters or their bikes, and they enjoy the freedom of being out in nature. Honeysuckle is a loving, female Golden Retriever. She is a gentle and loving ten-month-old puppy with lots of energy to play, go for walks, and cuddle with the family.
Our Extended Family
We both have large extended families. Rachel’s parents live just down the street and help with childcare, so our children get to see them often during the week! Rachel is an only child, but she was raised with 25 cousins (her mom is one of seven!). She enjoys a particularly close relationship with her cousin Nathan, who now lives a few towns away. Nathan and his wife, Katya, love to take walks and play board games with our children.
Dani’s parents live about a six-hour drive away, and they visit often, making it to every one of our children’s important milestones (birthdays, dance performances, and school talent shows). Dani has two younger brothers, Doug and Bryan. Doug lives near Baltimore and Bryan lives in New Mexico. Doug and Bryan love to come and visit the family, especially when they are spending the week at Dani’s parents’ pool or for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays!
What Led Us To Adoption
We have always felt adoption was part of our path together, and even before we met, we both wanted to adopt a child as part of our family plan. Rachel has always felt adopting a child is a calling, and Dani confessed that she wanted to adopt because childbearing wasn’t the right choice for her, though she very much wanted to be a mother. Our daughter is so excited and already includes the new baby in her discussion about future events. We are really excited to finally be starting this chapter of our family’s story!
|Favorite Movie||The Sound of Music|
|Favorite TV Show||Pretty Little Liars|
|Favorite Subject in School||Math|
|Favorite Activity||Board Games|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Favorite Hobby||Cake Decorating|
|Favorite TV Show||Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Favorite Subject in School||Music|
|Favorite Activity||Going to the Movies|
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Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.
The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!Return to Waiting Families