Hi, and thank you for taking the time to consider us. It's an honor to be thought of as potential adoptive parents. We know this will be a very difficult decision to make, and although this will not be an easy path, we admire your courage and selflessness in taking this journey. If we are fortunate to be your choice, we look forward to making you a part of our family. Ellen, who is adopted herself, was unable to know her biological parents, so we are excited to have a relationship with you at whatever level you are comfortable. We appreciate you taking the time to read our profile and thank you for considering this option for your child.

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Our Blogs

Ryan's Photography

10/24/2021

Hello! This is Ryan, and I wanted to talk a little about one of my favorite hobbies, photography. My mom started getting me into photography as a kid by showing me her camera, and letting me play around with it. As an adult, it became my primary hobby, and something I’ve worked to develop over the years.  When I was young, my parents got me a Fisher-Price point and shoot camera, with these flash bulb sticks that would plug in to the top. The photos were never that great, but I loved to play with it.  As an adult, I became more and more interested over time, and have practiced over the years to improve my abilities. Ellen’s dad is a great photographer in his own right, having showcased his work in some exhibits over time! For Ellen and I, it’s truly a family thing.  Now, whenever Ellen and I go somewhere outdoors, or to a big family event, I try and bring my camera to capture some memories, and maybe a few worth hanging. Living in DC also gives me a lot of opportunities to snap some dramatic photos with just a short Metro ride. Although cameras on our...

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Welcoming Our Niece and Nephew to Town

10/25/2021

Last month, Ellen and I welcomed our niece and nephew to DC for a chance to show them around and spend some quality time together. We had originally planned to have them come during Spring Break 2020, but something came up....so we pushed to this year after we all got vaccinated! Before coming we talked with them about what they wanted to visit, and to their credit, high on their list were the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Holocaust Museum. They spent a lot of time processing the exhibits and how it still affects the world today. We also worked on some happier visits, including a college campus tour (their first), a comedy show, and time for shopping and a visit to the Air and Space Museum. We also got to check out the new Planet Word museum which was a lot of fun, and took them to Artechouse, a small local, interactive art space where you can walk through the exhibits. Your movements directly affect the displays, which run floor to ceiling. We also took time to try and show them some of the great dining options around town, and visited the Starbucks on...

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Mutual Aid

10/25/2021

For the past year and a half, I have been spending about 3-12 hours a week organizing with Ward 4 Mutual Aid. What is mutual aid, you may ask? While the concept has been around for over a century, it's a concept that I, and many others, had never heard of until the pandemic. As one blog post puts it, mutual aid is "a solidarity-based support where communities unite against a common struggle. They take on the responsibility of caring for each other, rather than leaving individuals to fend for themselves". Instead of charity or volunteer work, the help given has no constraints on it. It’s just neighbors helping each other to meet material needs and address the causes of those needs. Why am I writing about this? Well, I grew up in a family that has always given to various causes and volunteered several hours. My mom volunteered at my sister’s and my schools and my dad was a Rotarian. Until the pandemic, my mom volunteered at a community center, helping connect neighbors to various government services, and my dad volunteered at the Denver Nature and Science Museum, preparing fossils for display or storage. My sister volunteered working with...

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Summer Fun!

07/17/2021

This summer, Ellen treated me to some fun birthday events, which has become a little tradition to do. Instead of just buying gifts, we like to explore and see or do some things we don’t often have a chance to. This year, this included a trip to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, here in DC, and an Indian cooking class, plus a few other stops.  We’ve been to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens before, but it’s been a while. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a lovely park filled with small ponds and a variety of plants and wildlife that thrive in that type of environment. Every summer, the lotuses and water lilies bloom and it’s quite a sight to see. This year, we caught it a little early, but still managed to see some of the American Lotus blooms, which have a distinct yellow color.  Later, we had a cooking class, which was a lot of fun. We learned how to make Chicken Tikka Masala, and Naan bread from scratch. It took a little work, but we got the hang of the right dough thickness for the break, and the Masala turned out great! We’re excited to put it in our regular rotation...

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Visiting Ellen's family in Colorado

07/17/2021

Last month Ryan and I went out to Colorado to visit my family and celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Since my parents decided that they didn’t want to go out for dinner, Paula (my sister) and I planned a big meal (8 courses in all) at her home. My sister, Ryan and I spent the first few days gathering recipes, grocery shopping, cooking, putting together a photo collage, and decorating her kitchen. The night of the event, we sat down to a long meal, a look through their wedding album, a serenade of “their song” (So Happy Together), and lots of family chatter and laughter. It was a lot of work, but we could tell how happy my parents were with the event. After festivities, we all took a day to recoup before going on a little tour of Golden, CO, nearby. Ryan and I also managed to get two good hikes in, one with my dad in Morrison, and one just the two of us in Bear Creek Canyon. I got to plants flowers with my mom while Ryan went location scouting for a family photo with my dad. We got to ride the cograil up Pike's Peak...

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Staying in Touch

07/17/2021

Hi all - Ryan here! One of the things Ellen and I have tried to work hard at during the pandemic is staying in touch with friends. Fortunately, with the vaccines we seem to be heading in the right direction. However, in the past year it's been tough to keep up with our friends and family, without having our normal in person visits. One way we've done this is through regular video calls, with friends, families, and neighborhood groups. This has allowed us to stay updated on friends' happy moments in their lives, such as childbirths, engagements, anniversaries, and other milestones. It's also helped us all keep each other's spirits up as we went through a challenging year. That doesn't mean we haven't had the occasional hiccup. Despite numerous years of experience with technology, we still are sometimes hindered by mishaps. Such as when one of my college buddies got locked out of his accounts on the day we were all scheduled to hop on a call. He could text, and talk on the phone, but signing into pretty much anything was out of the question. We were not to be deterred however! One of my other friends had the...

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Spring in DC

05/11/2021

While summers in D.C. may be hot and humid, the springs here are wonderful. Besides being able to enjoy the weather while meeting up outside with neighbors to distribute food and supplies to neighbors on Saturdays, Ryan and I have been taking regular, long walks around the neighborhood and a little beyond. I’ve also been able to start walks with my friend who lives across the street, as well as a neighbor friend from our building. We’ve been watching the daffodils, hyacinth and one of my favorites in this area, the cascading phlox. DC is also native to a variety of blossoming trees: cherry, crabapple, dogwood, crape mrytle, magnolias and Eastern redbud. We recently found time to drive over to a nearby Franciscan monastery. It wasn’t open inside, but it has a beautiful garden and meandering paths. The tulips, another seasonal favorite of mine, were a little past their prime, but still colorful and fun to see.  After Ryan got some shots of some of the surrounding beauty, we sat next to a fish pond, listening to the water bubble and watching the kids marvel at the swimming fish.

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Vaccinated!

05/10/2021

Ellen and I were fortunate to get our first Covid shots last February since our local pharmacy had extra doses that needed to get into arms right away if they weren't going to go to waste. This allowed us to be vaccinated much earlier than we thought, and got us thinking about what life would be like now that we were on our way to being in a safer place. That first shot was definitely the most excited I've ever been to get a shot. We knew we'd have to get our second dose, and wait another two weeks to have the full effect, but we were at least on our way. We got our second shot exactly one month later, at a mass-vaccination site run by the city, which went very smoothly. DC had a good system in place where people would work through a series of waiting positions, while still being kept socially distant and in large, open spaces to keep everyone safe. Once we got our shots scheduled, we started planning our first getaway, a weekend trip to Richmond, which we'll cover in a future blog post. Once we were fully vaccinated, we felt better about shopping...

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Portugese Custard Tart

10/25/2021

In April 2018, we traveled to Lisbon, a city neither of us had been to before. We had an amazing time, staying with close friends in Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in the city. We enjoyed trekking all over the city, sampling the delicious cuisine of the area, seeing all the sights and getting a taste of the culture. While we were there, we indulged in one of the more famous, local treats - the Pasteis de Nata, or Portugese Custard Tart. These pastries are made with a light, flaky dough, filled with an egg custard that is then baked to give it the crisp, warm texture it's famous for. This past Christmas, Ellen gave Ryan a gift of an online class that taught participants how to make this tart at home. It was quite the ordeal! Three hours of work to make these treats, with most of it spent getting the dough just right. Lots of mixing, rolling, coating with butter, folding, and repeating. It's a good thing we had a large counter to work with! But in the end, we were able to make it through the recipe, and they turned out wonderfully. We could not have been happier...

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