Stephen & Jessica

“Ever since we got married, we knew we wanted to have children”

Location: Massachusetts

Ages: 48 and 43

Religion: None

Professions: Teacher/Auditor

Other Kids: None

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Infant 

How We Met: We met online in 2013 and never looked back. We have differing backgrounds (she is from a large Irish Catholic family; he is from a small Jewish family), but we were raised with the same fundamentals: the core belief of Be Nice; Do Good. We both value our families and friends beyond words. Although some of our interests differ (she’s a triathlete; he’s obsessed with Star Wars), we share so much at heart: a love of animals, a passion for music & books, and a constant desire for self-improvement.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Stephen is happy, funny, kind, and loving. He is outgoing and dedicated to all the kids in his life, both in his family and his classroom. He is an excellent listener and always provides support and encouragement. Jessica is loving, caring, and sensitive. Her family means the world to her and has a bond stronger than words can say. She is talented in many ways (musical, athletic, and funny) and is compassionate to everyone she meets. She also has the ability to find the fun in any situation, regardless of how mundane it is.

Our Hobbies and Interests:  We both enjoy traveling whenever we have the chance, be it up to New Hampshire for the weekend or across the country or Atlantic. We also enjoy the arts, frequently going to plays, concerts, and museums. Animals are an important part of our life together; we volunteer at a local cat shelter and go to zoos and animal excursions whenever we can. Jessica is a triathlete, and Stephen is interested in photography. We also enjoy spending time with our families and friends whenever we can.

Why We Want to Adopt: Ever since we got married, we knew we wanted to have children. When the traditional method didn’t work, we attempted IUI and IVF, which also proved unsuccessful; we then turned to adoption. Adoption was something we had considered as a way of adding to our family regardless of having biological children, so this became the obvious choice for us.