Below are some of our hopeful adoptive families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Our families are diverse and include singles, couples, LGBT families and families of all religions and races. Interested in learning more about any of these adoptive families or others?
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Sarah & PatrickWe are Sarah and Patrick. We live in Northern NJ in a community less than an hour from Manhattan. Having a family was always…
Sarah & Patrick
We are Sarah and Patrick. We live in Northern NJ in a community less than an hour from Manhattan. Having a family was always important to us, and we are excited to welcome a child through adoption.
After meeting in 2007, from the start we knew not only would we fall in love but also we’d become best friends! We married soon after, and have been adventuring together ever since. Both of us enjoy music, traveling both locally and abroad, holidays and long weekends with family and close friends, the arts, and history. We also celebrate each other’s differences – Sarah loves all things Disney and Patrick has a strong passion for sports.
We appreciate how important a decision like adoption is, and think its courageous you are considering this loving option for your child. If you were to select us as adoptive parents for your child, we would look forward to helping them grow under the safe protective wing of our large and warm extended family, teaching them the morals that will guide their decisions and helping them discover the unique interests that spark their enthusiasm.
Sending positive thoughts to you at this time. We hope to meet you soon and answer any question you may have.
Warm Wishes – Sarah & Pat
Fun Facts about Sarah & Pat
Favorite places: Disney World and Spain (where we had our honeymoon)
Favorite sports teams: Patrick is an enthusiastic Mets, Jets, Rangers and Celtics fan. He also follows F1 Racing and Premier League soccer.
Favorite hobbies: Sarah likes to craft, Patrick loves hiking.
Favorite holidays: Christmas. We go BIG on this holiday!
Favorite Music: All kinds, especially live music. Sarah also plays piano.
Tina & MikeHi! Thanks for checking out our profile. We're Mike and Tina, and we've been married for 11 years. In some ways, we're very different.…
Tina & Mike
Hi! Thanks for checking out our profile. We’re Mike and Tina, and we’ve been married for 11 years. In some ways, we’re very different. Mike is quiet and reserved, and loves to play and watch sports. Tina is talkative and energetic, and loves music and theater. But we both have common values and morals: being honest and truthful, treating others the way you want to be treated, cherishing those you love. These beliefs keep us committed to each other and to our family.
We longed for a child for many years and wanted more than anything to become parents. After six years of difficulty, we finally had our son, Sam. Our challenging journey to have a family only strengthened our bond and our commitment to each other. Experiencing the joys of parenthood has really made us want to have more children, and we’ve decided to build our family through adoption. We will love unconditionally any child who comes into our home.
We are best friends who have fun and enjoy making our way through life together. We have a natural and easy relationship, and work things out by talking and listening to each other. Neither of us could ever imagine life without the other, and believe that we were a family already, even before we had our son. We just want to take the next step and turn our family of three into a family of four (or more!).
If you decide to make an adoption plan for your child and think we might be the ones to parent, we will be ready with open arms. We wish you all the best in your decision.
Tina and Mike
Fun facts about Tina and Mike:
Favorite places: The beach is our happy place! We also love to travel and explore new places.
Favorite holidays: Christmas! We have many traditions like cutting down our tree, decorating gingerbread houses and celebrating with family. We also love Halloween, and take over the neighborhood while trick-or-treating with family and friends.
Favorite activities: Hiking, photography, being outdoors, singing and playing piano (Tina), playing ice hockey (Mike)
Favorite books and authors: Jane Austen (Tina), Stephen King (Mike), Harry Potter (both)
Favorite food: Everything!
KateHello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my family as you consider the possibility of making an adoption plan…
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my family as you consider the possibility of making an adoption plan for your child. I am an American who grew up in Europe, in a number of different countries. I came back to the United States while I was in high school, then I went to college in New Hampshire and graduate school in New York. I’ve been working in nonprofit organizations in New York ever since. I have a house in a quiet neighborhood with good schools, across from a conservation area.
Education, music, travel, and the outdoors are lifelong loves for me – I’m always interested in learning something new. Feeding curiosity is a joy, and you just never know what experience will enable you to come up with a creative response to the issues that come up in daily life.
The decision you are making now is so difficult. But I believe strongly that whatever decision you make, it will be the right one for you and your child because it comes from a place of love. I know the others I’ve met on this journey agree. You are not alone.
I hope this profile will give you a good sense of my world, and all the people who are standing ready to open their hearts to a new member of our family. When all is said and done, the value I believe is most important is kindness. Kindness to others, and kindness to yourself, can give you the strength and guidance to navigate most puzzles in life, large and small.
Fun Facts about Kate
Favorite places: White Mountains of New Hampshire, U.S. National Parks, my aunt’s garden, my home
Favorite foods: I love whole foods cooking: my favorite sweet ingredient is maple syrup – my favorite savory ingredient is feta cheese.
Favorite holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day
Favorite hobbies: Choral singing, Taking pictures of great landscapes, Reading, Going to the movies
KatherineMy name is Katherine. Thank you for looking at my profile. I know you face enormous and overwhelming choices. I realized that I wanted…
My name is Katherine. Thank you for looking at my profile. I know you face enormous and overwhelming choices. I realized that I wanted to become a mother one day when I was driving home from spending a weekend with my nephews in NY. I found myself missing them already on the drive home, and I decided I didn’t want to have to drive away anymore. My mom taught me the value of caring for others and showed me how to be a mother by being an amazing mother herself. I hope to pass on that gift to a child as well.
I grew up out west, and have been in Philadelphia for almost a decade. I became a public interest lawyer because I always knew I wanted to help people, even before I knew how. The only goals I have for my children are that they be happy, well-adjusted and successful, whatever that means for them.
Thank you for taking the time to read these words. No matter what you decide, I wish you nothing but the best.
Fun Facts about Katherine
Favorite Hobbies: reading, running, biking, crocheting, hiking
Favorite Foods: I love cooking huge meals like casseroles or lasagna or a giant pot of chili – as boring as it sounds, I love making a huge batch of food to feed people and then feed myself for a week (and sneak in extra veggies no one can taste!)
Favorite Holiday: I love Thanksgiving, because it’s all about the food and the family, and because it’s the start of the holiday season, so there’s lots of decorating and family time to look forward to!
Favorite Music: … actually, no, I have terrible taste in music!
Lauren & EmilyHi! Our names are Lauren and Emily. (Lauren is the one with short hair; Emily has long hair). We're honored to be considered as…
Lauren & Emily
Hi! Our names are Lauren and Emily. (Lauren is the one with short hair; Emily has long hair). We’re honored to be considered as prospective adoptive parents. We are looking forward to sharing our lives with a child, and all the new adventures and challenges that will bring.
We met in 2005 while working together as AmeriCorps members at a local housing program. Lauren pretended to be real tough, but Emily didn’t buy it. We were friends for many years until we started dating about five years ago. We were both surprised by how well we understood each other and got along! Emily appreciates Lauren’s steady cool and Lauren appreciates how Emily expands her comfort zone.
We now live together in West Philadelphia, where Lauren works as a carpenter and Emily works as an architect. Friends describe us as loyal, quiet, creative, and compassionate. We enjoy both being a part of our community in Philadelphia and also traveling to new places. You can often find us doing craft and carpentry projects together or cooking, eating, hiking and biking with friends. You can also often find us spending time with our parents, siblings, and extended family.
We respect and admire you for the decisions you are making! Thanks in advance for taking the time to get to know about us as part of that process.
-Lauren and Emily
Fun facts about Lauren and Emily
Favorite music: Lauren – Bjork and 90’s hip hop and r and b, Emily – Sia, Reggaeton, female folk duos
Favorite holidays: Lauren – Thanksgiving, Emily – Passover
Hobbies: Making each other laugh, attempting to garden, crafting and building things
Favorite foods: Sushi, vegetables, tacos, fruit juice, bread, Halal truck at 39th and Powelton
Favorite places: Philadelphia! Lauren – National parks, creeks and mountains, Emily – NYC
Whitney & RobertHello! We are Whitney and Robert. We met over ten years ago, and have been married since 2015. We are so thankful that you…
Whitney & Robert
We are Whitney and Robert. We met over ten years ago, and have been married since 2015. We are so thankful that you have chosen to learn about us and our dream of becoming parents. Although we don’t know you, we admire your thoughtfulness and bravery for considering adoption. We offer our heartfelt support as you plan the future for yourself and for your child.
There are all sorts of facts that can be scrambled together to explain us: we are people who place a premium on friendship and loyalty (we met at a mutual friend’s wedding); we love seeing the unfamiliar world (Whitney lived in London for a semester in college, and Robert has traveled around the country twice); we are “culture vultures” (museums, concerts, theater, movies, restaurants, books – we love it all). We are also big baseball fans. In short, we love being alive and are determined to experience as much of what is good on Earth as we can.
We both have close friends since childhood, and many friends that we have gathered along the way through different schools and jobs. We have board game nights, and like to picnic and hike and watch movies outside in the summer. Our friends are excited that we are building our family through adoption and are very supportive.
We enjoy traveling near and far, but we always love coming home to Brooklyn. While we are close to Manhattan and all it has to offer, what we love most about Brooklyn is that it is a rich and diverse community with thoughtful, caring neighbors and local stores and shops. We live five minutes from two different parks, one with a large playground and another with walking trails along the water. Our block, lined with trees and brownstones, has lots of children and families.
Thank you for clicking on our profile. We are excited to build our family through adoption with love, compassion and encouragement. We wish you strength and peace as you make this decision.
-Whitney and Robert
Fun Facts about Whitney and Robert
Favorite places: Cape Cod, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and of course our home town, Brooklyn.
Favorite foods: Lobster and Tacos
Favorite sports teams: Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, San Francisco Giants, NY Yankees
Favorite hobbies: Reading, cooking, swimming, going to the theatre, listening to podcasts
Favorite music: We love a LOT of different kinds of music, but a few of our favorites include Radiohead, Beyonce, Modest Mouse, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The National, and Stevie Wonder.
Melanie & JoostHello! We're Melanie and Joost. Thank you for taking time to learn about us! It is an honor to be considered as a potential…
Melanie & Joost
Hello! We’re Melanie and Joost. Thank you for taking time to learn about us! It is an honor to be considered as a potential adoptive family for your child. We admire your courage and love in considering an adoption plan.
We met while in graduate school and have been married since 2009. Sonja joined our family 4 years ago, and has brought such joy and love into our lives. We are both ready and excited to provide unconditional love to another child and to begin a new step on our parenthood journey. We are committed to providing a loving, safe, nurturing home where children can laugh, play, learn, grow and find support for achieving their individual dreams. Any child joining our family would be welcomed into a large family with loving grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. We are all very excited to welcome another child into our family!
We have always enjoyed the outdoors, music, traveling and spending time with our loved ones, and these experiences have become more special now as we enjoy creating new memories with Sonja. We are looking forward to sharing our favorite activities within a growing family.
Thank you again for taking a few moments to learn a little about us. We hope that you find a path that brings you comfort and happiness wherever it leads for you and your little one. We wish you everything good as you move forward,
Melanie and Joost
Fun Facts about Melanie and Joost
Favorite places: The Netherlands and Pittsburgh (our “hometowns,” and where we see our families), our backyard where we relax and play, and Disney World
Favorite foods: Joost picks quiche, Melanie and Sonja love chocolate!
Favorite hobbies: Photography, biking, gardening and travel. Sonja is excited about dance and soccer right now.
Favorite holidays: We have a lot of wonderful memories from each holiday, but Christmas is a special time in our family. Melanie’s family has a reunion and there are a number of traditions on both sides of the family which are very important to us during this time.
Favorite music: When we asked Sonja this question, she answered “Rock and Roll!!”
Johanna & BradHello! We are Johanna and Brad, a graphic and museum designer and attorney living in Brooklyn, NY. We’ve been together for 15 years, married…
Johanna & Brad
We are Johanna and Brad, a graphic and museum designer and attorney living in Brooklyn, NY. We’ve been together for 15 years, married for 10.
While we realize this is a difficult time for you, we are very excited to share with you a brief window into our lives. We always knew we wanted to raise a child together, and we have been looking to start a family for several years now. We have chosen adoption as the way to build our family. We know that raising a child will have its unexpected challenges, but we are ready for the task. We are fortunate to have supportive family, steady jobs, and a wonderful home. Most importantly, we have a strong relationship filled with love. We are excited to be able to share this all with a child. We hope you can share in our vision.
Fun Facts about Johanna & Brad
Favorite Sports Teams: NY Red Bulls, USA Soccer
Favorite Hobbies: Painting and drawing. We love to go to Prospect Park, the Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum to sketch together.
Favorite Places: Myrtle Beach, where we go each year with Brad’s family (and nieces and nephew!); Italy, where we both studied abroad, and Northwest CT where we spend many summer weekends with Johanna’s mom and friends.
Favorite Music: We love music and Brad has a vast and diverse record collection ranging from Classical to jazz to indie rock.
Jen & PeterWelcome! Thank you for choosing to get to know our family as you consider adoption for your baby. We can't imagine the emotions you…
Jen & Peter
Welcome! Thank you for choosing to get to know our family as you consider adoption for your baby. We can’t imagine the emotions you are feeling right now, and we are honored that you’ve decided to learn more about us as you make a plan for the future.
Our family is one rooted in love, joy, and a healthy dose of fun + silliness. Becoming parents to our son, Will, has been the greatest joy of our lives— and we cannot wait to add to our family and make Will a big brother.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play a part in your journey.
-Jen + Peter
Fun facts about Jen & Peter
Favorite places: We love New York City, especially Central Park, and spending time at the beach every summer in Long Beach Island, NJ. Some of our favorite places we’ve visited are Italy, Vail in Colorado, and Bora Bora (where we got engaged!).
Favorite foods: Pasta + pizza are always favorites at our house, especially homemade—we both really love to cook. We also love Korean food, all things Mexican, and pretty much anything off the BBQ. Peter’s guilty pleasure is nachos, and Jen’s is ice cream 🙂
Favorite sports teams: Since he grew up outside of Chicago, Peter loves the Chicago Bears. Jen’s more of a NY girl and loves the New York Giants and New York Yankees.
Favorite hobbies: We love cooking, skiing, spending time with friends + family, and hanging out with our four-year-old son Will as much as we can. In our free time, Peter likes to golf and Jen likes to run + read.
Favorite holidays: We love hosting holidays at our house! Thanksgiving and Christmas our two of our favorites. We also love the Fourth of July—our town puts on an amazing fireworks show and it’s a great day to barbecue with friends.
Marian & JesseHello and thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We feel a great compassion for you and the…
Marian & Jesse
Hello and thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We feel a great compassion for you and the decision you are making now. We can promise you we will not take parenting for granted and hope this letter gives you a glimpse of the type of parents we will be.
Since we met fourteen years ago we knew we wanted to have a family. Now that we know adoption is our path for parenthood, we feel excited and ready. As teachers we believe it is important for children to grow up in a nurturing home with the freedom to explore lots of interests and
We are fortunate to have the resources to ensure your child will have any opportunity they wish to pursue throughout their life with our full support and love. We are grateful for your strength and wish you light in what you are going through
love, Jesse and Marian
Fun Facts about Marian & Jesse
Favorite Places: We love our home in Philly, but we also love to travel. Some of our favorite trips have been to Paris, Tuscany, and New Orleans. Most of our trips happen with our family and friends. We are always planning our next journey.
Favorite Holidays: Marian loves the 4th of July because she loves barbeque and fireworks. Jesse enjoys Christmas festivities with friends and family.
Favorite Hobbies: Our favorite thing to do is to spend time with friends and family. Jesse loves playing music, Marian loves hiking with our dog Buddy, and Jesse is always fixing up things around the house.
Shira & OmriHello, We are Shira, Omri and Adam. We are honored to have you reading our family's story and in awe of your courage to…
Shira & Omri
Hello, We are Shira, Omri and Adam. We are honored to have you reading our family’s story and in awe of your courage to consider making an adoption plan.
Our family is guided by unconditional love and openness. We are a family that lives by our values: We believe that all people are created in the image of God, and should be treated with respect, given equal access to clean water, healthy food, healthcare and a good education. We believe in empowering all women’s voices and choices. We practice gratitude and giving back to the community.
Our daily lives are filled with family, friends, music and laughter. We enjoy a kid-friendly routine, with structure and play, books and legos, and lots of snacks. We enjoy spending a sunny day outside- in nature or at the beach- but we also like to snuggle in front of the TV on a rainy day. Our home is peaceful, cozy and fun, and we have a lot of love to give.
Wishing you comfort and strength on your journey,
Shira, Omri and Adam
Fun Facts about Shira and Omri
Favorite places: the beach, our living room, any amusement park
Favorite foods: ice cream, challah bread, hummus
Favorite hobbies: playing music, crafts, hosting dinner parties
Favorite music: reggae, soul, funk and R&B
Sarah & StevenHello – We appreciate the significance of the path in front of you and can't thank you enough for the chance to share our…
Sarah & Steven
Hello – We appreciate the significance of the path in front of you and can’t thank you enough for the chance to share our story.
Putting it down on paper helped us realize just how much we cherish time with loved ones – whether celebrating a holiday, running an errand or simply hanging out. We’re grateful for the many important people in our lives and the thought of expanding our family warms our hearts.
We’ll raise our children in a loving, stable environment that fosters curiosity and independence. We hope to instill a passion for learning and exploring other cultures, the courage to embrace the unknown and the confidence to pursue their unique interests.
We admire your courage and thoughtfulness in considering an adoption plan. If getting to know us is part of that process, we welcome the opportunity.
Sarah + Steven
Fun Facts about Sarah & Steven
Favorite places: We love to travel to far away places… Bali, Argentina, Japan and Australia are some of our favorites. But in the summer, there’s no need to go any further than our backyard!
Favorite music: Our house is constantly filled with music. From 70s Soul to 80s Pop to classical and jazz, our tastes are fairly eclectic.
Favorite food: We love it all… Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thai… and hamburgers, of course!
Favorite holidays: Any time with our extended family especially Thanksgiving and 4th of July.
Fran & MikeHello, Let us first say, we think you're a strong and amazing person, and we're honored to be a part of your journey. Thank…
Fran & Mike
Let us first say, we think you’re a strong and amazing person, and we’re honored to be a part of your journey. Thank you for taking the time to look through our profile. We hope it helps you to get an idea of who we are as a couple and as a family. We are Fran and Mike. We’ve been together since 2007, married since 2011 and have a four-year-old son by birth. We love being parents and can’t wait to welcome another child into our family!
Adoption is something we have always considered for building our family. The hope we have for our son and our future child is for them to be kind, curious, confident, to help others, and to value their friends and family. More than anything, we want our children to love and be loved.
We believe that whatever decision you make will be the right one. We wish you peace and love.
-Fran and Mike
Fun Facts about Fran & Mike
Hobbies: We love spending time with each other, with our son, and with our extended family and friends. We both enjoy reading, biking, and walking around our neighborhood or wandering to get to know a new place. Mike likes to play the guitar, and Fran sews.
Places: Some of the places we love are our home, the library, museums, and the beach.
Food: Fran’s all time favorite food is bagels. Mike is an adventurous eater and enjoys just about any food. One of his go-to snacks is apple slices with Nutella.
Holidays: Mike has always loved Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday full of family and great food. Fran’s favorite is Halloween because she loves coming up with and seeing creative ideas for costumes.
Rachel & RichThank you for considering our family as you explore the options that will be best for your baby and for your family. Rachel was…
Rachel & Rich
Thank you for considering our family as you explore the options that will be best for your baby and for your family. Rachel was adopted also. Because of her journey, we are familiar with the beauty, and struggles, that come with adoption. While no two adoption stories are the same, we believe Rachel’s experiences will help guide us in honoring the history and legacy of the child who joins our family through adoption. We are so excited to share our love with a little one.
Please know that whatever you decide, we greatly admire your strength and courage. We are very honored that you took the time to read our story.
-Rachel & Rich
Fun Facts about Rachel & Rich
Favorite places: Queens! Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Bob Marley’s home at Nine Mile, Jamaica, New Paltz
Favorite foods: Samosas and Aloo Gobi (Indian Food), anything with avocados, elote (street corn), lentil soup and falafel sandwiches (Turkish Food)
Favorite hobbies: Rich plays chess, Rachel plays piano; we also love seeing shows, plays, concerts, and exploring new neighborhoods in NYC
Favorite music: Queen (Freddie Mercury), Billie Holiday, folk music, bluegrass, 2 Cellos
Emily & TimHello! We're Emily and Tim. We recognize that this is an extremely difficult process and are so thankful you are considering us as part…
Emily & Tim
We’re Emily and Tim. We recognize that this is an extremely difficult process and are so thankful you are considering us as part of your adoption plan. We wish you strength on this difficult journey and appreciate that you are taking time to get to know us. We look forward to sharing a look into our home and lives to better give you a picture of who we are as a family.
We have been unable to conceive after 5 years of fertility treatments and have decided that building our family through adoption is now the path we’ve chosen, and we are really excited! We have so much love to give, a cozy colorful home to live in, a big community of friends and family to help nurture, and lots of creativity to share. We are an artist and a musician who love to spend time in nature, work on our respective arts, and enjoy meals with friends. We love to travel and spend time in new places. Between the two of us we have been to 18 countries and have lived on both coasts. We love living in Philadelphia since we are close to family, enjoy our jobs, our neighborhood, and our friends. Our friends and family are so excited to welcome a baby into our lives!
As people, we pride ourselves on being empathetic, kind and giving. We value trust, respect and compassion. We plan on sharing those values with our child. We also believe in having a good education and will provide an emotionally and financially stable home.
It is our hope to continue our relationship in a way that works for you. Our vision of openness is flexible, and we would like to establish a relationship that we are both happy with!
Whatever path you choose, we are sending love and support.
Emily & Tim
Fun Facts about Emily & Tim
Favorite places: Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia– we love hiking along the creek and meeting up with friends in springtime as all of the plants and flowers start to bloom. We also enjoy traveling and have enjoyed multiple trips to Mexico in recent years–full of great people, culture and food!
Favorite foods: Tim makes great vegetarian burritos centered around squash and black beans, which are healthy and delicious. When eating out, we usually go for chinese food (dan dan noodles, spicy cucumber salad and cumin chicken being our favorite).
Favorite hobbies: Emily’s art skills are pretty endless whether she’s painting or working on fabric dyes and Tim is always working on multiple music projects with his collection of guitars and keyboards. Spending time outdoors is another favorite pastime and we really enjoy kayaking, biking when the weather’s nice. There’s a few great getaways close to home for us to escape the city and find some nature.
Favorite music: Our tastes crossover with artists like Pink Floyd, Neil Young and Elvis Costello. We also enjoy contemporary artists and frequently enjoy Philly’s live music scene.
Samantha & CalebHello, Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Although we haven’t met, we are certain that you are courageous, wise,…
Samantha & Caleb
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Although we haven’t met, we are certain that you are courageous, wise, and maternal. No matter what you decide is best for your baby, we are honored to be part of your process.
We are Caleb & Samantha. We are high school sweethearts from the Midwest that have made NYC home. Samantha works as an event producer and Caleb is a professional musician. We feel fortunate that we get to do what we love every day of our life and are SO ready to enrich those days (and nights!) with a baby. The both of us are committed to raising a child that knows and is proud of their history in a loving, respectful, and diverse environment.
We always knew we wanted to have kids, but we were not in a rush. Our 20’s were spent enjoying each other and the life we were building, but once our 30’s hit we decided we were ready to enhance our life with a child. We had always talked about adoption but decided to try biologically first. After a year of trying we found out that it was not physically possible to get pregnant. Although it was jarring to learn, it was also super clear: our family was going to grow through adoption! We feel like we were unquestionably meant to be on this beautiful and unique journey and we are grateful and humbled to be part of it.
Thank you again for spending some time with us. We know you have the strength and wisdom to decide what is best for your baby. If it involves us, we promise to provide a loving, supportive, and safe home. We promise to show our child what the world has to offer and cherish them for the gift that they are for the rest of our lives.
Samantha & Caleb
Fun Facts about Samantha & Caleb
Favorite places: Mexico is our favorite place in the world. We have traveled through it extensively and think the culture and the people are just the best! We also love New York City (our home) and anywhere warm.
Favorite foods: ICE CREAM for both of us. Samantha is vegetarian and actually loves vegetables. Caleb will eat basically anything but his favorite food is Pizza (common, yes, but the bread & melted cheese combo can’t be beat).
Favorite hobbies: We are both curious people so love to explore anything and everything. In the warm months we take our scooter to the beach every chance we get. Samantha is an avid runner and loves anything that involves animals. Caleb enjoys playing sports, listening to podcasts, photography, and making music videos in his free time.
Favorite music: This is a hard one as Caleb is a professional musician and Samantha has a degree in Music Business – but if we had to pick this is what it would be: Samantha: I love a mix of 70’s singer-songwriters and soul/R&B. Some of my favorite artists are Joni Mitchell, Donny Hathaway, and Bruno Mars. Caleb: I like to keep up with whatever is current, but my true music loves are Prince, Randy Newman, and Janet Jackson.
Anthony & MichaelHello! We're Anthony and Michael. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us better. We know that you're in…
Anthony & Michael
We’re Anthony and Michael. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us better.
We know that you’re in the midst of making an extremely difficult decision, and we’re humbled that you’re taking the time to learn about us as you consider making an adoption plan. We admire the strength and courage you possess as you decide what’s best for your child.
Ever since we first met back in 2011, we have been talking about how important it is for us to have children. Now, after settling into our careers and several years of marriage together, we feel we’re ready to grow our family.
We hope that this gives you a glimpse into who we are as a couple, our commitment to each other, our relationships with friends and family, and even how silly we can sometimes be!
Anthony & Michael
Fun Facts about Anthony & Michael
Favorite foods: Both of us love to cook. Anthony makes Italian food, while Michael has recently been experimenting with Chinese cooking. And we both like exploring Philadelphia’s great culinary scene — particularly because Anthony’s brother is a chef!
Favorite sports teams: Anthony is a big Yankees fan, while Michael is a fan of whichever team is beating the Yankees at the moment. Michael cares more about football and was excited to see the Eagles win the Superbowl
Favorite hobbies: Michael helped found a cooperative chamber choir in Philadelphia 10 years ago and is very active in music. On a nice day, you can find Anthony running the streets of Philadelphia.
Favorite holidays: Michael and Anthony love Thanksgiving, gathering friends and family together around the table to celebrate and eat.
Jon & HenryHello! We're Jon and Henry (Henry is the redhead in the pictures). We know that making an adoption plan is not easy, and whatever…
Jon & Henry
Hello! We’re Jon and Henry (Henry is the redhead in the pictures). We know that making an adoption plan is not easy, and whatever choice you make, it will be the best one for your child. We hope that reading this letter will tell you something about who we are and about the loving and supportive home, family, and community we are so eager to share with a child.
Both of us are college professors. Jon teaches writing and Henry teaches math. We’ve been together for five wonderful years, and married for the last year and a half. Together we like traveling, storytelling games, taking walks in the woods and cooking. We’re also learning to bake, which has been a ton of fun (and delicious).
We live in a big house in a beautiful, diverse neighborhood of Philadelphia filled with trees and historic homes. We love being able to walk to nearby cafés and parks, and especially to see all of our friends who live nearby. We’re active in our neighborhood’s synagogue, where we’ve found a welcoming community of friends, including a lot of families with kids, and other families formed by adoption.
We both come from close-knit, loving families who we visit whenever we can and who are excited for us to become parents, and we’ve found an amazing group of close friends both in our neighborhood and all over the country who have become part of our family too.
Our home will always be full of books, plants, music, hugs, good food, and good friends, and your child will be part of a genuine community of family, friends and neighbors who will be there for them as they grow. We’re proud of the loving home and community we’ve built, and we can’t wait to welcome a child into it.
Fun Facts about Jon & Henry
Favorite Places: Henry- Italy, our house, Jon- Anyplace with woods and water
Favorite foods: Henry- Gingerbread and Sichuan food (but not at the same time!), Jon- French toast, Middle Eastern food, spicy food. And we both love anything we’ve cooked or baked together
Favorite holidays: Henry- Passover, Jon- Thanksgiving! We co-host a big, delicious Thanksgiving every year (and I also love Passover!)
Favorite music: Henry- Musicals, especially anything by Stephen Sondheim, Jon- I like a lot of things, but I really like singer-songwriters like Dar Williams or the Mountain Goats, classical music, and bluegrass, Irish and folk music
Marnie & RobThank you for taking the time to read through our book. We are Marnie & Rob from New Jersey. We have created a fun…
Marnie & Rob
Thank you for taking the time to read through our book. We are Marnie & Rob from New Jersey. We have created a fun and happy life together over the past 12+ years and we are excited to welcome a child to our family through adoption!
We welcome the opportunity to meet you should you want to learn more about us. We respect the decisions that are in front of you and wish you only the best!
Fun facts about Marnie & Rob:
Favorite places: anywhere by the beach! We love to be outside!
Favorite foods: sushi and Mexican! We love to try all different foods. We aren’t picky eaters!
Favorite sports teams: NY Rangers, NY Jets, and NY Yankees
Favorite hobbies: We are very active! Marnie likes to run, cook, and does crossfit. Rob participates in muay thai, jiu, jitsu, and plays the guitar
Favorite holidays: We love the lights at Christmas and every year walk around our neighborhood at night time to see them!
Favorite music: We listen to it all!
Dara & MikeThank you so much for looking at our profile. We are honored to have you read our story and in awe of your courage…
Dara & Mike
Thank you so much for looking at our profile. We are honored to have you read our story and in awe of your courage in considering making an adoption plan. We are very excited to be on the journey of starting our family through adoption!
Education, music, movies, reading, travel, baseball and the outdoors are lifelong loves for us. We are always interested in learning something new and look forward to sharing and nurturing these loves with our child.
We are grateful to have a close, supportive family and friends who will be there to adore, advise and have fun with our growing family. We know that our family and friends will be so excited for us. Our hearts are filled with love and we look forward to sharing this love with a child.
Thank you again for taking a few moments to learn about us. We hope that you find a path that brings you comfort and happiness wherever it leads for you.
Fun Facts about Dara & Mike
• Favorite places: Any and all national parks but our absolute favorites are Zion and Yellowstone.
• Favorite foods: Chocolate, chicken avgolemono soup, baked ziti (when dating, we made our family versions for each other), and anything Dara bakes.
• Favorite sports teams: We love baseball but disagree on our favorite team, Mike-Yankees, Dara-Mets.
• Favorite hobbies: Hiking, going to Broadway shows, antiquing, and photography.
• Favorite holidays: All of them because they’re an excuse to get family and friends together and share experiences (and food!).
• Favorite music: Dara-80’s and blues, Mike-progressive rock.
Jessica & AriHello and thank you for considering us as you explore adoption. We know this must be a difficult time for you, but we want…
Jessica & Ari
Hello and thank you for considering us as you explore adoption. We know this must be a difficult time for you, but we want you to know how incredibly strong, brave and selfless we think you are.
We are very excited about the prospect of becoming parents together. Ari has three boys from his previous relationship, and we have always talked about adding a fourth child to our happy mix. Our boys, Sam, Harry and Ben are all excited to become big brothers again, and spoil a little sister or brother
We met on-line in late 2007. Ari will tell you that Jessica made the first move, but Jessica will tell you that while she emailed first, Ari started the conversation by liking Jessica’s picture.
After a month of emailing each other, we met in person at a restaurant, and it was love at first sight. We talked for hours, even though there was a live band at the restaurant, and it was hard to hear each other. Within three dates, we became exclusive, and in 2010, we were married.
We have made our home together in New Jersey, in a town about an hour away from both New York City, where Jessica works, and Philadelphia, where Ari was raised and still has family.
We love to travel, visit museums, go to concerts, read, cook and bake and go to the movies. We also volunteer with different charities, including working with the homeless and animal rescue. We can’t wait to share these experiences with another child.
Fun Facts about Jessica & Ari
Favorite Sports teams: (Jessica) I am a New Englander at heart, I love the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins. But I do like the Mets and the Knicks too!
(Ari) I prefer golf over team sports. But since I’m from Philadelphia, I would say the Eagles, 76’ers and Phillies.
Favorite Holidays: (Jessica) If I had to choose, I would say Thanksgiving or New Year’s. But really, any holiday where I get to be with my family and bake for them is fine by me! (Ari) I also like Thanksgiving, because I love having all the family together.
Favorite Music: We both love all types of music, but our favorite is classic rock.
Favorite Places: We both really love Cape Cod – that’s where we were married! We also love London, which is where we spent our honeymoon.
ReshmaHello, I appreciate you taking the time to learn about me. As long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a mom. I've…
I appreciate you taking the time to learn about me.
As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a mom. I’ve also always known that I am capable of loving a child that didn’t come through me. I consider adoption a special and unique way to become a parent.
After 15 years of establishing myself as a professional working in education, I’m ready to devote myself to motherhood. When my baby arrives, I will take a few months off and my work is such that I can work from home as needed. I also have a whole village of family members and friends who are ready to support my child and me.
In my free time, I spend as much time as I can with loved ones. I also enjoy cooking, running, hiking, and being outdoors in general. Whenever possible, I travel so that I experience other cultures and expand my worldview.
There is no shortage of love and blessings in my life. I’ve enjoyed many privileges–a great education, meaningful work, travel, and the opportunity to build and sustain bonds with many wonderful friends and family members. The one dream that I have not yet fulfilled is to become a mom. I am ready to be a parent and help a little one achieve his or her hopes and dreams.
Thank you again for reading this profile. I’m wishing you the best.
Fun Facts about Reshma
Favorite places: Prospect Park in Brooklyn, upstate New York, the coast of Maine, and London.
Favorite foods: pizza and mint chip ice cream
Favorite hobbies: hiking, cooking, and travel
Favorite holidays: Thanksgiving
Congratulations! Chris & Eric have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Chris & Eric have adopted a baby girl!
Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about us as you consider making an adoption plan. We are Chris and Eric and we are very excited to grow our family and welcome a baby into our home.
We have been together since 2008 and were married in 2016. We moved to Philly in 2009 and currently live in a wonderful family-friendly, multicultural neighborhood.
We started our family three years ago with the adoption of our son, Freddie. We are an energetic family and love to be outside hiking, gardening, or watch sporting events. We are excited to continue to grow our family though adoption and can’t wait to share our home with a new baby.
We have put this book together so you can learn more about us. We realize this must be an overwhelming and emotional decision for you to make. We hope this book will offer you a glimpse into our lives so you can understand who we are as a family. If you decide that we are the right family for you, then we are ready!
Love Chris & Eric
Fun Facts about Chris & Eric
Favorite places: We love our home and our surrounding West Philly neighborhood. But we also love to travel and Iceland is our favorite go-to destination. We also like to spend time at the beach.
Favorite foods: We love to eat! Indian and Sushi are favorites. And we love pizza from our local place. We also really like to grill in our backyard.
Favorite sports teams: GO EAGLES!
Favorite hobbies: We like to be outside, spending time in our gardens or hiking. We also like to go to museums and explore the city. We spend a lot of time in the park playing with our 3 year old son Freddie.
Favorite holidays: We really like Christmas time as we have several traditions both for just us and Freddie and also with our extended families. All of our holidays focus on food, family, and friends!
Favorite music: We play music in the house all the time! Right now, it is a mix of Raffi, jazz, and classical. But we mix it up a lot.
Congratulations! Laura & Megan have adopted a baby boy!
Congratulations! Laura & Megan have adopted a baby boy!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. We admire your strength and the love you have for your child.
We live in a friendly and diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia near lots of parks and playgrounds. Our neighbors have a long tradition of amazing block parties where every family comes out to play and eat together.
For as long as we can remember, we have both wanted to build a family through adoption. Over the past eight years we have made a happy life together. We are lucky to have close friends nearby and big families who support us. We can’t wait to share all the love and fun in our lives with a child.
We want to give a child unconditional love and support, and encourage them to dream big dreams. We want them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Thank you again for getting to know us a little bit. We wish you peace as you go through this process.
– Laura and Megan
Fun Facts about Laura and Megan
Favorite Sports Teams: Laura has been a Phillies fan for over 3 decades. Megan is learning to stop fearing the Philly Phanatic and enjoy the games. We are both huge fans of Gritty and hope the Eagles make it to the Superbowl again soon.
Favorite Talents: Megan has an incredible talent for bad puns and Laura has an incredible talent for enjoying them.
Favorite Holidays: Christmas is our favorite holiday. In Vermont with Laura’s family, we cut down a fresh tree on Christmas Eve and decorate it. In California, Megan’s mom always puts an orange, walnuts, and gold chocolate coins in our stockings and in Texas, Megan’s dad always leaves a box of chocolate-covered cherries for us under the tree. Thanksgiving is a close second – we host Laura’s family in our house every year and make the most of our time together.
Favorite Hobbies: Laura sings and plays guitar. Megan used to play the drums in high school and can’t carry a tune, but keeps trying. Laura is learning carpentry and Megan is learning stained glass. We both love expanding the flower garden in our front yard and vegetable garden in our back yard. We love travel and hiking.
Favorite Foods: We are both healthy eaters who love dessert! We like to try new recipes together, host meals at our house for friends, and have a cookie-making party with friends every Christmas.
Congratulations! Shubha & Daniel have adopted a baby boy!
Congratulations! Shubha & Daniel have adopted a baby boy!
Hi! Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We’re grateful that you’re choosing to learn more about us.
We are Daniel and Shubha, and we’ve been together since 2012 and are a writer and film editor, and non-profit worker. We met in New York City and got married in 2015. We have always wanted to adopt a child as a way to grow our family. We would be excited to bring up a child in our neighborhood in Brooklyn – we would love to take them to our community garden and plant vegetables together, read stories (and make up our own), visit the children’s museum around the corner, and just spend time with lots of aunties and uncles.
Above all, we would provide our child with unconditional love, support them in growing into whoever they want to be, and surround the child with a warm and stable home.
We can only imagine the courage and love you are feeling right now to be considering adoption and we truly send you all our best wishes and strength in making the right decision for you and your child, regardless of whether we are a part of it.
Fun Facts about Shubha & Daniel
Favorite hobbies: We love making music, art, and stories; exploring new places together; reading; watching movies; and doing anything when it’s with friends and family. We also both volunteer weekly for an immigration advocacy organization together.
Favorite places: Newfoundland, Canada (our first vacation together!) and Prospect Park (where we got married!); also the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in Brooklyn, and our local museums and community art galleries. We love anywhere we can have fun alone or with family and friends.
Favorite foods: Shubha’s favorites include carrot cake, pasta, okra, jackfruit, and anything with maple syrup. Daniel loves mangos, tomatoes with fresh bread, burritos, and anything with poppy seeds.
Favorite holidays: Shubha’s favorite holiday is Christmas. Even though her family isn’t Christian, Christmas was always a festive time with all of her family growing up. Shubha also loves hand-making costumes for Halloween. Daniel’s favorites are also Halloween and the holidays with special meals – Thanksgiving and Passover.
Congratulations! Lori & Scott have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Lori & Scott have adopted a baby girl!
Hello! We are Lori, Scott and Soren (an artist, a pastor, and a toddler), and we are so excited to grow our family through adoption!
Our family life is all about love and belonging, accepting (and laughing with) our quirks and finding joy in community.
We have room in our hearts for another member of this family and believe that we can provide a loving and stable environment. We want our children to grow up understanding their gifts and story.
In the midst of so many changes and choices in your life, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn about us.
Lori and Scott
Fun Facts about Lori and Scott
Favorite foods: homemade apple pie (Scott is an expert); homemade bread (Lori bakes bread weekly); grapes (Soren’s favorite fruit)
Favorite hobbies: playing guitar (Scott); swimming (Lori); throwing balls (Soren)
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. We love Christmas and Easter, too, and what we find so special about Thanksgiving is that it brings together friends and family over food and fellowship.
Favorite music: Dan Zanes and the Okie Dokie Brothers (music for the entire family)
Congratulations! Mark & Kris have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Mark & Kris have adopted a baby girl!
Hello! We’re Kris and Mark. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We admire your courage for considering an adoption plan. Whatever you choose to do, we feel privileged that you considered us.
We met in Philadelphia twelve years ago and have been together ever since. We’ve traveled all over the world together, bought our first home and then our second, and got married in 2014. Through it all we’ve talked about having children, and in 2016 we were fortunate to welcome our daughter Violet into our family through adoption. Being the fathers of this amazing little girl has only confirmed for us that we want our family to keep growing, and for Violet to have a brother or sister.
We’re excited to tell you all about our lives and we hope that this book can be a start. We share a lot of the same passions: food, travel, good friends, and family. We’re blessed with a great network of people who love and support us.
We’re honored by your consideration, and wish you all the best in your journey.
Mark & Kris
Fun Facts about Mark & Kris
Favorite Places: The beach on Fire Island, where we vacation each summer
Favorite Foods: Kris’s famous mac n’ cheese and Indian takeout
Favorite Hobbies: Traveling
Favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving – no presents, just lots of food!
Congratulations! Jane & Kelly have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Jane & Kelly have adopted a baby girl!
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves! We are Jane and Kelly. We met four years ago in Philadelphia, where we live now. We were married in May, 2018. Kelly is an elementary school principal and Jane is a surgeon. Although we work hard, our family is our top priority. We are currently raising two children together, Jacques and Oona, who are Kelly’s biological children. They are incredibly kind and talented, each in their own way. We are looking forward to bringing a baby into our family.
There is a park one street away from our house with a swing set, a jungle gym and grass where children love to play. We have wonderful neighbors and often the families on our block get together for soccer games and barbecues. We are also incredibly lucky to be able to provide our children with an excellent education at Kelly’s school.
We want to raise a child who feels safe, secure and loved. We want them to be kind and take care of the people around them. Ultimately, we want them to know they can make a positive impact on the world. Our friends and family could not be more supportive of our plans to adopt, and we are excited to welcome a child into our immediate and extended family! Thank you again for considering us as adoptive parents to your baby. We admire your courage, and we send you love and strength throughout your journey. We hope this book helps you get to know us!
Love, Jane + Kelly
Fun Facts about Jane & Kelly
Favorite places: Philadelphia, the beach, Paris, Iceland
Favorite foods: Mexican, Chinese, and Thai
Favorite holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween
Favorite music: All music, especially 90’s hip hop/r&b and jazz.
Congratulations! Linda & Mike have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Linda & Mike have adopted a baby girl!
We are so glad you took the time to look at our profile. We hope we can share with you through these photos how glad we are to have the chance to open our lives to a child. We both come from large extended families and have always been surrounded by people we love and care for. Our joy is to share that love and care.
Linda always says her family brings people together. Both her parents remarried and she is close with both of her step parents. In fact her step mom and her dad divorced, but her step mom remains a very important person in her life. So much so, that Linda was part of the wedding party when her step mom remarried. All of our family parties are lively gatherings, when the whole gang is present or even when it’s just smaller groups. We like to have people over to our house and fire up the grill in our backyard.
We still find time to travel as it is something we both enjoy and we have been to places like Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Peru, and Jamaica, just to name a few. We hope to continue traveling with children and let them see the wonderful world we live in too. We also enjoy hanging out with out friends around the city and we both love Philly and all the things there are to do. We are life long Philadelphians and are super proud to say that. We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we did taking them.
Fun Facts about Linda & Mike
Favorite places: In Philly we love going to the Franklin Institute for their unique exhibits, East Passyunk for the restaurants, and of course the stadiums for all the home games.
When we travel, Jamaica as become our favorite place, we are especially fond of Negril.
Favorite Sports Teams: We are die hard Flyers and Eagles fans. Finally 2018 made a lot of dreams come true.
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday, we are able to see our many family members all on one day. There tends to be a bit of driving around, but that just means we get to eat more of the delicious food.
Favorite Hobbies: We both enjoy quiet moments like reading and listening to music at home, but also when we get to spend time with friends whether it is out to dinner or out at a game or a concert.
Congratulations! Gigi & Billy have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Gigi & Billy have adopted a baby girl!
Hello. We hope that you reading this letter is the first step in getting to know us better. You’ll learn more about who we are, what our parenting dreams and goals are, and what kind of parents we are and will be.
Right now there are three of us: Gigi, Billy, and our daughter, Magnolia. All of us have been eager to add another. Gigi looks forward to arts and cultural fun plus expanding the dining room dance party. Billy looks forward to exploring the outdoors, gardening, and cooking up a storm together. Magnolia is looking forward to a playmate and making it one step closer to her lifelong dream of getting a minivan.
We have a lot of love to share, and we look forward to sharing it with a new baby. We know the challenges that parenting (and life in general) can throw at you, but we know that patience and dedication to raising the best children they can be will carry us through. We hope you explore who we are, and we hope that learning more about us through this profile is only the beginning.
Gigi and Billy
Fun Facts about Gigi & Billy:
Favorite Hobbies: Although we love living in a city, we also love getting outside, riding our bikes, gardening, going on hikes, picking apples in the fall, and even getting out on the water.
Favorite Places: Gigi loves London; Billy loves mountains and rivers.
Favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving, and any chance to get together with family.
Favorite Foods: Food we cook together as a family, and Popsicles.
Congratulations! Nikki & John have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Nikki & John have adopted a baby girl!
Hi! We are John and Nikki. We thank you for considering us as you explore adoption for your baby. We hope that you will learn a little bit about us and who we are. We want you to know that having a family has been our dream for a long time. We are blessed to live a fulfilled life and becoming parents would be truly a gifted experience.
We met by chance in 2003. Both of us were living in Chicago at the time but somehow found ourselves at the Newark airport on the 4th of July. Nikki didn’t know how to get to the city and had to ask for directions from a stranger standing by the train ticket machine. That kind stranger happened to be John. We spoke the entire train ride and learned that we have many things in common such as travel, food, and sports. When we parted ways, John gave Nikki his business card. This could have been the end of story, but it’s not. A month later back in Chicago, Nikki contacted John and asked if he wanted to meet for drinks around their offices. We met up for a beer, had a great debate about football, and as they say, the rest is history. We’ve been married since 2005 and have enjoyed many debates about our favorite teams.
In the city, we enjoyed trying new types of cuisines, riding our bikes in the park, and meeting up with friends. Also, we’re happy to spend some down time at our Brooklyn home. We want to provide a home that embraces our community and the world.
Thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We cannot imagine the decision you’re facing. We wish you strength and encouragement as you make this difficult decision.
-Nikki & John
Fun Facts about John & Nikki
Favorite places: The beach in Seaside Park (NJ), Spain, and Thailand
Favorite foods: Thai food, pizza, sushi
Favorite sports teams: Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, San Francisco Giants, NY Jets, Real Madrid soccer
Favorite hobbies: Basketball, watching sports, comedy shows o Favorite holidays: 4th of July and Thanksgiving
Favorite music: All kinds! We love a wide array from Country to R&B
Congratulations! Melissa & Michael have adopted a baby girl!
Congratulations! Melissa & Michael have adopted a baby girl!
Hi, We wanted to say right off the bat that we really admire your strength and courage in even considering the possibility of an adoption plan. We do not take it lightly that you are looking through these photos and consider it a true privilege to share a small glimpse of who we are. We’re excited to adopt for a third time and look forward to building an ongoing connection with the birth family of our next child as we have done with our two children currently. Hopefully you will get a sense of who we are, what’s important to us, and how we spend our time together as a family.
Thanks for taking the time to look over our photos. We know that no matter which family you choose, or if in the end you decide to parent your child, you’ll make the choice that is right for you and for your baby. We wish you peace throughout this process.
Love and prayers,
Melissa and Michael
Fun Facts about Melissa and Michael
Favorite places: Outdoors, beach, mountains
Favorite foods: Mexican, Chinese, pizza/pasta, vegetarian
Favorite sports teams: Phillies
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, camping, swimming, gardening, DIY
Favorite holidays: Christmas, Halloween
Favorite music: World Music, Kids Bop, Disney, Classic Rock