|Education||Law degree, Bachelor’s degree (media arts and design)||Master’s degree (Journalism), Bachelor’s degree (communication)|
|Profession||Attorney for PBS and college instructor||Communications Manager for Library of Congress and college instructor|
Hello! We are Brian and Brett, thank you for taking time to get to know us. We met in 2004 while working together as journalists in the same newsroom in Washington, D.C. We became best friends and realized we shared the same values. We’ve been in a committed relationship for more than a dozen years, and we got married in 2016 at one of our favorite places -- on the beach in Delaware, surrounded by family and close friends.
Our careers have evolved since we first met. Brian went to law school and now works as an attorney for PBS, an educational media company. He also teaches media law at a local university. Brett manages communications on exhibitions and programs for the national library and teaches writing at a local university.
Five years ago, we purchased a new home in D.C., where we have built our careers.
We love spending time with our five nieces and nephews (who live nearby in Virginia and in Pennsylvania) – especially for celebrating holidays and birthdays. We recently surprised our two oldest nieces with a trip to New York City.
Our parents live nearby and will be supportive grandparents. Brett’s mom is a teacher who is very excited to be a grandmother for the first time. She’s looking forward to helping us with child care. Brian’s parents enjoy doting on their grandchildren. Brian’s mom loves hosting the whole family for holidays.
We value spending time with our friends and family. We value the importance of education through reading and being engaged with current events.
Some of our favorite traditions involve going to the beach each summer with family and friends. We also go on ski trips with another couple who recently adopted a baby.
Both of us grew up going to church, and we plan to raise our child as a Christian. We attend services at a nearby Unitarian Church. We both grew up involved in music and marching band. Brett played baseball and was involved with 4-H and Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Brian was involved with swim team and soccer. We want our child to have an active life and explore various interests.
We live in a safe, walkable, diverse community located near a university. Our neighborhood has many young families and parks for children to play.
We love city life and can often be found visiting museums, theatrical performances, sporting events, or our neighborhood farmer’s market. Brian is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals hockey team and enjoys going to games with his dad. We both enjoy attending Washington Nationals baseball games. At home, we love cooking together, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends.
We’re curious about the world and love to travel and experience new cultures and food.
We are happy to maintain an open adoption based on the birth family’s wishes. We can maintain regular contact with letters, emails, photos, and visits as desired. As we have learned about adoption, we understand the importance of a child knowing their adoption story, where they came from and having contact with their birth family.
We are fortunate to have a diverse group of friends of different races and religions who, as part of our extended family, would be involved in our child’s life. As a gay couple, we are well aware of what it feels like to be different. It has taught us the importance to be open and empathetic toward others.
We decided to build our lives in D.C. because it is a city that values diverse people and cultures; we view diversity as a strength that makes life much more interesting and colorful. We both value teaching a diverse group of students each week at a local university, and we have both mentored students of various backgrounds through educational and professional networks. Brian, for example, taught a constitutional law class for D.C. Public Schools students and mentored a student who became the first person in her family to attend college.
Brett, who grew up in the rural Midwest and moved to D.C. for college, especially appreciates living in a city with residents who come from all parts of the world. Brian’s cousin, Andrew, has a unique experience in our family as someone who was adopted from Peru and now teaches English as a second language.
|Genre of Music||Pop Music||Musical Theater|
|Childhood memory||Family Beach Trip||Space Camp|
|Subject in school||History||History|
|TV show||Stranger Things||This is Us|
|Bedtime story||Goodnight Moon||The Very Hungry Caterpillar|
|Dessert||Hot Fudge Sundae||Apple Pie|
|Sport to watch or play||Hockey||Baseball and Snow Skiing|
|Mac or PC?||PC||Mac|
|Coffee or Tea?||Coffee||Coffee|
We have formed a strong partnership for 14 years and are eager to expand our family. We are committed to lifelong learning – both working for educational institutions. We also like to have fun. We want to raise a child who will have great opportunities and a chance to learn about – and visit – the world.
We appreciate this is a difficult decision for you. But we want you to feel assured that we are ready to build a terrific life for your child and will love that child with all our hearts. Thank you for taking time to get to know us!
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