Married Since: 2008

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You’re looking for a wonderful home and future for your child and we’re looking to share our love and lives with a child and grow our family. Perhaps we’re looking for each other?

Monty and Manju

from Massachusetts

Monty

Ancestry: Indian

Religion: Other

Occupation: Clinical Social Worker

Education: MSW

Hobbies: Music, Exercising, Cooking

Manju

Ancestry: Indian

Religion: Hindu

Occupation: Public Health Director of Partnerships

Education: MPH

Hobbies: Traveling, Walking, Puzzles, Cooking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

Monty

Animal
Monkey
Childhood Memory
Playing on a tennis team
Color
Electric blue
Food
Mexican
Leisure Activity
Watching cooking shows
Movie
My Octopus Teacher
Thing to Cook
Mushrooms
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Music
Drum n Bass
Vacation Spot
Hawaii

Manju

Animal
Sea turtle
Childhood memory
Road trips to the beach
Color
Maple red
Food
Thai
Leisure Activity
Jigsaw puzzles
Movie
Wizard of Oz
Thing to Cook
Childhood Indian recipes
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Music
Afrojazz
Vacation Spot
Cape Town, South Africa
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From Us to You

To Someone Special,

We realize that you have to consider many things in making sure that your child will have the best possible future, with parents who will love and raise them to be happy, healthy, and safe. Thank you for this opportunity to share a little about ourselves and our dreams for a family. Once you get to know us – Manju & Monty – we hope you’ll decide that we’re the right ones to take this journey with.

We met online in 2006 on an Indian dating site. We were both surprised to find someone who lived so far away with such similar values and goals, and with a desire to live a life of purpose and service. Monty was living and working in Massachusetts and Manju was living in Ghana (West Africa) with her parents, traveling often for work. After a year of traveling across the world to meet each other, we got engaged on a cold day in December. We remember that day fondly, holding each other tightly walking through town in two feet of snow, but feeling as if it was a summer moment.

Family means everything to us. We both grew up in close and loving families, connected to relatives all over the world. When we met, that was one of the many things that instantly drew us together – the importance of family and creating our own. We moved back to Massachusetts from New York to be close to Monty’s family as we prepare to welcome a child into our life.

Manju works for an international organization devoted to supporting communities to take control of their own health solutions. She’s lucky that she can maintain a work-life balance, working from home and traveling when she needs to. Monty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dedicated himself to helping people, families, and veterans who are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and mental and physical health conditions. We feel grateful to have fulfilling and stable careers in the healthcare field and hope you will feel confident knowing that your child will always be well cared for.

We love to travel and experience different cultures and traditions, and learn from them. Manju has been lucky to live, study, and work in cities across the world and Monty has been able to adventure with her too. Last summer, we went to Accra where Manju’s parents live, for a family reunion. We spent two weeks reconnecting with family, playing at the beach, and eating lots of great food. In December, we made a fun trip to Arizona where we got to take our 2-year-old nephew sledding for his first ever snow experience. He stayed close to Aunty Manju as he made his first snowballs. We can’t wait to share this love of adventure and curiosity about the world with your child.

Our dreams of the future include learning to garden, taking lots of family trips, exploring new countries and foods, and enjoying music from all corners of the globe. Your child will be loved by a large, extended family that is excited to welcome him or her as the newest member. Our nephews and niece keep talking about all the fun they will have with the new baby and want to share their toys. Our parents and siblings are already planning ways to support us and creating lists of the best gadgets and toys for us to get.

Manju will pour her love and positivity into your child. She will share her love of reading and guide them to be just as caring and kind. She’ll show him or her how to find joy in simple moments like singing along to a favorite song or making up a silly game to pass the time inside on rainy days. Monty will take any opportunity to run around and laugh with your child, answer the never-ending list of questions with patience, and protect him or her as they safely explore the world with curiosity.

We admire your strength and courage, and are confident that your baby will inherit these wonderful traits. We wish you peace and strength as you make this important decision!

With love,
Monty & Manju

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

The opportunity to have a family with a child in it is a gift we don’t take lightly. Raising a child is the most important responsibility we could have. It would give us a sense of purpose to help them grow into a caring human being. We would get to experience the joy of seeing the world through their eyes and reconnect us to the playfulness and goodness in the world. It would inspire us to live more purposeful, creative, and full lives.

Adoption has a special place in our hearts. Manju’s mother was adopted and she has several cousins and friends that were adopted as well. Monty’s grandmother was also adopted. Manju’s sisters will tell you that she always knew she would adopt, long before she tried to have kids. We made peace with the reality that we could not be biological parents. The next step in the journey was easy however, since we’ve always known that adoption is a special way to create a family. We’ve both learned about the importance of being open about adoption and most importantly, celebrating it with extended family and friends. Making a family by choice is a beautiful experience that all the important people in our lives can play their part in supporting.

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What We Will Share

We will be honest with our child about adoption.  We plan to talk about adoption early to ensure your child knows that their story is something positive and special. We will tell him or her that you are a courageous woman who made the most difficult decision to make sure that they would have a good future. We will tell them that we recognize the love and strength you had to choose adoption. We’ll tell your child that we are so grateful to you for helping us create a beautiful family. We will respect your wishes on how much information you want to share.

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How We Met

We met when we were older and often say that the universe was preparing us for each other. We met online – Monty was in Massachusetts and Manju was living in Ghana and travelling the world. Monty came to see Manju while she was attending a conference in Toronto. We were both nervous. Manju giggled and Monty tried to make silly jokes. But after the first few awkward pauses and laughs, it felt like we could have continued talking all night. The conversations we started online easily continued into our first date. And, no surprise, we realized our connection as foodies. We got married two years later, almost to the day we met, in the Arizona desert with a gorgeous sunset as our backdrop.

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About Manju, by Monty

I would never have imagined that I would find my soulmate on another continent. When we met, I knew Manju was the one. She’s beautiful, brilliant, and incredibly generous with her heart. Manju is infinitely compassionate and funny at the same time. Her passion and commitment shine through in everything she does, and I love that about her. I will always be proud to be her husband. Besides traveling, she loves to read, cook, dance, go for long walks, and has started doing jigsaws again. She adds a few pieces each time she walks by it when taking a break from her work; I try to add to it now and then, but since I’m not as good as her, I wait for her to do most of it so that it’s easier for me!

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About Monty, by Manju

Monty is gentle, kind, and smart. He was meant to be a father. You can see it when he spends hours with our niece and nephews. Our three-year-old niece will sometimes only go to sleep after she calls him to say goodnight. Children feel safe in his arms and naturally drawn to his peaceful and quiet nature. Monty makes music and creates beautiful food! For a while, he ran his own DJ company alongside his career in social work.  He’s a ‘super-taster’ which means he can taste flavors and ingredients that many of us can’t – it makes eating with him an adventure every time.

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Our Lifestyle

Our love of exploring and traveling is obvious when you meet us – from the music we listen to, the food we eat, and the art on our walls. We’ve been on many fun vacations together where we got to meet family, explored new cities and countries, and went on adventures in nature. One of our favorite places to visit is Tucson, Arizona where we got married. We’re mesmerized by the mountains and the desert landscape. We can’t wait to visit the desert museum or go skiing when we’re a family of three.

When we’re not traveling to other places, we’re happy homebodies. We get together with our friends and families as often as we can. There is always a large meal to share when we are hosting. When it’s just the two of us, we like to cuddle on the couch to watch movies, listen to music, cook fun food, and explore our new neighborhood. We also enjoy outdoor activities and like to kayak, take long walks, and hike together in the many parks, rivers, bridges, and mountains around us. We’re also re-discovering tennis and swimming again. Whenever we go on an outdoor adventure, we have fun scoping out parks, hiking spots, and nature locations that we look forward to visiting as a family of three. On long weekends, we may go for a night out of town to see friends, visit art exhibits or a music concert in one of the big cities, or spend quiet time in a beach town nearby.

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What We Will Teach

We will instill in your child the same love and respect for the world that we have. We will raise your child to be kind, compassionate and brave. We will encourage your child to follow his/her dreams and to find happiness in simple moments. We will teach them to stand up for themselves and for those who can’t. Education is very important to us and we look forward to inspiring your child to enjoy learning. We hope that your child will be as curious and amazed about the world around them as we are.

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Home & Neighborhood

Once we knew we were ready to adopt, we left New York and moved back to Monty’s hometown in Massachusetts so we could be closer to his family. We wanted to prepare ourselves and our home to welcome a child.  We live close to downtown, bordering a state park. Our town is in a smaller suburban community considered to be one of the safest and most child-friendly in the area. Our community is full of artists, musicians, and people who are passionate about taking care of the environment, so there’s always something interesting to do like getting a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes, going to a music or theater show, checking out one of the weekly farmers’ markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, or attending a craft fair to see all the creative things people have made from things they’ve either found in the forests near us or grown on their land. Recently, our long weekends have been all about our new garden and backyard. We’re enjoying gardening and learning about the many plants and trees we have and the beautiful birds that call this their home, too.

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Our Families

Manju was brought up in west Africa as the eldest daughter to immigrant Indian parents. She has two younger sisters who live in Arizona and California with their families. Her parents still live in Africa and she has many cousins she’s close with who live all over the world. Her family is incredibly close, despite the continents that separate them. Monty’s parents and his younger sister, along with her family, live close by. They’re a big part of our lives and we try to visit as often as we can, especially with his sister’s two young children. We like to go to their birthday parties, baseball games, and the occasional dolly’s tea party. Monty’s extended family are mostly in India and Canada, so we stay in touch as best we can and have had some fun family vacations together on both sides of the family. We’re excited to share this large and loving family network with our children one day.

Both our families are happy that we’ve decided to adopt and can’t wait to welcome your child into the fold. He or she will have many cousins (from 3 months to 16 years old) to visit and play with, many aunts and uncles who will love them, and two sets of grandparents who will pamper them every chance they get. Your child will always be loved unconditionally, always be well fed with lots of delicious home cooked food, and always be cared for by each member of our family so that he or she feels protected and secure.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Your child’s culture and race will always be respected and valued. We will make sure they have the opportunity to remain connected to their culture. Having both grown up in loving multi-cultural communities and families, we have a deep respect and appreciation for other cultures. Manju was born in Ghana where her parents still live, went to an international school, and has been lucky to live, study and work in cities across the world. Monty was born in India to working parents of a humble background. He lived in Dubai for a while, went to boarding school in England, and finally moved to the United States when he was 11 where he began adjusting to his new home.

We believe that being able to experience some of this amazingly diverse world we live in helps to develop acceptance, respect, and wonder for people from all backgrounds. Our closest friends are from across the globe and from different walks of life so we have a diverse support system available when we need it. In addition, living close to large cities means we are able to connect to diverse communities, restaurants, museums, and festivals that will allow your child to learn and appreciate their heritage. We will celebrate holidays that are unique to your child’s background, learn relevant languages together, and learn to cook new foods. We look forward to learning about your child’s culture and creating new family traditions together.

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Family Traditions

We enjoy family traditions and have kept many from our childhood going, as well as created some new ones! Since we both come from Indian backgrounds, we have cultural and religious traditions that include special foods, ceremonies, and songs. Diwali, the “festival of lights”, is Manju’s favorite as it includes bringing light (candles and fairy lights everywhere) and sweetness (Indian deserts) to your home and family. Manju makes her mother’s special colorful stew from her childhood that has seven different vegetables and lots of spices and Monty’s mom always makes her dessert called seero, made from cream of wheat. It’s always a special feast.

Thanksgiving is extra special since our niece (on Monty’s side) has her birthday at the same time, so it’s a double celebration. There’s birthday cake, as well as pie, and she gets to choose the cartoon that everyone watches together. Christmas and New Year are often spent with Manju’s sisters and their families. It involves lots of cooking, marathon Harry Potter movies, board games, funny gifts, and a side trip to go sledding or hiking.

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Our Careers and Callings

Manju was brought up in Ghana to immigrant Indian parents and is the first in her immediate family to go to college. Her family sacrificed so she could come to the United States to study. She went on to be valedictorian of her college and to earn a full scholarship to get her Master’s degree. She’s a public health advocate working in the HIV/AIDS field to fight for the rights of communities and countries affected by the epidemic.

Monty has a deep compassion for the world around him that’s reflected in his work and in his daily life. As a clinical social worker, he has dedicated his efforts to help homeless and low-income populations, which includes disadvantaged families, homeless veterans, and people with mental health conditions. He believes everyone has a right to live with dignity and respect, regardless of what life deals them.

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Travel

We love traveling. Manju has traveled all over the world for work and Monty gets to join her on work trips sometimes. Our leisure travels involve visiting family in Arizona, California, Canada, and Ghana. We’re excited to share our love of travel and our extended family network with your child. Our last vacation was to Tucson, Arizona where Manju’s sister and some cousins live. It was a lovely 10 days mostly spent playing with our two-year-old nephew, cooking, eating, puzzling, walking in the desert, and lots of laughter. When we were there, we also took a two-night side trip to the mountains to take our little nephew for his first experience of snow. We laughed so hard seeing him throw his first snowballs.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love and cherish your baby with our whole being. We promise to be open and honest with them, and to keep them safe and protected always. We promise we will have fun and go on adventures together, and that they will be loved by a big family. We will raise your child to be kind, respectful, and brave. We hope to instill in them the courage to follow their dreams. We will give them unconditional love and enough structure to be able to do that. We look forward to the opportunity to be able to!

Message Monty and Manju

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Monty and Manju

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!