Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

What a challenging, conflicting time you must be experiencing right now. As you navigate the next path and consider the difficult decision of placing your child for adoption, we want you to know your child will be welcomed in to a loving and caring home should you choose us.

Michael and Meredith

from California

Michael

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Transit Operator

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Reading, Transit history, Baseball

Meredith

Ancestry: German, Irish, Norwegian, Sicilian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Human Resources Manager

Education: MBA

Hobbies: History, Reading, Travel, Sports

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Michael

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Family vacations to New York City and Washington D.C.
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Traveling
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Cooking Pasta and Meatballs
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Attending sporting events
Movie
Good Will Hunting
Sport
Baseball and bowling
Subject in School
TV Production
TV Show
The Simpsons
Vacation Spot
Hawaii

Meredith

Animal
Horse
Childhood Memory
Summer vacations and family camping trips
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Walks with our dog
Food
Pasta
Hobby
Playing piano
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure activity
Reading
Movie
Wizard of Oz (1939)
Sport
Football
Subject in School
History
TV Show
Law & Order
Vacation Spot
England
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From Us to You

What a struggling, challenging, conflicting time you must be experiencing right now. As you navigate the next path and consider the difficult decision of placing your child for adoption, we want you to know your child will be welcomed in to a loving and caring home should you choose us.

We’ve always wanted to be parents, but initially decided to pursue other goals in our first years of marriage. When the time was right to start a family, we struggled for two years, including a miscarriage, and always strongly considered pursuing adoption as an additional choice. Meredith especially has always yearned to adopt, in part stemming from losing her biological father at age 4 in an accident. When her mother remarried, she herself was adopted by her “new dad” and provided with a nurturing, nuclear family.

Having a newborn baby would truly be a blessing to our home, as we intend to raise him or her as our own with our shared values instilled by our Catholic faith, strong work ethic, and desire to be good, positive parents and role models. Among our closest friends with children, we are often considered the adoptive aunt and uncle, and always relish at the opportunity to engage with their children, many of whom we got to know, babysit and help raise from infants. To afford the opportunity to bring that same level of joy to a child of our own and raise them as such would truly be a dream come true.

The importance of family bonding is something that both of us value a great deal. We envision a fun and loving home full of laughter and quality time spent together as a family. We look forward to sharing some of our favorite activities with your child, such as travel, attending sporting events, riding trains, and playing outdoors. We also look forward to taking on new adventures and pursuits that will arise from your child’s interests.

As a family, we have relatives on both the east and west coasts and travel often to visit loved ones. When we met, we were living on the east coast, Mike’s home, and later migrated west to Meredith’s native state, and we share a unique love and appreciation for both coasts. We hope to bring our love for travel, for sports, and for education to your son or daughter as well.

We presently live in a condominium community, surrounded by friendly neighbors, attractive parks, and trails that skirt and enhance the beauty of the area. We share our home with two pets, a cuddly tabby, Baxter, and a curious dachshund, Sam; both of which are used to children. Also rest assured; your child will be well fed. Drawing on Mike’s Italian heritage, he enjoys cooking nutritious and hearty meals in the traditions of his grandparents.

We want to thank you for the courage to make this challenging decision, and for considering us as prospective parents to raise your child. We hope to offer you everything we can in terms of hope and support to provide a bright, shining future for this child entering our world.

Warmly,
Mike and Meredith

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Meredith has long held a desire to adopt, one that she shares with Mike. When she was a young child, her father died in an accident. When her mother remarried, she was quickly welcomed and loved by her new, adoptive father and she remains very close to him. We maintain personal relationships with several friends whose children consider us adoptive relatives. That, combined with our own fertility struggles has made us strongly consider adoption as a way to share our love as parents. We excitedly look forward to raising and nurturing your child, from sharing in the joys of first milestones, to caring for them when they are sick, taking time to attend a school activity, music recital, or assist with homework, and bringing out the best in them.

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About Michael

Mike is kind, unassuming, and is a warming presence to everyone he meets. We met in a pub where he was working (in Boston). Our conversation began naturally, and I was impressed by his intelligence, his work ethic, and his strong faith. I also learned that he is the quintessential Bostonian, with a deeply ingrained love of his home and his sports teams! Mike is so incredibly family-oriented, never forgetting to send birthday or anniversary cards to family and friends. I am still discovering new and amazing things about him all the time. For example, he is a brilliant sidewalk chalk artist – who knew? He makes me laugh every day, and I still get excited whenever he walks through the door.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a caring, loyal person and the anchor of our household. She and I met a year after she moved to Boston, my home, and we quickly connected over a shared interest in professional sports and history. After a few dates, I learned we shared many values, familial backgrounds, and comedic struggles with being the first-born child amongst siblings, and our relationship continued to blossom. I love how accepting, patient and understanding a person Meredith is—she accepts me for who I am! But, she also encourages me to bring out my best traits, and I’m thankful to have a supporter like her. She has loved animals all of her life, growing up with pets, and later adopting our present shelter cat and dog. I marvel her tenacity to continue seeking higher education, having earned her master’s degree and always striving to improve herself. She loves to learn and is an avid reader. We’ve discussed adopting a child for many years now, and I know it’s something she’s always desired to pursue. Given her strong faith and nurturing traits, along with an appreciative and supportive husband, she will excel and strive as a great mother.

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Our Home

We are blessed to live in a wonderful apartment community situated near the bay. It is a new and growing neighborhood made up of young families with children, professionals, and retirees. A beautiful public beach is mere steps from our door and offers a peaceful respite.  The community is incredibly diverse, inclusive, and full of people who look out for one another.  Our home is made up of one bedroom and an intimate balcony that we consider to be our oasis. It is a lovely and safe home that is minutes from restaurants, retail, and the ferry.

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Our Sweet Pets

We both grew up in families that had dogs and cats.  Through the years, Mike had a Black, then later Chocolate Labrador, while Meredith grew up with a tabby, a Golden Retriever and an Australian Shepherd.  Shortly after we met, Meredith adopted a new cat, Baxter, which speaks to her nurturing spirit.  Since then, we’ve rescued another pet, our dog Sam, who struggles with severe anxiety.  We find pets to be wonderful sources of comfort, but also a responsibility that requires loving attention and care.

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Our Families

We were both raised in loving homes with tight–knit families who are so excited about our adoption plans. We are so fortunate to live close to Meredith’s family and some of our happiest times are spent attending local sporting events with aunts, uncles and cousins. We also visit her parents and siblings regularly where we spend time boating on the lake, trail hiking, and participating in local trivia contests.  We also enjoy making time for video calls with Mike’s friends and family back on the east coast and try to visit a few times a year.  We can’t wait to include your child in our family activities and our families can’t wait to play with and love them.

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Our Lifestyle

We presently live in a newly built residential neighborhood surrounded by neighbors with children and pets. Our community is a short walk from the shoreline with connections to the city. We live with a dachshund named Sam, and a tabby cat named Baxter. Meredith spends most of her days working from home, but plans to begin transitioning back to the office. Mike is an essential worker as a transit operator and the pandemic has not significantly disrupted his routine. In our spare time, we enjoy relaxing on our patio, enjoying our brand new home, dining out at restaurants, and traveling. We have a strong sense of family and spend much time visiting relatives throughout California and in Massachusetts.

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Family Traditions

Some of our traditions are rooted in our favorite activities. As baseball fans, we travel to back to Boston every April to watch the Red Sox play their home opener game. In the summer, we rent a houseboat with Meredith’s family and spend a week on Lake Shasta in Northern California. Mike, a lover of history, participates in his employer’s annual heritage event when the city rolls out a variety of vintage transportation equipment, from buses to trolleys to trains for one weekend. This event is open to the public and his family often attends. Thanksgiving is a special time for Mike, as his birthday coincides with it. Around Christmas, we spend days decorating the entire house and filling the hours with holiday music and movies. Church plays a role especially during the holidays, as we attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve. After spending Christmas with Meredith’s family, we often travel back to Boston to celebrate the New Year with Mike’s family. We hope to involve your child in all of these traditions and develop new ones based on their likes and interests.

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Our Careers

Mike was called to his career at a young age, inspired by his father who was a bus driver. Since that time, Mike has continued in a public transit career that spans 17 years. In addition to driving, he is involved in a number of community-based groups at work that speak to his passions. These include heading a union committee that advocates for workers’ rights, serving as an operator-trainer providing instruction to new hires, and assisting with a de-escalation and communication skills training for his company. Meredith has worked in Human Resources for over 10 years, across a wide variety of industries, including religious institutions, commercial real estate, consulting, and her current role supporting an investment banking firm. She enjoys being a coach and mentor, especially to junior level employees. Outside of work, she volunteers consultation to family, friends and others related to career progression and other employment matters.

Education

Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s in Business Administration, while Mike has a bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism. We both deeply appreciate education and the importance to always keep learning. Although our careers took us in different paths from our original majors, much from those subjects are still applied to our present work and individual lives. We would strongly encourage and instill these values in your child and motivate them to pursue the best in education and continued learning.

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Our Faith

Faith plays a huge role in our lives, as we are both Catholics who attend church regularly. Prayer and meditation especially factor into our daily routines as sources of calm and salvation for when life gets stressful. We also maintain contact with members of the clergy, including a priest and nun who are longtime family friends. We hope to incorporate these activities into your child’s life, teaching them acceptance of others and the values of charity and forgiveness in accordance with the church. We will baptize your child and provide for a private Catholic school education.

Racial and Cultural Diversity

We both come from diverse backgrounds that stretch back to our long family histories. Both of us have generational immigrant stories that trace to our grandparents and great-grandparents, and we draw on our long, mixed heritages that go back to Ireland, Italy, Germany and Norway. Locally, Mike draws on his experience working directly with the public as a civil servant, and Meredith working in the Human Resources field where she has to succeed with colleagues across all races, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. Given our openness and experience with multiple cultures, we are welcome to the idea of loving and raising a baby, regardless of their race. Dependent on your child’s race, we hope to learn more about their heritage and pass that knowledge on to your child. We welcome the opportunity to celebrate cultural holidays, establish relationships with those of shared backgrounds, and explore foods, books and traditions of that shared heritage.

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Our Personalities

We both embody varying personalities that complement our strong relationship. Mike is very much the outgoing type who can talk to anybody and find some common connection. He is the extrovert. Meredith is more shy and reserved, but warm and personable once she gets better acquainted. Sensitive and caring, she is the introvert.

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Our Relationship with our Parents

We maintain close relationships with our parents, making time to travel and visit them throughout the year. Our parents serve as a source of support for us through both joyous and difficult times. They also acted as positive role models throughout our lives, providing guidance and advice, pushing us to strive for our goals, and extolling the importance of education. Both sets of parents are also grandparents and are very happy and excited to welcome another child into their extended families. They fully support and admire our decision to adopt.

Our Relationship with You

We hope to maintain open communication with you through an annual update, photographs of your child, or telephone and video calls as they mature. We hope to build a positive relationship that demonstrates that your child is striving and developing within a supportive family, and that you made a good choice by placing your trust in us. We will not keep your child’s adoption story a secret and are open to working together with you to make the best decisions for your child’s care and well being.

Our Promise to You

We promise to care for your child and raise him or her in a loving, caring, nurturing family. We will welcome your child as our own, striving to be positive role models and example setters. We will keep the history of your child’s story alive and offer transparency as to how he or she entered into our family.

Message Michael and Meredith

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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 Michael and Meredith

  • 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!