Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will raise your child in a home where caring and kindness are expressed, where exploration and curiosity are encouraged, and where diversity and new ideas are celebrated. He or she will never have to be afraid to be exactly who they want to be and will always be encouraged to follow their heart.

Daniel and Gretchen

from Pennsylvania

Daniel

Ancestry: German, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Veterinary Technician

Education: AS

Hobbies: Computers, Gaming, Biking, Camping

Gretchen

Ancestry: Scotch-Irish, Italian, English, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist

Education: BS

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Music, Yoga

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, 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: Christian

Favorites

Daniel

Animal
Penguin
Color
Green
Family Activity
Camping or any outdoor activity
Food
Pizza
Leisure Activity
Biking
Movie
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Subject in School
Music
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
TV Show
Star Trek (all series)
Music
Classic Rock

Gretchen

Animal
Komodo Dragon
Color
Purple
Family Activity
Camping
Food
Pizza
Leisure Activity
Hiking
Movie
Ghostbusters
Subject in School
Biology
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
TV Show
Ted Lasso
Music
Arcade Fire, R.E.M., David Bowie
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Hello! Our names are Gretchen and Daniel, and we’re from beautiful Pennsylvania.  We’re very happy that you’re reading our letter and are beyond grateful for the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you.  We can’t pretend to understand just what you are going through, but can only imagine how difficult and painful this decision must be for you.

We have been together for nine years and love spending time together sharing experiences and making each other laugh. We have always known that we wanted to have a family, and we are now ready to begin building that family through adoption. If you choose us as parents, please know that your sweet baby will be unconditionally loved. We will raise your child in a home where caring and kindness are expressed, where exploration and curiosity are encouraged, and where diversity and new ideas are celebrated.  He or she will never have to be afraid to be exactly who they want to be and will always be encouraged to follow their heart.

We both love spending time outdoors and exploring nature. Going on camping trips is one of our favorite things to do together. To us, there’s something so special and refreshing about getting away to the woods for a few days. We also enjoy taking local hiking and biking trips, and exploring Pittsburgh together. We are members of the Pittsburgh Zoo and can often be found there visiting our favorite animals. A shared passion of ours is music, and we love introducing each other to different bands and seeing live shows together. We share our home with two darling little dogs, Nina and Ciri. They are both such sweethearts and are very gentle and patient with kids. We also have five cats that are always looking for a warm lap to curl up on.

In the past we have opened our home to children in the foster care system. This has had a major impact on our lives and perceptions of the world. We have had the privilege of fostering two siblings, ages six and eight, and a three-month old and a newborn. Together we have shared the joys and challenges of sharing our lives with children who come from incredibly difficult circumstances. These experiences have strengthened our relationship immensely and shown us that we always have each other to lean on when things get difficult. It is our hope that we have made a difference, even if it is a small one, in the lives of these children. The heartbreak of having to say goodbye to these kids when they leave our home has led our path to private adoption.

We are both so excited to welcome a son or daughter into our home! We are looking forward to the pitter patter of tiny toddler feet, cozy nights on the couch, family dance parties in the living room, and bedtime stories. We can’t wait to show them the wonders of nature through camping and hiking trips, spending time at our local park that is right down the street, and discovering all of the crazy creatures at the zoo. We’re also very excited to help them explore their interests and become who they want to be. Our families are very eager to welcome the newest member of the pack. Our nieces and nephew are thrilled that they will be able to introduce their favorite games to their new cousin.

We want your child to know their adoption story and to understand what you sacrificed because of the incredible love that you have for them. One of our favorite family quotes is “To our children we give two things. One is roots and the other is wings.” You are forever the deepest part of your child’s roots, and we will remember that always.

You are strong. You are brave. You are a beautiful human being. No matter what you decide, we wish you peace and happiness.

With Love,
Gretchen and Daniel

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We have always known that we wanted to have a family, but our path towards having children has been a little different than we first anticipated. When we first began talking about having a family, we discovered that we both had a strong interest in adopting from foster care. We wanted to provide a permanent sense of love and security for children who had not had much of either in their lives. A few years after we were married, we became certified foster care parents, and during our time of fostering, we have shared our home with several children. Although the experience was both challenging and rewarding, we found it especially difficult to say goodbye to each child when they left our home. Eventually, it seemed that our chances of adopting from foster care were not favorable, and we decided to try having biological children. Unfortunately, we then discovered that we suffered from fertility issues that would make pregnancy impossible. Of course, this news was a setback, but it led us to private adoption. We are excited to begin this new phase of our journey and would consider it an honor and a gift to be chosen by you to raise your child.

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What I Love About Daniel, by Gretchen

I’ll admit that it sounds very cheesy, but I had a pretty good idea from our first date that I wanted to marry Daniel. We shared a day at the zoo together, and I can still remember walking around and sharing laughs, stories and our love of nature. Later we went to a place with a spectacular view of the city and then to dinner. It was probably one of the best days of my life, getting to know him a little bit better and sharing parts of myself as well. Nine years later, I love being married to Daniel and living with him. We have a shared sense of humor and he’s always making me laugh with his weird little stories. We both have biology-based careers, so we’re constantly sharing interesting things that happened at our respective jobs or science related current events. One of the things that I love most about Daniel is that he always treats people with kindness, and he inspires me to do the same. He especially has a soft spot for senior citizens, as he lived with and cared for both of his grandparents when they developed health problems. He sacrificed a lot to take care of them as a young man, and I think that it says a lot about his character. I’ve also fallen even more in love with Daniel while watching him share special moments with our past foster children. I love the life that we share together, and I am so excited for us to take this next step into the future with him.

Fun Facts About Daniel
  1. Got his love of baseball from his great-grandmother (Go Pirates!)
  2. Played the trumpet and tuba in high school and college
  3. Worked at a zoo where his favorite animal to care for was a Red Panda named Amber
  4. Runs in the Great Race 10K every year
  5. Was originally a theater major in college and has performed in over a dozen productions
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What I Love About Gretchen, by Daniel

Like Gretchen, I knew early on in our relationship that she was someone very special that I wanted to build a life with.  We had similar interests and senses of humor, which of course made the conversations easy.  But there was so much more.  I knew she was someone that I could trust, and it was her deep compassion that hooked me.  She is also someone who is very much connected to her family.  I’ll admit that it isn’t easy to articulate exactly how and why you love someone.  You just know that you do.  It’s more about how I feel when I’m with her.  Have you ever been driving along the highway in the middle of a massive rainstorm?  As you’re driving along there’s the sound of the rain pounding on your car, the pulsing of your wipers, your vision is reduced, and it feels very stressful.  Then when you go underneath an overpass you have that moment where all of the noise and stress stops.  It is a moment of respite during the chaos.  That’s the way Gretchen makes me feel.  She makes me feel peaceful and calm.  She makes me feel good about who I am and helps me be the best version of myself.

Fun Facts About Gretchen
  1. Interned at a captive-bred wolf and wolf dog sanctuary in New Mexico
  2. Traveled to Australia when she was younger and would love to go back someday with her family
  3. Played the saxophone solo in Harlem Nocturne at a band concert in high school
  4. Was with her sister when her sister won the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right
  5. Has parents that have been married for over 50 years
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Lifestyle

We both work full time during the week and are home by late afternoon. Taking our dogs for a walk together through the neighborhood after work is our favorite time of day, as it gives us time to catch up with each other. We are looking forward to having your little one join us for this time together and their stroller is already waiting in our garage! Making dinner is always a team effort and the dogs also enjoy this time because they anxiously await any morsels that fall on the floor. We’re sure they will like having a toddler around to drop even more treats for them! After dinner, we watch the news or a show or sometimes work on a puzzle together. We’re looking forward to adding bath time and story time with your child to our nightly routine. We’ve already started a collection of children’s books that we will share with them.

On the weekends we like to spend time outdoors by hiking and biking together at our local parks. We already have the perfect baby backpack carrier picked out so that we can take your child with us. Learning about all the different local plants, animals and trees when we were growing up was so fascinating for both of us, and we are excited to teach your child about these things as well. There is also a nice flat trail near our house that will be perfect for teaching your child to ride a bike. Just thinking about them slowly riding down the trail on their little bike with training wheels makes us so happy! Gretchen’s aunt has an awesome pool at her house, and the whole family spends a lot of time there on summer weekends. We are also members of our local church and can be found there on Sunday mornings. Being a part of our church community is very important to us and we have formed many close relationships through church activities.

Some of our other favorite pastimes include sharing our passion for music together. We love introducing each other to different bands and seeing live shows together. We hope that music will be an important part of your little one’s childhood as well. Imagining your son or daughter doing their first adorable toddler dance brings a big smile to our faces! We are also members of our local zoo and can often be found there visiting our favorite animals. The zoo has a fantastic area for kids with educational shows featuring some of the animals and an amazing playground with two huge slides. We would often take our foster children for a day trip to this zoo, and they always had a blast! Our city has many kid-oriented festivals and activities as well, such as the Children’s Museum and the Science Center. We are also big Pittsburgh Penguins fans and love catching an occasional live game (Let’s go Pens!). We hope to take your child to games in the future and get them a little Penguins jersey of their own.

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Our Furry Friends

We both love animals and share our home with some amazing creatures! Nina and Ciri are our two little dogs, and they are such sweethearts. They’re both cuddle bugs and are great with children. We always take them with us to family get-togethers and they soak up the attention from our nieces and nephew. We wanted to be proactive in helping them adjust to life with a baby, so we have taken several classes through our local women’s hospital that provided us with guidance for this new situation. We also have three wonderful cats. One of them is twenty-one years old, but she is still very spunky! We are looking forward to teaching a little one how to care for pets and watching that special bond form between them.

 

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Home & Neighborhood

Our home is located in a lovely neighborhood in a Pennsylvania suburb. We love our location because we’re in an area with a lot of forest around us but are also close enough to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. It is a multilevel house with a large rec room in the finished basement and plenty of space for raising a family. Our cozy living room is our favorite spot in the house. It’s perfect for cuddling up to watch a movie and having popcorn! We have created a wonderful wild animal-themed nursery for your baby and are all ready for late-night diaper changes and feedings.

Our fenced-in backyard is a place where we like to either relax or run around with our dogs. There is an area that would be perfect for a playset and a sandbox. We can just imagine your child playing for hours in the backyard with us and the dogs, running through sprinklers, and playing catch or hide-and-seek!

The neighborhood is a beautiful area with friendly neighbors and a lot of children. We can always hear them out playing together on summer evenings. There is a nearby park that we walk to that has a playground, basketball and tennis courts, a hiking trail, and a dog park. Every time we go to the park, we can picture ourselves at the playground with your son or daughter on the slides or the monkey bars or playing basketball or tennis with them when they get older.

 

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Our Families & Friends

If you choose us as parents for your precious baby, you are also choosing an extended family who will love and be deeply involved in your baby’s life. We are always getting together for birthdays, holidays, cookouts, bonfires, and pool parties. We have nieces and nephews that we adore and we happily babysit anytime we get the chance. Our family is beyond excited to welcome our newest family member. We know that we will have so much support from them and can turn to them for help or advice when needed. Gretchen’s parents have generously volunteered to take care of the little one two days a week during the day and are very much looking forward to spending this time with their grandchild.

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Traditions

We take a camping trip to a different state park every year for our anniversary. We always look forward to exploring each new park and learning about its wildlife, habitats, and history. We have also recently started a yearly tradition of renting a cabin with Gretchen’s family every fall and we have a great time! The adults organize a scavenger hunt for the kids that is a lot of fun for everyone. We usually go around Halloween time, and the parks almost always have a spooky night hike that includes treats for the kids at the end. Our niece and nephew talk about these hikes for months afterward! Camping is also a great opportunity to make fun foods around the fire, and we can’t wait to make delicious mountain pies and gooey smores with your child.

We also take a vacation each year to Florida where we stay at a condo owned by Gretchen’s parents. We spend a lot of time there relaxing at the beach and we can imagine building sandcastles, collecting seashells and sitting in the tiny waves at the edge of the shore with your son or daughter. A visit to the local primate sanctuary and marine life rescue center is always part of our trip. We also go kayaking through the mangroves where we get to see tiny mangrove crabs scurrying all over the trees!

We love to celebrate Christmas and always have a blast decorating the house, both inside and out. It feels so nice to make our house festive and every house on the street is always lit up too. We bought a living Christmas tree a few years ago and it has been great to see how it has grown and to know it will be our Christmas tree for years to come. Helping to decorate the tree is a favorite childhood memory for both of us, and we are excited to make new memories of this activity with your child. We are also looking forward to making Christmas cookies with thick red and green icing with your little one. We usually spend Christmas day with Daniel’s family in Ohio. Daniel’s mom makes the most amazing feast, and you can smell the delicious ham as soon as you step in the door. Then we will spend the next day celebrating with Gretchen’s family. Gretchen’s mom makes an equally wonderful dinner, with roast beef being the star of her table. We have a tradition of always playing dominoes after dinner and then watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” together in the family room with a cozy fire burning in the fireplace.

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What We Will Teach

We will teach our children to treat everyone with kindness and to be brave and speak up for those who cannot.  Honesty and empathy are foundations we hope to encourage.  We want them to know that the world is a wonderfully diverse place and what makes everyone different should be celebrated and embraced.  We want to help them explore and find the wonder and marvels in everyday life. We are also excited to help them discover and develop their interests and talents.

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Our Promise to You

We will do all that we can to help your baby grow into a kind and caring person that you would be proud of.  We want you to know that your child will be unconditionally loved no matter what life throws at them and will have every opportunity to follow their dreams. Your child will know their adoption story and know of the incredible sacrifice that you made for them. We will support an open relationship between you and your child, and would be happy to share updates, photos and videos with you, if that’s what you would want. We will also always be thinking of you and hoping that you in a place where you are surrounded by love.

Message Daniel and Gretchen

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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!

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  • 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!