Balthazar and Maud

Married Since: 2012

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We respect every decision you have made, because it has brought you to this point.

Balthazar and Maud

from California

Balthazar

Ancestry: Australian

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Music Composer

Education: MA

Hobbies: Music, Film, Biking, Soccer, Gardening

Maud

Ancestry: American, Spanish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Film Producer

Education: MFA

Hobbies: Film, Literature, Music, Yoga, Meditation

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

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From Us to You

Hello, we are Balthazar and Maud. We are the exceptionally loving parents of our five-year-old son Octavius and it is with infinite hope, beautifully reckless abandon and a dash of magical connection that we may be parents once more, if you so choose. As we write this letter to you, we marvel at all the unfortunate events and elemental forces that have brought us to write this letter and for you to read it, sharing a difficult, strange, scary but also hopeful journey on two sides, in our lives and in yours.

We can only guess to the journey that brought you to read our letter. Your challenges and struggles are unique and brought you to this point in your life. We respect every decision you have made, because it has brought you to this point. In these life challenges and struggles we have a common bond. Our journey to get to this point is one of sadness, fear and bad luck but ultimately, we are here to open the door to hope, healing and love. A little more than 2 years ago, Maud was pregnant with our second child, and in a single day she started to have terrific pains and blacked out multiple times. She was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, almost dying on the way. This was the scariest and most fearful day of our marriage together and, except for the wonderful work of the doctors that thankfully saved Maud’s life, it was the saddest day of our marriage. Since that devastating time, we have had to both physically and emotionally heal our wounds and, in that journey, we tried in vain to become pregnant once more. Because of this loss and devastation, we struggled and thought long and hard on what we wanted the future of our family to be. We could have chosen IVF, but we knew that the decision to adopt would enlarge our hearts, minds and give hope and love to another person in desperate need.

So now, it is a cozy autumn afternoon, the sun is slowly setting, and we are in our favorite place, home. Eight years ago, we took an immense leap of faith and married each other within one week of knowing each other. At the time this felt like the most emotionally intense choice we would make in our lives, but we have come to realize that this time now, in taking this leap with you, will be even greater and could be even more rewarding. If you are inspired to take a leap of faith with us, we would love to take this journey with you too. We will create a life for your beautiful baby that is extraordinary, meaningful and fulfilling simply because that is how we live our lives and how we are parents to our boy, Octavius. The marvelous gift you would be bestowing on us will bloom into a bright future full of wondrous possibilities for each and every one of us.

Our family believes that wishes can be heard and answered. Our wish is to raise a healthy, beautiful baby. We believe this very moment will be the most magical in our lives. It will enrich us emotionally and transform us into our forever family. Our son, Octavius, will be the strength your baby needs to have a lifetime sibling to share all that life brings, bright days and dark nights, unexpected surprises and intrepid challenges. The love connection they will both share will be akin to the bond we experienced with our own siblings: UNBREAKABLE and INVALUABLE.

Our lives and our choices will forever be bound to each other by the love we already share for your beautiful baby. Belief is determining the course of the rest of our lives. We are equally nervous and hopeful of all that awaits ahead. What we are certain of is how much we will love your child. The potential we see is in your hands, and we feel humbled by the chance you are giving us to embrace a new future all together. If we could boil our journey down to a few words, it would be a life with LOVE, FAMILY, SECURITY, EDUCATION, and FUTURE. We would be honored to give your child all our hearts, with unconditional support, love and true abandon to life and all the wonders and challenges it can bestow.

Your decision will be shared truthfully and freely with your child. They will be honored and praised as an act of pure love, selflessness and nobility of choice. Your story will forever be part of their lives; we will share it with joy and delight. What a beautiful story to let them know that it was true love that brought them to our family. We have not met you; we have never spoken to you. And yet, we know something important has happened; we are more alike than we are unalike. If you will wholeheartedly trust us, we will wholeheartedly trust you and we hope to help you step confidently in the direction of your dreams and we promise to give this blessing of a child the life you imagine and the one they deserve.

With infinite gratitude and hearts full of love,
Balthazar and Maud

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About Maud

I tell everyone that Maud is the star of our family and I am the ‘trophy husband.’ She is passionate and intelligent and an immensely dedicated mother to our son Octavius. When Maud focuses her attention on something, she uses all her tools and willpower to help achieve it, and she enlists those around her, her loved ones, her co-workers, to join in on that goal. She is effervescently organized, sometimes to epic levels where she will do the dishes before we eat dinner! And that trait has rubbed off on me too which I love and has helped me become a much better person as well. I find Maud to be so beautiful, and even more than her beauty, I fell in love with her brain. Maud is an intrepid traveler and brings her penchant for planning and organization to create amazing holidays for us to enjoy together. She loves creating surprises, and giving and receiving presents, and thus is a big lover of birthdays and Christmas time. Maud has two distinct parts to her personality and interests. One in her role as a powerhouse woman, mother, film executive, fearless leader and another as a very innocent, childlike, wide-eyed dreamer, and a passionate lover of romantic and artistic notions that she applies to pretty much all areas of her life. She describes herself as a ‘girly-girl’ which I laugh at because yes, she loves fashion and make-up tips and other ‘girl orientated pursuits’ but I don’t see her just like that at all. For me she is like a Beyoncé, all woman, super creative, gorgeous and a powerhouse of a human being.

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About Balthazar

Balthazar is an exceptional human being. He’s a miracle. Balthazar has a remarkable mind and a sharp intellect, his ability to deconstruct a problem and find viable solutions is outstanding. He’s exceptional in every possible way, a rare gem, a shiny piece of gold, a solid diamond in the rough. I knew all of that the first time I met him. The moment I saw him, I knew. Balthazar is an extraordinary father and husband; I cannot think of a family that feels the father’s love as intensely and true as my son and I feel his. Balthazar’s one and only wish before we got married was for us to have a family. He’s simple in his needs and everything he does in his life is a lesson in humility and service to others. He will always think of everyone else before making a purchase or wasting time on an activity for him, always putting everyone else’s life ahead of his own. He is a dad who plays with his child, gets dirty and manages to do it all with the brightest smile on his face. He never complains. Ever. Balthazar is adventurous, intrepid, risk-taker, wise and true. He’s deeply romantic and shows affection easily. He never closes down nor does he hide his emotions. He is able to clearly communicate and listens intently when he needs to. Balthazar is kind, generous, serene, calm, responsible, hard-working, and brilliantly talented as a music composer. When I listen to his music, I can always feel like we are vibrating at the same wavelength, it’s a truly remarkable gift he has for creating music and his beautifully artistic vocation is inspiring to our entire family. His nobility of heart, mind and soul is my personal favorite trait of his. Balthazar is passionate and every time we kiss it still feels like the first time. I love him deeply and profoundly, and he changed my life forever.

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On a Typical, 3-Day Weekend

We are at home. We love the chance of a school/work holiday to stay home as a family. Most likely, there will be domestic chores to take care of first such us cleaning, tidying, organizing, laundry, cooking; we will do all of them together as a family. It is very important for us as parents to teach our children the value of taking care and caring for your home. To physically be kind to your house, inside and outside. We take care of our garden and its inhabitants, trees, plants and wildlife. We wish for our children to take pride in having a cozy home. Then, there will be playing, playing and more playing at home: LEGO, make-believe, board games/card games, and many more. Perhaps an important soccer match to be watched all together in the music studio. There will also be FaceTime with both Australia and Spain for all of us to talk with our families abroad. That’s one of the weekend’s most treasured moments! If the weather allows, we may stroll to the park with a scooter or bike and spend quality time with close friends and their little ones. Having a beautiful park with playgrounds a few minutes walking distance away is a true luxury. We always try to avoid driving on the weekends and be mindful of screen time, taking a break from electronic devices. Yoga and meditation would put a lovely end to a restful and relaxing weekend with a warm cup of tea and cookies to close the evening before returning to school/work the next morning.

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Our Home

Our family lives in a suburb in Southern California. Our neighborhood has a lovely mixed community that is culturally, economically and ethnically diverse and has an established LGBTQ community as well. Artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, immigrants, working families and the well-to-do’s are all within reach of each other. Ours is known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the area and is akin to Williamsburg in New York City. That said, it is also much more suburban in its make-up and we live in our house with a big backyard close to a great park and our son goes to a wonderful, French language immersion school close by. Octavius and Balthazar love to ride their bikes around the area. We love to keep our home clean and organized and the one vice we adhere to in that is… toys! They are everywhere. Octavius’ LEGOs and trains and plush toys have spilled out of his room and command top space in our living room. Balthazar works from home, where his music studio is at the back of the house. We feel blessed to live in a cozy and safe residential neighborhood with a thoughtful community that looks after each other.

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Our Families

Maud

My family is from Spain, though we lived and were brought up in Belgium for many years. I am extremely close to my parents, my mom is my best friend and ‘Mother Goose’ to all while my dad is a perennial source of advice, comfort and support. I am the eldest of three, having two younger brothers. As the eldest, I have a very maternal and close relationship with my two siblings. We share many common interests, loves and aims. My older brother, Indy, is Octavius’ godfather and our wish would be for my younger brother, Nacho, to be your baby’s godfather. My family is the pinnacle of unconditional love and trust. My extended Spanish family is equally engaged in our lives with continuous contact and regular visits.

Balthazar

My family is from Australia. I was born in a smaller city called Adelaide and my parents were both from small towns in the state of South Australia. I am the youngest of three children with an older sister and brother, although my brother died when he was 36 so now, we are only two. This was a tough and sad time in my life, but it led me to travelling to the USA where I would eventually meet Maud. I also have a Japanese exchange sister I am very close with and we talk regularly. My parents split up when I was young, and my father has been remarried for almost 30 years now and lives in a small town outside of Adelaide. My mother mostly raised us, and we had a great connection with each other as children. I had a wonderful relationship with my grandparents and also hold many close friends still from my high school and college.

Mutual

Our friends are in many different parts of the globe: Europe, Australia, United States, and more. We travel often to visit family and friends, which is one of our most treasured family endeavors. We aim at transmitting to our children a sense of belonging to the world, of being a family with links to all different parts of our beautiful planet earth.

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Our Lifestyle

Our family has a life philosophy based on mindful and thoughtful moral/ethical values that emphasize a strong sense of self, encourage individuality and promote community. We deeply believe that a broad education is at the core of an individual’s opportunity to grow intellectually and spiritually. In order to expand our understanding of our role in the world, we must allow our children to discover what they love and help guide them to a fulfilling life at the service of others in whatever field they chose to commit themselves to professionally. We therefore highly encourage reading, curiosity, questioning, discussion, healthy criticism and constructive arguments. Critical thinking and thought-provoking ideas are welcome in our household. As parents, our priority is to know each individual child exceptionally well in order to consolidate trust in our parent-child relationship. Trust is at the heart of every relationship and we wish for our children to know they can share with us any thought, idea, feeling and emotion without fear of judgement. All these principles we believe help enrich, improve and ultimately shape a better world for all of us. At home, we are mindful to live in an eco-friendly, green, sustainable environment that promotes the ideals that we wish to transmit to future generations. We eat a plant-based diet, grow fruits and vegetables in the garden, bake our own bread, make yogurt, kombucha tea and sauerkraut, our car is fully electric, we avidly recycle, compost, and re-purpose water from our showers to help water our vibrant garden. Our lifestyle choices reflect a commitment to our planet and a desire to pass those values on to our children. Meditation and yoga are also important parts of our daily routines to allow for a relaxing, calm atmosphere at home that radiates creativity and freedom.

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Cultural Diversity

Our family is a bilingual household: Maud speaks in Spanish and Balthazar speaks in English. Our son is being raised trilingual as he attends a French immersion school. This is how we would raise your child as well. Maud’s family is from Spain and Balthazar’s from Australia. As a child, Balthazar’s two best friends were Vietnamese immigrant brothers who lived across the street. His family hosted a Japanese exchange sister and a Kenyan exchange brother in his house among other exchange students from Malaysia and Iran. As a teenager, Balthazar also travelled to Kenya on a student cultural exchange himself. He attended an International high school and subsequently had many friends from Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. Today Balthazar works with film companies that have focused on LGBTQ, female and ethnic minority stories. Being from Spain, Maud grew up with a notion of intrinsic diversity in her cultural identity. Her country’s heritage is a mix of Christian/Catholic, Muslim and Jewish histories and cultures and her family lived and travelled extensively in different regions of the world because of their work, so she was exposed to the cultures of Latin America, Northern Africa and Europe among others from a young age. Maud grew up predominantly in Belgium where there also is a strong Muslim community. In college she was a double major in Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese language, culture and history. She traveled to China every summer during her college education where she found a deep affinity with Chinese culture.

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What We will Teach Your Child

Our family believes deeply in the power of education. We have experienced first-hand the impact education has had on our son Octavius, from his cultured bilingual home, to his Korean Montessori preschool, and to his own grandparents’ strong presence in his day-to-day development, from strong values to the importance of table manners. Our son, like every child, makes mistakes daily. He’s certainly not perfect nor should he be. However, with every mistake, he has the opportunity to experience it as a new lesson, and for our family that is the meaning of education: the wondrous accumulation of teachings, failures, and lessons learned, which will culminate one day in our son’s invaluable wisdom. As Octavius’ guardians and advisors, we strive to closely follow our simple philosophy based on the principles of trust, kindness, discipline, curiosity and mindfulness. We shall have the exact same approach with your child.

We feel deeply that a philosophically French education would be the best fit for our growing children. They would be challenged to learn a third language while adapting into a new educational system outside their comfort zone. Our children would have a school where they can be taught to think independently in an environment that presents different world views and where they see different cultures working together. We want our children to be immersed with physical and intellectual diversity and to embrace respect, equality and empathy. Academic excellence is achieved through a mix of no-nonsense order and discipline, setting children with clear goals and objectives, helping them to surmount challenges while developing their courage and future wisdom. We wish for our children to be part of a school system that emphasizes the importance of learning from one’s mistakes, endlessly improving, step-by-step, teaching children their ability to choose to do good in the world, to be kind to others and to challenge every expectation to achieve excellence. Alongside this, having teachers that recognize that the learning process is a precious opportunity for a child to fulfill their own potential through respect, kindness, truth, patience and perseverance is paramount in achieving these goals for all of our children. We want our children to become strong young people who can one day lead their community with their wisdom, integrity, loyalty, moral strength, happiness and fearlessness. As parents, it is our duty to help guide our children’s character in their educational and life’s journey.

Finally, our own international educations have given us the unique ability to recognize the certainty that the French educational system will serve our children exceptionally well, allowing their mind, body and soul to expand academically, linguistically and humanitarianly. It’s our strongest belief that the power of education will inspire our children to open their minds to a world full of beauty and endless possibilities.

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How We Met

As we said briefly in our letter, we had a whirlwind marriage of love, romance and crazy intensity. In 2012 we got married within a week of knowing each other, well basically, and now, 8 years later, we stand here at the pinnacle of another momentous leap of faith in our adoption journey. A mutual friend in Australia had introduced us, and after one extremely brief but astoundingly amazing business meeting in Los Angeles, I was blown away by Maud’s amazing energy. We did not see each other again until out of the blue she emailed me a year and a half later telling me she was in my home city of Sydney and asked if I remembered her and wanted to meet. I absolutely did remember Maud as I had felt like I fell in love with her at first sight in that all too brief meeting back in Los Angeles and never forgot her. We met up in Sydney for a friendly meal and quickly started to talk deeply about life, humanity, films, our passions and everything in between. After many hours had gone by, which only seemed like minutes, Maud had to leave as she had an early flight back to Los Angeles the next day. I walked her back to her hotel and dropped a bomb. I had nothing to lose, so I told her I fell in love with her the first time I met her. As you can imagine she was freaked out somewhat and, after talking a while more, she had to go. I went home, dejected and remembered a poem from my childhood that inspired me to act. I emailed her the poem and said, if I never meet you again, I’m glad to know that you exist in the world and I wished her an amazing and happy life. The poem read:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure

But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love.
Chained by their certitude, they are a slave; they have forfeited their freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free.

The next day Maud emailed back and said she had to change her flight, and would I meet her that night and I did. We spent the whole night talking about everything in life, love and the universe and the next morning as she left for the airport once more, she said it was a pity I wasn’t in Southern California, as she would go on a real date with me. In the next couple of days, we emailed hundreds of times and we quickly decided that I would come to California to go on that date. I arrived that Friday evening and our feelings were so intense by that Sunday we had decided to marry each other. Neither of us had been married before. I had never wanted to marry anyone before Maud either. Our feelings for each other were so special, powerful and really, truly deeply, immaculate love, that we both decided we would not wait to spend the rest of our lives together. From there we had a mystical coincidence where I emailed her a clip of the film True Romance at the same time, she was thinking exactly about it too. In the film the main character’s spirit guide is an apparition of Elvis Presley, so we took that as a sign and decided to go to Las Vegas and get married by Elvis. The rest as they say, is history and we look forward to making a load more of it with our newest family member as well. “The dream was real, and it was to change our lives forever.” – True Romance.

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Family Traditions

On the weekends, we make pancakes on Saturday morning and Spanish paella on Sunday for lunch. We also have picked up new culinary traditions from our extensive travel experiences such as crumpets from living in London to croissants from our visit to Paris. We also adore all kinds of mixes of smoothies and new plant-based dishes from restaurant visits. Popcorn is mandatory with our special movie nights. On Friday nights we have pizza and ice-cream as a special treat for Octavius to celebrate the beginning of our weekend together. Food is definitely a great tradition at home, and one that we share with family and friends. Soccer is a great stamp in our lives too as we are all fans, watching matches of Real Madrid and the European and World Cups is always great fun. We also host gatherings to watch and celebrate soccer finals. The excitement is always a great source of comradery and connection. Since we are huge film fans and work in the film industry, we also do the same thing for the Oscars every year. Visiting family and family visiting us at home is time we all look forward to as well. Summertime break and Christmas are the moments we spend closely with our relatives. Last Christmas we built a unique wooden Christmas tree that is now our family’s heirloom for that time. Our home is visited at Christmas by Santa, The Three Wise Men (a Spanish tradition) and Christmas Wombat (an Australian tradition). Halloween is an equally fun time particularly because Balthazar and Octavius love playing spooky games and we love watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. Everyone’s birthday is a great time to celebrate each individual member of the family as well. Surprise presents often magically appear as a heartfelt reminder of how we all think and feel for each other. Our garden is also starting to become a tradition in the way we chose to slowly plant different trees and plants to grow our front and back yards into beautifully lush landscapes – perfect for playing make-believe with the little ones! Every night we love playing music and dancing before bedtime to mark the beginning of the bedtime routine. A beautiful ritual that promotes togetherness through spending the last moments of each day as a group.

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Our Vacations and Leisure Time

One of the most important parts of our family’s core values is traveling. We deeply believe that traveling is the ultimate magic trick, which allows you to step into a brand-new world full of wonder and awe. To marvel at the obvious differences between countries, cultures, people. To learn the lesson of humans living differently yet having a similar human experience of life itself. To delight in the variety of our skin tones, the richness of each foreign language, the profound history of an individual country, the unique beauty of the physicality of a foreign land. All of these discoveries are invaluable assets of intellectual wealth for both children and adults. To be given the chance to experience such exotic adventures as a family is one of the greatest joys of our life. We feel tremendously blessed to have been given the gift of travel. We often travel to visit family and friends in Australia and Spain. We travel domestically in the United States to show our child the wonders of his birth country and all the diversity found throughout the different states. We travel internationally to widen our own scope of vision of our planet earth. As David Attenborough says: “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source not only of great curiosity but great fulfillment.” Our family is full of curiosity for our world and everyone living in it and that has offered us fulfilment beyond our wildest dreams. It has given us the unique opportunity to see and experience the world and in turn it has forever changed us. We have had vacations in Australia, Spain, French Polynesia, Belgium, Mexico, Hawaii, Indonesia, United Kingdom, France, Iceland, Russia, Caribbean, Jamaica and Colombia. We hope to keep exploring the globe with our little ones.

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Balthazar's Career

I am a musician and I use my compositions to help to tell stories on the screen. I love what I do and creating music is one of the great pleasures in my life. I started when I was young playing the cello and then moved on to the guitar, playing in the school orchestra and in bands. When I was coming out of high school, I had a mandate that I wanted to save the world. I was an avid environmentalist and felt that music was too selfish to pursue as a life career, so I studied Environmental Science at university. Nearing the end of my degree I became very sad, as around that time in the early 2000’s, all the jobs for me in Australia were in the mining industry which was exactly the opposite of what I wanted. It was during this time I also realized that on its own, the world is fine, and it is actually people and their minds that need to be changed for the good of the planet. For me, music was the most powerful tool to help to do this and as I had been feverishly experimenting making music on my computer at the time, I changed my focus and studies back to my true passion of music. From there I completed a degree in music and played in my band which was a mix of hip hop and electronic music. A few years later we composed and performed a new score to an old, famous, silent sci-fi film which was a great success in Australia. From there I felt that my life could steer toward telling stories and working in films, so I studied for a Master’s in Screen Music. Since then I have become deeply interested and involved in working on stories of diversity, minorities and social justices. I have worked in many films, documentaries and shows focusing on topics such as the treatment of the indigenous Aboriginal people in Australia, amazing stories of hope in LGBTQ communities, as well as stories of love, fun, loss, passion, intrigue, devastation and redemption. Music and films are my way to be able to help inspire the world to be a better place. I am reminded by a quote from the film ‘Dead Poets Society’ in which Robin Williams’ character says to his students: “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” Music and inspiring stories are what I stay alive for, along with the love of my family. I feel lucky, blessed and so happy to be able to work in a field that I love so much.

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Maud's Career

I LOVE films. Why do I love films? Since I was a little kid, the thrill of discovering a new movie for the first time or rewatching Star Wars for the hundredth time, have been, for me, the most powerful experiences in the world. The way films shaped my own life, how they taught me, how they challenged me and how they ultimately changed me, brought me to my professional career today. I am a film producer. I feel so lucky to have found what I love doing in life, and it is a real privilege for me to do it every single day. I’ll tell you a secret: I wake up every morning with a smile because I know I work for an extraordinary company and the work I do can have an impact with families around the globe. My creative spirit never leaves me; it’s always close to me. I often find it whispering: if you could choose to make any film without any fear of failure, which film would you make? How would you make it? Who would you make it with? These questions challenge me, motivate me and inspire me every day to choose the most innovative projects; work with the most talented directors, writers and producers; strive to make the greatest films; and make my creative spirit proud of me by carrying and honoring its legacy. And that is why risks must be taken. Every day.

I feel blessed I get the opportunity to do this, and to learn and help my creative partners in this incredible journey to carry their cinematic visions to the screen. I work in live action, animated and hybrid movies. They all share an element of the fantastical as I love magic, creatures, other worlds, monsters and alternate histories. My wish is to tell timeless stories through unforgettable characters, because that is ultimately what I learned from all the films that inspired me in my childhood and as a young adult, and also, what I wish to give back to everyone who watches my films. I want to dare all of us to believe anything and everything is possible. I wish to work with talent that fully explores our imagination and are creatively fearless. What a beautiful gift to give! And as a mom, it is my responsibility to give this gift to my child and to many more around the world.

My work has given me the opportunity to cultivate a creative life full of wonder, curiosity and a deep love for craftsmanship. Throughout my professional career, I have learned an invaluable lesson: THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD. Regardless of the project you choose, always enjoy the process. Be open-minded. If something isn’t working, try something else. Be bold, be brave, and take risks. The process has taught me who I am, how I work, it’s taught me to be infinitely grateful I get to tell incredible stories for a living and to explore unique, complex characters who reflect a part of who I am. Through the process, I encounter challenging obstacles, tough situations and difficult times, unexpected things always come up throughout the process to test us and make us question ourselves. The bottom line is that whatever conflict we face, we do so together, and therefore, it makes our projects stronger. I love listening, helping, and talking things through with our team. I love to always be there for our talent and to help strategize how to solve any and all problems that we face as we put together our projects. It is my greatest privilege to have my husband and our family’s unconditional support as I step into new cinematic adventures because they are the inspiration for me to become the film producer I wish to be. For my children to experience their mom’s vocation as a role model of sacrifice, patience and perseverance is invaluable.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

As we stated in our letter, in 2018 Maud had an ectopic pregnancy that scarily almost ended her life and sadly has effectively ended our ability to have any more children naturally. We could have chosen IVF, but our possible physical and emotional health tolls would be too high. Giving our son, Octavius, and your baby each the gift of a sibling, deeply wanting to be parents again, and feeling that we did not need a child to be our biological offspring for us to love and care for with all our hearts, were the main reasons for us choosing to adopt. This, coupled with the strains on our family of expensive, uninsured and potentially openly-ended IVF medical procedures, and us wanting to help someone – YOU – who who may already be looking for a family, were further considerations. We also felt this is an environmentally and ethically mindful choice. We don’t need to ‘selfishly’ bring another baby of our own biology into the world, as there will already be a baby coming to the world that wants and needs love, and we would love to be the family that does that. Before we got married in 2012, we left no stone unturned and discussed in fine detail all the key issues that we felt would be essential to a beautiful and successful marriage. One of the most important elements we discussed was children and family. Neither of us had any experience with adoption, but we both were in agreement that we were open to adoption and it would undoubtedly be a path forward for us. Now, because our lives have journeyed to this point, we are all ready to commit to what we know will add to the greatest love of all our lives: the one that binds our life together with your child and our son as our next journey of love continues. Our family and our home have a lot of love to give.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You

Firstly, our family will be forever beholden to YOU for bestowing on us the invaluable gift of life. We will therefore always speak honestly, respectfully and truthfully about your child’s journey in coming to our family. It is paramount for us to always show gratitude to you in the words chosen to convey the collision of events, decisions and sacrifices that shall give this wonderful child their home. Authenticity and kindness will always be at the core of how our family shares their story throughout the years. We wish to empower them from birth to overcome any possible misgivings, expectations and fears with the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE we shall be providing from birth. Our family’s aim is to give your magical baby the security, support and environment to allow their life to bloom to its fullest potential. Please know we would be delighted to discuss with you the level of communication and information about you that you would like and/or would be comfortable with the baby knowing as they grow up. Every person is unique, and we would respect your wishes. We would be grateful to you always and forever.

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