Philip and Rachel

Relationship: Engaged

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Philip and Rachel

from California

Philip

Ancestry: American

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Producer

Education: AA

Hobbies: Photography, Camping, Anything outdoors

Rachel

Ancestry: American

Religion: Jewish

Occupation: TV Executive

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Cycling, Cooking, Baking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Jewish

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From Us to You

To the mother of our future child,

We want to start off by thanking you for thinking of us when making the difficult choice of who will provide your baby with a home. Before we even write about ourselves, we want you to know we think it takes real courage to make this decision, and the child of a courageous woman is one we will be proud to raise.

Our whole journey as a couple has been based on moving forward as a unit, with the dream of starting a family. We were engaged in 2019 and had our dream wedding planned, but unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone our ceremony twice due to Covid-19. But while we have had to pause our wedding plans, it has given us time to put energy into becoming parents. Our road to parenthood has been a long journey; we have tried together and been through multiple rounds of IVF, all with no success. But this process has given us a new outlook on what it means to be a parent. It’s not about the biology of the child, it’s about having the opportunity to share love, knowledge and raise a member of the next generation who will one day go on to be the custodian of our planet. And the future for our children does look bright.

In our city, opportunities are endless, culture is abundant, and a child has access to anything they want to explore within reach. It’s our goal as parents to raise a child with stability, good values and providing the tools they will need in any endeavor their heart leads them to. But support isn’t only about money and resources, emotional support is critical, and is something our family will have no trouble providing.

And while we’re on the subject of family, the support system your child will have extends well beyond the home. Surrounding us at all times are an amazing, loving group of family and friends who all have something different to offer. Some are artists, while others make TV shows. But the one thing everyone has in common is plenty of love to give and diverse perspectives, all while being role models in their respective path of life. The people in our life are curated carefully, which gives us an abundance of positivity and joy on a daily basis. This will extend to your child.

It is with admiration, love and humility that we ask for your blessing in raising your baby. Nothing would mean more to us, and this opportunity will fill a hole which will complete our family.

With love,
Rachel & Phil

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About Phil

Phil is truly the love of my life. I can count on him when times are tough and celebrate with him when good news comes our way. His sense of humor and zest for life are what I love the most. He was born to be a dad! Kids of all ages just adore him. He knows how to make people feel special and give them the attention and time they deserve. Phil is very friendly, kind, energetic and quite the comedian. He has a passion for life and lives his life to the fullest each day. He is a happy person with a very positive outlook. He has a lot of energy and loves being outdoors. He enjoys hiking with our dog, Petey, taking pictures of any and everything, using his drone to get great footage, grilling with friends, playing cards with his parents and sister, and riding his bike. Phil is a team player in our relationship and always helps out around the house. He believes everything in our relationship is 50/50. He is excited to feed your baby, take night shifts, change diapers and read lots of books. He is a very hard worker and takes providing for his family very seriously. Phil is an amazing guy and will be an amazing dad too!

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About Rachel

When I think of Rachel, I see MY future. She is my partner, best friend, ally and muse. Rachel is someone who rises much like the sun each and every day, bringing light into everyone’s life that she comes across. Rachel has worked incredibly hard to get where she is in life, and everything she does is completed with enthusiasm, respect and genuine love. She is an incredible partner, friend, daughter, and coworker. But the one thing that Rachel was born to do, which will be her greatest achievement, is to be a mother. When I think of our child-to-be, I see THE future. Knowing I will be raising a child with Rachel as their mother means that he/she will know love, strength, values, decency and above all, happiness. I know this because Rachel has brought these things into my life as a partner, and it’s this shared outlook that makes me love her more than anyone in this world. I can’t wait to watch her as a mother, just the thought of it brings a tear to my eye.

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Our Families and Friends

Our friends and family are the binding which holds our book together. These people fill pages of our story with love, support, accountability and laughter. We are a couple who works very hard on relationships and we put in the effort, so others will always want to do the same. Our friends and family are diverse, strong and above all willing to be there even in the worst of times. We have been fortunate to have many parents as friends, and while everyone parents differently, solid values, stability and happy children have been a common theme running throughout. They don’t try to push their agenda; everyone who surrounds us has our best interest in mind and will always be there to give advice and help when needed. All of these people are so excited to welcome a new addition to our family. Some have offered to cook, while others have offered to paint our nursery and shower our child with toys. One of the biggest challenges we will face as parents will be not letting your beautiful child be too spoiled by those around us, but we know all of them will be strong role models.

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Our pup, Petey

Phil rescued Petey five years ago from a local dog rescue. He’s a British Chihuahua and is about 22 pounds of joy. He is the happiest dog and brings so much joy to our lives. He loves kids and other dogs and definitely loves his basket of toys. He takes one out at a time and leaves them all over the house just so we can play with him everywhere we are. He is protective, loyal, funny and he loves when we take him on walks together. He looks back constantly to make sure we are both there.

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Our Home

Our home is filled with love, laughter, good food, friends and great energy. We are in a very safe and secure neighborhood and city where schools are very good and crime is very low. We are surrounded by parks, and are close to family and our great friends. We know many of our neighbors and it is the type of community where if you need a cup of sugar, you just go next door and ask. We all look out for each other. We love it here and can’t wait to raise our children in our home and neighborhood.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We always knew we wanted children and have tried to get pregnant over the last few years. We had 3 failed rounds of IVF and a round with a donor egg that resulted in a miscarriage. Although infertility was hard news to deal with, we grew closer and learned a lot about each other from it. We now believe adoption is our plan and we are excited about it! We just want to be parents. Our home is filled with love and laughter and we dream of expanding our family by adopting a child. We look forward to bringing our new baby home very soon!

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About Us

We are truly best friends and are able to count on each other no matter what. Our communication, trust, love, friendship, and dedication to each other is what has made our relationship so successful. We enjoy being together and are grateful for the experiences we have had. We love taking weekend trips and getting away as much as we can. Whether it’s San Diego, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs or Paso Robles, we love being away from work and the stress of daily life. The best thing about our relationship is that it doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing, as long as we are together. From hanging out with our dog, Petey, cooking dinner together, hanging out with our friends, going grocery shopping, or just cuddling together on the coach watching TV, we are happiest together.

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How We Met

We were introduced by a friend a number of years ago, dated for a while and realized neither of us was ready for a serious relationship. We stayed in touch and four years later, we reconnected and immediately bonded over our desire to become parents. Today, we are best friends with a family-focused relationship based on love.

What attracted us to each other was our love of life and that we are both optimists. Obviously we have been through challenges, but we both bounce back and learn from everything that we have been through and everything that we go through together.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is both robust and very full, all the time! As a couple, we fill our free time with friends and family as much as possible (under normal circumstances and safely during Covid). While our days can be busy with work like most couples, our nights and weekends are devoted to making time for each other and those around us. We work very hard fostering relationships with friends and family and it is very reciprocal, meaning there are always fun activities planned and new things to experience. As individuals, we each enjoy our own brand of entertainment that will give your child many opportunities to learn and explore. For Rachel, shopping, working out, cooking, crafts and the beach are all loved past times. She loves exploring our diverse urban landscape and being an auntie to all of the children in our lives. For Phil, the great outdoors is where joy is found. Whether it’s photography, flying a drone, finding trails in the Jeep, camping or hiking, Phil always feels right at home when surrounded by nature.

Our Careers

We both work in entertainment and love what we do. Rachel works in production and has worked on many shows such as Down to Earth with Zac Efron, The Kardashians, Get Organized with the Home Edit, Tidying up with Marie Kondo and Nailed It! Phil is in a much more creative role as a producer/camera operator/drone operator. We are both lucky to have great jobs at great companies that let us grow and learn while we do the jobs we enjoy and are good at. It’s also great for us to share stories at the end of the day because we both work in the same industry so we understand each other’s worlds.

Discipline

We have learned a lot from our friends who already have children: the good, the bad and the ugly. We have also learned that communication is the most important part of disciplining a child. We agree that we need to be aligned and always have each other’s backs when it comes to this. We are both very calm by nature when we communicate and want to make sure that we talk to your child and clearly explain the consequences of actions. They might even have a say in it, because that might have a larger impact on how they learn from their mistakes. We will never spank your child. We both believe that words are the way we work through things.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

When taking a moment to think about how a child would enrich our lives, one would think of a puzzle with a missing piece on the kitchen table. This is a situation where it’s easy to get caught up in life, but every time you pass the table or stop for a moment, you think about the puzzle and get a feeling of something off and wonder how to fill that specific void. We have come to realize that the puzzle is a reflection of our lives and this missing piece is a child which will eventually complete our family.

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Our Personalities

Our personalities couldn’t be more different, but this works well in both our relationship and handling everything life throws at us. Rachel is our home’s heart and soul, keeping everything under our roof in balance. From baking to managing things to do, Rachel brings joy to everyday tasks and has a lot of love to share; she is a true nurturer. Phil on the other hand is the creative chaos of the home with an equal amount of love to spread around. From projects to planning a family experience, Phil puts his heart into everything he does. And while he may not be the most handy person around the house, when it comes to bringing a smile to everyone’s face, Phil is always looking for ways to keep everyone happy, even when they are down.

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Our Promise to You

We hope our words have given you some insight into who we are, the type of couple we are, the life we live and the kind of parents we would be. Both of us have been dreaming of becoming parents, knowing that we will love your baby more than words can express. We both can’t wait for the day we are called “Mommy and Daddy.” We will give this little person every opportunity we can. We will teach them to feel their feelings, good or bad, to use their voice, to stand up for what they believe in, to treat others with kindness, love and respect, and most importantly to be 100% true to who they are. We know parenting is one of the most challenging jobs a person can have, and we know we won’t do it perfectly, but we will do it with unconditional love and promise to do the best we can each and every day, with every decision we make. We are going to give it our all to provide a beautiful life for your child. We will ensure that they know who you are every step of the way, if that is your wish, and that they know that your decision was made with the purest love there is. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your hopes and dreams for your little one’s future.

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