Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We are open to either an open or closed adoption. We would love for your child to know who you are, however we will respect and honor your wishes.

Max and Brian

from California

Max

Ancestry: Scottish, English, Spanish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Teacher: Elementary School

Education: B.A., Credential

Hobbies: Art, Cooking, Gardening, Working-out, Travel

Brian

Ancestry: Mexican

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Marketing Manager

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Music, Dance, Working-out, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Max

Animal
Fox
Kids' Book
The Day the Crayons Quit
Childhood Memory
Playing outside with my brother on the family farm
Family Activity
Family board game night
Food
Mexican
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Art
Thing to Cook
Tacos
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Vacation Spot
Puerto Vallarta

Brian

Animal
Dog
Kids' Book
Love You Forever
Childhood Memory
My sister being born
Family Activity
Noah's flag football games
Food
Pizza
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
French Toast
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
Puerto Vallarta
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We can’t imagine what you are going through, but we admire your courage and strength to even take the time to read what we have to say. Going through this process, we have feelings of excitement and of looking forward to something, even though we can’t even begin to imagine how you’re feeling. We respect your emotional journey and offer our sincerest support.

We totally get how difficult it must be to get to know us through words and photographs, so we sincerely hope we get the honor of speaking to you. We also know that we have provided a ton of content for you to read, so here are the top things we want you to know:

The baby that we are lucky enough to adopt will be so loved and well cared for. We will immediately love and protect that tiny human with all of our heart. Their life growing up will be stable and comfortable. There will be many hugs, cuddles and warm feelings. They will be safe, physically and emotionally, and well cared for. They will want for nothing and grow into a good human. We will do everything in our power to set them up for success in life and teach them how to love themselves. We will teach them the importance of kindness and love. We will expose them to many different cultures and experiences so they appreciate the beautiful diversity of our world. They will hear “I love you,” several times a day and know how important they are. They will be encouraged to be who they are, to stand up for themselves, and to be the best versions of themselves.

Here are some fun things that they will get to experience: Max is a teacher so they will get to begin kindergarten at their dad’s school! So, every day will be “Go to Work with Your Parents Day!” Brian is a talented dancer and musician and can’t wait to share his love and knowledge of performing arts. Your child will have a school, dance, and music teacher right at home.

We arrived at the choice to adopt because we love kids and wanted to grow our family. We have loved every minute of raising our 11 year old son, Noah. We know that we can give another child an amazing life and still have a lot of years in us to raise another child.

We are open to either an open or closed adoption. We would love for the child to know who you are, however we will respect and honor your wishes.

Much love and respect,
Max and Brian

 

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because we have always wanted to grow our family. With so many children in need of loving homes, we knew adoption was the best choice for us. The reason we chose this way of adopting is because we felt it was important for you to be able to decide the right adopting parents for you and your child. We also find it incredibly brave of you to love your child so much that you just want them to have the best life possible. With this, along with the love our family will give your child, we can assure you that they will feel like the luckiest kid in the world. Another reason why we chose adoption is because we know our family will love your child as much as they would love a biological child. This has been a dream of ours since we realized we would be spending the rest of our lives together.

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About Brian

Brian is an amazing human! He grew up in Southern California near the beach before moving inland in middle school. Education has always been important to him. In high school, he was chosen to be the drum major for his marching band. He finished high school and started working for a cell phone provider while getting his bachelor’s degree. This was the start of his career working in the telecommunications industry. After graduating college, he went back to school and earned his MBA. He even graduated with honors! This was all while he was working full time as a marketing professional and had a family. This is an example of how motivated and driven he is. He always thinks about how he can provide an even better life for his family. I admire his dedication and work ethic. He is driven to be a great provider and partner to me and our family. He is very well respected at work and has received many promotions and leadership roles throughout his career.

Brian is kind and compassionate. He cares about the feelings of others and always makes decisions that put his family first. I fell in love with Brian when I saw how much he cared about his son. Noah has always been his number one priority. Some people might want their boyfriend or girlfriend to put them first, but I loved the fact that he always put Noah first. This solidified to me how much family meant to him.

Brain is also extremely talented in the performing arts. He plays the piano, guitar and is an amazing singer. He enjoys dancing and participates in the local Men’s Chorus as a singer and dancer. During quarantine he even taught himself to tap dance. He is driven to achieve the things he wants. He is driven to understand things that are new to him. I cannot wait to raise another child with Brian because I know that he is going to be such an amazing father to his new son or daughter.

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About Max

Max is arguably the world’s best stepdad. When he met Noah for the first time, I knew I had to marry him. My parents and sister instantly fell in love with Max because of his sense of humor and how great he is with Noah. Max left the entertainment industry in LA and moved to our city so we could be together as a family. This is just one example of how selfless he is and how much he values family. When he left LA, he went back to school to become a teacher. He is now one of the most sought after 5th grade teachers in the school. He goes the extra mile preparing lessons, enhancing his classroom, and ensuring his kids are set up for success. Another thing I love about Max is his strong connection with both his parents and stepparents. I believe the reason Max is such a great man is because of the loving kindness he received growing up and still receives today. Max is also a great friend. He still has a core group of friends from middle school that all live in Colorado. Again, another testament to what a great guy he is. He’s also an amazing carpenter and artist. He’s extremely crafty at “DIY” projects and paints beautifully. He’s pretty meticulous when it comes to keeping the house tidy, which can get annoying, but we are grateful that he keeps us neat. To sum him up, Max believes in kindness and love. He’s my best friend and he makes me a better man and father. Our new son or daughter is going to be the luckiest kid to have Max as a daddy.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a beautiful, two-story, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house in Southern California. Our house is over 2000 square feet, so we have plenty of room for everyone! Our community is gated and our neighborhood is always busy with kids playing in the streets and neighbors enjoying the amazing Southern California weather. The majority of residents in our development are young families. Our son, Noah, has a great group of friends who live in our neighborhood. We both always comment that we wish we would have had this many kids around us when we were growing up! We have a community pool, playground, and clubhouse to enjoy. Our city is located very close to amazing things. We are 20 minutes away from the beach and Pacific Ocean and 45 minutes to downtown. We live on the edge of town so we are very close to everything but still have a country-ish feel.

We have created a loving home that is comfortable and reflects us as a family. We have a large sofa for friends and family to gather on and a welcoming backyard with a dining table and fire pit for beautiful nights under the stars. We keep our home clean and welcoming for friends, Noah’s neighborhood buddies and our families. Max has been busy with DIY projects around the house, like turning our guest room into an office and guest room combo so we have a room for the baby! We have been working on the nursery and getting things ready for a new addition. One thing in the nursery that means a lot to both of us is a rocking chair that was Max’s great grandmother’s. We recently had it reupholstered and we are so excited to rock a new baby in it.

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Our Sweet Pets

We have a precious, 4-year-old Border Collie/German Shepherd mix named Biscuit. We also have an adorable 1-year-old dwarf tabby cat named Jam. Biscuit and Jam were names Max had picked out even before they were born. These fur babies bring us so much joy. There is no question that they are a part of the family. Brian and Biscuit’s favorite activity is running. They go running about 2-3 times a week by the beach or lake. Max and Biscuit’s favorite activity is cuddling. They have their morning cuddle session every day. Noah and Biscuit have a special bond. Whenever we say “brother,” Biscuit’s ears perk up and she runs around the house looking for him. Jam has a personality like no other cat we’ve had before. She’s definitely the queen of the house. She loves to cuddle and chase lizards. Her name is Jam, but she’s also known as “Garfield,” because she’ll eat anything. Both of them are great with babies and kids. They are super gentle with our baby niece, Violet. We can’t wait to see how they interact with their new baby brother or sister.

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Family

Brian’s parents, Janey and Jimmy, live about 30 minutes away. They go by Amma and Papa which is the name our son Noah gave them when he was learning how to talk. His sister, Celina, and her husband, Billy, live about an hour away with their baby girl, Violet. Celina goes by “Titi” (pronounced Tee-Tee). Also named by Noah, who couldn’t quite say Auntie. Living within an hour of each other, we get together quite often for camping, dinner, holidays, Noah’s flag football games, and more! We love playing games like Heads Up, Farkle and Uno together. Max fits in with Brian’s family so well, it’s hard to remember life before Max. Amma, is a preschool director and has been doing that ever since Brian can remember. She is absolutely incredible with her grandkids and the bond she has with Noah is undeniably strong.

Max’s parents are Amy (mom) and Guy (stepdad), and John (dad) and Anne (stepmom). He has an older brother, Matthew, who he is very close with. They all live in Colorado and we get to see each other about four times a year. Both of our families genuinely like each other, which we are extremely grateful for. In 2018, we hopped in Brian’s parents’ RV with his sister, brother-in-law and Noah and drove from California to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with Max’s family. It was one of the best Thanksgivings we have ever had!

Both families have been there for us and Noah during the good and bad times. They are a big reason why we want to grow our family. We know that another addition to the family is going to receive so much love!

Our Careers

We are both very driven and strive to be the best we can be in our careers. Max worked in the entertainment industry in film and television in Los Angeles before going back to school to become a teacher. He followed his dreams and has been a teacher for the last five years. He absolutely loves his job and is happy to go to work each day. Max loves it because he can be creative and enjoys being around kids. Education is so important to our family and Max devoted his life to helping children be successful and grow into happy adults! Max is very well respected in his school district and has taken on many leadership positions at his school. His ultimate goal is to become a principal after going back to school for his master’s degree in educational leadership.

Brian does marketing and has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. He has been extremely successful at his job and been promoted numerous times. Outside of work his passion is singing and dancing. He is a member of the local Gay Men’s Chorus where he sings and also dances in three shows a year. He also loves learning new dance styles such as tap. Max built him a dance floor in the garage so Brian could learn tap during quarantine!

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What Attracted Us to Each Other

Brian to Max: The first time I saw Max, it literally took my breath away. It wasn’t just because of the way he looked, but also the way he carried himself and laughed with his friends. Max makes me laugh and isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Above all, I fell head over heels for Max when I introduced him to Noah. He is a natural father. He’s protective, loving, and nurturing.

Max to Brian: I fell in love with Brian after realizing I could truly be myself around him. I have never been able to fully let my guard down until I was around him. When you find that level of comfort, you know you have found your person. When I met Noah and saw the way Brian loved him…it sealed the deal!

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We are a proud, interracial couple. Brian is Mexican and Max is a mix of Northwestern Europe descent (Irish, Scottish, English and Spanish). Cultural diversity is very important to us. We understand that we will need to educate ourselves on cultures we may not be familiar with, but are more than willing to take on that responsibility. Unfortunately, we live in a world where prejudice still exists and the world may treat a child a certain way, based on the color of their skin. We plan to immerse ourselves in whatever culture your child is so we can better understand what it means to live that cultural experience. Even though we both come from minority groups, we know that does not make us experts on what it is to live as another minority. We plan on doing whatever it takes to ensure your child’s heritage becomes our heritage. One of the reasons we decided to stay in Southern California is because of the rich cultural diversity that exists here. We are blessed to have friends and colleagues of all different backgrounds. Trust us when we say that your child will have every opportunity the world has to offer, regardless of their race or gender. We will make sure their heritage is recognized and celebrated as if it were our own.

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Our Hobbies

We have a lot of hobbies in our family, both individually and together! Max loves DIY projects, working in the backyard, art projects, gardening, and learning new things. Some of Max’s recent DIY projects include building built-in shelves around the house and redoing the master bedroom closet. Max loves staying active by either working out at home or going to the gym. He enjoys this time to reflect on the day and listen to some good music. Max also likes to paint (we have a few Max originals hanging in our house!) and design things on his Cricut cutting machine. The backyard is a place Max can also be found working. He loves to get his hands dirty and enjoy our Southern California weather! Education is also very important to Max. He loves to learn new things and is currently learning Spanish!

Brian is a gifted musician and dancer who loves to perform. He began taking dance and piano classes when he was 8 years old. He also knows how to play the saxophone and guitar. He’s currently a member of the local Gay Men’s Chorus where he sings and dances. He also performs with a local dance studio. COVID cancelled this past year’s performances, so during lock down, Brian took online tap dance lessons and now loves to tap! He also loves musicals. He pretty much knows every word to every song in Rent, Wicked, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen (just to name a few).

We also share a lot of common hobbies. We both love being active and working out. We keep each other motivated to eat healthy and exercise regularly. During quarantine, Max turned our garage into a home gym and mini dance studio. We also love watching movies together as a family. We had a “Marvel Movie Marathon Month” where we watched each movie in order according to the Marvel universe timeline. We also love playing games. Uno, Farkle, Chess and Can’t Catch Harry are some of our favorites. We enjoy seeing live music together and one of the things we love to do the most is travel. We’ve been all over the world including Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mazatlan, Costa Rica, Greece and all over the U.S.

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Our Relationships with Our Parents

We have amazing relationships with our parents. Brian’s parents live 30 minutes away and we see them all the time. They come to our son, Noah’s sports games and we will always have a meal after. Max’s mom and stepdad live in Colorado but are buying a home in our area in June 2021 to be closer to us and their new grandbaby. Max talks to his mom at least 3-4 times per week. Max’s dad and stepmom split their time between Florida and Colorado. We see them for all the holidays and have a great relationship. All of our parents are so excited to welcome a little baby into our family. Max’s mom has already knit two baby blankets and has created a list of books to read with them as they grow up. The most amazing thing about our parents is their unconditional love and support. They have shown us what it means to be a good parent. Another very special thing is the fact that our families love being with each other! Our parents have formed their own special bond with each other and created a very close relationship.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is energetic, fun and centered around family. We both enjoy our day jobs but love being at home and spending time doing things with our son, Noah. We always eat dinner together and catch up on how the day has been. We like to ask a question at dinner like, “What was the best part of your week so far?” or “What is something you are looking forward to?” and we can all answer it. It is a good check-in to see how everyone is doing.

At least one night a week we find ourselves cheering loudly at one of Noah’s sports games. Everyone enjoys being active. Noah loves sports and we love to go on runs together while Noah rides his bike.

We have a fun, but also structured household. We have a schedule and routine for our family. We both work during the day and help provide a loving home for Noah. Noah’s main job is to do well in school. He has a regular bedtime and contributes to the household with a daily chore, like cleaning his bathroom or vacuuming the kitchen floor. Our lifestyle helps teach him responsibility and a strong work ethic.

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Family Traditions

We have many traditions at our house. We love having family celebrations for holidays like birthdays, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Max enjoys cooking a large meal and creating a beautiful table setting for our family and friends to gather. We love to dress up for holidays, like reindeer onesies on Christmas or bunny ears for Easter! We have also created some special family traditions like our Friday family dinners, and decorating contests for Easter eggs, Halloween pumpkins, and Christmas cookies.

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Vacations

Our favorite family vacation spot is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We got married on the beach there and it has always been a favorite spot. We can’t wait to go back soon! We are also looking forward to taking a family trip to Europe. Brian’s parents have an RV and we often go camping at the beach or in the mountains. We even drove it from California to Colorado for Thanksgiving at Max’s parents’ house! We are lucky enough to live close to Disneyland and Noah has many magical childhood memories of being at the park. A quick family outing to the beach is also a short drive away.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You

It is so important to us that we honor what you want us to share with your child. We will make sure to take the time to learn from you and we will take your lead on what we should tell them about you. You gave them the gift of life and you deserve the right to choose what they know about you. Whatever we tell them, we will make sure that they understand how loved and wanted they are. We don’t even know you yet, but we already know how brave and courageous you are and we’ll make sure they know that too. We will always be honest with them and will have as many conversations as they want about you. We believe knowing where you came from is incredibly important. You can rest assured that your wishes will be honored and they will have a positive impression of you.

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A Letter from Noah

The McSuna Household

Hi! Noah here… I am the son of Max and Brian. I am going to tell you why living in the McSuna household is awesome! By the way, McSuna is just a fun combination of our last names, not our actual last names 😊. Some things you should know about our family are, my dads are really kind, caring, and helpful. No matter what they are doing, they will always make time for you or help you with things. For example, I have been doing school from home this year, and sometimes I need help. I can always count on my dad (Brian) for help even while he is working. Sometimes he will tell the people he is on a call with that he needs to stop for a second to help me. That is true awesomeness! Also, Max always keeps the house clean, and helps me organize all my school supplies so I don’t lose stuff.

“Oh no! I can’t find my math book!” I said.

“Have no fear, Organizer Max is here!” Max said.

“Hooray!”

“Here you go young fellow.”

“Thanks, Organizer Max!”

One thing I like the most about being at our house is, we always have fun talking, playing games, and playing with our pets.

Oh yeah! Our pets! We have a little cat named Jammers and a dog named Biscuit. They are super cute and always fun to play with.

When my parents told me they were going to adopt a baby, I was so excited! I already have experience with being a big brother because I have a little brother at my mom’s house. I am so happy that I am going to have another little sibling to play with and take care of! I am really excited and can’t wait to meet my new brother or sister!

Now there are lots of good things here, but there is one bad thing…CHORES!  Now yes, chores may be a thing that you don’t want to do, but I have a list of chores to do for each day of the week and if I finish them all, I get $10 at the end of the week. Noice! Chores also teach me to be responsible. Now that I think about it, maybe chores aren’t so bad after all. I can promise you this, living in the McSuna household is the best… thing… EVER!

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Our Promise to You

We promise your child will know true, unwavering love from a family who will lay their lives down to protect them. We’ll be there to celebrate their accomplishments and be their cheerleaders when they need to be lifted up. Traditions from their heritage will be honored and they will be well informed about their culture’s history. They’ll know where they came from and how much you love them.

We’ll provide a stable home and our moms will be constant mother figures in their life. Their day will be filled with “I love you’s,” hugs, and cuddles from all of us. They’ll know how special and important they are to us and this world.

When it comes to discipline, we will be firm but loving. We believe physical punishment and yelling is harmful and ineffective. Instead, we believe in positive reinforcement and non-aggressive forms of discipline like timeouts and having privileges temporarily taken away. However, we will always make sure they understand why they are being disciplined and that they’re still loved.

We’ll ensure they receive the best education available and encourage any career path they choose. They’ll have the opportunity to pursue whatever activities they are interested in, like sports, dance, or art, regardless if it’s a “boy thing” or “girl thing.” Your child will have every opportunity to live a happy, successful, and fulfilled life.

They’ll be loved unconditionally and encouraged to be whoever they want to be. Your child will want for nothing and will be cherished, adored, and most of all, loved their entire life.

Message Max and Brian

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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 Max and Brian

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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!