Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We believe that every person has the right to know the story of who they are and where they come from. You will always be a part of your child’s story. “Our” and “we” will always include you, especially when we tell your child that they are loved.

Cei and Jordan

from Colorado

Cei

Ancestry: Irish, Norwegian, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Tattoo Artist

Education: MFA

Hobbies: Cycling, Martial arts, Birding, Outdoor adventures, Gardening

Jordan

Ancestry: French, German, Irish, Scottish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Global VP of Business Development

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Photography, Poetry, Gardening, Entrepreneurship, Singing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

Cei

Animal
American Timber Wolf
Book
"Far From The Tree"
Childhood Memory
Going on adventures in the woods and imagining worlds and stories
Food
Bananas foster
Movie
Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse
Personal Hero
Bruce Lee
Subject in School
Environmental Science
TV Show
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Music
Jason Isbell
Quote
"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own." - Bruce Lee

Jordan

Animal
The microbes in a cow's stomach
Book
"The Color Purple"
Childhood Memory
Searching for rocks with my grandpa in the river bed
Food
Pizza
Movie
The Last Unicorn
Personal Hero
Nelson Mandela
Subject in School
Reading
TV Show
Downton Abbey
Music
Dolly Parton
Quote
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller
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From Us to You

Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents to your child.

We have not stood where you are standing now, and we never will. Our bodies cannot create a new life like your body can. But we would like to request the opportunity to stand beside you in this moment, and for the moments that are coming.  To us, this moment in your life seems like a diamond: both hard and precious. Hard because of a kaleidoscope of emotions, changes to your body, and challenging decisions. Precious because it is the start of your baby’s life, a new chapter in yours, and a new chapter in ours.

Since the beginning of our relationship, we have imagined what it will be like to show our child the world. We will teach them the names of plants and animals, tell them about thunderstorms and rainbows and blue skies. We will read them stories about courage before bed, draw birds with them on the living room floor, have dance parties in the kitchen, and sing silly songs on road trips. We will give them opportunities to ask questions, form their own opinions, stand up for their beliefs, feel how they feel, and speak their truth. Our goal is to raise your child to feel capable and competent to build a life that is uniquely and deeply their own.

I [Jordan] have wanted children for as long as I can remember. So many of my choices—choices to develop my integrity, my education, my career, my financial position, my sense of self—  have been in the service of the moment that I would be blessed with the opportunity to love, protect, and nurture a baby. When I discovered that I could not have children as a result of the cancer treatment I received in my 20s, I was devastated. I had wanted so much to feel a small life grow inside me. It has taken time and patience to accept the impossibility of having a baby the way I thought I would have a baby, but I am grateful for the opportunity I have now to wait, with all the vulnerability and bravery I can hold in my heart, to be chosen as the guardian of someone’s special child.

I [Cei] am a transgender man and have been living full time in my gender identity since I was eleven years old. For me, being transgender means that I was assigned a female sex at birth, but that I am a man and have used medical gender affirmation tools like surgery and hormones to align my body with my identity. Because of this, I am unable to have biological children, though I did consider carrying a pregnancy for our family for a time. After careful consideration, I realized that this was not the right path for me, and that adoption was the way we wanted to build our family. Jordan and I have always wanted children, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to adopt and love a child as our own.

We believe that every person has the right to know the story of who they are and where they come from. If you were to grant us the privilege of raising your baby, from the beginning and always, you will be a part of their story. “Our” and “we” will always include you, especially when we tell your child that they are loved. We look forward to discovering who your child is and sharing those discoveries with you. We want your child to know you. We want your story to be part of their story.

With all the sincerity in our hearts,
Jordan and Cei

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We are choosing to adopt because we are unable to have biological children of our own, and also because we feel it is a valuable way to make sure all children have what they need in a society where we all need to help each other and work together. We know that there are a million reasons why you would choose adoption, and we are supportive of your choice no matter how you get there. We are honored to have the opportunity to raise your child and believe that this collaboration is part of what “it takes a village” means. We believe that families are built in an infinite number of ways, including adoption, and we are very thankful to you for helping us realize our dream of having a child.

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About Jordan, by Cei

Jordan is the most brilliant person I have ever met, and also the most determined. If Jordan says she’s going to do something, it will happen. One of the things I love most about Jordan is how she uses her intelligence and drive to care for the world and other people. Jordan’s bedrock values are about doing the right thing, even if it is hard. Jordan is an incredibly hard working person and is thorough and precise in everything she does. Jordan is the kind of person who is 100% with you when hanging out, meeting professionally, or working on a project. She has incredible focus, and this allows her to understand a problem from every angle and to devote all of her considerable mind to that problem. Jordan is unfailingly kind and generous—the kind of person who was always nice to everyone in school and didn’t have any enemies. Jordan is also deeply self-examined. In part because of her experience surviving cancer, she has spent a lot of time thinking through what matters most to her and why and lives each day with these priorities in mind. Jordan is funny and endearing, and totally game for any adventure. Even when the going gets tough, Jordan keeps a can-do attitude and helps those around her to tackle challenges with a positive attitude and to persevere through hardship. I am so excited to see Jordan be a mother because I know that she will bring all of her integrity, hard work, and love to the task. Jordan is already a wonderful aunt to our nieces and it is a joy to see her show them the farm, how to cook, and how to play with all her old barbies and beanie babies. I have wanted to raise children with Jordan since very early in our relationship and am excited to have a way to make that dream a reality.

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About Cei, by Jordan

Cei is the person I want to do hard things with. It doesn’t matter how tough things get, he will never quit, and he will act with love, integrity, humor, and encyclopedic knowledge throughout. He has an unshakeable sense of self that inspires those around him to be as brave as he is. As a teenager, when he had no language to tell the world that he was transgender, he put one foot in front of the other until he could speak his truth. When he knew he was transgender, but couldn’t find doctors who understood what this meant, he educated them so he could get the care he needed. When he discovered a complete lack of protocols and processes to serve transgender people in Boston, he worked with Fenway Health, Harvard Medical School, and Mass General Hospital to build them. When I was re-diagnosed with cancer and underwent a stem cell transplant a few weeks after our wedding, he biked to the hospital before dawn to be there when I woke up, worked a full day, came back to tuck me in bed, and went home to do my laundry so I wouldn’t have to wear hospital clothes. I remember that he folded my underpants in little squares and put them in Ziploc baggies so they would stay as clean as possible. When I came home, he held me while I cried. He painted my little bald head with henna flowers and birds. He disinfected the house every day. He is the reason I emerged with not only a healed body, but a healed soul. I chose Cei to be my husband because I saw through these experiences that he will be an incredible father. I look forward to watching him feed your baby mushed carrots, teach them about the finer points of a squid’s lifecycle, and kiss their skinned knees to make them feel better.

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Lifestyle

We are curious and love all things nature! Our lifestyle includes lots of gardening, many hikes, wanderings through the natural areas near our home, and plenty of time to read. Jordan is a photographer and likes to take macro-photos of plants and flowers. Cei is a birder and enjoys watching the birds at our feeder as well as looking for birds while hiking and biking.

Cei is a tattoo artist and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. He owns both businesses and enjoys finding the ways in which his two roles intersect—he prioritizes diversity and inclusion in his tattoo business and invests his consulting work with a lot of creativity.

Jordan loves bringing her love of science, business, and empathy together in her work as VP of Business Development at a software company that helps dairy farmers manage their cows humanely, sustainably, and profitably. She is on the board for a university’s soil department and works with a startup on a mission to improve the microbiome for the forestry industry.

We both prioritize community service and are usually volunteering with at least one organization. We have mentored young people through a local organization serving teens, and have volunteered with numerous wildlife and ecological organizations. Cei also volunteers with a local program that rehabilitates birds of prey, and Jordan volunteers to provide her business expertise to a variety of groups including school groups learning about business and agriculture.

We have several very close friends with newborn babies, and are enjoying getting to know these beautiful new humans. Our friends are excited for us to have a baby to join in the fun, and we look forward to playdates and family and friend adventures with everyone’s children. We love helping to care for our friends’ babies and know that when it’s our turn, our friends will be right there with advice, assistance, and lots of support.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a little green house with a little red door surrounded by a garden designed to attract butterflies on a quiet street in sunny Colorado. We live in a mid-size college town about an hour and a half from a large city. We can see the Rocky Mountains from our bathroom window, and we can be on a trail within 20 minutes. Our neighborhood is a healthy mix of young families and folks who have been here for twenty or more years. We live in an excellent school district, with some of the most highly rated schools in Colorado only minutes away, so most kids walk to school or take a short bus ride when it’s snowy.

Our house is a cozy split level with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Inside you will find a menagerie of houseplants, interesting shells and fossils, and mementos from our lives and travels. We keep things tidy and uncluttered but there is always space for a nautilus fossil or a fairy terrarium. We have a library of books that line the walls of our den, and on cold nights we love to curl up in front of the den fireplace and read. Outside we are cultivating our garden filled with roses, peonies, tulips, columbines, succulents, and native species, as well as lots of birdfeeders. We spend a lot of time on the back porch in the summer, listening to the hummingbirds whizz by, taking in the sun, and digging around in the dirt.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We are eager to learn about any and all identities, and we welcome the opportunity to find out more about you, your background, and your baby. We look forward to supporting your child as they construct their personal story, which will include discovering the traditions, art, dance, and food, as well as the struggles and triumphs that are part of their people’s history. We look forward to exploring your child’s heritage as the next step in our exploration of the world and its cultures.

Exploring different cultures has been a source of curiosity and inspiration for both of us in our academic pursuits and in our careers. Jordan has found cultural awareness to be deeply important in her work, as she has done deals in Russia, China, Ireland, Israel, Argentina, Canada, and Pakistan. Cei is a scholar of Mesoamerican history, has traveled to Mexico, Brazil, China, and Europe, and has explored other cultures throughout his 15 year career working in diversity, equity, and inclusion. He believes that the key to every person’s success and prosperity lies in our ability to have equity in employment, education, services, and governmental representation. To further this mission, he has engaged in training with the Human Rights Campaign and the NAACP, as well has consulted for the Special Olympics, Boston University, Mass General Hospital, Denver Health, Harvard Pilgrim, and Fortune 500 companies. We are devoted to the work of understanding the perspectives of others and are looking forward to a new way of engaging with this work by exploring your child’s heritage.

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Our Families & Friends

Cei’s immediate family lives here in Colorado, a 45 minute drive from our home. Cei’s parents and brother live together in a house near a large open space that connects to the Big Dry Creek trail system—an expansive hiking and biking trail that goes on for miles. Cei is very close to his family, and we visit regularly. Cei’s mom is a polymath and after retiring from 35 years as a bankruptcy attorney, she is fully devoted to her pursuits of ancient languages, archaeology, figure skating, and reading at least one book a day. Cei’s dad taught him his love of birds, and after retiring from a career in building online education for first CSU and then Harvard, he spends much of his time devising more and more elaborate bird feeder setups for their back yard. Cei is particularly close with his younger brother, Hunter, who works as a barista. Hunter is a history buff and writes a blog about overlooked figures in history. Cei’s family is bookish and quiet, and loves to travel. Cei’s family is very excited for us to have a baby and to welcome your child into their world.

Jordan’s mom, dad, and brother (Stratton) own and manage a dairy farm here in Colorado, about 90 minutes from our home. Jordan’s mom manages the dairy’s finances and loves to ride horses. She is currently teaching Stratton’s daughters Delaney (5) and Sawyer (2) to ride their pony, Chester. Chester excels not only at being ridden, but also at having his hooves painted with glitter polish. He is always open to additional children riders and having more frequent pedicures. Jordan’s father enjoys reading about the founding fathers and rocking out to 1980’s hair bands in the tractor. Stratton is an agricultural innovator and is always dreaming up ways to improve cow comfort and grow more crops. April, Stratton’s wife, is a fish biologist. She loves using her microscope to check on fish health, as well as baking cakes.

We have a wonderful group of friends, some of whom have been our friends for over twenty years! Our very close friends Colin and Jason (who were married in 2017) live less than 20 minutes away and would be a big part of your child’s life. Our friends Tanner and Molly live in the city and are expecting their first child in summer 2021. Tanner and Cei have known each other since 5th grade, and the four of us are very close. Our friend Jessi has known Cei since they were in preschool together, and she recently moved back to Colorado to be closer to her family.

We enjoy going on vacations with several of Jordan’s friends from business school, and are excited to continue as we all start our families. We’ve gone glamping in Bear Lake in old-timey Conestoga wagons, we’ve gone hiking together in Arcadia National Park, and are planning a tide pool exploration in California.

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Family Traditions

Most of our traditions are about travel and places we love to visit. We usually take at least one week-long trip to the mountains each year and spend the week hiking, biking, eating good food, and enjoying the mountain air. We visit Cei’s grandparents in South Carolina at least every other year, and spend our days there biking up the beach, looking for crabs under driftwood, watching the dolphins, and spotting birds on the saltwater marsh. We often travel to New Hampshire where Cei’s aunt and uncle have a lakeside cabin and swim in the lake, canoe, and hike through the woodlands. Jordan’s family like having adventurous trips to new places, especially to warm places during the winter. We’ve been to Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida, Scottsdale, Arizona, and other fun destinations across the US.

We have small but meaningful traditions that carry throughout the year. We open one present on Christmas Eve, a tradition we learned from Cei’s Norwegian family. When we’re at Jordan’s parent’s house, we sing a prayer together before dinner. In December we get the den ready and make sure we have a good supply of firewood for cozy winter evenings reading on the couch in front of the fire. In April, we clean the chimney and start to clear the garden for a summer spent outdoors.

We are excited to share our current traditions and to build new ones with your child.

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Our Promise to You

We understand that you are making a challenging and life-changing decision by choosing adoption for your child. We promise to honor you as a human being, a mother, and a life-giver, both at the time of adoption and in conversation with your child for their entire life. We promise to respect your boundaries and to be clear about ours, and to work to build a productive and caring relationship with you as we embark on this journey together. We promise to care for your baby and to remind them of our unconditional love and yours for their whole life. We promise to provide your child with whatever special tools, support, and activities they may need, be that extra help with school or finding a program for their special gifts. We promise to nurture them both physically and mentally, and to be there for every bump in the road. We promise to honor you and to tell your child about your love often so that they understand who you are, and how we build our special family together.

Message Cei and Jordan

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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 Cei and Jordan

  • 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!