Mike and Caitlin

Hello! We are Mike & Caitlin. Thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves & for considering us as potential parents for your child. We have talked about adoption as a way to grow our family for many years and we, along with the support of our family and friends, are excited to be starting this journey now!

HELLO!

- WE ARE -

MIKE

& CAITLIN

from NEW YORK

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES & FOR CONSIDERING US AS POTENTIAL PARENTS FOR YOUR CHILD.

DEAR Birth

PARENTS

We have talked about adoption as a way to grow our family for many years and we, along with the support of our family and friends, are excited to be starting this journey now! We cannot even imagine how difficult this decision is for you. Thank you for the bravery you have shown in choosing adoption for your child. We want to get to know you along this journey so that we will be able to teach your child about you and the decision of adoption you made for them.

We will do everything we can to listen to you and answer any questions you may have as we take this journey together.

Family trip to our Nation’s capital
Family trip to our Nation’s capital

- our -

STORY

“We are HOPEFUL and EAGER to be parents.”

We met at college in New York. The very first day of our freshman year, Mike met Caitlin by accidentally hitting her with a door! Our friendship grew over the next two years and eventually we started dating right before Caitlin went to spend a semester studying in France (good timing!). After college, we dated long distance again when Mike moved to Florida to work at Disney World for a year. Through all of this, we have been together for more than a decade now. In 2014, we were married at the church on our college campus. New York City was our home until last year when we decided to move to a suburb outside of the city.

Japan!
Japan!
Celebrating our first Easter with Hunter
Celebrating our first Easter with Hunter
Hanging out in San Francisco
Hanging out in San Francisco
WE CAN’T WAIT TO BECOME PARENTS!
WE CAN’T WAIT TO BECOME PARENTS!

- ABOUT -

US

We both have outgoing personalities, strong work ethics, and the same Catholic faith and family values. These things have made our marriage strong. We both love international travel and hope to instill a love for experiencing new cultures, new food, and new people in our children. We want our children to know that they are not merely citizens of this country, but citizens of the world.

MEET

MIKE

- BY CAITLIN -

MIKE IS A PLANNER AND A CARETAKER AND MAKES LIFE EASIER FOR THOSE HE LOVES.

MIKE IS HARD WORKING, ACCOMPLISHED, AND PASSIONATE. But he loves to lounge just as much! Mike loves his job as a higher education administrator. He puts his all into everything he does and always wants to make the most informed decisions and do things the best way possible. Mike has a magnetic personality and an infectious sense of humor that draw people to him. He is passionate about his doctoral program, his education, and his family and friends. Mike is an avid TV and movie watcher. He loves everything Disney and takes advantage of seeing great theatre on Broadway every chance he gets. I am lucky to have him in my life.

Fun with Caitlin’s godson
Fun with Caitlin’s godson
Mike driving Hunter and our foster dog, Lucy, around town
Mike driving Hunter and our foster dog, Lucy, around town

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I have worked in higher education for the last 10 years. I planned events throughout NYC for donors; chaperoned international study tours; worked on creating a more inclusive campus community; and plan the annual graduation for 25,000 people.

I LOVE THE WORK I DO, AND IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO CONTINUE TO EDUCATE MYSELF FOR FREE. I am currently completing my Ph.D. focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Mike with his friends celebrating a birthday
Mike with his friends celebrating a birthday
Mike with Hunter having dinner
Mike with Hunter having dinner

ABOUT

CAITLIN

- BY MIKE -

CARING, KIND, AND COMPASSIONATE ARE THE THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE CAITLIN.

I T’S NOT SURPRISING AT ALL THAT SHE HAS CHOSEN A CAREER AS A SOCIAL WORKER. HER RADIANT LOVE HAS ENRICHED THE LIVES OF MANY OF HER CLIENTS AND COWORKERS. Caitlin has a deep passion for her work with unaccompanied minors. I have seen her laugh with, cry with, joke with, and care for these children who have seen more in their short lives than Caitlin or I likely ever will. She is also deeply committed to her family and her faith. A lover of languages, Caitlin has been formally trained in French, and picked up Spanish quickly through dialogue with her clients and coworkers. Like me, she has a passion for international travel. She has a curious mind that wants to know as much as possible about people, places, and things. She continuously challenges me to be a better person and I am so grateful to be her partner

Caitlin with Hunter and our foster dog, Lucy
Caitlin with Hunter and our foster dog, Lucy
Caitlin with her friends from MA
Caitlin with her friends from MA

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I have been a social worker for over 10 years in the areas of child welfare, foster care, childcare, early childhood mental health, and now with unaccompanied minors. I consider my work a vocation.

MY EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS HAS FUELED MY DESIRE TO BE A PARENT. I have always found it rewarding to help families be reunited, support them through crisis, and achieve their goals for their children.

Caitlin with her nephew
Caitlin with her nephew
Caitlin in her favorite city of Bordeaux
Caitlin in her favorite city of Bordeaux

Our Home

AND

Community

After living in NYC for over 10 years, we recently moved to the suburbs. Our neighborhood is quiet and walkable to the downtown area, train station, churches, and shops. We live across from a playground and near several parks. We chose the town because it is a diverse neighborhood with excellent public schools and a warm community.

OUR HOME HAS PLENTY OF SPACE FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE THEIR OWN ROOM AND WE HAVE A FENCED-IN YARD FOR PLAYING.

Our house at Christmas time
Our house at Christmas time
Our backyard
Our backyard
Our vegetable garden
Our vegetable garden
Homemade dinner with our friend and her son
Homemade dinner with our friend and her son

- OUR -

DOG HUNTER

Hunter’s birthday!
Hunter’s birthday!

TWO YEARS AGO, WE RESCUED OUR PUP, HUNTER! We love having Hunter in our lives. She gives structure to our days and we love taking her on hikes, adventures, and car rides on the weekends! She is a 4-year-old Beagle mix who loves to hunt squirrels in the yard, living up to her name.

- A FEW OF OUR -

favorite things

TV SHOW

MIKE: The West Wing
CAITLIN: Parks and Rec

CUISINE

MIKE: Japanese
CAITLIN: Dominican

SPORTS TEAM

MIKE: Philadelphia Eagles
CAITLIN: New England Patriots

SEASONAL ACTIVITY

MIKE: Swimming
CAITLIN: Ice Skating

VACATION SPOT

MIKE: Bali
CAITLIN: France

WEEKEND ACTIVITY

MIKE: Taking Hunter to the dog park
CAITLIN: Gardening

HOLIDAY

MIKE: Christmas
CAITLIN: Easter

MOVIE

MIKE: The Social Network
CAITLIN: Hello, Dolly

MEAL TO COOK

MIKE: Chicken Stir Fry
CAITLIN: Thanksgiving Turkey

Climbed to the top of the peek in Vietnam
Climbed to the top of the peek in Vietnam
Caitlin exercising
Caitlin exercising

our

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

We love having easy access to great theatre, museums, and restaurants. Since buying a home, we’ve taken up the hobby of working on our lawn and gardens. We both enjoy exercise; Mike lifts weights and Caitlin prefers kickboxing and yoga. We both enjoy spending time with our dog, Hunter, hanging out with our mutual friends, and visiting family. Mike loves learning new technology and Caitlin loves visiting her grandparents’ farm. We both love cooking and entertaining friends. We host annual watching parties for the Oscars and the Super Bowl and always host an annual Friendsgiving. Our favorite thing to do is travel and explore the world. We’ve been to over 15 countries together.

Learning to cook Korean food
Learning to cook Korean food
Catching a show on Broadway
Catching a show on Broadway

MEET OUR FAMILY

& FRIENDS

WE BOTH COME FROM LARGE EXTENDED FAMILIES WITH MANY AUNTS, UNCLES, AND COUSINS.

We are also lucky to each have a set of our grandparents who are active in our lives. We both have a brother and a sister and most of our siblings are married or engaged. Mike is the oldest on his side of the family and Caitlin is the second oldest. Caitlin has a cousin and several friends with young children. She loves to visit friends when they welcome a new baby! Since both our families live out of state, friends and family often come visit and stay over. We also make lots of road trips to PA, NJ, CT, and MA.

Both of our families at our wedding
Both of our families at our wedding
At Caitlin’s sister’s wedding
At Caitlin’s sister’s wedding
Mike’s family at a vineyard
Mike’s family at a vineyard
Disney World with Caitlin’s cousins
Disney World with Caitlin’s cousins

MORE ON OUR FAMILY

Our families have traditions for nearly every holiday, with Christmas Eve being a big celebration on both sides of the family. We have a close group of mutual friends whom we celebrate big life events with and go on an annual “January Vacation” to celebrate a new year together. We also have separate groups of friends who are coworkers and childhood friends who are all very supportive and excited to meet our child.

Mike with his friends
Mike with his friends

Our Thoughts

- ON -

Parenting

THOUGH WE DON’T YET HAVE A CHILD, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF LOVE TO GIVE. We are excited to welcome a child into our lives to share in all that we have. Physically, we will be able to provide your child with a comfortable lifestyle, where they are safe, well cared for, and well educated. We have plenty of space in our home, we both have stable jobs we plan to continue, and our families are ready, willing, and able to assist. Your child will be surrounded by the love of our community and welcomed into countless traditions. We know that each child is unique with their own identity, needs, and interests. We know that raising a child through adoption requires a willingness to be open and work through difficult times. Social emotional development is very important to us and also encouraging our child to be a good citizen of the world. WE WILL CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OUR CHILD CAN GROW TO THEIR FULLEST INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL.

With our friend’s baby
With our friend’s baby

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We are very much looking forward to growing our family through adoption. Please know that you and your child are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very personal and difficult process of selecting a family to raise your child. If we are the family you are looking for, we very much hope to take the time to learn all about you as well. We want our child to know all about you and look forward to sharing photos and updates with you. Together we will be on a journey for life, helping our child reach their fullest potential. IF THERE IS MORE YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT!

- Mike & Caitlin

WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.