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Jason and Andy

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About Us

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Our Story

We've been married for 14 years and together since college.

Despite coming from very different family backgrounds—one from a traditional, midwestern family and the other from a family of Cuban immigrants—we share an amazingly strong connection. We’ve built our marriage on love, respect, and a healthy dose of laughter and adventure. We’re partners, we’re family, and we’re each other’s best friends. Now we can’t wait to be dads together.

We've build a wonderful life together in Berkeley, California, and our community includes:

- A big extended family that can’t wait to be a part of our child’s life. It includes four grandparents, and so many aunts, uncles and cousins that we’ve lost count

- A tight-knit group of friends in the Bay Area and across the country, many of whom are starting families of their own

- A loving church community that is warm, welcoming, and always looking out for us

- A lovable Boston Terrier named Otis who is great at sniffing, snuggling, and making babies giggle.

We’ve also put a lot of effort into preparing to be parents. We have careers at flexible, family-oriented companies with very generous family benefits. We also own a kid-friendly home in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, near great schools and right next to a playground where we hope to spend many days playing with our child. We feel extremely lucky to be at a point in our lives where we can focus on raising a happy, healthy child.

Our Home

photo of adoptive family's home We feel very lucky to live in Berkeley, in a diverse, culturally rich community just south of the University of California’s premier campus and the city’s downtown shopping district. We own a comfortable, three-bedroom home with a big play room, a bright backyard, and an awesome park and playground next door. Our kitchen is huge, and we spend a lot of time in there trying out new recipes and cooking together as a family. From our kitchen window, we can see the playground in the neighborhood park, which is always filled with kids and families. As a family, we hope to take advantage of everything our community has to offer, including:

- Excellent public and private schools

- Wonderful parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities

- Museums, cultural centers, and libraries with great programs for kids

- Fresh, healthy food from local farmers markets and great kid-friendly restaurants

- Quick access to BART so we can go on adventures across the Bay Area

About Jason (by Andy)

adoptive family photo - Jason (by Andy) Jason is a loving, devoted, and dependable partner. While he is more introverted than I am, his warm heart and deeply caring nature make him the perfect partner for me. He is my constant source of support. He is responsible and practical, but also a lot of fun. After more than 16 years together, I cannot imagine my life without him.

- Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

- Education: Georgetown University and UC Berkeley

- Career: helping people use data to tell stories and make decisions

- Favorite music: dance divas, from Madonna to Whitney to Lady Gaga

- Favorite food: hot sauce (the spicier the better!)

- His best family dish: Grammy Ost’s sugar cookies

- Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

- Hidden talent: can solve just about any puzzle—whether it’s a difficult crossword or a broken kitchen appliance, he’s not afraid to jump in and figure it out

- Guilty pleasure: Factory tours (he loves to see the big machines behind how stuff gets made)

- Why Jason will make a great dad: I look up to Jason. He’s super smart, intensely curious, and I’m constantly learning from him. As a dad, I know he’ll foster this same sense of adventure and curiosity in our child, and I know our child will love him, learn from him, and look up to him just as I do.

About Andy (by Jason)

adoptive family photo - Andy (by Jason) Andy is happy and outgoing, the type of person everyone wishes they had as a friend. He is very giving of himself to others, and he is always upbeat and making the best of every situation. Any child raised by Andy will be a lover of music and food, and an explorer of the world around them.

- Hometown: Orlando, Florida

- Education: Georgetown University

- Career: coaching people to be better communicators

- Musical favorites: Motown and classic rock, from Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding to Paul Simon and Billy Joel

- Favorite food: french fries

- His best family dish: Cuban black beans

- Favorite holiday: Christmas

- Hidden talent: cooking meals out of thin air—I have looked in the refrigerator and seen nothing to eat, yet Andy can somehow come up with a full meal

- Guilty pleasure: Karaoke (he’s really good!)

- Why Andy will make a great dad: Andy is the kindest and most joyful person I have ever met. He has a light that shines from within him, and this light spreads to all those around him. It would be a tremendous gift for Andy to share his warmth and love—not to mention his fabulous cooking and silly songs—with our child.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jason and Andy

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