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Kat & Max


Kat & Max
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As devoted teachers, we would love to help a child pursue their dreams.

Dear friend,

Thank you for reading our letter. We have so much admiration for you as you figure out what will be the best for you and your child. If you consider adoption, we would love to provide a loving, supportive home. Ever since Max knelt on a snowy mountainside in Colorado and asked Katharina to marry him 15 years ago, we have been blessed by our love for each other, our warm extended family, wonderful friends, and jobs we love as college professors. We hope to become parents, so that we can share our love with a child, and help the child pursue their dreams. We would love to welcome you and your loved ones into our family as you feel comfortable. We know many happy adoptive families who have chosen open adoption, and we hope to join them. We think open adoption allows children to know how much they are loved and appreciated by all the adults in their lives, whether post-adoption contact is frequent or at a distance.

We live in a blooming garden in a cozy three-bedroom house in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the spring and summer we are awash in flowers, in autumn in falling leaves, and in the winter in snow. Squirrels and rabbits come to play. Our friends bring their children to hunt Easter eggs or kick a soccer ball on our lawn. There’s a child’s bedroom right next to ours.

Each morning, we hear the shouts and laughter from the nearby elementary school. Montgomery County is well-known for its excellent public schools. Our neighbors live in blended families. They speak English, Spanish, and many African and Asian languages. All kinds of children live here in a safe and loving community, one of the most diverse in the country. We would welcome a child of any race, and that child would feel at home and loved here.

Our travels around the world have given us wonderful experiences with different cultures: volunteering with orphans in Tunisia or the elderly in Israel, building a school in Nicaragua or leading students through Vietnam. We have learned to appreciate how many ways there are for people to live, and how rich the world is in diverse cultures. We have also learned so much from our students. As much as we teach young people, they teach us. If we were to adopt a child from a different background, we would look forward to learning about and nurturing the child’s own awareness of their culture.

Thank you for considering adoption, and for considering us as adoptive parents. We would love to hear from you, and we wish you the very best in whatever decision you make.

Katharina and Max

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Who We Are

We met in a salsa dancing class when we were in graduate school. Max was such an awesome dancer that Katharina was swept away (so the legend goes—actually, she also liked his kind eyes, wit, and humor). We lived in California, Colorado, Florida, and Germany (where Katharina grew up) before we settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington DC.

Back then, Katharina couldn’t cook, even frozen pizza was a challenge. Trained by his mom, Max knows his way around a kitchen. When Katharina is homesick, he even bakes her the dark, fragrant bread of her German childhood to make her all better again. Kat bakes too—cupcakes and brownies.

Max is very patient and well-organized. Katharina is curious, social, and creative—we make the perfect team. We have conquered all difficulties with love, patience, and respect, including the fact that we can’t have children on our own. We take delight in the children in our lives: nieces, nephews, and seven godchildren.

We live close to the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains, which we love to explore on the weekends. We look forward to sharing our love for hiking and biking with some little ones. As teachers, we enjoy the company of young people and love helping them learn and grow and achieve their dreams.

Lifestyle & Community

We are kind of health nuts, but only as long as it is fun, too. We like to move: we bike, dance, and Kat even flies on the trapeze. We cook from scratch most nights. We like to prepare fresh food, but don’t mind regular helpings of ice cream either. In the summer, we barbecue in our garden. In the winter, we bake sweet potatoes, beets and apples in the fireplace, so the whole house smells like the holidays.

Building community is important to us. We do a lot of volunteering at our university. Katharina started a group to help students new to college be successful at school. We drive people to the polls on election day and run events on hunger and homelessness. We look out for each other. We help our older neighbors with snow shoveling or clearing tree limbs. They look after our house when we are away. It feels like a small town in a big city.

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