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