On our first date, we talked about how much we wanted to be fathers. Both of us valued our experiences as older siblings and wanted to expand on that background with a family of our own. That sort of conversation on a first date would have scared off many people, but for us, it was one of the clearest signs that we were a good fit together.
Together, we love children and we are adventurous, goofy, upbeat, and more than a little bit nerdy. We love to cook, try new restaurants, travel, and host friends for game nights. Brad enjoys baking, reading Russian literature and political blogs, and forcing Raj to watch classic movies. Raj enjoys eating Brad’s baking, yoga, reading contemporary fiction and pop culture blogs, listening to podcasts, and forcing Brad to watch current TV shows.
We have a beautiful, gregarious, kind and happy 4-year old son, Leo. We are eternally grateful to Leo’s amazing birth family.
We adopted him from birth, in October 2014. In 2016, the three of us moved from Los Angeles to New York, to be closer to family on the East coast.
Leo has reinforced every motivation we had to be parents. He calls Raj, “Papa;” and, he calls Brad, “Daddy.” He has brought us so much joy and laughter. We are eager to welcome your child into our family for many reasons, but one of the most pronounced is our confidence that Leo will be a loving, protective, supportive big brother.
We live in a relatively quiet neighborhood in Queens, NY. It’s one of the most family-friendly areas of New York City, with tree-lined streets, parks close by, and very good schools, including the one where Brad works and Leo attends. The area is also beautifully diverse. In fact, Queens is the most diverse location in the country, with almost every part of the world represented. Our multicultural family feels right at home here.
We rescued two adorable dogs who are amazing with children. Leo loves Sandy and Cal. He likes to try and snuggle with Sandy (the fluffy gray dog). Sandy is ten years old, a poodle/terrier mix, and a delightfully calm, caring companion. He’s very cuddly. Leo likes to horse around with Cal (the white one). Cal is a seven-year-old beagle mix with boundless energy and a loving disposition. Cal is the younger of the two and very rambunctious.
Brad is an LA native, but left for many years to live in Kansas and the San Francisco bay area. He graduated from law school in 2013, but decided to return to his roots in education, rather than becoming a lawyer. He is now the Director of Admission at a private school in New York.
Raj grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and moved to Los Angeles for graduate school. He began his career at Walt Disney Studios, moved to Marvel Studios and Marvel Television, and now works in International Programming at A+E Networks in New York.