For the past 20+ years I've lived in the San Francisco Bay area, where I own a home, and work for a local school district as a Behavior Specialist. Human behavior has always fascinated me, and I love that I get to help both children and adults with special needs to live more independently, and with dignity.
I love to travel on school holidays, and traveled to India to receive my Yoga Certification in 2015. Currently, I teach yoga to adults with special needs on Saturdays, and am planning to travel to Thailand for a yoga training this summer.
My parents raised me to believe that I could do anything. I am passionate about helping others, and have a lot of experience with kids.
Here I am, pictured with a friend's son. I love camping, travel, and doing little things at home. I can't wait to share all of that with a child of my own!
Before I became a Behavior Analyst, I spent 9 years as a Special Education teacher. Since the time they were born, I have remained close with my brother's children, and my cousin's children, who now range in ages from 6-14. I love spending holidays with them, and they look forward having a new relative to carry on our family traditions with. I was raised Catholic on my mother's side, and Jewish on my father's side - so I like to celebrate all of the holidays!
I have great relationships with my friends. They come to me for advice, as I come to them. I am always learning, growing, and adapting. I think these are good traits for a parent to have.
I am financially stable and have lots of maternity leave saved up. My job is also flexible, and much of it can be done at home.
My home is sometimes a place of quiet contemplation, and at other times full of life and conversation. I love to cook, garden, and read during the quiet times. At least monthly, I have larger groups of friends and family over for potlucks, BBQs, and other gatherings. I have a huge backyard, and it's just waiting for a swing set.
In Oakland, I have close access to beautiful redwood forests, mountain hikes, farmer's markets, beaches, and parks. San Francisco is just a 20 minute drive or train ride away, and provides lots of culture and entertainment; museums, plays, and historic landmarks. There are beautiful campgrounds all over California, and the weather is always temperate.
This photo is of last Thanksgiving.
You may be asking yourself how I ended up single and ready to adopt....
I had a long term relationship with a partner who passed away a few years ago. Right now, raising a child (while I am still young) is more important to me than finding a partner.
Don't worry, I'm not doing this alone. I have wonderful friends and family who are willing and able to help me.
Plus, I've got Clarence. He's hoping for a boy, but I will love a child of any gender!