Tess and Matt met at Tess's childhood church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the time, Matt was a Peace Corps volunteer. Since then they have become best friends and married. With a passion for education, they both got Ph.D.'s. Tess focused on Haitian children who were given away to Dominican families by birth mothers. Matt focused on Haitian children's experience in Dominican schools. Now, both of them work in higher education. Tess is a professor and Matt is an administrator. They are happiest when working with students in showing them different ways to understand the world we live in. They are also happiest spending time together at their lakefront house in Iowa. They have amazing and generous neighbors who can't wait for them to adopt. Their small neighborhood alongside the lake is very special and tight-knit with children of all ages.
Providing a child with a loving, patient, and safe home are their priorities. Education is very important to them. They hope for their adopted child to be successful in the passions and interests that s/he develops. Education is more than just going to school. It is nurturing curiosity and loving to learn.
Tess and Matt come from loving families who have been incredibly supportive and are excited to share this love and support with an adopted child.