Who We Are
Starting a family has always been a dream of ours – one we’re happy to finally see come true. We have always known that we wanted to adopt and we’re excited to welcome a child into our loving and accepting home.
Steve was born and raised on Long Island while Dan grew up 30 minutes north of New York City. We met in 2011 while both attending Hofstra University. Dan volunteered to act in a student film which Steve was asked to help produce. It was love at first sight!
It didn’t take long for us to realize that we had found the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with. After Dan graduated in 2012, we maintained a long-distance relationship while Steve finished out the last year of college. Although the distance was challenging, we were dedicated to making it work. Not long after Steve graduated, we found a home and began building our life together.
Steve completed his master’s degree in social work and is currently providing psychotherapy and support to children in the local school districts. Dan has made a fulfilling career at a nationwide nonprofit supporting patients with kidney disease.
We have planned out our baby’s primary care for the early years. At the start, we will both be alternating our paid time off from work. Because Dan works remotely from home and Steve has the summers off, we will be able to devote plenty of time to nurturing our child. Both of our immediate families and close friends live nearby so we’ll have no shortage of support when needed.
We have both been getting the house ready for trick-or-treaters by setting up decorations and stocking up on candy. Dan grew up in the famous town of Sleepy Hollow, so Halloween was always a big time of year for him. He would love to be able to bring the newest member of the family back to his hometown for all of the fun holiday festivities, such as hayrides and Halloween street parties.
A few days ago was National Coming Out Day, an annual day observed to support members of the LGBTQ+ community in “coming out of the closet”. Thanks to our supportive community of family and friends, Steve and I were both able to grow up as our true selves in a loving and accepting community. Without the wonderful people in our lives, we would’ve never had the courage to live proudly and eventually fall in love with one another. If you are considering coming out, know that there is an entire community ready to love and accept you if you’re ready. Happy #ComingOutDay to all!