Gladney Center for Adoption

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Michael + Jason

Thank you for your bravery! The decision you are making cannot be easy by any means, but we are grateful for your humility and selflessness to share such a wonderful gift to the world. We are forever indebted to you for giving us and other parents the joy of creating our families. We look forward to you becoming a part of our family too.

Welcome

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We share with you the joys of creating a new life while also sympathize the hard and emotional decision to choose adoption. If we are humbled enough to be chosen by you, we will honor the challenges and sacrifices you have made and ensure that this child will forever know the love their birth parents have for them.

Thank you for taking the time to read through our profile. We hope that through the glimpses of our lives, you are able to envision the love and life your child will be surrounded by.

Our Story

We finally first met in November 2012. Around early October of the same year, Jason was studying for his emergency medicine boards exam in a local Starbucks that Michael managed. Jason noticed Michael instantly, but Michael did not really notice Jason at the time. One day around Thanksgiving, Jason finally had the courage to buy a cup of coffee from Michael himself, and the rest is history.

After our first date, we knew there was something special between us. While playing Super Mario Bros. in January 2013, we both blurted out our first "I love you" to each other. We have never been apart ever since. We eventually moved together about a year or so after we first met. After 6 years, we got married in a small outdoor ceremony in Maine with 60 of our closest friends and family in September 2018. We then moved to New York City in January 2019 where we hope to create our family.

Our relationship can be best summed up by our morning coffee routines after a pot of coffee has been made. Jason will have his coffee while putting dishes away, going through mail and sorting through todays to do list. Michael, on the other hand, uses his coffee time to contemplate the day and immerse himself in the moment. Eventually, we find at the end of our cups of coffee how to best spend the day. Our morning coffee shows the balance we have created for ourselves with Jason' organizational mind in perfect complement to Michael's inquisitive perspective.

We love to laugh together (and sometimes cry too), but most importantly, we love being together and with each other.

Our Why

Being a gay male couple, it's impossible for us to conceive without involving a lot of other people. While we could have gone through surrogacy, it was not necessary for us to make a baby in order to love one. Adoption was never really a question for us. From the very beginning we knew it would happen one day, it was just a matter of when. Regardless of genetics, our child will be welcomed and loved as family. We have no preference of gender, race or cultural background. We will love this child for who they are and whoever they become.

Meet Michael

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By Jason:

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Michael exemplifies love and compassion. In his work, he finds way to comfort and aid members of the LGBTQ community through their struggles while providing them an unbiased listening ear they can rely on. When with our families, whether the ones we were born into or the ones we added, Michael ensures each person feels loved, respected and well taken care of. He puts his heart and soul into every person he encounters. Michael finds ways to make you laugh and, when necessary, wraps his consoling arms around you without fail. His tenacity and awareness of other people's emotions demonstrates the amount of love, support, and respect our child will receive. Michael will be an amazing father to any child we are blessed to call our own.

By Michael:

My childhood was simple and very happy. I was lucky enough to have a loving and supportive family that would be there no matter what. Life outside the home as a young gay person in a small town was not as happy. While my parents stood up for me and tried to get me help at school it was obvious that changes would not be made to make me feel safe. I ended up having to leave high school early and get my GED. I have been able to turn all that strife and pain into career. I am now a counselor for a national crisis intervention/suicide prevention lifeline focusing on LGBTQ young people. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I apparently also love watching movies and listening to songs that make me cry. I love emotions!

Meet Jason

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By Michael:

Jason has always been all about family. Before me, this meant taking care of anything his parents and family (both born and added) needed. Now this means doing everything in his power to ensure that I have a good life and to ensure that the future additions to our family are taken care of. Jason has worked hard his entire life to make his own life and the lives around him better. I have been extremely lucky to have been with him for 8 years now and our future child will be lucky to call him Daddy. Jason also has an extremely playful side that I fell in love with very quickly. His goal is normally to make sure everyone around him is having a good time. Whether that's through making them laugh or making sure they always have a full plate of food.

By Jason:

I love food. Food has always been a centerpiece in my family as it would unite us around the dinner table to be with each other, laugh and bond as one. Watching my parents cook inspired me to learn how to cook dishes like gnocchi, pasta from scratch, beef wellington and even bake! I love music, always listening when possible. Music has been my way of relaxing, laughing and enjoying my time with others or myself, even when I am working as a physician in the emergency setting. It brings me joy and centers me. I listen to songs I can sing to, even if off key, like when I do once in a while during chorus rehearsals. I am a firm believer in laughter being the best medicine, and you will often find me giggling and trying my darndest to make others laugh and smile. I work hard but I also ensure that I enjoy life with myself and others.

Our Home

We own a large 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment in New York City. Our living area is open so that we can be together whatever we're doing. We have renovated our kitchen to make it more open so one can easily see the dining room, living room and play area. The kitchen also has an island which will become a focal point of our lives as we cook and watch our child grow in front of us whether through play, talks or doing homework. We bought this home with the intent of using it as the perfect place to not only start our family but to further cultivate its growth.

We are walking distance to multiple parks, playgrounds, museums and the best rated public schools in the city. We love the diversity of the city. With many different cultures represented in arts, food, language and everyday life. We are short walk to almost every train line running through the city making it easy to explore everything the city has to offer.

What We Enjoy

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We love culture and diversity. You will often find us walking around the city exploring new arts, foods, and cultural events. When we discover new foods, you will often see us the next week trying to make it ourselves. We love entertaining and sharing food and time with friends and family. We enjoy having dinner parties and get togethers on a regular basis. One of our major passions is live theatre. We see a production at least every two weeks. We love traveling both domestically and abroad. We travel just the two of us and often with family, both born and added.

Thank You

Thank you for learning about us. We hope our book has shown you who we are as individuals as well as together as one.

While we can't make promises of who your child grows up to be, we can promise that whoever that is will be loved and supported. This child will be a member of a very large extended family full of diversity in race and culture. They will be supported, embraced and given the opportunity to explore themselves and the world. This child's story will always be full of hope and dreams, and we will do everything in our power to make sure they live a life of wonderment and opportunity.

We are both fortunate to have flexible work schedules in that there will always be one of us with our child as our jobs will allow us to work around each other but also give us the time to spend evenings and a few days a week together as a unit.

You shall always be a part of this child's life, however you choose. You started their story and adventure, and with us and you (however comfortable you are), shall be there guiding and supporting through their trials and triumphs.

We shall always be this child's advocate and champion.

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