Photograph of adoptive Family

Liz

Caregiver

Gender:

Female

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

New York

Religion:

Spiritual

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Profession:

College administrator

Political Affiliation:

Very Liberal

Jarrett

Caregiver

Gender:

Male

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

New York

Religion:

Spiritual

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Profession:

Management

Political Affiliation:

Very Liberal

Smiling at Pride!

Smiling at Pride!

Painting with friends!

Painting with friends!

Liz is always holding the camera, but Jarrett usually takes her picture on her birthday.

Liz is always holding the camera, but Jarrett usually takes her picture on her birthday.

We are the best choice because…

We are both caregivers in our own unique ways. We have been through some intense challenges in our life together, which have shown us that life is worth celebrating every single day.

-Jarrett

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

Jarrett, our cats, yoga, and cozy pajamas. (And Kohl's Cash!)

-Liz

The most special thing I own is...

A letter my Mom wrote me when I was 13 telling me how proud I made her.

-Liz

If I could have dinner with anyone—dead or alive—I would pick...

Mister Rogers. Again. (Fun fact: I actually got to meet him when I was little because he and my grandfather were friends- both Presbyterian ministers in Pittsburgh!)

-Jarrett

Typical us... relaxing on the couch with a cozy beverage.

Typical us... relaxing on the couch with a cozy beverage.

Never mind our goofy faces-- we had to get this photo on our trip to Austin!

Never mind our goofy faces-- we had to get this photo on our trip to Austin!

There's a farmer's market in our village right down our block. Sometimes we meet alpacas there!

There's a farmer's market in our village right down our block. Sometimes we meet alpacas there!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

Two things: midnight blue is my favorite color; and I love how stars keep appearing the longer you look for them!

-Liz

We are the best choice because…

we want what is best for you. We know we want to be parents, but we are patiently waiting. Life can be complicated, and we know that we will make the right connection at the right time.

-Liz

What is the best word to describe our family?

Diverse

-Jarrett

Favorite season and why?

Spring, because I love planting things, working in the garden, and thinking about what veggies we want to attempt to grow this year!

-Jarrett

Dogs or cats?

We have two sibling tuxedo cats who keep us on our toes. We named them after our favorite comedians, Trevor Noah and Tig Notaro. (At the time we didn't realize they had the same initials!)

-Jarrett

Favorite season and why?

I love late Spring when it starts to get warmer, and we can start sitting outside on the front porch (and people watch) or relaxing on the back deck.

-Liz

If I could change one thing about the World, it would be...

for people to understand that everyone has a unique life experience, and we can all learn from each other. There is so much strength in the differences between us.

-Liz

Memorial Day at Jarrett's mom's is a VERY big deal.

Memorial Day at Jarrett's mom's is a VERY big deal.

We participate lots of cancer charity events with our friends and fam. We always make it fun!

We participate lots of cancer charity events with our friends and fam. We always make it fun!

My favorite place in the World is...

wherever we are on vacation, on that first night when you sit down to dinner and take in your surroundings, and feel super excited about the next few days relaxing together.

-Liz

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

It makes me feel that anything is possible.

-Jarrett

My best friend would describe me as...

Sincere. Dedicated. Loves to laugh. LOVES to organize. Loves to shop for sneakers online. (Written by his BFF, Liz)

-Jarrett

In five years, our relationship with our birth mother will...

Hopefully be as natural and open as possible.

-Liz

My favorite website is (...not your Facebook page :)):

This is an amazing resource for all families. https://www.familyequality.org/

-Liz

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

Both. We both have a strong appreciation for traditional church services and singing in the choir, and we also believe that the spirit of LOVE is what keeps our lives in motion.

-Liz

My philosophy on parenting is...

Always give them choices; maybe they won't want to do either of the things, or eat either of the foods, but they should be empowered to choose one on their own.

-Jarrett

If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Ethan Hawke... ever since Dead Poet's Society.

-Jarrett

My favorite Instagram account is:

This is a bakery just down the street from us-- Liz has been obsessed with their house-made pop tarts!! https://www.instagram.com/figtreepatisserie/?hl=en

-Liz

My favorite YouTube video is: (paste the full link)

Is there a greater song than We Are the World? Challenge us. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjkUyX0rVw

-Liz

My philosophy on parenting is...

to help them respect every other human being. We want to guide them to have fun and explore the world with a sense of wonder. We will teach them as much as we can, whenever we can.

-Liz

Dogs or cats?

Jarrett turned me into a cat person.

-Liz

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

Liz, our cats, laughter.

-Jarrett

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

we live in a village right outside the city, with a small-town vibe. We love taking walks and bike rides on the trails nearby. There are lots of young families and great schools in our area.

-Jarrett