Justin & Stephen
Justin & Stephen
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/African American
Gender of child interested in adopting: Boy
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: CT
Dear Expectant Mother,
We could not begin to imagine the bravery you have and selflessness you’re showing by considering us to raise your baby. All we can say is thank you for considering us. We want you to know that your baby will be raised in love, surrounded by family and that he or she will have endless opportunities. We can see ourselves as a family creating beautiful memories and traveling the world together to explore and experience other worlds and cultures. Along with these amazing adventures, we are sure there will be some scraped knees and, in the teen years, some broken hearts. We will be there to care for your child and to console and lift him or her back up to try again. We know life is not always easy and we have both grown up in households that realized that. But our families supported us no matter what, and that is what your baby will grow up knowing. We are here anytime to answer any other questions or concerns you might have, whether they may be baby-related or just about something you may be experiencing outside of this process. Lifelong has all of our information and we would be happy to talk or meet with you soon. From our family to you, thank you and be well.
We are Justin & Stephen. We are excited to start our adoption journey and we thank you for taking time to consider us as adoptive parents. Justin works as a social worker doing in-home therapy with children and families. Stephen is a food and beverage Director with a major hotel chain. We met through mutual friends one night. Justin was nervous to approach Stephen, so his friend very awkwardly flagged Stephen down and told him Justin was interested. It was embarrassing, but it did the trick. Justin could not think of a better way to propose to Stephen except to do it in Venice, Italy because a special man deserves a special proposal. We married 10/07/17! We are truly a balanced couple who challenges each other to try new things. We are each other's best friends.
We currently live in a two-floor condo in a complex with other families. The complex includes a children's play area, as well as a pool. We live in a quiet little neighborhood with our two dogs, Roxy and Tucker, who love to run around and play with the other dogs, especially at the dog park. We love to make our garden pop since we are the first condo on the street and we always decorate the yard for holidays. It’s fun for everyone, but the kids in the neighborhood especially love it. We have the best of all the seasons here in Connecticut, from snow adventures in winter or swimming in summer.
Our Extended Family
Since we recently got married, we’ve realized that we have so many family traditions that we have to change them up to make sure we see everyone in our extended family. Every holiday has something to offer, whether it's Christmas and Easter on Justin’s family farm or Thanksgiving and summer parties at Stephen’s family’s homes. One of our favorite traditions is the three days that we both get off around Christmas to celebrate with all our families. Getting to see over 100 family members in three days between Connecticut and Massachusetts is amazing and such an adventure. When we told our families around Christmas time this year that we were hoping to adopt, they already began planning for this Christmas in case we have a baby by then. They are all excited for us.
What Led Us To Adoption
We always knew we wanted a family. We decided to adopt after we got married in October, though we had many conversations long before then. We are fortunate enough to have amazing families and life experiences that we want to share with a child. We want to be able to share our love with a child. We have met a lot of couples who, due to infertility or being members of the LGBT community, have adopted and have amazing, loving families. We are looking to create one of our own. Our siblings are having children and we are excited to hopefully be able to have a child to add to our families’ collective joy.