Lance and Justine


We are Lance Cossey and Justine Rutigliano, and we thank you for taking a few minutes to read our letter. We respect the courage and strength you have for considering adoption for your child. We recognize the profound love you demonstrate in making this important and difficult decision.

Our adventure together began in 1997. We first met at the restaurant Lance owned. It was love at first sight! We have a very positive and loving relationship; people often compliment us on our successful marriage. We have great respect for one another for many, many reasons. Lance respects Justine’s warm and loving spirit, while Justine admires Lance’s patience and charm.

Lance is enjoying a successful career at Galileo High School in San Francisco as a History Teacher and a softball coach. Justine teaches English at Sequoia High School in Redwood City; she won teacher of the year last year, for California! We both love our careers very much, and have dedicated a lot of time and energy to our students. We both love kids; we enjoy spending time with our godson, our closest friends’ kids, and of course, many, many teenagers!

We both share a deep passion for adventure. We have traveled and worked in many places together, including the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Peru, Turkey and more…

We love exploring other cultures and meeting different people. Once we took a group of students to Tanzania and another time, to Nicaragua. We love sharing our traveling experiences with students, and we cannot wait to share our passion for exploration with our child.

Justine’s other passion is photography and she has sold many photographs to benefit the African communities she and Lance love so much.

We have always wanted to adopt a baby. Our friends often tell us we should be parenting a child, and we have always known that to be the truth. Kids love us and we love them! We tried to have a child, but were unable to. It is time to welcome a baby into our lives!!

We are very close to our families; our siblings all live in the Bay Area of California. Our families are very excited for the baby to join our loving family. Our home is in the lively Mission District of San Francisco. We live on a beautiful, tree lined street. Our street is very quiet, yet we are surrounded by parks, youth clubs, beautiful restaurants, and we even have an indoor miniature golf course 1 block away! The neighborhood, our lovely neighbors, and affectionate kitties will create a wonderful environment for our child.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. If you feel we are the right fit for your baby, please call us, anytime at: 1-800-832-7192
or call our adoption counselors Lisa Clark or Lynn Silver at 1-800-969-6665.

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With gratitude and respect, Lance and Justine