Karen and Jonathan

Hello! We are Karen and Jonathan. We admire your strength and courage as you consider adoption, and also appreciate that you’re giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We hope that this letter provides enough insight about us for you to consider whether we may be the right family for your baby.
Happily married since 2003, we are college sweethearts, having discovered a mutual love of the outdoors. We’ve always wanted to be parents, and spending time with our friends’ children confirmed it. We both come from close-knit families who live nearby and look forward to welcoming a baby into the fold.
As an adoptee, Karen has always wanted to adopt. She’s a good listener—compassionate and thoughtful, and always willing to lend a hand. Teaching English at one of the most dynamic community colleges in California, she looks forward to sharing her love of storytelling and multiculturalism with our baby.
As an artist, Jonathan currently has a flexible schedule, which is well suited to him being a stay-at-home dad. He draws beautiful figures and portraits that brighten our dining room and have been in shows. He worked at San Francisco’s botanical garden for years, and has made our own yard a haven for wildlife. Kids and pets are drawn to his gentle nature.
We are excited to open our home and our lives to a baby. We live in a bright, sunny house in the foothills of beautiful, diverse Oakland, which is minutes from San Francisco. We have good schools and a child-friendly park nearby, and open space at the top of the ridge where we regularly take our sweet dog, Gypsy, for hikes. We are also close to our neighbors, and often have impromptu potlucks. We can easily envision bringing our baby to join in the merriment.
We welcome an open adoption and look forward to you being a part of our family’s future. We have thought a lot about how to provide a warm, nurturing home along with many opportunities for growth, fun, and adventure.
If you believe that we may be the right family for your baby, we would love to talk with you. Please call us anytime, toll-free at 1-877-808-2922, or our adoption counselors, Lisa Clark or Lynne Jacobs, at 1-800-969-6665, both of whom are easy to talk to.
We wish you the very best in whatever decision you make for you and your baby.