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About Us/Me

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and consider us as adoptive parents!

We are Benson and Jesse, a warm-hearted couple that is looking forward to welcoming a child into our family, which includes our loving cat, Huxley. We live in a friendly city neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Jesse is a partner at a law firm and Benson is a director at an environmental non-profit.

Both of us have wanted to have a family of our own, even before we were married.  This desire has only been reinforced over the past few years surrounded by our adorable nieces (7, 4, and 2) and nephews (9, 5, and 3), plus the wonderful children of many of our friends.  We have also known for a long while that adoption was the right path for us.  In fact, many of our friends have gone through the adoption process in starting their families and we feel very fortunate to have learned from their experiences as well (and Jesse’s grandfather was adopted too). 

Our journey together started in 2014 at an LGBTQ ice hockey tournament in Toronto.  Fortunately for us, neither Jesse’s New York team nor Benson’s Pittsburgh team had enough players for the tournament, so the two cities joined forces and brought us together.  As fate would have it, Jesse had a pro bono civil rights case in Pittsburgh two weeks later, and three years later our family and friends gathered on the dance floor to celebrate our marriage!

Before settling down in Benson’s hometown, we have lived all over the US and internationally. Originally from Canada, Jesse moved to Montana to live on a cattle ranch during high school, Boston to attend college at Harvard, and then to NYC to attend Cardozo Law and start his legal career.  After high school, Benson moved to Virginia to attend college at UVA, Germany to work for an environmental consulting firm, Connecticut to attend graduate school at Yale, and then back home to Pittsburgh to manage the corporate sustainability program at a major bank.  

While work keeps us busy, we take time to unwind by tackling DIY projects around the house, testing out new dishes and baked goods with friends, and spending time in the fresh air, such as biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  We also volunteer our time to give back to our community, and hope to instill in our children the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness for all our neighbors.

We are blessed with loving family and friends who will provide a strong support system for our children. By having Benson’s family all within a 10-minute drive, and Jesse’s spread out around the world from Saskatchewan to Sweden, we feel prepared to provide our children with both deep roots and adventurous wings. Benson’s family will be a fantastic local support network for our children (and for us!), and Jesse’s family will provide added excitement for special visits and family gatherings in many fun places.  Our family is extremely thrilled to become grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to a new baby!

We are very excited to add a child to our family and look forward to the greatest adventure yet.  Thank you for considering us, and hopefully making our most important dream come true!

 

About You

Not only are you brave for making the choice to find an adoptive family for your child, you are compassionate and generous for helping a family like ours become parents.  We believe you are giving us a gift that we could never get without you, and for that we are deeply grateful.

You will be providing your child a family and a home surrounded by a lot of love.  Your child will immediately have an extended family that also cannot wait to love him or her — in fact, our extended family and friends ask how our adoption process is going nearly every time they talk to us, ready to participate in our, and if you choose us, our child’s life.  You will always be a part of the child’s life too in however you would like; we want to be open with you in whatever form that might take and with which you are comfortable.  Your child will always know that you loved him or her so much that you were not only willing to make a difficult choice for yourself, but that you had so much love to share that you shared it with your child and with us by choosing us to be your child’s adoptive family.

And in turn, we promise to love and support your child for the rest of our lives, and give him or her every opportunity in the world that we can possibly provide.  Thank you so much for looking at our profile and considering us as you make your decision for your child.

 

About Us/Me

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and consider us as adoptive parents!

We are Benson and Jesse, a warm-hearted couple that is looking forward to welcoming a child into our family, which includes our loving cat, Huxley. We live in a friendly city neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Jesse is a partner at a law firm and Benson is a director at an environmental non-profit.

Both of us have wanted to have a family of our own, even before we were married.  This desire has only been reinforced over the past few years surrounded by our adorable nieces (7, 4, and 2) and nephews (9, 5, and 3), plus the wonderful children of many of our friends.  We have also known for a long while that adoption was the right path for us.  In fact, many of our friends have gone through the adoption process in starting their families and we feel very fortunate to have learned from their experiences as well (and Jesse’s grandfather was adopted too). 

Our journey together started in 2014 at an LGBTQ ice hockey tournament in Toronto.  Fortunately for us, neither Jesse’s New York team nor Benson’s Pittsburgh team had enough players for the tournament, so the two cities joined forces and brought us together.  As fate would have it, Jesse had a pro bono civil rights case in Pittsburgh two weeks later, and three years later our family and friends gathered on the dance floor to celebrate our marriage!

Before settling down in Benson’s hometown, we have lived all over the US and internationally. Originally from Canada, Jesse moved to Montana to live on a cattle ranch during high school, Boston to attend college at Harvard, and then to NYC to attend Cardozo Law and start his legal career.  After high school, Benson moved to Virginia to attend college at UVA, Germany to work for an environmental consulting firm, Connecticut to attend graduate school at Yale, and then back home to Pittsburgh to manage the corporate sustainability program at a major bank.  

While work keeps us busy, we take time to unwind by tackling DIY projects around the house, testing out new dishes and baked goods with friends, and spending time in the fresh air, such as biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  We also volunteer our time to give back to our community, and hope to instill in our children the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness for all our neighbors.

We are blessed with loving family and friends who will provide a strong support system for our children. By having Benson’s family all within a 10-minute drive, and Jesse’s spread out around the world from Saskatchewan to Sweden, we feel prepared to provide our children with both deep roots and adventurous wings. Benson’s family will be a fantastic local support network for our children (and for us!), and Jesse’s family will provide added excitement for special visits and family gatherings in many fun places.  Our family is extremely thrilled to become grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to a new baby!

We are very excited to add a child to our family and look forward to the greatest adventure yet.  Thank you for considering us, and hopefully making our most important dream come true!

About you

Not only are you brave for making the choice to find an adoptive family for your child, you are compassionate and generous for helping a family like ours become parents.  We believe you are giving us a gift that we could never get without you, and for that we are deeply grateful.

You will be providing your child a family and a home surrounded by a lot of love.  Your child will immediately have an extended family that also cannot wait to love him or her — in fact, our extended family and friends ask how our adoption process is going nearly every time they talk to us, ready to participate in our, and if you choose us, our child’s life.  You will always be a part of the child’s life too in however you would like; we want to be open with you in whatever form that might take and with which you are comfortable.  Your child will always know that you loved him or her so much that you were not only willing to make a difficult choice for yourself, but that you had so much love to share that you shared it with your child and with us by choosing us to be your child’s adoptive family.

And in turn, we promise to love and support your child for the rest of our lives, and give him or her every opportunity in the world that we can possibly provide.  Thank you so much for looking at our profile and considering us as you make your decision for your child.