Hi!  We are Jess and Andy, and we are so excited to share our story with you!

We met in 2008 while attending graduate school.  Although we were both in the same theatre program, we quickly discovered we had more in common than just theatre.  We began dating and soon found ourselves building a life together in Philadelphia.  In 2011, we adopted our first dog from a local pet rescue.  We were married in 2016 and made the move to northern Virginia, where we are both high school theatre teachers.

We have always known we wanted children, and in 2021, we decided the time was right to grow our family.  We began to explore many options for adding a new member to our team, and the more we learned about adoption, the more we knew that adoption was the right path for us. 

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun!

05/27/2024

We had so much fun celebrating Memorial Day with our friends and their son.  We barbequed, swam, played games, and enjoyed the beautiful weather of the weekend!  Here's an adorable photo of Andy playing with our friend and his son in the turtle sandbox out back.  Andy had the same one when he was little!

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Our new niece!

03/23/2024

With permission from Jess's sister and her husband, we share photos of our new niece!  We love spending time with our nieces and nephew on Andy's side of the family, and now we have a new little one on Jess's side!  We are so excited to meet her and we can't wait for the baby we adopt to get to play and go on vacations with their cousins just like we did growing up.

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Christmas Morning "Family Photo"

12/26/2023

We thought it would be fun to take a family photo of us and our dogs on Christmas morning by the tree...  Our dogs thought it was time to play!  Oh well, it was a lot of fun anyway!

Holiday Cooking

11/26/2023

We love to cook!  We're always looking for new recipes and cuisines to check out, but we also love cooking old favorites and family recipes, especially around the holidays.  Cooking together, for each other, and for family and friends has got to be one of our favorite hobbies, one we look forward to sharing with a child!

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October Celebrations

11/22/2023

October was full of fun celebrations for us!  Andy acted in another local production, this time with NOVA Nightsky Theater Company.  Meanwhile, Jess planned and hosted her sister's baby shower, often thinking about how much fun it will be to plan themed birthday parties for their future child!

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Maryland Renaissance Festival

10/22/2023

We love going to the Maryland Renaissance Festival every year in the late summer and early fall.  We love people watching, playing the different games, and watching all of the different performances!  Jess also has a lot of fun dressing up in costume, and she looks forward to creating fun costumes for our future child!

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Beautiful Views!

09/18/2023

On a recent trip to Mount Pocono, we went on a nice easy hike and got to take in some breathtaking views!  We read that you can see over 150 miles into the distance.  It was so much fun, and seeing so many families there, we know this will be a place we want to bring our future child to as well!

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Another Summer Musical!

07/25/2023

This summer, Andy was cast as Amos in the City of Fairfax Theatre Company's musical, Big Fish!  We love this community of artists.  They are so welcoming and inclusive, and their summer productions are so family-oriented!  They even shared publicity photos of families who were all participating in the show together.  We cannot wait to introduce the child we adopt to theatre and communities like this one! 

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Get Out The Vote!

06/20/2023

We are both big supporters of civic engagement.  Part of that includes voting in local, state, and national elections, and Andy often volunteers to work at the polls.  Jess remembers going with her parents as a child when they voted, and she looks forward to bringing a child of their own some day.  Hopefully they will still have those "future voter" stickers!

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Father's Day at Uncle Mike's!

06/19/2023

We spent this year's Father's Day at Jess's Uncle Mike's home up in Pennsylvania, getting to celebrate the day honoring her dad, her uncle, and her grandpa.  We wish more of the cousins could make it in person this year, but phone calls and Facetime let everyone catch up anyways.  It was such a nice time with family, and a great way to start our summer break from school!

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Spring Break Trip to NYC

04/09/2023

Our spring break was this first week of April.  Andy's cousin was getting married up in Philadelphia, so we decided to pair that trip with a trip up to New York City to take in some Broadway shows.  We had such a fun time seeing the INCREDIBLE play Fat Ham and the fun new musical Some Like It Hot.  It was extra sweet getting to see so many families at these shows too.  Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc. with children so excited to see the shows.  Andy's Aunt used to take him and his siblings to see Broadway shows when they were little - they always got to pick the shows they wanted to see - and he has such fond memories.  We can't wait to share trips like this with a child.

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2022 Wrap Up: Merry Christmas!

12/28/2022

Final 2022 wrap-up post: At Christmas, we were able to celebrate Jess's sister and her husband's first time hosting as a married couple!

2022 Wrap Up: Happy Birthday Babci!

12/28/2022

Continuing our 2022 wrap-up posts: In the fall, we were able to honor Andy's Babci at her 90th birthday by getting the whole family together! 

2022 Wrap Up: Poconos Trip

12/28/2022

Continuing our 2022 wrap-up posts: We love going on trips to the mountains, both with friends and as a family with our dogs: hiking and other outdoor activities, campfires, various games, and lots of quality time together.  In August 2022, we went on our annual Poconos trip with friends.  It was so much fun and they surprised us with books and other gifts for the child we adopt!  Here's a photo of all of us on a hike.

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2022 Wrap Up: Shrek the Musical

04/03/2023

This is our first blog post.  We meant to be posting since summer when we started our profile, but blogs aren't really our thing.  We (mostly Jess...) take photos all of the time and share with family and friends, so please don't be worried about or read anything into the lack of blog posts.  To get us started, Andy played Donkey in the City of Fairfax Theatre's summer 2022 production of Shrek The Musical and helped with the lighting, sometimes at the same time, haha!  Whether the child we adopt wants to perform on stage, help backstage on the crew, or just be a supportive audience member, CFTC is a fantastic and welcoming community of theatre artists who we can't wait to introduce to the child we will adopt.  

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Almost Summer!

06/02/2024

We are both teachers, and we take full advantage of the summer break that comes with that.  We have lots of things we like to do, but our favorite activities always seem to involve our back yard and deck.  Though it's not quite summer yet, we've gotten a jump on things during the weekend!  Here's a picture of Andy grilling a yummy flank steak (it was so good!) and Jess reading her current book (The RIde of Kyoski).

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