Hi! We are Karen and Tom. Thank you for finding us! We can only imagine the many feelings you have at this very moment and we appreciate your taking the time getting to know us. We have always talked about growing our family through adoption, so this is us embarking on a very special journey that is close to our hearts. This book is a collection of significant memories, important people, and a tiny glimpse into the life we hope to share with a child. We look forward to connecting with you and our stories potentially combining.

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Glimpses

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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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Our Blogs

Broadway day <3

06/26/2022

Treating ourself to make the time pass by in a fun way until we are party of 3 <3 especially cool when u watch some of the cast on Netflix!!!

June is busting out all over!

06/17/2022

We're loving the outdoor freedom summer brings 💥 and the fun nights on our rooftop. Bring on the warmth! Sending you warm wishes wherever u r reading this from ❤️

Yo-yo!

06/13/2022

Sometimes I equate the adoption journey to being a human yo-yo. It's a lot of up and down and you're often holding on by a thin string. The hope of a beautiful open adoption keeps us going each day, no matter how up and down we go. Sending you love, if you're on this journey with us <3

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Philly Daytrip <3

06/06/2022

We had so much fun having a staycation in our hometown. While we love NYC, we are just Philly people inside out for the most part. I can't believe we missed out on a cheesesteak though. lol 

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Harry Potter for the win

05/31/2022

We got lucky!!! We lost the lottery so many times but when they sent the best available seats for 49$, we took a chance! What luck! Orchestra seats for an amazing show. Leviosa!!!

Beach or shore <3

05/25/2022

It's that time of year for road trips down the shore on the weekends <3 guess u can tell Tom and I have some Philly roots going on. Glad to be vaccinated and on the go while we wait for the car seat to not be as empty <3

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Chose To Parent

05/22/2022

Well, this was a chaotic weekend. We were excited to be considered by a birth mother for immediate placement, only to have our hopes dashed since she decided to parent last minute.  Such a bittersweet moment. Of course, it's amazing she made the decision and felt it was possible to parent with her support system, it was a pretty gut-wrenching 12 hrs for all of the families considered. You try not to get excited, but in the back of your head, you of course think, "This is the one. The time has finally come." I turned to our support group and appreciated the advice I received. Allow yourself to feel sad and disappointed for a day or so, and then move on and power ahead. This is the third time this situation has happened for us, and part of us will always wonder how it turned out for the little baby who had all of these extra people ready to love them. Here's hoping we have another opportunity soon <3

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Road trippin’

05/20/2022

Our current agency works largely from emergency placements, which means traveling too far away can take you off the list for consideration.  We're always looking for fun places to explore in the great Northeast <3 keeping busy until we make a family of three <3

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Up the vibes!

04/30/2022

Sometimes, you just need a good Christmastime themed night out in the middle of spring :) We find this place to be so cozy... It's also pretty amusing when people take pictures or look through the window. We imagine this is what being in a zoo feels like. haha! Happy times at Rolf's, NYC. <3

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Wait of A Lifetime

04/26/2022

Phew... Some days are certainly easier than others when it comes to the adoption journey, and I will say, since we've started working with Adoptions From the Heart, we have been feeling so hopeful. I'm just putting this out there for any other families who read this... We were often told to join waiting family support groups, but I have to say... It had the opposite effect on me and my husband than it was supposed to! We found the group to be really heavy, emotionally. While we could identify with some of the families and their grief or uneasiness, what helps us most is to enjoy each other and have other projects happening that we're interested in. Next month, we're planning on taking a few road trips. And to be honest, my mind is just blown by how many places there are just here in the tri-state area that you would never think about! There's even an alpine rollercoaster! GO figure! I'm already trying to psych myself up into trying that. It really does look a little scary! HAHA- well, here's to enjoying each other, and hoping that we have a more complete version of a family soon <3

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Travel Time

04/13/2022

We have been keeping trips local lately, enjoying Broadway, and actually found a few hidden towns outside the city we probably would have never looked at before! It's been so fun enjoying the simple side of life... Time together, TV shows we missed, and good food! What a treat to enjoy each other's company while we wait for our lives to be forever changed. August will be one year since we returned to the books following the failure of our first match <3 Definitely feeling hopeful for good things to come <3

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Celebrating Life

01/25/2022

We loved checking out NYC's newest skyscraper... Going just before sunset was the right plan, because by the time the crowd thinned out and we got up there... Well, it was just right!

Matching Opportunties

10/29/2021

In one year, we've been profiled just two times... And the first time, we were chosen ❤️ As skeptical as we were, we went for it, and it was such a heartbreak when (through no fault of any person) the baby didn't survive birth.  To receive a profiling opportunity brings such a rush of emotions. There's the sorrow for the parts of the story that you hear, the trauma that that is about to ensue, but there's also that small degree of hopefulness that things work out to "plan." I guess what you learn through this entire journey is that there sometimes is no plan. Everyone is just trying to do their best with what they've been dealt. I always feel so emotional the day after these opportunities. Life is a miracle, and it's always interesting when you're reminded to treat it as such ⭐️ 

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disney and california bound!

10/25/2021

Tom and I are over the moon excited for our upcoming trip to California--- we're super-vaccinated, both with a booster, and we're finally ready to return to the skies! I'm super-nervous to fly, while Tom is a bit more cool and collected, so we actually make a great flying team :) We're going to visit some family and close friends, but I'm hopeful that we can squeeze in some Disney time while we're there. Having worked at Disney (me), grew up going to Disney (both), and gotten engaged at Disney (in Japan)... I think you could definitely classify us as a Disney family! haha it's so depressing that it's become so expensive, but I think just walking around the parks feels therapeutic. Hoping that we can jump in a few short lines, even if it's only for Peter Pan's Flight. In Japan they have a word for nostalgia... Friends use it when they're out together and talking about good times had by all. The word is "natsukashii" and I am feeling all the natsukashii feelings already. Disney here we come :) <3 Tom and Karen

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Ashes to ashes… ❤️

10/22/2021

Tom and I are home for the weekend to say an official goodbye to Grandmom. We were so lucky to have two up till now... I actually can't believe we're 38 and still have a Grandmom and Grandpa left, still! Focusing as much as we can on the positive however tricky it can be 🍀 And leaning on each other in the meantime. life is short, live it up ❤️

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Indigenous People’s Day

10/11/2021

A lot has changed since Tom and I were kids celebrating he who shall not be named Day ha- we never stop wanting to learn and expand our horizons.  This adoption journey thus far has done just that. Some days are harder than others, but we truly have learned a ton this past year. Seeing parts of the process that are broken, and seeing it occasionally work in the right way. We are so hopeful an open adoption finds us soon ❤️

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One Year of Waiting

09/26/2021

We're coming up on our one-year of waiting... I hesitate to call it an anniversary, but that's kind of what it feels like. While we did have the experience of matching once, that never did come to fruition (rest in peace, little angel). It has been quite the journey so far, but one positive is the people we have connected with and all of the things we've learned, good and bad, along the way. Adoption, as they say, is truly a life-long journey, and we are finding that out more and more as we continue on the path. Learning more every day and sending positive vibes out there for anyone in the journey who needs them, it's not for the faint of heart <3

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Puppy love

09/17/2021

This process has been pretty intense for us so far having lost the baby we were initially matched with. Tom's parents bought not one, but two, King Charles Cavaliers, and we have been over the moon excited.  We drive home almost every other weekend just to get in some puppy snuggles. I grew up a cat person, and Tom always had dogs, but now I'm totally torn on what we should get!!! They're all so fun! I'm going to be sad when the puppies aren't puppies anymore, so it's time to make more fun to enjoy the now!!! :) 

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Christmas in September

09/13/2021

NYC is bubbling ahain and after a really long year with more downs than ups, we are ready for it!!! The Christmas restaurant down the street opened, and it's Christmas all year long.  I'm really just going for all the fun fairy lights :) Happy September... <3 Karen and Tom 

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S’mores and Snacks

09/01/2021

Sometimes you need a little lift when you get to the middle of the week, and this week s'mores are on the menu.  Tom is the first person to make me an open-face s'more... and let me tell you, I'm now a convert! He uses our air fryer (which I also never thought of) and puts it on broil so the marshmallows get the light brown top!!! I know... He's gonna be a good dad :) But seriously... Did you grow up with them open-faced or sandwiched with grahams?! 

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Japanese Festival in NYC

08/30/2021

One of the best parts of living in the city is all the diversity that happens on any given weekend. We used to live in Japan, so anything Japanese is extremely close to our hearts. We wandered downtown to munch on some yummy Japanese food, and we found so many people speaking in Japanese and practicing with other people. I was shocked to see New Yorkers of all different colors in yukata and traditional Japanese attire. It was so cool! In Japan, there's always a little pool set up where the kids go fishing with the nets that break... I think the goal is to catch a ball in the net without it breaking, and then you get a fish. Just one of the many moments throughout the day that we catch ourselves wondering when we'll get to bring a little one to a festival with us... Sometime <3

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The Journey Continues: Waiting to match again

08/24/2021

In just a matter of months, my husband and I went from 1/160 families in a pool to being matched for the first time with an expectant mother to feeling like full-blown parents in training. We took it day-by-day because, with adoption, anything can happen.  We matched with the expectant mother early in her pregnancy. We spoke with her on the phone, forming a relationship, and gradually acquired more items for the baby as the due date approached. Of course, we weren’t going the traditional route with a baby shower. Instead, we told our closest network and places of employment because we were going to need off for an extended period of time. I ordered the bulk of the items within 90 days of the due date so things were eligible for return if she decided to parent, however unlikely it seemed. Despite seeming like we had one foot out the door, we were immersed in the process with our whole hearts. You have to be in it to win it in order to love someone else’s child. You have to go all-in.  As the due date came closer, we chose a name, although we were ready to make that...

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Transracial Adoption

04/05/2021

Entering into the adoption process, it helps to be as open as possible. This can sometimes mean adopting transracially. We have been learning so much about transracial adoption throughout our journey, specifically adopting Black children as White people, and it's a topic that's incredibly important to dive into headfirst. I came across this op ed today on Instagram and thought it was incredibly informative. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/05/black-woman-raised-by-white-parents-advice-potential-adopters/?tid=pm_opinions_pop We are lucky enough to live in a diverse community, so we won't have to go far to seek out hair salons, churches, or community groups, et cetera, but for some adoptive families this can really require a lot of effort. It is all necessary, of course, and it will only help make life easier for all parties involved. It's so important to know your history, your roots, and your heritage. Both Tom and I have mixed-race extended families, but there is always so much to learn. A few weeks ago we watched Closure on Amazon Prime. This documentary follows Angela Tucker's journey to find her birth family. It's such a must-watch for anyone in our shoes. She's full of information and connections to the transracial adoptee world. She is so passionate and willing to...

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The Work!

03/26/2021

As a friend once called themselves, I consider myself an introverted extrovert. I love to hole up at home with Tom, but I can very easily put myself out there and network like a champ. We have been "waiting" and home study approved for almost exactly four months. While it would be great to just sit back and coast with our agency in charge, it was impressed upon us that casting a wider net is never a bad idea. This is all part of the work. Because nothing is for free, nor should it be. When it comes to adoption, there is so much education, learning, un-learning, and work to be done. I've never been one to sit idle, so this website is our attempt at expanding our search for our 3rd piece to our family puzzle. In just 24 hours after chats, Tom and I started a private website. I learned about a little something from a friend called Google Webmaster. Webmaster helps the site potentially gain some more traffic (or traffic to begin with haha). The way I came about this friend was through my Instagram during Tom and my time abroad. It's bizarre where you find help...

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Our Adoption Journey Begins

03/26/2021

I wasn't sure what to write here, but I'm a big supporter of The Secret and the Laws of Attraction. I figured it couldn't hurt to put the vibes out here and see what might happen :) We have always known that we were going to adopt... it was just a question of when. We were living abroad for the better portion of this previous decade, and when we started our transition home, we discovered our agency through a random podcast I found one-day "surfing" the web. This podcast referred me to New York Adoption Lawyer, and he, in turn, referred us to the very first agency we found that we ended up using for this process. It seemed like quite a serendipitous way to begin this journey, so we strapped our seatbelts on and went ahead for the ride!  Adoption is a sticky subject. For adoptive parents, it's mostly a happy time. For birth mothers, it is beyond difficult and heartbreaking in a way we can never imagine. We never dealt with infertility or any of the other more common situations that may lead a couple towards adoption. We have always felt strongly about the amount of children needing...

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Summertime Fun

06/28/2022

taking advantage of longer days and more sun with long walks downtown <3

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