Zach & Rob

Hoping to Adopt (New York)

Letter

We are Zach and Rob, successful executives who yearn to devote our lives to your baby


We look forward to passing on the love, support and kindness of our families and our devotion and experience.


Rob and Zach on their deck in Greenwich Village
Thank you for considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child. You must be very big-hearted to be thinking about adoption, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for what you are doing. We hope when you read this you come to recognize how much we desire to be parents, how grateful we are to you and how much we have to offer a child. If you choose us, you are choosing two people who view being parents as a great privilege and precious opportunity. We both love children and deeply desire being dads. We have reached a point in our lives where we have a lot to give and we want to give it to a child. We have a happy life together and it seems selfish not to share it. We look forward to passing on the love, support and kindness of our families and our devotion and experience. We chose adoption, as opposed to surrogacy, be-cause we never felt as if we needed a biological connection to love and adore a child.
We are ready to provide your baby with a life filled with music, sports, great education, unconditional love & a large extended family

A love of learning, a compassion for all life, respect for others, a belief in personal responsi-bility, and a sense of adventure/fun are what we hope to bring into a child’s daily life.


Zach and Rob with Rob's God-son
How we met… We met at the wedding of our dear friends, JD and Kristin, in Mexico. We went for a run one morning together and immediately found we had a lot in common. Because we had friends in common, and because we were both at a time in our lives where we were not interested in anything fleeting, we took it slow and really got to know each other before getting serious. We shared our favorite NYC spots, attended cultural and artistic events, and exchanged books and articles we liked. This would form the foundation of our relationship -- lots of talking about the world, families, hopes and dream, and sharing interests and adventures. Our wedding For our wedding, we didn’t want a big show. We wanted it to be very private and personal, so we could enjoy sharing our marriage with the people who we are closest to. We just had our siblings, Rob’s mom, and our two best friends as our guests. We went downtown to New York City Hall, a very fun place to be married, and had pizza together afterwards. It was truly a special, loving and intimate day. Rob’s thoughts on Zach Zach is one of the most caring, gentle and full-hearted people I have ever met. Family is at the core of who he is. He is always look-ing for deeper connections and meaning in life - I see that in his relationship with his aunts, uncles, cousins and brother, I see it in the way he approaches his work and his friendships, and I see it in the way he comes to our marriage. Should you generously choose to entrust us with raising your child, your child will have an unconditional great source of love and support. Zach’s thoughts on Rob I love and admire Rob because he is so solid. What I mean by that is he is principled, loyal, trustworthy and reliable. In today’s world I think it can be hard to find people like Rob, whose values reflect those that were passed to me by my family. The big thing we discovered we have in common is that we are “old-fashioned.” Rob keeps his commitments and recognizes the importance of self-sacrifice. He made a commitment several years ago to call his mom everyday, and so he does. He made a commitment to his physical health, and so he exercises. He made a commitment to me, and so he shows up for me, every day. So as a dad, he will provide that same solidness, and be an amazing example of how to live a committed life. Friends & family are very excited & supportive of our adoption plan Friends & family are the heart of our lives. We are very close with Rob’s side of our family, including his mother Ali, sister Tanya, her husband Ben. This will be Rob’s mom Ali’s first grandchild and Tanya and Ben’s first niece or nephew so this child will be very doted on and spoiled. We are also very close with Zach’s large extended family, and are close with his Aunts and Uncles, Sue, Joan, Allen and Beth, who were like second parents to him growing up since his parents sadly passed away, and his brother, Bjorn, an outdoors guy excited to be an uncle and show this child lots of fun, outdoor adventures. On Zach’s recent birthday, Rob threw him a surprise party. Knowing how special it would be for Zach to be surrounded by family, Rob made sure all the relatives made it, and flew Zach’s brother down from New Hampshire. Julian has been Rob’s closest friend for over a decade and we spend a lot of time with him and his wife Anna. Rob is godfather to their oldest son Henry (age 4), and we also adore Freddy (age 1) and are super excited for their daughter who is due to arrive in October! Zach’s closest friend is Kristin, who just had Katy (age 1). Kristin and her husband JD live a block away and are responsible for how our relationship all started! How we plan to raise a child We plan to pass along what we were so fortu-nate to receive from our own families and life experiences. The wisdom and humor of Zach’s grandparents, the grit and open-mindedness of Rob’s parents, and of course the unique les-sons we have learned on our own personal journeys. We believe it is our job to provide both the opportunity and the solid structure for your baby to thrive as a child. A love of learn-ing, a compassion for all life, respect for others, a belief in personal responsibility, and a sense of adventure/fun are what we hope to bring into a child’s daily life.
Your baby will grow up with all the best life has to offer

Holidays, celebrations, travel, family and friends will fill your baby's life with opportunity, laughter, adventure and love


Family and friends celebrate Zach's birthday
Friends in the Neighborhood We own our home in Greenwich Village in New York City, one of the finest neighborhoods for families, and also diverse. Our close friends Kristin and JD, whose wedding was where we met, live one block away and just had a ba-by girl, Katy. We are all excited to have play dates together. We also have friends in the neighborhood, frequently visiting one another. We also take regular trips to NJ to visit our friends Craig and Lori and their three daugh-ters, who have lots of questions and are so excited to meet our new addition. Zach’s cousin Jen, her husband Gust, and their two daughters are also just over the bridge. So as you can see, we have a ready made group waiting for another child to play with! Holidays & Celebrations We love to travel and hope to take your little one to many places, showing them all the diversity the world has to offer. The family we most often travel with is Rob’s mom and sister, who we make a point to vacation with at least annually. We love to take international trips to experience different languages and cultures. We long to expose your child to as many different activities as possible. Christmas: Holidays and celebrations for us are about being with family and friends. Every Christmas we get a real Christmas tree and decorate it. Many of the tree’s ornaments have a history, and every year there seem to be more presents underneath than the last. There is church on Christmas Eve and the reading of the Christmas story before bed, from a book passed down three generations. We are so excited to share these sweet Christmas traditions with a child. We often have both small and large family celebrations for Christmas, as well as an annual Christmas trip with Rob’s mom, to somewhere warm and tropical. Rob’s mom is already thinking of places we can travel to with a little one. Annual Hindu Celebration: Continuing a long-time family tradition from Bengal in India where Rob’s parents are from, each year Rob joins his Mom in attending an annual holi-day festival that happens in the fall to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and the motherly gifts of the universe to the earth. Given how close we are with Rob’s Mom, this holiday holds a very special place in our heart. Zach and I look forward to exposing a child to many faiths and cultures. Thanksgiving: Thankfully, since Rob’s family is Canadian and Zach’s is American, we can celebrate two Thanksgivings, and see both families, since Cana-dian Thanksgiving is about a month before American Thanksgiving. All are welcome, because Thanksgiving is about being generous of heart. No matter what, we are sure to have the traditional feast of turkey and all the fixings, especially since Rob is such a good cook. And no matter what, we are going to share what we are grateful for. Birthdays are full of surprises, parties, and cake. Rob has organized two surprise birthday parties for Zach, and since our birthdays are close together in Feb/Mar, we often take an-other trip at that time. In the summer, we love fireworks and picnics on the Fourth of July, and lots of outdoor excursions throughout the summer. We see the children enjoying these activities and can’t wait to have a child to celebrate with. Summer is full of celebrations with family and friends. How we spend our free time is likely to foster a curious and adventurous childhood. We like to get outside and see and experience things. We love the arts, music, parks and museums that NYC has to offer. We enjoy exercise and sports. We are avid readers and have lots of lively conversation and little inside jokes. And of course, every now and then, the movies and popcorn!
Just so about our life

Should you choose to bless us, your child will have a lot of loving relatives


On vacation with family in Bali
Zach: I was raised by my grandparents, Wyatt and Nancy, surrounded by my extended family, after my mom died when I was five, so in some ways, I was adopted myself. My grandparents gave me a wonderful life and were great role models. They got me involved in music, sports, church, and community service from an early age. Being raised by grandparents means you get to have great connections with lots of cousins and extended family, so should you choose to bless us, your child too will have a lot of loving relatives! School: In elementary and high school, I spent winters on the Jersey shore and summers on Lake Michigan, where the extended family gathers at our summer home. I loved playing the piano, read-ing, and creating adventures for my cousins and friends. People describe me as a creative and dar-ing child. I also really liked school and learning, because my grandparents made it so interesting and fun. After I graduated high school, I found out I had a half-brother, Bjorn. We have been close ever since. Career: I went to college at Rutgers where I studied Psychology, because I wanted to help people. There I worked with children with autism and also worked as a peer counselor at the health center. After Rutgers I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University for Graduate School, where I worked with students and adolescents in school settings. My first job after graduate school was help-ing runaway and homeless youth in the Bronx. This led me into my current career as a healthcare ex-ecutive, but no matter what I’m doing, it’s always been helping people and passing on the gift my grandparents gave me when they took me as a little boy. Rob: I was born and raised in Toronto. My parents emigrated to North America separately for their careers, my Dad’s in financial services in Montreal and my Mom’s as a cancer research scientist initial-ly in Buffalo. Their families knew each other back home, and after both moved to Toronto, they re-connected, and got married. We grew up in a suburban environment. Initially, just Mom, Dad and I until my sister Tanya came 8 years after me. We had a house in the suburbs, a cat and a dog. We were surrounded by many fami-lies who would become close friends of our whole family. Growing up I was always focused on school, but was busy otherwise skiing, playing softball, piano and being involved in various theatre and other cultural things. Given that we had family spread around the world, I got the travel bug early and it has stayed with me since. I have been fortunate to travel extensively for most of my childhood and adult life - Zach and I travel a great deal including visits to my sister and brother-in-law in Australia and Bali every other year, going away with my Mom each Christmas and traveling ourselves somewhere fun and far a few times each year. It’s a real gift I got early from my parents. I went to college in Canada, and started working in Investment Banking when I graduated. Today I oversee a private investment partnership that is focused on making investments in the energy sector. These days we are focused on supporting the transition to a cleaner, more energy efficient world. It’s challenging and rewarding work that I enjoy very much. How we plan to raise a child We plan to pass along what we were so fortunate to receive from our own families and life experiences. The wisdom and humor of Zach’s grandparents, the grit and open-mindedness of Rob’s parents, and of course the unique lessons we have learned on our own personal journeys. We believe it is our job to provide both the opportunity and the solid structure for your baby to thrive as a child. A love of learn-ing, a compassion for all life, respect for others, a belief in personal responsibility, and a sense of adventure/fun are what we hope to bring into a child’s daily life.
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