Both of our lives have been enriched by relationships with adopted family members. Chelsea’s cousin is both a birthmother and an adoptive mother. Chelsea’s stepfather, his siblings and his mother were all adopted. Matt’s most influential aunt was adopted by his grandparents as an infant. Our connections to adoption took place before open adoption was the norm and this has really helped us to see the benefits of open adoption for everyone involved.
An open adoption in our family will begin by allowing our child to feel whole by eliminating as many unknowns as possible. We will welcome birthparents, grandparents and extended relatives into our family. The more people who will love and support our child, the better!
Through the classes we have taken at The Cradle, discussions with our supportive friends and family and our own research, we believe we are a prepared and ideal family to adopt a child of a different cultural background. We know that transracial adoption will come with challenges, but we are excited to embrace our future child’s diversity in our already culturally rich lives!
We met as college students six years ago at the University of New Mexico. Matt was an exchange student from England and Chelsea, an Albuquerque native, met him on his first day on campus. The connection between us was immediate. We spent the school year getting to know each other and falling in love. After a frustrating immigration process and a long distance engagement we were married two years later at the alumni chapel on the university campus just steps from where we first met.
\As young college graduates seeking change and adventure we moved to Chicago. For the past five years we have made our home in, what we believe to be, the most diverse neighborhood in the city. Three and a half years ago we had our daughter Worthing. We have stayed in our neighborhood because we believe it is a great place to raise children. We love the sense of community in the place we have built our life. From street festivals and good conversation with neighbors to local restaurants and our gorgeous park down the street we feel lucky to have landed in such a family friendly environment. Chicago has truly become home.
Chelsea is a teacher at York Alternative High School. She teaches 17-21 year old young men who are awaiting trial in the maximum security division at the Cook County Jail. She is passionate and devoted to the work she does.
Seeing a flaw in the system, she founded her own non-profit to help transition youth from incarceration to independence. For fun she enjoys cooking New Mexican food for friends and family, reading parenting books and watching reality television on MTV.
Matt is the Director of Communications for a Chicago Alderman. His responsibilities include communicating with the press, conducting business and enforcing policy which makes his boss look good and improves the lives of the people who live in the district. He recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Journalism from DePaul University. In whatever spare time that is available he watches sports, plans his next tattoo and socializes with friends.
Becoming parents completely changed our lives. We are eager to parent a second child and add to our family! Parenting in infancy and the toddler months (as well as the childhood years we have yet to experience) with a second child is something we are both looking forward to!
We are conscientious parents who take this responsibility very seriously. We read, play, create art, discover and laugh daily! Our free time is spent grocery shopping, checking books out at the library, walking our dog Howard, playing at the park and exploring the city while exposing Worthing to as many unique experiences as possible. We can’t wait to take our next child along for the ride! There is nothing more rewarding than getting to relive childhood through the eyes of a child. We want our children to one day leave our home as confident, intelligent and kind adults. We both love parenting and know that now is the right time to give Worthing a little brother or sister.
Placing a child for adoption is perhaps the most selfless choice a person can make. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that if you choose to place your baby with us your child will be loved unconditionally and you will be a part of that child’s life and our family forever.
Chelsea and Matt