WE GREATLY ADMIRE THE COURAGEOUS DECISION YOU’VE MADE TO FIND A LOVING HOME FOR YOUR CHILD. We hope you share our dream of creating a NURTURING, STABLE, SUPPORTIVE, AND FUN family, built on the foundation of unconditional love. We are strongly committed to open adoption, and we would be honored for you and your child to be part of our family.
We met more than 12 years ago at a restaurant in Chicago. We were both living there at the time, and as cliché as it sounds, ours was love at first sight. We spent our first date chatting in Lincoln Park, discussing how we felt strongly about having children, and both agreeing on adoption. We spent two-and-a-half years together in Chicago before moving to Madrid, and then to London. During our time in Spain, we were married. Living in Spain allowed Justin to bond with Alvaro’s family, better understand his culture, and learn the Spanish language. After 5 years in Europe, Justin’s job brought us to California’s Bay Area, where we have been ever since. Alvaro is Spanish and Justin is from Alabama. This fusion of our cultures makes us stronger as a couple, as individuals, and we hope will open the eyes of our child to a world far bigger and more beautiful than they ever imagined. We have always wanted to be parents and we feel now is the best time to open our hearts and home to a child through open adoption.
Justin was born and raised in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. The oldest of three boys, as a child, Justin was passionate about music – singing in church, playing piano and trombone in his high school marching band. He looks forward to sharing his love for music with our future child.
“Justin is always happy and cheerful – full of positive energy! People naturally flock to him. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me!” - Alvaro about Justin
Alvaro is from Madrid, Spain. He is part of a large, close-knit family. He loves the outdoors, cooking, gardening and, above all, Justin. He is always hosting dinners for neighbors & friends and can’t wait to expand our family and to teach our child how to make one of his favorite recipes - the Spanish classic, ‘Paella’!!
“Alvaro is an unbelievably caring, generous person, always offering his time to create and build things for friends and family. He is thoughtful, and cares deeply about people. He was born to be a father and I know he will be incredible one!” – Justin about Alvaro
- Build our home on a foundation of unconditional love
- Teach our child to share, be kind and to empathize with others
- Demonstrate what it means to be a diverse household, including exposing our child to different cultures, beliefs and languages
- Provide our child with the love and support needed to grow into an individual who will one day become an independent, fully functioning adult who makes a positive contribution to society
Why We Want to be Dads
DADs! Since we were both young, we both wanted to be dads. We are looking forward to the opportunity to teach a child, love him/her and provide the child with the best opportunities we can offer. We have always believed in open adoption. For us it has always felt like the right path on our journey to be parents. Throughout this process we are committed and open to whatever relationship is best for our future birthmother.
Family & Friends
FAMILY Both of our families have been extremely supportive of us over the years and they can’t wait to meet the newest member of our family!! Despite the physical distances between us, we make sure to travel every year to Alabama & Spain to visit them. They also frequently come to visit us here in California and we always have a blast!!
When you live in California, everyone wants to visit! Justin is very fortunate to still have his grandparents – both in their 90’s – who recently made a trip out to see us. Alvaro’s parents and siblings have also come to visit us on several occasions and we always show them a good time!
Meet Our Family
Justin’s family lives on a small farm outside of Birmingham, Alabama. They have 3 miniature donkeys, 19 chickens, and 2 horses. Their very own petting zoo y’all! We enjoy going to Alabama to relax and unwind, spending time with family, caring for the animals, and gathering eggs for breakfast. We look forward to sharing this with our child!
Alvaro’s family lives in Madrid, Spain. His sister, Patricia, and brothers, Javier and Jorge, all have two children each, THEY ARE A BIG FAMILY! We love going to Spain at least once a year and spending time with them all. We usually rent a house near the coast and they join us for a couple of weeks during the summer months!
- Christmas Eve is a big deal at our house, Alvaro cooks and we enjoy spending time with friends and family
- Every year we go to Alabama for Thanksgiving, last year we had 25 friends and family join us!
- Every summer we spend 2 weeks in Spain, hanging out with family on the coast. Last year was Menorca; this year Majorca!
Our Dog Lola
LOLA is our 2-year-old dog. We adopted her from an animal shelter in 2017. She loves catching her frisbee, chasing her balls, swimming at the Yuba River, and giving lots of snuggles. When she sees us after being away for even a short-period of time, she curls her top lip to reveal her teeth. It’s her way of smiling at us.
We’ve been fortunate that in all the countries in which we’ve lived, we’ve forged a wonderful network of friends. Since moving to California’s Bay Area, we’ve established an equally -cherished group of friends and neighbors we now call family. We share weekends together: hiking, hosting impromptu BBQ’s, taking trips to the Yuba River. We spend so much time with our chosen family because we’re extremely fortunate to have them in our lives. They are all thrilled we are having a child and look forward to helping on this journey – it takes a village.
Traveling & Outdoors
WE LOVE TO TRAVEL! From the moment we met, we have traveled to countries throughout Europe, Africa, and North and Central America. We look forward to sharing our love for traveling with our child! WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS! During the summer months We frequently go the to the Yuba River as well as well as the beach. We also enjoy hiking with our friends and, of course, our dog Lola does too, if not more.
Our Home & Neighborhood
We live in a residential neighborhood in North Oakland, California. We bought our home in 2014 and since then we have spent a lot of time and effort restoring it. Our dream is to raise a family and grow old in this house. We live in a very diverse and tight-knit community - many of our neighbors are like family - and since moving to our neighborhood our house has become the hub of our street. Friends and neighbors always stop by to say hello, play games, or just to chit-chat, but whatever reason, we enjoy having them. We want to thank you for taking the time to get to know us!