Greetings from Upstate New York!
Hello there! We are Sean and Luke. We live in a cute river town in the Hudson Valley, surrounded by mountains. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We realize you are facing an important decision and want you to feel supported.
We have a joy for life, and want to share that joy by expanding our family. Not only will we provide the child we adopt with a secure, loving home, they will also enjoy a supportive community, immersion in nature, great home cooked meals, and celebrations with our close extended family and lots of adorable cousins.
We hope in these next few pages you will get to know us a little more — but we are here, of course, for any questions you may have.
We met in New York City in Autumn 2006. We were introduced by a mutual friend after a comedy show. Sean was already living in Brooklyn and Luke was in America interviewing for a new job. During those couple weeks Luke was in town, we got to know each other better, and we stayed in touch over the following months. Luke returned from England the following spring to begin a career in America, and we’ve been together ever since.
In 2012, we were married in Provincetown, Cape Cod, on a hill overlooking the ocean. After living in a few apartments around Brooklyn, we moved north to the Hudson Valley in 2014 to be closer to our family upstate. We are about an hour from New York City, and can walk to the train station from our house.
Moving upstate to a new community gave us an opportunity to embrace a slower pace of life, to spend more time together as a couple, and focus on our hobbies such as cooking, baking, and gardening. An important part of our each day is spent preparing dinner together, reflecting on each others’ day, and talking through any challenges we’re facing together. After dinner, we watch a movie with our dog, Agador.
Together, as a couple, we share the same values and goals for the future. We’ve built a strong relationship together, and a warm and welcoming home. We look forward opening up our hearts and our lives to fatherhood.
We are potential adoptive parents Sean and Luke from the Hudson Highlands, NY. We are currently looking to adopt a child. We may be reached through our adoption agency, Friends in Adoption and will gladly answer any questions that you may have for us. We are hopeful, eager, and legally approved to adopt a baby anywhere in the United States, and we hope to hear from you! 🙂
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—as written by Luke
“My adorable husband Sean was born in Albany and grew up in a small town nearby. He went to the same school from Kindergarten until 12th Grade, and many of our closest friends today are people from his hometown, their partners, and their kids. Sean is the hub of his tight friend group from High School, always checking in on them and often organizing gatherings to catch up.
Sean went to college in Washington DC, and lived briefly in the Czech Republic where he studied filmmaking. Sean shares his passion for cinema with me, and together we try to watch a new film every night. After moving to Brooklyn, he worked in advertising, went to graduate school for architectural preservation, and began a career in interior design.
Sean’s parents and grandparents were all deeply involved in public service and government, and that tradition has continued with Sean. He is now a volunteer community organizer in our town, serving on several non-profit boards and village committees, and is also a campaign manager for a few local politicians. He is very passionate about the community we live in — being his husband sometimes feels like I am married to the Mayor of our village! We are fortunate that when we become parents, Sean will be able to stay at home full time, and we will also have some childcare help from our nearby family.
Whenever we travel, Sean is most definitely the plan-maker of the two of us. He makes extra effort to be sure we see local sites, parks, and museums. (But I chime in on the restaurant choices!) In warm weather, Sean enjoys hiking and canoeing in the forests near our home.
He comes from a family of avid readers, and every room in our house has an overstuffed bookcase. Before we decided to move to our village, Sean insisted that we attend a performance of the local high school’s spring musical — he wanted to make sure the school had a strong drama department and supported the arts. Luckily, the kids and the play we saw were great, and we moved a few months later.
Once, when I asked Sean what job he would choose out of any in the world, he said ‘a Dad.’”
—as written by Sean
“Luke grew up in England, in a seaside town about an hour from London. He grew up with his Mum Cheryl, Dad Andrew, and older sister Bryony. Like my parents, his parents still live in his hometown where Luke grew up. And his aunts both live on the land his grandfather farmed in northern England. I always learn something new about his family whenever we visit.
Luke’s ancestors were traditional dyers and weavers, and his father is a retired art teacher. From the time he was six years old, Luke wanted to be a fashion designer and was fortunate to be brought up in a family that encouraged his creativity. As a child, his parents brought him to the end-of-year student fashion show at the local art college — the same college he would attend a decade later. The commitments Andrew and Cheryl have for Luke’s passions, however quirky, are a great parenting example for us on how to raise a child to be focused and ambitious.
After graduating from a top fashion school in London, Luke spent four years designing his own label in England, while also making costumes for pop stars. Since arriving in the US, he’s worked his way up through a few companies and is now the Vice President of design for a major clothing brand. We are fortunate this his success gives us a comfortable financial position to expand our family, though Luke would say the best part of his job is encouraging his team’s work, and seeing them thrive in their own careers.
Luke loves to share his creative passions with other people — whether through developing new recipes for a dinner party, making quilts for our friends’ new babies, or arranging flowers for a special event, Luke show’s his love through his personalized, creative acts.
For all of these reasons, I know that Luke will be a great father to the child we adopt.”
When we moved out of Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley, we wanted to live in an area like the places where we grew up, outside big cities. Our village is close to the river, with lots of forests and some wonderful lakes. Our community is very welcoming to different types of families, and we’ve met neighbors who come from all over the world. Sean is on the board of our local film society, which hosts a summer series of free outdoor screenings for the community to enjoy under the stars. He is also on the board of our local farmer’s market, which gives us great access to fresh produce year round.
Our house is in the center of town, surrounded by the community playground, ballfields, public library, and the elementary school. It has four bedrooms, a nice garden, and a cozy fireplace. It has everything we wanted, and we’ve enjoyed spending time doing the work to make it just right.
More recently, we have converted the basement level to a studio where Luke can work. He is only at his office in Manhattan two days a week, and works from home the rest of the time. We are very fortunate that he will be working from home most of the time as our family grows.
Just after we moved into our home, we welcomed our dog Agador. He likes the big backyard and sitting at the window watching hikers walk to the trailhead. But mostly he prefers to nap on the sofa.
We’ve been very happy here so far, and we’ve made lots of new local friends. (We’ve even encouraged some of our old friends to join us!)
The baby we hope to adopt will join a big, loving family, with three aunts, three uncles, four cousins, four grandparents, and two great-grandmothers, along with many great aunts, great uncles, and second cousins.
Most of Sean’s family lives within an hour or two from our home in Upstate New York, with some others in Boston, Chicago, Virginia and Tennessee. Because there are so many of us, there’s always a reason to get together for weddings, graduations, anniversaries, or big birthdays, and each summer everyone travels together to Cape Cod. A big part of our decision to leave Brooklyn and move north was to be closer to Sean’s family, and it has given us all a chance to grow closer over the years.
Overseas, Luke’s family in England live close to each other as well, so it is easy to see them all whenever we visit, especially as Luke’s younger cousins are beginning to get married and start families of their own. Luke also travels around Europe a few times a year for work, so it is easy to tack on a few days for a holiday with family.
Everyone is very excited for us to become fathers and to see our family continue to grow.
In addition to our relatives, our “chosen family” is just as close and spreads around the world. From our hometowns, from our universities, and from our years in London and New York, we’ve kept lasting, loving friendships with a great number of friends. Despite the fact that many of our friends are far flung, we have also made friends with families here in our village. One of the most exciting things that has happened more recently is that we are building friendships with our friends’ children. Last Summer, Luke hosted a tie-dye workshop for our friend Stacey’s son, Jac. (Although his mom was pretty into it, too!) Our friends Jen & Raj’s son, Emile, loves to come to Uncle Luke and Uncle Sean’s for a dance party!
Getting to experience new cities, new cultures, and especially new food together is a great joy for us, and truly a privilege we value. We love visiting new places and seeing old favorites again. Sean has seen 29 states and Luke has visited 23. We went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, and return whenever we can. Some of our favorite places to visit have been Maine, New Mexico, and West Virginia. Every summer we travel back to Cape Cod, and in colder months fly to Los Angeles to visit our friends around California. Internationally, we’ve traveled together to 14 different countries across Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. We look forward to sharing our love of travel with our growing family.
As much as we like to travel, it is always good to be home, and from our tiniest apartments in Brooklyn to our house in the Hudson Valley we’ve always felt the most “at home” while cooking and entertaining our friends and family. Whenever they can, our American and English families get together at our house for Thanksgiving. Every winter, we decorate the house differently and have a big holiday party for our friends and neighbors. We spend Christmas with Sean’s family, and we travel to England for New Year’s with Luke’s family. We spend Easter with Sean’s Godmother and Memorial Day with our family in Albany. We go to Boston a few times a year for our nieces’ birthdays, and we always enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks and a big Halloween parade in our village.
The more we look back at the life we have shared together, the more it is clear to us that raising a family is the natural next step. We are fortunate to provide a solid and stable home, financially and emotionally. We have a lot of love to give, and we are so excited to begin.
We understand what a complicated and difficult choice you are considering making. We are so grateful that you are learning about us during your decision process. Whether it is through letters and pictures, or in-person visits, should you decide to make an adoption plan with us, please know we hope to cultivate an open, comfortable relationship between you, your child, and us — we want to find something that works for us all.
Ultimately, our goal is to raise the child we adopt to be confident, comfortable, and kind, to always be curious about the world, and always want to share what they have learned and what they love with others.
As you can see, we can’t wait to be dads and hope you will consider us for this special gift. Whatever decision you make, we hope for an easy pregnancy for you.
Luke and Sean
We are potential adoptive parents Sean and Luke from Upstate New York. We are eager to grow our family as we hope to adopt a baby and share our love with a child. We have been legally qualified to be adoptive parents and will provide additional details about ourselves upon request. We are home-study approved! We are hopeful, eager, and legally approved to adopt a baby anywhere in the United States, and we hope to hear from you! We are very excited by the prospect of building our family through adoption! Please feel free to pass along our information by sharing our adoption profile on your social media pages, or email your friends. ~ Thank you!
We may be reached through our adoption agency, Friends in Adoption and will gladly answer any questions that you may have for us.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption for your unborn baby (or if you are considering placing an already born child), please know that Friends in Adoption (FIA), is kind, caring, friendly, understanding, and ethical. They are a nonprofit organization offering free adoption information for pregnant women considering adoption, without ever putting any pressure on you to make a decision.
Should you decide on adoption, FIA will provide you with the choices you have in creating an adoption plan that fits YOU and your needs. FIA will offer you great resources such as free counseling and free legal assistance. They will also support you with medical and living expenses, as the law allows.
All inquiries are confidential.
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