We’re Lauren and Marty and this beautiful little girl is our daughter Olivia. Not the furry one…that’s our Goldendoodle Spencer! We’d like to thank you for considering us as you evaluate whether an adoption plan is the right decision for you and your baby. As parents, we recognize the gravity of your choice and respect the love and strength that you have for your unborn child. We promise to be open, honest, and authentic so that you can determine if our lives are what you envision for your little one. We hope to showcase our strengths and uniqueness as well as our desire to be parents again. We are hopeful for an open adoption but will ultimately respect your wishes if this is something you are not comfortable with. We hope that you have the love and support that you need as you navigate your adoption journey and we look forward to getting to know more about you and your hopes and dreams for your baby.
Profession: Accessibility Counsellor
Education: Masters Degree
Interests: Playing sports, Baking, Reading, Make-up, Travelling, Music, Theatre
Profession: Manager of Sales Support
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Running, Music, Sports, Watching Documentaries, Kayaking, Attending Concerts
Years Together: 5
Other Children: 8 year old daughter, Olivia
Pets: 2 year old Goldendoodle, Spencer
Age: 0-6 Months
Gender: No Preference
Ethnicity: No Preference
Special Needs: Mildly Correctable
Type of Adoption: Open
We were born in the same hospital, though seven years apart from one another. We grew up in close proximity, frequented the same places as children, and even worked in the same building as adults, though fate wouldn’t cross our paths until years later when we met online. Having both experienced previous marriages, we knew from the start that there was something special about our connection. Our conversations flowed with ease and we complimented each other in ways that allowed us to learn from one another. Over the years, we’ve built our relationship on unconditional love, acceptance, honesty, and respect. We support each other through thick and thin and celebrate each other’s successes, no matter how small. We absolutely adore spending time together and work well as a team to keep our busy household running.
We are a light-hearted affectionate family. Our house is filled with laughter and there is no shortage of hugs or snuggles to go around. We say, “I love you,” multiple times a day and make a point of never going to bed without kisses and cuddles. We knew early on in our relationship that we wanted to complete our family with another child, but due to infertility struggles, this has been a challenge. Adoption will allow us to continue to navigate the exciting world of parenting together and will allow Marty to finally become the Dad he’s always dreamed of becoming.
Lauren In A Nutshell
Lauren is compassionate and empathic. She works as an Accessibility Counsellor, at a reputable university, helping to support students facing mental health challenges. She is passionate about her work and builds strong relationships with her students due to her authenticity and relatable nature. Lauren is an incredible Mom to Olivia. They share a strong bond and can often be seen snuggling or giggling throughout the day. In fact, one of Lauren’s greatest skills is making others laugh. It brings her great joy to put a smile on someone’s face. As a partner, Lauren is kind, loving and affectionate. Her smile brightens up any room and always puts me in a good mood. She has helped me open up in ways that I didn’t even know were possible. She has so much love to give and is looking forward to being able to share that love with another child.
Marty In A Nutshell
Marty is the guy you call when it’s moving day and your movers have just cancelled on you. He is loyal, dependable and will drop everything to help a friend in need. Though he certainly has a serious side, he also has a youthfulness about him that makes him fun and entertaining to be around. Marty loves to play a variety of sports. On vacation, you will find him on the volleyball court no matter how hot it is outside. He’s also an avid runner and has shared his passion with Olivia. The two of them can often be found running on the track near our house. For me, Marty is the partner that I’ve always hoped for. He’s kind, caring and I know that I can always count on him to lift me up when I’m having a difficult day. He has this even keel about him that I’m still trying to master!
Olivia is an incredible kid…and I’m not just saying that because I’m her Mom. She is smart, funny and has one of the best imaginations I’ve ever come across in all my years of working with kids. Give her some empty boxes, some markers and tape and she will build an entire wildlife sanctuary complete with heart rate monitor, x-ray machine and blood bank! Olivia is a kind-hearted soul. She can often be found helping someone to the school’s office for ice or standing up to anyone who isn’t nice to her friends. She is fiercely protective and will make a wonderful big sister. When we told Olivia we were thinking of adopting she immediately began practicing for life with a baby. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her and who she decides to become.
If Spencer had a motto it would be, “The Snuggle is Real.” This dog has a personality like no other. He’s friendly, playful, and extremely outgoing. He will let Olivia and her friends do just about anything to him as long as they include him in their games. Spencer is gentle with small children. Though he has been known to startle a few in the neighbourhood by sneaking up and giving them kisses!! He adores being outside and swims for hours when given the opportunity. We can’t imagine our lives without him!
Our Family & Friends
Lauren’s sister and her family live seven minutes away so we spend time with them as often as we can. We have also enhanced our “family” circle with amazing friends. Their children range in age from 0-8 so there will be plenty of playmates for your child to grow up with. Everyone is extremely supportive of our plan to adopt and looking forward to meeting the newest member of the family.
Together we are an active family who enjoys being outdoors. When the weather is warm, you can find us exploring different neighbourhoods in Toronto, wandering the shores of Lake Ontario or cooling off at the local pool up the street. In the winter, you can find us skating, tobogganing, or enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a board game at home.
In our household, music is a way of life. Whether it’s listening to the radio on the way to school or in the kitchen as we make dinner, music is central to almost everything we do. We love attending concerts and took Olivia to see her favorite singer, Shawn Mendes, at six. We also love musical theatre and live performances, and hope to share this love with your child.
Our Home & Community
We live in a three-bedroom, three-story townhome in the west end of Toronto. Our home is warm and inviting with a steady stream of neighbourhood kids pouring in and out of it. When at home, we spend most of our time in the open concept kitchen and living room area where we cook together and snuggle up as a family on our deep comfy couch. Our neighborhood is culturally diverse and family friendly. There are lots of fun things to do in the area including swimming, skating, or playing in the park that is steps from our front door. Each day, it’s full of kids riding bikes, playing hockey, or chasing one another, but the best thing about our neighborhood is its sense of community. It is not uncommon for there to be an impromptu water fight, outdoor concert, or food truck parked at the curb where everyone gathers to spend quality time together.
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
We love being parents and are beyond excited to grow our family through adoption. We strongly believe that each child is unique with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. As parents, we will love your child unconditionally, act as their biggest cheerleader, and expose them to a multitude of experiences so that they can discover their hidden talents and who they wish to become. We will celebrate their successes and be there to support them with open arms when they experience life’s inevitable challenges.
We feel that it’s important to be good role models for your child, as children often learn more from what they see rather than what they hear. We plan to work hard, speak kindly, demonstrate compassion and empathy for others and to teach them that it’s okay to make mistakes. We see value in teaching problem solving skills and offering lots of praise. We do not believe in any sort of physical punishment, as we feel that it is hypocritical, ineffective, and incredibly damaging to a child’s wellbeing.
Our Relationship With You
We look forward to getting to know more about you. We see adoption as an opportunity to expand our family to include you and the people that are important to you. We want your child to know who you are, where they came from, and all the people that love them! We are hopeful to build a relationship with you that will grow over time. We look forward to sharing photos, e-mails, text messages, and visits if this is something that you’re comfortable with. We recognize that there may be times throughout your life where this may not be possible, and we promise to always respect your boundaries and to follow your lead.
Why We’re Different
We are open and experienced when it comes to having multiple families who love and care for the same child. We have worked hard to build a strong co-parenting relationship with Olivia’s Dad’s family and know what it takes to put a child first to ensure their wellbeing. While divorce is certainly not an ideal situation, what we’ve learned from it, is that having more people who love and care for a Olivia has enriched her life in countless ways. Now, instead of experiencing awkward pick-up and drop-offs, we celebrate family milestones together and vacation as one big family. We feel this experience has laid the groundwork for a successful open adoption.
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We hope we have given you a clear picture of who we are as a family and how much your child will be loved and supported in our home. If you choose to move forward with an adoption plan, please know that we will respect your decision and the relationship you wish to have with your child. We are excited at the prospect of sharing our lives with both you and your baby. If you feel we are the right family for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for considering us!
Marty & Lauren