We are Lauren and Carlton, a loving couple! Our son, Josh, lives at home with us, and we have a lot of fun together! We are an active and creative household, always looking for new adventures. Adoption has always been part of our family’s identity: We adopted Josh when he was 5, and his sister, Alyssa when she was 10. Lauren herself was adopted as an infant. Our circle of family and friends includes other adopted children and birth parents of adoptees. We feel blessed to able to continue to grow our family and are so excited to adopt a baby! Lauren is a devoted teacher and active in helping the community she works in. She is committed to social justice and volunteerism. Her art and craftwork is an extension of her giving nature, creating special gifts for friends and family. Carlton is a writer and creative musician with interests in science, art, and photography. He teaches, volunteers for arts organizations and has produced many concerts of new music. Josh is a young adult who loves gaming and caring for animals. Together, our family enjoys games, movies, concerts, and performances, exploring new places, hiking, learning new things, traveling, and visiting with friends and family. We are always planning something!
Magazine Editor, Composer, Songwriter, and Teacher
Writing, singing, playing the piano, books, listening to all kinds of music, yoga, Marvel superhero movies, long walks and exploring new places.
Carlton grows his hair long and donates it to make wigs for kids who have lost their hair for medical reasons. Every few years, it’s cut short again!
High School Teacher and Artist
Crafts that join her spiritual and social nature, yoga meditation, art projects, volunteer work and traveling.
Lauren’s favorite gift of all time was a hat that looked like a skunk bought for her for $1 at the thrift store. Ask her about her chicken costume!
Gaming, music, gemstones, sea glass, all animals, traveling to new places, and visiting with friends and family.
Josh is a master at jigsaw puzzles and in most board games, he usually wins!
We are always making each other laugh! Lauren is always making up funny songs! Carlton sings and plays the piano. He is able to work from home most days. We love to spend time together—we travel and have visited Barcelona, Paris, and London. We eat dinner together, watch movies, go for walks. Our house has room to play inside and a fenced-in yard. Our town is lovely, with a movie theater, ice cream parlor and bakery within walking distance. The elementary school is a few blocks away and there are many families with children. There’s a long path along the bay that we enjoy. In the evening, sometimes we’ll have a fire in the fireplace or outside in the chiminea. On weekends, we often take the ferry into New York City or drive down to Carlton’s sister’s house in Cape May, where she is the pastor of a church.
We have family in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Colorado. Some of those families also have adopted children. Our closest relative is Carlton’s sister, Nicole, in Cape May, who is a pastor. She officiated at our wedding! We love to visit her, her family and her church community, where we volunteer. We also have fun exploring the town and going to the beach! We have wonderful close friends who we consider part of our extended family too!
“Thank you for viewing our profile. This is an unbelievably hard decision for you to make and we are grateful that you would allow us the privilege of being your choice for your child. We are experienced, loving parents, with a happy, nurturing home filled with laughter, music, and creative adventure. Your child’s joy will be our joy and, we hope, yours as well. Thank you and bless you. We look forward to our journey together.”
-Lauren & Carlton