Alison & Behzad

Our Letter

Hello,

We are grateful for the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. We are excited to share with you the story of our family, one that is loving, caring and nurturing.

We have always wanted to have a family of our own. We have been together for more than 18 years and have always been involved in the lives of our nieces and nephews, as well as our friends’ children.

We want to adopt because we know we will  be loving parents. We are ready to focus our love and lives on the development of an infant and support them as they grow throughout their life. We are excited to teach them about the world and instill in them values that are about building community: empathy, compassion, social justice, kindness, wonder, joy, gratitude and love. We want the child that joins our family to feel safe, loved, nurtured, prepared to engage with the world with confidence and have respect for all living beings.

We are thankful for your consideration of our family, and we respect whatever decision you make.

With much gratitude,

Alison and Behzad

Our Story

Alison is from a small town in northeastern Washington and Behzad was born in Tehran, Iran, two very different worlds.  We were brought together in Los Angeles where we met at a protest for social justice in 2001.  We had mutual friends and saw each other at political and social events for about a year before Behzad called Alison to ask her out on their first date. Our date included a bike ride in Santa Monica and dinner.  We have been building our life together ever since.

Our relationship is kind, safe, and respectful.  We spend much of our time laughing with and learning from one another.  We love to cook, ride bikes, take walks, travel and read together.  When we disagree, we talk through our differences and feel more deeply connected after we work to understand one another’s perspectives.  Loving each other has enriched both of our lives more than we can put into words.

We moved into our neighborhood with an adoptive child in mind.  We live across the street from a large park and community center with a public pool. As a biracial couple we’ve had the chance to learn about diverse cultural practices and continue to enjoy developing cultural humility and competency. We are fortunate to have a diverse community of friends and family who have been encouraging and will be supportive of our adoption.

Alison has worked as a Social Worker for 18 years, most recently in private practice and teaching in higher education. Behzad is a licensed attorney and currently the Chief Financial Officer for a Chicago area nonprofit.

Alison
Behzad
Comfort food
steak and baked potato
avocado
Dessert
ice cream
baklava
Favorite TV show
This Is Us
Schitt’s Creek
Favorite holiday
Christmas
Nowruz (Persian New Year)
Fitness activities
yoga, biking and hiking
yoga, biking and hiking
Ideal vacation
relaxing on a beach and exploring nature
camping and hiking
I love to…
make Behzad laugh
cook for Alison
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