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Meet Matt & Joe Z.-R.

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Dear Birthparent,

Hello! We are Matt and Joe, and we very much appreciate you taking the time to learn a bit about us. We cannot say how much we admire you for the decision you are making — considering giving us perhaps the greatest gift one person can give to another.

We first met in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2008 when we both started medical school, and we have been by each other’s side ever since. After medical school, we moved to Cincinnati to actually become pediatricians, which was even more demanding than med school. Through it all — the long hours, the challenging cases, the new experiences and adventures — the constant presence was our unwavering support for each other. We became a couple capable of facing any challenge.

Several years into our relationship marriage between two men became legal! We were married surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. We are blessed by extended families on both sides that not only love us dearly, but are eagerly awaiting the day that we grow our family with a child. We spend lots of time with nieces and nephews, who keep asking us when we’ll have a child so that they can have another cousin to play with. We hope the answer is soon.

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We can’t believe that we have had the pups for 11 years.

Since finishing medical school and settling into regular work, our lives have stabilized so that we are finally ready to grow our family and share our lives with a child. We bought a home in an amazing community, with one of the best school districts in Ohio. We structured our careers to give us the flexibility to be active and involved parents for our future child. All that is left is waiting for someone like you to feel that we are the right people to love, nurture, and provide for their child.

About Joe by Matt I cannot imagine life without Joe. He is a dedicated friend and an extremely thoughtful partner. He easily shares joy and excitement with others. As I’ve seen him interact with our nieces and nephews first hand I know he will be am amazing dad — sharing his sense of joy, wonder, and adventure with our future child. I can’t wait to start this newest adventure with Joe.

About Matt by Joe Matt is universally adored by our friends and family. He is always there to listen or lend a helping hand. He puts the needs of others above his own. He is also one of those individuals who is good at everything – trivia, painting, ice skating, cooking, woodworking…(you get the idea). He is especially skilled with children. I have no doubt that Matt will be an incredible father. I feel so lucky to be with him on this journey.

Traveling has been a huge theme of our lives together. We’ve traveled throughout the country as well as many places around the world, and look forward to sharing these adventures with our child.

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Our backyard is waiting for a swing set, and we are excited to fill our home with children.

We’ve always been told that raising a child takes a village. With extended family nearby, as well as a strong network of friends, we have quite the village ready to go!

While cherishing your child as our own, we will not lose sight of your important role in their life – hopeful that through openness and mutual respect our child grows up recognizing that your decision to share them with us was made out of love.

With deepest respect,
Matt and Joe

Our Family at a Glance

We live in the Cincinnati area. We both work as pediatricians, caring for children – Joe in a primary care clinic and Matt in the intensive care unit. Our hobbies include spending time with friends and family, hiking and canoeing with our two dogs, and traveling. We believe that there are only positives to an open adoption, especially for the child. We have been together since 2009, and married since June 2016.

For more information about our family, please contact Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356.