Rachel & Bakari
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference, Multi-Racial
Gender of child interested in adopting:Girl
Thank you for choosing adoption and considering us as adoptive parents for this child. We know this is a significant decision you are making and we won't pretend to know what's it's like. We are here to support you and facilitate whatever level of openness you want in your relationship with your child, whether it be regular communication, occasional visits or a closed adoption. An adopted child is a twice loved child and that's how we plan to explain and celebrate this child's story!
Please know that our number one goal is to raise happy children, who know that they are loved unconditionally. We hope to raise them to be ethical, open-minded and secure with themselves. We promise to be attentive and present parents who put the needs of the children first through play, learning, and exploration. We are also very excited to celebrate a child’s ethnic and cultural heritage and add new traditions to our already mixed backgrounds.
Our hearts are with you as you go through this journey. We hope to meet you someday soon, and are sending good thoughts and love as you make your decision!
Hello! We are Rachel, Bakari and our son Seku. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us! Adoption isn’t just part of our future, it’s actually what brought us together as a couple in the first place. We met through a mutual friend who set us up on a blind date. He thought we would click because we had both expressed to him how we had wanted to grow a family through adoption. Sharing this desire with each other at the beginning of our relationship was one of the things that made us fall in love so easily. We were together for just over two years before getting married in August 2016.
Our love for each other stems from our shared values and the respect we have for each other's passions. Rachel is lawyer at a non-profit organization and Bakari owns an independently certified green business. We are both vegetarians, own an electric car and have solar panels on our home. We live a conscious and mindful lifestyle and do all we can to give back to the world around us!
In April 2018, we welcomed our son Seku into our family. Now we hope to complete our family and adopt a beautiful baby girl. We are excited to be on the adoption journey that we’ve dreamed about for so many years. We’ve both always wanted to be parents and cannot wait to share our unconditional love with another child.
We own our own home, along with three other homes that are located on our property. This means our tenants are also our neighbors! We really like this arrangement because we have become friends with our tenants and have formed a tight-knit community. Our tenants all have young children and we like to spend time together in our outdoor space.
We live across the bay from San Francisco, a few miles away from Bakari’s childhood home and two towns over from where Rachel grew up. The city we live in has 6,000 acres of parks and 32 miles of shoreline. Our community is not only diverse, but also well integrated. We have people of all colors living on our block.
On Friday mornings, we like to walk to the Farmer’s Market in front of our local library to get fresh vegetables and fruit. We also enjoy taking Didi to our local park almost every day to play fetch. We are a short train ride away from San Francisco and its aquarium and art and science museums. We can’t wait to introduce our wonderful community to our children!
Our Extended Family
Our family is extremely excited about us becoming adoptive parents. Bakari’s step-brother is adopted and Bakari’s mother worked for many years with foster children. Through their experiences, we have an understanding of the commitment one makes when adopting a child. We started the adoption process before we became pregnant with our son because we knew we wanted to adopt no matter what. We both have younger siblings and want our children to know the experience of having a loving sibling and ready-made friend.
We both grew up close with our large, extended families. Our parents only live 15 minutes away from us and we see aunts, uncles and cousins at least once a month for family get-togethers, camping trips and BBQs.
We also have two furry family members – a fluffy cat named Franklin and a sweet and loyal dog named Didi. They are both rescues. Rachel found Franklin on the street when he was less than a month old and she adopted Didi around six years ago from an animal shelter. Didi loves children and one of her favorite things to do is go to work with Rachel and play with the children of her clients. Franklin is like a real life Garfield; his favorite food is lasagna and he loves to mess with Didi!
Our Family Traditions
On Friday mornings, we like to walk to the Farmer’s Market in front of the library to get fresh vegetables and fruit. Rachel takes Didi to our local park almost every day to play fetch. We grew up celebrating both Jewish holidays and Christmas as both of our moms are Jewish. Family traditions that we grew up with and can’t wait to share with our children, include going on camping trips every summer, watching fireworks on the 4th of July on our roof, regular board game nights and family discussions of everything from politics to philosophy.
What Led Us To Adoption
Adoption was what brought us together as a couple. In June 2014, a mutual friend set us up on a blind date. He thought we would click because we had both expressed to him how we had wanted to grow a family that included adoption since we were both young. Sharing this desire with each other at the beginning of our relationship was one of the things that made us fall in love.
We began the adoption process before we became pregnant and have stuck with it even though it's taken longer and been more involved than we thought it would be because of how important it is to us to adopt a child. Having our son has only reaffirmed and strengthened our desire and commitment to complete our family in a way that will also be a blessing to a family needing the support of an adoptive forever home.We believe adoption is the greatest gift you can give a child, both by the birth parent and the adoptive parent.