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Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

Family Profile Picture

Hello! We are Regan and Dave from the beach town of Santa Cruz, California. We value family, community, nature, a love for justice, tasty food and good music!

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally. We believe that open adoption means making a lifelong commitment to your child *and* to you.

We know we can never replace your unique role in his or her life. We are excited to offer your child a safe, loving, nurturing and stable home. As parents, we hope to foster a strong sense of community, love for the earth, a passion for justice and a deep commitment to making the world a better place.

Most of all, we want them to know and feel they are always loved!

We hope our story leads you to want to get to know us better. Please reach out with any questions!

About Us

Where We Live

The beautiful sunny beach town, Santa Cruz, CA.

Careers

Regan is a documentary filmmaker. Dave is a statistician at a homelessness and housing policy institute.

Best Vacation

Swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii.

Hobbies

Dave likes to bike, garden and eat popcorn! Regan likes to dance, hike and host game nights!

Favorite Getaways

Regan’s sister’s land on the Smith River, as well as Yosemite and the Yuba River.

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About Us

We were introduced by a mutual friend. Our first date — the day before Valentine’s in 2010 — was a hike in the Oakland hills. We hit it off from the get-go and quickly discovered we had many friends and interests in common.

After living for many years in Oakland, CA, we recently bought a home in the lovely beach town of Santa Cruz, CA, where Regan lived before moving to Oakland, and we still have lots of friends nearby. We’re both big nature lovers and enjoy hiking in the redwoods, boogie boarding, biking and watching for sea otters and whales from the coastline.

Values we will teach our child:
–  Learning
– Family
– Community
– A love of justice
– Creativity
– Friendship
– Kindness
– Curiosity
– Good healthy food
– Good music

We have both been active in local economic and racial justice issues through our activism, attending rallies and marches, and community organizing. In the last few years we’ve become active with an anti-racist organization and we facilitate classes for white folks to learn and take action in multiracial movements to address racism and build a better world for all.

We appreciate the values of the San Francisco Bay Area: openness, inclusion, and reflection on how to create a just, sustainable world.

 

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About Regan

Regan is a documentary filmmaker. Her last film, FIXED, was on PBS and screened in festivals and college classrooms around the world. Most recently, she has been coordinating national screening tours, and managing distribution and consulting for social issue films on their impact strategy. She has also recently begun working towards a trauma-informed somatics coaching certification.

Regan was raised in Virginia with her mother and older sister. Her father and stepmother lived close by in Washington, D.C. She worked as a sea kayak guide, massage therapist, teen theater director, and a union organizer before going back to school to get a master’s degree in documentary film. Throughout her life, she has been very involved in social justice activism. Regan identifies as queer and believes in an expansive, self-defined understanding of gender. Regan uses “they” and “she” pronouns.

For fun, Regan enjoys going hiking, biking, swimming, reading, hosting game nights or dinner parties, dancing (mostly around the house these days), and tackling new recipes.

What Dave has to say about Regan: I have so many good times, and so many good laughs, with Regan and I feel so lucky to have found this kindred spirit! I’ve never met anyone so excited by the sight of a whale spout or a massive oak tree. One of the first things that enamored me to her was seeing how sweet, caring, and fun she is with her nephew. I’ve seen her spend hours patiently working as his Lego assistant, helping him find all the right pieces so he can finish constructing a complicated Ninjago Lego set. I love watching them build gigantic cushion-sheet forts, dress up as pirates, enact elaborate plays with complex set designs. It’s given me a sense of the love, steady support, and good times she’ll provide as a parent.

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About Dave

Dave grew up alongside his twin brother, one younger brother, politically active parents, and a Labrador retriever in Seattle. He has a PhD in Statistics and works as a data scientist for a homelessness and housing policy think tank that is working to end homelessness in California and across the country. He uses “he” and “they” pronouns and believes in an expansive sense of gender as well.

He has worked on and off as an organizer for his union and volunteers with local nonprofits. On weekends, you’ll find him biking in the hills, hiking in the local redwood forests or working his magic in the kitchen. He dreams of befriending the cows he encounters on his morning jog through the open space preserve near their house. When he can, he heads to the Sierra to backpack in the wilderness, but what he loves most is a cozy evening at home with Regan, watching a movie or learning a new song for their harmonica duo.

What Regan has to say about Dave: Dave is the perfect balance of fun, loving, kind, smart, and responsible. Our nephews and niece adore him, as do the rest of our family and friends — and our friends’ children. He’s famous for setting up treasure hunts for the children in our life with elaborate clues to find hidden prizes. He is curious, considerate and deeply caring about people of all ages in his life. He has an astonishing memory and remembers all of our friends’ relatives’ names and always remembers to ask about them. He also has boundless energy, is quite silly, and can be found belting out Whitney Houston’s ‘The Greatest Love of All’ lyrics at the top of his lungs on a moment’s notice. And yet he’s also the one to jump up to do the dishes first or to set up the guest room really nice when we have family coming to town. I knew he was someone I would love to raise a child with when, early in our dating life, before we lived together, I walked into his bedroom and found him reading a book on “How to Finance Your Child’s College Education,” and my heart went pitter pat.

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Home Sweet Home

We were very fortunate to be able to buy our first home, recently, in the oceanside town of Santa Cruz, California. Our house is a short walk to the beach where we are continuously amazed to see whales, otters, dolphins and sea lions! While we’re not surfers, yet, we love to catch waves with our boogie boards. We also hike in the redwoods a few times a week, go kayaking, and, in the warmer months, jump in the ocean as often as we can.

Our home is a safe, warm, fun and nurturing place. We love to cook and host dinner parties, game nights, and occasional Sunday morning brunch with our friends and their children. Weekday evenings, we can be found either at home reading books, playing cards or board games, watching Netflix, or whipping up big pots of food.

We can’t wait to share these experiences with a little one! We live near lots of fun spots for kids: playgrounds, the Santa Cruz amusement park, beaches, and nature parks abound, not to mention everything else the Bay Area has to offer.

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Our Family & Community

We both have amazingly supportive, loving, close-knit families. Recently, all 19 of our immediate family from both sides (13 adults and 6 kids) met up on the Oregon coast to explore the beautiful beaches and run around on the giant sand dunes with the kiddos. A child in our family will have no lack for cousins to play with or an extended family who loves them dearly!

Both of our families love the outdoors and are politically progressive and open-minded. We’re happy that our child will have a lesbian-identified aunt and a transgender cousin. We’re also grateful that both of Dave’s parents are pediatricians and we’ll be able to call upon them for advice anytime.

We are also blessed with a large, fun, diverse circle of friends who are part of our extended family. Many of them have children whom we enjoy spending time with, and look forward to seeing our child grow up in this warm and dynamic community.

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Thank you for considering us!

We promise to support your child in becoming their truest self, to nurture their interests, and to support them in living their dreams every step of the way.  We want to give our child every opportunity to learn and grow. We look forward to helping them with homework after school, reading bedtime stories as part of tucking them in at night, and family outings on the weekends. Regan is excited to be a stay-at-home parent for at least the first year or two. Dave is able to take at least 6 months off to start. Since the pandemic, we’ve both worked from home.

Above all, we want them to feel loved, safe and cherished.

We also want to acknowledge that we’re no spring chickens. ;-) We hope that this is seen as an asset: we have a lot of love and wisdom to share and we’re in a place in our lives where we are grounded in who we are and lucky enough to have financial stability and can really devote ourselves completely to loving and supporting this child.

We envision our child growing up and thriving in our warm, loving, happy home… learning to garden with Grandma Ellie… playing Legos with their cousins and having slumber parties…backpacking with their parents to our favorite spot in Yosemite National Park… learning about the world through traveling abroad and around the country… And learning, from a very young age, the story of how our child’s birth parents chose us and how we all came together to get this beautiful journey started!

Thanks for considering us! Please let us know if you have any questions about us. We are very grateful for your time and wish you all the best.

If we feel like the right match for you, please reach us through Adoption Connection via phone/text or email:

1-415-355-4636

families@adoptionconnection.org

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