Our Adoption Profile

Basic Info

Age: 34
Race/Ethnicity: White
Religion: Jewish

Age: 35
Race/Ethnicity: White
Religion: Jewish


Work & Education

Education: Masters Degree
Profession: Teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree
Profession: Marketing/Photographer


Preferences for a Child

Age: Newborn
Gender: Either
Race/Ethnicity: White or Bi-Racial
Special Needs: Open to discussion, Mild or medically correctable



Country: USA
State: New Jersey
US Region: North Eastern US
Relationship: Married
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency: House
Pet(s): 2 cats
Children in Home: 1 Daughter
Adoption Structure: Adopting together
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual parents



Adoption Service Provider
Family Options of NJ

We are Melissa, Scott and Layla. We are from New Jersey. We are deeply honored that you are considering including our family as part of your life journey. We thank you for taking the time to learn about us as you make a difficult decision about who will parent your child.

We have been married for a little over 6 years. We decided to start our family shortly after getting married, and Layla was born in 2015. When Layla was about 14 months old, Melissa suffered 2 strokes. After strengthening and healing, Melissa’s doctors informed her that it would be life threatening to carry another baby. We have always thought adoption was a beautiful way to grow our family.

We hope we get to know each other through this journey.

We met in 2008 through an online dating site for Jewish singles. Eventually we found each other. We dated for about 2 years until Scott proposed to Melissa in June 2010. We were married in Puerto Morelos, Mexico with about 30 of our closest friends and family members, in July 2011. We lived in Scott’s condo for a bit, then moved in with Melissa’s sister, Lauren, for a few months in the process of buying our first home. Then, we bought our first home in April 2012. Melissa was waiting to earn tenure in her school district before trying to have a baby. Layla was born in January 2015. We enjoyed our home for a few years until we realized we wanted to grow our family and needed more space, as well as being closer to MeMe & Zayda’s house. (Melissa’s parents) We bought our new house in July of 2017. We are thrilled to be living in Melissa’s hometown, where Layla and our future children will grow.

The moment I met Melissa I knew she could be the girl I married. Melissa was born to be a mother. In fact, so much of what we see Layla doing as she grows up, Melissa did when she was little. My wife is not just my partner in life, but my best friend. She loves her family, her friends and cares deeply about people. She has so much patience, and kindness that becoming a teacher for children with special needs was a perfect fit. Melissa is also a strong woman, who bounced back completely after two strokes. She pushed through the hard and came out on top. She will make the most amazing mother to our second child, just as she is for our first.

– Scott

I met Scott through an online dating site. He had interesting photographs, because he is a professional photographer, and I liked that we had a common interest in documenting our lives. I fell in love with his compassion and loyalty. I instantly trusted him because of his ability to make anyone feel comfortable. Watching him become a father to Layla has shown me how caring he can be. He is never afraid to be goofy with her or try to make us laugh. He is crazy for his little, baby girl and I know will be awesome as a daddy of two. He has become everyone’s go to “tech guy” in our family and he’s always there to help out with anything photo related. He takes care of Layla and I. He is my teammate through our crazy adventure called life. We have been through happy and sad times together. He is the one who helps me stay calm and persevere with encouraging pep talks, silly songs or just being near.


Melissa had always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Her mom kept a paper from 1st grade where she wrote “When I grow up, I want to be a Teacher and a Mom”….and she is! Melissa is a Special Education Teacher. She received her Bachelors Degree from West Chester University. She has her Masters from Montclair State. Scott is in marketing and photography. He originally went to college to study music, and then switched to photography because he found it more interesting. He received his Bachelors Degree from Thomas Edison State University. We will make sure to show our children how important education is.

We are surrounded by loving, funny, entertaining and easy-going friends that have become family. We’ve been friends with most of these people for many years, through grade school, college, and beyond. Now that most of our friends have children, we love seeing the kids interact with one another. We have a strong support system of parents raising children together. We love to celebrate holidays, go to the boardwalk, play in our backyard, or enjoy brunch and playtime on our couch. We also enjoy a date night dinner out as adults, too! Friends add so much fun to our lives.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us as individuals, parents, friends and family members. We hope to include you in our lives and welcome you into our family.

We pledge to LOVE OUR FAMILY UNCONDITIONALLY, and RESPECT YOUR CHILD while ALWAYS honoring your courageous strength. We will raise our children in a home filled with laughter, random dance parties, snuggles, summer days at the beach and sunny days at the park, cooking family meals for the holidays, quiet walks through our neighborhood to end a busy day and most importantly, endless love and affection.

While we are anxiously awaiting the call that we were chosen, we know that you want what is best for your baby. We hope you find that in us. We can travel through this journey together providing a safe, warm, and loving home for our children.