Billy & Theo


We’re Billy and Theo from the island of Alameda, California. We’re excited about adoption and about being dads. Billy can’t wait to be a stay-at-home dad, and we can’t wait to be a family of three. We look forward to blanket forts, checking for monsters under the bed, and having little shoes next to our big shoes. Thanks for reading our letter!

Billy & Theo

About Us

We fell in love more than ten years ago, though it doesn’t seem that long. It all started in Davis, where we both went to college.  We met at the DMV, which is not widely regarded as a romantic place, but there were donuts involved so that made it slightly better. Despite where we met, we became the best of friends and partners in love and life. We have a lot of fun together.

We can’t wait to share the things we love with a new and curious life: taking the train down the California coast to Disneyland, toasting marshmallows around a campfire in Yosemite, or exploring the sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We look forward to helping with homework, teaching our kid to ride a bike, and shopping for ridiculously cute clothes that only a kid can pull off.

Theo works at Apple as a software engineer and helps to create maps used by people all over the world. Recently, Theo flew to India to help students at a girls’ college learn how to program. Billy works at the office of a milk plant, and helps coordinate the delivery of milk to the Starbucks and Safeways of Northern California. But Billy can’t wait to be a stay-at-home dad!

Some of Our Favorites

Movie: Billy Elliot, Spirited Away
Music: Weezer, Blind Pilot, Muse
Travels: backpacking in the Sierras, Japan, India
Activities: playing ukulele, programming
Books: Le Petite Prince, Harry Potter

Activities: reading, baking, sketching on Illustrator
Musical: Finding Neverland, Les Misérables
Movie: Beauty and the Beast, Kingsman
Food: sushi, samosas, gummy bears
Music: Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At the Disco

Our Home

We live in a hundred-year-old house in the town and island of Alameda. It’s a diverse town of great schools, tree-lined streets, drawbridges, marinas, and neighborhoods that are still neighborly. We’re only a 20-minute ferry ride from San Francisco and its museums, baseball games, and shopping.

Every year, the longest Fourth-of-July parade in the country snakes through town. You may as well stick around and watch because good luck trying to get around the parade. Pumpkins magically appear on porch steps in September, and festive lights begin twinkling in November. Alamedans can’t wait for their next holiday!
We share our home with Go Go, our little dog with a big heart; and Skookum, the cat we adopted from our backyard as a kitten. Go Go loves empty cans and purple loofas, and Skookum pretends to love the great outdoors but wants nothing more than to curl up on our junk mail.

Our home is an open, sunny, happy place. We can’t help but get excited about displaying our kid’s art on the fridge, re-decorating the middle bedroom into a fun kid’s room, and enjoying the day-to-day moments around the house. For family movie nights, we’ll take over the couch and watch our favorite Disney and Pixar movies. Around the dining room table, we’ll eat tacos and mandatory vegetables while the kid wonders if there will be dessert. Then we’ll tuck our kid in and read “Where the Wild Things Are” or “Almost Narwhal”, probably for the millionth time.

Friends and Family

Our families are just about as excited as we are, and our friends have been asking when we’re going to adopt for a while now.

When we told Billy’s sister that we were planning to adopt, she squealed with joy. She can’t wait for her two daughters to have a cousin to play with. We see them (and babysit) often since they live just across town.

Billy’s family often gets together for huge feasts with kids romping around pretty much everywhere. The older cousins entertain the younger, and everyone has a good time.

Theo’s family enjoys getting together for long weekends, sometimes renting a vacation home near the beach, or a houseboat in Sausalito (near San Francisco), or camping in Yosemite’s high country. Theo camped there as a kid, then brought Billy to the family camping trips; we can’t wait to bring our own kid!

Billy by Theo

Billy’s the type of person who everyone loves. He’s funny, patient, kind, and a kid at heart. I think it’s his personal mission to make those around him laugh or smile. After a rough day, he’ll do whatever he can to distract me, whether it’s a funny dance or butchering a popular song.

He’s also the resident chef. While I would need a recipe, luck, and possibly supervision, Billy can somehow transform mismatched ingredients into a delicious meal.

Billy is constantly reminding me how cute our nieces are (they are cute), and he engages with them so completely. He enjoys turning their tears into smiles. Billy already has advanced diaper-changing skills!

Theo by Billy

Theo is kind, trustworthy, and selfless. He helps family and friends whenever he can, and will come to the rescue without even a smidgen of hesitation. That’s the sort of dad he will be.

Theo loves running along Alameda’s beaches and otherwise being outdoors, even if that means braving the wind, rain, or darkness. I can picture him running through the sand with a little one, laughing and pointing out the seagulls and pelicans.

Theo enjoys playing along with our nieces; no matter how silly the games make him look, and engaging in silly conversations that only a kid could appreciate. Theo enjoys making musical noise with his nieces: Theo on ukulele, a niece on train whistle, and everyone else dancing to it all.

Our Promise

We promise to raise our child in a loving home, to help them find and follow their passions, and to unconditionally love them from day one through college and beyond. We already have all sorts of ideas: there’s a dance studio nearby, kids’ soccer in a converted aircraft hangar, and a community swimming pool in a neighborhood park. But we can’t wait to see what they choose for themselves.

We are committed to each other and to being the best dads we can be. Thanks for reading this far!

Wishing you the best,
Billy and Theo

Get in Touch

We are glad to share about us and look forward to learning about you too.  You can reach us toll free at (877) 646-4339, text us at (530) 400-8529, or email us at You can also contact our friendly adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon at (415) 643-4523 or (800) 823-6788 or email them at You can also visit their website at We can’t wait to connect with you.