Polly and Theo

Hello, we are Polly and Theo.

Hi, we are Theo and Polly from Oakland, California! We are grateful and humbled that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. We admire your courage and selflessness in considering adoption for your baby. We know it will be a great challenge to choose the right parents for your child, so we will do our best to give you all the information you might need about us to help you make that decision. Please know that we are very excited to welcome a child into our hearts and lives through adoption and we will love this child unconditionally. Our home will always be nurturing, stable and full of fun and laughter.

Call us toll free at 1-888-252-9313 or email us at PollyAndTheo@gmail.com

About Us

We are both native Virginians who met each other online in the summer of 2011 while living in New York City. We both had enough life experience to know what we wanted in a partner and recognized it in each other immediately. We married in October 2012. Through good times and challenging times, we know communication and understanding are the keys to our relationship, as it will be with our child. Our life to date has been exciting and full of fun, love and happiness. We hoped to start a family, but found out a couple of years ago that we are unable to have biological children. We are excited to have the opportunity to build our family through adoption.

We are best friends who love spending time together. We enjoy preparing dinner together. It is an opportunity for us to unwind from our day, sharing a meal and usually a yummy dessert—Theo especially loves Polly’s chocolate chip balls! We have some great family traditions. One of our favorites is Theo’s Christmas gift to Polly. Polly as a child would open gifts at Christmas

early to see what she had gotten and then rewrap them with no one being the wiser on Christmas morning. Now Theo makes that much tougher: wrapping her gifts as life-sized snowman, a potted plant and even ‘Jack,’ Polly’s toy poodle. The “poodle gift” was a model Jack made of yarn and Styrofoam atop a ‘Santa’s sled’ of Polly’s Christmas gifts. Polly was so surprised! Whether trips with family and friends back East, picnics and parties with friends in the Bay Area, or holiday gatherings, we cherish our traditions and look forward to building on them with our child.

We love to travel. We take regular beach vacations to South Carolina to visit with Polly’s family in the summer, then to see close college friends in the Fall. We also enjoy regular visits to Portland, where one of Theo’s closest friends lives, and Los Angeles, where Polly frequently travels for work and has close friends.

Family and Friends

We both grew up with family as important parts of our lives. Both of us grew up with large extended families who taught us values, life lessons and ensured that we had everything we could need in life. Growing up, Polly spent months each year with her grandparents who showed her many aspects of her southern heritage, and lots of amazing southern cooking! Our family and extended family live throughout the US and the world. Both of our mothers are strong influences on our lives. They taught us fairness, honesty, the importance of kindness to others and allowed us to grow up independently. We expect our parents will also be an important influence in our child’s life, since they visit frequently with us in California. Our entire families, and especially our mothers, are excited to welcome a baby into the family! They can’t wait to be doting grandparents.

Home and Community

We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in the hills of Oakland, California, near San Francisco. We live in a welcoming three-bedroom home, full of light, laughter, and love. Our child has a nursery ready and waiting next to our bedroom; we will initially keep a crib in our bedroom. We have a lovely garden and yard with fruit trees and flowers. We spend a good amount of time outside with our cat, Jenny, Jack, a lively and loving 15-year-old toy poodle. We are walking distance to many playgrounds, parks, city libraries, hiking trails, weekly Farmers’ Markets, movie theaters and the best schools in Oakland. We often take hikes along the ocean, the Bay, and the magnificent redwood and eucalyptus-filled forests in our area.

About Polly by Theo

I am so lucky to be able to spend my life with Polly. She is a smart, compassionate, thoughtful and independent woman. She brings her passion for new things to our lives every day, whether that be a new book or movie, a vacation idea, or a new dinner recipe.

Polly was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the middle of three children. Growing up, Polly’s family was caring, nurturing and supportive, and also competitive. Games and sports were a major part of her childhood from playing touch football, to board and card games. Her family has always been an important presence in her life, no matter where she has lived. Those strong family roots are the foundation of her success in life.

At 19 Polly moved to Boston and then on to New York City, where she attended the Executive Training Program at Macy’s and built on that to make a successful retail career. She started working with a boutique retail store, Calypso. Her dedication and high work standard led her to a leadership position working with the French owners, first at Calypso, opening stores across the US and internationally, and currently at an international NY-based art, home and book store.

Polly enjoys a number of activities with her friends, from exploring new restaurants, to taking in a Golden State Warrior basketball game or a weekend ski trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains. She is very close to our niece and nephews, always in touch with them via text and social media and taking frequent trips together. The thoughtful, playful and loving way she engages them tells me she will be an incredible mother.

About Theo by Polly

Theo was born in small historic Virginia town along the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, where his family still lives. As an only child, Theo has always been very close to his parents. They have served as inspirations for him, sharing their knowledge of fishing, sports, cooking, gardening and a love of being outdoors. There were many camping trips and vacations to the beach during his childhood.

Theo was the first in his family to attend college, leaving Hampton at 19 to work his way through George Mason University. There he discovered he had a knack for working in technology. After college, he continued living in the DC area for the next 15 years, where he held a number of technology consultant jobs. Theo now works as a leader in a Chicago/NYC based software consulting business.

Theo has maintained very close friendships from childhood and college. Those friends are part of vacations every year to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Theo travels for work along the west coast—mostly short trips to Portland, Seattle or Los Angeles. At least once a month Polly joins him for a weekend trip. Theo enjoys playing golf on the weekends. He appreciates the year-round golfing opportunities that being on the West Coast allows!

Theo is loyal, honest, hardworking, positive and loving. He is a true a gentleman. He is supportive of every idea and opportunity that comes my way. He will be a great father passing on his life lessons and love to our child.

Call us toll free at 1-888-252-9313 or email us at PollyAndTheo@gmail.com

About Parenting

Our child will have love, care, compassion, and acceptance. We will provide a sound foundation of values for his or her life. We are fully committed to provide a stable and secure environment in which the child’s needs will always come first. We value engagement with other children and family. We will promote a sense of community. Since we are both big lovers of animals, we will always have a pet in our home as part of our family.

We plan to help our child build confidence and skills through an excellent education. We look forward to reading with our child and introducing him/her to art and music. We will seek the best schools and we will encourage our child to be active and enjoy outdoor activities and sports. We see travel as an important part of developing character, and look forward to exploring the world with
our child.

We hope to teach life skills that build self-worth, dedication, self-reliance, and faith in one’s actions. We wish to teach our child not just how to “win,” but of the value and character involved in failing, then getting up and trying again. We will do our best to communicate our gratitude and appreciation for what we have in life, and make that a foundation for his or her life as well. Our house will always be filled with plenty of love, creativity, music and adventure.

Thank you

We want to express our deepest respect and thanks to you for considering us. We would love to connect with you as you choose parents for your child. We invite you to contact us so we can answer any questions you may have and learn more about you and your hopes for your child.

Please feel free to call us at 1-888-252-9313 or email us at PollyAndTheo@gmail.com. You can also contact our friendly adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon, at 1-800-U-Adopt-US (1-800-823-6788) or email them at info@adamsromer.com. You can also visit their website www.adamsromer.com.