" I have known Heather for more than 20 years. and I met Chris through Heather when they first started dating over 10 years ago. Heather is an amazing friend who has always been there to support me. She is extremely empathetic, a good listener, and she cares deeply about all of her friends. Chris is gentle, kind, and generous. For as long as I have known Heather, she has wanted to be a mother. She surrounds herself with children whenever possible. She is patient, kind, warm, and generous. She treats her friends’ children as if they were her own. She has done a lot of work in the world to ensure safe childbirth and women’s and children’s rights, including teaching yoga at a birthing center in Uganda and working with young female victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia and India. My favorite images of Heather are pictures from these trips, seeing her smiling, surrounded by children who naturally gravitate toward her. I was so happy for Heather when she met Chris, who shared her values. When they got married in 2013 and first started trying to have children of their own, I was excited for them. And then I couldn’t believe when they went through such heartbreaking difficulties to achieve that dream. It seemed so unfair that two such healthy, loving people who wanted a family so badly were not able to have that. Throughout their physical and emotional struggles as they tried to have children, Heather and Chris never lost focus on their long-term goal. No difficulty was too great to surmount in their pursuit to have a family of their own. After infertility and miscarriages, Heather and Chris finally learned they were pregnant with Benjamin. Benjamin was born in June 2016, and Heather and Chris adore him. They are wonderful parents, providing a wonderful home for Benjamin. Heather’s work allows her to be home with Benjamin most of the time. They do everything they can to give Benjamin the best upbringing. Heather is always reading to him, taking him to classes, and snuggling and kissing him. Chris works hard to ensure their financial stability, and he always looks so happy cuddling with his boy when he gets home from work and taking him to his weekly swimming lessons. Benjamin is always smiling, and it is obvious how much he loves his family. Heather and Chris also have the support of their nearby families. I do not know Chris’s family well, other than to say that they are loving, involved parents, but I have known Heather’s family for almost as long as I have known her. Mark and Gloria Snyder are wonderful people who are very involved in their community and who have welcomed me into their home for many a holiday. An adopted child would be welcomed into an extended family of love and support. Heather and Chris are the type of couple that are a joy to be around because their love for each other is so obvious. You can’t help but smile in their presence. They have surmounted many challenges just to be together and they have gotten through these tough times with love, kindness, and affection for each other. They are the definition of a committed couple. They have so much love to give, not only to each other, but also to Benjamin and to more children. Without question, I recommend Heather and Chris as adoptive parents. I could not possibly recommend anyone to be adoptive parents more highly than Heather and Chris. In fact, in discussions with my partner about who to leave our children with in the case of our deaths, Heather and Chris were the first people who came to mind. I do not know any reason that would prevent Heather and Chris from becoming adoptive parents. "