" I have known Rachel and Vincent for 24 years. I first met both Rachel and Vincent in college and we have been friends ever since. I know within my heart and with all of our life experiences thus far that both Rachel and Vincent will make amazing adoptive parents. As a couple, Rachel and Vincent are supportive, have clear communication, and a strong bond of love. They hold their family as their number one priority and will always bond together to make sure that their children have what they need to feel cared for and loved. They respect each other, trust each other, show kindness and empathy towards each other, and have a real vulnerability with each other. Rachel and Vincent have created an amazing family dynamic with themselves and their two children Emerson and Hannah. Within their family unit, there is abundant love, trust, honesty, security, acceptance, and kindness. Rachel and Vincent have made an effort to not only teach these qualities to their two children, but have also made it an important goal for their children to have ample experiences in volunteering and giving back to those who are less fortunate so that their children will learn how to give back to their community and those in need with respect and love. This has always been important in their outlook on life and they are living their truths and passing these values along to their children. Within their everyday lives, Rachel and Vincent are extremely involved parents. They volunteer at Emerson and Hannah's school, take them to many enriching after school activities throughout the week and weekend, and also create many special family times together such as going on a whim to stay in a hotel for the night to swim and have fun or in taking them to countless plays, concerts, museums, and other enriching opportunities that New York City has to offer. They are always looking to expose their children to all that is out there. AS a mother of four myself I would not hesitate to have Rachel and Vincent care for my children if needed. I am confident that they would give them the love, support, security, and happiness that they give their own children because that is who they are as people. It is without hesitation that I recommend Rachel and Vincent in becoming adoptive parents and welcoming another child into their family. Any child would be extremely lucky to be added to their family and will gain an amazing opportunity in life as having Rachel and Vincent be their guides. Sincerely, Lindsay "