Jen & Brian


Hello, we’re Jen and Brian. Thanks for taking a few minutes to read our story.

We live in inner Southeast Portland with our lovable dog, Wally. We like to go on adventures to the coast, the mountains, the forest, the library, and all around the Pacific Northwest. We enjoy being active outdoors with hiking, camping, running, and cycling, but we also appreciate a quiet day at home cooking together, tackling projects, and the inevitable singing and dancing.

Originally from small towns in Ohio, we met in college where we both played trombone in the marching band. We lived in Cincinnati for several years before moving to Portland. We now cheer on the Timbers, the Thorns, and the Blazers, but also keep an ear on our Cincinnati Reds during baseball season.

Jen works as a physical therapist and Brian works for an HR software company. Jen has always loved plants and animals, and regularly searches out new activities to learn and share with friends (most recently, mountain biking and speaking Spanish). Brian loves running and the Oregon coast; he also plays the occasional tune on the piano, paddles a dragon boat, and volunteers with a local tree-planting non-profit organization. We love to travel as much as we can, whether it’s a larger trip abroad every five years or a roadtrip down the coast.

We are fortunate to have friends who are like family both here in Portland and all over the country. Most of our families live on the other side of the country, but we stay connected to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other adventures. Our Portland family is strong, loving, and super supportive of our plan for adoption.

We’ve spent the past several years loving our time around nieces, nephews, and our friends’ kids. After a quick diagnosis of infertility, we decided to pour ourselves into adoption, learning as much as we could about openness and parenting. Brian grew up with three younger adopted siblings and we have always discussed adoption as a way to build our family. We enthusiastically welcome openness as a part of our adoption journey: the more love and support a kid can have, the better.

We hope to be a welcoming home for our child, a supportive “home base” from which they can explore the world and grow into their own identity. Thanks again for reading our story; we’re sending lots of love, light, and hope your way.

Jen and Brian

Tara Noftsier