Our Story

We were introduced by a mutual friend when we were teenagers just 18 and 19. We fell hard for each other and have been together ever since. We were married by Rachael’s uncle in 2011 in a perfect, small, outdoor December wedding with our closest friends and family.

We are a devoted couple who enjoy travel, getting outside, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and also just laying low, snuggling our pets, and enjoying each other’s company. While we have many things in common, we also enjoy being independent–-we complement each other well. Neither of us is the type to look for the easy way to get something done; instead, we are always looking for what is going to productive and have the best outcome.

We have always known adoption would be our path to parenting. Richard was adopted and looks forward to sharing that part of his story. Our family and friends are supportive of our adoption plan.

You can learn more about us at hauskaufman.com

Background Information

State Of Residence




Richard is adopted, but through DNA-testing, he found out that he is mainly German and French. Rachael is English, German, and Danish.


Richard and Rachael both have clean bills of health.


Richard is nearly done with his MBA in Leadership and Change. He has a BA in IT Management and an AAS degree in Computer Information Systems. Rachael has an MS in Educational Psychology, a graduate certificate in Communication Education, a B.A.A. in Communication Arts and Literature, and a B.A. in English. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Richard works from home as a Program Manager. He is also a member of the Air National Guard. Rachael teaches high school English and Communication at the local high school.




Kima, a loving, fluffy black dog; Binx and Blaze, two spoiled kitties, and seven chickens.

Children In Family


Plans For Number Of Children


Race Of Child


Plans For Work/Daycare

Upon placement, Richard will take the maximum time allowed off from work. He works from home and has an adoption-supportive employer. Rachael plans to stay home for a semester (18 weeks). She does not teach in the summer months. We will be seeking a spot in an excellent licensed, in-home daycare during the school year.

About Richard and Rachael (Written By Their Partner)

Rachael is, without a doubt, the most thoughtful person I have ever known. She cares about people. She is adventurous. She pours her heart into her work and helps others reach their maximum potential. It is this care and concern that makes her the most dedicated educator you will ever meet. She is soft, nurturing, patient and trustworthy. If I am ever without her, people are always asking how she is before they ask me how I am... she’s that vibrant of a person. I love her with all my heart, and she is my primary motivation for everything I do. Her generosity has made me a more sensitive person; her intrepidness has made me open my eyes to new experiences, and her caring nature pushes me to be a better person every day. She will bring so much love, care, and respect to any child we are lucky enough to have in our lives.

Richard is funny; he makes me laugh every day. Those who don’t know him well think he is nothing but serious business, but Richard, while practical, is lighthearted and fun. He loves our pets and takes incredible care of them. He never goes to bed without kissing the doggy goodnight, and he makes up songs about the animals to the tunes of popular songs. He is dedicated, whether it be to his career, to his friends, to me/our family, or to a commitment he has made. He cleans up after my messiness with only rare complaints. He is patient and smart. He is held in high regard by his friends and colleagues. I love that he challenges me in good ways and believes in me wholeheartedly. I respect his willingness to try new things, even if he isn’t particularly fond of an idea. He is the best travel buddy and adventure partner, and I consider myself very lucky to have him in my life. I have no doubt that Richard will be a fun, devoted, and conscientious father.

A Message From Us Both

Thank you for considering us during this important and challenging time. We want you to know that we are ready to welcome, love, and support a child in our family. We will be open and honest about how our family came to be and want you to be involved if that is what you desire.
We will be loyal and dedicated to the care and development of a child throughout all the twists and turns of life. We have built a wonderful life together, are supported by incredible friends and family, and look forward to sharing all of it with a little one.
Please visit hauskaufman.com to learn more about us.