Our Story

We were introduced by a mutual friend when we were 19 and 18 years old. We fell hard for each other and have been together ever since. We got married 8 years ago in a perfect, small, outdoor December wedding with our closest friends and family.

We are a devoted couple who enjoys travel, getting outside, watching movies, spending time with 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 at the easiest way to get something done; instead, we are always looking for what is going to be the most productive and have the best outcome.

We have always known adoption would be our path for starting a family. Richard is adopted and looks forward to sharing that part of his story with a child. Our family and friends are supportive of our adoption plan.

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 currently in an MBA program pursuing a degree 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, and a B.A.A. in Communication Arts and Literature. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Richard works in IT/Program Management with the Minnesota Air National Guard, and Rachael teaches high school English and communications at a 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. Rachael plans to take a semester off from teaching. Rachael has the summers off from work, and they will be seeking a spot in an 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 let into 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. We want you to know that we are ready to love and support a child through all the twists and turns of life. We will be loyal and dedicated to the care and development of a child. We look forward to sharing adventures together. We are grateful for your consideration during this important time in your life.

Our website is hauskaufman.com