Locke & Donato
To the Birth Parent:
We hope to provide your child with a warm and loving family space; full of doting grandparents, birthday parties and family vacations. It’s important to us that your child knows about you, and your courageous decision from the get go. It’s a part of their story that we want to honor, and we respect the entirety of it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. We truly hope that you will consider us to be a good fit for your child and we wish you the very best, and both of us hope to hear from you soon.
About Locke & DonatoWe’re Locke (the tall, blonde fellow) and Donato (the shorter bushy-bearded one), and we’ve been together for a few years now. Our relationship is warm, brimming with laughter and a deep connection to one another and our values. We talk openly, laugh heartily, and love to go exploring—be it trips into the mountains, or kayaking, or oceanside bike rides. Engaged to be married in early 2018, we’re eagerly anticipating the opportunity to expand our family. Maybe you can help us?
We’re fortunate enough to own two homes here in Los Angeles--a rental property, and another home which we currently live in and are renovating to increase a bedroom, add an office and a bathroom, and update windows and insulation. All centered around a large living room with bright windows and a fireplace that Locke loves to use around Christmas. The baby’s room is a blank slate for the time being—we’re keeping our options open to match the needs and personality of whatever baby we’re lucky enough to find.
Our home is located minutes from where Donato grew up. There are views of the neighborhood from our hillside front and back yards and several local parks with playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts. We have two dopey dogs, Kevin & Georgie, who are quick to cuddle and just as quick to steal a kiss. They love to play fetch in the grassy back yard while we often use the area to grill and host dinners. In a short 15-minute walk around our neighborhood you can take in the Marina del Rey Coastline, all of South Los Angeles, Downtown LA, and into Hollywood and the Hills behind it (including that famous sign!).
The Scoop on Donato (by Locke):
I envy the child that gets to be raised by Donato. He’s so warm, and thoughtful, and kind that I earnestly worry that I have a partner that will outshine me in every regard. Donato manages a large photo and film studio in the heart of Hollywood that sees all walks of client and celebrity come through its doors. He loves classic cars and almost always has a project car in the driveway. We’re often spending time with his large extended family for impromptu dinners, birthdays and weekend getaways. He always has a joke up his sleeve or a funny story to tell.
Who’s this Locke guy? (by Donato):
Locke is a fun-loving, witty, goofball that isn’t afraid to laugh at himself to tell a joke or to put others at ease. He’s quick to look for solutions to problems, even if you didn’t realize something had a problem to begin with. And you can often find him reading or brainstorming new ideas for stories while he’s got his latest batch of pastries baking in the oven. He loves to bake. Locke also works in the art dept for the film industry, managing all sorts of crazy projects for jobs he’s working on. I can’t wait to see him share his sense of humor and passion for exploration with a child of our own.
Our Family Values:
When a baby joins our family, the two of us will be taking a leave from work for a while. Locke primarily works from home, but even so, we want the opportunity to connect as a family unit. Our parents are already waiting in the wings, ready to spoil the newest member of the family and become the doting grandparents they’ve been preparing all their lives to be. And for us, its’ those shared moments of supporting each other that really dictate what our “family” is to us--it’s not entirely about how we prepare for life events, but how we react to them, that show us who we are.
And most importantly, we put tremendous stock in empathy; understanding another side of an issue or a differing opinion. It is not us against the world, it’s us working with the world. And that’s an important ideal we want to instill in any child we would raise.
To learn more about a family,
Call Vista Del Mar
(310) 836-1223 ext 281