Tom & Lauren

Hello!  We are Lauren and Tom, and this is our amazing daughter, Eleanor.  The three of us live in Astoria, Queens, with our two cats, Beck and Harvey.  Tom and Lauren met through mutual friends in 2008 and got married in 2014.  We’ve been a happy family of three since Eleanor was born in 2017!  We love doing things as a family – from running 5ks at the Bronx Zoo, to berry and apple picking at local farms, to exploring our neighborhood’s playgrounds and having picnics in our own backyard.  We love experiencing everything New York City has to offer, so we like to spend our weekends enjoying local museums, zoos, and botanical gardens as well.    

We are so excited to grow our family through adoption and cannot wait for Eleanor to be the best big sister ever!  


About Tom

Job
Accounting Associate at an Investment Firm

Hobbies
Reading, crossword puzzles, and playing Dungeons and Dragons

Fun Fact
I collect Spider-Man and Daredevil comic books.


About Lauren

Job
Senior Appellate Court Attorney

Hobbies
Reading, Cross-stitching, and baking with Eleanor

Fun Fact:
I played volleyball from the time I was in middle school until I was 27, and have played in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands.


About Eleanor

Job
Current pre-schooler and future chef

Hobbies
Reading, playing with Legos, and collecting acorns

Fun Fact
I love nature and I grow tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini in my garden during the summer.


Our Life

During the week, Eleanor goes to daycare in our neighborhood while Lauren and Tom work, and we all have dinner as a family together before bath and bedtime. On the weekends, we build with Legos, play with action figures, and read together at home, go on adventures around the city, and attend Eleanor’s soccer and swim practices. Eleanor also loves to bake and cook with both Lauren and Tom. We have a wonderful community of friends in Astoria, so we are often spending time with friends, their children, and (to Eleanor’s delight), their dogs! Eleanor’s grandparents all live in Pennsylvania, so we visit them as often as we can. We love going to Sesame Place near Eleanor’s gram’s house and experiencing lots of nature at Eleanor’s grandma and pop-pop’s cabin!


Our Family

We love to spend holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as long weekends, with our extended families – Eleanor’s grandparents, her great- grandfather, her Uncle Luke, and her Aunt Lisa. Eleanor is very close to her grandparents and uses FaceTime to call them often, even when she cannot see them in person. We also have very close friends who live nearby, whom we consider family. Although Eleanor does not have any first cousins, she has many close friends, as well as adults who love spending time with her! We feel very supported and loved by our family and community, and we have no doubt that any addition to our family would feel this support and love as well.


Final Thoughts

“Thank you so much for considering our family in your decision. We hope that we have an opportunity to learn more about you and welcome you into our family, as well. We are extremely excited to grow our family through adoption, and we want you to know that our future child will be surrounded by a supportive and loving family and community.”

Lauren & Tom

To learn more about this Waiting Family or the adoption planning process, call us at 800-321-5683 or email us at helpline@spence-chapin.org.