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Ken & Sonja Hessbrown

  • Bike riding in the country
  • Playing with our friends Marielou and Jeanne
  • Ken having fun with kids at an African market
  • Reading a story with Kaden
  • Ken harvesting our grapes to make wine
  • At our wedding with Jazmin and Rajan
  • Ken and Sonja with Franklin at a picnic
  • Ken reading a story to our friend Ennio
  • Sonja with her friends Fränzi and Pascale and baby Jeanne
  • Sonja with her family in Switzerland
  • Sonja and Ken on vacation in Portugal
  • Having fun with our friend Kaden
  • Ken and Sonja dancing salsa
  • Sonja with her nephews
  • Ken receiving an award from the Princess of Thailand
  • Sonja and Rajan in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok at Ken’s award ceremony
  • Sonja greeting friend Fati in Burkina Faos, West Africa
  • Sonja visiting a camel market in West Africa
  • Celebrating our friend's wedding
  • Ken with Jazmin and Rajan hiking in the Alps
  • Sonja goofing with our friend Moritz
  • Sonja in her hometown in Switzerland
  • Ken and Sonja enjoying a good breakfast
  • Sonja and Franklin on a cold day at the beach
  • Sonja feeding our friend Isabella
  • Ken checking out hats in Ecuador
  • Sonja photographing a rhinoceros
  • Ken drumming with friends
  • Ken and Jazmin on vacation in Mexico
  • Ken with Sonja’s father and nephew installing floors in our new home
  • Ken and friend Amadou in Mali, West Africa
  • Sonja showing her nephew Alex around San Francisco
  • Sonja sailing on the Chesapeake Bay
  • Sonja with her godchild Raphael and his sister Nina
  • Ken and Sonja sightseeing in Senegal, West Africa
  • Sonja with our friend Lucien in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sonja at the Great Wall in China
  • Sonja and Ken enjoying the Swiss mountains
  • Sonja with friend Jamil in Bangladesh

Sonja by Ken

Sonja is a creative and caring person. She started babysitting when she was very young and loves spending time with children. Sonja is the type of person who lights up a room, and our friends’ young children naturally gravitate towards her. I am eagerly anticipating raising a family with her.

Sonja grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. Her native language is Swiss German and she speaks English and several other languages fluently. She plans to speak both English and Swiss German with our child. She loves the sun and lifestyle of California and plans road trips as often as possible. She also loves returning to Europe each year to visit with family and friends.

Facts about Sonja

Hometown:
Zurich, Switzerland

Languages Spoken:
German, English, French, Spanish

Hobbies:
Yoga, bicycling, arts & creativity, gardening, spending time with our dog

About us

We first met around ten years ago, while salsa dancing one evening during a work-related trip to Peru. After that trip, we began working together and have developed a deep love and respect for each other. We celebrated our wedding with family and friends in Switzerland, and we have been happily married for more than five years. We consider ourselves very lucky that we found each other. We are open, caring, and fun-loving adults who have traveled to all corners of the world. We are now happily settled in California and cannot wait to welcome a baby into our family.

Ken is a pediatrician and university professor, and Sonja is a nutritionist and research scientist. We have both dedicated our careers to improving the health and nutrition of young children in low-income countries. We will both reduce our work schedules so we will be at home to spend lots of quality time with our little one!

Our home

Several years ago we moved to the countryside just outside Fairfield, California, which is close to the San Francisco Bay Area. Our home is always open to visitors for a barbecue in our backyard and for our many friends who travel through California. Our dog, Franklin, loves running around the large garden, which will be a perfect place for our child to play ball, dig in the soil, enjoy a tree house, or just imagine.

We live in a small friendly farming community. We are looking forward to going for bike rides with our child to visit ponies, donkeys, and many other farm animals in the neighborhood. Our house is only a few hundred yards from an excellent school, and we are close to the town of Fairfield, which has playgrounds, mini-golf, a movie theater, and shops to explore together with our child.

Our family and friends

All our family and friends have been incredibly supportive of our plan to adopt a child. Ken’s son, Rajan, is a landscape architect who lives in San Diego. He loves to surf and travel. He enjoys children and will be a great big brother. Ken’s daughter, Jazmin, is a doctoral student in social psychology and a great athlete. She has encouraged us to seek adoption as a way of expanding our family.

Sonja’s parents, two brothers, three nephews, and niece live in Zurich, Switzerland. We enjoy their visits to California and visit them regularly in Switzerland. We’re looking forward to going hiking in the Alps and swimming in the Lake of Zurich together with our child.

As parents

It is important to us that our child experiences not only the American and Swiss cultures, but also learns to cherish the diversity of cultures across the world. We will provide a safe, stimulating, and supportive environment where our child will be able to develop into a happy and self-confident adult. We will encourage our child to embrace his/her adoption story and to have a healthy relationship with you.

We look forward to hearing from you, and would love to learn more about you and your hopes, dreams, and goals for the future. Please feel free to call or email us anytime!

Ken & Sonja

Ken by Sonja

Ken is a very intelligent and honest man who cares deeply about people and social justice. He has traveled the whole world and is as comfortable in a rural village in Latin America as he is at home. He has even been invited to Thailand by the royal princess, who presented him an award for his work with children!

Ken constantly comes up with novel ideas and gets excited about new projects. He loves to cook and take care of his family and friends. Ken has a great relationship with his son Rajan and daughter Jazmin, who continue to stay in close communication with their “Pa.” He’ll be an excellent dad to our child.

Facts about Ken

Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA

Languages Spoken:
English, Spanish, some French, and a bit of Thai and Bangla

Hobbies:
gardening, cooking, reading, salsa dancing, playing basketball

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