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Joe & Mara

Being parents is something we have both wanted for so long. We have so much to offer a child. We believe that providing a home filled with love, respect, humor and integrity will help a child grow into the best well rounded human being possible. We so hope that you would consider us to nurture your child the rest of our lives.

About Us

Research Study Director
Future Stay-at-Home Mom
Doctoral Degree in Health Administration
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Celebrating Our Anniversary in Mexico

Some of our favorite activities include cooking, watching movies, visiting friends and family, taking walks in the neighborhood, listening to music and attending local festivals. Mara enjoys taking pictures of nature and wildlife. Joe can be found playing in the dirt and beautifying the outside of our house. We are so excited to share our interests with a child, while also developing new hobbies with him or her as they grow into their own personality. Most of all, just enjoying one another’s company and sharing some laughs is what it is all about.

When possible, we try to take trips and travel. We’ve been lucky enough to explore such places together as Puerto Rico, Italy, Spain and Mexico. It would mean the world to us if we could share our adventures in travel with a child. There is just something about “getting away” whether a long weekend out of state or to different countries that refreshes the mind, body and soul.

We both lead active lives. Joe is very routine with his daily cardio and weight training. He feels it’s a great stress reliever and helps to keep him focused. Mara loves to do any workouts that involve dancing or kickboxing as it helps with her energy level and clearing her head. However, we do both know how to relax and have fun!

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Enjoying Lunch by the Water

Joe About Mara:

Mara can make me laugh even on my toughest days. I’m grateful that Mara is so thoughtful and full of love. She tends to think of the little things to make my day shine regardless of what is going on. Seeing Mara light up when with children or speaking about them puts a smile on my face. Her 12-year career being an early childhood elementary teacher will definitely play a huge role in our lives and I can’t wait to see her interact with our own child one day as a mother.

Mara About Joe:

Joe puts me and family above everything. I admire how he sees the positive side in any situation. Joe’s caring ways such as simply making me coffee, picking up my favorite snacks at the store, or writing a quick heartfelt note in the morning is truly something special. He is my rock and is very supportive. It’s especially great how dedicated Joe is when he makes commitments or puts his mind to something. He will make a wonderful father and role model for a child someday.

Why We Chose Adoption

We both were married later in life, Joe was 38 and Mara was 33. When we finally decided to try to have a child, we ran into some roadblocks. Joe has had some medical issues in the past and they seemed to prevent us from having a child of our own when the time came to attempt. The natural next step for us was adoption. We both have so much to offer a child; a house overflowing with love, respect and understanding. Joe is a great Uncle and Mara a great Aunt. Living this life without a child to us would be unfulfilled. Even on our first date we discussed wanting children in the future and agreed that it was important that we were on the same page. We desire to have that missing piece of the puzzle and pray each and every day that he/she would be blessed into our family.



Snowy Smiles
Snowy Smiles
Beautiful Day Near the Water
Beautiful Day Near the Water
Snuggles with Precious
Snuggles with Precious
Celebrating Joe's Birthday with Friends
Celebrating Joe's Birthday with Friends
Hiking Through the Rainforest in Puerto Rico
Hiking Through the Rainforest in Puerto Rico
Mara with Her Students on a Field Trip
Mara with Her Students on a Field Trip
Joe and His Siblings
Joe and His Siblings
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
Ice Skating with Friends
Ice Skating with Friends
Volunteering for the Food Bank
Volunteering for the Food Bank
Ready for Some Football
Ready for Some Football
Dressed Up for the Office Holiday Party
Dressed Up for the Office Holiday Party
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Snowy Smiles
Snowy Smiles
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Beautiful Day Near the Water
Beautiful Day Near the Water
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Snuggles with Precious
Snuggles with Precious
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Celebrating Joe's Birthday with Friends
Celebrating Joe's Birthday with Friends
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Hiking Through the Rainforest in Puerto Rico
Hiking Through the Rainforest in Puerto Rico
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Mara with Her Students on a Field Trip
Mara with Her Students on a Field Trip
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Joe and His Siblings
Joe and His Siblings
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Getting in the Christmas Spirit
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
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Ice Skating with Friends
Ice Skating with Friends
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Volunteering for the Food Bank
Volunteering for the Food Bank
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Ready for Some Football
Ready for Some Football
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Dressed Up for the Office Holiday Party
Dressed Up for the Office Holiday Party

Our Extended Families

Christmas with Joe's Parents

Family is EVERYTHING! We both enjoy spending time with our families and fortunately they aren't too far away. Joe's family lives about an hour away and all very close distances from each other. Mara's family is all within 25-50 minutes from us. Whether it's a holiday, birthday celebration, summer gathering, or "just because", we try our hardest to see everyone and stay connected.

Mara's Family

Joe comes from a typical Italian American family. They love to cook, eat, laugh and get together. You'll usually find a homemade pasta dish to start off holiday meals. Mara's family is smaller, but they have big personalities and love any excuse to have cookouts and the whole gang in one place. It's common to find brisket, apple cake, and sweet tea when food is involved. Joe has a younger brother and sister and Mara an older brother. Ironically, each of our siblings have two children, a son and a daughter.

Ever since we started dating our families have been involved in each of our milestones. Adoption will be our biggest step as a couple and everyone is looking forward to having an additional child around to love, hold, watch grow, and to make memories.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in the beautiful state of Maryland. Our community is in a suburb not too far from Baltimore. Our neighborhood is a stone's throw away to a small, quaint town that is rich in tradition; we often take long walks there. The area is highlighted by a historic movie theater, seasonal street festivals, and well-known mom and pop restaurants. A cozy and charming location, though close to a big city.

Our Favorite Park

Just five minutes up the road is a very large state park, which we often visit to go hiking. We also have several smaller parks within walking distance. There are plenty of families in our neighborhood, since we are situated close to the local elementary, middle and high schools.

Our home, built in 2014 is a four bedroom, two and half bath home. Our child will have their own room and bathroom. We tend to spend most of our time in the kitchen and living room. We love to entertain and Joe is quite the cook and Mara is a great conversationalist and hostess.

Joe is the "amateur landscaper". He provides our family with an annual vegetable garden, wildflower garden, potted plant garden and has planted just about every tree and plant on our property.

From Us to You

We can only imagine the feeling and emotions that you are going through right now. This is likely the hardest decision you have been faced with, and we want you to know that you are amazing! There is likely nothing we can say to help your feelings and emotions; however, please find comfort in knowing that if given the opportunity, we would always put your child first.

We are so ready and excited to provide a child with the best life possible, by ensuring that he or she has the opportunity to learn both in school and at home. Mara is a former elementary teacher and we come from a family filled with former teachers, with a strong value in education and the importance of always learning and growing in life! Mara is lucky that she will have the ability to be a stay-at-home mother, and will be able to focus solely on providing all the love and attention, as well as a solid foundation for the future ahead!

While formal education is important, we also believe that learning outside of school is just as important. We plan to explore the world and ensure our family experiences connecting with people from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities to ensure our child grows into a loving and accepting child, teen, and eventually adult. We are excited to see a child grow into their own person, whatever that might look like, and to take that adventure with them. Whether it leads to art school, theater classes, sporting events, we will be there and ready to cheer them on! While we take life seriously, we leave plenty of room for laughter and feel it is the best medicine to help weather any storm that might come our way. We are excited for all the smiles and belly busting laughter we will share with a child and plan to ensure he or she grows up knowing that while life can be hard at times, there is still so much beauty and fun within it as well!

We have dreamt of being parents since even before we were married and cannot wait for our dreams to come true! Joe cannot wait to have a little helper when he is out “playing in the dirt,” gardening and landscaping the yard, and Mara can’t wait to share in her love of dancing and photography! We envision us playing in the yard together and exploring both close to home and all over the world! We dream about just being able to share love as a family and to help our child grow from a sweet, tiny baby to an amazing human being and for every step and milestone along the way.

Throughout this journey, we also look forward to being open about this child’s adoption to ensure they grow up being proud of where they came from and who they are, and being open to staying in touch with you should you desire as well! We look forward to sharing emails, connecting on the phone, and sending pictures and updates on how baby is doing. We even would welcome the opportunity to see each other again in person someday should you prefer. We want you to know that we would be honored to keep you a part of this child’s life, and are so excited to share with you in all the wonderful milestones.

We are praying for you during your pregnancy. We want to thank you for reading about us, and wish you the best in your journey! You are an amazing person for considering adoption, and we hope for greatness for both you and your baby.


Joe & Mara


Robert DeNiro
Hugh Jackman
Halle Berry
Leslie Mann
Dog- German Shepherd
Wild Cats
Clive Cussler
Nicholas Sparks
Anything Clive Cussler
Safe Haven
Candy Bar
Hershey Bar or Snickers
Old school GI JOE and Transformers
Childhood Memory
Sitting in the back of the 1984 Pontiac T1000 hatchback with the trunk open and our legs dangling with my brother and sister coming home from the local pool
Summer days at the pool with my brother and father
Childhood Toy
Anything GI JOE or Transformers
Children's Book
The Cat in the Hat
The Giving Tree
Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento, Italy
Classic Movie
The Godfather
The Wizard of Oz
Day of Week
Anything with chocolate
Fudge brownie with ice cream
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
70s Chevrolet Chevelle or Pontiac GTO
Convertible Sports Car
Dream Job
Agriculture Research
Dream Vacation
Calabria, Italy
Family Activity
Summer BBQ's
Flower / Plant
Stargazer Lily
Chinese and Sushi
Form of Exercise
Free weights
Dancing and Taking Photos of Nature or Special Events
Holiday Song
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas-Bing Crosby
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Holiday Tradition
Being with my entire family both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Driving around looking at Christmas Lights
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Moose tracks or Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Any baked chips
Pizza and french fries
Leisure Activity
Anything outdoors
Watching Movies
Men's Health
Memory with a Child
Holding my niece for the first time
Teaching students to read and write
Memory with Spouse
Her glow on our wedding day
Getting Engaged in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Erin Brockovich
Movie Munchie
Protein bars
Popcorn and Twizzlers
Movie Quote
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."- Jaws
You complete me- Jerry Maguire
Movie Type
Anything action or comedy
Comedy or Drama
Les Miserables
Musical Group
Depends on mood. If working out it is Chevelle
Too many to choose from
Nursery Rhyme
Jack and Jill
Hush Little Baby
Olympic Event
Anything track and field
Personal Hero
My Father
My Grandmother
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
The way she makes me laugh
Live life, don't let it live you.
Everything Happens for a Reason
Samos- Small family owned Greek restaurant
A Family owned Chinese/Sushi restaurant
Peanut butter and jelly
Corned beef
John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Shopping Store
TJ Maxx/Ross
On Eagle's Wings
All of Me- John Legend
Sport to Play
Ice Skating/Basketball
Sport to Watch
Football, golf
Gymnastics and Ice Skating
Sports Star
J.J. Watt
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Washington Redskins
Subject in School
Creative Writing
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Anything- I am a pretty good cook
Banana bread
Time of Day
Early morning hours
Christmas with our family
Summer Gatherings at my Aunt and Uncles House
TV Show
Will and Grace
This is Us
TV Show Character
Jack from Will and Grace
Jack from This Is Us
Type of Music
I love all music
Almost anything
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Old school- Donkey Kong
Super Mario

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