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Marco & Belén
We would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to review our profile. Since the day we got married, we have been hoping to start a family. We both enjoy spending time with each other and with our young niece and nephew. Please know, we will raise your child in a warm, affectionate, and family home surrounded by love. We can't wait to start the next chapter of our lives as parents.
Our Cultural Heritage
We both come from diverse backgrounds. Marco's mother is Hispanic, she was born and raised in Panama and his dad is African American born in the United States. His parents met when his dad was in the U.S. Army in Panama. After dating for a year, they got engaged and married. After Marco turn 3 years old they moved back to the United States.
Belén was born and raised in Argentina and moved to the United States when she was 14 years old with her parents and little sister. She speaks Spanish with her mom, aunt and sister on a daily basis and watches Spanish TV regularly. It is very important to us that speaking Spanish is a big part of our lives and that our child also grows up bilingual. Marco grew up listening to his mother and sister speak Spanish and he would speak Spanish with his family when they would visit Panama for the holidays.
At our wedding we had Argentinian food and Panamanian beverages as well as traditional dancers from both of our countries. For both of us it's really important that we share our traditions with each other, friends and families. We both feel strong that exposing ourselves and our child to different cultures will be a very important part of their upbringing.
Our Leisure Time
There are many things we like to do with our time. We both enjoy spending quality time with our friends. We like going to movies and dinners together or attending community events like going to a jazz festival by the river or going to a kite festival in the city. We also like to relax and sit and enjoy a TV show together.
We like to take our nieces and nephews to festivals, the zoo, and other kid-oriented community events. We look forward to taking our child to these wonderful, educational, and social events.
We also really enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures as well as exploring different places in the United States. We have various hiking sites near our home and we look forward to enjoying the outdoors with a child.
We both grew up playing outside, riding bikes and exploring. We are so excited to share our lives with a child and discover new fun things to do together as a family!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Belén About Marco: Marco and I met a couple of years ago through his sister. One of the first things I noticed about Marco aside from his very good looks and his 6' 5" frame, was how much he cared for his niece and nephew. He has always been a present uncle with his sister's kids and our friend's kids. Marco has a huge heart and a great sense of humor, but he knows when it is time to be serious and make an important decision. I always admired Marco's positive attitude and willingness to try new things. On our honeymoon Marco was the first one to try ziplining across the Costa Rican rainforest and willing to run several 5k to raise money for a good cause.
Marco About Belén: Belén has a warm and giving heart. She is a strong, independent woman with confidence. Those are many qualities I loved about her when I met her. But what stood out the most was her interaction with children, especially her friends kids, and my sister's children. Her patience and her understanding are also great attributes, as are her smile and her really loud laugh! I am lucky to have her in my life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a city with a lot of history and people from all over the world. Our neighborhood is 15 minutes away from downtown and our apartment is surrounded by restaurants, a mall, tennis courts, a library, schools and playgrounds.
We live near Belén's godson and his sister (who are toddlers) making playdates in the winter very easy. Our spacious two-bedroom apartment is located on the 11th floor overlooking the city, we don't have a balcony for safety, but you can watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July from our rooftop. Also, our rooftop has a pool that opens in the summer making it easy to do one of Belén's favorite things, spending time by the pool and swimming.
Since it gets cold in the winter, spring and summer are amazing seasons to spend time outside enjoying the nice weather. For example, the spring kite-festival is one of our favorites things to do with friends and family. We also love Friday evenings by the water with live music surrounded by friends, family and kids having snacks and enjoying each other's company. We also have access to many museums and a zoo that are very family friendly.
We both enjoy our city and having our niece and nephew nearby, plus having so many friends with young kids that we have built a large family community. We couldn't think of a better environment to raise a child surrounded by their cousins and friends.
Our Extended Families
We both come from a diverse family, and since we got married, we have traveled to visit our families in Panama, Uruguay, New Mexico, and Florida. For both of us it is important to stay connected to each to family no matter the distance. During 2017 all of us traveled together in the United States and abroad for the holidays, baptisms, weddings and birthdays. Family trips are important to us because those are the memories that will last a lifetime.
Marco's parents live 45 minutes away and his sister and her family live 15 minutes away. Any given weekday or weekend, you can find us spending time with them and taking the kids to dance, swimming class, spending time at the house dancing and singing, or watching a movie.
Belén's sister, aunt and mother live in Florida and we visit each other every couple of months. Belén, an immigrant that came to this country when she was 14, knows it is really important to always be in contact with her family because she has little family members in this country but especially since her father passed away eight years ago.
Our families are very excited that will be expanding our family through adoption. We have always known that we were on the right path to be parents and that adoption was the right choice for us.
From Us to You
We are grateful that you are taking the time to read our profile. We can't imagine what a hard decision this is for you. This section is very important to us because we want to make sure you know us a little bit better by the time you are done reading about us.
We met through Marco's sister, Sharon, many years ago. Sharon would invite Belén over for her kids' birthday parties, baptisms and family gatherings. As we got to know each other at these events, we realized there was something special between us.
We both come from conspicuous backgrounds and that is what attracted us to each other. We both like to travel, we play tennis together, we love watching movies and making our house a home. However, what makes us compatible is the deep sense of family and our desire to start our own family. We couldn't be any more different while being so similar at the same time. Marco is quiet and more reserved, while Belén is loud and very outgoing. However, as you grow older you realize that what makes you similar is not so much your personality, but what your expectations are in life, your beliefs and the goals set for the future. We both shared strong views on marriage, family, religion and the importance of supporting each other along the journey we are taking as a married couple.
Marco was born in Panama. His parents met there while his father was stationed with the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal. His parents spent their lives dedicated to their children, making sure they had a healthy, happy childhood, filled with love. They learned about responsibility and what it means to be an overall good person. They have instilled the significance of respecting others and the importance of family. Eventually Marco's parents moved to the United States from Panama. Marco's mom came to this country, learned a new language and culture and worked very hard to maintain her identity while being so far away from Panama. She made sure her children learned about their culture and that both Marco and his sister carry on these traditions as they raise their own families.
Belén was born and raised in Argentina, moving to the United States when she was 14. She immigrated to this country with her parents and her sister in search of a better future. When her parents arrived, they had to start from nothing, but what was important was that they had each other and their hopes for a better future for their daughters. They knew that they were giving their daughters an opportunity to have a great education and the hope that they could be whatever they imagined when they grew up. They raised their daughters instilling in them the importance of family, friends and living an honest life.
When it came time to make a decision on how to start our own family, we knew adoption was right for us. We have always known that there is a child that will be coming into our lives to fill it with joy, new adventures and lots of love. We also agree that it will be important for the child to know about their biological parents as they grew up. We understand that as birth parents it is important to know as the child grows how they are doing and we will share photos, letters and emails if desired. We would always be open with the child about adoption. We both have seen the sacrifices that parents do for their children and rest assured we admire your selflessness through this journey.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our own personal journeys separate and together. We are very fortunate that our family and friends are overjoyed to be part of the journey with us. People say it takes a village to raise a child, we have worked very hard to make sure we have a strong, loving and caring village around us to help us raise a child.
Marco & Belén
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