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Matteo & Shannon
We are so honored that you are reading our profile and considering us to parent your child. We have dreamed of being parents and have so much to give a child. We hope this profile will give you a glimpse into our lives and who we are. We will do our best to show you what is in our hearts.
What Makes Us Unique
One of the most unique traits we have as a family is that we speak Italian in our home. Matteo was born and raised in Italy and Shannon spent many years living in Italy, where she became fluent in Italian. We met, fell in love and began our journey as a family in Italy. Our neighbors and many of our friends locally are also Italian, so we have a little community that we gather with for dinners and outings throughout the year. Your child would be brought up speaking both Italian and English.
We plan to travel to Italy regularly to visit Matteo's parents and Shannon's love of Italian art and history would allow him/her to have a deep and rich understanding of Italian life and culture. A child in our home would have the opportunity to travel and live in Europe if he/she wished, which is an opportunity we are excited to be able to provide.
Many of our habits and customs in the home are also connected to Matteo's Italian heritage. Matteo is an avid soccer fan and Shannon has learned to cook authentic Italian meals from Matteo's mother, which we enjoy regularly! One of the greatest things we have brought into our home from Italian culture is an intense love and dedication to family. Children play an important role in Italian life and are treasured deeply, which would certainly be the case for the child we welcome into our family.
Matteo was born and raised in Italy, but became a naturalized citizen of the United States a few years ago. In Italy, the family is incredibly important and children are a big part of that. The family gets together every evening for dinner and Sundays are when everyone gathers and spends time together. Italians also find any excuse to get together, share a meal and enjoy each others' company! We are excited to introduce a child to all of the fun traditions that make up Italian culture.
Shannon was born and raised in America. She grew up around horses and animals in the country. This instilled in her the values of hard work, care for other living beings and love and respect for family. We are lucky enough to live close to family now and we get together with them often for festivities or just to be together. California has perfect BBQ weather and we try to enjoy it as much as possible.
We both come from families of strong values and with a deep appreciation for strong family ties, but both our families also cultivated our individuality and desire to follow our dreams. We hope to bring the same love and openness to our own child.
Honesty and transparency are part of the foundation of what makes our marriage work. This will be true also for how we communicate with the child that becomes part of our family. We think it's important that your child know where they came from, how much they were loved and that, for a mother or family, adoption is one of the hardest, but also bravest, decisions that can be made. It's an incredible sacrifice and we are honored to be a part of your and their journey.
Your child will know as much or as little as you want them to know about you and your family, the traditions and stories that make up their history. We'd like to know these things, too, as we believe it will help us to bond and create a life together that is built on truth and trust.
Overall, the child that we welcome into our home will know that we wanted them so much and will love them forever.
Our Extended Families
Our families are important to us and play a big part in our lives. Shannon is an only child and is very close to her mom, aunts and uncles. Even though her mom lives several hours away, they find ways to connect weekly and her mom plans on visiting a lot once a baby arrives! Shannon's grandmother and other extended family live nearby and we see each other often. Holidays are always a family affair. Easter is spent at Shannon's Grandmother's home and Thanksgiving and Christmas with aunts and uncles. One of our traditions is to watch the Super Bowl all together with Shannon's aunt, uncle, cousins and their children - it's a lot of fun!
Matteo's large family - mother, father, brother and lots of extended family - lives in Italy, where he is from. We speak to them weekly and plan on using video chat a lot once we have a child. Though they are far away, we are in constant communication and they are a big part of our lives. We try to travel to Italy yearly to visit with friends and family. At Christmas there are almost 40 of us around the table. It is a fun trip that is full of a lot of love! Our entire family is thrilled about our plans to adopt a child. They know how much we have dreamed of being parents and are ready to welcome this child with open arms and hearts into their lives as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the home that Shannon's dad built and she grew up in. The neighborhood is really quiet with friendly families. Our home has 3 bedrooms and a big living room and kitchen with lots of space to play. There is a lot of outdoor space to put swing sets and ride bikes in. We also have a communicating gate to our neighbors who have two small boys. We have dinners and bbqs with them often. They are more like family than friends! Our community is very family focused.
There are festivals and parades throughout the year with many child friendly events to attend. Shannon's favorite is the Strawberry Festival, since strawberries are her favorite fruit. She's attended since she was a kid. They often have a petting zoo there, too! There is also a Halloween "Trick-or-treat" event for children in the local village.
All the business owners really get into it and the kids have a great time. The parks and sports fields are close to our house, as are some of the best schools in the area. In addition, the beach is 15 minutes from our house and is a place where we like to go for a walk on the weekends or to meet friends with their kids to play on the playgrounds and enjoy the ocean air.
From Us to You
We are so honored to be walking this journey and to have your consideration in deciding the family with whom to place the most precious gift, your child. We have been waiting for so long for the chance to be parents and share our love with a child. It has weighed on our hearts for a long while that we have been unable to have children naturally. This led us to IVF, which over the last few years has also brought its disappointments. Each month of waiting has been hard, but it has also brought us clarity, that maybe our path to parenthood is another. We know that we are meant to be parents, regardless of how it happens. We envision the joy that a child will bring to our home and hearts. We see them playing in the yard, with our neighbors’ children, taking them on outings to the beach, attending their school events and community festivities. This is what we have dreamt of for so long. We’re ready!
We also realize and understand, in our wanting, how hard it must be to make the decision to give a child into adoption. We want to reassure you that our desire is to make the process as easy and reassuring as possible. You may or may not want to maintain close contact with us and your child. We are happy and eager to work with you to figure out the best situation for all of us as we move forward to provide your child with the most secure, healthy and loving future possible. We are open to regular emails, phone calls and possibly visits, depending on the geography of where you are and other circumstances. We know, too, that it's possible we will run into challenges or need to discuss things along the way. This is how any relationship works and, like we do with our marriage, we will make the effort to be as open and transparent as possible at all times. You may be wondering about us and our story as a couple. We've been married for 8 years and a couple for 15. We met in Italy when Shannon was teaching English in Rome and Matteo was living there as a Corporal in the Italian Army. We’ve moved more times than Matteo would like to think about (he usually ends up packing the most!), including half way around the world, to California. That was tough, but was the best decision we made, because it has opened up a world of opportunity for us and our future children.
We won't lie, we've been through some hard times, one of them being the move described above, another being our fertility journey. However, each challenge has brought us closer together and helped us to form a stronger partnership. We believe that this will help us to guide a child through the challenges of life, loving them through their joys and difficulties, supporting them and catching them when they make mistakes - as all children do at some point! We believe in love and logic. When it's hard, love harder, and have faith that it will all come out ok on the other end. Our families are also 100% behind and, we must admit, pretty excited about our decision to adopt a child. While Matteo's parents live in Italy, they are still very involved in our lives. We video chat with them frequently, and we're pretty sure we'll have to do it every day once there is a baby. They will be so excited! Shannon's mom also lives out of town, but has every intention of visiting frequently and being a solid presence in our child's life. They all are anxious to become grandparents. Besides our parents, there are large extended families on both sides, and everyone is excited to welcome a new, beautiful baby to the family. There are lots of second cousins on both sides to play with and family activities and holidays that offer the opportunity to form bonds that will last a lifetime.
We also have an extensive "chosen" family of friends and neighbors. We regularly attend and host BBQs, dinners, picnics and outings together. These activities will only increase once we welcome a child into our lives. We envision how Christmases and Easters with all the traditional festivities they entail, 4th of Julys and Thanksgivings will be enriched by the presence and wonder of a child's perspective, and our heart's burst with the joy it will bring. We hope you'll consider us as the ideal family for your child. I can guarantee the love we will have for them will be unconditional and our gratitude for you, endless.
Matteo & Shannon
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