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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.

About Us

Operations Manager
Manager/Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
High School Graduated
Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy
Legally Married

What Makes Us Unique

Italian Wedding Fun!

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.

Cultural Heritage

On the Amalfi Coast

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.

Discussing Adoption


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.



At Our Favorite Restaurant
At Our Favorite Restaurant
Matteo Hitting the Waves
Matteo Hitting the Waves
At the Set of Friends!
At the Set of Friends!
Celebrating Shannon's Birthday in Italy
Celebrating Shannon's Birthday in Italy
Ugly Sweater Party Fun!
Ugly Sweater Party Fun!
Visiting Hearst Castle
Visiting Hearst Castle
Shannon & Her Mom
Shannon & Her Mom
Thanksgiving with Family Brings Big Smiles!
Thanksgiving with Family Brings Big Smiles!
The Grand Canyon with Shannon's Family
The Grand Canyon with Shannon's Family
Waiting to Watch the Lakers
Waiting to Watch the Lakers
Weekend BBQ's with Family are the Norm!
Weekend BBQ's with Family are the Norm!
We Maintain Friendships Across the World!
We Maintain Friendships Across the World!
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At Our Favorite Restaurant
At Our Favorite Restaurant
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Matteo Hitting the Waves
Matteo Hitting the Waves
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At the Set of Friends!
At the Set of Friends!
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Celebrating Shannon's Birthday in Italy
Celebrating Shannon's Birthday in Italy
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Ugly Sweater Party Fun!
Ugly Sweater Party Fun!
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Visiting Hearst Castle
Visiting Hearst Castle
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Shannon & Her Mom
Shannon & Her Mom
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Thanksgiving with Family Brings Big Smiles!
Thanksgiving with Family Brings Big Smiles!
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The Grand Canyon with Shannon's Family
The Grand Canyon with Shannon's Family
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Waiting to Watch the Lakers
Waiting to Watch the Lakers
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Weekend BBQ's with Family are the Norm!
Weekend BBQ's with Family are the Norm!
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We Maintain Friendships Across the World!
We Maintain Friendships Across the World!

Our Extended Families

Matteo's Parents

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!

Christmas with Shannon's Family

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

Our Funny Dog Frank on Our Porch

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.

Our Home!

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


Denzel Washington
Ian McKellen
Jennifer Lawrence
John Steinbeck
American Sniper
East of Eden
Candy Bar
The Simpsons
Old Disney Shorts
Childhood Memory
Playing basketball with my friends on Summer afternoons
Camping every year with my family
Childhood Toy
The stuffed raccoon my father gave me the day I was born
Children's Book
Charlotte's Web
Naples, Italy
Rome/Naples, Italy- It's a tie!
Classic Movie
I'm Starting from Three (Ricomincio da Tre) - A classic Italian movie
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Day of Week
Creme Brulee'
Disney Movie
Sleeping Beauty
Dream Car
Range Rover
Dream Job
Basketball Player
Mental Health Therapist - I'm living my dream!
Dream Vacation
The Gallapagos
Family Activity
Visiting new places
Flower / Plant
I'm a foodie, so this is an impossible question - I love it all!
Form of Exercise
Gardening and Cooking
Holiday Song
All I Want for Christmas is You
Silver Bells
Holiday Tradition
Christmas dinner with family
Baking cookies and singing carols with my mom
Ice Cream
Coffee & Tiramisu
Junk Food
French Fries
Ruffles chips and onion dip - a truly guilty pleasure
Leisure Activity
Go to the beach
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Playing with our neighbors' kids
Teaching my neighbor's son to read
Memory with Spouse
Getting married!
You've got mail
Movie Munchie
Popcorn - extra butter!
Movie Quote
You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. - Pursuit of Happiness
“If there's any kind of magic in this world…it must be in the attempt of understanding someone.” - Before Sunrise
Movie Type
An American in Paris
Musical Group
Il Volo
Nursery Rhyme
Little boy blue
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Track & Field
Personal Hero
Nelson Mandela
My mom - she's the strongest woman I know
Much Ado About Nothing (As You Like It)
Pablo Neruda
Quality about my Spouse
He is so dedicated to his family.
If you never try, you never know just what you're worth. - Coldplay
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius
Flour House - Our friends own an authentic Italian restaurant that we LOVE
Tri-tip (steak)
Any kind of grilled cheese!
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Shopping Store
Fix You - Coldplay
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Sport to Play
Volley Ball
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Kobe Bryant
Sports Team
Naples Soccer
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Everything! I love to cook. It's one of my favorite hobbies
Time of Day
Evening when I can spend time with my husband
Sunday lunch
Spending time with family and friends during the holidays
TV Show
TV Show Character
Joey from Friends
Rachel from Friends
Type of Music
Classic Rock/Country/Classical
Vacation Spot
The beach
Anywhere on the beach

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