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Joe & Valerie

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile! We are grateful for the amazing opportunity to grow our family through adoption. We are parents to one child and want nothing more than to be parents again - sharing our lives, our home, and our hearts with another child. We would be honored to be considered in your adoption journey!

About Us

Chief Operating Officer
Master's Degree in Business
Juris Doctor
Legally Married

Education We will Provide

Baking Together

Providing an excellent education to our children is a top priority. We both came from families of teachers and were taught about the importance of education at an early age. We plan to send our children to top schools in the area, but we understand that a child's education is not limited to just going to school. We both love to read and hope to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning in our children by reading to them daily.

We also want to offer our children fun, educational after-school activities. We are starting an after-school program that will teach children computer coding, as we believe this is an important professional skill. Of course, if our children do not like computer coding, we will not force them to attend this program. We simply want to provide that opportunity to them. We will encourage our children to pursue any educational subject that interests them -- art, music, science, whatever excites them!

Finally, we have already saved to allow Madeline and any future children we adopt to attend college with no debt. We both went to college, as well as graduate school, and we realize that our experiences would have been easier if we did not graduate with student loans. We are committed to ensuring that our children can attend any college of their choosing, debt-free.

Our Dreams for this Child

We Can't Wait to Grow Our Family

Our dream for any child we adopt is for that child to be happy, healthy, and know that they are loved. We want our child to know that they have a strong, supportive circle of family members and friends who loves and cares for them. We want to instill within our child the confidence and strength to follow their dreams. We want our child will learn to see the good in the world and to be inspired to help others. We want our child to learn to be a problem-solver. We want our child to be both a good leader and a good listener. We want our child to be brave. To do the right thing in spite of the difficulty. We want our child to have a joyful childhood, full of laughter, learning, and time with family and friends. Finally, we want our child to love themselves and to love life. To find what they care about and pursue it with a passion.

Adoption in Our Lives

A family member of Joe's placed a child for adoption when he was in middle school. Watching that child grow into the wonderful woman she is today is a beautiful thing. She is strong, brave, and kind. She's in college now, studying to be a veterinarian. Her adoptive family raised an amazing young woman.

Joe's family member, in providing this chance for her child and this blessing for the adoptive family, did one of the bravest and most difficult things she could do. Seeing all of them go through this process convinced him that adoption is a beautiful thing. A gift that can multiply love - something that truly can make all the difference in the world to a child and a family.

We've always thought about adopting or fostering in part because of his family's experience with the process. Using our own blessings to play the same role in another child's life.



Going on a Hay Ride
Going on a Hay Ride
Enjoying a Friend's Wedding
Enjoying a Friend's Wedding
Posing with Cece the Guinea Pig
Posing with Cece the Guinea Pig
Beach Time in San Francisco
Beach Time in San Francisco
Playing on the Beach in California
Playing on the Beach in California
Family Halloween Costumes
Family Halloween Costumes
Drawing Together
Drawing Together
Learning to Ride Her Bike
Learning to Ride Her Bike
Out for a Walk with Logan
Out for a Walk with Logan
Making a Gingerbread House
Making a Gingerbread House
Riding a Pony at the Farm!
Riding a Pony at the Farm!
So Happy Together
So Happy Together
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Going on a Hay Ride
Going on a Hay Ride
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Enjoying a Friend's Wedding
Enjoying a Friend's Wedding
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Posing with Cece the Guinea Pig
Posing with Cece the Guinea Pig
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Beach Time in San Francisco
Beach Time in San Francisco
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Playing on the Beach in California
Playing on the Beach in California
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Family Halloween Costumes
Family Halloween Costumes
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Drawing Together
Drawing Together
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Learning to Ride Her Bike
Learning to Ride Her Bike
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Out for a Walk with Logan
Out for a Walk with Logan
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Making a Gingerbread House
Making a Gingerbread House
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Riding a Pony at the Farm!
Riding a Pony at the Farm!
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So Happy Together
So Happy Together

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a neighborhood in the suburbs of Kansas City that is wonderful for children. One of the top elementary schools in the state is within walking distance of our house. There are a lot of playgrounds within a few minutes of our house, as well as beautiful nature trails for walking and biking. One of our favorite family activities is to spend the entire day outside, riding our bikes or walking along the trails, going to the playgrounds, and having a picnic at the end of the day.

Playing at the Park Near Our House

Our neighborhood also has several swimming pools, as well as a children's swim team that our daughter, Madeline, is on. There are a lot of social events for children on the swim team and their families, including barbecues and parties on the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Madeline has also made friends at the preschool at our nearby church. We have enjoyed getting to know the children and families through the many activities there. We love the annual Christmas play, Thanksgiving Feast, and costume contests on Halloween!

Our house is wonderful for children. We have a great bedroom with a wonderful window seat and plenty of space for books and toys ready for another child. A massive playroom takes up our entire basement, filled with toys - from My Little Ponies to Lego pirate ships.

Our Extended Families

With Joe's Family

Our parents, siblings and other relatives all enjoy spending time with our daughter, Madeline, and can't wait to share our family traditions, joys, and love with another child. Joe's parents live nearby and love being grandparents! Joe's mother is a retired children's librarian and often takes Madeline to the library to read children's books, play with puppets, and solve puzzles. Joe's father is an expert woodworker and loves to build dollhouses, handmade toy chests, and other wonders. Joe's sister, Laura, also lives in the area with her husband and stepson. Laura works for an educational toy company and often brings new toys to our house to share.

With Valerie's Family

Valerie's family lives in California, and we visit them at least twice a year for extended vacations. Valerie's mother is a retired French teacher and is teaching Madeline how to speak French. Valerie's father loves to teach our daughter how to play ping-pong and board games. Valerie's sister, Michelle, is expecting her first child in March and loves being an aunt. Michelle and her husband currently have one "fur baby," a corgi named Logan, who is wonderful with children. Valerie's brother, Ned, lives near the beach and is teaching Madeline about swimming in the ocean. Everyone in our extended family is excited about growing our family through adoption.

From Us to You

We are so grateful to be considered in your adoption journey. Your decision takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage, and we want you to know that you have our love and respect.

We want to share a little bit about ourselves so that you know who we are, how we became a family, and why we would love to adopt a child. We have been together since we met in college over fifteen years ago. We clicked instantly, finding that we had a lot in common and enjoyed each other's sense of humor. After graduation, Joe joined the Army, so we continued dating in a long-distance relationship. But Joe soon received orders that he was being deployed to Iraq, so we got married in a small ceremony before he was sent overseas. We then spent the next two years living on different continents. We were finally able to begin our lives together in the fall of 2009, when Joe started business school at the same place where Valerie was finishing law school.

Our time apart was difficult, but it taught us how much we valued our relationship and each other. Words cannot express how happy Valerie was to have Joe return home safely and for the two of us to finally live in the same place! That time in our relationship tested us but ultimately made us stronger.

We always knew that we wanted to be parents, and we had shared our dreams for a family early in our relationship. However, after Joe left the Army, we delayed having children so that we could finish graduate school and begin our careers. We wanted to pay off our student debt and build up our savings before starting our family. For the next several years, we took jobs that paid well but required very long hours. After five years of what felt like non-stop work, we achieved our goals of paying off our student debt, buying a house in San Francisco, and starting a family. We welcomed our daughter Madeline in March 2015.

Becoming parents was the most wonderful and profoundly transformative experience of our lives. We love taking care of Madeline and watching her grow! However, our demanding jobs in San Francisco made it difficult for us to spend the time that we wanted with our daughter. So, we quit our jobs and moved from San Francisco to Kansas. Because the cost of living was lower in Kansas, we could afford to spend more time with our daughter.

Shortly after moving to Kansas, we decided that we wanted to have another child. We got pregnant twice but miscarried both times. Our doctors recommended fertility treatments, but we declined, as we felt that adoption would be the best way to grow our family. Having Madeline taught us that we loved the experience of raising a child. Madeline, although genetically related to us, is her own person and very different from both of us! Being a parent means loving a child unconditionally and appreciating their individuality.

We are happy to stay in touch with you throughout the years - as long as you would like! We can stay in written contact via American Adoptions, and we can also exchange photos and videos that way. Your child will know you and will know that he or she is loved beyond measure.

Thank you for giving us the chance to share our hearts with you.

Joe & Valerie


Keanu Reaves
Bradley Cooper
Sandra Bullock
Jennifer Aniston
Grizzly Bear
Brandon Sanderson
Robert Heinlein
Stormlight Archive 1: The Way of Kings
Stranger in a Strange Land
Candy Bar
The Dragon Prince
Childhood Memory
Helping my dad build furniture in his woodshop
Going camping with my Girl Scout troop
Childhood Toy
My Little Ponies
Children's Book
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The Secret Garden
Savannah, GA
Kansas City
Classic Movie
Twelve Angry Men
Breakfast at Tiffany's
All the colors of autumn leaves
Day of Week
Brownie Sunday
Disney Movie
Dream Car
Aston Martin
Dream Job
Game Developer
Dream Vacation
South of France
Family Activity
Long walks in the park
Going on nature walks
Flower / Plant
Red Maple
Honey Nut Cheerios
Anything covered in cheese
Form of Exercise
Strategy Games
Running, hiking
Holiday Song
Little Drummer Boy
"All I Want For Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey
Holiday Tradition
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Building a gingerbread house
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Rocky Road
Junk Food
Graham Crackers and Milk
Anything containing chocolate
Leisure Activity
The Economist
Us Weekly
Memory with a Child
Pretending to be in a fantasy world at the park with Madeline
Drawing pictures & other art projects with Madeline
Memory with Spouse
Warm summer day when we played in the sprinklers
Meeting in college
Shawshank Redemption
The Blind Side
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. - Fellowship of the Ri
"Just keep swimming" - Finding Nemo
Movie Type
Musical Group
Counting Crows
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nursery Rhyme
The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Ice skating
Personal Hero
My Mom
My husband
Midsummer Nights Dream
Our Town
Walt Whitman
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her kindness
His patience
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength. Loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." -George Bernhard Shaw
The Cheesecake Factory
Grilled Cheese
And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love. - Corinthians 13:13
Matthew 5:1-12 - The Beatitudes
Shopping Store
Lego Store
Free Falling - Tom Petty
"Under the Bridge" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes
Sports Team
Kansas City Chiefs
Subject in School
Captain America
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Homemade Biscuits
Time of Day
Family Biscuit Breakfasts on the Weekends
Family picnics in the summer
TV Show
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Sex and the City
TV Show Character
Aang from the Last Airbender
Miranda from Sex and the City
Type of Music
Alternative rock / pop
Vacation Spot
Eastern Kentucky
Video Game
Child of Light
Mario Kart

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