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Joe & Caterina
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We admire the strength and courage you have to tackle the decisions and questions before you about adoption. Hopefully our profile will put your mind at ease about who we are and how well your child will flourish with us. We are fully committed to adoption and to ensuring the success and health of your child.
How We Met
Like many couples today, our story began online! We both had just gotten out of long-term relationships and weren’t looking to jump into another one. We agreed to meet at a board game meetup event. We became good friends for a year and a half and met every other month to catch up over dinner. Then one New Year’s Day while hiking together, we stopped, looked at each other, and decided to take the plunge and date. After knowing each other as friends first and hearing about each other's lives, goals and dreams, we decided that we were a match. We were engaged a year later and got married in 2015.
After our honeymoon in Hawaii, we tried to start growing our family. We discovered we had a small chance of having a biological child. But that didn’t stop us! Becoming parents has always been our dream. We are excited and cannot wait to welcome a beautiful child into our hearts through adoption.
Our Childhood Memories
Most of Caterina’s childhood memories are from playing tournament tennis from 7 years old up until 14 years old. Ten months of the year, she would be out on the tennis courts, playing and practicing tons of tennis each day. She grew up in Maryland during the 1980s and tennis was well liked and popular back then, so there were plenty of public courts and friends to play tennis with after school. Her favorite time of the year was February when the ground thawed and the courts were dry enough for her to be able to practice again. By age 14, she retired from tournament tennis, because it would require her to move to Florida to advance her career and leave her family and friends behind. She is still happy with her choice to this day.
Joe’s favorite childhood memory was Christmas morning when his three sisters and him would wake up early and rush down to open gifts. In order of birth, each child would open a gift. Joe is the second youngest, so he remembers many mornings anxiously waiting. To this day, he admires how his parents always found ways to fairly distribute the gifts and give each child the opportunity to open their gifts without being overlooked. He remembers his favorite gift was a bicycle he got at 8 years old. He remembers riding it all over the neighborhood with his friends after school. To this day, Joe is still friends with these friends.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Caterina About Joe: If I could describe my husband Joe in so many words, I would say his smile and easy-going look on life warms my heart every day. Joe approaches situations in a way that stops me in my tracks and makes me realize how fortunate I am to know him. In 2019, we fostered two sisters ages three and nine. Every morning, Joe would get them ready for school while I made lunches. I would hear Joe upstairs calmly explaining to the nine-year-old that she could not wear the same sweatshirt two days in a row or calmly helping the three-year-old get dressed. Joe has a natural ability in talking with others and has a calmness that puts others at ease. The girls would come downstairs giggling and head out the door for school.
Joe About Caterina: Caterina’s upbeat, enthusiastic, and positive belief in others makes her a sweet and warm companion to have by my side. She has a natural ability to listen to others while drawing out their thoughts, making it easy for them to share their ideas. For example—when we fostered the two sisters, they came to us at odds with each other, but through patience and understanding, Caterina was able to help guide them into a more loving relationship. The joy of caring for the girls only increased our desire to grow a family. We cannot wait to hear the pitter-patter of little feet coming down the stairs, as they run to share their world with us.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a charming home which many say looks like a treehouse overlooking a wooded park with many deer and foxes running around. We are total foodies and love cooking together. Our kitchen is large, and when we fostered children, it was easy to have baking lessons on Saturday afternoons. Besides the kitchen, our favorite part of the home is the kids' suite. It is large enough for two young children and all of their toys or the largest nursery we have ever seen. It is a cozy room on the corner of the house with tons of windows.
The best part about our neighborhood is the dead-end streets and winding roads for all the local kids to ride bikes and scooters. There are a lot of children in our neighborhood with various ages ranging from infants to 14-year-olds. There are three schools within walking distance and a library with an active community base. We are surrounded by trees and creeks and populated enough to have friendly neighbors who greet us every morning, help plow our driveway during snowstorms, and invite us over for holiday parties. It is the perfect place to raise a family. We cannot wait to teach a child how to ride a bike, go to the Natural History Museum, or simply throw a ball in the backyard.
Our Extended Families
We come from a big Irish (Joe) and Italian/Danish (Caterina) family. We have tons of loving family members who are ready to embrace a new member. There are many holidays where you can walk into any one of our families' homes, or ours, and smell turkey roasting, pies baking, or cookies cooling on the counter.
Joe's family is from Ireland and there are many evenings you will find friends stopping by, patting you on the back, and checking in to see how you are doing. Caterina's family is from Italy and Denmark. In her family, it is not unusual to be offered more than you can eat or a big hug the minute you walk in their homes. We can't wait to share our large and loving families with your child.
Our families have many different types of folks with many different stories and successes, but there are always three things that bond us all together: love, loyalty, and caring for each other. We get each other through the good times and the bad times while helping each other thrive and making great memories. There are tons of nephews and nieces to keep your child busy and create friendships that last a lifetime.
From Us to You
Thank you for reading our story. We open our hearts to you and your child, and are ready, able, and excited to raise your child to become a healthy, happy, responsible and content adult. We are open to an open, semi-open or a closed adoption, but hope you choose an open or semi-open adoption. We believe it is important that your child stay connected with you through letters and pictures through the years so they can grow his or her identity, and so you can have a peace of mind that he or she is doing well.
We believe that we would be a great fit for your child and you. We have the life experiences, patience and understanding to stay focused and keep your child healthy, happy, content, and focused on growing up to be a strong, responsible adult, despite any setbacks. We are strong advocates for positive parenting skills and setting daily routines so that a child can feel comfortable and secure, and be able to think, grow and explore from a solid foundation. We were foster parents recently and the experience from that will also make us a better fit for you and your child, because we are used to parenting and putting the interest of the child first no matter what disruptions or conflicts are brewing around the child. No matter what, your child will thrive with us.
Home cooked meals, good food, health, care, love, family, patience, common sense, gut intuition or wisdom are some of the tools we will use to develop and grow your child. We have been best friends and husband and wife for 6 years. We cook most of our dinners at home, and are homebodies if we are not out walking, playing tennis, catching up with family and friends or volunteering at various community-based charities, theatre or Church functions. We are proud members of a church less than 1 miles away, and volunteer there doing such things as cleaning and refurbishing their elementary school when they need the help. We believe it is God’s way that has led us on this path of life, and we are ready to share our connection with the church with your child too.
We understand that you have many questions to ask and we are new at this process too, but we are here if you have any questions and want to know more. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of many more exchanges. We truly enjoyed fostering, but we are ready to become adoptive parents. We promise to give your baby everything we have to offer?"love, acceptance, nurturing, a healthy lifestyle, a great education, a large extended family and more! Our hearts pound heavy as we write this profile, for we know we are one step closer to our dream. We wish you all the love and luck as you sort out what is right for you and this baby. We hope to hear from you!
Joe & Caterina