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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.

About Us

Legislative Aide
Master's Degree in International Relations
Master's Degree in Public Administration
Legally Married

How We Met

Sitting on the Porch

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.

Our Sunday Morning Walk

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

At a Waterfall

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.


Exploring Virginia
Exploring Virginia
Visiting Bermuda!
Visiting Bermuda!
Walking Teddy
Walking Teddy
Joe Likes to Play Intramural Softball
Joe Likes to Play Intramural Softball
Caterina Hiking in Hawaii!
Caterina Hiking in Hawaii!
Exploring Copenhagen
Exploring Copenhagen
Our Library is Two Blocks Away!
Our Library is Two Blocks Away!
Caterina Helping with Yard Work
Caterina Helping with Yard Work
Joe Fishing
Joe Fishing
Joe Loves Grilling!
Joe Loves Grilling!
Visiting Family in Florida
Visiting Family in Florida
Caterina Exploring the Air & Space Museum
Caterina Exploring the Air & Space Museum
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Exploring Virginia
Exploring Virginia
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Visiting Bermuda!
Visiting Bermuda!
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Walking Teddy
Walking Teddy
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Joe Likes to Play Intramural Softball
Joe Likes to Play Intramural Softball
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Caterina Hiking in Hawaii!
Caterina Hiking in Hawaii!
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Exploring Copenhagen
Exploring Copenhagen
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Our Library is Two Blocks Away!
Our Library is Two Blocks Away!
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Caterina Helping with Yard Work
Caterina Helping with Yard Work
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Joe Fishing
Joe Fishing
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Joe Loves Grilling!
Joe Loves Grilling!
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Visiting Family in Florida
Visiting Family in Florida
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Caterina Exploring the Air & Space Museum
Caterina Exploring the Air & Space Museum

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home!

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

Joe and Caterina with His Parents

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.

Caterina with Cousins and Uncle

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


Tim Robbins
Jeremy Renner
Keira Knightley
Milla Jovovich
turtle, dog
John Grisham
Thomas Hardy
The Firm
Candy Bar
Childhood Memory
playing street hockey with friends after school
My green parakeet loved me so much, he used to hop on my shoulders and head as he pleased
Childhood Toy
matchbox cars
Barbie Doll
Children's Book
Curious George
Barbar elephant story books
Bowie, MD (hometown)
Classic Movie
Wizard of Oz
Day of Week
chocolate mousse
chocolate molten cake
Disney Movie
Snow White
Dream Car
Land Rover Discovery
Volvo V70
Dream Job
my current job - legislative aide
Housewife with Part-time Community-based Worker Position
Dream Vacation
Any beach
Family Activity
board game night
Soccer games or playgrounds
Flower / Plant
any flowers nontoxic to dogs
Chicken pot pie, spaghetti, steak, pork loin, apple crumb pie, roasted vegetables (brussel sprouts)
Form of Exercise
walk, weights, tennis
any fruit
any charade game
grilling food outside
sculpting, photography
Christmas, July 4th
Holiday Song
"Here Comes Santa Claus"
Jingle Bells, Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
holiday dinners
Christmas caroling, singing around the Christmas tree
Ice Cream
chocolate chip
any ice cream with caramel
Junk Food
bbq chips
cookies, chips
Leisure Activity
watching TV
watching TV or movies
Archaeology Times, BBC Current World of Archaeology
Memory with a Child
niece and nephews on Christmas morning opening gifts
Foster Child aged 3 years old loved puzzles. It was fun to watch her do it own her own. She wanted no help.
Memory with Spouse
the day we got our dog Teddy, it felt like a new beginning for a new homelife for Caterina and I
Joe appears indifferent to the ocean but once in the waves, he is like a little boy again
Shawshank Redemption
Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Fifth Element, Braveheart, Clan of the Cave Bear
Movie Munchie
buttery popcorn or caramel popcorn
Movie Quote
"Get busy living or get busy dying" - Shawshank Redemption
Leeloo, The Fifth Element: "Me fifth element - supreme being. Me protect you."
Movie Type
Fiction, Comedy, Sci-fi
Rent, Dreamgirls
Musical Group
Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Pink, AC/DC
Nursery Rhyme
"This little piggy"
The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old Macdonald, Hey Diddle Diddle
Olympic Event
Track and field, figure skating
Personal Hero
My father
my mom
Phantom of the Opera
Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables
Maya Angelou
Robert Frost
Quality about my Spouse
warm, compassionate, loyal, kind, reflective, mellow
"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country" - JFK
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Capitol Grille
Chicken Loco (Peruvian), Chipolte, Cava,
ham sandwhich
ham sandwich
1 Corinthians 13 1 - "Love is patient, love is kind"
"The Lord will keep you from all harm and he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:7-8
Shopping Store
Dick's Sporting Goods
Walmart, New Grand Mart, Safeway
"Where the streets have no name" - U2
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)", Pink "So What", Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"
Sport to Play
soccer, tennis
Sport to Watch
NFL Football
soccer, tennis
Sports Star
Tom Brady - New England Patriots Football Team
Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi
Sports Team
Boston Bruins - hockey
none specific
Subject in School
math, art, gym
Thing to Cook
steak on the grill
roast beef, brisket, tenderloin, stews, lasagna
Time of Day
night time / after dinner
family dinners on the various holidays
Italian and Danish customs
TV Show
Law & Order
nothing specific
TV Show Character
Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods
no one specific
Type of Music
nothing specific but prefer heavy base and drum beat over guitar solos
Vacation Spot
any beach
Video Game
don't play many video games (maybe Wii snowboarding or driving)

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