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Cory & Angel

Fun-loving, family oriented, supportive and open minded are a few of the traits that make our family and our home warm and welcoming! We adore being parents, and pour our hearts and souls into raising our children to be good human beings. We appreciate you taking the time to read a little about our story and considering us as you navigate through this journey.

About Us

Self-Employed - Iron Worker
Compliance Attorney
Associate's Degree in Applied Science
Law Degree
Elle, Vivian
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Our Family

We are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Elle Autumn and Vivian Anna. Elle is a miracle baby, as she was born with some medical challenges, and she continues to amaze us as she reaches developmental milestones. Vivian is our second miracle - she joined our family through adoption in 2019 and has been amazing us ever since. She is sweet and kind, but also passionate and animated.

Both of us were raised in blended families, Angel with a stepfather, and Cory with an adopted father. To us, adoption is a way to bring people together, into a larger, extended, more diverse unit. Adoption has given us the opportunity to learn about new cultures, incorporate new foods and traditions into our holiday celebrations, and reasons to explore the world.

Cory's brother-in-law is from Puerto Rico, which prompted us to travel there a few years ago, finding that we loved the food, culture, and of course the beaches. This also helped us be prepared to teach Vivian, who is Hispanic, some of the important lessons about her background and expose her to food, language and culture outside of our own.

We are an open-minded family in constant pursuit of knowledge and adventure. Adoption in our lives has encouraged us to be more worldly, and embrace differences. We believe that the more people that you can surround yourself with, the better off you'll be - which stands true for our children as well.

What It Means to Be Parents

Fun Family Adventure

By far, the best thing about being a parent is hearing the blissfully loud squeals of happy children. While we recognize that they are not always happy, their smiles and their laughter fill our hearts. Standing in another room, and hearing their pitter-patter down the hallway, followed by giggles is quite possibly the sound of heaven on earth. As parents, we also take pleasure in watching the girls learn. Our hearts swell with pride when they learn something new, and marvel in how they find unique ways to express themselves. We teach our children English, Spanish and American Sign Language, so it is fun to watch them use hand gestures and languages interchangeably.

Parenting to us is raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children who are respectful to others and the world around them. We have no preconceived notions of what they should be, but rather support them as they explore the world in their own ways, at their own pace.

Fun Facts About Us

About Cory:

  • Used to be a licensed sky diver
  • Loves snow activities including snowboarding and snowmobiling
  • Won "Apprentice of the Year" and competed nationally as an ironworker
  • Served 8 years in the U.S. Army National Guard
  • Was part of Hurricane Katrina restoration
  • Can fix or build anything
  • Played football and wrestled in high school
  • Enjoys golfing, and is not half bad
  • About Angel:

  • Interned with a United States Senator during law school
  • Volunteered at a not-for-profit in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Investigates money laundering, terrorist financing and bank fraud
  • Helped raise her twin sisters who were born when she was a senior in high school
  • Spent a summer abroad travelling across Europe
  • Worked on her grandfather's farm when she was younger
  • Spent a summer interning with the U.S. Army JAG in Washington, D.C.
  • Considers herself an amateur photographer
  • Photos

    Enjoying the New Mexico Balloon Fest
    Enjoying the New Mexico Balloon Fest
    Hiking in Puerto Rico
    Hiking in Puerto Rico
    Carousel Ride With Daddy!
    Carousel Ride With Daddy!
    Trekking in the Grand Canyon
    Trekking in the Grand Canyon
    Silly Selfies
    Silly Selfies
    Family Stroll
    Family Stroll
    Mountain Hike in Ecuador
    Mountain Hike in Ecuador
    Vivian & Elle Enjoying an Unusually Warm Winter Day
    Vivian & Elle Enjoying an Unusually Warm Winter Day
    Exploring the U.S. Virgin Islands
    Exploring the U.S. Virgin Islands
    Our Loveable Pup, Fenwick
    Our Loveable Pup, Fenwick
    Enjoying the Sunset
    Enjoying the Sunset
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    Enjoying the New Mexico Balloon Fest
    Enjoying the New Mexico Balloon Fest
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    Hiking in Puerto Rico
    Hiking in Puerto Rico
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    Carousel Ride With Daddy!
    Carousel Ride With Daddy!
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    Trekking in the Grand Canyon
    Trekking in the Grand Canyon
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    Silly Selfies
    Silly Selfies
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    Family Stroll
    Family Stroll
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    Mountain Hike in Ecuador
    Mountain Hike in Ecuador
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    Vivian & Elle Enjoying an Unusually Warm Winter Day
    Vivian & Elle Enjoying an Unusually Warm Winter Day
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    Exploring the U.S. Virgin Islands
    Exploring the U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Our Loveable Pup, Fenwick
    Our Loveable Pup, Fenwick
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    Enjoying the Sunset
    Enjoying the Sunset
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    Our House and Neighborhood

    Beach Living!

    From our home, we can hear the lapping of waves on the beach, the sound of sea gulls in the air, and see every star in the night sky. Our home is situated on a peaceful, quiet wildlife preserve on a single street of homes. Not only is the neighborhood safe for kids to play, but it provides an enormous list of outdoor activities, from kayaking to hiking, star gazing to fishing. Our girls love "rescuing" crabs in the summer months and watching dolphins play in the bay.

    View From Our Front Yard

    We bought an outdated house and made it into our own nautical oasis - there are starfish in every window, seashells in every room, and plants throughout the house to promote a healthy and calm space for our family.

    Our small neighborhood hosts events to celebrate holidays, community days to clean up the beaches, and supports education of wildlife in the area. Outside of our little community, the schools are top tier, recognized for providing world class education and for their support of diversity and inclusion.

    Our Extended Families

    Christmas With Family

    We have a close-knit and loving relationship with our family, who are located all throughout the U.S. Angel has family across the East Coast, including her twin sisters who are in nursing school, her brother, a former Marine, who lives on a houseboat in Virginia, and her mom and dad, who live close by. Angel's mom instilled her love for the beach in her children, who all seek sand and water to find contentment. Cory's family has roots throughout the Midwest and South, from Chicago to Alabama. Cory's family uses Facetime to stay connected to each other. Having family throughout the U.S. gives us a reason to travel, which is our favorite family activity.

    A Night Out With Angel's Sisters

    Our families are brought together by our love of food - Angel's side usually makes pasta and traditional Italian meals whereas Cory's family focuses on Midwest and Irish fair - meat and potatoes!

    Both families are incredibly supportive of our adoption journey and look forward to welcoming another baby.

    From Us to You

    Our hope with this letter is to share our gratitude for your willingness to consider our family as well as create a vision of the life we will provide for our children.

    We have built a strong marriage, created a beautiful home, and cultivated a stable environment for our children through hard work, patience and persistence. We turn to laughter when times get tough, and nurture our family through unconditional love and support. We are blessed with two amazing daughters - Elle Autumn and Vivian Anna - who anxiously await the arrival of a little brother or sister.

    A little about us … we were married in 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa, while we were volunteering. Cory is an Ironworker, and served for many years on the Board of his Union. He is now an entrepreneur, and has been successfully renovating homes for the past year. Cory is an amazing father with an endless supply of patience and a playful, adventurous spirit. Angel is an attorney by trade, and is responsible for regulatory compliance at a large multi-national bank. Like her profession, she takes her job as a mom very seriously, prioritizing her girls in every way.

    Neither of us were born into privilege, but have worked very hard to put ourselves through school and have found a good work/life balance, ensuring we reserve time for family, friends and our community. We hope to instill that same sense of purpose in our children, providing them with the education, support, and unconditional love needed to live fulfilling, happy and healthy lives, and pursue their passions, whatever they may be.

    Our hearts are happiest when we travel, and we look forward to sharing our deep love of travel with our children. There is nothing we'd rather do on our free time then sink our feet into the sand! We haven't been to a beach we don't love - and we've been all around the world. From our beach at home on the Delaware Bay to our travel spots in Mexico, France, South Africa and the Caribbean, we can't wait to build sand castles, watch our children chase seagulls, and hear their squeals of laughter and pure joy as they run away from waves.

    We are very proud parents, delighting in the milestones big and small, photographing many of our family memories, and savoring the little moments. We would love to share with you, to the extent you desire, these priceless moments, whether through photographs, stories or keepsakes. We also want to share your child's culture and heritage with them so they feel complete, understanding their roots and embracing their background. We've always loved the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" and believe that the more people that love a child, the better off they will be in life.

    We are humbled by your strength and courage, and our thoughts are with you as you consider the options available to you and your child. While we can't even begin to imagine the range of emotions you are experiencing, we hope we can provide some words of comfort and perhaps create an image that helps you feel hopeful about the future.

    Cory & Angel


    Jason Statham
    Johnny Depp
    Angelina Jolie
    Natalie Portman
    Diana Gabaldon
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Outlander Series
    Candy Bar
    Childhood Memory
    Farming with Grandfather
    Children's Book
    Goodnight Moon
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Classic Movie
    Point Break
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Day of Week
    Chocolate Cake
    Ice Cream
    Disney Movie
    Finding Nemo
    Dream Car
    Range Rover
    Dream Job
    Building Equipment for Handicap
    Human Rights Activist
    Dream Vacation
    Great Barrier Reef
    Family Activity
    Beach Time
    Beach Time
    Flower / Plant
    Calla Lilly
    Ice Cream
    Form of Exercise
    Holiday Song
    I want a hippopootamus for Christmas
    Holiday Tradition
    Cutting down Christmas Tree
    Cutting down Christmas Tree
    Ice Cream
    Bubble Gum
    Junk Food
    Ice Cream
    Leisure Activity
    Memory with a Child
    New York with a Baby!
    Swimming with Dolphins
    Memory with Spouse
    Proposal on front porch
    Vacationing in Galapagos
    Lost Boys
    Forrest Gump
    Movie Munchie
    Movie Type
    Book of Mormon
    Musical Group
    Nursery Rhyme
    5 Little Ducks
    Olympic Event
    Quality about my Spouse
    Be the Change you you wish to see in the world
    Peanut Butter and Jelly
    Grilled Cheese
    Serenity Prayer
    Friends in Low Places
    Lost Boy, Ruth B
    Sport to Play
    Soft Ball
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Team
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    Anything on the grill
    Time of Day
    TV Show
    The Walking Dead
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot
    Sand & Sea
    Beach, anywhere

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