Vincent and Ana Paula

Married Since: 2011

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

If you decide to allow us to adopt your child, please know that he or she will be taught to love themselves, to know they are very special and loved and will have a life full of opportunity.

Vincent and Ana Paula

from California

Vincent

Ancestry: Italian, Polish, Scandinavian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Investment Advisor

Education: A.A.M.S.

Hobbies: Surfing, Travel, Tennis, Outdoors

Ana Paula

Ancestry: French, Spanish, Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Realtor

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Travel, Tennis, Being with my dog

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Vincent

Animal
Dog
Color
Green
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Early Bird
Family Activity
Being together and talking
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Gladiator
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
Anything on the BBQ
TV Show
America's Got Talent
Vacation Spot
A remote beach with tall palm trees

Ana Paula

Animal
Dog
Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night Owl
Family Activity
Our daily family walks
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Notting Hill or The Notebook
Subject in School
Geography
Thing to Cook
Soups
TV Show
The Bachelor
Vacation Spot
Anywhere in Europe
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

It must be very hard deciding what the best thing for you to do is. We’re sure you want to do the right thing and that it’s hard to decide what exactly is the right thing to do. We can assure you, if you decide to create an adoption plan for your child that involves us, your child will have an incredible life and future full of love and opportunity. Of course you will change our lives forever too, but most importantly, your child will be so loved and taken care of that we know he or she will love you for being so strong that you gave them an opportunity to have the best life they could.

We met on a cruise in January 2006, got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2007, married in 2011 and we still like to cruise as a way to see many places in the world and to be reminded of where it all began for us. We have wanted to start a family since a year after we were married, but doctors told us it would be difficult and suggested we try In-Vitro. We believe very strongly that everything happens for a reason. After 4 failed IVF attempts, we found ourselves asking, “Why can’t we be parents?” Now we believe that adoption was always in our path, we just didn’t know it. It took us going through years of treatments to get us to the point where we are now, potentially adopting your child. To us, that makes it even more special because when your child becomes part of our family, we will know that it was so meant to be.

The most important thing to us is family. We love spending time with our families. We both love to travel and plan to continue to see new places in the world. We love to keep things fun and both have an active sense of humor. Sports have always been part of both of our lives. Ana loves playing tennis and soccer and also loves watching all types of sports. As a child Vince played all the “organized” sports like baseball, basketball and football and he also loved skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding. Over time he got really good at surfing and competed in hundreds of amateur and professional contests. He was a member of the US Surf Team and got to compete in the Pan-American games in Argentina. He was a professional surfer from age 20 to 28 before starting his 3rd business at age 29 (where he currently spends most of his time). All that said, we plan to support whatever it is that your child enjoys doing, and we will encourage their passions.

Your beautiful child would completely change our lives in the most positive way. We’ve waited so long to become a family of three, that we have all the love in the world to give and, of course, to receive as well. We can’t wait to learn new things every single day and celebrate every new achievement. Mommy won’t stop taking pictures and sharing them with family and close friends, and we are open to sharing photos with you as well. We are going to raise your baby in the Catholic faith and we plan for them to attend private school. We would also support any kind of sport or art that they are into, and encourage them to pursue a passion or a hobby. We hope to teach them to be self-confident and courageous, like you. We want him or her to spend a lot of time with their grandparents because it is a privilege that the 4 of them are alive and healthy (plus they are already waiting for that dream to come true!). They’ve already told us it is their job to spoil them and our job to educate them.

Our dog, Tiki, is a very important part of our family and she loves children so they will become best friends. We will take a lot of walks together, some at the beach, at the park or just outside the house. We have so many plans in our minds to share with your child. We think the most simple for us will mean the most: kissing them on the cheek nonstop until they tell us to leave them alone, falling asleep together, watching their first steps, calling us Mom and Dad – all the way to walking down the aisle and seeing them as an adult. We can’t wait for what the future brings us, but we are certain that this bundle of joy will be our happiness forever!

We are both ambitious and work full time, but it’s likely that Ana will be at home full time when we have a child. Vince started building a business in 2010 that is doing well and we hope to leave it to our child if he or she is interested in taking it over one day.

Ana has a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and Master’s degree in digital marketing. She currently works as a realtor. Vince is a Financial Advisor with a focus on helping individuals plan and invest for their retirement and their children’s education. We also volunteer in a local charitable foundation and Vince is on the board. The foundation raises money to grant to nonprofits that help with things like hunger, homelessness and youth at risk.

Both of our parents can’t wait to meet your child and we joke about the 4 of them “fighting” over who gets to spend time with them and on which days. They get along incredibly well with each other which we feel very fortunate about. Being married for over 45 years and 36 years they continue to inspire us and lead by example. We hope to bring what they’ve taught us into our own family and, if you decide to allow us to adopt your child, please know that he or she will be taught to love themselves, to know they are very special and loved and will have a life full of opportunity.

Vince & Ana

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About Vince

Since the first day we met in the Jacuzzi on a cruise ship, Vince has just been the most respectful and persevering man I have ever met. He did the impossible to keep us together without caring about all of the hurdles that were in between. We had a long distance relationship, and trust and communication were key elements to becoming the couple we are today. We already have a 4-legged fur baby named Tiki (our dog) and Vince is the most loving and caring father. No matter how busy he is, he is always there for Tiki and as long as she is happy, we are both happy. Another characteristic about my husband is his passion in everything he does. He started a business from scratch and now he has coached and trained around 100 advisors and helped make them very successful. As Vince’s wife I can’t explain how lucky I am to wake up every single day next to him and share the rest of my life with him. Little details like watching TV together, and big ones like traveling the world, make me thank God every single day for how lucky I am to have crossed his path and that we get to be together for the rest of our lives. I can’t wait to have our new member be part of this family surrounded by love and happiness.

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About Ana

Ana is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Since the first time I met her, I could tell that she had something “extra” in the way she carries herself. So confident yet so humble at the same time. I’ve always loved how much she values the important things in life like family and health. Her interaction with her family is inspiring as she communicates with them daily. When she puts something in her mind there is literally no stopping her. She has such a fun sense of humor and she is sharp as a tack, so she always keeps me on my toes. Ana truly has brought out the best in me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life. She will be the most amazing mother! I’ve told her this since way before we were married or ever even talked about raising a child of our own. Any time she holds a friend’s baby, they are always amazed, as am I, at her natural way with kids.

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Our Families

We are really close to our parents. I (Ana) talk to my parents daily over the phone and we go to dinner at Vince’s parents’ home every Sunday. I’m the oldest of three, with a younger brother and sister. We all get along incredibly well and have since we were little kids. My parents educated us with strong values based in the Catholic religion and they are extremely loving and outgoing people. I was very close to my paternal grandmother who passed a little over a year ago. We used to spend a lot of time together just for fun because we loved to be together. Also a very interesting fact is my four grandparents were married the same day and same year and they both shared anniversaries for 62 years AND on that same day and year Vince’s mom was born! I still have 3 grandparents alive and they would be very happy to have the opportunity to meet their great-grandchild. I also have some aunts, uncles and cousins who live about 45 minutes away from us and they invite us to barbecues and dinners often. The majority of my family lives in Mexico City, Mexico but they also come visit us often. Vince’s parents have been married for 45 years and live about 20 minutes from our home. He is also very close with them and we love to see them for dinner at least once a week. He has an older sister who has 4 boys and recently adopted her 11-year-old niece. Her oldest boy is attempting to get drafted as a professional baseball player. Her youngest boy loves to play all sorts of sports and he looks forward to being a “big cousin.” It seems that all our close friends have babies and toddlers so our new family member will have a great group of play pals!

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Our Dog, Tiki

Tiki is a sharpool. She is a mixture of Sharpei with pit-bull. She is 45 pounds and she is 7 years and a half. We adopted her when she was 3 months old. She is the queen of the house and we love to spend as much time as we can with her. She is the sweetest most loving dog in the world. She sleeps in the middle of our bed and every morning she cuddles for 30 minutes with Ana. She also loves her daily walks, she loves to play Mary-go-round around the table and she loves to give kisses to mom and dad all the time. She is the life of the house. Always barks with happiness when we get back from work and goes sad when we leave her by herself. We love her so much it is hard to explain.

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Our Home

We just bought a new house (new to us) in the summer of 2018. We used to have a condo, but we decided it was time to upgrade into a house for our future family. It’s in a safe, suburban neighborhood with 4 bedrooms and a bonus room we turned into a home theater, as we love to watch movies on Netflix. It will also be perfect for an indoor play area. The house was built in 2005 and also has a pool and a Jacuzzi and is about 7 minutes away from the beach. There is a bike/running trail in the neighborhood that goes directly to the beach that we use often on the weekends and long summer days. It is a very family-oriented community and on the weekends there are many kids playing outside, riding on bikes, and walking their dogs. We have plenty of space to entertain, but most importantly a lot of space for our new addition to start creating memories together and have a comfortable place for them to call “home.”

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We both would love to be parents and after many years of trying to conceive naturally and through IVF, we decided that our path in this world was to adopt. We realized that for us the origin of our baby was irrelevant. Our baby won’t be any different just because it doesn’t come from Ana’s womb. The bond that will exist between our baby will be exactly the same or maybe greater. We both feel at this moment in life that we have waited so many years that the love we have to give is infinite. We already love our baby, even though we don’t him/her yet and this love will last till eternity.

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Our Lifestyle

We are a very ambitious and active couple. Each one of us likes different activities. Outside of working on growing our businesses, Ana likes to run, play tennis, go to exercise boot camps and do some lifting. It depends on her mood and the season of the year. While Vince really enjoys surfing. Snow skiing / snowboarding is an activity we enjoy together. We eat pretty healthy the majority of the time but we also enjoy the occasional burger or pizza. It all depends what we are in the mood for. Every single day, regardless of how busy it was, we always like to do our family walk. Tiki, our dog, loves to walk around our neighborhood. Every day she leads us to wherever she wants to walk. We like to visit Vince’s parents at least once a week because Ana’s parents live out of the country. We are Catholic and we go to mass at least once a month. We also enjoy staying at home and doing activities in the house and as long as we are spending time with Tiki, we are extra happy!

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Our Personalities

Ana is very easy-going and very rarely gets irritated. You will always see her with a smile on her face or laughing about something, but on the other hand she is very competitive. She will always go an extra mile to achieve her goals and very rarely she will give up. She has learned so much through our whole journey to have kids to be patient. Patience and tranquility are part of her. She is very affectionate with people and she likes to give hugs.

Vince has a similar personality but he is more introverted. He keeps things to himself and Ana lets them out. He is very persistent in whatever he is passionate about. He is very easy to please and he is always very nice with other people.

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Our Relationship with Our Parents

Ana lived with her parents until she got married. She never felt like moving out because they always have been very close. Their relationship is so close they talk every single day and Facetime as well. They also like to visit us a couple of times per year and Ana flies down to Mexico often. So in spite of living in different countries, they see each other often. They actually have a car they keep at our house for when they come to town. Vince is also very close with his parents and we get together with them about once a week to have lunch or dinner. They always dog-sit Tiki for us when we leave the country on a travel adventure. We are lucky that we are very close to them and also very fortunate that they are alive and healthy.

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Our Education

Ana grew up going to private catholic schools, including college. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Masters in Digital Marketing. She has been bilingual ever since she was a little girl and she has had her real estate license for the last four years. Vince, went to public school and took a non-traditional route. He Left HS early to pursue an athletic career and started a business at 19. He later finished his general Ed, went to college and decided to specialize in investments and retirement planning. He went on to The College for Financial Planning and has earned specialist designations (AAMS and CRPC) through their graduate level courses. He also passed his Fiduciary Investment Advisors Law Examination in 2010 at the age of 29.

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Our Traditions

Even though Ana comes from Mexico, her family is European. She has Spanish, French and Italian heritage. On the other hand, Vince has Italian, Russian and English heritage. We both have very similar cultures, regardless of growing up in different countries. We both celebrate Holy Week, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our families are very important to both of us. The dynamic is the same and they try to celebrate with both extended families because for both Ana and Vince, family is the number one priority in life. Ana was very close to her paternal grandmother. They used to travel, go out to restaurants, shop, laugh, cry, watch TV, and enjoy each other’s company all the time. We hope our children would be very close to their grandparents. Also, Ana still has two grandparents alive so they are looking forward to having a great-grandchild.

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What Relationship Would You Like with the Birth Mother?

We are open to having contact with you, the birth mother, because you will be part of our baby’s history and we want your child to know how brave and courageous their birth mom was. They will always have a special bond with you in that way, and for us it will be the beginning of parenthood; the most amazing gift we can imagine receiving. If you are open to it, we would enjoy sharing milestones, letters, pictures and phone calls. That said, we don’t want to force a relationship or something that that might not be the right choice for you. It’s up to you.

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What We Will Teach Our Child

We want to make sure that our children have the opportunity to go to a private school close to our home. We will encourage them to be involved in activities at school and share life experiences with other kids. Limits in life are very important for us. We want him or her to explore the world and get to know new things every day, but know that they need to have limits and that Mom and Dad will always be the final authority. We will teach your child to be trilingual. Ana’s first language is Spanish and Vince’s is English. Having the ability to speak three languages will open the door to have more opportunities in life. Also we will encourage once they become 18 to go to college and consider an advanced degree as well. Vince would love to leave his practice to our child if they feel that is a path they would enjoy and feel fulfillment from.

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Our Promise to You

We will forever be grateful for your courage because your decision will change both of our paths in a positive direction. We have been able to understand through the years that each person has their own time to become parents. You can be confident that your baby will always be loved and safe with us. You need to know that your baby will always be safe in Ana’s arms, and that he or she will never lack of love. It has been so many years since we both thought it was our time to become parents, that we have accumulated infinite love for that bundle of joy.

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