Married Since: 2016

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our goal is to offer your child a loving, caring, safe, stimulating environment in which they can thrive. Our family is rooted in trust and mutual respect. We love each other for all our strengths and all our weaknesses.

Bobby and Sophie

from Pennsylvania

Bobby

Ancestry: Italian, Eastern European

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Private Equity Managing Partner

Education: JD

Hobbies: Yoga, Golfing, Guitar, Hiking, Running, Biking, Skiing

Sophie

Ancestry: Mexican, Italian, Polish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Tech Startup Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Exercising, Skiing, Travel, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Bobby

Book
All Calvin and Hobbes comics
Food
Italian, specifically any pasta with my family's sauce
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Golfing
Movie
The Big Lebowski
Sport
Hard to pick just one!
Thing to Cook
Enchiladas for Sophie
TV Show
Lost
Music
Classic Rock
Vacation
Florence, Italy

Sophie

Book
The Count of Monte Cristo
Food
Mexican, specifically bean and cheese burritos
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Reading
Movie
Any J Lo movie
Sport
The Olympics
Thing to Cook
Chili for Bobby
TV Show
Lost
Music
Alt/Pop
Vacation Spot
Florence, Italy
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for reading our letter and for considering us as potential adoptive parents. We can only imagine what a difficult decision you must be facing, and we are so grateful for your strength and bravery.

You’ll likely read in many letters that we could never understand what you’re experiencing.  While this is true, we empathize in that we are not where we would have expected to be in our lives.  We are grateful that life has led us here.  When we got married in February of 2016, we assumed that we would quickly start having children quickly, but as time passed, it became clear that things were not going to go as we had planned. We have always known how much we want to be parents and have a family of our own, but we hadn’t considered adoption.  Just trying to understand the process seemed so daunting.

Like you, we spent a great deal of time thinking about this process before moving forward. Ultimately, we came to the decision together that we would like to grow our family through adoption, and we are prepared to go through this journey with you.

Our goal is to offer your child a loving, caring, safe, and stimulating environment in which they can thrive. But we are only human and not perfect. While we will do absolutely everything we can to be the best possible parents, we know we’ll make mistakes along the way. We are no more deserving of the chance to care for your child than anyone else, but given the opportunity, we promise that we’ll do our best each and every day.

Our marriage is rooted in trust and mutual respect, and we love each other for all our strengths and all our weaknesses.  Our home and neighborhood offer a warm and welcoming environment, and we’ve spent time thinking about how a child of any race or background could feel at home with us. Our neighborhood is very diverse, and we are so excited to be able to share this and all of the things that we love to do, whether it’s relaxing at home, going on an adventure, or exploring a new city, with a child.

We’re close to our parents, who all live nearby and are excited to support our journey and prepared to embrace your child as their grandchild. We are also close with our four collective siblings (Sophie has an older sister and younger brother, and Bobby has two older sisters who together have seven children). Like all families, of course, we have challenges, but we’ve been able to maintain strong relationships. It is because we are both so lucky to come from tight-knit, caring families that we feel so strongly that we are prepared to undertake the challenge of parenthood, and will always do our best to instill the values on which we were raised in your child.

We would love to get to know you and learn about your hopes and dreams for your child. We are so thankful for you, and hope that you can find the same feelings for us, imperfections and all.

Sincerely,
Bobby & Sophie

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We are ready to adopt for two primary reasons: we would like to grow our family, and we believe that the strength of our marriage allows us to provide a loving home to a child.  From our very first date, we talked about how important our families are to each of us, and how we’d like to have a family of our own.  We have so much love to give, and cannot wait to share our lives with your child.  We are incredibly excited about the idea of coming home one day with a child and all of the blessings they will bring into our lives, both in joy and in challenges.

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What We Will Share

First and foremost, we will emphasize to your child that you love them very much. In fact, you love them so much that you made the ultimate sacrifice: to offer your child the best life possible. A cornerstone value that we share is that we should never pass judgment on someone else.  Everyone’s life experience is unique, and everyone is faced with difficult decisions based on circumstances that others simply could never understand.  We will ensure that your child fully appreciates that you had to make very difficult choices based on very difficult circumstances, and we will always respect and be grateful for this.

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About Us

We met more than seven years ago through a mutual acquaintance. The encounter was happenstance, but Bobby immediately felt drawn to Sophie and asked if she’d like to go out for a drink. We never looked back from that moment. We met at a point in our lives where we both knew ourselves well enough to know that we felt completely comfortable together.

We’ve been described by friends as “extroverted introverts,” which is probably very accurate.  We like spending time together reading, cooking, even cleaning our home and gardening together. On the other hand, we have very good friends with whom we like to meet for dinner, hikes, boating, skiing, etc.

Our families live nearby, and we enjoy spending time with them as well. We would probably be considered very neat and organized, though that comes more from pride of ownership than anything else – we both take care of things that we own, no matter how trivial they may seem. Sophie is also genuinely hilarious, whereas Bobby thinks he’s pretty funny, but really just makes bad puns all the time.

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About Sophie, by Bobby

Sophie is the most empathetic, compassionate person I’ve ever met. It’s difficult to put into words how lucky I am to be married to her as a result of these characteristics. She constantly puts my needs first and wants nothing more than my happiness. The really incredible thing is that this empathy, compassion, and love aren’t solely directed toward me as her husband. She cares so much about the well-being of complete strangers. Her awareness of how fortunate she and I are to have come from loving, caring families who provided so much for us drives her to help others as much as possible on a daily basis. Because of her, our home always feels very warm and welcoming. After years of marriage, I still find myself eager to come home at the end of every day at the office, because I know I’ll be greeted with calming warmth and love. When we first discussed adoption, Sophie told me “I have so much love to give.” This is not a hyperbolic statement: it is simply in her nature to care for others.

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About Bobby, by Sophie

Bobby is the most wonderful person in the entire world. He is so much more than everything I could have ever hoped for in a husband and every morning and every night I think about how grateful and lucky I am to be able to spend my life with him. Together, we have encountered some difficult life challenges, but Bobby has always been an incredibly strong support. He is loving, kind, thoughtful, funny, and warm. One thing that I very much admire about Bobby is that he takes full advantage of every single day. Bobby is involved with helping people in our community develop and grow their business and regularly meets outside of work with people who are seeking guidance and advice. When he’s not working on the house or spending time with our families, he’s somehow always finding ways to make my life easier, like washing my car after it’s rained. Our many nieces and nephews look up to him and love spending time with him, and definitely think he’s way cooler than their parents.

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Our Lifestyle

We like to do a lot of things together, but we also respect each other’s needs to have our own time to decompress and relax. On a typical weekend, we go on several walks around the neighborhood, and at least one hike through the parks nearby.  Strange as it sounds, we both also enjoy cleaning (or the results from it), so we like to spend some time cleaning up around the house.  We love to make dinner together and settle in to watch a show on Netflix or a movie, depending on our mood.  We also enjoy playing Rummikub, a classic board game that gets our competitive juices flowing a little bit (we keep a running tally of results on the chalkboard in the kitchen). We can’t wait to add your child’s name to the scoreboard when they are old enough to learn how to play.  Separately, when the weather is nice, Bobby goes down to our boat and spends some time on the river with a book.  He also likes to go for a run or a long bike ride (and sometimes invites a friend to come along).  Bobby also spends some time in the yard and does a great job with keeping up our landscaping.  Sophie is a serious bookworm and does a lot of reading. She also enjoys exercise and going for walks with her mom or a friend. All of the activities we enjoy are kid-friendly and we get so excited when we picture your child strolling through the parks with us, joining Bobby on his bike rides, and having storytime with Sophie.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a neighborhood in the east end of the city. Our neighborhood is vibrant, energetic, and diverse. It is within walking distance of two universities, with various other academic institutions nearby as well, so people come from all over the world to this area to study, teach, research and work. At the same time, there are residents who have lived here for their entire lives, so it’s a fantastic mix of neighborhood pride and worldly perspectives mixed together. Our neighborhood has a ton of character – many houses here are more than 100 years old. We live within a 15-minute walk in every direction of restaurants, shops, bars and coffee shops. Perhaps most importantly, we are located between several large, historic parks. One park alone is nearly 650 acres with miles of biking and hiking trails, while another nearby park includes tennis courts, basketball courts, and an area designated for pets.

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Our Love of Travel

Our last vacation was inspired by an invitation to a wedding of Sophie’s childhood friend in a small town outside Venice.  We had gone to Italy together a couple of years before and loved it, but we thought that if we had the chance to go again, we would explore other places and not just retrace our steps.  So, we decided it’d be fun to book a Mediterranean cruise through a number of Greek islands as well as parts of Italy and Sicily.  We love sharing new experiences and learning about new cultures, so it was a fantastic trip.  Every day we arrived at a different port and explored cities with incredible history, beauty and rich culture.  In addition, the cruise ship itself was a unique experience.  We befriended an older couple who were “cruise veterans” and referred to us as the “honeymooners.”  They invited us to dinner with their friends, where they confided that it was really enjoyable to hang out with a couple our age since their children don’t want to go on cruises with them! Overall, the experience was amazing and served as another shared journey that solidified our life together.

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Our Families

When we first met, it was clear that our families were the centerpiece of our respective universe. According to Sophie, Bobby spent a significant amount of time on our first date talking about his family, which apparently scored him a lot of points!  We’re both incredibly lucky to have parents who have not only been married for years (Sophie’s parents celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary this year, while Bobby’s celebrated their 44th) but still obviously love each other completely.

We each have two siblings and are close with all of them. Sophie is the middle child: her brother Jacob is 11 years younger and lives just down the street from us.  He can’t escape Sophie’s mothering instincts!  She loves to take him to get haircuts (when he is willing) and give him advice on his love life.  Sophie’s sister Cicia, who is two years older, lives in DC, and we visit her whenever we can.

Bobby’s older sister Alexis has 5 children, and his other older sister Lindsay has two.  Bobby is the Godfather to two of our nieces and nephews, and we love spending time with all of them.  In growing our own family, we are eager to bring a child into these loving, warm environments.

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Faith

We were both raised in Catholic households where we attended church and CCD regularly (although neither of us could tell you what CCD stands for) and were married in a Catholic church.  While we remain practicing Catholics, we are bonded much more by the underlying values of the church as opposed to “checking the box” by attending services.  As an example, growing up, we ate together as a family every night, beginning with a prayer to remind ourselves how fortunate we are. We still do this every night before dinner.  Our faith creates stability around a set of shared family values, and we’re excited to pass these on to your child.   We do our best to balance embracing what we feel are some really beautiful core messages against some specific areas that we believe fall outside our belief systems.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Bobby’s paternal grandparents were born in Southern Italy and Sophie’s maternal grandparents were born in Mexico. Since childhood, we were surrounded by diversity in thought, language and culture.  At family gatherings, half the conversations Bobby heard as a child were spoken in Italian and for Sophie, the same still holds true with her family speaking Spanish.  We were taught from a young age that it is important to cherish the traditions shared by the communities from which our families came, and also to respect and learn about the traditions of others.  It is the differences in people that create such enrichment in life, and we look forward to the opportunity to share this belief system with a child who may come from a culture, race, or ethnicity other than our own.

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What We Will Teach

We share many common beliefs and values that we want to also share with your child.  Some of these include compassion, patience, work ethic, accountability, politeness, respect, and tolerance.  At the end of the day, we want our children to aspire to be good people. Of course, it’s easy to say these things.  We were fortunate that in our respective homes growing up, our parents led by example. We want to do the same and surround your child with real-life, everyday examples of how to treat themselves and others.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love your child unconditionally. We promise to share with your child that you love them unconditionally. We promise to provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment in which your child can thrive.  We promise to always openly communicate with your child about how you brought them into the world, and how fortunate we feel to be able to raise them. We promise to do our best to ensure that they have the opportunity to pursue all of their interests.  We promise to fully incorporate our families, including parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews, and more, into their lives.  We promise to always be there for your child, whatever they are going through, throughout their entire life.

Message Bobby and Sophie

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Bobby and Sophie

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!