Samantha and Jesse-Marie

Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

A decision like this must be very difficult and we hope that you have love and support while you are making it. Love and support are what make strangers a family.

Samantha and Jesse-Marie

from Maine

 

Samantha

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Retail Manager

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Sports, Traveling, Animals

Jesse-Marie

Ancestry: Irish

Religion: Episcopal

Occupation: Social worker

Education: BSW, pursuing MSW

Hobbies: Photography, Cooking, Traveling, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

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Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you for considering us. A decision like this must be very difficult and we hope that you have love and support while you are making it. Love and support are what make strangers a family. We are so ecstatic to be considered to raise your baby. We have wanted to have a family for some time, but wanted to make sure we were ready both emotionally and financially. We want to acknowledge how hard this decision is for you and how incredibly grateful we truly are. We want you to know that no matter what, your child always comes first.

We met 7 years ago after we both decided to just be who we are. We have an incredible life that we work very hard for. Samantha (who goes by Sam) works in her family business, selling lobster and other seafood. She works closely with her brother and father. Jesse is a Social Worker in a healthcare facility. She works with elders and supports families. We have two rescue pups, Gidget and Nellie who have lots of personality. Sam’s family lives close by in the next town over and we spend lots of time with them and our niece who is 6 years old. We also travel a few times a year to see Jesse’s family and nephews (6 months and 3 years old) in Texas.

We live in a beautiful neighborhood on a dead-end street that is perfect for bike riding and walking. There are several kids and families on our street. We live within walking distance to our elementary school, playgrounds, library as well as the beach. We live in a coastal tourist town so there are many fun family and kid-centered activities to be a part of.

We love to be on the water in boats or swimming. We also love traveling and trying new things. We love camping and the outdoors but also like to visit Boston for a basketball or baseball game. We want to make the most out of life and take every opportunity offered.

We love getting together with family for dinner, outdoor plays, and concerts, or just relaxing at home with the pups. We feel as though raising a family is an honor. We want a healthy balance of spoiling them, but also teaching them to have a good work ethic. We will teach your child kindness and family values. And of course love and support. Thank you for considering us.

Jesse and Sam

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

When we were touring our home before we purchased it, we would say things like “It has a big backyard for the baby” and “We can walk to the library and beach and the ice cream shop”. We live in a tourist community so it is very busy in the summer. There is a wild kingdom zoo with rides, mini-golf, and other fun stuff for families. We are about one mile away from three beaches. Our town itself is relatively small, but we are close to two large cities. We are also close to the mountains and lakes. Sam’s family lives one town over, so your baby will have extended family (including grandparents!) nearby.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We love camping and we try to go once a year. When we first met our first couple trip was camping, and we have been hooked ever since. It’s so nice to sleep outside and although it has just been us, we think it would be a blast to experience camping as a family. We have camped all over New England, but Vermont is our favorite, especially in the fall when all the leaves show their beautiful colors.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We will teach your child to stand up for what is right, to do the right thing, and to enjoy life and the process, even when it’s hard. We will teach them to work hard and put family first.

What will you tell your child about his or her Birth Mom?

We want you to have a say in what your child learns about you and your story. We will share whatever we agree on. From us, your child will know that we could not biologically have a baby and that you gave us the gift of family.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

The plan is for Jesse to stay home for her maternity leave. While at home, a typical day will include walks to the library, beaches, and creating some type of schedule. Jesse has a lot of friends with kiddos so visiting with them and play dates are a must. When Jesse’s maternity leave is over, Sam will take her maternity leave! We have many friends and family who are very excited to help; we will utilize their skills and time. Our plan after our maternity leaves are over is to work split shifts so that your child can be cared for at home with minimal daycare.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

We went to a local area and took a boat cruise. Sometimes it’s nice to be a tourist in your own town. The cruise brought us over to a lighthouse and then back. It was a beautiful day to be on the water. We love to explore different ways of traveling, such as train rides or boat rides. Before COVID, we went to DC and enjoyed an educational trip to all of the museums.

How will a child enrich your life?

Having your child join our family will give us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes and to see how they experience the world. Sam would also like to teach your child about lobstering and be included in the family business if they choose to do so when they are older.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

We hope that you will be involved, but will respect whatever you decide you are comfortable with. We will make sure that your child knows they are a miracle, a gift. Your child will know that you helped us achieve our dreams of becoming a family. Your choice to place your child is one of the most selfless things a person can do. We want you to know that we understand what an awesome responsibility parenting is and we take this gift seriously.

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