Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Someone once described our family as “ambitiously supportive” which we have taken to heart. We believe that victories big and small should be celebrated and that hardships should be met with support, love, and food.

Justin and Christa

from California

Justin

Ancestry: Hispanic, Caucasian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: IT

Education: AA

Hobbies: Spending time with family, Yard work, Walking our dog

Christa

Ancestry: Hispanic, Caucasian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Payroll & HR Manager

Education: MA

Hobbies: Reading, Home repairs, Cooking, Spending time with family

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Not Religious

Favorites

Justin

Animal
Raccoons - Their dexterous little paws are adorable
Family Activity
Jensen loves when we sing and dance together
Book
"Ender's Game" Classic Sci-Fi
Food
Really well made ramen is comforting, spicy and delicious
Movie
"Ghostbusters" I've loved it since I was a kid and had a jumpsuit and proton pack
Holiday
Halloween - I have fun guessing who people are dressed up as and figuring out what to wear myself
Leisure Activity
I love to watch movies or play video games
Thing to Cook
Jambalaya - spicy and yummy
TV Show
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" The theme song is enough to make me smile instantly
Childhood Memory
My older sister sneaking me downstairs to watch "Beavis and Butthead" with her

Christa

Animal
Manatee - I've always been fascinated by these gentle, curious sea cows
Family Activity
Playing Legos with Jensen and seeing his creativity come through
Book
"Time Traveler's Wife"
Food
Anything spicy like Indian, Mexican, Cajun, etc!
Movie
Any Christmas movie
Holiday
Thanksgiving - I love the traditions, food, and spending the day cooking with my mom
Leisure Activity
Snuggling while we read a good book or watch a favorite movie
Thing to Cook
Lasagna - it's cheesy, delicious, and Jensen loves it!
TV Show
"Eureka" - I love SyFy originals
Childhood Memory
Spending the whole day in the pool with my sister during the summers
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From Us to You

Dear Expecting Parent,

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We understand this may be a difficult and emotional time for you and appreciate the opportunity to tell you about our family.

We have been together for over eight years and are lucky enough to be the parents of one amazing kid, Jensen, and one amazing dog, Charlie. Our relationship is a true partnership and we make all decisions together, especially decisions that will impact our family. We both feel that family is the most important thing there is and focus most of our time and energy on Jensen, Charlie, each other, and our extended family. We’re very close to our parents and siblings, and they are all thrilled with the prospect of adding another little one to the family. Given how important family is to us, it’s always been a dream of ours to have more than one child. We both cherish our siblings and hope to give our children the same experience.

We adopted Jensen when he was a baby and he has brought us more joy and love than we could have ever imagined. At his age, Jensen may not understand his adoption fully but we always speak of his birth mother with warmth. Jensen’s birth mother decided on a closed adoption and while we may not have a relationship with her, she is still a part of our family. We are open to another closed adoption if that is your decision; however, we would be more than happy to have an open adoption with you. Our only wish is for our children to be happy and healthy and while this can be done with a closed adoption, we also know an open adoption would help our child better understand their story and who they are.

Someone once described our family as “ambitiously supportive” which we have taken to heart. We believe that victories big and small should be celebrated and that hardships should be met with support, love, and food. As parents, we want to honor our parents’ legacies of always being there for soccer games, family dinners, movie nights, parent conferences, and heartbreaks.

Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about us. We wish you all the best as you make your decision.

Justin & Christa

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Growing our family through adoption has always been a calling for us, something we feel like we were meant to do. Jensen’s adoption only furthered that feeling and we are so hopeful we will be able to add another child to our family through adoption. We feel it’s very important for Jensen and any future siblings to have this shared experience. We both cherish our siblings and hope to give our children the same experience.

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About Christa, by Justin

Whether it’s work, motherhood, or her personal relationships, Christa’s strengths shine through. Anyone that has met her has their own positive story to tell. Jensen has always demonstrated that he knows he’s loved, largely because of Christa’s efforts. She’s a rare mix of knowledgeable and open-minded. She’s done a copious amount of research but is always willing to reexamine new info. She’s simultaneously my best bud and closest confidant.

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About Justin, by Christa

Justin has a laugh that you can recognize, and hear, from across the room. He is always there for me when I need someone to talk to, cuddle with, or watch something with. He is an amazing dad and wants to be involved in all aspects of Jensen’s life from changing dirty diapers and brushing teeth to teaching him how to tell the “Guess What? Chicken Butt” joke. Justin is a true partner and one of my favorite people in the world.

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Our Lifestyle

We both work full time, Justin in IT and Christa in payroll; however, we’re lucky enough to have flexible work schedules which allow for more time at home. While we’re working, Jensen attends a wonderful daycare/preschool close to our home and your child will spend their days there as well. Jensen has been there since he was a baby and we all love the teachers. Christa works remotely from home and is able to run over if there’s ever a need. We’re big believers in celebrations and believe every holiday, birthday, promotion, and accomplishment should be recognized and celebrated! We love holidays, Disneyland, Harry Potter, USC, and our family. We live within an hour drive of most of our family which means we always have someone more than happy to babysit or host a get together. Just this past weekend, we called Grandma and Grandad to see if they wanted to meet us at the local park for a walk. Jensen loved the extra attention as he chased squirrels, looked for ducks on the lake, and went down the slides. Grandma and Grandad loved the excuse to see Jensen having a ball and to hear about our week.

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Racial Diversity

The three of us all come from diverse backgrounds. We are multiracial with Latino heritage, and Jensen is biracial with birth parents who are Black and White. Justin is the son of an immigrant. His father was born in El Salvador and came to the US as a youth. Our home is nestled in a historic Japanese community and Jensen’s daycare prides itself on diversity.  We love the idea of not only sharing our cultural heritage with Jensen but exploring his together as well.

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Our Relationship with Jensen's Birth Mother

Jensen’s birth mother decided that a closed adoption was best for her. We have respected her wishes and don’t currently have a relationship with her; however, we are forever grateful that she chose to entrust Jensen to us. While a closed adoption is what works best for Jensen’s birth mother, we are more happy to have an open adoption with you. We understand every birth mother is different and our relationship with you will not be the same as our relationship with Jensen’s birth mother.

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Home & Neighborhood

We bought our home about 5 years ago. It has three bedrooms, a home office where Christa works remotely, a backyard complete with a swing and jungle gym, and a breakfast nook where we all eat dinner together. Since buying our house, we have enjoyed tackling the projects that come along with homeownership such as landscaping, fixing leaky sinks, and painting. Our neighborhood is quiet and our neighbors all love saying hi to us as we take our evening walks. We’re close to a local YMCA where Jensen has taken swimming lessons, a park where Jensen and Charlie, our dog, love to go on the slides, and a lake where we meet Christa’s parents for Sunday walks.

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Our Dog, Charlie

We rescued Charlie from a local shelter when she was about four months old. She’s a shar pei/whippet mix which basically means she’s skinny with lots of wrinkles on her face.  She’s very spoiled with a dog bed in every room and more toys than she can use. She loves going to the dog park, being covered by blankets, and going on walks. We always knew Charlie was an amazing dog but seeing her with Jensen just proves it. Ever since Jensen was a baby, Charlie has cried when he cries, plays when he plays, and eats when he eats.

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Our Families & Friends

Our families and friends mean everything to us and we’re lucky enough to have a lot of them! Our parents have shaped the people we have become and we’re so grateful for the support they continue to give. We each have two sisters and consider them (and their significant others) some of our closest friends. Together, we have one niece, one nephew, and more aunts, uncles, and cousins than we can count, many of which live locally. Any occasion is a reason for our family to get together including holidays, weddings, birthdays, school plays, and football games. Some of our closest friends also live locally and we see them often for hiking, brunch, and game nights.

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Family Traditions

We love holidays and the traditions we have built around them! Whether it’s cinnamon rolls on New Year’s Day, something yummy and green on St. Patrick’s Day, or Easter egg hunts and delicious family brunches on Easter, we celebrate all holidays big and small! Our favorite time of year starts on Halloween and continues through the end of the year. No Halloween is complete without carving pumpkins, dressing up for a family Halloween party, and going trick or treating. Thanksgiving means a big homemade dinner with family and friends and wouldn’t be complete without Christa’s homemade pecan pie. Christmas is a month-long celebration that includes hanging Christmas lights on the house, picking out and decorating our tree, celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends, and having tamales on Christmas morning.

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Leisure Time

We love spending time together as a family, whether it’s cuddling up to read a good book, chasing Jensen and Charlie around our backyard, or watering the plants. Family and friends are also a big part of our leisure time and we’re always happy to see them. Some of our favorite hobbies are home improvement projects, football, Disney, movies, and family adventures to the park, zoo, or aquarium. Justin and Christa have been fortunate enough to travel to South Africa, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and others since getting married. Our vacations have been local since having Jensen but we plan on taking him (and hopefully his brother or sister) to Japan to visit his aunt.

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Our Promise to You

If you were to choose us, we promise to love your little one unconditionally. We promise that he or she will have a happy, stable home full of laughter, dance parties, celebrations, family and friends, silliness, and love. We promise that we (and our family and friends) will always be there to support your little one in all endeavors whether it’s attending soccer games or school plays, helping with homework, or teaching him or her how to cook. We promise that your little one will always know how loved he or she is and how lucky we are to be his or her parents.

Message Justin and Christa

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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 Justin and Christa

  • 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!