Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

It is so important to us to make sure your child grows up to become a strong and confident individual. We will forever cherish the moment you came into our lives, and we promise to raise your child to honor, respect and admire you. They will always know they are a true gift in our lives and in this world.

Joey and Falen

from Ohio

Joey

Ancestry: Eastern European

Religion: Jewish

Occupation: Operations Manager

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Hobbies: Biking, Yoga, Cooking, Reading, Rock Climbing

Falen

Ancestry: Eastern European

Religion: Jewish

Occupation: Marketing and Social Media Director

Education: Bachelor's Degree and Certified Yoga Teacher

Hobbies: Running, Yoga, Baking, Hiking, Photography

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Jewish

Favorites

Joey

Food
It truly is a tie between a New York slice of Pizza and a bagel.
Hobby
I love biking outdoors, going to art museums and cooking new foods.
Leisure Activity
I love reading a historical fiction book and watching a good movie with Falen.
Movie
I love spy movies, anything from "James Bond" to "Mission Impossible".
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill, from hot dogs to chicken to grilled zucchini and eggplant.
Music
Alternative Rock, Indie Pop and Classical Music
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird for sure. I love waking up early, and I am always super productive in the morning.
Vacation Spot
Any vacation with a beach does the trick for me. We love Miami.
Sport
I love basketball and used to coach the high school girls’ basketball team for years. It was the sweetest experience.
Animal
I love dogs, but I think birds are such beautiful animals and always get so excited when I see a bird in a nest laying eggs. It’s one of the coolest things.

Falen

Food
Nothing to me is better than a smoothie or a big bowl of popcorn.
Hobby
I love running half marathons, yoga, and cycling, but also love baking and adventures.
Leisure Activity
Nothing is better to me than reading a good magazine cover to cover, but also love watching a great TV series or movie with Joey.
Movie
"Dirty Dancing" because I absolutely love the story line about how two people from different backgrounds fall in love, and I just adore incredible dancing.
Thing to Cook
Joey’s specialty is the grill, but I love making big salads, hearty winter soups and homemade applesauce from apple picking.
Music
Literally everything, but pop, hip hop and country give me such happy vibes. Country gives me the cozy, warm vibes.
Early Bird or Night Owl
Truly both, but night owl if I had to choose one. I love waking up early to get the day started, but some of my deepest conversations with Joey and friends happen at night.
Vacation spot
I absolutely love and dream about Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas, but anywhere warm makes me so happy. We also love Miami.
Sport
I’ve always loved playing tennis, dancing and ice skating.
Animal
I love cats, but also think monkeys and elephants are some of the coolest animals. We can’t wait to take this little one to the zoo.
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are Falen and Joey! Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision must be, and hope you feel supported and loved throughout your journey. Our desire to become parents could not possibly be put into words. It has been our greatest dream to love and cherish a child. As parents, we promise to support your child in whatever they desire in this world and we will do anything it takes to make all of their hopes and dreams come true. It is so important to us to make sure your child grows up to become a strong and confident individual. We will forever stand by their side, and promise to provide a safe, happy home and a life full of experiences. We promise to love your child unconditionally and with our whole heart and soul.

We truly believe everything happens for a reason, just like our chance meeting seven years ago. We were two people from different states in the same room, at the same time, and at different points in our lives. We both knew right away that we were meant to spend our lives together. This is exactly the same way we feel about adoption. At this point in time, we may be from different cities or states and doing different things in life, but something is bringing us together now. Just like our love for each other is meant to be forever, so too is our love for an adopted child.

Family means everything to us and it is the experiences that we have together that really make us excited to be parents. We cannot wait to sit down to our nightly family dinners to hear about your child’s day at school and the friends they are making. Even more, we are excited for your child to meet our parents, cousins, aunts and uncles and be part of every family holiday gathering. It is times like those when we are all together as family that we are the happiest. We also love to experience new cultures and seeing new places. It is important for us as parents that your child will also have these experiences as they grow up into mature adults. Whether it be traveling to new places or just going out to new restaurants, your child will get a first-hand experience of all the world has to offer.

To us, adoption means giving both you and your child the trust and compassion you both deserve. We have chosen adoption as our path to start a family after many years of longing to have children. Adoption is near and dear to our hearts, since Joey’s father was adopted at birth, along with Joey’s two aunts. Joey’s grandparents shared the adoption journeys with their three children from a very young age, and their family has an incredible bond that is no different from biological siblings. We know our family and friends will love your child just as much as we will. We promise your child will always feel right at home.

It is important to us that we honor your wishes and connections with your child. If you want to have visits, photos and phone calls, we will honor that. If you would like to see photos one time per year, we will honor that. If you are not open to contact, we honor that. We truly respect the decisions you make and want to create a journey that is best for you and your child.

We promise we will do everything in our power to give your child the most beautiful life filled with endless love and opportunity. We are so grateful to have you consider us as being a part of your child’s life, and we will do everything to provide the most loving, warm, and safe environment throughout their entire life. We will celebrate every day of their life on earth, and nothing would give us greater joy than raising and cherishing them.

Love,
Falen & Joey

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We have struggled to have children for years now, and despite our own infertility journey, Falen has always had a passion for adoption long before meeting Joey. When she found out Joey’s father was adopted, she knew in her gut that adoption would be in the cards for them, too. While we have always dreamt of starting a family, and after years of trying, there is nothing we want more than to love and raise children, providing them a most beautiful life filled with endless love and opportunity.

Adoption is near and dear to our hearts. Joey’s father was adopted at birth, along with Joey’s two Aunts. Joey’s grandparents were unable to have biological children but gave such a beautiful life to their three children who they loved endlessly. Joey’s grandparents shared the adoption journey with their three children from a very young age, and their incredible bond that is no different from biological siblings.

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About Falen, by Joey

From the moment I first met Falen, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. She has an amazing ability to connect with people on a deep, emotional level, and is a supportive and loyal friend to anyone who comes into her life. She is hard-working and determined to succeed, which allows her to accomplish anything she puts her mind to. These traits will make her the most giving and caring mother. She will give your child endless love and be their greatest champion, doing everything in her power to give them the best life possible. I know Falen will help them achieve any dream they may have.

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About Joey, by Falen

When you meet Joey, you instantly adore him. Joey is the most selfless, hard-working, supportive and loving person. He is extremely smart, yet he is humble and patient. Joey goes out of his way to make everybody in a room feel welcome, even if he’s never met them. Joey does everything possible to take care of me, from surprising me with fun adventures and experiences together to checking in on me throughout the day to just say hi. Joey is great at making logical but also heartfelt decisions and is someone who won’t get flustered if plans change or something doesn’t work out. He drops everything he’s doing the second either his family, friends or I need him. There is nothing he wouldn’t do as a husband, and when Joey becomes a father, he will be the most amazing dad. I can’t wait to watch him unconditionally love and nurture your child. He will be the dad who comes home from work early to take them to dance class or baseball practice and will stay to watch the whole time (if your child isn’t totally embarrassed). Joey is also especially excited to take your little one to their first football game, as he will always be a huge OSU football fan for the rest of his life.

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Lifestyle

One of the instant connections that we had when we first met was our similarity in lifestyle. Being active is something that we both need and want in our lives, but most importantly it is something we love to do together. Our typical weekends involve going on hikes or runs together or doing a fitness or yoga class together. We both love to cook and bake and can’t wait to teach your little one how to make all of our favorite recipes, while discovering new favorites as a family. We understand the importance of having a family meal together to discuss our day and enjoy each other’s company. We look so forward to future meals when we get to hear about pre-school, new friends, teachers, and after school activities. We are both hardworking individuals and take pride in our work, always striving to improve and be better. With that being said, we also understand the value of a little rest and relaxation and love to travel, either to a relaxing beach or to a new place to discover something different. Oftentimes, our days usually end with a walk around the neighborhood and then snuggled up on the couch sharing a bowl of popcorn. We can’t wait to have our newest family member be part of all of our adventures and create everlasting memories together.

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Our Hobbies

Joey’s Hobbies
From racing in over 20 triathlons to coaching the high school girls’ basketball team, I love being athletic. Most importantly, I love having fun while doing it and I’m always up for a challenge. Music has always been a huge passion, and I am not making it up when I say I’ve been to hundreds of concerts, mostly when I was in my early 20’s. While I love adventures and travelling, I get a taste of exploring something new every day and week through cooking. Falen loves to call me her little chef, since I’m usually browsing through cookbooks or online recipes to put something new and exciting on the table for us to try. I love spending quality time with friends and family, but nothing compares to being with Falen, whether it be taking a yoga class together or a popcorn movie night.

Falen’s Hobbies
I’m a health-enthusiast, and love to run, especially on outdoor trails. While I love running half marathons, my other passion is yoga. I absolutely adore children, and when I received my 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, I knew I wanted to teach yoga to children ages 6-15 years old, which I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to do. I’ve always been a super outgoing, fun, loyal and loving person. My favorite color is light green, and there is nothing I love more than a sunny day out by the beach or walking around a city. But it doesn’t stop there… I’m always up for a crazy traveling adventure no matter where it is in the world. My go-to breakfast is a smoothie, everything from a chocolate cherry to a tropical twist blend. My happiest moments are with my friends, family and of course, Joey.

Hobbies Together
We love going on runs outside together, whether it be races, around the neighborhood or traveling to special parks to run certain loops and paths. We LOVE trying out different yoga studios and classes, especially when we travel. To this day, our favorite studio was in Bali, Indonesia. Cooking and baking is a passion, and we love playing with new recipes and looking through cookbooks. We LOVE hosting dinners for our friends and their families. We absolutely love hiking together. We have some of our deepest life talks during our hikes. We love traveling together. Whether it be local in the U.S. like taking a road trip to a cabin in North Carolina or going to Bali, Indonesia and Hong Kong, China we love exploring the world and new places. But still, there is nothing better than cuddling up and sharing a big bowl of popcorn or ice cream (dairy free for Falen!). We can’t wait to do this with your little one someday, especially the ice cream parties and popcorn movie nights.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a suburb near a larger city in Ohio. It is known to locals as “the spot” to raise a family. We have beautiful parks, tennis courts, jogging/biking trails, and fabulous schools. We are in walking distance to the most adorable coffee shops, local libraries, and lots of seasonal activities. We love hosting summer BBQ’s and inviting our friends from out of state to visit us throughout the year. We have an adorable bedroom next to our room on the main floor waiting to become a sweet, little nursery. Falen’s grandmother was a painter, and we love that we were able to display her incredible pieces around our home. While Falen grew up in New York and thrives in a city, she has found Ohio to be a warm environment filled with amazing friends and the best support system she could ask for. The community is so special, and we are thankful to have family and friends we could call on at any moment who are always close by and there for us.

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Our Cat, Tula

We adopted our cat as a newborn kitten back in June 2020. Her name is Tula, but we call her “little pumpkin muffin.” She is the most loving and playful cat, and we feel so fortunate to have her in our lives. She loves being around our friends and their children, and especially loves evening cuddles with us on the couch. She brings us so many smiles and so much laughter with her silliness, and you will totally win her heart if you give her any form of attention.

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Our Families & Friends

We have always felt it was important to live near family and great friends. Joey’s parents live 2 blocks away, and we love doing holidays, BBQ’s and dinners together. We are very close to Joey’s aunt and uncle, who live 10 minutes from us, and spend a lot of time with them and their children. Joey has two siblings, one in the nearby city and one in Florida, both who have families of their own. We love visiting his sister in Florida, and she often comes home for holidays. Falen and her parents are from New York. She moved here 4 years ago, and instantly made friends she knows she will have for the rest of her life. We are so grateful to have such a warm and welcoming community. While we go back to New York to visit, Falen’s parents travel to us throughout the year. Falen has friends across the country and is still best friends with her long-time girlfriend from Kindergarten. We love traveling with Falen’s family; it gives us the opportunity for quality time together. Recently, we have been going on vacations with friends. We truly feel that our friends are part of our family.

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Family Traditions

Our favorite annual tradition is apple picking. It captures the beauty of nature, the sweetness of the Fall season, and is the perfect time of year to begin making homemade applesauce. It is a true highlight for children to bounce around the beautiful fields as the leaves turn color, sit on pumpkins to take pictures, and taste juicy apples. This is a tradition we cannot wait to begin to share with your child. We also love the 4th of July, which is a huge deal in our town. We live on a brick road with beautiful red, white and blue stars because our home is on the parade route. Everyone from the entire neighborhood comes out to watch the parade, and it is something we look so forward to sharing with your child every year.

Aside from fun yearly traditions, we value sitting down to dinner as a family every single night. As of now, it is just the two of us, but the importance of being present with one another, without phones or TV, means the world to us. We love hosting Friday night dinners for family and friends and believe that being around those we love creates such a beautiful support system and so much happiness.

We also LOVE to travel. We take a yearly trip, if not more, to Miami to visit Joey’s sister and her family. We love escaping to the beach, finding new smoothie shops or sushi restaurants, and popping into our favorite yoga studio. Our annual trip, aside from Miami, has been Club Med. We love the Bahamas, which offers both relaxation and plenty of activity. We have recently begun to take road trips around the U.S. which we are loving, but also love traveling to different countries. From Hong Kong to Indonesia, we love exploring other cultures, foods and cities. Joey’s favorite is Italy; Falen’s favorite is France.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is a beautiful aspect of our world, and we are blessed to say we have friends, loved ones, and colleagues at work of all different nationalities, races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. As two people who have so much love to give and so much love together, we believe there should be so much love for one other in this world. It goes without being said, that not only does every human being deserve respect, but every human deserves opportunity and love. Every human being is meant to bring a positive contribution to this world. Cultural differences are what make our society so unique and help build trust, compassion, and respect for each other. The best part is, diversity is the one thing that we all truly have in common, yet it adds a special uniqueness that is so beautifully individual.

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Education

Both of us went to private day schools from elementary through high school, and then went on to receive our bachelor’s degrees. Joey graduated with a Bachelor’s in Finance and a Minor in Art History. Falen graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business and a Double Minor in Marketing and Communications. Falen also has a passion for yoga and went on to receive her 500-Hour Teacher Certification in Yoga. She has taught yoga to all ages, from children ages 6-15 to prenatal yoga to meditation or even core-focused classes at senior centers.

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Our Promise to You

We truly feel everything happens for a reason, and it was destined for us to cross paths in life. We promise we will do everything in our power to give your child the most beautiful life filled with endless love, support, and opportunity. We cannot even begin to express the amount of gratitude we have for you and your willingness to give us a chance to raise this beautiful gift. We will forever cherish the moment you came into our lives, and we promise to raise your child to honor, respect and admire you. They will always know they are a true gift in our lives and in this world. Thank you for letting us share our hearts with you. You are a star, never let anyone or anything take that away from you.

Message Joey and Falen

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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 Joey and Falen

  • 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!