Married Since: 2020

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Life in our home with your child will be stable, kind, understanding, and open-minded. It will be a home where they feel safe and secure. It will be filled with family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, our friends from childhood, college, and work and pets.

Christopher and Kimberly

from Pennsylvania

Christopher

Ancestry: Italian, Dominican, Lebanese

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Bridge Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Woodworking, Home improvements

Kimberly

Ancestry: English, Irish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Pre-K Lead Teacher

Education: BA

Hobbies: Crafts, Volunteering

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Christopher

Animal
Dog
Book
Harry Potter
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Barbequing
Food
Chicken Parmesan
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
Steak
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Vacation Spot
Virginia Beach

Kimberly

Animal
Dog
Book
Charlotte's Web
Color
Purple
Family Activity
Pumpkin picking
Food
Chocolate chip cookies
Holiday
Christmas
Subject in School
Art
Thing to Cook
Meatballs
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
Disney World
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From Us to You

We think about you often and what words we could use to express how deeply we feel. Please know that you are already loved by us and we see you as part of our family. While we cannot begin to understand what this experience is like for you, we would like to explain how we feel so that you can begin to learn about us and the home your child would be loved in.

Adoption is so near and dear to our hearts. It has never been our second choice or an alternative. From the beginning of our relationship, we discussed wanting to have a large family that included children both biological and adopted. Our hearts are large, and we will love any child as our own. Surprisingly, after signing on to adopt, we found out that we were pregnant. We did not hesitate or pause the adoption process and we are continuing with this journey. We are expecting in December 2022. Know that your child will have an immediate sibling close in age who will go through life’s milestones with them.

Life in our home with your child will be stable, kind, understanding, and open-minded. It will be a home where they feel safe and secure. It will be filled with family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, our friends from childhood, college, and work and pets. We will enjoy game nights together, bake cookies, play in the sprinklers in our backyard and so much more. Holidays and vacations will generate special memories. For example, we make homemade lasagna each Christmas Eve after visiting the local light show. More importantly, the normal day-to-day routine will be happy and filled with stability as we go to the park, play games, cook dinner together, and go to mass on the weekends.

In our home, your name will be spoken about often with respect and love. We will encourage your child’s curiosity and wonder about you. We will teach your child about their culture and ethnicity so that they have a firm foundation of who they are. We will talk about you from day one and honor your decision about our level of communication and involvement.

Most importantly, we pledge to love your child and treat them with the utmost respect and love.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

It’s not hard to put into words why we want to adopt -We want to have a big family that includes children and lots of love. For us, adoption was always one of the ways we wanted to grow our family. It has never been a second choice. We have both witnessed beautiful adoption stories from family and friends. It is something that has felt right from the start of our journey. The only question for us was when the time was right. We are established in our careers, have a stable home, and have the support of both our families. We feel every person deserves their chance at happiness and success, and we hope to provide that opportunity through love and support.

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About Kim

I have never met someone who puts others needs before her own like Kim. It doesn’t matter if it’s family, friends, or a stranger who is hungry; she will find a way to help. She has succeeded wherever she goes and always brings a peaceful presence with her.

As the middle child of 3 girls in her family, she is always the voice of reason and the mediator. She is loved by her family and is the cornerstone to our household. She has helped me grow into the best person I can be while always supporting and loving me. I know she will do that and more for our children.

Kim has spent her life volunteering to help animals and educating the next generation of children. As a pre-k teacher, her imagination for activities and games to play with our nieces and nephew are endless. On our wedding day, she sat at a table with our nephew who was 2 at the time and played a game because he wanted time with “Aunt Kim.”

She is kind, honest, and compassionate; all without the expectation of gratitude or recognition. These qualities are what I fell in love with and what shines through in her day-to-day life. She is already a great person and wife; I know she will continue to be great into motherhood.

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About Chris

Chris is a special kind of person; he gives without expecting anything in return. He is an honest and hardworking man who I am confident will be a great father to our children. I watch the way he treats his nieces and nephews, cousins’ children, and friends’ children. He is kind with them and lets the children come to him on their own time. He plays games with them and has even let his niece paint his nails when she was so excited about the new nail kit she got for Christmas. He calls his Grandma Nani often to check-in on her and has been known as the family helper when someone needs a favor.

Chris is successful at work and is a first-generation college graduate. He worked his way up to becoming the bridge department manager at an engineering firm and is known to be reliable and efficient in his work. He has created a beautiful work/life balance as he shows that family comes first daily with his routine.

Chris grew up in New York and is a huge Giants and Yankees fan. He loves our dog, Amelia, who he adopted from a shelter before I met him. Chris puts his mind to any activity he is involved in and fully commits. For years, he was involved in CrossFit several days a week. As his goals have shifted to starting a family, so have his hobbies. Chris commits his free time to many hobbies outside of work that contribute to improving our home and preparing for children. He gardens, woodworks, cooks meals, and lives a life that is faith based.

I have no doubt that Chris will be a strong and reliable father who will advocate for your child. He is a natural leader and protector but is also gentle. He is an honest man who will love your child so much!

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Our Sweet Pets

We have a dog (Amelia) and a cat (KitKat) and both came from rescue shelters. Chris adopted Amelia about a year before meeting Kim. Amelia is a fun-loving, gentle dog who loves children. When we moved in together, we found KitKat at a local shelter with a long list of medical issues. Since she has been in our home, she has found her comfort and loves to sleep next to Amelia in the sunny spot on our bed. KitKat is the boss between the two and will even eat Amelia’s food right in front of her. They are both friendly and loving pets who always enjoy greeting any guest who walks in our home. Our nieces and nephew love to pet and feed them when they come visit. KitKat and Amelia are both ready to embrace their new sibling and welcome them to the family.

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Our Home

We live in a 4-bedroom, single family home in a quiet suburban area. Our neighborhood is safe with many families with children of all ages who are comfortable biking in groups up and down the streets. Almost all of our neighbors have dogs and stop on their walks to meet and greet each other. Our neighbors have welcomed us at barbeques, handing out Halloween candy together around a fire pit, and meeting the Easter bunny in the local field for the annual egg hunt.

In our home, there is plenty of room for children to play with lots of toys and for each to have their own room. The kitchen is big enough to cook family meals together and celebrate life’s special memories. The backyard is our favorite spot as it includes a deck that leads to a large, fenced-in yard that our dog loves to run in. There is room to play soccer, one day have a swing set, and to run through a sprinkler. Behind the yard is a neighborhood field often used for children to play sports.

We chose a school district with great academics and diversity while maintaining a close distance to family and friends. We are within walking distance of our elementary school. There are local parks, a community pool, zoos, aquariums, museums, and theme parks within a short drive. We are excited for your child to explore these places with us!

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Our Families and Friends

Family is important to both of us. We see each of our parents every week for mass, a family meal, or even just to go food shopping. With them being close to us, they will be able to support our children through babysitting and spoiling them with gifts as all grandparents do. Kim’s sisters each have kids and are excited to become aunts to our children. Chris’s cousins in Florida have too many kids to count and we enjoy crashing holidays with them as they are always a huge family event.

On Kim’s side, Nana and Pop Pop are already wonderful grandparents to 3 children. Nana will babysit the grandkids, take them for ice cream dates, and cherish them. Pop Pop will encourage their interests and hobbies as they grow while slipping them a $5 on their way out the door.

We have an amazing group of friends who have been supportive throughout this process to grow our family. Each of them has different life experiences and are from different cultures. They include Chris’s childhood friends who bonded over playing baseball together while growing up in NYC. Kim’s friends from college all majored in education together and have continued their friendships through life. They have known each other for over a decade as they found jobs working with children, getting married, and beginning families of their own. The friendships we’ve developed from our jobs and our neighborhood have helped build our support group. All of those within our lives have been a part of this process with us through being a reference or providing support.

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Family Traditions

One of the things we love most about each other is sharing our families and their traditions, and blending them together. Chris’s family is diverse, being first generation from Italy, Dominican Republic, and Lebanon. His mother loves to share meals that she learned how to cook from her own Italian mother-in-law. Both sides of Chris’s family are bilingual and often speak Spanish in group gatherings. Part of Kim’s background is English heritage and the women of her family gather yearly for a special high tea and we break English Christmas crackers during the holidays.

We have also begun our own family traditions in our home. Each Christmas, we gather everyone together for a cookie exchange and to bake a homemade lasagna. Afterwards we attend Christmas Eve mass and watch our favorite holiday movies.

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Our Lifestyle

We live a very relaxed and happy lifestyle filled with family and friends. We both work in careers that we are passionate about and have jobs we enjoy going to. We have built a team of friends from work, school, and our childhoods that we love to see for dinners and events. In the evenings, we enjoy walks together in our neighborhood with our dog Amelia and sharing what happened in our days. We also like to cook meals together, sharing different ingredients that we used growing up.

Weekends are often spent visiting with parents, siblings, and their children. We love to host small parties at our home and play games in the backyard. Attending weekly mass at our parish makes us feel rejuvenated for the week ahead. In addition to daily living, we often search for local events on weekends–harvest days, pick your own produce, state parks, museums, and other places to visit. We are so excited to incorporate children into our lives!

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Our Hobbies

Chris enjoys various hobbies that often involve physical activity. Most recently, he has taken up woodworking and enjoys designing and implementing his plans. He has built us a shelving unit, work bench, and planter. He works relentlessly to research, prepare, and put his plans into action. In addition to woodworking, Chris enjoys landscaping in his leisure time by creating a yard that is family friendly. He keeps up the yard by mowing, seeding, weeding, as well as planting and building a porch area to relax in.

Kim enjoys arts and crafts activities. Whether painting for fun, learning to work on her Cricut machine, or knitting snowflakes ornaments. During her free time, she finds classes or new projects and gives them a try. Sometimes she incorporates this into her class lessons and family activities. Kim also enjoys gardening by adding splashes of color to our yard with flowers. She has begun an herb garden which she hopes to include in her other passion, cooking. She likes to try out new and made-up recipes for her family, finding healthy alternatives. Lastly, Kim has a passion for volunteerism. Whether donating time at the local women’s center to help clean, making a meal for her church, or taking in a litter of kittens to foster, Kim gets joy out of helping others.

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The Kind of Parents we will be

We will strive to provide a good balance to parenting our kids. We both believe in mutual respect between parents and children. Together, we will create a home that is safe and that our children know that they can come to us about anything. Whether it is the small stuff or the big stuff, we will support and love them for who they are. They will know what to expect in our home and we will instill an attitude of independence. We will model kindness and they will never be reprimanded in a demeaning way. We plan to work with positive reinforcement, clear, safe boundaries, and natural consequences.

Chris will be an active dad involved in changing diapers, nightly wakeups, playing on the floor, and talking through tough times. He is a natural dad, especially in interactions with our nieces and nephew. He will be there for the fun and the challenging times, always providing love and support. Kim will love our children through every stage of life and respect their differences and needs to be their own. She will introduce them to the best educational and fun activities at home (hatching caterpillars into butterflies, making homemade slime, learning about measurements when cooking, etc.). She will model a healthy relationship of body awareness, emotional identification, and focusing on strengths.

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Our Personalities

Chris’s personality is easy to understand and likable. He says what he means and means what he says. He is respected in his work and by his friends and family. Chris is light-hearted, often joking and making people laugh by being silly or dancing. He puts his heart into whatever he chooses (Crossfit, woodworking, landscaping, and engineering) and excels. He never does something half-way. Chris is natural caretaker and provider, being loyal to those he loves and going out of his way to help others. He is a natural dad as observed with his interactions with adults and children alike. He thinks before he acts and loves to play games (ball, video, or board).

Kim has been described as patient, calm, and kind, especially with anyone who needs help. She loves to engage with her students and families at work, guiding them to be the best that they can while also embracing their personal strengths. She has a natural love for animals through volunteering at the shelter and fostering kittens. She always puts the needs of others before herself and will continue to as a mother. Kim enjoys the simple things in life such as meeting a friend for lunch, going for nature walks, and learning a new craft by taking classes.

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How We Met

Coming from different backgrounds and areas, we did not cross paths in the regular way. In 2017, we both realized that we were not meeting the type of person we were looking for in our lives. We wanted something more and with value, so on a limb and a state apart, we each joined a dating app. After talking for some time about hobbies and interests, we met for lunch. We remember talking about simple things such as our favorite shows, foods, and jobs. After our first date, we met a few more times, focusing on really getting to know each other better while walking in a sculpture garden, going to a painting class, and attending a friend’s barbecue. We realized this was something special and became inseparable, even discussing adoption early on. We met each other’s families and were an instant fit. We maintain great relationships with each other’s families and feel that is important to our relationship. Most importantly, we have a strong foundation in our own family unit. We learned to love each other for who we really are on the inside. We have an open and communicative relationship, where we consider each other best friends. Since meeting, we have lived in 2 states, became engaged, adopted a cat, found our forever home, and began a family. We hope to be a model to our children of what it means to be in a healthy and happy relationship.

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Our Vacations

Our favorite vacation spot is Virginia Beach. We try to go once a year since it is a family-oriented, relaxing spot. We lie in the sand, lounge by the pool, and visit the local shops and restaurants. We would love for your child to be a part of this tradition, building sandcastles and eating ice cream.

Another vacation spot is we frequent are the beaches in New Jersey. We often take day or weekend trips with friends and family during the summer. We have started the tradition of collecting one seashell from each trip to display in a vase.

We are excited about the opportunity to bring our children to other places we’ve visited, including Disney World or the Grand Canyon. Family vacations as a child always created great memories for both of us and we want to do the same for our kids.

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Our Faith

We are both Roman Catholic and believe in a faith-based home. Kim grew up attending Catholic school and having daily prayer be an important part of life. Chris attended public school until high school when he learned most of his Catholic educational background. Both of us grew up attending mass on Sundays as a family event.

We both believe in God and living ethically, offering our talents to make the world better place. We believe most importantly in expressing kindness. As we discussed building a family together, we realized that Christianity is an important part of that. We started attending mass regularly again and getting involved in community events such as volunteering for a local charity and cooking meals for people in the area. We would like to instill an attitude of kindness and gratitude in our children. We are also realistic and as your child grows, we would like to give them choice in their faith. Faith is such a personal experience and must be self-motivated. Participating in the Catholic faith with our family has brought peace to us and we would like to share that with our children.

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Our Careers

Chris is a department manager for a private engineering firm, managing a team of engineers as they design and implement bridge projects. Kim is a pre-k teacher at a private, Catholic, elementary school. Both of our jobs are secure and were chosen out of a passion for what we do. Since Chris was a child, he has been interested in building bridges, often playing in his room building towers with k’nex. He even won a contest designing a wooden bridge in high school. His love for math and logic has grown into being the first-generation college graduate of his family, and a managerial position that involves making safe travels for people across states.

Kim has been watching and babysitting children since the age of 12. The mother from her first babysitting job mentioned how well she worked with her 2-year-old son and that she should consider being a teacher. Through jobs at local camps and volunteer work tutoring young students, Kim kept being led back to the field of education. After graduating with a degree in education, she realized that her passion was early childhood and began a career as a lead Preschool Teacher. Her love for learning has expanded from her job into playing with her family and friend’s children.

Besides passion, both of our career paths value family first. In Chris’s position, he is able to create his own schedule, working primarily in the office or onsite, but allowing him to work remotely from home or take a day off whenever needed. This is important as a father of a young child who needs a parent available. Kim’s job is part-time and local, allowing her to be available as well. In the education field, the job offers understanding and flexibility to the needs of a young family.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

We want what is best for your child. From the start of adoption, we have never had a preference for gender or background of the child. We feel that whomever God sends us will be the right choice and absolutely embraced in our home. We understand that this can present new learning experiences and sometimes challenges in life. We have already begun our open journey by sharing with our receptive family and friends about our choice to have an open adoption. There has been a positive outpouring and embracement from our community of people.

With Chris’s diverse heritage and experience growing up in New York City, we are aware of the differences in appearances and opportunities offered to people. Kim has also taught countless students throughout the years with different backgrounds, traditions, and cultures. We will do whatever it takes for your child to feel comfortable, valued, and heard. That includes embracing their culture and background. We will cherish this special part of them by reading diverse books, learning new ways to cook, making art, listening to new music, visiting the right barbers and doctors, learning a new language, or whatever it may be that truly makes them feel whole. We all have different backgrounds that should be celebrated.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you has such deep meaning because it is a promise for your child’s life. To begin, we promise to talk about you from day one with the utmost respect. Even as a baby, your child will know that you are such an important and selfless soul in their life. Without you, none of this would be possible. Your name will be brought up in conversation and we hope to create a comfortable atmosphere where your child feels comfortable to bring you up too. Please know that your desires on communication will be respected either way. Whether your choice is no contact, some, or often with birthday cards and school artwork.

We promise to provide a safe home with stability. This includes loving parents who work as a team, always having plenty of food available, clean clothes and new clothes as they grow and change, an environment where they can be free to be themselves and not fear learning as they go, a place where they know what to expect, lots of fun toys and opportunities to learn, tons of hugs, being surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors, opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities, special holiday celebrations, and most importantly, consistent, unconditional love.

We promise to offer your child the best life possible with an abundance of opportunity. We promise to not have a specific vision for what we want your child to be, but rather let them choose. We will treat them in a developmentally appropriate way, guiding them through life’s stages and introducing them to people and options that suit them best as an individual.

We promise to provide your with all the support that they might want or need throughout life. We will involve our family unit in groups that serve them: whether that be involvement in sports, arts, family counseling, or adoption support groups to meet other similar families and children. We want your child to be happy and feel heard!

Message Christopher and Kimberly

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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!

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  • 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!