Married Since: 2021

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We promise to help your child get through all the highs and lows of life and to give them endless support. We will instill the best parts of ourselves in your child, whether it’s James’ work ethic or Jackie’s caring and kind personality. Our goal is to help your child be successful in every part of their life.

James and Jackie

from Pennsylvania

James

Ancestry: Italian, Austrian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Operations Manager

Education: MA

Hobbies: Sports, Music, Exercise

Jackie

Ancestry: Italian, German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Teacher

Education: MA

Hobbies: Singing, Exercise, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

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Food
Nothing beats a good Chicken Parmesan!
Holiday
4th of July pool parties and fireworks with my family
Childhood Memory
Spending weekends practicing baseball with my dad.
Leisure Activity
Watching my favorite sports teams
Thing to Cook
I enjoy trying new recipes and grilling on our deck
Movie
Any of the Star Wars movies
Vacation Spot
I love traveling to new places, but always enjoy a relaxing trip to the beach
Hobby
Trying new projects around the house and spending time exercising with Jackie

Jackie

Food
Literally anything chocolate!
Holiday
Christmas at my Gram's with all of my cousins
Childhood Memory
Waking up to the smell of my Dad baking bread on Christmas morning
Leisure Activity
Neighborhood walks while listening to music
Thing to Cook
I love baking! Especially brownies!
Movie
Mamma Mia! I love musicals!
Vacation Spot
Visiting the Outer Banks with family!
Hobby
Singing with the church choir (and throughout the house, of course).
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We’d like to start by saying that you are the most courageous and brave person we will ever meet. While we will never fully understand all the emotions you are currently facing, we will forever be grateful for the sacrifice you are making for your child.

As a part of our family, your child will be welcomed into a loving home with two parents who will support them through times of happiness and times of struggle. We assure you that your child will be raised in a family filled with love and support. Whether it is family members close by, or family from across the country, they will love your child unconditionally. They are excited for us to start our family and are looking forward to welcoming another child into the family that they can spoil!

Our goal is to help your child be successful in every part of their life. We will see that they are provided with a quality education that will prepare them for a successful future. At the same time, we will make sure they are educated about the culture and heritage they bring into our home. They will always know that you made a very courageous choice to give them the best life possible and for us to be fortunate enough to have a family. We can assure you that we will never take the sacrifice you have made for granted.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, as we are sure you have read many of these letters. We can’t wait to meet you and get to know you! We want to thank you for helping us to fulfill our dreams of having a family. By choosing us and trusting us to provide your child with the best life possible, you are truly filling our hearts with joy and happiness. We want you to know that you will always be remembered, and your gift to us will always be treasured.

With Love,
Jackie and James

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

It was known very early in our relationship that we both have a desire to grow our family together. We have two nephews and three nieces and have always dreamed of being able to raise children of our own. Jackie has been facing fertility issues and has known for many years that having a child of her own may not be a possibility. We decided that we would meet with a fertility specialist together. It was then confirmed that having children of our own would not be possible. After doing a great deal of research, we knew that adoption was the right choice for us.

We want nothing more than to grow our family and are beyond thankful that adoption will allow us to do so. We can assure you that any child we adopt will be loved and supported not only by us, but also by our amazing extended family.

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About Jackie, by James

3 things you should know about Jackie:

• She is a compassionate and nurturing person.
• She is one of the bravest people I’ve ever met.
• She puts family above everything else.

I truly feel that I have known Jackie my whole life. Since we met, I have grown into a better person. Jackie has always shown that she cares deeply for those around her. Whether it is the children in her classroom or our family members, she always puts others needs before herself. She has always been considered the “mother” of her friend group and wants nothing more than to have a family that she can raise.

Jackie was aware that using the path of adoption to grow our family would be a possibility since we first met. She has always addressed this possibility head on and with a great deal of hope. Jackie has always impressed me with trying new things, whether it’s food that she was unfamiliar with or a new work out. She has always been willing to go outside of her comfort zone and I look forward to her passing this on to our future kids.

Jackie always puts family first. Outside of work, she always wants to spend time with myself and our family. She has continued to set up family traditions with Sunday dinners and making sure we spend time with our nieces and nephews. I know the bond that Jackie has with her parents is the bond she will work every day for us to have with any children we may bring into our life.

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About James, by Jackie

3 things you should know about James:

• He is the most passionate person I have ever met.
• He is very easy to get along with due to his outgoing personality.
• He is the most supportive person I know.

I can say without hesitation that James is the most motivated and hard-working person I have ever met. He puts full effort into everything he does, whether it be at home or at work. James has always been very passionate when it comes to coaching. There is no doubt that he will be a phenomenal coach to our future children, whether it be coaching them in sports or coaching them through the challenges of life. I know that he will teach them all these traits, encouraging them to be the best person they can be.

James’ outgoing personality makes him very easy to get along with. His many interests (sports, music, current events, history) make him a very easy person to talk to. After meeting James, you will quickly be able to tell how kind and caring he is. He brings a strong sense of safety and security into our home. These characteristics of James’ will undoubtedly create a secure and loving environment for children.

James is someone I have always been able to rely on and confide in. He is always right by my side supporting me every single day. I see James’ love for children through every interaction he has with our nieces and nephews. They are always excited to see James and thoroughly enjoy getting to play with him! Many of my favorite memories with James are from times we have spent with our nieces and nephews. I am very excited to create many more happy memories with James as we grow our family.

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Lifestyle

We live a very happy and active lifestyle while spending as much time together as we can outside of our work schedules. This includes morning workouts together before work, Saturday morning pancakes, and Sunday family dinner with Jackie’s family. We love to spend time cooking together during the week and are always trying new recipes. On the weekends, we can be found spending time outside on the deck relaxing by a fire. We also really enjoy attending the local fair each year!

Sports and music are a huge part of our lives. We love visiting new stadiums for sporting events and enjoying concerts at various venues with family and friends. If we aren’t listening to music while we are home, we are most likely watching sports. When the Steelers and the Jets are playing at the same time, setting up two televisions in the same room is a must so we can watch the games together!

We love going for walks together around our large, family friendly neighborhood. We look forward to adding a child to our family and can’t wait to spend time having play dates and visiting the neighborhood playgrounds.

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Careers and Passions

Jackie knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age and has been teaching kindergarten for 8 years now. Her career has been everything she hoped for and very rewarding, both with the students she has taught and her coworkers with whom she has become very close.

James went through a career change moving from the world of coaching college football to having a position in banking. This career change came as we discussed having a family. While coaching was a great passion of his, he felt it was a difficult job to balance with having a family and making sure he would not miss any of the little moments. He loves his new position. He is always up for the challenges his job brings and enjoys that his job allows him to constantly learn and grow.

While we both excel in our careers, we have passions outside of work. Jackie is very active with our church’s music ministry. She is a cantor at masses weekly and is a member of the choir, singing every Easter and Christmas. James still loves to coach all sports and tries to coach part-time. He is very much looking forward to coaching youth sports if your child is interested in participating.

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Home & Neighborhood

Our bi-level home is located in a very quiet neighborhood right around the corner from Jackie’s grandmother. It is the neighborhood Jackie’s mother grew up in. We have a three-bedroom home with two and a half bathrooms. There is a large backyard with plenty of room to run around and play games. We have a very spacious deck which also has a screened-in porch underneath. We love having family and friends over and spending time with them in the backyard whenever the weather allows.

You will always find the neighborhood children outside playing and families going for walks together. The sidewalks are very large and have plenty of room for walks with strollers and children. Our neighborhood has an ideal setup for a young family, with a community pond for fishing and a playground. In addition, we live less than a quarter of a mile from the local elementary school, where Jackie went to school as a child. The school has large fields for sports and activities as well as a newly replaced playground.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We both have the opportunity to work jobs that have allowed us to meet people of many different races and cultures. The elementary school that Jackie teaches in is very diverse. She is privileged, each day, to be able to play an important role in the lives of young children of various races and cultures. Many of the tasks that come along with James’ position at the bank involve international banking. Many of his co-workers, whom he communicates with daily, are located in different countries.

James grew up in a very culturally diverse area on Long Island and was very lucky to possess a large friend group from all different cultures. He also spent ten years in college athletics doing community outreach and interacting with people of various races and cultures.

Although we were not raised in multi-racial households, we are committed to further educating ourselves about races and cultures different than our own. We want to celebrate your child and educate him or her about their race and culture to the best of our ability.

 

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Vacations & Leisure Time

We have been very fortunate to be able to go on several trips a year. We currently do an annual trip to the Outer Banks, where a large part of Jackie’s extended family rents a beach house. This is typically the highlight of the summer, with a fun week by the ocean. We are currently working on scheduling trips with James’ family as well!

Along with vacations, we do enjoy traveling in our free time. This can include weekend trips to Hershey or to Pittsburgh for a concert. We currently have a bucket list of places to go, which consists of several places James has lived during his time coaching football.

While we both typically have less free time during the week, we enjoy spending it working out and enjoying time by our fire pit. Weekends give us the ability to venture a little further with friends for dinners and date nights.

We can’t wait to incorporate time at the playground and play dates, as we have several friends in the area with young children.

 

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Our Families & Friends

Our family and friends are the greatest support system we could ever ask for. They will always be in our corner and cheering us on! We are very close to Jackie’s parents, Joe and Joan, who have been married for 37 years. We see them very frequently since they live less than a mile away. Jackie’s grandmother lives just around the corner, so we spend a lot of time with her as well. Jake, Jackie’s older brother, also lives close by with his wife, Amy, and their two kids Connor (7) and Chloe (5). Her younger brother, Jared, and his wife Caitlin live just about an hour away with their daughter Kelsea (1). With Jackie’s family so close, we are always having frequent gatherings and spending time together. We are excited to surround a child with nearby family who will love them unconditionally.

James’ parents, Cathy and Mitch, have been married for 38 years. They live in New York. His older brother, Dave, lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Laura, and their two kids Ben (8) and Ellie (6). James also has a twin brother, Pete, who lives in New York. Although James’ family may not be close by, we are very close to them. Since we moved into our house, we have enjoyed hosting them for holidays throughout the year. We video chat with them twice a week! We have several friend groups, from those who we work with, to ones we grew up with and went to school with. These friends are always there for us and are looking forward to the time when we have kids. Many of our friends are currently growing their families, so we look forward to having play dates and partaking in other fun activities with the kids.

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Family Traditions

Birthdays – We love celebrating each of our birthdays and we each have a special tradition to go along with our birthday. Jackie’s birthday request is always to order a white cake with fresh strawberry filling and whipped icing. This is surprising to James because he knows Jackie’s love for chocolate! During our first year of dating, Jackie made James a home-cooked meal, which was French Onion Chicken. This has now become an annual birthday request from James! We are very excited to add more birthday traditions as we grow our family!

Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving is a holiday that we get to spend with both of our families. Jackie’s dad always makes a Thanksgiving meal, and we get together with her extended family. We also host James’ parents and twin brother around Thanksgiving. James always cooks a Thanksgiving turkey on our smoker and Jackie loves baking the pumpkin pie!

Christmas Eve – We have been passed down the job, by Jackie’s aunt, of making the homemade pierogies for Christmas Eve dinner! After dinner, we head to church as a family, where Jackie sings with the church choir. One of our newest traditions, that we have created ourselves, is enjoying hot chocolate and a Christmas movie when we get home from mass.

Christmas – The past few years we have enjoyed having breakfast and exchanging gifts in our home. We then see Jackie’s extended family for a meal at her grandmother’s house, where we enjoy the homemade bread made by Jackie’s dad. The week between Christmas and New Year is a time we spend with James’ extended family. We enjoy decorating cookies with his niece and nephew and going for rides with them to see Christmas lights.

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Our Relationship with Our Parents

We both have very strong relationships with our parents. Jackie sees her parents almost daily and talks to them several times a day. She is a daddy’s girl and her mom’s best friend. James does live further away from his family, so while not spending lots of time physically with his parents he communicates with them very frequently. He has always had a strong bond with his parents. While growing up, he was always counted on to be home in times of need when his parents needed help with any situation.

Between the two of us, we believe that having a strong relationship with our parents has prepared us to raise a family of our own. Our parents have taught us the true meaning of family and will support us every step of the way.

 

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that we will do everything we can to give your child the best possible life we can. We promise to love your child unconditionally. We will provide them with a loving home and a large extended family who can’t wait to meet them and love them unconditionally. We will always do our best to make the best choice possible for your child and to provide him or her with the necessary tools for them to learn and grow. We promise to help your child get through all the highs and lows of life and to give them endless support.

We will never be able to thank you enough for the sacrifice you are making to make our family whole. Our promise to you is that your child will be raised knowing that you are our hero and that we have the utmost respect for you. They will be taught from a very young age that you had chosen us to be their family and that without your sacrifices, our family would not be complete.

 

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