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Hi there! We can’t thank you enough for considering us by reading our profile, and for allowing us to share our hearts with you. We truly admire the courage, selflessness and compassion that goes into choosing to create an adoption plan for your child.
We cannot wait to share the love, warmth and laughter in our life with a little one. Your baby will be embraced with open arms and will know how special they are. Additionally, they will grow up respecting their history and origin, and we pledge that you will always be honored in our home.
While we can’t pretend to know what you are feeling, we want you to know that we will embrace & support you however we can. We look forward to maintaining whatever level of openness you are comfortable with, and we wish you strength and peace of mind in making the decisions that are best for you and your child.
We each always knew that we wanted to be parents and that desire just increased once we met. After 3 years of infertility treatments, we learned that we are not able to conceive biologically. This has only solidified our desire to become parents and to raise a child together. Adoption is the sole way that we are looking to become first-time parents.
Additionally, adoption is not new to our family, as both sides of our extended family were built through adoption! Joey's cousin was adopted domestically, and Brooke's sister-in-law was adopted from Korea. Your child would be embraced by a family who understands the beauty and challenges of adoption.
We know that love, not genetics, is what makes a family, and we are hopeful to share this journey with you.
We live in the NJ suburbs in a town with a great school system. Our neighborhood is quiet, safe, diverse, and welcoming! Our house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and plenty of space for family. We have a large, fully fenced-in backyard, making it an awesome place for outdoor fun and games. Your child would also have a spacious, peaceful nursery, with lots of natural light overlooking our backyard.
We live 2 blocks away from a public park, which has a playground, walking trails, and baseball fields. It also has tennis courts where we spend a lot of time, as we both played varsity tennis in high school!
Fun fact: the creator of "The Addams Family" is from the town we live in, so in his honor, the town hosts many family- friendly activities each fall! One of our favorites is Addamsfest, a day-long event where the streets are closed to car traffic, and there are food trucks, a pumpkin carving station, and a costume contest. We're so excited to include your child in these festivities.
We also live a short 45-minute drive away from NYC, so your child would live in the peacefulness of the suburbs but have easy access to one of the world's most vibrant cities. Whether it's visiting the massive Christmas tree and its lights each winter, attending free concerts in Central Park each summer, or going to Broadway shows, we can't wait to include your child in the things we most love doing in the city.
Our 5 year old pup, Shiloh, is a big part of our lives. We knew that we wanted to get a dog together right after we got married, but Joey wanted a Siberian Husky, and Brooke wanted
a Pomeranian. Our first big compromise as a married couple was to get a Pomsky - a mix of the two! He’s never met a person or dog who he doesn’t love, and he can’t wait to be a big brother.
We have a big, adoring family: Your child would grow up with 4 grandparents, 1 great- grandma, 5 aunts and uncles, and 5 cousins nearby!
Adoption is not new to our family, as both sides of our extended family were built through adoption! Joey's cousin was adopted, and so was Brooke's sister-in-law. Each of our family members is so supportive of and excited for us to become first-time parents through adoption.
Our families are very close to each other, and we all spend birthdays and holidays as one group. Our parents have become very good friends over the years! They like getting together when we're out of town to give Shiloh some collective love. Shiloh's pretty awesome, but they can't wait to shower their first human grandchild with all of the love.
We are a fun-loving, joyful group, and we love to be goofy and silly! We enjoy taking "personality pic selfies," which typically take us a few tries, as we keep cracking up between takes – but we get there eventually! Your child would grow up in a family who not only supports each other through the tough times but who also doesn't take themselves too seriously.
Separately, our friends are a big part of our lives. We each have close friends from childhood, college, and work, and feel blessed that our circles have blended so seamlessly. Whether it's grabbing bagels on a Saturday morning, going to a Broadway show, or getting all dolled up for a wedding, we have fun no matter what we do together. Many of our friends live nearby and have young children, so your child will have a built-in network of additional folks ready to give them love and be their biggest cheerleaders.
About Brooke, in Joey’s words
Brooke was built to be a mom. She has a heart of gold and will do anything for those she loves. Whether it’s caring for her mom after she had knee surgery last year, bringing soup to her friends when they’re sick, or surprising me with dinner after she knows I’ve had a long day, Brooke is the ultimate caretaker. She’s also fiercely loyal and the most compassionate person I know.
Brooke is a very creative person. She writes poetry and her work has been published in a few anthologies and magazines! On one of our first dates, Brooke took me to a poetry slam, where she shared one of her poems aloud. I fell in love with her vulnerability and openness. Your child would grow up encouraged to express themselves and to explore their creative side.
Brooke loves to read and is a lifelong learner; she loves reading about new histories and cultures. She started a book club for her friends, and they’ve been going strong for a couple of years. She is so excited to read stories to our child.
About Joey, in Brooke’s words
Joey has a magnetic, charismatic personality, and lights up whatever room he’s in. He finds a way to make everyone around him comfortable, and quickly develops a rapport with everyone he meets - when we’ve gotten off flights, Joey’s seatmates have introduced him to their families! Additionally, Joey has a way with words - his friends have dubbed him the resident speech-giver, and our friend trips always kick off with one of his famous speeches.
Joey is a die-hard sports fan. Whether it’s the Vikings, the Yankees, or the Penguins, Joey loves supporting his teams! Joey and his grandpa had a long-standing, annual tradition where they would go to home Yankees games together. One year, Joey arranged a surprise visit where they got to sit right behind home plate. To this day, this remains one of Joey’s favorite memories with his grandpa.
Joey will keep at something until he succeeds. We love going to pumpkin patches each fall. Last year, he decided to make it his mission to crush the “pumpkin toss.” It took Joey a few tries, but he didn’t give up until he hit the target. He was ecstatic when he did, and we celebrated with a piece of fresh pumpkin pie! Your child would be raised to value perseverance, tenacity, and the importance of never giving up.
We’ve been together for 9 years & married for 5 years.
We met on a dating app when we were in our early 20s. During our first date, at a Mexican restaurant, Joey got locked in the bathroom. It took so long for him to get out that Brooke thought he’d bolted! After Joey found his way out, we spent 6 hours talking, and we knew early on that we’d each found our person!
One shared value that initially connected us is that we each find joy in the little things. We find a way to make the mundane tasks fun, and we’re always being goofballs! Whether it’s playing “I Spy” at the grocery store, or singing ‘90s songs as we vacuum the house, we believe in making the most of each situation.
We moved in together after a year of dating. Our first shared apartment was a 350 square foot studio in NYC - there was literally no door! We joked that if we could get through that living arrangement successfully, we could get through anything.
A couple of years later, Brooke converted Joey to a “Jersey boy” & we crossed the river to an apartment in Jersey City. We lived here for 4 years before buying our current home. We were married in 2018 by the same officiant who married Joey’s parents 30 years prior!
We promise to:
-Provide a home filled with safety, security, financial stability, love, openness & laughter
-Encourage you to explore what makes you happy
-Ensure that you are exposed to diverse cultures & perspectives, both locally or through travel -Model a healthy, supportive marriage & relationship for you
-Share with you the importance of education
-Provide you with the resources and tools that they need to be successful in whatever you choose
We are truly open to maintaining whatever level of openness the expectant mama is looking for, including sharing letters/photos and connecting either over FaceTime or in person. Our priority is doing whatever is best for our child, and we would welcome their birth parents into our lives - but we also respect and understand if the birth parents are not looking for this type of relationship (we are happy to follow their lead). We believe that there’s no such thing as too much love for a child, and regardless of the relationship that the birth parents are looking for, they will always be honored and respected in our home.