April 22nd, 2018
Confidential 24 Hours

Choose a Family


Barbara and Garrett

Things That Make Us Happy

  • 1. Snuggling on the Couch
  • 2. Smell of a warm baguette
  • 3. Nature
  • 4. Spas
  • 5. Christmas
  • 1. Pizza
  • 2. Golf
  • 3. My Family
  • 4. Good movies
  • 5. Traveling

“COURAGE, is not the absence of fear,

but rather the judgment

that something else is

more important

than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon

An open letter to you…


As we stare at this blank page trying to express in words our deepest feelings, trying to explain to you why we believe we will be amazing parents to your child, I wish we could just hold your hand on our hearts for you to feel how fast they are beating. We’ve never had to do anything like this before, I am sure you can relate, and the fear of saying the wrong thing is paralyzing. Since you can’t feel our hearts we are going to attempt to put them in your hands, as raw and as honest as they come.

We have never been parents but always knew we wanted to be one day. We also always knew we wanted to adopt. Maybe it is one of the first things that brought us together. Adopting is not plan B or C for us, adopting was always THE plan. We share a common belief that our destiny, our lives are all interconnected, that we are all in this (world) together and that helping each other is really helping ourselves. We also believe that life works itself out, always, and that no matter how hard it seems at the moment, answers will come at the right time and from the most unexpected places. Whether we are the answer for you or not, to us right now you are the biggest hero, the unselfish human being capable of the ultimate act of love, and we would love to meet you just for that. Should you choose us, we will be honored to continue your legacy, and we will raise your child to be a brave and unselfish human being, just like you.

Barbara & Garrett




From B

When I was younger I wrote in my diary all the qualities I wanted to find in a partner. Then one day, in the middle of an ordinary life, I met him. It wasn’t love at first sight; it was more…It was like finding myself in another person. Thinking the same things, at the same time, liking the same things (music aside), and most importantly seeing life the same way: free, daring and compassionate. I was raised by a single mother; my father was around but never able to step up as a father. I was taught to be strong, independent and fearless. With his kindness, love and compassion, Garrett saw through me and humbly restored my faith that a man can stay and never walk away. He is the father I wish I had, his sense of responsibility, his loyalty and devotion to me and our family is the biggest gift I can wish for our children. His wisdom, beyond his years, his undying faith in people and humanity, makes me a better person every day. The most exciting part about becoming a parent is sharing this journey with him. An angel without wings, I feel blessed every day to have him in my life.





B’s Cooking


Lord of the Rings



From Garrett

When B and I first met 6 years ago it was almost as if we had met many times before. She left Italy, where she was born & raised, to follow her dreams (and to find me, I always say!). She is fearless, driven and with the biggest heart I’ve ever encountered. This is a young, brilliant, beautiful soul that lives life with so much passion. Her enthusiasm and limitlessness are infectious. She is the girl that hosts the Christmas Eve dinner and invite friends, family, and makes sure no one is alone for the holidays. Everyone who attends is fed a 5 course, gourmet Italian dinner, sings his/her lungs during karaoke, and leaves full of cheer. But her heart won’t rest until any full dishes and leftovers are given out to the homeless. She’s the girl that brings presents for everyone else on her own birthday. You can imagine being in the room with her and feeling small, but quite the opposite, you’ll feel more inspired and larger than ever (in every sense!!). B is my soul mate, my rock, my best friend, and I can’t imagine life and parenting with anybody else.


Her tribe



Giving Back



B was born and raised in Rome, Italy, and moved to the US 15 years ago. Her whole family is still there and we get to travel to Europe at least once a year. Learning Italian is one of Garrett’s main goals, so that our children will be able to be fluent in both languages. Garrett is the 5th of 5 siblings who are currently all living in Virginia. We are uncle and aunt of 5 in the US and 3 in Italy, and of all of our friends’ children. We are both extremely attached to our families and we hope, together with Max & Baxter, to soon be able to add a new member to ours.


They say that home is where your heart is, we found ours in a little beach community in Southern California. We wanted to move away from the big city and find a safe and quiet place to raise our family, enjoy long walks at the beach, birds chirping, and clean air. We are surrounded by nature, hiking trails and lovely neighbors. We have chosen to work from home and never have to be tied to an office or inflexible schedules. We have designed our lives around the quality of life we aspire to live, rather than the other way around. B’s is a marketing consultant for baby products while Garrett is a certified health coach, whose dream is to help educate families to defeat childhood obesity. If we are not traveling you can find us hiking, kayaking, cooking, chatting with B’s family in Italy and hosting friends for dinner.

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to learn more about us.

We can’t promise you that we will never make mistakes, but we will do our best to learn from them. We may not always have all the answers, but we will strive to find them. We are not perfect, but we are willing to never stop learning and growing. What we can promise is that your child will always be surrounded by love, good food and good music, that laughter will be a regular medicine, and that we will never be too busy to spare a hug, a warm croissant, or a spontaneous karaoke. Jumping on the bed is allowed, and pillow fights, building forts and sleeping under the stars will be the back bone of his or her imagination