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Dan and Simona


Dan and Simona
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To Someone Special, we are excited and grateful that you may consider us as adoptive parents to your child.

Hello and Ciao! We are Dan and Simona. We are an Italian-American couple – Simona is from Italy, Dan from the U.S. – living and working in New York City. We have built a vibrant, meaningful life together with our dog Ugo. . . he is a small Jack Russell with a giant personality that brings us non-stop joy. We are now excited to add a non-furry baby to our blended family and shower it with our own unconditional love.

We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about us and all that we have to offer a child. But first of all we want to express how grateful we are to be considered as adoptive parents to your child. We promise that with us your child will always be safe and loved unconditionally.

A big part of our bond as a couple is we are both very sensitive people. Yes, we cry at shows like “This Is Us,” but it’s deeper than that. We have each dealt with a lot of hardship in our lives. And that’s made us very empathetic and protective – not just of each other, but of the vulnerable among us. We get gooey inside when they see cute babies on the street. And we get angry when see pictures of abused dogs in the paper. So when we started getting serious as a couple, we knew early on and deep down that we wanted to have a child to care for. We had so much love to give – and the dog could only take so much!

We also knew early on that, because we found each other later in life, that adoption was the best option for us. Since then, we have been moved by all the amazing stories we have heard from our friends and colleagues who have adopted. One that was especially touching: a couple in Washington who went to an orphanage to adopt a child. . . and then went back for a second. . . and ended up with a family of five. Those stories helped us appreciate the special joy and meaning that comes from making this choice. And they made us even more sure that adoption was the right path for our family. So here are!

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Who We Are

We met online but in a time when there was no Tinder, so no swiping! Simona was still living in Italy then but spending a lot of time in New York for work, so she put up an online dating profile here. We had our first date in April of 2013 at a Korean restaurant near Dan’s place downtown in the Flatiron District. Exactly three years later we got engaged at the dog park next door, with Ugo delivering the ring.

In between, we went on many journeys. Some brought us far away – back to Italy and to the beautiful beaches that are Simona’s happy place. But the most important ones brought us closer together. We discovered how much fun we could have together just watching our dog run and play. . . and how much comfort we could bring each in moments of pain and disappointment. We took our time, but we ended up exactly where we wanted – with the love and friendship we had been waiting for.

We approach life as an adventure and one of our favorite things to do is to travel. We love exploring new places. This summer Simona will be taking Dan to the Greek Islands for his first time. Next on our list is the Utah desert.

We also like visiting familiar places that have special meaning to us. In the summer we usually spend two weeks at the beach in Italy. Simona has so many fond memories of her childhood of being around the sea, building sand castles with other kids, playing in the water, just being free. We are already thinking about the day we will teach the baby how to swim!

When we are not on the road, we like to take advantage of all the fun, stimulating things that New York has to offer. We love a good story and see lots of movies, concerts, Broadway shows together. Simona is very fond of classical ballet. She always jokes that she would love to have a little ballerina to raise and to take to class, buy ballet clothes and fix her hair. Dan is still mad for sports – he especially likes going to Citi Field for Mets games. He literally can not wait to have a baby to bring to sport events with him.

But we are every bit as happy to spend a sleepy morning in bed with our furry beast reading the Sunday New York Times or a rainy night on the couch bingeing on Netflix. Our perfect weekend starts with breakfast at the Le Pain Quotidien Café in Central Park, where Ugo plays with other dogs and we talk with parents with kids, imagining when it will be our time to push the stroller. It is such a happy way to start the day!

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Greetings from Greece

We are in Greece! After two days in the magnificent city of Athens we arrived in the beautiful island called Lipsi, one of the Ciclades islands, very close to the Turkish coast. The island is small but very very beautiful, with white and blue houses that look like a postcard and the most beautiful, perfect beaches. It is really like paradise here!

another Sunday, another beach

Sunday we went for the first time to Long Beach. It was great. The beach itself is long and beautiful and even if it was a little bit crowded it didn’t take away from the joy. The water was not too cold - we spend into the ocean a lot of time and it was very refreshing and fun. Going to Long Beach takes a little bit more than an hour with the train, such an easy ride! All in all it is the perfect place for a summer family outing, a quick escape from the city. Can’t wait to bring a baby on the beach!

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.


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