Sarah

& Justin

Home Study

Home study approvedApproved

Photograph of adoptive Family

Sarah

Hero

Gender:

Female

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

New York

Religion:

Catholicism

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Profession:

SAVP, Communications

Political Affiliation:

Independent

Justin

Caregiver

Gender:

Male

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

New York

Religion:

Catholicism

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Profession:

Marketing Director

Political Affiliation:

Independent

A selfie on our last night of vacation in June 2022 in the Outer Banks. Sun was setting just right!

A selfie on our last night of vacation in June 2022 in the Outer Banks. Sun was setting just right!

Justin surprised Sarah with a wonderful 40th birthday surprise party with all her favorite people!

Justin surprised Sarah with a wonderful 40th birthday surprise party with all her favorite people!

Celebrating Justin's 40th birthday at one of his favorite restaurants. Our families were both there, unbeknownst to Justin, to surprise him!

Celebrating Justin's 40th birthday at one of his favorite restaurants. Our families were both there, unbeknownst to Justin, to surprise him!

When we argue, what’s it about?

Honestly, we don't argue a lot. But when we do, it's often when we're making major decisions and we want to make sure we're making the right one!

-Justin

If I could have dinner with anyone—dead or alive—I would pick...

John Adams! I am a huge history nerd and as a founding father, his vision for our country is still so relevant today. I love learning about our presidents and John Adams is by far, my favorite!

-Justin

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

I think about what the next day will be like. How the night sky turns into the morning and the start of a new day.

-Sarah

Do I have kids? How do they feel about a sibling?

We don't have children yet but can't wait to grow our family with our birth mom's help!

-Sarah

Our home in the fall. There is nothing more beautiful than Central New York in the fall!

Our home in the fall. There is nothing more beautiful than Central New York in the fall!

Sarah and her mom, Jeannette, always make the holidays special!

Sarah and her mom, Jeannette, always make the holidays special!

Justin and his mom, Denise, celebrating Justin's 40th birthday!

Justin and his mom, Denise, celebrating Justin's 40th birthday!

My favorite place in the World is...

The Outer Banks in North Carolina. Sarah and I plan to buy a second home there in the coming years, and retire there some day when we're old and gray!

-Justin

Dogs or cats?

Cats! We have four :-) Mahi (18), Ebi (3), Minnow (2) and Guppy (1). They're all named after fish because we love the ocean and love fish! They each have their own Christmas stocking too :-)

-Sarah

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

God has always challenged me, pushed me to be better and inspired me to love with all my heart. I believe God gives you what you can handle and that is why I am the strong person I am today.

-Sarah

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

My wife!

-Justin

What is the best word to describe our family?

Loving. We love with all our hearts, protect each other in such a fierce way and do everything we can to make each other happy.

-Justin

My philosophy on parenting is...

Love with all your heart. Support, protect, empower, respect.

-Sarah

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

My family!

-Sarah

Sarah and Justin at the Carrier Dome cheering on Syracuse football!

Sarah and Justin at the Carrier Dome cheering on Syracuse football!

Sarah and Justin LOVE the holidays (and football)! There's a stocking for every cat :-)

Sarah and Justin LOVE the holidays (and football)! There's a stocking for every cat :-)

Justin and his siblings, Brandon and Marie at Marie's wedding.

Justin and his siblings, Brandon and Marie at Marie's wedding.

Favorite season and why?

Summer! I love the warm weather, Yankee baseball, traveling with Sarah, exploring new places and enjoying our yard!

-Justin

If I could change one thing about the World, it would be...

Divisiveness.

-Justin

My philosophy on parenting is...

To provide our child with as much opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To love unconditionally. And to prepare them for life's many ups and downs.

-Justin

If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Richard Dean Anderson! My favorite show is MacGyver and I love the premise of the show that you can find a solution for any problem.

-Justin

Sarah and her brother, Jason, during one of his visits to Central New York!

Sarah and her brother, Jason, during one of his visits to Central New York!

The kitties love watching the birds out the window! Ebi, Guppy, Minnow and Mahi (L-R)

The kitties love watching the birds out the window! Ebi, Guppy, Minnow and Mahi (L-R)

In five years, our relationship with our birth mother will...

We want to have a relationship with our birth mom that makes her happy. There's nothing more important than her comfort with our relationship and the very difficult decision she has made.

-Sarah

The most special thing I own is...

Our home! We have so much fun here and have made so many memories. Big family gatherings, major life milestones and so much more. I always dreamed of having a home like this.

-Sarah

My favorite website is (...not your Facebook page :)):

I love Skinnytaste.com. I love food but know that I can't just eat whatever I want! I love the Skinnytaste page because it has recipes for lightened up versions of my favorite foods.

-Sarah

What is the best word to describe our family?

Strong! We have been through a lot together seemingly get more stronger, and more resilient every day!

-Sarah

We are the best choice because…

Sarah and I have a loving, strong relationship and an incredible support system. We will provide a child with a wonderful life, a supportive family and all the tools to be a great person.

-Justin

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

RV! If you lived on a sailboat, there are so many unknowns and dangers! Living in an RV, you can move about the country freely and explore so many different places.

-Justin

I would never...

Go cave diving! I just ready a horrible story on this and boy, did it guarantee I'd never do that!

-Justin

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

Because it's a safe neighborhood filled with wonderful families and children. Our child will be able to ride their bike, build snowmen, play with other kids and enjoy their childhood!

-Sarah

My best friend would describe me as...

Reliable, calm and big-hearted!

-Justin

Favorite season and why?

This is such a tricky one because I love living in Central NY, which has all the seasons! I love the fall though because of the foliage, crisp air, apple orchards, & the start of the holiday season.

-Sarah

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

It would be an RV near the ocean! That way I could have the best of both worlds. All the modern amenities of living on the main land with the ocean out my front door!

-Sarah

Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

Still comfortable with her decision. I can't imagine how hard this decision is and just want her to feel confident in her choice and in particular with selecting us to raise her child.

-Justin

What scares you?

Losing a member of my family.

-Sarah

I hope our birth mother is...

Proud she picked us. I want to make her feel pride in her choice to select us, proud of the person her child becomes and proud that her decision led to a wonderful life for her child.

-Sarah

The most special thing I own is...

Our house. We have put so much work into making this home our own and I love being here, coming home to it and have family to it!

-Justin

My favorite place in the World is...

Our home! I love the home we've built and since adding a pool last summer, it feels like we have a vacation destination in our backyard! Other than our home, I love the Outer Banks!

-Sarah

I would never...

Sky dive!

-Sarah

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

I was raised Catholic and have always believed in something bigger than me, treating others the way I want to be treated and leaving the world a better place.

-Justin

I hope our birth mother is...

Aware of how grateful we are for the opportunity to bring a child into our world!

-Justin

When we argue, what’s it about?

I can't say that we argue all that much. But when we do, it's usually about things around the house, or related to a big decision of some kind.

-Sarah

I'm super competitive when it comes to...

Sports! I was a college athlete and just love watching my favorite teams, including Syracuse Orange, Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots!

-Sarah

If I could change one thing about the World, it would be...

The divisiveness.

-Sarah

If I could have dinner with anyone—dead or alive—I would pick...

I would actually say my father, who although still alive, has Alzheimer's and doesn't know who I am anymore. I would give anything to have one last meal, one last real conversation with him.

-Sarah

What scares you?

Losing someone in my family.

-Justin

My favorite website is (...not your Facebook page :)):

The Yankees website! I am a die hard Yankees fan and follow all the news!

-Justin

If I could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be:

Italian! Whether going to a great restaurant or eating Sarah's cooking, I can't get enough of Italian food!

-Justin

We are the best choice because…

We have so much love to give! We will protect, support, empower and respect our child. They will have opportunities to learn, grow, thrive and succeed.

-Sarah

If I could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be:

Italian food! I love it! Nothing I love more than making a table full of food - meatballs, lasagna, chicken parm, pizza! You name it, and I'll make it, and eat it!

-Sarah

My best friend would describe me as...

Tenacious, kind and selfless.

-Sarah

Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

I want our birth mom to be proud of the person their child is becoming. I want her to feel confidence that she made the right choice, that her child is loved, supported, empowered & immensely special.

-Sarah

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

It's filled with young families raising their children and it is super close knit.

-Justin

Dogs or cats?

Cats! We have four awesome indoor cats that I absolutely love. They each have their own unique personality and bring us so much love and companionship.

-Justin

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

I think about how much we just don't know about the universe and how we need to explore more to learn more!

-Justin

In five years, our relationship with our birth mother will...

Be whatever she is comfortable with it being. She is making such a significant decision and so our relationship with her will be entirely contingent on what makes her comfortable.

-Justin