Courtney Maree

& Josh

Home Study

Home study approvedApproved

Photograph of adoptive Family

Courtney Maree

Caregiver

Gender:

Female

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

California

Religion:

Spiritual

Education:

Ph.D. or higher

Profession:

Women's Health

Political Affiliation:

Lean Left

Josh

Neighbor

Gender:

Male

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

California

Religion:

Spiritual

Education:

Master’s Degree

Profession:

Community Relations

Political Affiliation:

Lean Left

We rarely pass up an opportunity for a good theme party :)

We rarely pass up an opportunity for a good theme party :)

We love love love to bike around town, and especially together.

We love love love to bike around town, and especially together.

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

I consider myself someone who believes in a higher power of some sort. I grew up Catholic, and have continued to integrate spiritual and community practices into my life.

-Josh

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

Thriving and healthy. I hope she is on a path that feels right to her and that she is following her dreams. I hope she feels loved by herself and others.

-Courtney Maree

What is the best word to describe our family?

The best word to describe our family is expressive. We are animated, talk a lot with each other, and share our feelings openly.

-Josh

My philosophy on parenting is...

Our philosophy on parenting is to allow Forest to learn through trying things, taking risks, and developing confidence, while building relationships based on kindness, respect, and curiosity.

-Josh

Hat theme at a friend's wedding.

Hat theme at a friend's wedding.

This was a close friend's wedding that Josh officiated

This was a close friend's wedding that Josh officiated

Our own wedding at Stinson Beach, CA.

Our own wedding at Stinson Beach, CA.

My favorite Instagram account is:

@whatisnewyork for the ridiculousness of it all. It brings me to laughter every time!

-Courtney Maree

We are the best choice because…

Our family is such a unique blend of compassion and humor, curiosity and vulnerability. We love celebrating our individual differences while playing an active role in our community.

-Courtney Maree

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

Our 5-year-old son, Forest, would be an affectionate, playful, and protective brother. He is outgoing and while he is creative and enjoys playing by himself, he would embrace a sibling and playmate.

-Josh

My best friend would describe me as...

Caring. I'm a natural caretaker, as a mother and as a health care practitioner. I like to think of the little things and gestures, no matter how small, to remind others how they are special and loved.

-Courtney Maree

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

In 5 years, we will have a relationship based on trust, respect, and love for your child, one that is the product of (potentially) years of conversations and thoughtful nurturing and caring.

-Josh

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

We have a 4 year old son, Forest. He is so loving of others and has a gigantic imagination! He loves spending his time at school and with his friends and will definitely love being a big brother.

-Courtney Maree

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

Our neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because it is safe, we are surrounded by a community who love us and our children and where we can get outdoors, play, walk, and bike.

-Josh

Enjoying a moment for ourselves.

Enjoying a moment for ourselves.

Watching the sunset on the Oregon coast 2020.

Watching the sunset on the Oregon coast 2020.

Kayaking at Cabo San Lucas during Courtney's Mom's 70th birthday.

Kayaking at Cabo San Lucas during Courtney's Mom's 70th birthday.

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

My family, my community, laughter and good food.

-Courtney Maree

I hope our birth mother is...

Proud of who you are and your decisions. I hope you feel like you know what is good and right for YOU and that your peace and happiness comes from this place.

-Courtney Maree

My philosophy on parenting is...

Watch and learn from the child and go from there. Each child is an individual that has a different needs that should be acknowledged and respected. I don't believe parenting is a "one size fits all."

-Courtney Maree

What is the best word to describe our family?

Unique! We each have funny quirks and different interests. We lead our lives with curiosity and love to learn and grow from other people and perspectives.

-Courtney Maree

Sharing in a laugh about who knows what.

Sharing in a laugh about who knows what.

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

When I look into the sky, I think of how vast the universe is, how small a part humanity is, and how critical it is to prioritize family, friends, and shared experiences during our time on Earth.

-Josh

What scares you?

What scares me is a life without new experiences. I choose to introduce novelty into my life every day. It can manifest in the way I choose to drive somewhere, what I read, and where we live and work.

-Josh