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A Letter from Joe & Colleen

It’s an exciting time as we start the process to adopt another child into our family. Our son is really looking forward to becoming a big brother and gaining a sibling. We believe that bond between siblings is something truly special that lasts forever.

We can’t wait to make many happy memories together as our family grows bigger. We imagine vacationing at our home in Cancun where we love to relax by the pool and on the beach. During summer breaks, we vacation by the ocean in Rhode Island. We also enjoy finding cozy cabins to rent in the woods of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Most importantly, we want you to feel completely comfortable throughout this process. We are open to maintaining whatever level of contact and communication you prefer, after discussing your wishes once we get to know each other better.

About Us

We have been married for almost 12 years, and our son, Padraig, is almost 5 years old. Over the past decade of marriage, we have experienced so much joy together. Our relationship began as a strong friendship built on shared interests and a mutual appreciation for our differences. We struggled with infertility issues, which made the journey to becoming parents difficult at times. However, we found immense happiness when we adopted Padraig in May 2019 and began the rewarding adventure of raising a child side-by-side. We have a meaningful connection with Padraig’s birth mother and her family members.

As a family, we truly value quality time spent experiencing things together, whether it’s just being at home or taking trips near and far. Some of our favorite memorable times include going to comedy shows in the city, relaxing at home eating pizza, and trying tasty new foods at local restaurants.

We really appreciate the rich lifestyle opportunities that living in New England provides. We look forward to the promise of more fun adventures and precious memories as our family continues growing in the years ahead.

About Colleen (by Joe)

Colleen is an accomplished physical therapist and recognized public speaker. As an expert in her field, athletes and dancers from all backgrounds seek out her caring guidance for injury recovery and achieving their goals. Colleen’s expertise has made her a well-respected voice who is frequently invited to speak at conferences and events.

Colleen’s passion for Irish step dancing runs deep, dating back to her childhood growing up in Massachusetts. She discovered her talent for the lively rhythms and movements at a young age. This led Colleen to compete in Irish dance contests nationwide and globally. Today, she delights in passing on her love for Irish dance by teaching adolescent students, using it to build their confidence and bring them joy.

Despite her impressive career, Colleen’s most important role is as a devoted mother. She wholeheartedly dedicates herself to caring for our son each day. Colleen prioritizes living in the moment as a family, whether it’s a peaceful afternoon reading together, enjoying lighthearted TV shows for laughs, or getting creative with Sunday arts and crafts projects. Her patience, generosity of spirit, and gift for storytelling are appreciated by all who know her, and she looks forward to sharing them with our next child as well.

About Joe (by Colleen)

As a father, Joe’s top priority is being fully involved and present in our son’s life. He cherishes every moment spent doing activities together, helping with schoolwork, and providing loving guidance. Joe views fatherhood as his most important role and takes great pride in fostering his child’s growth and creating treasured family memories.

Professionally, Joe owns his own business where he specializes in mentoring aspiring college athletes. He enjoys supporting and developing young talent by sharing his expertise on skills, conditioning, and mental preparation. Joe finds this work deeply rewarding as he helps shape the next generation of athletes.

At his core, Joe is a simple man who relishes life’s basic pleasures. In his free time, he looks forward to tackling household projects and renovations around our home. Joe embraces these challenges with enthusiasm and an appetite to learn new skills.

Above all, he values fostering virtues like friendship, leadership, and independence in his children. He is eager to welcome another child into the family, to share meaningful life lessons and contribute to their collective happiness. For Joe, life’s greatest joys come from creating cherished memories with his loved ones.

Our Son and Family

Our son, Padraig, is an energetic, curious young boy with a heart of gold and so much compassion and empathy. His favorite subjects are math, science, art, and music. Padraig’s playful humor fills our days with laughter, while his endless inquisitiveness and deep love of learning constantly inspire us as parents. Padraig is absolutely thrilled at the prospect of becoming a big brother soon. We believe sibling bonds can be profoundly meaningful, and we look forward to our children forming a close, lifelong relationship.

Our extended family, including parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, is spread out across New England as well as in New York and Oklahoma. Though living at a distance, we make an effort to stay connected through daily photo shares, texts, emails and group messages to keep everyone updated.

We deeply cherish our relationship with Padraig’s birth mother. We make sure to regularly send her pictures and videos showcasing his growth and development, highlighting the special bond we share despite the physical distance between us.

Our Home in Massachusettes

We live in a charming Massachusetts town known for its outstanding school system and strong sense of community. Our spacious 10-room colonial home is in an ideal location, situated practically halfway between the historic city of Boston and the culinary heart of Providence, Rhode Island. We’re surrounded by a foodie’s paradise, from Providence’s savory Italian cuisine to Boston’s excellent steaks and seafood. Plenty of kid-friendly attractions like zoos, water parks, and museums are just a short drive away as well.

Education is a top priority in our community. The elementary school is just a quarter mile from our home, with the middle and high schools both within a 2-mile radius, which is one of the top-ranked public school districts in the entire state. Our children will have their own adjoining bedrooms, giving them that perfect balance of closeness and personal space.

With us both working full-time, our wonderful nanny ensures our son/children can participate in a variety of activities like gymnastics, summer camps, and after-school programs. Our home provides the ideal setting for quality family time together as well. Whether we’re playing in the large fenced-in yard, snuggling by the cozy fireplace in the sun-filled living room, hosting backyard barbecues and movie nights on the deck or by the fire pit, there are so many opportunities to make treasured memories as a family.

Our Promise

We are deeply grateful that you are considering us as prospective parents for your child. This process undoubtedly comes with a complex range of emotions, and we want you to know that we support you. Whatever timing or path has led you here, we believe profound meaning can be found.

To us, adoption represents an incredible act of hope, love and belief in life’s boundless potential. In our home, your child will be embraced into a supportive family environment focused on encouraging their growth, curiosity, and development into a caring, thoughtful individual.

Open and respectful communication is extremely important to us throughout this journey and beyond. We want you to feel at ease expressing your thoughts, asking questions, and sharing what level of contact or updates you would like – your comfort is our top priority. This opportunity holds such profound significance in your child’s life story. We are humbled and honored at the prospect of playing a role and walking alongside you, in whatever way you feel is best. Our door is open to you with warmth, understanding and respect.

Wishing you strength, peace and care,

Colleen and Joe

We’d love to talk or answer any of your questions. Please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Joe & Colleen

  Joe Colleen
Our EducationBachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine, Master's Degree in BusinessDoctorate Degree in Physical Therapy
Our ProfessionsSports MedicinePhysical Therapist
Stay-At-HomeNoNo
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Joe & Colleen's Favorites
FoodPizza and Chicken WingsBaked Potato
HolidayThanksgiving!Christmas!
SmellFresh cut grassFresh baked cookies
MovieRudy - Proof you can do anything you put your mind to!Dirty Dancing - Love always prevails!
BookQuiet - the power of an introvertBossy Pants by Tina Fey
Sports TeamNew York YankeesBoston Red Sox
Activity to do on weekendsEnjoy our home with family!Enjoy our home with family!
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

Our family has a wide array of interests and activities we enjoy pursuing together. Colleen is passionate about Irish step dancing - both performing competitively herself and teaching the lively rhythms and movements to students. She also loves reading, watching shows like MasterChef, and doing arts and crafts projects with Padraig. Joe takes great satisfaction in hands-on projects around the house, even if it means watching DIY tutorials or making repeated hardware store runs. As a former college athlete, he still prioritizes an active lifestyle through sports, hiking, and outdoor adventures.

As a family, we cherish quality time together whether that's comedy shows in the city, trying new local restaurants, or just relaxing at home with movies and pizza nights. We take full advantage of the rich cultural experiences New England offers by traveling to areas like Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island. Above all, we deeply value making lasting memories filled with laughter, connection and creating special traditions as a family.

Our Faith

Though raised in the Catholic faith, we were given the freedom by our parents to determine our own levels of engagement. Colleen attended church every Sunday growing up, while Joe typically only went on Easter and Christmas. However, after meeting Colleen, Joe rediscovered and recommitted himself to his faith, and we began regularly attending Sunday mass together, often making it a special outing by enjoying brunch in the city beforehand.

Our connections to Catholicism and spirituality grew even stronger through the adoption journey. Just prior to adopting Padraig, we visited Rome and believe the powerful prayers from that sacred week played an influential role in making our family dream a reality. We've had the profound experience of attending the Pope's visit to Philadelphia and never miss opportunities to participate in Catholic charity efforts.

Every Sunday, we deliver food to homeless shelters as a family, instilling the value of service from an early age. We also try to perform random acts of kindness in our community for those suffering or in need of support. Our faith has become an increasingly meaningful part of our lives that we look forward to sharing and passing down.

A Letter from Our Son's Birth Mother

"My experience with adoption has truly been a blessing. I feel so fortunate to see my child thriving in the loving home provided by Joe and Colleen. They go above and beyond as parents, giving Padraig a wonderful life filled with joy, stability, and caring guidance that exceeds anything I could have imagined for him.
Joe and Colleen regularly send me photos and videos, allowing me to witness firsthand the warm, compassionate environment Padraig is growing up in. Their home is filled with acceptance and unconditional love, no matter the circumstances. They haven't just welcomed my child, but have opened their lives and hearts to me and my entire family too.

I will be forever grateful to Joe and Colleen for their remarkable kindness and humility throughout this journey. Seeing Padraig's happiness in their care brings me such peace and comfort. They are nurturing him to become a caring, responsible person while surrounding him with all the joys a child could dream of. I feel truly blessed that my son has parents who love him so completely." ~A

More About Padraig's Birth

Four days before Padraig's birth, we packed our car with over a month's worth of essentials and drove 15 hours to his home city. We moved into the local Ronald McDonald House, where we befriended dozens of other families experiencing miraculous journeys - from adoptions to childhood cancer treatments. The night before Padraig's due date, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner with his birth mom and her family, instantly connecting in a profound way that felt perfectly right.

On the day Padraig was born, we nervously waited in the hospital until a nurse called us into the delivery room. Together with his birth family, we all celebrated Padraig's arrival into the world with joyful hugs, happy tears, cherished photos, and heartfelt prayers. The entire experience of welcoming our son was an incredible blessing filled with love, gratitude, and new bonds formed through this miracle of life. Holding Padraig for the first time is a memory we will forever cherish.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 2 years old

Twins

Yes

Gender

Either

Siblings

Yes, with oldest up to 2 years

In Closing

We are truly appreciative that you are taking the time to get to know us and consider us as potential parents for your child. Please know that if you entrust us with this precious gift, your child will be showered with unconditional love, nurturing, and complete devotion from our family. Your child would not simply join our family, but would be wholeheartedly embraced and celebrated as an integral part of it. Together, our goal is to create a warm, supportive home environment where your child can thrive. One that provides security, joyful experiences, and endless encouragement for them to pursue their unique interests and dreams. We vow to guide your child's journey with patience and wisdom, helping them develop into a caring, ethical, and successful individual. The opportunity to expand our loving family would be an incredible honor. We fully appreciate the magnitude of your decision and the trust you would place in us. Our hearts are filled with hope at this meaningful prospect. Thank you again, from the depths of our souls, for considering us. Wishing you peace, Colleen and Joe

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