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A Letter from Joseph & Caroline

Dear Birthmother,

We are Caroline and Joseph and we, along with our daughter, Jaden, are so excited to be on this adoption journey with you.  We are an outgoing and adventurous family who enjoys going on walks, playing games, and trying foods from different cultures.  We also enjoy traveling—we just returned from living in France for a year.  We are excited to grow our family and provide your child with a loving home to call their own.  We promise to raise your child to be a smart, passionate, and thoughtful individual.

About Us

We have been together for three years. We are both on their second marriage and loving every minute of it.  We found each other through work—we are both college professors.  Caroline is in French and Francophone Studies, Joseph is in sociology. When we are not working, we love spending time with our daughter, Jaden, Caroline’s twelve-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.  Together, we love watching movies (La La Land is a family favorite), listening to music (we all agree that Aretha Franklin is the greatest), and playing board games (Uno and Monopoly games can get competitive).  Most of all, we love traveling.  This past year, we’ve been to France, Ghana, Spain, Portugal, and England.  We are excited to share our world with your child.  We especially look forward to taking them to Ghana and France!

About Joseph

Joseph was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and moved to the U.S. as a teenager.  He has lived in several states since moving (IL, NY, WI, OH, MS) and now calls North Carolina home.  He is outgoing, loves talking to people, and is a passionate sociology professor who teaches and writes about black culture, especially food and music.  He is also very passionate about helping others follow their dreams and supporting them when they need it.  He loves listening to music—in fact, his first book is about the history of hip hop. Joseph also loves playing and watching sports, especially soccer.  He is looking forward to sharing his love of sports with our next child and discovering and nurturing their interests.

About Caroline

Caroline was born and raised in northern France. Her aspirations brought her to school in the U.S. where she got her degree and now teaches and writes about French and West African film and the experiences of mixed-race people. Caroline is incredibly caring—she is always attuned to the needs of her family, friends, and even her students. She is a wonderful professor and loves to sing.  She sings with a band that performs for small local benefits a few times a year.  She also loves exercising, especially group exercising at her Crossfit box.  Finally, Caroline loves spending time and laughing with her family and friends.  She is very excited about reading to our next child and teaching him or her how to speak French.

Our Daughter

Our daughter, Jaden, is so very mature for being 12 years old and she is thrilled to be a big sister.  She loves listening to music, singing, reading, and going to the theater. In her free time, Jaden enjoys watching T.V. and being creative—she particularly enjoys painting. She also loves playing with children—she is excited to share her favorite childhood toys with her new sibling and looks forward to teaching them how to paint.

Our Home in North Carolina

We live in a mid-century modern home that has charming and funky architecture.  It is 4000 square-feet and has half an acre of back and front yard that we enjoy working on.  We love our home because it has so many unique spaces to hangout.  We also love our big projector, which we use for family movie nights.  We have four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, two living rooms, and a large basement.  One of the bedrooms is already being set up for your child.

Our Promise

There are so many other things we look forward to sharing with your child.  Three things we absolutely promise to share are- first, our love of education: we’re both college professors and we’re lucky to do what we love.  We will give your child access to all the education opportunities so that so they too can follow their passions. Second, our multi-cultural, international family:  We live in the U.S., yet we also consider Ghana and France home and so our home is bilingual (English and French). Third, our love of art and culture.  Caroline studies literature and film. Joseph writes about music and food.  Jaden, our daughter, loves theater.  We are excited to share all of this and more with your child.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Joseph & Caroline

  Joseph Caroline
Our EducationBachelor/ Masters/ DoctorateBachelor/ Masters/ Doctorate
Our ProfessionsCollege Professor--SociologyCollege Professor--French
Stay-At-HomeNo--But very flexible scheduleNo--But very flexible schedule
Our Racial BackgroundAfrican AmericanAfrican American/Caucasian
Some of Joseph & Caroline's Favorites
Vacation SpotFrance/SpainGhana/New Orleans
MoviesLa La Land and ParasiteLove Actually and Black Panther
CuisineCarribean and ThaiVietnamese
MusicianAretha FranklinRay Charles and Lauryn Hill
HolidayBirthdays of family membersChristmas
Activity/HobbyListening to Music; Traveling; Playing with family/friendsVisiting family/friends; dinner with family/friends; Traveling; Going to Shows
Thing to CookPeanut Soup and Rice Balls (Ghanaian Dish)Lasagna
More About Our Family
Our Interests

We love watching movies (La La Land is a family favorite), listening to music (we all agree that Aretha Franklin is the greatest), and playing board games (Uno and Monopoly games can get competitive). Most of all, we love traveling. This past year, we went to France, Ghana, Spain, Portugal, and England.

We also enjoy exercising--running, bike riding, playing sports, and doing home workouts in our basement.

Our Faith

Christian (Mathew 22: 37-40)

Joseph is the son, grandson, and nephew of Methodist pastors. He was raised with an abiding faith that has stayed with me. Caroline was raised in the Catholic tradition. Together, we attend a church whose mission was to make a difference in the local community. We enjoy the church community and its social engagement. We also both appreciate the guiding principles that allow us to be the best community members we can be: compassionate, empathetic, and humane.

Our Musical Interest

We love all kinds of music and we always have music on in the house. We also travel with our portable Bluetooth speaker so we can always listen to music. We love soul, Jazz, Hip hop, Afro-beat. As a family, we all enjoy Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Beyonce, Ray Charles, Rapsody, and Pharell.

About Our Home

We live in a mid-century modern home that has funky architecture. It is 4000 square-feet and has half an acre of back and front yard. We love our home because it has so many unique spaces to hangout. We also love our big projector, which we use for family movie nights. We have four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, two living rooms, and a large basement. One of the bedrooms is already being set up for baby.

Our Children

Jaden--12-year-old daughter

Our daughter, Jaden, is a very mature 12-year-old who is so excited to be a big sister. She loves playing with children—she can’t wait to share her favorite childhood toys with her new sibling. She also loves listening to music, singing, and reading. In her free time, Jaden enjoys watching T.V. and being creative—she particularly enjoys painting.

We live in the state of...

North Carolina

Our Neighborhood

We live in a beautiful quiet neighborhood. All the homes have large front and backyards. There is a strong walking and running culture in our neighborhood so we get to know our neighbors who live in different parts of the neighborhood. Our neighborhood is an established middle-class neighborhood.

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

Newborn to 2 years old

Twins

Yes!

Gender

No Preference

Sibling Group

Yes with the youngest up to 2 years old and the oldest up to 6 years old

Ethnicity of ChildAfrican American, African American/Any Race
Future Contact with Birth Family

We would love to keep in touch with you through letters, pictures, and visits at your comfort level.

In Closing

Thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to learn about us. We promise to love your child with all we have. We will share with him or her our love of education, our multicultural and international extended family, and our love of art and culture. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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