Joe and Jenna live in New York with their 4 daughters Brianna, Chiara, Savanna, and Stella. Stella, who was born with Down syndrome, was adopted from China in 2018 and now they are excited to be going back to China for their 5th daughter, also born with Down syndrome and a heart defect.
Joe and Jenna’s adoption story began in 2010 when adoption was first planted in their hearts after the loss of their unborn child and the news that they were not able to conceive any more children. In 2013, their 3td daughter and miracle baby, Savanna, was born. She is truly a blessing that they were not expecting. But the seed of adoption had been planted years earlier, and it was growing. The Neris knew they had so much more love to share and their family had room for more.
Faith has been the hallmark of the Neri family from the very beginning and has carried them through the most difficult times. They, like many other families, had a heart for special needs adoption. Jenna has worked with adults and children with both physical and developmental disabilities for 23 years and knew the unique challenges individuals with Down syndrome face. Then Jenna saw a picture of a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome on Reece’s Rainbow and she new this was her daughter. They worked hard to bring Stella home in October 2018 and now, less than 2 years later, they have fallen in love with another little girl that they know is meant to be their daughter as well.
Joe has just started his own small business and serves as the youth director at their church, and Jenna works as a Residential Manager for individuals with disabilities. They may not be a family of financial means, but they are rich in faith and love to share with another child. Despite the many uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and international adoption, they are committed to giving this beautiful girl the love, support, and family she deserves. Join them as they make room for one more precious soul.