Thank you for considering adoption and for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. We are so excited and honored that you might consider us as the adoptive family for your baby. Having gone through the adoption process, we understand some of the concerns, fears and uncertainty you are facing during this emotional time. We admire you for choosing this thoughtful and selfless path for your child and the remarkable courage and strength it takes. We understand your wish to place your child in the best family setting possible and give your baby the opportunity to have a life he or she deserves. We promise you that our home will always be a place of unconditional love, laughter, stability, respect and growth for your child. It is because of you that our dream of expanding our family will come true and we are so very grateful to you!
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We realize that this captures only a glimpse of who we are and we would very much like to meet and talk with you.
Hi! We are AJ and Shawn. AJ works as a Title Examiner for a Title Insurance Company less than one mile away from our home. Shawn is a paralegal and former accountant. AJ grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. His family moved to North Carolina where he attended high school and college. He then graduated from Northern Illinois University with a law degree. Shawn was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Chicagoland in 1989. We met while working at a law firm in May, 2003, were engaged in January, 2005 and have been happily married for 11 years. AJ enjoys all types of sports including baseball, football, basketball and golf, and he hopes to coach little league again. He loves cooking, swimming, reading and watching movies. Shawn enjoys baking, photography, arts and crafts, hosting get-togethers, reading, horses, and she especially loves all things Disney. Together as a family we enjoy going to the zoo, parks, museums, pool, fairs, festivals and movies, walks around the neighborhood, playing games and attending sporting events. We love to travel, and when we find ourselves exploring new places, AJ is "Lewis" and Shawn is "Clark."
Our Home & Pets
We live in a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3½ bathroom home with a finished basement and a big backyard about 60 miles west of Chicago, close enough to all the big city events and attractions yet far away enough for smaller suburban living. Our neighborhood has walking trails and bike paths, playgrounds and a swimming pool. There are always many children playing outside. We bought our home knowing instantly that this is where we would raise a family and enjoy our life together. We love our neighborhood and the community around us. Shawn enjoys interior decorating and has turned our house into a warm and welcoming home, often full of activity. Though as wonderful as our house is, it is the people, love and laughter within its walls that make it a very special place to call home. We currently have no pets, but plan to adopt a puppy very soon.
Our Extended Family
Shawn is the oldest of three siblings and three half-siblings, most of whom live in Minnesota. She is closest with her youngest sister who lived with us for several years and now resides only 30 miles away, so we continue to see her frequently. We are also very close with Shawn's parents who are retired and live in southern Missouri. We take week long summer vacations to their home and they come stay with us a few times each year, especially at holidays and special occasions. We take trips to MN to visit Shawn’s extended family when we can, but even though our time with them is more limited than we’d like, we treasure the moments we spend together. Sadly, both AJ’s mother and adoptive father have passed away. He has five older siblings who live in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. There are also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins. Everyone, including our close friends whom we also consider family, is so incredibly excited to welcome a new baby to our family.
Our Adoption Story
We have always dreamed of having a large family and we believe adoption is the path that God meant us to take to build our family. Thankfully, our prayers were answered five years ago when we held our son Seth in our arms for the first time. The honor and complete joy of being his Mom and Dad, devoting everything we are and everything we have into making a happy life with him and each other, is fulfilling and rewarding on so many levels that words cannot begin to describe. We are exceptionally close with Seth’s birthparents and each of their families who all live close by and we have a very open, caring relationship with them. They are an incredibly important part of our family as we are of theirs. We will always be connected by the love we share for Seth and they will remain an essential part in his life forever. We often spend time with the birth families, especially Seth’s birthmother who had Seth when she was 17. We were there for her senior prom, graduation, wedding and visited hospitals when she gave birth to her other two children. And we will make every effort to have a close relationship with you, if you wish, no matter how far the distance between us.
It is our greatest wish that we be blessed with another child or children to complete our family. Your baby would be nothing less than a miracle for us. Cinderella said: “Even miracles take a little time.” So until then, we continue to hope and pray each and every day for the miracle of another baby.
|Favorite Food||Steak & Chocolate chip cookies|
|Favorite Music Group||Pearl Jam|
|Favorite TV Show||Game of Thrones|
|Favorite Subject in School||History|
|Favorite Tradition||Preparing Thanksgiving dinner|
|Dream Vacation||Scotland - Europe|
|Favorite Music Group||Chris Young - Country Music|
|Favorite TV Show||Chicago Fire|
|Favorite Subject in School||Math|
|Favorite Tradition||Baking Christmas cookies|
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As you browse our list of hopeful adoptive parents, you can feel confident in knowing that all of the adoptive families working with Angel Adoption are prepared to offer your baby a safe, stable, and loving environment along with a wealth of opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.
Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.
The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!Return to Waiting Families