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Dear Expectant Mother,

We admire the strength, courage, and selflessness that is required of you to consider adoption for your child. The emotions you, as an expectant mother, will experience in the adoption process are not lost on us, and we hope to ease some of your anxiety and fear by working with you to create an adoption plan that makes you happy and comfortable. We also hope you find comfort in knowing we will show unconditional love and support to any child who becomes a part of our lives, and we will always honor you in our family.

We cannot fully express just how thankful we are that you are taking the time to consider us as the parents of your child. We want you to know we are committed to raising your child in a home that is safe, stable, loving, understanding, supportive, and full of laughter, fun, and adventure. Your child will be loved not only by us but by a big brother, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We wish nothing but the best for you and your baby.

Derrick & Sarah

About Us

We met in 2012 through a mutual friend, and we instantly connected through our love of teaching, adventure, and food. After a year and a half of dating, we got engaged on a favorite hiking trail. A little over a year later, we had a beautiful Christmas wedding at Sarah’s grandparents’ house with close family in attendance. It was the perfect start to our marriage. Our love, respect, and patience through times of both hardship and happiness has made our marriage rewarding and resilient. Together, we enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, reading, and cooking. Sometimes just relaxing on the couch and marathoning a movie series or one of our favorite shows is perfect too.

Our Home & Pets

We live in a cozy old farmhouse in rural Indiana with our sweet pets, Atticus (a beagle) and Bartok (a pixie-bob). We bought this house specifically to grow our family and to provide a safe and happy place to raise children. Our favorite part of our property is the yard. Most of our acreage is wooded, and there is a nice pond on the property that is stocked with fish. We can imagine our son and his future sibling having lots of fun adventures, including fishing and hiking, right in our backyard! We live very close to two state parks and a reservoir, which we visit often to hike, camp, and mountain bike. When we want to enjoy city life, we visit the nearby college town.

Our Extended Family

We are fortunate to see our loving families often. Both of our parents live less than an hour away, and our siblings and cousins live in neighboring communities as well. Sarah has an older half-brother who has one son. Derrick has a younger sister who is married with a young son, whom she adopted. All of Sarah’s grandparents are living and in good health, so we are able to spend a lot of time with them as well.

We enjoy a lot of activities and projects together. Sarah’s grandpa and Derrick renovated a camper that we now use for our camping trips. Every fall we get together with Sarah’s grandma and mom to put up corn, green beans, and peaches for the winter months, which has helped us create a lot of special memories. Derrick’s parents often invite us over for amazing home-cooked meals, which we are sometimes able to enjoy with Derrick’s sister and cousins as well. Thankfully, both of our families get along great, so we often celebrate holidays together, such as Easter and Thanksgiving. We are lucky to have so many loving family members in our lives.

Our Adoption Story

We have always imagined a future with children. After losing two pregnancies, Sarah suffered life-threatening complications, making any future pregnancies unsafe. After personal reflection and healing, we decided to look into growing our family through adoption. Our belief that “love makes a family” made it easy for us to pursue this exciting new path. Furthermore, many people in our family have been touched by adoption, us included, so we’ve been able to see the beauty and hardship of adoption firsthand. We are fortunate to have already been touched by adoption with our son, whom we adopted in 2018. He is a joy, and we feel grateful every day to be able to raise him as our son.

Fun Facts

About Derrick
Occupation Music educator (band director)
Education Bachelor’s degree
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Indian, Mexican, Chinese, popcorn
Favorite Movie Jurassic Park, “B” horror movies, old sci-fi
Favorite Sport Mountain biking
Favorite Holiday Christmas
Favorite Music Group David Bazan, Beirut, Thrice, Interpol, older blues, bluegrass
Favorite TV Show The Office, Star Trek, Finding Bigfoot
Favorite Animal Raccoon
Dream Vacation Iceland, Scotland, Alaska
About Sarah
Occupation English/language arts teacher
Education Bachelor’s degree
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese, chocolate
Favorite Movie The Princess Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series
Favorite Sport Basketball
Favorite Holiday Halloween, Christmas
Favorite Music Group The Beatles, The Black Keys, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac, The Lumineers, bluegrass
Favorite TV Show Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, Call the Midwife
Favorite Animal Owls, foxes
Dream Vacation Scotland, Greece, Alaska

Contact Derrick & Sarah

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Choose a Family for
Your Baby With Confidence

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!

Not sure how to start? See our How to Choose an Adoptive Family resource page.
If you need more help, you’re always welcome to contact us any time!

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