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Location: IL
Religion: Non-denominational
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dear expectant mother

To start off, we simply want to say thank you. Thank you for considering us as the adoptive parents of your child. Thank you for being brave enough to face what we can only imagine is an impossible decision. Thank you for being so selfless and courageous. We cannot wait to raise a child and become a family. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible.

We dream of what the future might bring—first words, first steps, first day of school, first sleepover with friends, and so much more. We dream of holidays with family and seeing our child play with their cousins. We dream of fun activities with friends, such as our yearly “Friends Trip.” Mostly, we dream of raising a sweet baby and giving them the best life we possibly can.

As nurturers by career, it comes natural for us to care for and give to others. This is one of the most important things we want to teach a child, and you are giving them the first lesson. You are considering giving us the best gift we could ever ask for, and we cannot say thank you enough.

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About Us

We have been together as a couple for 11 years and just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. We love spending time together, going on road trips to national parks (18 so far!), trying new foods on our travels, visiting the beach and reading. Ellen is caring, funny, and creative and tells a great story. Bryan is quiet, goofy, and intelligent; he doesn’t like to admit it, but he’s a good dancer. Ellen has been working as a special education teacher at a local high school for 11 years. She works with students with significant disabilities on developing life skills to use in their future. Bryan is a nurse practitioner and works in a local medical group focusing on adult care. He really enjoys the older population he works with, listening to their stories and helping them with their health.

Our Home & Pets

We live in a four-bedroom home we built in a wonderful neighborhood. Our big yard is wide open and is located next to a bike path we use to walk the dogs, visit the neighbors, and watch many bikes go by. Our two goofy dogs, Marley Mae (7) and Henry (5), enjoy spending time outside watching the world go by. This is especially easy with beautiful prairie common areas and a neighboring farm. It’s the perfect mix between the hustle and bustle of the city and the serenity of the quiet country. The dogs love to snuggle and are big couch potatoes! Bryan loves to cook, especially on the grill, and together we enjoy planting and taking care of the yard.

Our Extended Family

We spend a lot of time with both sides of our families and are blessed they are located nearby. Ellen’s family lives in the neighboring town, where she grew up. Her parents just retired, and her brother and his wife have found themselves a wonderful home and have recently welcomed a baby of their own. Ellen’s parents host a large event on Labor Day weeked to get family and friends together and make homemade sauerkraut. This tradition, started by Ellen’s maternal grandfather, has been going on for over 50 years!

Bryan’s parents and his middle sister with her husband and four children live in the same town we do! This allows us to attend soccer games and choir concerts to support our nieces and nephews. His youngest sister, her husband and daughter live a little farther away but come to town often! This past winter, we all got together to make Bryan’s grandmother’s tamales. Bryan’s family has even joined in on the sauerkraut tradition! We love that our families spend time together, are very supportive and look forward to being alongside us every step of the way.

Our friends, or what we like to call our chosen family, also live nearby! We often plan trips and activities together. Football games, cooking competitions, and holidays are just a few. We recently went on our 6th annual “friends trip” and enjoyed the sunshine and laughter together.

What Led Us To Adoption

We have been hoping to see our family grow for a few years, and after being married for six years, we have found adoption is how we may see that dream come true. Family is very important to us. We have had the chance to see our nieces and nephews grow up, and we would love to have the opportunity to raise a child together and see them through the trials and tribulations of life. We can’t wait to see what the future might bring!

Fun Facts

About Ellen
Occupation Special education teacher
Education Master’s in curriculum and instruction
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Salad, sushi, Asian infusion
Favorite Hobby Crafting, photography, reading, walking
Favorite Sport Volleyball
Favorite TV Show Project Runway, West Wing
Favorite Book The Giving Tree
Favorite Subject in School Language arts, Art
Favorite Tradition Friends trip
Dream Vacation Bora Bora
About Bryan
Occupation Nurse practitioner
Education Master’s of science in nursing
Race Hispanic
Favorite Food Burgers, BBQ, comfort food
Favorite Hobby Reading, golf, fishing, video games
Favorite Sport Baseball, football
Favorite TV Show The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, West Wing
Favorite Book The Hobbit
Favorite Subject in School Social studies/ History
Favorite Tradition Fantasy football league
Dream Vacation Europe

Contact Ellen & Bryan

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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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