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Family Type: Heterosexual Couple
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Location: IL
Religion: Christian
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dear expectant mother

You are considering a beautiful and unthinkably hard thing, and we are so grateful you are taking the time to learn about our family. It would be our privilege to be part of your story and to welcome your child as a part of ours.

Please know it is not your obligation to make our family’s dreams come true. Rather, if you choose us, it is our commitment to ensure that your baby is treated with the respect, care, and love they deserve. We will remind them of your beauty, your courage, and the hope you had for their bright future.

We have seen firsthand how welcoming a child into a family can change lives in profound ways. If joining our family, your child will have two siblings and built-in playmates who are eager to teach, hug, and protect their new brother or sister. We’ll encourage your child to be curious, brave, and compassionate. We’ll provide them with a safe, comfortable home and unconditional love. We’ll gently guide them and be a constant, reliable source of support and encouragement. We’ll teach them to ask questions, seek answers, pursue their passions, and never stop chasing their dreams. We want all of our children to know deep in their bones that they matter, that our family is our foundation, and that when we say, “I love you,” it means forever.

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About Us

We are Michelle and Dan, and we’ve been together since 2008, when we met at a festival while standing in line for Bavarian pretzels. (Some lines are worth the wait!) We both have adventurous spirits and love to be outdoors together. We’re active and competitive: marathons, triathlons, Tough Mudders, CrossFit, and the list goes on! Dan is into cars and DIY craftsmanship, while Michelle enjoys running, yoga, and cooking new vegetarian foods. We've been blessed with two children (born in 2017 and 2019), who are our greatest sources of joy. Our kids have contagious laughs and big hearts, and they will be over the moon with excitement to welcome a new brother or sister into their lives. Dan works in sales, and Michelle works from home in the digital marketing industry. We are fortunate to have lots of flexibility and support in our careers.

Our Home

We live in a medium-sized suburb that has a strong school system and convenient accessibility to the city, the country, and plenty of great parks. Our four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is complete with a finished basement and ample room for little feet to run wild. We love our big, tree-covered backyard and the family friendliness of our neighborhood. There are a few ponds nearby and a small park with a playground at the end of our street. You can often find us squatting by the ponds looking for frogs with our kids or chasing them through the park after a family walk. Our neighborhood has lots of children and organized events, like an annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” and a Christmas cookie exchange.

Our Extended Family

Michelle is the second of four daughters in a close-knit family, and her sisters are her best friends. Michelle’s parents were high school sweethearts from a small town in the mountains and still live in the house where Michelle grew up. Her mother recently retired from a long teaching career and frequently comes to stay with us, helping out with the kids and reviving our gardens. (Neither of us has much of a green thumb!) Michelle’s father is the ultimate family man. He coached all four of his daughters’ basketball teams and is still famous for taking his kids and grandkids on “secret special surprises,” where we pile into a car and no one but he knows where we are going or what we are doing until we arrive.

Dan grew up in the Midwest with his brother and parents. We love to spend family gatherings together. (Grandma’s cooking is a crowd pleaser!) Dan’s parents are both retired and have always been extremely supportive of our family. They are excited for another grandbaby to spoil!

What Led Us To Adoption

Adoption has been a consistent and unwavering goal of ours, even since before we met. When Michelle was about nine years old, she remembers spending a full day playing with and swooning over her cousin’s young foster kids. At the end of the day, the baby boy fell asleep on Michelle’s shoulder. Even at a young age, Michelle remembers experiencing a profoundly connected feeling in that moment and has known ever since that she’s meant to adopt a child. We love the idea of setting an example of acceptance and compassion by living out our values and can hardly wait to welcome another beautiful baby into our family.

Fun Facts

About Michelle
Occupation Digital marketing
Education BA in public relations & advertising
Race Caucasian
Favorite Hobby Long distance running
Favorite Movie Hoosiers
Favorite Sport Basketball
Favorite Music Group Norah Jones
Favorite Book To Kill A Mockingbird
Favorite Subject in School Journalism
Favorite Tradition “Secret Special Surprises” w/ Dad
Dream Vacation Visit our ancestors’ countries
About Dan
Occupation Sales executive
Education BA in business administration
Race Caucasian
Favorite Hobby Woodworking, house projects, golf, running
Favorite Movie The Sandlot
Favorite Sport Golf
Favorite Music Group Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Book Lone Survivor
Favorite Subject in School Science
Favorite Tradition Mom’s Christmas lasagna
Dream Vacation Visit our ancestors’ countries

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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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