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Location: IL
Religion: Christian/Atheist
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dear expectant mother

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We hope we were able to give you a glimpse into our lives. We understand this is the most difficult decision you will ever make. We know finding the best option for you and your baby must be overwhelming. We hope you feel supported and loved throughout your journey. We know you did not come to this decision lightly. If you decide to make an adoption plan with us, we want to assure you we will respect you and your decisions.

What we can promise you is this: We will love your baby unconditionally. We will delight in your child’s unique interests and talents. We will always treat them like what they say matters and their ideas are worthy. We will teach them to always do their best and reach for the stars, in hope that they will believe anything is possible. We will teach them to be honest, generous, kind, and compassionate. We will share their birth story with them because we understand the importance of family and understanding identity. We want them to know who they came from. We want you to be as much a part of this child’s life as you’d like to be.

We hope we get to know you soon!

John & Rachel

About Us

We are John and Rachel. We are both from Rhode Island. We started dating in 2006 and got married in 2016. In 2012 we moved from RI to Illinois. Our daughter, Miyah, came to us at six months old and was officially adopted two years later. John is a fire protection engineer and a managing partner for his company. Rachel supports families as a birth and postpartum doula. Every year we try to travel somewhere new. We enjoy being outside as much as possible. We spend a lot of time camping, hiking, and riding bikes. We are both avid readers. Our love of music covers a wide range of musical genres. Most nights end with a kitchen dance party after dinner. Though we have lived in Illinois for many years now, we are still loyal New England sports fans. We enjoy watching the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins.

Our Home & Pets

Shortly after Miyah came to us, we moved to our four-bedroom home with a finished basement and a fenced yard. We spend summers in the yard grilling, gardening, or on the patio. In the winter, we like to make fires in our fireplace or have fun in the playroom. Our neighborhood is diverse, which is important with us being a transracial family. There are multiple playgrounds as well as a bike path a few blocks away that we use often. The elementary school is also within walking distance. Our schools rank among the top 20% of public school districts in Illinois. We have two tabby cats, Ginger and Charlie. They are lovebugs who love snuggles.

Our Extended Family

Both of our families live in the Northeast. John’s parents and his two younger sisters and their families live in Rhode Island. Rachel’s mom lives in New Hampshire, and her older brother lives in New York. We have four nieces and one nephew, aged 2 to 23. Miyah’s birth family lives in Florida.

Distance does not stop us from spending quality time together. We travel to the East Coast at least once a year and always at Christmas time. We spend time with each side of the family and friends who live in the area. Over the course of the year, our parents come to spend time here. Occasionally, we plan trips where we can travel together. Some fun trips we have done with the family include Disney World and Gatlinburg, TN, and we have an upcoming Hawaii trip planned.

Miyah has two sisters living in Florida. Each year we take a trip to Florida to visit. Miyah has a wonderful bond with her older sister. She visits us in the summer or for Thanksgiving each year. We hope that as Miyah’s younger sister gets older, she may also come on visits.

Our Adoption Story

We always talked about having a family. After working with fertility doctors for three years, we decided to look into adoption options. As we were getting ready to choose an adoption agency, we received a phone call from a family member. Rachel’s second cousin had a baby who was put into foster care. While looking for a permanent home for her, the grandmother thought of us. She remembered we were planning to adopt. Miyah came to Illinois in March 2020 and was officially adopted on 2.22.22. Adopting Miyah has been the best gift of our lives. Now we hope Miyah will have a sibling she can grow up with in the same home. Miyah loves babies and will make a wonderful big sister!

Fun Facts

About Rachel
Occupation Postpartum Doula
Education Child Development, MS
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Tacos
Favorite Hobby Reading, traveling
Favorite Movie The Heat, Bridesmaids
Favorite Sport Baseball
Favorite Holiday Thanksgiving
Favorite Music Group Alicia Keys, P!nk
Favorite TV Show This Is Us, New Girl
Favorite Book The Glass Castle
Favorite Subject in School Science, English
Favorite Tradition Annually traveling somewhere new
Dream Vacation Italy, African safari
About John
Occupation Fire Protection Engineer
Education Fire Protection Engineering, MS
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Chicken parmesan
Favorite Hobby Reading, traveling, music, movies
Favorite Movie The Godfather
Favorite Sport Baseball, hockey, football
Favorite Holiday Thanksgiving
Favorite Music Group Radiohead, Vampire Weekend
Favorite TV Show Breaking Bad, Deadwood
Favorite Book House of Leaves
Favorite Subject in School English
Favorite Tradition Camping, travel
Dream Vacation Alaska

Contact Rachel & John

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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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