Category: Wisconsin Families (Page 1 of 4)

“My favorite part is holding and snuggling the babies!”

These Wisconsin families provide loving temporary care homes for babies awaiting permanent adoption placement

Occasionally newborns stay with one of our licensed temporary care families briefly before joining their families. Two Wisconsin families share their stories about why they became temporary care homes and what they love most about caring for the babies.

Meet Lucy

Who are the family members living at home?

I share my home with my dog Lewey.

What inspired you to become a temporary care home?

I have always loved babies and caring for them. I worked for 27 years in the school system helping children with fine motor skills. Being retired now allows me to stay home to help babies by taking care of them until they are placed in a new loving home.

How long have you been a temporary care home?

I have been a temporary caregiver for six years and have cared for nine sweet babies during that time.

What is your favorite part of helping the babies?

My favorite part of being a temporary caregiver is holding and snuggling with the babies. It also warms my heart to see the look on the parents’ faces when they see and hold their baby for the first time. It’s always a pleasure to continue to see my little ones and how they have grown and changed after they move on to their new home. Some I see in person, some by Facebook, emailed pictures, or a photo in a Christmas card. I always enjoy seeing them.

Meet Pete and Deb

Pete & Deb experienced years of infertility and know first hand how much every baby is wanted.  Deb also serves on the board of the local pregnancy resource center and has a heart for birth moms.  They long to provide a safe haven for the baby while the birth parents make decisions and adoptive parents wait, and for all to visit.

What inspired you to become a temporary care home?

We strongly believe God uses our past to prepare us for what He has for us in the future. Deb has 2 sets of cousins that were adopted.  Both joined her family when the babies were several months old. She always thought what an amazing job that would be to care for babies awaiting adoption.

How long have you been a temporary care home?

We were a temporary care home for 3 years.  We stepped down for a while to care for our grandchildren and are now back.

What is your favorite part of helping the babies?

Deb loves babies!  Her favorite part is holding & rocking them.  Ultimately, the best part is to see each baby grow up in a loving, nurturing home.

Do you have a special memory or story about one of the babies who was in your care?

We have cared for 7 babies. Each one is special and will always be in our hearts!  We have a wall with their pictures in our home.

Thank you, Lucy, Pete & Deb for providing loving care for the babies awaiting placement.

WI Family | Matt & Erin

Matt and Erin are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.   We hope you are able to see just how much love we have to share.  We are so very grateful for you, and we respect the immense amount of courage it takes to choose life and consider an adoption plan.   It is important to us that you feel supported along this entire process and beyond.  Your story is important and one we will always protect and hold closely in our hearts. 

So how did we get here? Married in 2012, we both knew from the start that we wanted to build a family together.   Having been adopted as an infant herself into a family where adoption was always considered special, Erin has long desired to adopt.   After several challenging yet faith-strengthening years of infertility and then miscarriage in 2017, it became clear to us that God was opening Matthew’s heart to adoption as well.  It seemed God’s timing for us to begin our adoption journey as a couple was now upon us.

Children have always had a significant role in both of our lives.   As proud Auntie and Uncle to several nieces and nephews, it has truly been a joy getting to see each other interact with children, and we look forward with great anticipation to the opportunity of welcoming your child into our home to love and to cherish.   We pray for your peace and comfort in knowing that your child will be loved fully and unconditionally forever; and they will grow and be shaped into a person of greatness because of you and this beginning.  You are an integral piece of that story.  

With love and gratitude,

Matthew and Erin

Our Story & How We Met

The story of “us” all started in the fall of 2011 when our lives first crossed after meeting on a dating website.  Erin’s birthmother encouraged her to set up a profile and Matthew’s friends encouraged him to be bolder and more courageous with his.  Not having much faith that the site would work, Erin simply put up a few pictures and the words “I love my family.  I love Jesus.” Intrigued by her statement, Matthew reached out to Erin to learn more about her and what her faith meant to her personally.  From that moment on, we guess you could say it was “love at first e-mail!” We enjoyed our first date in November 2011 and were married in August 2012 on our family farm, right before Harvest.  Matthew grew up in the country and loves to be outside! He is co-owner/operator of the farm and spends his days operating machinery to grow and harvest crops.  Erin grew up in a nearby town and now enjoys life in the country.  She spends her days caring for children as a nanny, building her home-based business, leading a women’s Bible study, and helping out on the farm.  We enjoy building our country life together with our dog, Benji!

All About Matthew -written by Erin

This incredible man is the love of my life.  From day one, Matthew has always inspired me with his incredible work ethic and drive to succeed at whatever he does.  He loves to be outside and has been a farmer from the day he was born.  Although he has moved on from his toy tractors to the real ones as he works daily to produce a profitable crop of corn and soybeans, he still looks forward to bringing out the toy ones to play with our children one day.  I enjoy helping Matthew out on the farm when I have the opportunity.  We are a team! Matthew also has an amazing way of getting people to laugh, and I love that about him.  I love watching Matthew with our nieces and nephews and other children, whether it be taking them for combine rides at the farm, playing with toys, reading books, or rocking them to sleep.  I simply cannot wait to parent a child together!

All About Erin- written by Matthew

I can’t imagine my life without Erin.  She is not only my wife, but my best friend.  I love that Erin is always so happy and cheerful, regularly greeting you with a friendly, warm smile! She is constantly positive, energetic, caring and sociable.  Erin has many years of experience in caring for children, including nannying for two boys, and being a wonderful auntie! She is incredibly patient and does an excellent job of playing with them, reading to them, and creating a great environment for them to learn new things.  As a parent, I know Erin will continue to be loving, responsible, honest, and generous.   She is an excellent listener and very supportive.   She is always up for an adventure, and I enjoy when we can be adventurous and playful together.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us and am excited to have Erin by my side to parent a child.

Our Home & Community

We live in a two-story farmhouse on 100 acres which is part of our farm.  We enjoy decorating for the holidays! Our yard has plenty of room for a child to run and play and explore.  We enjoy riding the 4-wheeler down to the woods out back which are nestled along the river.  We have made trails through the woods so we can enjoy hiking or 4-wheeling back there and can also fish in our pond or the river or enjoy a campfire.  The homes of our rural community are spread out but are filled with very friendly neighbors, most of which are also farming families themselves.  We are located just a short drive away from several towns where we can visit local parks, libraries, splash pads and farmer’s markets.

Our Families

Matthew comes from a loving family; his parents have been married over 50 years! He has two brothers and two sisters, who all have families of their own.  We have many nieces and nephews on Matthew’s side of the family who will enjoy playing with their new cousin, especially when we gather together at holidays.  What a gathering it is, too!  Holidays are a special time of celebration in Matthew’s family.  Last Christmas, we had nearly 40 of us there! We enjoy being able to share a meal together, play games and talk for hours with each other just catching up.  A few of the holiday traditions in Matthew’s family include annual lefse making, Christmas Eve candlelight suppers, and setting out a table full of treats the night of our gathering and snacking together while we share in conversation and making many fun memories.  Matthew has farmed with his dad for his entire life.  We enjoy having them close.  We look forward to carrying on the farming legacy with our children and having them be part of all the family fun!

Erin comes from a very close-knit family.  Her parents have been married for 47 years, and we appreciate their positive example in our own marriage as well.  We enjoy going to Brewers games with them.  Erin has two sisters who are both married, and each have young children.  Being a proud auntie to her nieces is certainly a role Erin takes very seriously.  We love gathering together for family dinners, trips to the farmer’s market, and definitely celebrating holidays together.

Erin also has a bonus family – her birth family! Adopted as an infant herself, adoption has always been considered special in our home.  For the last 14+ years, Erin has also had a positive relationship with her birth family, which even includes two more sisters and a brother.  Erin looks forward to sharing this special part of life’s journey with our child.  Our nieces and nephews are looking forward to having another new cousin to play with.  Erin’s family has so much love they are ready to pour out on a new child in the family, and simply cannot wait for that day to come!

Meet Benji

Adopted in July 2015, Benji has provided non-stop joy and entertainment since the day we brought him home.  With a spirit of adventure, he loves exploring around the farm, going for walks, car rides, four-wheeler rides, and going camping with us.  Benji loves to be loved.  He enjoys cuddling and has a gentle personality.  He enjoys playing fetch with the children he has been around, including weekly visits by our niece.  We believe he’ll make an excellent “big brother.”

Our Adventures

Life is a grand adventure, and we love to have fun! We both enjoy going to Brewers games as we are season-ticket holders.  We also enjoy other sporting events to cheer on our local teams.  In the wintertime, we enjoy snowmobiling and serve on the board of our local snowmobile club.  In the warmer months, we enjoy watching fireworks, going camping, riding ATVs, kayaking, fishing and having bonfires.

We have a few favorite vacation spots and have also enjoyed exploring other countries as well when sailing on the cruise ships we have been on.  We have made many great family friends through our adventures, and we look forward to including our children in on the fun!

Thank You

We cannot thank you enough for considering us.  Thank you for taking the time to learn about our hearts and our dreams for a family.   We promise that our home will be filled with faith, hope, love and laughter and that you will always have a place in our hearts and our family.  We eagerly look forward to the opportunity of joining you on this journey.

Matt & Erin

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WI Family | Jerome & Laura

Jerome and Laura are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Hello!  We are Jerome, Laura, and Jack.  We met out West in Portland, OR.  We enjoy traveling, hiking adventures, swimming, visiting local parks and zoos and date nights.  We also really enjoy football in our house,  We have a Packers and Seahawks rivalry, and on football Sundays you will see us all supporting our teams!

We have always wanted to have a family and decided the best way to do that was through adoption.  We have one son, Jack who was adopted from Texas. Jack has been a blessing since the first day we held him in our arms.  Now, we are ready to make Jack a big brother.

Thank you for reading about us.  We cannot imagine how difficult the decision to make an adoption plan must be for you.  We admire beyond words the choice you have decided to make.  The gift of adoption is a blessing to our whole family.  We cannot wait to show you the love we have in hearts!

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WI Family | Karl & Shelly

Karl and Shelly are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

We are honored that you are taking the time to read our letter and consider us as adoptive parents for your child.  We have desired to be parents for many years, but have struggled with infertility. We have chosen to parent through adoption rather than seek additional treatments.

We love adventure and enjoy taking road trips, kayaking, taking walks, picking strawberries, going to the pumpkin patch, and any other seasonal activity that we can find.  We spend as much time as we can with our families and friends and are blessed to have such a wonderful support system in each and every one of them.

We admire your decision to make an adoption plan for your child, and we look forward to meeting you and learning about you and your family.  We are so excited to become parents and to experience every smile, every milestone, and every moment that a child brings. We understand the importance of open adoption and are willing to discuss options of pictures, letters, emails, and visits.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and look at the memories we have made so far on life’s journey.  We hope that we get the opportunity to meet you!


Karl & Shelly

Our Story

We met in choir at college in 2005.  Our mutual love for music brought us together.  On October 13, we went on our first date to Olive Garden.  Just before leaving for a choir trip to Italy in 2007, Karl proposed at a park where we spent a great deal of time together.  On June 13, 2009 we got married in Shelly’s family church. Our happy family includes a dog (Charlie) and two cats (Sammie and Roo).

Karl’s Favorite Things

Color:  Blue

Food:  Cheeseburger

TV Show:  Hawaii Five-O

Movie:  Star Wars

Board Game:  Scrabble

Card Game:  Cribbage

Children’s Book:  Dr. Suess’s ABC

Season:  Fall

Hobby:  Hunting & Fishing

Shelly’s Favorite Things

Color:  Pink & Gray

Food:  Waffles

TV Show:  Gilmore Girls

Movie:  The Greatest Showman

Board Game:  Scrabble

Card Game:  Quiddler

Children’s Book:  Chrysanthemum

Season:  Fall

Hobbies: Crafting & Kayaking

Shared Hobbies:

In addition to our individual hobbies, we both enjoy singing, hiking, and kayaking.  We performed together in college and also sang for our sibling’s weddings. We enjoy hiking and kayaking for the peace and relaxation that it brings and are happy that we live close to the Fox River and State Parks.

Our Home & Community:

Our Home

We live in a new home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Our home sits on a corner lot so there is plenty of yard space for play.  The street is quiet, and there is very little traffic.

Our Town

We live in a small, quiet town on the river.  The town has a grocery store, a coffee shop, a couple of restaurants, and is only 20 minutes from the city.

Our neighborhood is filled with friendly families.  At the center of the neighborhood is a large park with playground equipment, soccer nets, and a huge yard.  During the summer, the town hosts children’s movies in the park to encourage family time and community.

Our Families

Our families are very important to us.  We spend as much time as we can with our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.  We celebrate birthdays and holidays and everything in between.  A few of our favorite activities are going to Bay Beach, going up to the family cottage, trick-or-treating, and spending time outdoors.

Thank You

Our goal as parents is to create a loving, stable home where a child can feel safe and develop into the amazing adult that he or she is meant to be.  We are both so thankful for our upbringings and hope to give a child the same wonderful home life. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and consider us as adoptive parents for your child.  We greatly appreciate your time and consideration and hope that we will have the opportunity to meet you.

Karl & Shelly

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WI Family | Chase & Mitchell

Chase and Mitchell are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear birth parents,

Thank you for choosing to look at our profile and consider us as potential parents. We’re so excited to share more of ourselves and our farm with you.

For us, it was never a question of whether we wanted to be parents. We have so much love in our family, and we’ve always known that we want to share it with a child of our own. But for all the things we are so proud to do ourselves, we can’t add to our family without having help. We want you to know that we would love and care for your child with all our hearts.

With love,

Chase and Mitchell

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WI Family | Tim & Jessica

Tim and Jessica are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

We are a caring and fun couple who resides in Southeastern Wisconsin.  We are 42 & 34, and have been married now for 6 years.  While we are unable to have children of our own, we do have a good start to our family.  We have two corgis named Jenna and Sadie.  They are awesome family dogs, and are friendly to anyone and everyone.

We consider ourselves very blessed and have been praying for God to expand our family.  While we’re sure there are a number of letters you are considering, we are excited you have come to ours.  We understand the decision you are looking to make can seem overwhelming, confusing, and emotional.   We hope you give our family consideration and decide to get to know us better through our profile.


Tim & Jessica

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WI Family | Pat & Tatiana

Pat and Tatiana are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Our names are Pat and Tatiana and we are eager and excited to become parents! We would love to welcome your child to our great Italian -Ukrainian family full of art, music and adventure. Hopefully, your child can’t wait to enjoy the most delicious food like lasagna and Ukrainian perogies.

We understand how difficult it can be to make an adoption plan and pray you find comfort and guidance in making the right choice. Should you decide adoption is the best path forward, we stand ready and willing to offer our hearts and home. If you believe we’re the right couple, have peace in knowing you have placed your child with a loving family prepared to give him or her the best opportunities possible.

Tatiana and I are both happy creative individuals lucky to come from loving ethnic families filled with lots of traditions and great stories. This is our story we would like to share with you.

We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and hope you like what you see. It is our sincere desire to parent a young one and provide them the sanctuary of a loving home. With God’s blessing, it is our hope that whatever choice is made provides peace and comfort to everyone involved in this serious decision.

We have much love and warmth to give a child and understand this is a serious lifelong commitment. We would welcome your child with open arms and big hearts and offer unconditional love to this new family union.

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