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Jeff & Lauren

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


We’re so grateful that you’ve chosen to view our story and we look forward to hearing yours. The idea of adopting has been in our hearts and prayers for awhile and while the path there has been winding, it’s been a beautiful blessing.

We have known each other for 20 years and have been married since 2005. The beginning of our marriage was filled with memories of our first home, building our careers, vacations and time with friends and family. About 8 years in, one of our nieces was diagnosed with Leukemia and her twin sister was diagnosed a couple years later. Thankfully, they are both completed with treatment and doing well. This season of life changed our perspective, strengthened our faith and shaped our marriage and Jeff stayed home to help with appointments and after school activities.

Right before our family started down this tough, long journey, we learned it would be dangerous for Lauren to carry children. Through that time, while we focused on where we needed to be for our family, God worked in our hearts to pave the way for our adoption journey.

We appreciate you taking the time to explore our story. We’d like to invite you to take a glimpse into our life, our wonderful family and all the activities we look forward to doing with a child.

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Photo & Video Apps for Open Adoption

Sharing photos and videos just got a lot easier! Here are three apps that our families use to share moments and memories with their child’s birth family. Click on the links below to learn more!

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Jared and Abbe

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


Thank you for taking the time to take a glimpse into our life! We are Abbe and Jared. We are humbled by your courage and strength in taking this difficult step to choose adoption for your baby. We are parents already, so we know that words cannot express the love between parents and their child. We hope you find comfort in knowing that you have chosen a life where your baby will be a true blessing and is cherished everyday.

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From Homeless to Hopeful

Jasmine and her three young children were homeless in Chicago, moving from shelter to shelter every day. But then she joined Holt-Sunny Ridge’s Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, and her life has drastically changed.

Today she is a stable, motivated and empowered mom.

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Theo is waiting to welcome a child into her heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about her!

Hello, I am Theo. Thank you for checking out my profile.

I have drafted different versions of this letter and my introduction but none seems adequate enough to express my gratitude.

Growing up, I always had dreams of having a few kids and I always knew I would like to adopt.

I have always dreamed of running around, playing games, bike riding etc with my kids. I do not play sports but I have envisioned myself as the loudest cheerleader in whatever activity my child decides to pursue.

I hope to share my love of travel, exploring and learning new things with my child.

I am now at the age and point in my life where I am ready and responsible enough to care for a child.

I promise to love your child with my whole heart, provide a safe home filled with laughter. Also provide good education and other good opportunities.

I know the decision to place your child was not an easy one and I hope that after going through my profile, you will consider me as a potential adoptive mother.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of our conversation and it is my hope that we will get to know each other in the future.

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Nathan and Kim

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

Dear Birth Family,

Hi! It feels weird to start a letter like this, writing to someone we haven’t even met, sharing things about ourselves in the hope that you allow us the joy of raising your child! We do not even know where to begin, except to say that we are thrilled you are looking at this book and hope that you feel we would be a wonderful family for your child!

We have always dreamed of expanding our family, but due to infertility issues, we have been unable to. Being able to have more children through adoption is very exciting for us.  We are thrilled with the thought of having an open adoption to help maintain that connection to our child’s birth family culture, history, community, and heritage.

We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about our amazing family and for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

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Annie and Ben

UPDATE: Annie and Ben are matched with a child!

Hi there!

We’re Ben and Annie and want to start out by thanking you for taking the time to look at our online profile!

We believe that making an adoption plan is an act of love for a child and that it’s not a decision anyone takes lightly. We truly appreciate that you’re going through this difficult process and considering us as adoptive parents.

We are best friends who started dating in high school and got married shortly after graduation from college. Annie is an elementary school teacher and Ben is the Director of Operations for a software development company. We are an active couple who enjoy participating in charity run/walks and exploring zoos. We also like to relax by watching television and building jigsaw puzzles. We’re looking forward to doing all of these things with a child someday soon! We don’t have any children yet, but we do have two cats that we sometimes treat like our babies.

In case you are wondering why we made the decision to adopt a child, here’s the story. We had always considered adoption as a way to parent a child together. After learning that a biological child would not be an option for us, we made the decision to continue with this plan to parent through adoption.

Thank you, again, for considering adoption and us as adoptive parents. We look forward to (hopefully) meeting you soon and beginning to build our relationship with you!


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