We couldn't be more excited about the possibility of parenting and can't wait to make a child feel like the most special person in the world. One thing is for sure, we have so much love to give! We can’t wait to cuddle and love a baby and to love and nurture him or her as they grow. We can’t wait to see what kind of interests he or she will have and can’t wait to support him/her as they explore the world. We envision our house to be a safe, loving, fun, warm place surrounded by family and friends. We want our child to know that we will always be there for him or her no matter what and that we are their team.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. Our hope is that it gives you a sense for who we are and the type of parents we are so excited to become. And we, of course, welcome any questions you have for us. 

How We Met

We first met through mutual friends while attending different colleges. Ali had a few close guy friends who happened to be Nick’s best friends from high school so we were introduced at a party by our friends in college in 2001. Ali was at school at the University of Illinois and Nick was in school at Indiana University, so we didn’t get to hang-out after the first meeting. A few years later after, we had both graduated, we ended up attending a Cubs game with the same group of mutual friends and Nick decided he had to take advantage of the opportunity to ask Ali out on a date.

We clicked right away. Both of us felt that our conversations right from the start were so natural and deep. We shared such similar values on family and life. And we made each other laugh. We've been best friends since. Hard to believe it’s been 13 years that we’ve been together!

We know often times finding the right partner takes a long time. We feel so lucky to have each other and can not wait to share our lives with a child of our own.

Openness

We really appreciated how much The Cradle teaches people the value in open adoption. While we truly hope that you be willing to let us stay connected by visiting, texting, etc. We also understand that your needs might be different and that they may change over time. And that is okay too. We want you to know that we will be respectful and open to however you would like to keep in contact and we will be understanding if your wishes change over time.

We really appreciated how much The Cradle teaches people the value in open adoption. While we truley hope that you be willing to let us stay connected by visiting, texting, etc. we also understand that your needs might be different and that they may also change over time and that is okay too. We want you to know that we will be respectful and open to however you would like to keep in contact and also if your wishes change over time.

 

Fun facts

Ali
  • Takes an obscene amount of photos of our dog, Ernie
  • Loves to travel & Chicago
  • A favorite thing to do is walk around the Art Institute
  • Loves food, but don’t like to cook
  • Must have coffee first thing in the morning
  • Obsessed with Shark Week on Discovery Channel, but scared of sharks
  • Peach pie is my favorite dessert
  • Awesome Auntie!
Nick
  • Rated best Uncle ever (unofficially)
  • Glued to the TV during College basketball’s March Madness
  • My best friend and I have been friends since we were four
  • Makes up new nicknames for Ali & Ernie
  • Likes to sing songs in the morning
  • Loves to watch HGTV & Netflix
  • Always looking for adventure & adrenaline
  • Favorite dessert is ice cream
  • ​Enjoys hosting his weekly podcast about entrepreneurs & technology

Pregnant and exploring adoption?

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

If you’d like us to contact you, please use the form below.

If you are looking to ADOPT a child, please use this form or schedule a call with Marc.

If you are an adopted person looking for information, please schedule an informational consultation with our post adoption department.

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