Thank you for looking at our adoption page. Before going any further, we want you to know how much we respect the care and work you’re doing on behalf of the new life that’s coming soon.  You’ve gone through a lot to be reading this in the first place. The decision to trust another family with such an important part of you must be incredibly hard. We recognize the weight of your decision.

We are drawn to open adoption because we always want our child to know where they come from and the love involved in their birth family’s choice. We hope that you find a family that gives you confidence that your child will be loved, well cared for, and nurtured as they grow—whether that’s our family or another family. 

Our Story

We met in college and became fast friends when we were both nineteen. We are each other’s first real love and first serious relationship. We’ve grown up together and changed along with each other, at this point spending over one third of our lives together. Over time, we’ve developed deep trust and strong communication that works really well for us.

After college, we moved to Chicago where Jane started a master’s in social work program and Sarah started her radio career. In 2011, we rescued our dog Manny. In 2013, we bought a house together and in 2015, we got married.

We live on the north side of Chicago, in the Uptown/Andersonville area. We’re excited to take our child to the library, children’s museum, and parks all within walking distance of our house. Our comfy home has a backyard where we grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Jane currently works as a social worker at a children’s hospital and is completing a PhD in social work. She plans to become a social work professor.

After ten years in radio, Sarah transitioned to a career in design. She currently works at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is also pursuing a master’s degree in industrial design.

Both of us have flexible or self-directed work schedules, and we both plan to parent at home part time. 

Sarah on Jane

Jane is intelligent and driven. She’s also incredibly kind, thoughtful, and remarkably easy to talk to. 

I really admire the way she gets things done, yet also keeps things in perspective with an awareness of what matters in the big picture.

Jane has a delightful sense of humor.  She takes the right things seriously and can have fun with the rest.

I appreciate that when Jane says she’ll do something, she takes care of it. I trust her completely.

With a powerful and gentle grace, she helps me push myself to be a better person. I know she will make a great mom.

Jane on Sarah

One of the many things I love about Sarah is that she makes me laugh. Our nieces and nephews adore her because she is always making up funny voices, silly songs, and goofy games. I know she will fill our child’s life with joy and laughter every day.

She is also one of the most generous people I know, always ready to help others. She loves learning new things, from how to bake a loaf of bread to how to fix our dishwasher.

She’ll be the one to teach our child how to build and fix things, and she’ll make sure our child knows that it is important to be kind and help others.

Family and Community

We have close relationships with all of our parents and siblings. We also are lucky to have big extended families with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins that we enjoy spending time with. They all support our plan to adopt, and are ready to help us welcome a new family member.

Sarah’s parents, as well as her sister, brother in-law, and nieces live in the Chicago area.

Jane’s parents live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her older sister and sister in-law live in Indianapolis with our nephew and niece.

We’re fortunate to have Jane’s little sister and her fiance close by in Chicago—their apartment is about 3 miles away from our house.

We are grateful that our child will have lots of positive male role models, including our Dads and brothers-in-law.

Our neighborhood (Uptown) is very diverse and has lots to do. We volunteer with our neighborhood block club, maintaining public gardens and organizing gatherings for neighborhood families.

We strongly believe in social justice, kindness, having fun, and being givers. We are dedicated to modeling these values for our child in our home.  We are committed to seeking role models for our child where their identities differ from our own, bringing them into our diverse circle of friends and our multicultural neighborhood.

Building Our Family

We want to become parents and build our family to experience the love and bond between parents and children. As being together in a two person family has taught us to be better and to grow, we believe parenting and building our family will prompt us to learn and grow in new ways, and we welcome this meaningful challenge. We want our child to know what it is like to have the support of parents who help them be their best and create a solid home base from which to venture out and engage with the world.

Openness

As soon as we learned about open adoption, we knew it was the right choice for us. Our child will always know who you are, where they come from, and that you love them. We are committed to exploring whatever level of contact works best for everyone, and are open to visits, calls, and exchanging photos and letters. We hope to include photos of our child’s birth family in our home.

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. We wish you strength and peace as you make the decision that is best for you and your child.


Fun facts

Jane
  • Jane loves Swedish Fish candy
  • She is talented pie baker, and proposed to Sarah with a pie that said “marry me?” on the crust
  • She has a seahorse tattoo
  • She’s really good at hula hooping
  • Jane plays the mandolin and violin
  • Her favorite childhood food is still her favorite food to eat as an adult—macaroni and cheese, although now she eats it with a side of broccoli
Sarah
  • Sarah plays the ukulele
  • She is an excellent cook and taught Jane to enjoy eating vegetables
  • Sarah is a woodworker and our house is full of furniture she has made 
  • She speaks Mandarin Chinese
  • Sarah recently built raised garden beds in our backyard out of recycled concrete (that she also broke up herself with a sledgehammer), and planted veggies and herbs in them
  • She loves eating dinner leftovers for breakfast

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.

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