Thank you for looking at our adoption page. Before going any further, we want you to know how much we respect the thoughtful work you are doing on behalf of the new life in your care. 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 is our family or another family.

We met in college and became fast friends when we were both nineteen. We readily talked about experiences, feelings, and thoughts that we had not really shared with other people, and fell in love.

After college, we moved to Chicago in 2007 for Jane’s master’s program and Sarah started her radio career. In 2013, we bought a house together. In 2015, we got married.

We have grown up together and changed along with each other, at this point spending over one third of our lives together. Over time, we have developed deep trust and communication that works really well for us.

Sarah on Jane

Jane is intelligent and driven. She is 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. She has a delightful sense of humor. In other words, she takes the right things seriously and can have fun with the rest.

Jane works as a social worker at a children’s hospital while she pursues a PhD in social work at the University of Chicago.

Jane on Sarah

One of the many things I love about Sarah is that she makes me laugh. 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 will be the one to teach our child how to build and fix things, and she will make sure our child knows that it is important to be kind and help others.

After working at a radio station for nine years, Sarah is going back to school in the fall of 2017 to study industrial design at UIC.

Family and Community

Family is important to us. We have close relationships with all of our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephew. Sarah’s family is close by in the Chicago area, and Jane’s family is spread across Chicago, Indiana, and Pittsburgh.

We live on the north side of Chicago. Our house is a two story, single family house on a quiet street. We love gardening or hanging out on our back deck in the summer. 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 cannot wait to take our child to the children's museum, story time at the library, and the many parks all within walking distance of our house. We have two dogs, Manny and Olive. They love to cuddle and go for walks.

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, her favorite choice is cold pizza

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 an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

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

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