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Kim & Ben


Thanks for stopping to take a peek into our world. We are Ben and Kim and with our daughter that makes three. We know this is a very brave first step for you and we wish you strength and love in the coming days. 

We invite you to learn more about our family.     

Our Story

Our Adoption Journey

We met in college and were married soon after. We both have very similar personalities and like to be physically active. Whether it is camping at Devil’s Lake, hiking at Starved Rock, having a picnic near Lake Michigan, or playing tennis at our local courts, we just really enjoy spending time together.

In 2008 we adopted our beautiful daughter, Aubrey through The Cradle. We have an open adoption relationship with our daughter’s birthparents. Our relationship has changed year to year as each member of the circle has grown. It has been a wonderful relationship that we respect and have learned to protect because of the importance of our birth-adopted family. It all begins and ends with the love of a child.

Our Family

Both of us grew up in small towns and have large extended families. The majority of our family members live within 6 hours of us so we really get to take advantage of being so close and spending quality time together.  

When Aubrey was born it turned our world upside down and we feel so fortunate for being selected as her adoptive parents. As a family, we spend time together playing sports, watching movies, visiting local museums, fishing, biking, swimming, hiking and traveling.  

Our Vision for Expanding our Family

Our family and friends are excited that we are planning to expand our family a second time through adoption. We live in a small, laid-back community and our home is located in a cul-de-sac in a kid-friendly neighborhood. At last count, there are approximately 30 kids on our street. 

We look forward to afternoons when we can walk down to the neighborhood park and push our child on the swings. We look forward to riding our bikes down to the local fields to kick the soccer ball around. During the summer, we look forward to visiting a local lake to try our luck at fishing and having a lemonade stand in our front yard. There is an endless list of things we can’t wait to experience with another child.

We thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our family. We know that this is a difficult decision for you and we want you to know that if we are chosen then we will be happy to develop a relationship that is comfortable for you. 

Thank you,

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Food:  Guacamole  
  • Favorite Songs:  Landslide by Fleetwood Mac and The Boxer by Paul Simon
  • Favorite Children’s Book:  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Favorite Family Vacation:  Annual trip to Northern Wisconsin where her family would spend a week fishing and swimming on a local lake.
  • She has skydived once in her life (and it will be the last time)!
  • Dream vacation is to visit Australia and to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Favorite Food:  Pizza (sausage and pepperoni)
  • Favorite Music:  Pearl Jam 
  • Enjoys washing, waxing and detailing cars. 
  • Likes to watch and play golf and basketball. 
  • Likes the ocean and whenever our family goes on vacation, anywhere near the ocean is perfect for him.
  • Enjoys spending time with his immediate and extended families and doesn’t mind driving long hours to visit with family. 

"Kim & Ben" Family Photos

  • Taking a break during apple picking
  • Our Cairn terrier and Aubrey enjoying a perfect summer day in our backyard
  • Spending Thanksgiving with cousins
  • Making Buckeyes over the holidays
  • Aubrey with her youngest cousin
  • Sledding fun
  • Neighborhood fun with fairies and princesses
  • Beach days are the best
  • Spending pool time with cousins…lots of cousins
  • Celebrating Christmas with Aubrey
  • Spending time with family in Georgia
  • Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Our Family
  • Visiting the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Walking the Oregon coast picking up shells
  • Watching The Nutcracker with family in Chicago
  • Roller coaster fun at a local fair
  • Camping and S’mores
  • On the Teacups at Walt Disney World
  • Visiting friends during a recent summer vacation trip

Contact the Cradle

If you’re interested in learning about options counseling or adoption for your child, 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 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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