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Meet Bennie & Tijuwana
Bennie & Tijuwana

Fun Facts

  • I love historical facts. The joke in my family is that I can answer jeopardy questions while sleeping.
  • I consider myself an amateur chef. I love trying new recipes, especially soups.
  • I love all things sports, but my favorite is football. I coach at the high school level.
  • My newfound hobby is playing golf. I wish I had learned the sport earlier in life.
  • I love to sing, but typically off key. I consider it a joyful noise.
  • I have four siblings, three of us are considered Irish Triplets. I’m 11 months older than my twin brother and sister.
  • I love to sing. My most favorite thing to do is make up songs about almost anything.
  • I love to make people laugh. I’m a comedian in my own right.
  • I love spending time with family and friends. I’m the oldest of three, and the third oldest of 35 grandchildren. Annually our family participate in the Chicago Hot Chocolate Run, and every other year we take a family trip. COVID has alter our plans a little. Typical family trips are on Zoom.
  • I love to see the underdog win. I never like to see anyone left out.
  • I love taking pictures. My family and friends have crowned me “The Selfie Queen”
  • I enjoy volunteering in community.


We are Bennie and Tijuwana.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family and for considering us as you make the difficult decision of who will parent your child. We hope through our profile, you will be able to see the love we have for each other, our family, and our future child.

We cannot imagine what a difficult decision this is for you, and we pray daily that you would have the strength and the courage you need as you journey through this process. We know that you want what is best for your baby. We pray that you will find us to be all that you hope for your child.

Our Story

We met through a mutual friend in 2009. As we spent time together and learned about one another, we knew we wanted to spend forever together. We share so much in common; it was a natural fit. We have been married for 11 years and have always wanted to be parents. We tried unsuccessfully for several years. We prayed about it, sought out counsel, and decided adoption was right for us.

Best Day Ever

We talk often about parenthood. What it would be like to hear the joys of laughter, the cry of pain or discomfort. We joke about which one of us will be the helicopter parent. The conversation often ends with the unconditional love and nurture he/she will receive.

We enjoy traveling and spending quality time with one another. We are blessed to have amazing friends and family members surrounding us.

About Bennie:


Bennie is a natural leader and teacher who loves to share information. One of his most favorite things to do is to coach football. He loves teaching the sport while giving life lessons. He’s also an ordained minister and loves to teach God’s word using historical facts.

Bennie is a wonderful man and husband. I always feel loved and protected in his presence. He honestly makes me a better person. He loves to explore and learn new things. He’s a great listener! People are drawn to him of which many seek his counsel. His nieces and nephews love to be around him. Without a doubt, he will be an amazing father. Your child will learn a lot from Bennie and will feel and experience a father’s love.

About Tijuwana:

Tijuwana is the most loving, caring, and kind person I’ve ever met. She loves to include people who she feels are left out. Tijuwana keeps me spiritually balanced. She often tells people she was drawn to my smile, but her smile can turn a cloudy day sunny. I’m glad I get to wake up to her daily.

Any child would be blessed to have Tijuwana as a mother as she is very nurturing and fun-loving. She is big on kids having structure and education. When our younger nieces and nephews visit with us during the summer, they are bound to do some type of educational project. She makes it fun, so they don’t even realize it’s educational.


We can’t imagine how you’re feeling or how difficult this decision is for you. We are impressed with your courageousness and bravery in choosing to make this tough decision to ensure your child has the best life possible. We want to make sure you feel 100% comfortable with us and assure you that your child will be nurtured and loved.

We can work together to determine our open relationship. Whether it’s periodic visits, pictures, or email updates, we can decide what we are most comfortable with for communication. The little one will know throughout their life that their birth parents love them immensely.

Bennie & Tijuwana

Bennie & Tijuwana Family Photos

Contact the Cradle

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

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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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