IL Family | Lauren & Hugh

Lauren and Hugh are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Birth Family,

Hello! We are Lauren and Hugh. Thank you for taking the time to consider our profile. Choosing adoption is a hard thing to do, and is both courageous and inspirational.

Our promise to you is to respect you and your decision and raise your baby with love, openness, and honesty. If we are so fortunate to be selected as adoptive parents your child will be raised in a safe, secure, loving, nurturing home with opportunities and happiness.

Our priority as parents is to love, support and ensure that they are happy and proud of who they are. We believe that all people should be treated with kindness and compassion and want to instill those values in our child.

As you decide which family is right for your child, we hope you will consider us and we are happy to answer any questions you have about our family and our parenting. We will be forever thankful to you for your trust and the opportunity to add to our family.

About Lauren

Lauren is amazing. She finishes anything she sets her mind to and is very smart. She works as a nurse educator at the local hospital. Lauren and I volunteer in the children’s ministry every other weekend. Her favorite time of day is cuddling with our dogs and hanging out with friends. She has danced all her life and still does whenever she gets the chance. Lauren is super sweet and will go out of her way to make someone else smile. Lauren will be a good mom because she is very caring, has a nurturing nature, loves to teach, loves to have fun and she loves kids

About Hugh

Hugh is the best person I have ever met. He always puts others before himself and goes out of his way to help someone else. I have watched Hugh care for small children when we volunteer at church. He loves to make them laugh, play games, and when they get hurt he scoops them up and comforts them. Hugh works hard as a machine operator and provides for our family. He is so devoted to our little family and supportive of my dreams. When I am feeling down he knows how to pick me back up and motivate me to do my best. Hugh will make a great dad because he has a big heart and loves unconditionally, he is caring, he likes to play games and put a smile on people’s faces, he is compassionate and he is supportive.

Sage & Parker

Sage is a 10 year old black lab and Parker is a 2 year old dachshund.  They love to play, swim, snuggle and go to their favorite ice cream place, Andy’s. They also love to be outside whether we are playing catch or sunbathing. We also like to go on walks in the park and around our neighborhood.

Our Home

We live in a single story ranch style home. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and plenty of room with an open concept style living room, dining room, and kitchen. We also have a screened in porch and a fenced in back yard.


We love to spend time with our family and friends playing games, eating together, and just enjoying each other’s company. Family is very important to us! We have Sunday dinners together every week. Our family is our greatest blessing and our biggest support system!

We love to do DIY projects together, go on family vacations, and celebrate all good things in life.

Lauren is a ballet dancer. She started when she was 5 years old. Hugh was in the band and loves all things music.

Lauren’s Family

This is Bob and Julie, Lauren’s Parents. They can not wait to become grandparents and watch Hugh and Lauren become amazing parents.

This is Landon, Lauren’s brother.  He is excited about becoming an uncle and getting to play fun games.

Hugh’s Family

This is Hugh IV and Sarah, Hugh’s parents.  They are so excited to become grandparents and spend time with the family.

This is Tom, Hugh’s brother and his fiancé Alyssa. They are excited to become an Aunt and Uncle.

This is Julia, Hugh’s sister. Julia loves everything about the outdoors and animals. She can’t wait to be an Aunt and play games like hide and seek.

Thank You

Thank you for considering us!

Interested in learning more about Lauren and Hugh? Fill out the contact form below!

1 Comment

  1. Elaine

    My husband and I have known Hugh for almost 20 years. We met him and his family when my husband was the director of a church camp in Missouri. The McGowen family is WONDERFUL! They are caring and compassionate people. And best of all, they each have a WONDERFUL sense of humor! Hugh and Lauren will be wonderful parents and will cherish the life of any child God places in their arms. 😊

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