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Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are expected to be the most joyous time of the year. But for some families, it is the time of year that most intensifies both sadness and stress. Families who have been waiting for a child often feel additional grief and loss during the holidays. These feelings of emptiness can be overwhelming. The emphasis on children is highlighted during this season, often leaving childless families feeling isolated. I remember well the pain after attending countless events with my family and friends at which we were the only couple without children. I could barely escape without either crying or screaming, “Why me?” and “Where is my baby?!” My husband had to drag me to holiday parties and events. I would put a plastic smile on my face and say “I’m so happy to be here,” when in reality I wanted to hide in my bed and wait for the holidays to be over!

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IL Family | Tim & Deidra

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Hello! We are Tim & Deidra and we thank you for taking the time to view our profile and learn more about us and our family. Although our circumstances are different, we share a common interest and a lifelong bond…. the future and wellbeing of your child. You want what is best for your child – we do too, whether that family is ultimately us or another great family.

We admire your strength and selflessness as you navigate this difficult journey. Having been through the adoption process and being adoptive parents, we hope that our profile provides you comfort and strength in knowing that we will be with you every step of the way and truly value and respect the importance of an open adoption.

Let us provide you a glimpse into our lives and help provide answers to questions you may have about us.  We have so much love to give and want you to follow your heart to find the best situation for you and your child. We would love the opportunity to meet you!

All our love,

Tim, Deidra & Zoey

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IL Family | Brian & Lisa

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We want to start by telling you how brave you are for making the decision to give a family the precious gift and blessing of a child and for taking the steps to ensure that your baby has the best future possible. We have hoped and prayed for a child of our own for so long, this would truly be the greatest gift we could ever receive.

We have been on a long journey that has now led us to you. We are excited to learn more about you and the wishes you have for your child. We are here to support you through this process and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We are honored that you are considering us as parents for your baby.

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IL Family | Andy & John

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

Dear Birth Mother and Family,

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Our names are Andy and John. We live in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. Both of us have envisioned a life as parents and have valued it as a common goal since the beginning of our relationship. As a gay couple, we are unable to have our own biological children and feel that adoption is the best fit for us.  We find your decision for your child to be courageous and inspirational. We promise that if we are lucky enough to be selected to adopt your baby, he/she will grow up in a loving and stable environment.

Warm regards,

Andy and John

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WI Family | Andrew & Kristyn

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

Dear Birth Parents,

Thank you for viewing our profile and for considering us as parents for your child.  We respect and admire your decision to make an adoption plan; it’s a selfless act that shows how much you care for your child.  Our goal with open adoption is to include you as much (or as little) as you would like – we want your child to know you and to appreciate the special bond an open adoption can provide.  Here’s a little bit about us; we hope this helps with your decision.  We’re excited to meet you and learn your story.

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WI Family | Andy & Rachel

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

Dear Expectant Parent(s),

Thank you for making the loving choice to pursue an adoption plan for your unborn child. We understand it may not have been part of your life’s plan, nor an easy decision to come to. We commend you for your strength and bravery in this process. 

Our hope is that you begin to get a better picture of what our family life looks like. Our names are Andy and Rachel, and we have a son named Ben. Being parents has been our greatest joy in life and we always hoped to welcome one more child into our family. Our hearts and our home are open and ready to move forward on the adoption journey. All of the opportunities we have been able to offer our son, we hope to also be able to offer to a future child as well. Our son loves his younger cousins and is excited to one day be a big brother. We value our time as a family, as well as time spent with both Andy’s and Rachel’s sides of the family.

We look forward to the possibility of meeting you and taking the next step in this journey together. As you look to make plans for yourself and your child, we hope you follow your heart and find peace with whatever you decide. From what we have learned, open adoption is a very unique and individual arrangement that we are committed to working on with you to achieve a comfort level we can all live with while providing what is best for the baby.

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