Category: Illinois Families (Page 1 of 6)

Welcome Home! Fall 2020

We’re celebrating with our Wisconsin and Illinois families as they grow!

Best wishes to Ben and Annie, and their son Matthew, who was born in November through our domestic program.

 

Sweet Claire was born in February through our domestic program and is already enjoying adventures with her parents Justin and Samantha.

 

Elliott was welcomed home by brother Gavin and parents Nathan and Kimberly in February through our interstate program.

 

Proud parents David and Christina welcomed home their daughter Raelynn in March through our interstate program.

 

Congratulations to Tom and Tina on the arrival of their daughter Michaela, who was born in March and placed through our interstate program. She joins proud big sister Adeline.

 

Elated big sister Ella and parents Maggie and Bill celebrated the arrival of Will, who was born in March through our domestic program.

 

Enoch and Katie welcomed their son Jonathan in May who was placed through our domestic program. May the force be with you!

 

In June, Rebekah and Oscar joyfully welcomed their daughter Elena, placed through our domestic program.

 

Matt and Kate delight in their daughter Ella, placed into their family in July through our domestic program.

 

Overjoyed parents Steve and Meghan finalized the adoption of their son Grady through our domestic program in July.

Congratulations to all our families!

For more information about Holt’s International Adoption Programs, click here.

For more information about Domestic Adoption, visit our website.

If you are pregnant and want to speak to one of our options counselors, please call 800-Baby-Mom 24/7.

IL Family | Natasha and Catherine

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Hello! 

There are so many things you must be feeling right now — it’s hard to find the right words for such an emotional process but we’ll do our best. 

We’re not like most families you encounter and that makes us well equipped to handle whatever life throws our way. 

We want you to know that we will move mountains to provide a loving, safe, and stable home for your child. Most of all, we promise to honor your journey as well as your child’s. 

Thank you for reading, we are so happy you’d consider us and we can’t wait to meet you.

Natasha and Catherine

Our Story & How We Met

We’ve moved across continents, learned new languages, and overcome many obstacles as we’ve built our life together. After almost 10 years, we are excited to grow our family.

We met when we were both living in San Francisco. We were good friends first, we fell in love, and then became a great team. We have a lot in common — both immigrants, we have similar values around family, hard work, and honesty. So when Natasha wanted to return to Chicago to be closer to her family, Catherine followed.

Fun Facts:

  • At home, we speak “Franglish” It’s our own mixture of French and English. We also speak Russian and Tagalog with our respective families.
  • While our home is in Chicago, we now have dual citizenship, which means that your child will have both French and American passports.
  • We love everything cozy! So much so that we own over a dozen knit throw blankets.
  • Our current hobby is finding street art in different cities and collecting works from artists we discover.
  • We both grew up fans of the Bulls, so we think it was destiny that we settled in Chicago.

About Natasha

Natasha was born in Belarus, a little country near Russia and is an adoptee herself. Today she works as a Sales Engineer at a big technology company. She recently took a role that requires less travel and more predictable hours to prepare for building a family.

Natasha loves cooking as much as she loves eating. She enjoys making tacos with homemade tortillas, dumplings, and all kinds of cakes. She’s so excited about all the amazing food she’ll introduce to your child. On that front, Catherine is a great eater and doesn’t mind cleaning up!

Natasha’s Family

Natasha was adopted by her grandparents when she was 7 years old.  Her grandmother (“babushka”), Margarita, lives nearby in Chicago and is a big part of our lives. Natasha is also close with her aunt [also] Natasha, uncle Alex, and cousin Jenny. Jenny is like a sister and they talk almost every day (to be honest, though, half the time they speak in memes).

About Catherine

Catherine was born in Paris shortly after her parents immigrated there from the Philippines. She grew up speaking French, English, and Tagalog. Today, Catherine is an engineering leader at a startup. Even though she has a big job, family and health always come first.

A kid (and geek) at heart, Catherine loves reading graphic novels and playing with Legos in her spare time.

Catherine’s Family

Catherine’s family lives abroad. Her mom and dad – Gloria and Felix – are both retired and are excited to add another grandchild to the family. Catherine also has a younger brother (Michael) and sister (Jane) who both live in Paris. Jane’s daughter, Emelyne, is excited for a baby cousin!

Life as an international family

We make it a priority to see Catherine’s family a few times a year. Sometimes we travel to Paris to see them, sometimes they come to visit in Chicago, and sometimes we meet up somewhere else (like China or Spain)! Last year, we got our families together in Chicago and had a great time on a boat tour and eating Korean BBQ.

As you can imagine, travel is a huge part of who we are. We love exploring new cultures, connecting with friends who live all over the world, and enabling our families to explore with us.

It’s safe to say that your child will be a true global citizen. We can’t wait to explore the world together [when it’s safe to do so]!

Our Chosen Family

We’re lucky to have friends who are family both here in Chicago and all over the world. Their kids already call us “Aunt Natasha” and “Aunt Cath” (or “Tata Nat” and “Tata Cath” in French). They will all be incredible role models and are so excited for us to welcome a little one into our family. We’re a little biased, but we think our friends are some of the best people ever and we are so grateful to have them as we continue to this next chapter in our lives.

Our Home & Community

We live in a beautiful, secure apartment building near downtown Chicago. All of our windows face west, so we often come home to beautiful sunsets that fill our apartment with warm light. We look forward to introducing your child to theatre, art, and amazing museums — all walking distance from our apartment! One of the biggest reasons we settled here, though, was that we live right down the street from one of the best public schools in the city.

We also have a lake house about an hour away in Michigan, where we spend many weekends. We have 2 acres of land so when we’re not making s’mores with neighbors or going to the beach, we are getting dirty! This summer we hauled several tons of rocks to create our new firepit. Natasha’s already making plans to build a sandbox and a swing set. Maybe even a tree house!

Thank You

We humbly thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey. Life is full of difficult choices and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure this choice brings you and your child peace.

Interested in seeing Natasha and Catherine’s full profile? Fill out the contact form below!

IL Family | Ruben & Veronica

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

Hello! You don’t know us yet but we have been hoping to meet you. We want to be part of your story and would be honored if you would consider us as parents to your baby. It would be a true blessing to have your child in our lives & for that, we are so thankful & humbled.

When we got married we already knew that having a biological baby was not in the cards for us & that adoption was our path to creating a family. Should you choose us, we promise you that your child’s life will be filled with endless love, laughter, silliness… and of course tons of fun!!

Our Story & How We Met

Who says on-line dating doesn’t work! That’s how we met in 2017. We had a strong connection, fell in love & wanted to start on our future right away. Our wedding day was exactly what we wanted; a whirl wind day that included…. An intimate courthouse ceremony, drinks at our first date spot, dinner at our favorite restaurant & a nightcap at our favorite dive bar.

About Us & Fun Facts

Hi I’m Veronica!

I was born in Bolivia & came to the states at 2yrs old. I love Chicago and can’t ever imagine living anywhere else. I love planning dinners out with friends to try new restaurants throughout the entire city but I also love hosting dinners at my house. I’m an event manager so I get to run awesome events which is always fun. I once climbed down the Navy Pier towers for a corporate event.

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite food: S’mores (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate)
  •  Favorite color: Purple
  •  Favorite Movie: Bourne Identity

One of my biggest accomplishments was doing a 3 day hike up Machu Picchu-hard but worth it

Hi I’m Ruben!

I’m a 1st generation Mexican-American born & raised on the south side of Chicago, & am very passionate about my city. I love cooking, training for fitness competitions and golfing with my friends but unfortunately I’m terrible.

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite food: Tacos!
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Caddy Shack & any RomCom

Biggest accomplishments: race car driving instructor, mountain bike racer, and fought in the golden gloves. Oh and in 2014 I was one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors and was featured in the Chicago Magazine.

Our Home & Community

We have a beautiful home around Logan Square that is just blocks from a plaza & near great parks! Our block has many families with kids, including our direct neighbor who is a close friend of ours & has 3 kids of their own! We live in a great school district & love our neighborhood!

Our Families

Ruben:

I have a younger brother who is married & lives in the western suburbs. My parents live in downtown Chicago & they visit every couple of weeks for BBQ’s or just hangout time. We are a tight knit true Chicagoan family. Growing up my parents made sure we took advantage of all that the city has to offer. I remember taking the orange line in as a kid and exploring the lakefront and the loop.

Veronica:

I have a fraternal twin sister who also has twin boys and one little girl. My sister luckily lives close by and my parents live only a couple hours away but they usually come & stay for long periods of time to hang out with the grandkids. I consider myself a full time aunt because I spend so much time with my nephews & niece. I give them tennis lessons as often as possible & sometimes go on family vacations with them. With all the siblings so close, we will be sure to make lots of great memories to share with you! Our knucklehead nephews & niece are excited to have another reason to have sleepovers at our house! We consider ourselves blessed that we have such strong bonds with our family.

Pets

Senna is our 2yr old cockapoo pup who is named after a race car driver. He is by far the best cuddler & is so sweet. He loves playing fetch at the park & in the back yard, although he’s not always good at bringing it back. His favorite holiday is Halloween because he gets to dress up & gets so much attention from everyone!

Our typical weekend

Weekends are the best! We get to hang out with our next door neighbors, which is a dear friend of ours and has 3 kids ages 9, 6 & 3. The kids love to come over & play in our yard with Senna. When we are not at our house then we might be at a festival or farmers market getting fresh food.

Thank You

Thanks for getting to know us! We hope that you feel loved & supported through your journey. We are praying for you & your sweet baby throughout your pregnancy. If we are lucky to be part of your journey, then you have our promise to love & cherish your child with our hearts & souls & to provide a safe & happy home with stories of your courageous & selfless act.

 

Interested in seeing Ruben and Veronica’s full profile? Fill out the contact form below!

IL Family l Chuck & Rob

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

We want to share our sincere appreciation for considering us as adoptive parents as we navigate through this new chapter of our life stories together. 

It is our belief that everything happens for a reason, and we are excited our paths have crossed to explore the possibility of working together with you through the adoption process. 

We respect, admire and value you for your strength and courage in recognizing the possibilities we all have as people looking to help each other in truly living lives of purpose and meaning.  Thank you for your time and consideration as we look to build an enriching and fulfilling story full of love for a new child in our family.

Love,

Chuck and Rob

Our Story & How We Met

We joke that we “found love in a hopeless place” through online dating.

After making a positive connection online, our spark ignited a continuously burning flame that still burns strong today. When we first met, we were drawn to each other because we both had similar life visions and goals – building a traditional, loving family together. Fortunately, as our relationship continued to evolve, same-sex marriage became a reality. We were thrilled at the opportunity to legally marry and start a family with our adopted  dog, Mia.  Since the start of our relationship, one of our common goals was being able to share the positive family experiences we were fortunate to have with a family of our own.

Now, we are enthusiastically preparing to expand our story with a new adopted son or daughter while continuing to build a traditional family in a unique and special way.

About Chuck

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and eventually made my way to The University of Iowa, where I studied engineering.  I now have a career as an engineer in which I am proud to use my skills to help so many people.  I am also very passionate about a side job in the concert industry where I take part in the production of large scale events.  Live music continues to be a large part of my life, both while on the job, and also just for fun.

Rob made his way into my world, and I am very grateful to now be sharing my life with him.  His positivity, genuine spirit, and enthusiasm for life were all traits that drew me in while getting to know him.  Even though we have spent so much time with each other over the years, I am continuously amazed by the compassion he shows and the amount of love he brings to every day that we are together.  I look forward to the day that I get to see him love a child in the same way.

About Rob

From growing up spending summers at the lake on the boat to experiencing a 16 year career in gymnastics, I always am looking to discover the opportunities life has to offer, even in tough times.

I believe in sharing the gifts of time and talent through service as a music minister at church, a teacher by profession and as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  I continually look for ways to grow throughout any experience and make sure to enjoy the path that presents itself through life.  I have often heard marriage was about finding your better half, and Chuck truly is a person who brings out the best in me as well as everyone he meets.  I am inspired by his drive, determination and work ethic which allows for his achievements.  It is no wonder his example of optimism with a compassionate growth-mindset has become a cornerstone in our lives together.  I love that Chuck is a loyal and dependable person who puts the needs of those he cares about over his own. He is already a loving husband, and my heart smiles to think of the potential he has as a future mentor and father.

Our Home & Community

We are excited to invite a new family member into our warm suburban home outside of Chicago.  Our house is two stories and has three bedrooms with a large fenced-in yard that gives plenty of space for a child to run around with the dog.  We live in a very family friendly and diverse neighborhood that feeds into a great school district.  Many of the neighborhood children have fun at the playground or go fishing in the pond that are both at the park down the road from the house.  There is a quaint downtown area nearby that has something for all ages, including a classic ice cream parlor with an arts and crafts room for children.

We are looking forward to building memories within our home and community as we look to expand our family.

Our Families

Rob’s Family

I feel fortunate to have a very close family and still spend quality time regularly with my dad, three sisters, brother-in-laws and nieces/nephews. We love upholding long running family traditions such as cooking old world recipes from each side of the family to the annual tradition of going up to the lake-house for family reunions (now running for over 60 years).  Whether spending a low-key night having a fire in the backyard, having a sleepover with nieces and nephews, or taking the boat out with Chuck and Dad, making family time has been and will always remain a priority in my life.

Chuck’s Family

I am grateful to be a part of a large and loving family that allows me to have unique and fulfilling relationships with not just each of my three siblings and parents in my immediate family, but also many of my cousins, aunts, and uncles in our extended family.  Both of my parents are remarried, and now since all children have moved out of the houses, they all  are adjusting to a new life as they get closer to retirement, and eager to become grandparents.  Rob has been welcomed wholeheartedly into the family, and now is a part of the activities, trips, traditions that we all value so much together.

Our Dog – Mia!

Meet our furry family member, Mia! She is a very well-trained, 8 year old mix who is full of energy. Mia loves being a part of the group. She is comfortable around all ages, and enjoys any activity that allows her to spend time with her family and friends.

Whether it’s taking a road trip up to the lake house, spending a day out on the water, going for a walk around the neighborhood or playing “Hide and Seek” around our home with our nieces and nephew, Mia is ready to give everyone her playful love.

Activities & Interests

Together we can experience more…

Prior to finding each other, we were individually drawn to similar activities and interests throughout our lives, particularly in music and fitness. Now, we jointly create meaningful experiences that strengthen our relationship by building upon our common interests.

Both of us grew up playing instruments which led to professions in different musical worlds.  Rob is a music teacher while Chuck works in the concert industry.  Rob grew up competing in gymnastics, and Chuck found a love for fitness later in life through running and weightlifting.  Through that common ground, we often work out together and continuously encourage each other to live healthy lives that will allow us to be active in our journeys together for many years to come.

We also love traveling to new places and seeing what the world has to offer.  We often organize trips that include great architecture, historical museums, beautiful scenery, rich culture,  and fun activities.  We are looking forward to including a son or daughter in our future adventures.

Thank You

We deeply appreciate you taking the time to look through our profile, read a little bit about us, and for considering us to join you in this journey.  We hope this has given you some insight into our lives, who we are as a couple, and who we want to be as parents.  We look forward to sharing our lives as two dads with a little one to love with all of our hearts.  Thank you again for considering us as parents.

Chuck and Rob,

Interested in seeing Chuck and Rob’s full profile? Fill out the contact form below!

IL Family | Jamie & Jenn

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

Dear Birth Mom/Family,

We’ve barely just met yet we are sharing this special space and a brave, bold reason for being here—a hope for the very best life for you and your child.

We’d like to show you our hearts and our family here and hope you’ll find a place and a space where you and your child might like to be. We’re humbled by the powerful, selfless, loving decisions you are making. You inspire us.

We want for you to feel real joy when you think of us as your child’s adoptive parents. We have a lot of love to give and promise to pour all of the love, life and adventure we have into your little one. With your help, they will grow up safe, secure, strong in knowing they are precious, they are loved—and just how important they are to us and to you.

As you read through our story, look through our pictures and share this space with us, perhaps our connection will grow and you’ll find a desire to choose us to be the parents and family you want for your child.

Our Story & How We Met

You might miss it at first – We’re a diverse family with lost of love that comes in a small package with a world of room to grow! We’re Jamie and Jenn—that’s Zoë Jayne and those are our pups JinJin and Zelda.

We met 16 years ago at a small church in Canada during one of Jamie’s many visits from Chicago to his mom. We’ve been married for over 13 years and have lived in the greater Chicago area ever since. Most of Jenn’s family is from Canada and most of Jamie’s family is originally from South Africa, Canada, and the US.

You’ll see that we love nature—especially outdoors—and we love building, making, and growing things together.

Over the years, we’ve grown an expanding life that radiates outward from our cuddle-close home-base as we explore our world together. We’re ready to make our family center larger and shine-out even brighter and even farther—

All to come back home and snuggle-in again.

About Jamie (By Jenn)

Jamie always reaches for the stars. He’s ever hopeful, looking to the positive side of things. He’s caring, considerate, intelligent and embraces new ideas, learning new skills and learning about new things.

Jamie is a genuine, good person who enjoys helping others. He’s there with an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and arms to embrace you when you just need a hug. He’s a whiz with a computer, a creative musician and writer, and a thinker with an eye for design. He’s the family photographer and plays host at almost every gathering we attend.

Jamie is the best father. He engages with Zoë in so many playful and imaginative activities and skills. Jamie takes the time to truly be in the moment.

As a husband and partner, Jamie is a grounding but a driving force. He keeps the fun and spontaneity alive and encourages my ideas, even if they are from left field and maybe a little crazy. He strives to be a better person every day, to find the joys in life—big, small and everything in between.

About Jenn (by Jamie)

Jenn’s amazing. Her huge heart of gold is matched only by her strong will and determination. Jenn is the one you want on your side— whatever you’re doing. Her small-town, country girl roots and sensibilities helps us hold onto things that matter most and not get lost in the whirlwinds of shiny fancies for shiny-fancy’s sake.

Jenn’s a great partner and a hard worker who’s not put-off by getting muddy (literally and figuratively). And as a parent, Jenn brings complementary strengths that flow from a common source of big love. She helps keep an eye on the details and essentials that a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed dad might miss. And she’s introduced many of Zoë’s most-relished rituals—making cookies on the floor, jumping in rain puddles, sunny-sandy picnics, and snowy winter world-building.

Jenn helps us live a shared value—to work hard, play hard, and not worry about getting a little dirty while you’re doing it.

About Zoë

Zoë loves life! She jumps into her ever-growing world of interests with intensity, excitement, curiosity, and joy.

She’s active— Zoë rides her bike, skateboards, and roller-blades wherever and whenever she can. She’s learning to swim like a fish and play soccer like a pro.

She’s smart— Zoë’s reading, writing, and math skills are advanced. She’s in a dual-language immersion program, so now she’s doing it all in Spanish too! At three, she was already a budding negotiator; at 4 she wrote a song; last year she performed with Jamie’s band—We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

She loves nature and the outdoors— whether she’s eating fresh snow, holding a cricket she caught, smelling a big rose, or jumping in freshly raked leaves, Zoë keeps connected with nature. She loves to play with her many (many!) dinosaurs and learn about them and “roar” like them. She knows so many by kind, by features, as well as by the personal names she’s lovingly given them.

About Our Pups

Over the years we’ve fostered and adopted many four-legged friends (one became two, two became three, and…and…)—including our lovely pups, JinJin and Zelda.

JinJin is our 15-year-old Chinese Crested. She loves going for walks, sunbathing, snuggles, and food. She loves us too, but we don’t always win out when it comes to food.

Zelda is our 5-year-old Chinese Crested mix. She is full of playful energy, loves to cuddle, to play with toys and she is very talkative (especially with the neighbor dogs).

Zoë and the pups can’t wait to have a sibling they can share and show their world. They have just one question: “Is it a boy or a girl?”

Our Home & Community

We live in a spacious house on a family-friendly street in a safe, diverse neighborhood west of Chicago.

Tucked away from busy traffic, Zoë calls our block-long street “Kid’s Street” as the many kids on the block love to play at each other’s houses and yards. Lovely ponds, paths, parks and a great school are all within safe, short walks.

Our backyard has trees, garden boxes, and a full play-set with a “house- fort,” three swings, a climbing wall, and a teeter-totter. When it’s warm we love to have bbq’s and swim in the pool on our stone patio and have picnics and play soccer on our open grass. And when it’s cold, we sit by the fire toasting marshmallows.

Inside, our open kitchen connects to our dining room and flows into a play area and a living room.

Together it’s the mainstay of our day-to-day. It let’s us talk and play with each other even when many things are going on all around.

Our home is where our family can live, learn, and grow. It’s where we love to be and love to come back to.

We hope you can see your child thriving here too.

Our Families

We’re lovingly surrounded by a diversity of people—including eight siblings plus lots of extended family and friends.

Jenn’s family—Jenn was born and raised in Canada. Her mom, siblings, nieces and nephews are Canadian as well.

Jamie’s family—Most of Jamie’s family lives around Chicago. His mom’s from Canada. His dad and family came from Cape Town, South Africa.

Thank You

Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. We’ve created a safe, abundant, supportive environment filled with unconditional love. Our home. It’s a place where we can each explore who we are, who we want to be, make mistakes, and become our best selves. And it’s where we always return. We hope it’s what you want for your child too.

We’d like to meet you and hope you’d like to meet us too!

 

Interested in seeing Jamie and Jenn’s full profile? Fill out the contact form below!

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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