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Shannon and Steve

Dear Expectant Mother,
Hi. We’re Shannon and Steve, a young couple in our mid-30’s hoping to adopt a child. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile, and please know that we admire you. The bravery and courage you’re showing by considering adoption is truly heroic. If you decide to make this choice, we know it’s a choice made from pure love. We also know how important it is for you to find the right family for your child, and we’d be honored if you’d consider us to provide that loving home.
 
Our Story
Even at a young age, we always talked about adoption and considered it a possible first choice to grow a family. After so many years of not getting pregnant, we know it’s time to move forward and do what we were meant to do. We’ve been married for over ten years, but have been together since high school. It’s the true high school sweetheart story. We met as kids, were great friends for three years, fell in love, and haven’t looked back since! Now, the life we’ve built together is one we wouldn’t change for the world. 
 
We both have a goofy side and joke around with each other all the time, even making up silly word games.  We also love music and between us, we know the words to most every song!  Steve loves to write poetry, short stories, and anything else.  He even has a few books published on Amazon.  Shannon loves photography and going on lots of adventures.  Our weekends may consist of trips to the forest preserve to walk, explore and take pictures. On Saturday nights we may cuddle on the couch watching movies with our 11-year-old poodle, Casey. He is the most loving and gentle dog in the world.  He’s also a source of constant entertainment because he’s super loving and silly too.
 
Our life is blessed and fulfilling, but there is something missing. We have a strong, loving bond with each other, and there’s so much more love in our hearts to share. Bringing a child into our home will be the missing piece to our story.
 
Steve on Shannon
Shannon is a shining light in this world. She has the biggest heart I’ve ever known and cares so deeply for people. She runs a daycare and every day I see her face light up as she tells me cute stories about the kids at work. Children are drawn to her, right from the start. It’s such a joy to see, and I can’t wait to see her with our child. She cannot wait to be a mother herself. Her love and kindness will make her an incredible mom!
 
Shannon on Steve
Steve is one in a million. He’s kind and smart, the hardest worker I know, and his love for family outshines them all. Steve owns his own business doing Home Theater Installation. He loves to set up a new entertainment system that will add a little joy to his customer’s lives. He’s always so thoughtful, putting others before himself.  He will be an amazing father.  He’ll be the type of dad who will be playful with his children but will also wipe tears, and kiss boo-boos.
 
 
Our Families
We both come from big, lively, fun families. Both sets of our parents are a huge part of our lives and are eager to shower their love and attention on the precious child that will join our family. Shannon has two brothers and one sister, Steve has two brothers. They all have children and between us, we have nine nieces and one nephew all waiting to welcome another cousin!  Our extended family is just as close, and we regularly spend time with our aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins. They all mean the world to us, and everyone is super excited to welcome a new member into the family and to share our joy at becoming parents!
 
Home and Community
We live in a friendly and diverse neighborhood in Chicago’s Northwest side.   Neighbors are always helping each other out, and kids play together. There are lots of parks nearby and there are three great schools close by to choose from.  Best of all, Shannon’s mom and dad live just four doors down from our home and can’t wait to be grandma and grandpa to our children.
 
Values
We will instill in our child the values of faith, family, love, acceptance, and equality. These are things we’re truly passionate about as well as encouraging a child to have their own voice and to be a free thinker. We appreciate life so whatever or whomever our child wants to be, we believe they can and should go out and do it. The limits are endless. We also value school and education, and growing intellectually. We believe learning is the key to a successful future. We will also encourage any artistic curiosity a child may have. Whether it be music, dance, art, the outdoors, or sports; we will nurture these interests just as much as a school education.
 
We are so excited to raise our child into a strong, kind person who will make a positive mark on this world.
 
Our Promise to You
We promise you that we will give your child a home filled with love, happiness and learning. We will make their life an adventure, and they’ll never lose their sense of wonder. We also promise that your child will always know you and that you made the choice of adoption for the best reasons with love in your heart. We are comfortable with an open adoption, and would like to talk with you about the relationship you may want with your child. We look forward to getting to know you better and hope that this is just the beginning of our relationship. 
If you think we may be the right family for your child, please contact us directly at ShannonandSteveACFB@gmail.com. You may also reach our adoption counselor Maggie Benz at (phone) 800-869-1005, (text) 847-366-6343, (email) maggie@centerforfamily.com 
 
With admiration and gratitude,
Shannon and Steve
 

 

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