Thank you for considering placing your child with adoptive parents, and for taking the time to learn about us. We struggled for many years with infertility, and that process felt like a roller coaster ride. When we decided to grow our family through adoption, it brought with it the excitement we felt when we first decided to start a family, but we also understand this is a big decision for you.
We promise to love and protect your child, to always be grateful for the life we share together, to provide a warm home, a great education, and an extended family ready to welcome a new baby with love. We want to be a part of this story with you in whatever way works best.
We met in college, and sometimes that feels like forever ago, but a lot of the time we still feel like the kids we were when we met. Now that we are both in our mid-30s, so much about our lives has changed -- we got married 11 years ago, we’ve moved, changed jobs, traveled thousands of miles, grown our household by two dogs --but what hasn’t changed is that we’re each other’s best friend and biggest cheerleader.
Family: Kate grew up in Michigan with her mom, dad and older sister. He sister and brother-in-law now live near Chicago with their two sons (our 6 and 10 year old nephews), so her mom and dad visit every month.
Occupation: Kate is a teacher and learning specialist at a school in our neighborhood. She has been working as a teacher for 15 years, and she takes a lot of pride in helping students and families get the most out of school. She also tutors other students over the summer.
Favorite things: days by the pool or lake, reading, concerts, good conversation over a delicious meal, our dogs
From Scott: Kate is the most selfless person I know. She’s the friend you can share anything with and not worry about her judging you. She’s the teacher any parent would want their child to have because she’s fiercely dedicated to her students, but also knows when to share a laugh with them. Her laugh is so infectious that I can’t wait to tell her a joke or funny story just so I get to hear it. Kate is definitely the organized one, whether it’s scheduling family vacations, getting a group of friends together for dinner, or making sure we’ve packed enough snacks for an upcoming road trip. She is also definitely the person you want on your team for trivia night.
Family: Scott grew up in Indiana with his parents and older sister. His family lives in Washington, D.C. now, including our two nieces (5 and 3 years old). DC is one of Scott’s favorite cities and we always have fun when we get to visit. Scott’s grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins live in the Chicagoland area. New great-grandchildren in the family make for energetic and love-filled holiday gatherings. .
Occupation: Scott is a chef and a food photographer. He works for a company that develops meal kits people can cook at home. He cooks the meals and takes photos for the company’s products and website. He truly enjoys cooking, which means we have delicious meals at home, too.
Favorite things: photography, exploring new places, long walks with the dogs
From Kate: Scott is the funniest person I know. He tells the best stories and keeps me and everyone around him smiling. He has a calm, comforting personality, and is incredibly patient. This shows up with me, with our dogs, and with our families and friends. He gives amazing hugs, and is the person I want to talk to when I am feeling stressed or just need friend. He has a lot of really cool hobbies and I know he will inspire a child to find what makes them happy, too. He likes biking, has started a record collection, loves to read, and has become an excellent photographer. He takes all of the pictures and family gatherings, but also likes to take them around the city or on vacation.
Where do we start with Stanley and Kona? They have brought so much happiness to our lives. They are sweet, playful, and full of love. We like taking them for walks, including stops for ice cream, letting them run around the dog beach, or just relaxing at home. They don't shed, so we encourage a lot of snuggling, and they love people of all sizes. We are so excited to see how they love and protect a human brother or sister!
Our Story, So Far
We have been so many places together, near and far. We’re also big on traditions. Every other year, we go to Hawaii with Kate's whole family. It is our favorite place and we can’t wait to share it with a child. We also travel to Kate’s family’s cottage in northern Michigan every summer that she has been going to her whole life. We are both pretty silly which means our house is filled with laughter as a result of goofy things we say or do, TV shows or movies that make us laugh until we cry, or shenanigans with our dogs. You might also find us singing karaoke, playing board games, going to the pool, or to the movies. We like watching and attending sporting events, especially Cubs baseball and Michigan football.
We have lived in the same neighborhood near Lake Michigan for 11 years. It is the perfect mix of quiet and fun. There are two parks on our block, and we are right by the lakefront path. We try to take advantage of where we live whenever the weather allows! Even in the colder months, we still like living within walking distance of most of what we like to do:
- walking by the lake
- bringing a blanket and books for an afternoon relaxing at the park
- going out for weekend brunches at our favorite restaurants
- holidays and get-togethers with family and friends
- being less than a mile from Wrigley Field for baseball games and concerts
We feel settled and so happy to call Chicago home, especially our family-friendly neighborhood. We hope you get a sense of how much we love each other and also how excited we are to become parents.. You can email us directly at katescottACFB@gmail.com.
You may also contact our adoption counselor:Tobi Ehrenpreis: toll free (800) 869-1005 or text (847) 366-6351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate and Scott
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