Hello, we are Dan and Stephanie! Thank you for taking the time to look through our profile. We are excited to begin the adoption process.
While in northern Illinois, we met in 2009 in our first law school class. We were friends for two years before starting a relationship in 2011. We bonded over similar interests of crossword puzzles, being active, and a love of history, live theatre, movies, and sports. We were married in 2017 and immediately began thinking about growing our family. When it became clear that we would be unable to have children biologically, and after multiple friends experienced the incredible blessing of adoption, we turned our attention to an adoption plan.
Values that are important to us are honesty, hard work, and compassion. We want to teach a child these same values while giving them a well-rounded life full of family gatherings, sports, education, an appreciation of the arts, and volunteering in the community.
As the eldest of three children, I am very close with my entire family, who all live within a half-hour of us. We see my parents, siblings, and one-year-old nephew regularly and plan family activities together often. I was raised Catholic and still attend mass every Sunday.
I studied law in college and after passing the bar, began working at a company that administers employee benefits. I have been working for this company since 2013 and truly enjoy the work, having created close friendships with co-workers and other members of my team.
I’m a huge fan of all sports, but I always root for my alma mater’s team, the Michigan State Spartans. While I like all sports, football and baseball are my favorites; I played both throughout high school. Whether coaching or cheering on the sidelines, my greatest hope is to be a supportive, present and encouraging father to a child no matter what their interests or passions may be.
While at home, I enjoy cooking and am always up for trying out new fun recipes. Growing up, I worked in many restaurants in many different positions, and cooking has continued to be a hobby of mine through my adulthood. I look forward to having a helper in the kitchen and teaching a little one about cooking!
By Stephanie: Dan is funny, smart, kind and loyal. I have no doubt he will be an excellent father!
Similar to Dan, I’m the eldest of two children. While my family is spread out over the Midwest, I still maintain close relationships with my parents and brother. I also have extended family all over the country, which allows us the opportunity to travel often for family gatherings. Professionally, I am a lawyer and work for a legal publishing company. My job allows me to work from home and gives me a great deal of flexibility, which I am certain will be helpful with the addition of a little one to the family.
I was raised Protestant (Methodist) but attend Catholic mass with Dan on Sundays. Like Dan, I am also a huge sports fan, but my favorite team is the Indianapolis Colts after attending college in Indiana. I enjoy experiencing new things and having an adventure, even if it’s just exploring a new area of town. Some of my favorite memories growing up were getting in the car without any plan and finding previously unknown treasures.
One of my passions is my involvement with a local organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children throughout the community. I also love learning all about animals and visiting zoos and aquariums whenever we travel! I can’t wait to introduce a child to the incredible world around them and see their face light up with excitement and amazement as they learn new things!
By Dan: Stephanie is compassionate, hard-working, thoughtful and caring. These qualities and more will make her a fabulous mother. I can’t wait to see her shower a little one with love.