Special Education Teacher for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders / Technical Writer
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
We are a childless couple in our 30s who are ready and excited to expand our family. We have experience with adoption through Janelle’s family; two of her siblings were adopted, and she has always known that she wanted to follow the same path. Dan is a special education teacher who has worked with kids of all ages and is thrilled to start the process to bring a child into our home.
Fun facts about Janelle
Fun facts about Dan
A few of our favorite things
Our favorite places around town
Adoption is our first choice for bringing a child into our lives. Janelle has two younger siblings who were adopted, and based on that experience, she knew from a very young age that adoption was how she wanted to grow her family. Dan is a teacher and has experience with kids of all ages. He has loved working with them all and is more than ready to welcome a little one to our home.
Our promise to you
We have a two-story house on nearly a half acre with a fenced-in backyard that’s perfect for kids to play in. Our neighborhood is safe and friendly, and more and more families have been moving in the last few years, so there are lots of kids around. There are two parks within easy walking distance, and we’re in a nice central location that’s close to anything we want to do.
Janelle has a large family, all living within a thirty-minute drive of our house. Her family includes her mom and stepdad, her dad and stepmom, and eight younger siblings, ranging from four years younger than her to twenty years younger than her. One of her brothers was adopted from Ethiopia, and one of her sisters was adopted from Arkansas. They are now adults and will be such great resources as we navigate this adoption journey ourselves.
Dan has a smaller family, who all live in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They are farther away but are still an important part of our lives, and we drive to visit them a couple of times a year. Dan’s family includes his mom, his stepdad (though now divorced from his mom), and his sister.
About Janelle, by Dan:
My gorgeous wife is spectacular in dozens of ways. For starters, she has a smile that lights up the room...which is probably why I'm silly all the time because I absolutely thrive on that smile. She supports me, our family, our friends, and her coworkers as much as she possibly can. She's been like this since the day I met her and in this regard - nothing has changed. Her love knows no bounds and I have no doubt that she will be a fantastic mother. :)
About Dan, by Janelle:
Dan is a fun-loving goofball with an infectious sense of humor. I love the way that he can bring fun to any situation - even our day-to-day errands! No matter what we're doing, it's more fun when we're doing it together. He's happy to explore new places and activities with me, and I know he'll be the same with our child. He’s going to be an amazing father.
We met in 2007 in the pool hall on our college campus in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We immediately felt a connection and started dating, but just a few months later, Janelle left the country to study abroad in Spain for a semester. In spite of the newness of the relationship, we knew that we had something worth keeping and continued a long-distance relationship until she returned. Over the next fifteen years, we moved to Minnesota, completed our degrees, started careers, got married, and bought our lovely house. We love our home and our neighborhood, and we intend to stay here for the rest of our lives.
Always be true to who you are. Find what you’re passionate about and do it, whether it be a dream career, a hobby that you love, or a place you want to travel. We will always be here to support you as you explore, grow, make mistakes, and achieve. We’re proud of you, and we love you no matter what.
We believe that openness is beneficial to the child and generally a good thing. What that looks like will depend on the specific circumstances, so we are open to many possibilities - ranging from sharing photos to in-person visits. We also know that the decision to create an adoption plan is a difficult one, and if the birth parents believe that it would be better to have no contact, we understand. We are open to that possibility as well. In that situation, we would make sure that our child knew that a very difficult decision was made, and that it was made with love.