Waiting Families

Chris & Jerelyn

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for looking at our profile. Our heart goes out to you at this challenging time in your life. We know this may not be an easy decision for you, but we admire your courage and strength for considering adoption. We are grateful for you and your baby. We hope our family will be able to help you during this challenging time. You are an answer to our prayers.

We strive to have unity, love unconditionally, and serve one another in our marriage. Chris has a four-year college degree in engineering and Jerelyn has a four-year degree in children’s education. We’ve had some pregnancy complications, but by God’s grace we’ve been able to have two children. Chris is patient, calm, and very involved in our children’s lives. Jerelyn is fun-loving, compassionate, and faithfully parents our children day and night. We are blessed that Jerelyn is able to stay home with our children and be a wonderful homemaker. Asher is an energetic and helpful boy who loves to be around other children. Chloe is a sweet, outgoing girl who loves to laugh and get a laugh. Our Christian values shape who we are and what we do. We both had an interest in adoption before we were married and our desire to adopt children has grown stronger as we have grown together as a family.

We strongly value all people, especially you and your baby, which is why we desire to adopt. In our hearts, we hope to be able to help you. We would be glad to welcome your baby into our family and provide two loving parents who will commit to loving and supporting the baby for the rest of our lives. We commit to provide a caring, safe, and stable home where the baby can thrive. We promise to look out for the best interest of the baby, just as you are right now.

Chris & Jerelyn
Trenton & Vanessa

Dearest Expectant Parents,

We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you; and, although we have not met, we have spent lots of time praying for you in hopes to support you through this difficult process. We have no children of our own due to infertility issues and are excited about the opportunity to adopt. Our hope is that you are able to connect to a family that will love your child as much as you do.

Trenton is an Engineer and Vanessa currently teaches 4th grade. She plans on being a stay-at-home mom when we have kids and getting a job in the school where our children attend as they get older. We both mentor the local high school robotics team, and we love using both of our skills to build relationships and teach kids. We also absolutely love to travel! Since getting married (only 4 1/2 years ago) we have gone to 14 states and are looking forward to many more fun adventures together which usually include camping, boating, sightseeing, trying new things, etc. Oftentimes our travels are with friends and family. Most importantly, however, is our relationship with our Lord and Savior who is at the center of our lives.

We can’t imagine the challenges you are facing right now. As a couple, we promise to honor you before our children; to encourage, gently correct, nurture, and care for them; to create a safe environment; to provide opportunities for growth and maturity; and to honor God with them. Above all, we promise to make sure your child knows each and every day how much they are loved. We are excited to see how our family will grow, and we are thankful for the opportunity to love and support your child if we are the adoptive family you are looking for.

With all of our love,
Trenton and Vanessa
Joshua & Kendra

Hello, We’re Joshua & Kendra

Our hearts are tender towards you as you have chosen to give a beautiful gift of life. We have nothing but the utmost respect for your journey to the decision to share this beautiful gift of life. We’ve been praying that you would know peace and hope during this process. You are brave and beautiful. We see you as strong for making the decision for our family to love a gift of life that you grew. Although we don’t know your life or your circumstances, we know that your life and the life of this little one is no mistake. Thank you for the love you must have for your baby; we commend you and pray for your decision.

We have open arms and open hearts to pour out on a child. We are eager to lavish love and have big brothers who will protect, love and play with this baby. Our extended family is also thrilled to welcome another child into the family! Family is important to us, we support each other on a daily basis. We dream of the family we could be to your baby and we dream of what your baby will grow up like in our home. If you choose us, we promise not only to give your baby the care and love they need, but also a chance to grow in the Lord. To explore their dreams and world around them. To join in the adventures we take and become all that God has called them to be.

We have had the desire to have a larger family for several years. When Kendra was a little girl, she dreamed of having 5 children. Before we ever found out we had infertility issues we had many conversations about one day adding to our family through adoption. We have been blessed with two beautiful boys, but have been unable to have more children biologically for the last six years. We have a special place in our hearts for more children. Our boys have asked for years now for a sibling! Since sharing with them that we are pursuing adoption, they have been excited and talk about what it will be like to be big brothers.

Joshua & Kendra
Tim & Geri

Hello, we are Tim and Geri,

We admire your courage to choose life for your child and offer hope to others. We are honored that you would consider our family for your child! We know this is a challenging time for you. Tim and I are praying for you and your baby, for God says “Trust me and I will show you the path”, Psalm 126:6.

Marrying your best friend is one of life’s greatest gifts, and Tim and I have found that in each other. We are parents to two amazing children, Alivia, age 11, and Noah, age 4. During the birth of our son, Noah, Geri had several complications that sadly, left us no longer able to have biological children. Tim and Geri are both from large and loving extended families. Our faith and family are of most importance in our lives, and we look forward to the opportunity to add to our family through the gift of adoption.

Tim and Geri are both working professionals with lots of flexibility that allows us to always put our family first. We both love sports, and enjoy coaching our kid’s basketball and soccer teams. We are very involved at the Christian School where our children attend. Geri has a love of music and is the director of the children’s choir at our church. Both from farm backgrounds, we love the outdoors, and spending time in the park behind our home. Our children love to ride along in the tractor with our family who farms the field next to our house. We also love to work in our garden together.

Thank you so much for taking time to learn about our family. We pray the Lord gives you grace as you make this decision. We would be so blessed to have the opportunity to raise your baby and provide them an abundance of love and joy.We look forward to the chance to meet you and share more about our life!

Tim & Geri
Dan & Janet

Dear Expectant Parents,

You are a courageous woman, choosing life for your child and offering hope for others. We pray that God holds you close and gives you strength to rely on Him to carry you through this journey. We are honored that you are taking time to learn more about our story.

Dan and I have always desired to be parents and were anxious to start building our family. With tremendous heartbreak, we learned that we would not be able to naturally conceive children. We immediately began fertility treatments and researching domestic adoption. Through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), we were blessed with our son. As time passes, we are certain that we have more love to share and look forward to welcoming new family members through the gift of adoption.

God has blessed us with a supportive family, committed friends, good health, fulfilling careers, and great love for one another. Both of our families live within 30 miles of our home and we see them at least two times a month. Dan attended Purdue University and works in the Orthopedics field while I attended Indiana University and teach Physical Education part-time at a Lutheran school. We live a pretty simple life, enjoying time with family and friends, traveling, exercising, and just playing. We are active members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, believing that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that we have eternal life in heaven through His life, death and resurrection.

We know that making decisions for our children’s future is a complete leap of faith. We cannot begin to put into words the respect that we have for you. We are praying for you and, if it is God’s plan, hope to meet you and learn your desires for your child.

God’s Blessings,
Dan and Janet
Jeff & Rachel

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for considering us as possible parents for your precious child! Our names are Jeff and Rachel. We can't even begin to imagine how difficult this decision has been for you to make, but we are glad you have chosen adoption. We admire your courage and bravery in making this decision. We pray that God would surround you with His peace and comfort as you learn more about us. Our marriage has been built on a solid foundation with God at the center. We started dating when we were sixteen and have been together for 11 1/2 years and married for 7 1/2 years. The core values of our family are love, joy, grace, forgiveness, and faith! Adoption has been on our heart from the very beginning of our relationship. We've always thought that someday we would pursue the path of adoption. After we were advised not to get pregnant, we decided now was the perfect time to start the journey of adoption. We consider adoption a miracle for our family and one of the biggest blessings we could ever dream of!

Jeff works as a PC technician in the IT field. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing golf, reading, watching movies, playing guitar and singing. Rachel works as an office manager at an accounting firm. At church, Rachel used to be the children's director and also taught junior church class to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. She has a heart for children and their well-being. Rachel enjoys reading a good book or watching a movie. She also loves to cook and work in the garden. We enjoy playing board games and getting together with family and friends. We are very close with our families and always look forward to spending time with them! One of our favorite things to do is travel! We love to cook, try new things, and of course eat. We love life! Life is a beautiful gift we are given from God!

We would be honored to have the opportunity to raise your child. We are by no means perfect, but we promise to love, treasure, and care for your baby with everything in us and to the best of our ability. We also promise to provide a safe and loving home for your child to grow and blossom into the beautiful person they're meant to be! It is our heart's desire to become parents and we can't wait to welcome a child into our family! We hope you’ll take the time to look through our profile and learn a little bit more about us. We pray that as you continue with your pregnancy and the possible adoption that God will give you insight, guidance, and wisdom over this decision and the choices you may have to make. May God bless you during this journey! If you're interested, we would love to meet with you and answer any questions you might have!

Jeff & Rachel
Justin & Amy

Dear Expectant Parents,

We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and for considering us as you make the difficult decision of who will parent your child. We hope our love for each other, our family, and our future child will be evident. We are so excited to be parents and to welcome a child into our life. Jeremiah 29:11 states "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". We love this verse and it has helped us through our struggle to get pregnant. We tried on our own for over 6 months before seeing a fertility specialist. He gave us a less than 4% chance of conceiving on our own. It was through that experience that we realized that God had a different plan for us.

We have no doubt that we were called to adopt and we cannot wait to meet the child he has in store for us. We met in 2009 and were walking down the sandy aisle two years later on a beach located on Lake Michigan surrounded by family and friends. We vowed then and continue to keep that promise to make our marriage a priority by continuing to build a strong foundation in Christ and in each other. We are best friends and love to spend time together. Justin is 34 years old and has his Bachelor's Degree. He is an insurance adjustor and he works daytime hours. He loves the flexibility that working from home offers him. Amy is 30 years old and has her Master's Degree in Social Work. She is a social worker at a hospital and she also works daytime hours. Amy is planning on working a temporary position for the first few years of the baby's life to allow for more time at home. We have 3 pets; 2 cats Roxie and Nellie, and 1 dog Wrigley Rose. They are all great with kids and will love having a little one around.

Along with Justin and I, our family and friends open their hearts and are ready to welcome this beautiful baby into our family. We have been praying since we started the adoption process and will continue to pray for both of you. We want you to know that we admire you and the love you have for this child. We want to thank you for your selfless act of love and the grace you have shown.

God bless,
Justin & Amy
Josh & Sarah

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our profile and consider us to be the adoptive parents of your child. We don’t know you yet, but we’ve been praying for you for a long time. Our journey towards adoption has not been an easy one. We started trying after two years of marriage and ended up dealing with undiagnosable infertility for 8 years. About four years ago, we began feeling this tug at our hearts towards adoption, which led us to where we are today. We believe that God has a very special child waiting for us and we feel so blessed that He chose us for this special purpose. We cannot wait to meet him or her!

We started dating in high school and have been married now for 11 years. We try daily to put our relationship with Jesus first and pray that our marriage is a picture of God’s amazing love for us. Josh currently works for a medical company full-time, but is also going to school to become a licensed pastor. Sarah recently accepted a new position working in a billing office for assisted living facilities. Once we adopt, she plans to work part-time and stay at home as much as possible as she believes her primary responsibility is to her husband and children. We are also members of a local missionary church and enjoy leading worship and helping with student ministries.

Besides our faith, spending time with each other is our top priority. Some of our favorite things to do are Friday night movies, playing board games, going on hikes, and weekend getaways. Once we adopt, we want to have this same commitment to spending time with our children. We can’t imagine the roller coaster ride of emotions you must be feeling and know that your decision is not an easy one. We believe God adopted us as His own children and we want to extend that same unconditional love to the child He entrusts to us. We believe that family is “more than blood” and we couldn’t be any more excited to experience that truth. We will continue to pray for you and for God’s will for your life. We would love to meet you!

Josh and Sarah
Chad & Christen

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We hope it gives you a small glimpse into our lives. We have been married since August of 2011. Early on in our relationship, we talked about the possibility of adopting. Both of us have nieces and nephews who were adopted into our family, so adoption is something we are pretty familiar with. After a few years of marriage, we were ready to grow our family, but certain fertility issues have made it difficult for us to get pregnant. Since we have always been open to the idea of adopting, we felt like God was giving us an open door to pursue it.

Chad is a farmer and Christen teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at a local high school. Christen plans to stay at home with kids until they are school aged, and then hopes to get a job at whatever school they are attending. Chad is incredibly hard working, outgoing, and funny. Christen is energetic, kind, and organized. Both of us love people and would choose to spend much of our free time with friends and family. We are also very involved in our church and small group. Our faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior is the most important thing to us and we aim to live our lives in a way that glorifies Him.

We can’t imagine everything you have gone through in recent months. We are praying for you and others making this difficult decision. We know that God has an amazing plan for both you and your baby. We would be honored to be parents of your baby; know that he/she will be very loved and cherished in our family.

​Chad & Christen
Michael & Kara

Dear Expectant Parents,

It is with much joy and anticipation that we introduce ourselves. We pray that this quick glimpse into our life, will help you feel our desire to become parents again through your most precious gift- life. While we have not yet met, we have been praying for you to have strength and courage as you endure this journey. Our hope is that you find a family that will love your child as much as you do. We would be honored to become the adoptive family you have in mind. We were blessed in 2014 with the birth and adoption of our daughter, Nora Lee. We have step foot into the adoption journey again, this time in hopes of welcoming a child into our home so Nora may experience the adventure of having a lifelong friend and sibling.

We met through a mutual friend at our home parish, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in 2008. We both attended Purdue University and had mutual friends, attended the same church on campus, but never met while at Purdue. We call it a "God Moment" that we met outside of Purdue. Mike was working full time as an Engineer and Kara was back to school working on her Masters degree in School Counseling. Our love grew for one another as we learned that our hopes, dreams, and faith were very similar and we married in June of 2010. In the words of Mike: 'Kara is always putting others before herself. She is extremely creative and looks for opportunities to use her creativity to express love. Kara is a fun loving, positive, selfless and smiling person. She is very realistic and is emotionally stable, supportive, and empathetic". Kara enjoys crafting, cooking, organizing, and taking Nora on adventures. And in the words of Kara: "Watching Michael become a father has brought much joy to my heart. He loves our little miss sunshine to the moon and back, and is always has Nora's well being in the front of his mind. He takes care of everyone he knows, and is genuine. He loves to fix, build, and design things and always has projects going on around the house. Mike enjoys competing in triathlons, and taking opportunities to deepen his faith through activities at our Church. He is honest and trustworthy, and goes above and beyond to serve others.

We are joyful about the possibility of sharing our life with your precious child and our hope is that this profile has given you a glimpse of what that life would look like. We want you to know that our home is warm and happy and will always be a place of love, support, and encouragement. Together, we will always celebrate life...and we will always celebrate you. We wish for you much courage in the days ahead and will pray that the decision you will make for your child will be filled of support and joy. Thank you for reading about our hearts and hopes to adopt again.

Michael, Kara & Nora Lee
Drew & Kelly

Dear Expectant Parents,

We don’t know what it is like to be in your position. We do know it takes a lot of courage to think about what is best for your child and to choose an adoptive family for him or her. We would really love for you to consider us to be that family. We have been married for 5 years. About two years ago we found out that we won’t be able to have our own biological children. But we still want to be parents—to welcome a child who will be loved and provided for. We are praying that the right match comes along so that we can grow our family through adoption.

Drew is completing his last year of residency in family medicine. Basically, he’s a doctor in training, and will be a fully legit doctor in one year! When he has free time, he enjoys gardening, reading, and digging his toes into the sand at the beach. Kelly has a master’s in counseling and volunteers as a counselor at a local homeless ministry in our city. It may be cliché, but she learns a lot more than she teaches there and loves all the residents she works with. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and exercising. We love traveling, hiking, camping, and going to the beach together. We also like playing games and just hanging out with our friends and family. We love our neighborhood and our city and enjoy taking walks and exploring the parks and activities that go on throughout the year.

We are both committed to our faith. We are regularly involved in our church, and continue to grow in our relationships with God too. We want to raise our child to know that he or she is unconditionally loved by God and by us.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about our family. We pray you find the best situation for your and your baby, whether that’s with us or not. If you have any questions we would be happy to talk to you.

Drew & Kelly
Brian & Cara

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for your selflessness and sacrifice in choosing life! We have great admiration for you in putting your child’s life as a priority over your own. God began placing adoption on our hearts a couple of years ago and has confirmed this path to us in many ways during this time. We are incredibly blessed with a 4 year old biological son but have been unable to conceive a second child. We believe it is part of God's plan in bringing us to adoption. We are fully committed to God's plan in growing our family through adoption and are genuinely excited to see His plan unfold.

We have been married 13 years, and live in the same area where we grew up and where our families still reside. Brian has a degree from Purdue University and has worked as an agronomist (crop consultant) for a local small company for the past 13 years. He loves most anything outdoors including hiking, fishing and camping. Brian has an incredible work ethic yet keeps his family a priority in spending quality time making memories together. Cara also has a degree from Purdue University and has stayed at home since their son, Spencer, was born. Like Brian, she enjoys the outdoors in addition to reading and baking. Cara is involved in their church’s moms group and works hard to involve Spencer in activities that help him grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Spencer is a sweet, kind and thoughtful child with an energetic and active personality. He is gentle and considerate around younger children and will no doubt be an incredible big brother.

Please know that your child will always know how much you love them. We are committed to raising our children to love Jesus and to become a man or woman who continually grows to be more like Him. We will do all that we can to support, encourage, love and teach them. God has a family for every child, and we are so very excited to meet the one He has chosen for us.

Brian & Cara
Nate & Erica


We are Nate & Erica from rural, Northern Indiana. You may be reading our profile because you are looking for a loving, adoptive family for your baby. We want you to know we are passionate about adopting. Our hearts are hopeful for the day when we will get to bring a little one home to love on for the rest of our lives. To us, a family isn’t just built because of biology; it’s built on love and commitment.

Adoption comes with many emotions and raw, tender feelings. We are devoted to providing you with as much or as little communication and support as you desire or need. We hope knowing this will give you even the smallest bit of peace in the midst of navigating your adoption journey.

We are a family of three, but getting to where we are today wasn’t easy. In 2010 we began seeking fertility treatments, as we were having a difficult time becoming pregnant. With many prayers and a few treatments, we conceived our son, (Noah), in 2011. He was born in late 2011 and is the joy of our lives. When we decided to try again in 2013, the fertility treatments no longer worked. After 10 months of trying, we began to pray for another solution. Everything fell into place as we were referred to Gateway Woods for their adoption services.

Nate is an incredible dad and talented musician. In his professional life he works as an Application Engineer, (computer programmer). He is also the part time worship pastor at our local church. Erica has an eye for craftiness and loves trying new recipes found on Pinterest. She has a degree in accounting and spent several years working in the field, but most recently has changed careers and is now a full-time stay at home mom, which she thinks is awesome. Noah is a fun and energetic boy who loves trains, drawing, helping in the kitchen, and playing fetch with our dog, Annie.

We would love to tell you more and hear about your story. We hope to hear from you soon.

Nate & Erica
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