Shane and Alé

Married Since: 2013

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You are strong for considering adoption for your child. We want you to know that once you decide on your plan, we will honor your wishes. You are brave and you are respected and we promise to cherish and love your baby with everything we have.

Shane and Alé

from Pennsylvania

Shane

Ancestry: English, German, Polish

Religion: Protestant

Occupation: Health, Environment, Safety Professional

Education: BS

Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Recreational Sports, Hosting events with family and friends

Alé

Ancestry: Slovak, Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Marketing Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Hosting events, Volunteering, Graphic Design, Event Planning, Dancing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Shane

Childhood Memory
Camping with family
Color
Green
Family Activity
Going out for ice cream on a hot day
Food
Buffalo chicken
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
Saving Private Ryan
TV Show
Seinfeld
Music
Coldplay
Vacation Spot
Anywhere we can camp
Scripture
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will set your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Alé

Childhood Memory
Trips to Disney World with my mom and brother
Color
Teal blue
Family Activity
Cookouts in the summer
Food
Gnocchi
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Breakfast at Tiffany's
TV Show
Parks and Recreation
Music
Eric Church
Vacation Spot
The beach
Scripture
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

It has always been our dream to be parents. When we learned that we would not be able to have children on our own, we knew we were destined for bigger things. With the support of close family and friends, we decided that growing our family through adoption was meant for us.

Your selfless choice to consider adoption for your baby humbles us. We can only imagine the feelings that are in your heart right now. If you’re reading this, we already have some things in common—the most important being that we want to give your child the best options for a promising future, allowing him or her to live, learn and grow in a loving environment.

It is important for you to know that, should you choose us, your baby will be entering quite a family – one with a caring, big-hearted mom who will be a fierce protector and provider for the baby; a sincere yet silly dad who will provide steadiness, humor and unmatched love; a welcoming neighborhood and community of friends who will be the village it takes to successfully raise a child; and a big extended family to love your child more than we can even put into words.

The blessing of adoption has touched our extended family already as six children were adopted into our extended families in the last ten years. We hardly remember a time without them at family reunions and know that any child who becomes a part of our family will have an instant connection and support system that he or she can relate to easily.

Our story together is a simple one. We attended the same college and met when a friend volunteered Shane to move some of Ale’s dorm room furniture. Ale kept him around for a while moving the furniture in the room so that she could get to know him better. We dated for two years before we graduated college together. We were engaged shortly thereafter and got married in 2013. Our wedding ceremony was held at the church on the campus and we visit campus frequently with friends and we hope that someday your child might consider attending college where we met!

Our faith has kept us positive throughout our journey to start a family. We find opportunities to pray together and practice our faith by attending mass and participating in faith-based programs and events in our community. Our favorites include the parish festival each summer and shopping for the Christmas Angel Tree.

We are eager to introduce your child to these family traditions. We love to host family and friends for the holidays and special events – especially Christmas. Our house is decorated from top to bottom in red and green with Santas and reindeer and, much to Shane’s dismay, a lot of glitter! It’s not uncommon for us to have between five and ten people at the house to share a meal, watch a football game, or just reminisce about the past and share our excitement for the future. From celebrating holidays, to vacationing with family and friends at the beach, to fishing on the lake and planning family reunions, we can’t wait to introduce your child into all of the fun we have!

We also find ways to regularly celebrate the little things, too. We both work, so coming home to enjoy dinner together is something that we look forward to each day. Whether it is tacos, spaghetti, or a new recipe Alé saw on the Food Network, we make sure we use this time to catch up on our day, note the good things that happened and plan for what’s planned for the next day. We can’t wait to add another chair around the table and have your child join our lives to share all of the big celebrations, and the little ones, too.

You are strong for considering adoption for your child. We want you to know that once you decide on your plan, we will honor your wishes. You are brave and you are respected and we promise to cherish and love your baby with everything we have. We look forward to getting to know you through this journey and will support you in every way we can through this process.

Warmly,

Shane & Alé

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About Alé

I couldn’t be more fortunate to have met and fallen in love with my wife, Alé. I have never met, nor will I ever meet, a more caring, genuine, or selfless person. Constantly putting the needs of others before her own, she continually demonstrates the kind of mother she will be – a mother who will express unconditional love and make countless sacrifices to ensure her child has everything he or she needs to be successful in life. She is always finding fun things to do with our goddaughter and the children of our friends – whether it’s building a fort and telling stories, having dance parties in the living room, or just coloring at the dinner table, the kids all love her and can’t wait to spend time with “Aunt Alé.”

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About Shane

Shane is the most authentic and loyal person I have ever met and I am so glad he is my partner in life. When we met in college, I knew from the beginning he was the person I wanted to spend my life with. He’s kind-hearted, athletic and a riot to be around. He’s so funny and such a good role model. The neighborhood kids love to hang out with “Mr. Shane” because he’s always telling jokes and tossing the football. When he is with our goddaughter, I see what a wonderful father he will be to a newborn child. When he’s in the yard with the neighborhood kids, I see how a pre-teen will look up to him as a father. He will be amazing, active, gracious, and sincere – everything a great dad is!

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What Adoption Means to Us

We have led a very blessed life. Though we are fortunate, having biological children is something we will never be able to achieve. Adopting a child will bestow upon us the one blessing we have yet to experience. Your child will make our marriage and lives complete, and we would love him or her unconditionally.

Family is the center of our lives and we’ve known throughout our whole relationship that we could not wait to see how our family would grow and change through the years. After a few years of hoping and praying for our lives as parents to begin, we confirmed that we would need some extra help and support to make our family dreams come true. Biologically, we are not able to start our family. Adoption called us and we are answering. We know we will have the family we’ve been praying for – we’re just taking a different route to get there.

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Our Lifestyle

We are often been described as “the couple in charge”. We are known as the planners of our family and friends and often handle the responsibilities of coordinating fun gatherings, including family and class reunions and Christmas parties, as well as finding other reasons to celebrate and gather together. We enjoy visiting with our family and friends and traveling to new places, but we also like to stay at home to recharge with movies and popcorn on a Friday night.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in an inviting, warm home, which extends beyond its walls and into the neighborhood and surrounding community. Our house is newly constructed and has plenty of room for a nursery and playroom. Located on a cul-de-sac street, the children in our neighborhood are always running and playing. The adults on the street are friendly and everyone is welcome from home to home. The local school system is state-recognized in both academics and athletics, giving all students an opportunity to grow and flourish. We enjoy hosting our family and friends at every opportunity we get, including summer cookouts and holiday parties. While we enjoy the time at home and in our local community, we also enjoy spending time with family and friends in the nearest city, which is a bustling urban area with museums, sporting events, and a wide variety of cultural restaurants. From the next door neighbor, to the next borough over, to downtown, there is a true sense of community that any person would be fortunate to experience.

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Our Families

We both grew up in rural communities within reasonable driving distance of suburban and city communities. While Shane is an only child, he is the youngest of 15 grandchildren and had many childhood friends in his community growing up. His parents still live in the home he grew up in, giving us the chance to visit and relive some of his best memories growing up. Ale’ grew up with a younger brother and also had many cousins and childhood friends. Our parents live a short distance away and are always ready to help out as needed. During the holidays, we host Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with our immediate families and travel to visit extended family to continue our annual holiday family traditions. Everyone in our family is excited to welcome a new addition, and so are we!

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Our Traditions

We have so many traditions that keep us busy, allowing us to create memories and fill our photo albums. Many of our traditions are centered around various holidays throughout the year, but we also have some unique ones, too. At Easter each year, we prepare a traditional Easter dinner and pack an Easter basket of foods to take to church to be blessed by the priest before we have dinner as a family. On Mother’s Day, Alé and her brother treat their mom to a baseball game – even when our team is not having a great year. Each summer, Shane goes on a fishing trip with his dad and extended family for a week on the lake. They always return with great stories from their adventures on the water. Also in the summer, we spend a weekend with our friends and their children, sometimes at the lake, to take a break from work. In addition, we gather for cookouts throughout the summer as Alé’s brother is a master on the grill. At Halloween, our neighborhood has a great night filled with costumes, candy, music, and a parade of little ghouls and goblins. We also go to the pumpkin patch each year to find huge pumpkins to carve for the front porch. Thanksgiving is Shane’s favorite holiday and we host our parents as well as Alé’s brother and sister-in-law for a big dinner. Everyone brings a different dish and we eat together. Alé and her mom kick off Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Each year we decorate our Christmas tree while watching “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” while having Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. We also host tacky sweater parties for our family and friends. We can’t wait to make new memories with your little one and fill even more family photo albums so that we can look back and treasure all of our special moments together.

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Education

We both received our Bachelor’s degrees from the same university. We met in college and were so lucky to have attended a liberal arts, faith-based institution. We had so many opportunities beyond earning our degrees. While Shane has a degree in Environmental Policy and Alé has a degree in Communication and Marketing, we were able to take classes in arts and humanities, religion, different sciences, and even piano lessons, allowing us to be well informed and well-rounded individuals after graduation.

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Careers

Shane enjoys working and closely interacting with people as a health, environment, and safety professional. The career that Shane chose is centered around helping people find solutions, building close relationships with customers, and keeping people safe. Most importantly, Shane’s career allows him to provide a stable life for his family. Alé chose her career as a marketing manager because it is a profession that demands perfection and requires a “go-getter” attitude, both things that she enjoys providing to her customers. The fast-paced environment keeps her sharp and on her toes, which allows her to continually improve her skill-set and quality of work. She’s a great multi-tasker but knows how to prioritize and knows that family always goes to the top of that list.

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How We Spend A Three Day Weekend

In the spring and summer, we are both very active outside and like to take on home improvement projects around the house and yard. In the fall and winter, we explore new restaurants in the city and take in a play or musical in the cultural district. On occasion, we will go away for a long weekend to see family and friends or to explore new areas. We like to go to the lake or the beach or spend quality time with friends that we may not get to see often.

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When We Think of Our Birth Mother...

We are excited. We are extremely thankful. You, as a birth mother, have helped us to start our family, providing for us one thing we are unable to provide for ourselves. The one thing that has been missing in our family is forever in our arms and hearts. We are so grateful for your selflessness and bravery and overcome with emotion in thinking about how grateful we are for the decision you made to put your faith in us to raise your baby. You are now a part of our story – and our extended family if that is your wish.

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What We Will Teach and Share with Your Child

We think it is very important for children to grow up with a core set of values and principles. 1) To be kind and compassionate toward others. 2) To enjoy life and look at the beauty in all things. 3) To find opportunities in difficult situations. 4) To express gratitude regularly for the blessings they have. We will set examples for your child and guide them to live by these values.

We will tell your child that his or her mom is a HERO. You are someone that deserves to be admired and respected for the tough decision that you made to provide them with a life full of hope, promise, and opportunity. We will tell your child that you wanted nothing more than to ensure that he or she could have the best life possible. We would demonstrate our gratitude for the decision you made, as it brought us the greatest joy we could ever ask for.

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Our Promise to You

Please know that we do not make promises lightly and any promise that we make will be kept and honored.  We promise that we will raise your child with the best of intentions and teach him or her that honesty is a priority and love for one another comes above all. We promise to honor your wishes and help to create the kind of relationships that you will be proud of.  We also vow to always, always, always put the child first in our lives.  The care that he or she will receive will be second to none.  We promise to honor you as first mom – the beginning of the book of the child’s life – and make sure that he or she knows how much love surrounds them and how far that love extends beyond the walls of our home. We promise that you will always be a part of that story and love – however you choose that to be.

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