Jeff and Nicole

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will never understand the feelings you are feeling, or the challenges you are facing, but we promise to be present and listen and show our love throughout this journey. Should you decide to place your child with us, we would be forever grateful.

Jeff and Nicole

from Illinois

Jeff

Ancestry: Eastern European

Religion: Jewish

Occupation: Account Executive

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Sports, Reading, Biking

Nicole

Ancestry: German, Lebanese

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher

Education: M.A.

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Yoga

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian / Jewish

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From Us to You

We are Jeff and Nicole. We want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter and get to know us as potential adoptive parents for your child. Please know that as we sit here, excited to start our family, we keep you in mind, knowing that you might be facing one of the hardest decision for yourself and your child. We will never understand the feelings you are feeling, or the challenges you are facing, but we promise to be present and listen and show our love throughout this journey. Should you decide to place your child with us, we would be forever grateful. To place your child with us shows a level of trust and faith that will sit with us forever. We promise to talk honestly and positively with your child about you, your family, and your child’s family history, and hope you will be a part of these conversations.

Let me, Nicole, share a little bit about Jeff and myself. We met seven years ago when my friend set us up on a blind date. Today, we are four years into marriage and are still going strong. We’ve experienced more in these four years than we ever could have imagined. I lost my dad to a battle with cancer and Jeff was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and underwent a few surgeries. It was one of the most difficult times of my life and a feeling I do not wish upon anyone.

I share this story to tell you that your child is not just coming to a loving home, but a family of fighters. During that time, I looked to my mother for my strength. She showed a resilience and grace under the circumstances that no one envies, but it was her strength that helped me find my own. I hope to offer that strength to your child too.

Jeff’s strengths are so different from my own that it actually makes us a perfect fit for each other. He is silly and isn’t afraid to be himself. This helps bring me out of my comfort zone, especially since I tend to be on the more serious side.

Being parents is something we have dreamed of for a very long time. We’ve made our lifestyle so that a child could easily transition to a life with us. We live in a cozy, 4-bedroom home with a room ready for your child in the suburbs of a large city. Our house is a block away from a neighborhood park as well as many common areas free for a child to play and good school district for your child to learn.

Our plan is to tell our child everything we can about you and your family. From the beginning, we will share your child’s story with them and make sure adoption is openly discussed in our household everyday – even before they are able to understand what we’re saying. We will answer any questions he or she may have as they grow older, with the hope that you can be involved. With your input, we want to discuss what the future may look like, making sure everyone involved feels comfortable. We hope to have an open and positive relationship where we communicate often. Not only can we promise to give your child unconditional love, but we want to share that love with you and anyone else you’d like to be involved in your child’s life.

While there will be many, many happy thoughts, we also know that there might be thoughts of sadness for you and your baby. We want to listen and work through those as one unit. We will always look at our family and think about the selfless choice you made to help us grow. You are incredible.

Thank you for taking time to look at our profile and consider us as potential adoptive parents.

All our love,
Jeff and Nicole

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About Jeff

Jeff is driven and has the most caring heart. He is patient and loves to have fun and be silly. When he isn’t playing his guitar you can find him playing hockey, baseball, or golf. He is a sports fanatic! He loves to watch football, specifically the Detroit Lions. On Sundays, you can find Jeff watching NFL Red Zone and keeping up with all of his fantasy leagues. During the summer, Jeff likes to golf and spend as much time as he can outdoors.

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About Nicole

Nicole is the kindest, most generous person you will ever meet. She goes out of her way to make sure others are taken care of and happy. She is an amazing cook and is passionate about her job as a teacher.

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Our Families

We both come from tight-knit families. Jeff’s parents and extended family live in Michigan. We see them almost every month. When we are together we like to go out to eat, watch movies, or find the newest shops in downtown Detroit. Nicole has a large extended family. She is the oldest of 24 first cousins. When we all get together, there are up to 75 people! During the summer, we spend lots of time at Nicole’s aunt and uncle’s pool and boat. We also have family in Arizona. We love to get away and go visit during the cold winter months.

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Our Home

We live in a large suburb right outside of a major city. There are lots of growing families in our neighborhood, many with young children. We see our neighbors often on our walks with Oliver. During the summer months, our neighborhood has “Flamingle Friday.” Each week, a new neighbor offers to host families on their driveway. This is a fun way for families to connect and get to know each other. We live near lots of close friends, immediate and extended family. Our house is a block away from a neighborhood park and we have a large common area that backs up to our backyard with lots of space to play. The neighborhood school is less than a mile away and is known for its excellent education. We live in a cozy, 4-bedroom house, with two living spaces, one that we plan on converting to a play area.

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Our Hobbies

Nicole: My favorite hobby is do-it-yourself (DIY) house projects. I think it’s the teacher side of me that likes to work with my hands and build projects from scratch. My most recent project was the entryway where I painted and hung wallpaper. I also like to attend workout classes and bake for friends and family. If walking around looking at things in Target is a hobby, that’s my favorite!

Jeff: When I’m not playing my guitar, you can find me playing hockey, reading, or watching TV. I am a sports fanatic! In college, my friends and I drove 4 hours to watch the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game. The first time I took Nicole to Detroit, I insisted on taking her to see the old Tigers’ stadium. We remember standing out in a vacant field not looking at much, but I was excited to share my love of sports. I can talk sports with anyone!

Together, you can find us going on walks with our dog, Oliver, or chasing him in our backyard. We like to go out and try new restaurants. Mexican and Italian restaurants are our favorites. We love to watch new movies. Most of the time we watch action-packed movies, but once in a while we sneak in a Rom-Com. We also love watching TV series. We just finished season 3 of Ozarks and Last Dance. Reality TV is also a favorite (mostly Nicole). When the weather is nice we love to go on bike rides to a nearby lake.

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Our Lifestyle

We love to stay busy. From visiting family and friends to traveling, there is rarely a weekend we have nothing to do. Nicole grew up playing softball and I, Jeff, love sports. I grew up playing hockey and baseball but really love to play them all. If we’re not playing sports, we are definitely watching them (mostly me). We are a short drive from a major city. We love to explore new restaurants and shops and walk along the lakefront. My parents and extended family live in Michigan. We make time to see them almost every month. Visiting Michigan has given Nicole the opportunity to see my hometown and explore Detroit.

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Our Traditions

Every Father’s Day we spend the day strawberry picking up towards the Wisconsin border. We do this to honor Nicole’s dad who passed away a few years ago. We pick strawberries because Nicole’s dad loved sweets. We, Nicole’s sisters and mom spend the morning picking the best strawberries and sharing stories about Nicole’s dad. When we are done, we buy apple cider donuts and frozen strawberry lemonade from the farm shop.

Winter holiday traditions are some of our favorites. We spend Thanksgiving in Michigan with Jeff’s parents and run the annual Turkey Trot. Thanksgiving also comes with the regular duties of helping cook and clean, but I’ll admit my favorite part is getting to watch football with my dad most of the day.

Since we got married, we started a new tradition – Chrismukkah. Every year on December 23rd, we host a Chrismukkah party with our immediate family. We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. We play Dreidel, decorate gingerbread houses, and stuff ourselves with cookies and snack on traditional and not so traditional holiday food.

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Our Personalities

Nicole about Jeff: Jeff is driven and has the most caring heart. He is patient and loves to have fun and be silly.

Jeff about Nicole: Nicole is the kindest, most generous person you will ever meet. She goes out of her way to make sure others are taken care of and happy. She is passionate and gives her all with everything she does.

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Our Pets

Oliver is a 3-year-old German Shepherd mix. He is full of energy and loves to get outside to play and lay in the sun. He is a fan favorite in our neighborhood because he will stop and lay down when he sees people on our walks. We also have a 14-year-old cat named Nala. She loves to be around people, especially when she knows that they will rub her belly.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

It isn’t unusual for us to have a family or friend’s birthday party or get-together on a long weekend. If that’s not the case, we usually take advantage and go visit Jeff’s family in Michigan or our friends and family in other parts of the country. More recently, we took a quick trip to Naples, Florida with a few of our closest friends.

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Cultural Diversity

Jeff and I acknowledge that we have lived a privileged life. We feel very fortunate to have had wonderful childhood experiences and have grown to be financially stable in careers we love. Although I am part Lebanese and Jeff is Jewish, we have not faced the challenges that most people of color face every day.

That said, we are not unfamiliar to adversity and ridicule for who we are. There is one moment that stands out in Jeff’s mind clearly. Jeff was born in a predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. His family is reform, which means you celebrate religious holidays and cultural traditions, but don’t attend temple every week. The families in his neighborhood had a hard time accepting this. Their unacceptance of Jeff’s family came to a head the day a boy made a comment to him. Even as an adult he recalls the hurt and sadness he felt that day. It makes me sad to picture Jeff as a child walking home to his mother and not understanding why the other kids couldn’t play with him. His mother and father made the very hard decision of selling Jeff’s childhood home and taking him somewhere where he would be welcome.

Not everyone has that luxury and we understand that. We understand that there are also different ways to handle every situation.

We are ready to learn about your child’s race and culture by reading all the books and talking to mentors and making sure we expose him or her to good role models from their own culture and other diverse backgrounds. However, we also know that sometimes even trying our hardest may not be enough, and that is why he hope you will share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings so we can prepare your child for a bright future.

If you’d like, we would love to share more about diversity in our lives and discuss the importance of this topic and how we plan to implement this in our everyday lives no matter the race/ethnicity of your child.

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Our Faith

Jeff grew up following Jewish traditions and Nicole grew up in a Catholic household. Before getting married, we attended interfaith classes to learn more about one another’s religions and family origins. For our marriage, we worked with a Priest and Rabbi and were married under both the Jewish and Catholic faiths. Today, we celebrate holidays and attend these places of worship on occasion. We both believe in God and plan to teach our children about both of our faiths.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Having kids has never been a question for either of us. Shortly after getting married, Nicole found out the only way to get pregnant was through IVF with donor eggs. We had multiple conversations and talked to various professionals about our options to start a family. After learning about adoption, talking to various parts of the adoption community, and attending workshops and classes, we knew this would be how we’d grow our family. Family is everything to us, and when we learned that we would not only welcome a child into our home, but their biological family as well, we couldn’t be more eager to start the process. We know we will make great parents and are anxiously awaiting the day where you find us and know that we are the right fit for you and your child.

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