Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We feel that family isn’t always blood, but it is always love. We recognize the magnitude of this potential decision you are making and immensely respect you for considering it.

Michael and Danielle

from Indiana

Michael

Ancestry: German, Dutch, Cherokee

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Vice President

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Technology, Friends, Cooking

Danielle

Ancestry: Serbian, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stylist

Education: High School

Hobbies: Crafts, Music, Reading, Friends

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Michael

Family Activity
Cookouts
Food
Steak
Holiday
4th of July
Sport
Baseball
Subject in School
Math
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Color
Blue
Animal
Bald eagle
Thing to Cook
Anything grilled or smoked
Vacation Spot
Mountains

Danielle

Family Activity
Playing games
Food
Cabbage rolls
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Baseball
Subject in School
English / writing
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Color
Aqua
Animal
Turtle
Thing to Cook
Lasagna
Vacation Spot
Beach
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Parent,

We cannot wait to add another precious gift to our family! We love raising children! We find joy in every tender, sticky, hilarious, emotional, unexpected moment. Parenting is a divine privilege to us. It has its ever-changing challenges, but we gladly accept every obstacle for each, “I love you” and bear hug. We feel called to adoption in the hopes to grow our family in a way that opens our hearts even more than we ever knew possible. We are teaching our children that all humans are God’s children, and no matter how different we may look on the outside, it’s our hearts and intentions that matter in this life. We hope you are reading this letter with a sense of hope and faith in the wonderful plans God has in store for you and your baby. We are in awe of your strength, courage, and selfless love for your child. We think you are brave and full of love to consider adoption for your child and it would be our privilege to be a part of your story. We recognize the magnitude of this potential decision you are making and immensely respect you for considering it. Please know we have prayed for you and your baby. We will continue to pray that you have clarity in your mind and peace in your heart as you delve deeper into this journey of searching for potential parents for your child.

“He makes all things beautiful in His time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

All our hearts,
Danielle and Michael

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About Michael

Michael is one of the most genuine people I have ever met! He wears his heart on his sleeve and is intentional in all he does. His beautiful and sincere smile are what first attracted me to him, but his integrity and patience are what I hold most dear to my heart. As he started introducing me to friends, coworkers, and family, it became very evident that he is cherished by many people. He has maintained many friendships over many years and all of them still say such wonderful things about him. Michael is also very smart and well educated! He got his Masters in teaching and also has a certificate of administration. He taught middle school math and was the assistant baseball coach for 7 years. He made the leap to being a job estimator at the family business in order to have more free time and better provide for our family. He has recently become part owner in the company. Michael loves spending time with his family and coached the girls’ soccer and softball teams this past year! He loves baseball, go Cubs go! He also loves the Blackhawks hockey and daaa Bears! He and some of the neighborhood dads have been known to pick-up a game of football on nice evenings in the summer. He is also very handy and loves to cook! I mean, is there anything this man can’t do?! Honestly, no… Michael recently built a large deck onto our house and installed some built-in shelving and cabinets in the living room. He involved the girls in the project, teaching them how to properly measure wood and use a saw. He loves including Elin and Averie in whatever he is doing. Michael enjoys grilling and also has a smoker/grill where he makes a drool-worthy brisket! He finds great joy in hosting a holiday or dinner where he can prepare a wonderful meal for gathered family and friends. He is steady and methodical. He thinks every decision through and usually does research of some kind. He’s the king of trivia, a numbers guy, and can complete home projects to perfection. Along with that, he is able to love people in his life with great enthusiasm! He would give the shirt off his back to help someone. He has more patience than anyone I know and is steadfast in his morals and ethics. I feel beyond blessed to have him as a husband and father to our girls! He also has an amazing sense of humor and is very quick witted. He’s not as funny as I am but he tries! ; )

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About Danielle

Danielle is a truly caring mother and wife. She is incredibly thoughtful and always involved, whether she is helping to organize a gathering of family and friends or doing something to make our girls’ day extra special. The amount of thought and intention that she puts into everything she does is unparalleled. She is loyal, compassionate, and passionate. She is extremely driven in both her professional life as a hair stylist, and in her family life as a mother and wife. When she sets a goal or decides to do something, she will find a way to make it happen. Danielle has been a hair stylist for 16 years now. She enjoys her career very much because it allows for a creative outlet, cultivating relationships, and a monetary contribution to our family. She thoroughly enjoys her career as a stylist and is extremely talented. She works 2-3 days a week currently but has expressed a desire to cut back even more once we add to our family. Danielle loves to bake with our girls, whether it’s banana bread or cookies of some variety. (Her butterscotch chocolate chip cookies are honestly the best!) She also loves to garden, craft, dance, and entertain. It is not uncommon to be surprised with an impromptu dance party in the kitchen. Danielle loves any music with a good beat and loves to sing along with most any song. She is limitless with her love. I could not have asked for a better partner and companion to travel through life with. Danielle is always there when anyone needs her, and she is the first to drop what she is doing to help out in any way she can. There are many days when she ends up doing a craft or painting with our girls, and it quickly turns into a neighborhood event, where she is teaching and coaching all of the kids how to paint a beach scene or tie-dye a shirt. She loves with all that she has and gives everything she has to our marriage and family. We have a true partnership, and she helps me to be a better husband and father. Her strength serves as an unbreakable core for our family.

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About Elin

Elin Rose is 9 years old and full of energy and curiosity! She is very social and loves to make people laugh. Some of her favorite things to do are softball, soccer, gymnastics, playing piano, swinging in our backyard, being silly, riding her bike, rollerblading, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her sister. A few of her favorite things to eat are sushi, black olives, fruit of any kind, and candy, to name a few. Her favorite color is aqua and her favorite movie is The Sound of Music. Elin also really enjoys baking with Mom and helping Dad with projects. She is an excellent reader, a very good friend, and absolutely loves babies!!

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About Averie

Averie is 7 years old and is usually reserved when she first meets someone, but once she gets comfortable, you’re in for a treat. She is hilarious! Averie loves to dance, sing, play piano, ride her bike, do gymnastics, jump on the trampoline, and be oh so silly with her sister. Her favorite foods are mac-n-cheese, crab legs, strawberries, buttered noodles, and ice cream. Averie has very good concentration and excels at things that require creativity and deep thought like art projects, puzzles, winning at family game night, and building complex Lego sets! Her favorite color is pink and her favorite movie is The Mitchells vs. the Machines.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We love our home! We had the pleasure of building our forever home roughly 4 years ago. We decided on an open concept ranch where we could host holidays, entertain friends and family, and grow old together. We often receive compliments on how welcoming and tidy our home is. Our home is a place where we make memories, snuggle, giggle, and share tears when the occasion arises. It has many photos of loved ones, dogs included, and trinkets from our trips to places near and far. Our daughters’ art masterpieces are out for all to enjoy and there’s a lot of natural light. Often when you enter our home you are greeted by the smell of something in the oven, be it a lasagna or banana bread.

Our neighborhood is absolutely fantastic! There are roughly 40 homes and nearly 35 children! Michael went to, and later taught math at, the school our daughters attend. The roots are deep here and it is the ideal place to raise a family! We have a fantastic group of neighbors who are friends that we call chosen family. Most days the doorbell rings within minutes of the girls getting off the bus. “Hi Miss Danielle, can E and A play?” The kids hop from yard to yard doing a variety of activities, just living their best lives. We love living in a place that we feel safe and where our kids can be kids! Most days we spend time outside with our neighbors. We rotate hosting and cooking the main dish and the others bring a side or dessert to share. Eating a grilled hamburger on a soft sweet Hawaiian bun with an ear of fresh picked, local, sweet corn is summer dinner bliss where we come from. Grass stains, dirty feet, sun kissed skin, and laughter so sweet. That’s what our summer days are made of. In the winter some neighbors trade off hosting Sunday-funday to watch football. We all bring a dish to share and stay warm and cozy together playing and eating while the cool winds howl outside. We also enjoy getting together to play in the snow! And don’t even get us started on Halloween! It is over the top fun! We usually ride around on our golf carts taking the kids from house to house. People go all out with decorations and costumes, it’s really quite impressive! The streets are filled with families and laughter! Once the girls have had their fill of collecting treats we head home for a big bowl of warm chili or chicken tortilla soup. In December, we enjoy a white elephant gift exchange. The kids and adults each have their own pile of gifts to choose from. It is hilarious to see what items people have lying around and choose to give away! It’s always a get together filled with laughter, but most of them are. We treat one another’s kids as our own, offering up a hug or a listening ear when needed, and always have room for one more to join. A community of trustworthy people to raise our family with is an irreplaceable blessing to us.

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Our Sweet Pups

We have two friendly family dogs. Stella is an 11 year old boxer and Sophie is a 2 year old pug. We adore our fur babies and give them a lot of love and affection! We all love to throw the ball for the dogs, take them on walks, snuggle with them, and run and play with them in our yard. Both dogs are amazing with children! They are a huge part of our family and we love them oh so much!

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Our Families

We are both very close to our parents!

Michael’s family lives near us. His mother, Sue, loves to stop by and is always there in a pinch. Whether it’s a project in the yard or a trip to the park with the girls, she is up for it! She and Michael are very close and share many common interests, such as outdoor projects and hunting. Sue is very generous, always complimentary, most often wears a smile, and has taught us a lot about resiliency in life. She gives all she has to those she loves. Mike, Michael’s father, is always up for playing. He and his wife are very interactive with their grandkids! It’s not uncommon for him to bounce the kids on the trampoline out back or be the announcer for the “show” the girls are putting on. He recently created a scavenger hunt for Elin to find her birthday present. How fun! He and the grandkids often do a full production of, “I’ve been workin’ on the railroad.” It’s really something to see! He and his wife, Nina, love to take us out to dinner, attend school events, and are a positive influence in our lives. Michael and his dad are in business together and that adds a potentially stressful level to the father/son dynamic. But they have done a wonderful job of being respectful and loving to one another amid the transition. Michael has his dad’s calm and thoughtful disposition.

Danielle’s parents, sister and brother-in-law live in Kentucky. Though they are not local, we all speak weekly at the very least. Danielle, her mom, and sister have a text thread where they communicate almost daily. We make time to FaceTime and do our best to get together monthly. We enjoy our overnight visits together where we can play games and snuggle on the couch to watch a movie in our jammies. We love to wake up and make breakfast together, and often sit and chat while we sip coffee into the early afternoon. We usually go on to spend the rest of the day out and about adventuring. Danielle’s parents have been married for 37 years and are a wonderful example of love. Danielle and her mom love to craft and do projects together including trying out new recipes in the kitchen. The latest was a delicious tomato pie. Jeff, Danielle’s dad, loves all things Greek and has taught the girls the saying, “everything’s betta with feta.” But, I’ll leave that up to your discretion. He also loves involving the grand girls in baking chocolate chip cookies and making blueberry pancakes! Danielle gets her patience and blue eyes from Jeff.

We are so very thankful to have great relationships with all of our parents! Each of them brings something special and different to the table and we love them for it. We are so grateful that our parents have their health and are interested and invested in our lives, as well as their grandchildren. As adults now we have learned so much from our parents and they do a great job of respecting our “new ways” of doing things. We laugh until our sides hurt most of the time but we know that we can lean on one another in hard times. What a true blessing.

Side note: Danielle’s paternal grandmother, Bessie, was adopted. She has shared her side of the story as an adoptee has been very influential in our life and desire to become adoptive parents. She has expressed love for both her birth and adoptive mothers and gives us hope for a harmonious life as such. Family is such a precious gift and we cherish it so.

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About Us

We met 16 years ago and were married 5 years later. We are a very good match! We are alike in a lot of ways and also different in enough ways that life stays interesting and we are able to see things from a different perspective. Our differences seem to give us a well-rounded way of living and parenting. We were both raised in very loving homes near grandparents, so spending time with family is at the top of our priority list. We value humility and kindness, putting family first, and having a strong work ethic. Together we have built a life that has a wonderful flow of careful thought and exciting adventure. We enjoy music very much! We love to go to concerts, but we also love to just sing together at home or in the car. We both were in theater and choir growing up, so we can carry a tune, and hope our children enjoy music throughout their lives, as well. We are definitely good for a windows down, belt as loud as you can, sing your heart out session from time to time. The kind where the person next to you at the stoplight gives us a thumbs up. Yeah, like that. Not that we would know or anything. A karaoke night performing our favorite tunes with no shame at all has become a regular evening activity in our home recently. Elin and Averie take piano lessons and both love to “perform” in our living room. We know they would welcome a fellow performer to our “stage” with open arms! We spend a great deal of time talking as a family and are very open with our children. We find that at the dinner table and bedtime are two perfect times to connect. We take turns talking about our days at dinner and often play a game at the table once we are done eating. Lately, the game of choice has been Uno Attack but it’s always fun to see what happens when we play The Game of Life. Bedtime is great for reading, snuggling, and talking about whatever comes up. Once the girls are asleep, we try to spend at least a few minutes together catching up. We are notorious for popping popcorn and chatting for a bit before watching Netflix into the wee hours of the night.

Most weekdays we get up and get going and get the girls fed and off to school while we do what adults do during the day. Work, run errands, do laundry, clean, and socialize with friends when possible. Come 3:00 it’s go time. Homework, playtime, sports practice, dinner, bath, story, and bed. Danielle can picture herself standing behind our daughters and rocking your baby while Michael helps them with homework. We can picture Averie making your baby laugh while Michael puts Elin’s hair in a ponytail for soccer. We can just hear our girls doing rock, paper, scissors for who gets to sit next to your baby in the car. We can see one of us holding your baby and feeding him/her puffs on our lap at Elin’s softball game. We can hear Elin playing peek-a-boo with your baby while we whip up dinner, we can see us taking turns putting the big girls to bed and snuggling with your baby each night. We have pictured it over and over.

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Our Vacations and Leisure Time

We love the beach, going to parks, going out to dinner, our vacations to Florida, riding around on our golf cart, hosting get-togethers, trying out new recipes, singing and dancing in our great room, watching movies – new and old, playing family games, the zoo and Disney World!

We fell in love with Disney World on our first family trip two years ago! We parents had just as much fun as the kids! We rode rides from open to close. We sang and danced with the characters in parades and, of course, enjoyed a dole whip! Or two, but who’s counting?! Disney truly is magical! We have been fortunate enough to go back once more this past year with friends and had a blast again. We love the fireworks! Add with the magic in our children’s eyes, it absolutely brings a person to tears. Well played, Disney. Well played.

We really love a good beach vacation as well. We have made numerous trips to the Florida coast and find it very relaxing and enjoyable. Danielle’s paternal grandparents live on the Atlantic coast and we make at least one trip per year to visit them. That trip is usually a family trip where we spend the days at the beach catching waves and good conversation. We also enjoy kayaking and seeing the manatees. Other trips to Florida have taken place on the gulf side and usually we meet up or travel with friends. We enjoy time at the beach and pool, making sand castles and jumping the ocean waves. A full belly, sun kissed skin, and the sunset are a perfect way to end a non-stop beach day. Trips like this have always served as connection and rejuvenation for us as a family.

We recently visited Nashville and it was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed putting on our boots and singing along to some of our favorite country songs. We saw the beautiful murals on the buildings, stopped in little boutiques, and learned a line dance or two. Not to mention the food! I hope you have a bonut (biscuit/donut) and an iced coffee at Biscuit Love sometime. Any time we can have a new experience together and make memories we call it a win!

We also enjoy visiting Danielle’s family in Kentucky. We frequently make the 4 hour drive (or they come to us) to spend time and do a fun activity. We don’t let physical distance keep us apart for too long!

We have had the pleasure to do some traveling out of the country over the years. Michael has been to England and Amsterdam and Danielle traveled to Italy shortly after her high school graduation. As a married couple we have traveled to St. Lucia, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun Mexico, as well as Placencia, Belize. We love to experience new cultures and enjoy hanging with the locals whenever possible. We feel traveling is a wonderful way to broaden our horizons and grow as people. We will travel outside the U.S. with our children once they are older and currently within the U.S. as often as we can!

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Our Lifestyle

We love food! Like, not just a little bit. We LOVE the experience of food. It is impossible to talk about our lifestyle without mentioning food, as the memories of cooking with family have shaped the way we live our life. We love the nostalgia of the taste of strudel fried in a cast iron pan. The inviting smell of warm butter fills the kitchen as the sound of crackling meets our ears. Just when the cheese starts to ooze out the sides and the bottom is golden brown, that’s when you know it’s ready to enjoy. That experience is like a hug from a grandparent that has passed on. In our lives cooking and food play a huge role in who we are and how we raise our children. It’s not about quantity. Oh no, it’s much more than that. It’s about quality and tradition. Maw-Maw’s cinnamon rolls and the story of how she quadrupled the recipe by accident. The tiny kitchen was covered in flour and rising dough. Or Grandpa Milt’s special spaghetti sauce. The one he made each year for the church fundraiser. Danielle’s sister, Angie, and she were always waitresses and were sworn to secrecy on the recipe. G.G. Bess’s amazing stuffed mushrooms. She was unbelievably patient with Danielle letting her do each step at 6 years old. Man, was I proud! Grandpa Lyle’s buckeye balls. It’s a toss-up each Christmas to see who gets a stomach ache first from eating way too many of the creamy peanut butter treats. Food gives us a reason to sit down together and talk. A few moments to share an experience and make a memory. A meal is a time to unload the joys and worries of the day and to feel comforted by the company of family and a full belly. We can picture your baby at the dinner table each evening sharing a home cooked meal. We’ll be talking about our days while he/she tries a new meal for the first time in the high chair. We would love him/her to join us laughing and playing games, giggling together as we enjoy our time getting to know one another even more. We will go on walks with the dogs, ride bikes, singing wherever we see fit, and have weekly family dance parties. What’s a dance party without Luke Bryan or Whitney Houston?! Oooo I wanna dance with somebody!

We cannot wait to snuggle together on Saturday mornings before we make a big breakfast. Usually, it’s pancakes or French toast with crispy bacon, but biscuits and gravy is a close third! We want to swing on the swing-set in the backyard (we have a baby swing ready to be filled with the next member of our family.) We will have water balloon fights, attend sporting events, enjoy family dinner with grandparents on Sundays, and make frequent weekend visits to the kids’ maternal grandparents’ house in Kentucky. Danielle’s sister and brother-in-law are also there and have a baby on the way! We are all over the moon excited for them! We are a very close family and truly enjoy spending our time together! We are a goofy bunch! We love to laugh and be silly! There’s always teasing and imitating going on, all in good fun, of course. None of us will miss a chance to make one another laugh. Laughter is good for the soul and being able to laugh at ourselves is a way we bond in our family.

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Our Family Traditions

We love traditions! Both of our families had many traditions while we were growing up. We built our forever home a few years ago with the intention of growing our family and hosting holidays to continue to bring our loved ones together. Most of our traditions are based around the food, of course, and family being together.

The Easter bunny always stops by and drops off a basket with goodies inside such as books, stickers, peeps, and an outdoor activity like chalk or bubbles. He also hides eggs filled with treats for the kiddos inside and out, weather permitting. After that, we attend church to thank the Lord for paying for our sins and allowing new beginnings. Easter usually features ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, and a salad tossed with bitey vinegar dressing.

At Thanksgiving Michael’s father makes yummy pumpkin and pecan pies most years and it’s tradition for us to go around the table and say at least one thing we are thankful for. We always make a turkey, cornbread stuffing, homemade, and the most delicious cran-raspberry Jell-O mold. It is also tradition that the day after Thanksgiving begins Danielle’s opening day for Christmas shopping and decorating, transitioning the house decor from pumpkin spice and everything nice to Santa’s workshop wonderland.

Christmas Eve we wear matching family jammies with Danielle’s side of the family. We frost sugar cookies until there’s no room left on the table. A dance party almost always ensues to burn off the sugar high. We also have the habit of opening way too many gifts on Christmas eve! It’s so hard to stop once we start pulling them out from under the tree! Our tradition is technically to open one present, but that’s a hard one to stick with because, fun! Cookies and milk are left out for Santa. A snack of carrots for the reindeer, of course. Then off to bed for the little sweeties because we know it will be an early morning and, “Santa can’t come until you’re asleep.”

Christmas morning a sea of wrapping paper covers the floor, shrieks of joy and laughter fill the air, and coffee mugs litter the coffee table. The smell of cinnamon rolls and Papa’s “hanky pankys” (sausage and cheese on tiny rye breads) meets our noses. We wrap up Christmas Day with a family-filled table pausing the Christmas music only to pray before dinner. Michael loves making a prime rib with a side of balsamic Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and rolls from a local restaurant. Most of us offer to help just so we can get in the kitchen and sneak a bite while he is cooking. It is a labor of love that we all very much enjoy!

We actually share a birthday of April 9th. Sharing a birthday with a spouse is the ultimate lesson on learning to share. Haha. But, it is also a sure fire way to guarantee you won’t forget that important date! All birthdays are a big deal to us. Growing up, Danielle’s grandma Bess made her birthday cake from scratch each year. It was always a masterpiece tailored to her interests as she aged. Danielle has continued that tradition by making the girls’ birthday cakes each year. Another thing we enjoy doing on birthdays is to go around the table and each voice our most favorite of the birthday-person’s qualities. It’s fun to remind them of the things we love about them and what makes them uniquely special.

We sing the songs of the season, go over the top for birthdays, and always pray big on holidays. Connection is what we thrive on! We have no doubts that when we add another beautiful soul to our family they will be loved and accepted with arms wide open and unimaginable enthusiasm! We can picture the family gathering around our dining table to sing happy birthday to your baby! We know we, and all who know and love us, will be overjoyed to have another beautiful soul to love on!

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Our Promise to You

Rest assured that should you decide to take this journey with us you will forever have a place in our hearts and life. We feel that family isn’t always by blood, but it is always love. There are people we have formed deep undeniable connections within our life; some who share our genetics and some who do not. We have chosen to love one another unconditionally and that is family to us. That is what you will be to us, should you choose us to raise your child: family. With great love for another human being at the center, it seems to us, our relationship with you would find its natural place in our lives. We can find a rhythm of love and communication that feels good for us all. We can’t promise your child a perfect or extravagant life, but we can promise to scoop him/her up and kiss every boo-boo, to never miss a sporting or school event, to talk openly about things in their life, to love them unconditionally, to pray over your child daily, to make new and memorable traditions with them, to say, “I love you” as much as humanly possible, to speak positively of you and to be open to your child’s desires when it comes to you, and to always, always be supportive and present in their life. We will love your child with all of our hearts – that we can promise you.

Message Michael and Danielle

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Michael and Danielle

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!