Hello, we are Nathan and Anna. Thank you so much for looking at our profile!

Believe it or not, we have known each other our entire lives. We like to joke that we met in the church nursery, but we were only acquaintances for most of our childhood. It took two years of pursuit, on Nathan’s part, for us to begin dating in the spring of our senior year in high school, just in time for the prom. We spent the next four years dating long distance, while attending different colleges. During our junior year, Nathan proposed in Central Park and we married in 2006.

Nathan then began work on his Ph.D., and Anna taught first grade. Then, in 2009, our daughter, Shelley, was born, followed by our daughter, Lydia, in 2012. It was around this time that we felt adoption would someday be part of our family story. Our two girls had genetic health issues, and we didn’t want to risk having another child with similar challenges. They are both healthy and thriving now, and in 2019, we adopted our third daughter, Brielle.

We have an open adoption with Brielle’s birth family and would love to come alongside another birth family to provide a safe and loving home for their precious child as well. We also look forward to Brielle having a close in age sibling to grow up with and relate to as they can share their unique journey as adopted children.

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Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

11/29/2021

Advent season has begun which means it is time to decorate for Christmas. The first things to go up were the stockings. Our stockings tell a tiny piece of our family story. If you look closely at the picture, there are 4 with letters on them. I bought these years ago when we made the decision that we weren't going to have any more children. I thought these matching stockings were perfect and as much as I really did want more children, I knew that my husband and I had to be on the same page and he was DONE. We had 4 hooks and four stockings and I tried to be at peace. Fast forward a few years and my husband came around, our marriage was the strongest it had been in ages, and he brought up adoption. I had been praying about adoption for 6 months, I knew we were supposed to step out and bring another child into our home, but I was waiting until he brought it up. I wanted it to be his idea. We got started right away and 10 months later Brielle came home. That Christmas season I searched high and low for...

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Profile book ramblings

11/13/2021

I just reviewed our ParentFinder profile book and sent back changes for the design team. I have to give them credit, they really do a fabulous job making it look so pretty and engaging. I read through it all and I am happy with the work they did but to be honest that book just cannot capture the reality of this family. Snippets of our lives and interests are there, and I suppose it's all a person needs to know if they are just looking for a particular type of family for their child. But like I said in my first blog post, it just doesn't show our hearts the way I wish it could. That would be impossible because you need to meet us and spend time with us to know what life is really like here in this home. I felt the same way about our book when we went through the adoption process in 2019, thankfully a birth mother read it and it was enough for her to put us on the "short list" and then she left the final decision to the agency. Now the agency knew us better, they knew we were experienced parents, they...

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Trick or treat update

11/01/2021

So last night was our rescheduled trick or treat night, and we had a great time. Brielle was in heaven, she is such an extrovert and loves being outside and seeing people, it was basically the best night of her life. We went with our next door neighbors and it was perfect. Like I said in my previous post, we would've rolled with it if it was a disaster, but thankfully it wasn't! Brielle walked nicely and didn't have any toddler tantrums and we walked the block and came home. I'm feeling super blessed. 

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Trick or treat

10/30/2021

So last night was trick or treat night in my neighborhood, and you know what happened? It rained, hard, and the wind was howling. Little Brielle has the stomach bug and so her Princess Tiana costume went unused, her oldest sister waited outside for trick or treaters and we only got two, my middle daughter went around with the neighbors and got SOAKED and only found a couple houses that were even giving things out. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I just want you to see that LIFE HAPPENS at our house. Things won't always go the way we planned, but that's ok. We roll with the punches. We plan the best we can and then teach our kids how to deal with disappointment and be thankful for our blessings. And do you know what I found out? There is a neighborhood down the road that rescheduled trick or treat for Sunday, so guess who's going down there on actual Halloween? Yep, little Princess Tiana, Link from Legend of Zelda, and the cutest dragon you ever saw. Is it going to be super fun? I hope so! But you know what, if it's not, that's ok. It's...

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Let's be real

11/01/2021

This is my second time going through the adoption process, and one thing I really want to do differently this time around is to be real. I know it's important to put your best foot forward and all that, but I have found there aren't many people who are prepared to be real. I want this blog to be a place where I can show you my family's heart beat. A place that shows you who we are beyond our lovely profile book and video. Yes they represent accurately who we are and what life would be like for your child if you were to choose us to be his/her family, but they don't represent our heart.  For example, the profile can tell you that we are excited to be parents again, that's true! We definitely are ready, willing, and able to raise and love a fourth child. But it can't tell you that I lay awake at night praying for our next child, for his/her birth mother's safety and protection. That I pray she will be brave and confident in her decision to place her precious child into the type of family that will provide everything she wants them...

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It's been a while

05/13/2022

I haven't been on this site in ages, (November 29?!), mostly because we were so busy hoildays and school and spring break. We are looking down the pike at the last month of school and the joys and slower pace of summer. I renewed our pool membership (YAY!!) and I got a bike seat for Brielle so we can go on family bike rides, I downloaded an app to tell me where we can take hikes and I found a perfect place to go creek stomping when the weather is warm enough. I can't wait for summer. Summer at our house is historically the most fun and exciting. Day trips to various zoos and amusement parks, weekends swimming at grandma's house, trips to the ice cream shop, fire pit s'mores, it's just a great time. We are crawling to the finishline of school and I just can't wait to get out of this routine and have some real fun.  Lydia is going to her first horse show tomorrow, she's learning how to train and judge horses in addition to riding them. It makes me so proud, she's never been so excited to participate in a competition of any sort. She...

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