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We are Mark and Dawn

from Illinois

Stay-At-Home Parent? No

Adopted Children at home? Yes

Biological Children at Home? No

Pets? Yes

Ethnic Preferences? Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic


Occupation: Senior Civil Engineer

Education: B.S.

Religion: Nonpracticing

Hobbies: Photography, Golf, Hiking, Cooking, Travel


Occupation: VP of Sales

Education: B.S.

Religion: Christian

Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Cooking, Traveling, Swimming, Yoga

Dear Expectant Mother, 

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and learn about us and our dream of growing our family through adoption. We know you are making a courageous decision and we realize how difficult this must be and know your choice comes from a deep love for your child. 

Our names are Mark and Dawn. We were born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Illinois after college. After meeting through mutual acquaintances in 2002, we became fast friends. We began dating in 2005 and were married in 2007. The theme of our wedding was Live-Love-Laugh, three things we do every day! From the beginning, we’d talked of having a family. Fertility issues prevented us from having natural children, so we turned to adoption as a means to realize our dream. In November 2014, our daughter Olivia was born – we were able to be at the hospital with her birth mom. We brought her home in time for Christmas, and our lives have been a joy ever since! 

We both come from loving families. From the age of three, Dawn was blessed with two step-sisters who she grew up with. She also witnessed her mom’s strength as a single mother and considers her to be one of her best friends. Her family is extremely excited at the thought of welcoming another little one, especially her mother who is looking for another grandchild to spoil! We enjoy family get togethers several times a year with Dawn’s family. 

Mark is the youngest in his family, with two older sisters, one of whom was adopted as an infant. Mark’s parents are both retired and enjoy spending their time visiting with their six grandchildren. They are looking forward to having more to welcome into the family. 

Our home is in a lovely neighborhood which has many fun things to do and see nearby. In our spare time, we enjoy spending time together as a family, visiting other families in our neighborhood with young children that Olivia has become fast friends with, cooking (especially grilling in the summertime), and taking walks along the lakefront. There are several parks and playgrounds in our neighborhood. We enjoy them with Olivia and our dog, Theodore, and look forward to continuing to do so with another child. 

We have great admiration for you and your willingness to make an adoption plan which might help us continue to grow our family, and give us the most overwhelming joy. We don’t pretend to understand how difficult your decision is, but please know that we are sensitive to your feelings. Should you choose us to be the proud parents of your baby, know that we will always instill in them the love and selfless sacrifice you made to ensure that they would be cared for and loved unconditionally. 

We wish you the best during this difficult time, and thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us, and for your consideration of us as adoptive parents. We hope to hear from you!  

With love,
Mark and Dawn

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