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Stefanie and Nick and Alex

We are Stef, Nick and Alex from Glen Ellyn, IL and we are excited to bring a child into our hearts and our home as we grow our family through adoption for the second time. We respect and admire your courage and know how difficult it must be to find the right family to raise your child. We can only begin to imagine the pain involved in choosing adoption. Please know that if you choose us to walk this path with you, your baby will always know of your love, sacrifice and your desire to provide him or her with the best life possible. 
Our Story
We met on a sunny September afternoon in 2000 at a festival in a Bavarian village in Germany. Nick grew up in Skokie, IL and was stationed in Germany while serving the U.S. Army. Stef grew up in a small town in Bavaria. Shortly after we got married, we relocated to the Chicago area and built our lives together.
We always knew we wanted children, but soon realized that it wasn’t going to happen naturally and sought the help of specialists. After many tests, infertility treatments and a miscarriage, we were still left without a baby. It was time to take away the question of a pregnancy ever happening and pursue a more hopeful path. 
In 2014, we were blessed with our son Alexander through the gift of adoption. Our lives have changed in more ways than we ever thought possible. Together, we travel the world, go swimming and hiking, visit museums and parks and enjoy life as a family. Becoming parents was our biggest desire and we love every second of it. It is our wish to add to our family once more. Adoption was the right choice for us once. Our wish is simple: we just want to be parents. We want Alex to have a sibling as much as we want our baby to have a big brother. They will grow up together and have each other for a lifetime of adventures and memories. 
About Stef
Stef is a very loving, faithful and compassionate wife and mother. She is outgoing and social, has many friends and loves animals. Her hobbies are photography and reading. Stef is genuinely a good person and truly wants the best for people. She has been working as a Human Resources Professional for the past 7 years. 
Our journey to parenthood was not typical, but Stef is a great mother to Alex and looks forward to adding another child to our family. She loves taking Alex to the pool and park and she plays with him every day while teaching him how to be a good boy.
About Nick
Nick is a caring, considerate and fun-loving husband. He is very hardworking and loyal, with a great sense of humor. He has been working in the IT field for over 13 years. Nick is extremely patient, thoughtful and generous of his time when someone asks for his help. 
Nick has always expressed his desire to be a dad.  Growing up, Nick never got to experience what a real father meant since his father left the family when he was young. Nick is a fantastic father! He loves to play Legos and Transformers with Alex and enjoys showing him what life has to offer.    
About Alex
Alex has grown to be a very loving and energetic little boy, who loves to travel, explore the outdoors and is very interested in sports, Legos and Transformers. He has asked for a sibling on several occasions and we know he will be a terrific big brother. Nick and Stef both have siblings and remember growing up together. Alex and his baby brother or sister will have a natural bond as siblings do. We enjoy an open and ongoing relationship with his birthmother, staying in touch through social media, texts and emails. We hope to have a similar relationship with the birthmother of our 2nd child.  
Our Home
We live in a family friendly and established neighborhood in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The streets in our neighborhood are lined with mature trees and the homes all have big yards. Our home has three bedrooms and was built on a ¼ acre property with a large backyard. We live in one of the most sought- after school districts in the Chicago area. Our neighborhood has parks and playgrounds filled with children and families. We think our community is a perfect place for a child to grow up.
Family & Friends
We promise that your child will grow up with not only the love and best care that we can provide, but also with family and friends on both sides that will cherish our children’s journey throughout their lives. This child will be loved by so many people besides us! 
Stef’s family lives in Germany. Nick’s immediate family lives in the Chicago area, but his extended family spreads across the states. Although we are separated geographically from a good part of our family, spending time with them is very important to us and we are able to see them several times every year. Adoring grandparents, loving aunts and uncles as well as 14 playful cousins will all be thrilled to welcome our future child.
We are very fortunate to have many close friends. Everyone is excited for us to add another child to our family. Our close friends all have children and live close-by, so play dates are certainly going to continue in our future!  
The Future
We understand that our lives will change when we add another child to our family. We will do everything we can to make your child’s life happy and productive. We’re excited to read more bedtime stories, continue to travel the world, cover the walls with family pictures and create even more traditions and memories as a family of 4.
Thank you
We have so much love to give and can’t wait to share our lives with another child. You must be a very loving and courageous woman to consider placing your baby for adoption. We have faith that God will help you in finding the perfect family for your baby. Even if it is not us, we wish you love and above all, peace.
If you’d like to get to know us, please send us an email to StefandNickACFB@gmail.com or contact our adoption counselor, Tobi Ehrenpreis at tobi@centerforfamily.com or 1-800-869-1005. You can also text Tobi at 1-847-366-6351. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
With admiration,
Stef, Nick & Alex


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