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Susaan and Joe


We are Susaan and Joe. We understand that you are considering a very difficult decision to ensure the best future for your baby, and we wish you peace and guidance. We admire your enormous strength and very much appreciate you.

Our Story

We are a happy, playful, adventurous, and artistic couple with wonderful families and friends. We are honest communicators with caring personalities. Our goal is to uplift and love each other while being true to ourselves and the growth of our relationship. We are both theatre artists and met working on plays in Chicago. Susaan (rhymes with “shoes on”) is an actor and Joe is a set designer. After our third production together, we started dating and were married three years later in 2017. In many ways our personalities are very different, but we complement each other perfectly!


Here are some of our favorite things:

  • Cooking We love creating things in the kitchen. We always make delicious and healthy meals.
  • Traveling We love exploring close to home and around the world.
  •  Art We believe art is a vital part of life and we go to theatre, concerts, and museums regularly.
  •  Outdoors We love tennis, biking, beaches, picnicking, farmers markets, camping & hiking.
  •  Creating We adore decorating, painting, drawing, ceramics, crafts and more.
  •  Family  We are super close with both of our families and love talking to them often.
  •  Friends We love seeing friends and hosting dinner parties. We’re always up for a group adventure!

Susaan (by Joe):  I love Susaan because she has so much love for life, her family, and all the people around her. I wanted that endless well of love to always be in my life. She is so much fun to be with and treats everyone with kindness and compassion. She does her best to always see what others are feeling and going through and her empathy makes her a wonderful actor. 

Susaan is hard working, spontaneous, and energetic. Her personality shines on stage as well as in everyday life. When Susaan isn’t acting, she enjoys working with children as a nanny, having raised a few toddlers already in her life. I am amazed by the energy and joy she brings to children. Susaan wants them to learn about the world, how to be a good person, and to have fun. She takes them on all sorts of adventures to parks and museums whenever she can. Susaan is also an avid potter, and she makes beautiful mugs, bowls, and pots for my bonsai trees.

Joe (by Susaan):  Joe has the biggest and best laugh you will ever hear. He’s slightly famous for it. It’s such a testament to his personality, and humanity, that everyone loves him. He’s a person you can count on. He’s also a genuinely smart guy who is able to solve almost any problem. Joe grew up in South Africa and moved to the USA when he was 16.

Joe comes from a family of athletes and artists, so he has an excellent balance of creative spirit and practical focus. He’s a very accomplished theatrical set designer, and currently works for a company based in London that consults on performance space design. He loves plants and we have a ton around the house. One Christmas I bought him a bonsai tree and he loved it so much he started raising bonsai trees as a hobby. Now we have at least 20! He also loves riding his motorcycle and making woodcrafts when he can. Highlights are a hand-made toy train for our nephew and a beautiful hutch in our kitchen.

Our Families:  Our immediate families are small but mighty. Susaan has one younger sister and Joe has one older sister. We are spread out across the country, but we talk to each other a lot by phone and video and try to visit each other as often as we can.

Susaan is from western Pennsylvania where her mom still lives, while her sister, brother-in-law, and our 2-year-old nephew live in Washington DC. Her dad grew up in Iran and moved to the USA to practice medicine, where he fell in love with her mom, a nurse. Sadly, he passed away while Susaan was in college, but the warmth of his spirit is still present. Joe’s family is in Kansas City and California and his sister travels the country choreographing for contemporary dance companies.

Everyone is very excited for us to be adopting, including Joe’s aunt and uncle who adopted their two boys years ago. One of them just had a baby, and it’s been such a joy to see our families grow in new ways.

Our Community We live in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of Chicago and love the tight-knit multicultural community around us. We have easy access to parks, the lake, public transit and downtown.

We have a really close group of friends both in Chicago and beyond. Many have young children who will welcome a new playmate. Our friends are eager to be aunts and uncles to our child and we feel lucky to have such amazing support closeby.

We are also fortunate to be part of the Chicago theatre community which is spread throughout the city. It feels like its own small town full of people from many different backgrounds and experiences. We are always learning and growing from the varied perspectives of those around us and we believe anything is possible with a strong community.

Thank you

We feel blessed you are considering us to parent the child you’ll bring into this world. We are so excited to grow our family and we hope this short story inspires you to get in touch with us and learn more. We would love to meet you and hope that we can form a long-lasting relationship with you in whatever way makes us all happy.

To get in touch you can email us at SusaanandJoeACFB@gmail.com or contact our adoption counselor, Linda at:

With Gratitude,

Susaan and Joe

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