Jesse and Chris

Dear expectant parent(s),

We are Chris and Jesse, and we want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider us in your adoption plan. We cannot wait to meet you. We understand that this may be a difficult process, but we hope this letter can paint you a picture of who we are, and what we hope your child can be a part of, if we are fortunate enough to be chosen.

Dear expectant parent(s),

We are Chris and Jesse, and we want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider us in your adoption plan. We cannot wait to meet you. We understand that this may be a difficult process, but we hope this letter can paint you a picture of who we are, and what we hope your child can be a part of, if we are fortunate enough to be chosen.
About Us:
We have been together for five years and married for two. It was May 2017 when our love story first began. We were just two twenty-somethings who happened to match on OkCupid. After a couple of weeks, we agreed to a first date over pizza and drinks at Michael’s Pizzeria and Tavern in Buena Park. Chris took note of Jesse’s amazing smile that lit up the room and knew he had found someone special. Jesse listened to Chris talk enthusiastically about the end of his second year of law school and knew he met a passionate and dedicated person.

Since then, we’ve had many amazing dates in Chicago, traveled internationally to Italy and Mexico, traveled locally to St. Louis, Michigan, and Florida, lived together in our first apartment in Lincoln Park where Chris proposed, and purchased our first home in 2019 in Old Town where we currently live with our two dogs Louie and Luna. We enjoy the diversity of Chicago, our neighborhood, and the proximity to Downtown. We frequently walk to Lincoln Park Zoo and the lakefront, explore new restaurants, and take advantage of all our area has to offer.

Due to COVID, we had to postpone our wedding reception twice (currently set for a vow renewal celebration in July 2022!), but our best friend married us in our home in July 2020 with eight of our closest family and friends. One good thing about this is that our dogs got to be involved in the ceremony as our “best man” and “maid of honor!” While these past two years of COVID have limited what we have been able to do, we have taken this chance to come up with new routines like movie night Fridays or board game night Saturdays.
About Us:

We have been together for five years and married for two. It was May 2017 when our love story first began. We were just two twenty-somethings who happened to match on OkCupid. After a couple of weeks, we agreed to a first date over pizza and drinks at Michael’s Pizzeria and Tavern in Buena Park. Chris took note of Jesse’s amazing smile that lit up the room and knew he had found someone special. Jesse listened to Chris talk enthusiastically about the end of his second year of law school and knew he met a passionate and dedicated person.

Since then, we’ve had many amazing dates in Chicago, traveled internationally to Italy and Mexico, traveled locally to St. Louis, Michigan, and Florida, lived together in our first apartment in Lincoln Park where Chris proposed, and purchased our first home in 2019 in Old Town where we currently live with our two dogs Louie and Luna. We enjoy the diversity of Chicago, our neighborhood, and the proximity to Downtown. We frequently walk to Lincoln Park Zoo and the lakefront, explore new restaurants, and take advantage of all our area has to offer.

Due to COVID, we had to postpone our wedding reception twice (currently set for a vow renewal celebration in July 2022!), but our best friend married us in our home in July 2020 with eight of our closest family and friends. One good thing about this is that our dogs got to be involved in the ceremony as our “best man” and “maid of honor!” While these past two years of COVID have limited what we have been able to do, we have taken this chance to come up with new routines like movie night Fridays or board game night Saturdays.

About Jesse:

I am 32 years old, and I was born and raised in the Southeast side of Chicago. I have a 25-year-old sister and two loving parents. Since both my parents worked full time, my grandparents always watched me as a child, and to this day, they live next door to my parents. We are all very close, and family is very important to me.

I work for a national immigration nonprofit, dedicating my time to getting individuals out of immigration custody. This is important to me as someone from a family of immigrants with ties to Mexico and Puerto Rico. During my free time, I enjoy baking, cooking, reading, gardening, watching TV, going for walks, and helping teach Chris Spanish. I’m particularly excited to build a library of children’s books and making a mess in the kitchen baking something delicious with our future child.

About Jesse:

I am 32 years old, and I was born and raised in the Southeast side of Chicago. I have a 25-year-old sister and two loving parents. Since both my parents worked full time, my grandparents always watched me as a child, and to this day, they live next door to my parents. We are all very close, and family is very important to me.

I work for a national immigration nonprofit, dedicating my time to getting individuals out of immigration custody. This is important to me as someone from a family of immigrants with ties to Mexico and Puerto Rico. During my free time, I enjoy baking, cooking, reading, gardening, watching TV, going for walks, and helping teach Chris Spanish. I’m particularly excited to build a library of children’s books and making a mess in the kitchen baking something delicious with our future child.

About Chris:
I am 32 years old and was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and moved permanently to the city in 2015. I have three older sisters and two nephews and am thankful to have such a close and loving relationship with all of them. I was incredibly fortunate to grow up with two parents who loved me and supported me so that I could become who I am today.

I am very passionate about my work as an attorney and am focusing on a career in public service. I have even had the opportunity to partner with Jesse on immigration cases. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Chicago’s dining scene, going to movies or musicals, or just walking around and enjoying our beautiful neighborhood. I am also a bit of a nerd and love relaxing with a good fantasy or sci-fi book. I also enjoy using Duolingo to help me learn Spanish and I hope to help Jesse teach our future child Spanish (and to enjoy nerdy things like Star Wars together).
About Chris:

I am 32 years old and was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and moved permanently to the city in 2015. I have three older sisters and two nephews and am thankful to have such a close and loving relationship with all of them. I was incredibly fortunate to grow up with two parents who loved me and supported me so that I could become who I am today.

I am very passionate about my work as an attorney and am focusing on a career in public service. I have even had the opportunity to partner with Jesse on immigration cases. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Chicago’s dining scene, going to movies or musicals, or just walking around and enjoying our beautiful neighborhood. I am also a bit of a nerd and love relaxing with a good fantasy or sci-fi book. I also enjoy using Duolingo to help me learn Spanish and I hope to help Jesse teach our future child Spanish (and to enjoy nerdy things like Star Wars together).

Our Family:
Family is important to both of us, and you can catch us often visiting a parent or sibling or hosting a dinner where Jesse gets to show off his cooking/baking skills which he swears he picked up from The Great British Bake Off. Both of our families are incredibly supportive, and we know that we can always rely on each other.
Our Family:

Family is important to both of us, and you can catch us often visiting a parent or sibling or hosting a dinner where Jesse gets to show off his cooking/baking skills which he swears he picked up from The Great British Bake Off. Both of our families are incredibly supportive, and we know that we can always rely on each other.

Jesse’s parents and grandparents are eager to meet their first grandchild/great-grandchild and Chris’ parents cannot wait to welcome their third grandchild. We have two nephews (Luis and Lorenzo) who love hanging out with their uncles (“Tios”) and are excited to have a new cousin to the family.
Louie and Luna:
Louie is a 10-year-old beagle mix who Jesse rescued from the Chicago Pound in 2013 and has been his best friend ever since. Louie is a big-time cuddle bug who always wants to be next to Chris or Jesse. Luna is a 7-year-old Chihuahua mix who Jesse rescued from the Humane Society in 2016. Luna is so loveable and does not mind letting you know she wants to be pet or that even though you thought you were done petting her, you are not.
Louie and Luna:
Louie is a 10-year-old beagle mix who Jesse rescued from the Chicago Pound in 2013 and has been his best friend ever since. Louie is a big-time cuddle bug who always wants to be next to Chris or Jesse. Luna is a 7-year-old Chihuahua mix who Jesse rescued from the Humane Society in 2016. Luna is so loveable and does not mind letting you know she wants to be pet or that even though you thought you were done petting her, you are not.
Our Promise to You:

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter.

Please know we are committed to being parents and creating a loving and caring home for your child. If we are chosen, we promise your child will be loved unconditionally surrounded by two supportive fathers and will be part of our multicultural family of grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, and aunts. We promise to fully provide for your child and ensure your child has everything he or she needs to have a fulfilling life. We love the idea of an open adoption and understand the importance of this. We look forward to being respectful of your wishes.

We would be forever grateful to you for the opportunity to be your child’s adoptive parents. To learn more about us, please feel free to contact us at ChrisandJesseACFB@gmail.com or you can reach out to our adoption counselor, La’Shea Gibson, at lashea@centerforfamily.com, or call/text 708-320-8630.

With gratitude,
Jesse and Chris
Our Promise to You:

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter.

Please know we are committed to being parents and creating a loving and caring home for your child. If we are chosen, we promise your child will be loved unconditionally surrounded by two supportive fathers and will be part of our multicultural family of grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, and aunts. We promise to fully provide for your child and ensure your child has everything he or she needs to have a fulfilling life. We love the idea of an open adoption and understand the importance of this. We look forward to being respectful of your wishes.

We would be forever grateful to you for the opportunity to be your child’s adoptive parents. To learn more about us, please feel free to contact us at ChrisandJesseACFB@gmail.com or you can reach out to our adoption counselor, La’Shea Gibson, at lashea@centerforfamily.com, or call/text 708-320-8630.

With gratitude,
Jesse and Chris