Olga & Maryann
Olga & Maryann
Race of child interested in adopting: Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: IL
Dear Expectant Mother,
First and foremost, thank you for wanting to learn more about us. We cannot begin to imagine the difficult and selfless decision you are considering making. This decision highlights the love and care you have for your child. If you choose us as adoptive parents for your precious child, we want to assure you that we and our families will love and support him or her unconditionally. Your child will be given the motivation to explore his or her own passions and to create a beautiful life with us.
Through the many years of trying to create our family, we have had many ups and downs. The one constant that has remained is the fact that we have always dreamed of having children in our lives. We have remained positive that one day it will be our time—the time we have been waiting for. We look forward to teaching your child to speak Russian, to fish, and to play softball.
We would feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be the best parents we can be and to provide a home where your child can have a safe space to reach for the stars. We look forward to meeting you if you choose us, and we are committed to maintaining the level of connection that feels right for both of us.
Maryann was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is as Midwest as they come. Olga was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to the United States when she was eight. Although we come from different backgrounds, we complement each other perfectly. We met online ten years ago and then in person at the Chicago Pride Parade in 2008. We have been married for five years. We fell in love by spending time together. Olga watched Maryann play softball, and Maryann took Olga to the theater. Maryann works as an executive casino host at a local casino. She can start a conversation with strangers and build great relationships. Olga is a social worker who works with low-income families and individuals in need of emergency assistance. She is passionate about helping people.
We have lived in our condo for over ten years. All our neighbors have kids or pets. We love exploring our neighborhood while walking our loving and sweet pup, Lexi. We live across the street from a wonderful beach and within walking distance of multiple parks, and our local schools are some of the best in the state. Our walks often include a pit stop at the local frozen yogurt shop that always has tables outside in the summer. We feel lucky to be able to grow our family in such a diverse community where different types of families are welcome. We are so looking forward to taking your baby to the beach in the summers and ice skating at our local ice rink.
Our Extended Family
We are both very close with our immediate families and see them often. Maryann’s father passed away in 2009, and Olga was fortunate to be able to meet him and spend some time with him when we first started dating. Now we like to have “stolen moments” with Maryann’s mom, as she likes to call them. We love trying new restaurants together and traveling to Minnesota to see Maryann’s younger sister and her family. We are able to take our nieces and nephews to their after-school activities, read with them, and help them with their homework.
Olga immigrated with her family in 1989 as refugees. We still speak Russian at home and love so many of the traditional foods she grew up with. Olga has been very lucky to have three grandparents still alive and close by.
Coming from such different backgrounds, we have found a way to meld our different backgrounds by being so connected to each other's families. We have herring at Thanksgiving, and a Christmas tree next to our menorah.
What Led Us To Adoption
Olga has wanted to have kids ever since she can remember. Maryann has always wanted children but has known that she never wanted to carry a child herself. We discussed this early on in our relationship, and immediately after we married, we started working with a doctor to help Olga get pregnant. After struggling through years of infertility, we have remained committed to being parents. Adoption is the path we were meant to walk. We believe that our path will lead us to the miracle we have been waiting for. We are so excited to grow our family.