Rick & Brian
Rick & Brian
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: IL
Dear Expectant Mother,
We think you are amazing! You are an incredibly brave and extraordinary woman for considering an adoption plan for your beautiful baby. We don’t pretend to know or understand the complex, difficult, and emotional moments you must be experiencing right now as you move forward in this journey. We are thrilled beyond measure that you’re taking the time to read a little bit about us and considering allowing us the opportunity to join you on this journey. Adoption is an amazing experience. We know – one of us is adopted! We look forward to hopefully sharing that experience together with you.
If you choose us as adoptive parents, your precious child will be raised in a family with a firm foundation of unconditional love, respect, faith, and a deep love for family. We promise you, in receiving one of the greatest blessings we could receive, that we will show that gratitude and love every day to your child. Thank you for considering us as a possible family for your child.
Our journey began in February 2003 following an introduction by a mutual friend. A few weeks later, we met for dinner. We’ve been together ever since.
Rick was born and raised in Illinois. He comes from a large and loving Jewish family. He’s a finance professional and, in his spare time, he’s active in the arts. He’s a natural observer, and his warmth and generosity of spirit are among his best qualities.
Brian was born, adopted, and raised in Michigan. He grew up in a large, active, and loving family. Though educated in costume design, Brian has been an administrative professional for 14 years. He enjoys sewing historical clothing and baking. He’s outgoing, loving, and family-oriented.
We enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling to our favorite place – Scottsdale, Arizona – gardening, and attending concerts and performances. We look forward to sharing our love of tradition and creating new traditions too!
Home is where the heart is, and we couldn’t be more happy with ours! In June 2017, we moved from the townhome we shared for 14 years into a beautiful three-bedroom home in a conservation community in northern Illinois. We love our little corner of the world and chose this very special house with the express purpose of growing our family.
The community has so much to offer, including farm-fresh produce from a local farm and multiple playgrounds and walking trails throughout the preserved prairie. The neighborhood also has a nationally-recognized charter school within walking distance of our front door. Our neighbors are all well-established professionals with a great number of children who are waiting for their new friend to join them!
Our Extended Family
Rick’s parents live nearby. Both are retired, in good health, and remain active with various hobbies and volunteering. We see them regularly for dinners and holidays. His large and loving extended family lives in Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado, and we see them regularly throughout the year.
Brian’s father and his fiancée live in western Michigan. They are active in recreational sports, community events, and their church communities. We make the three-and-a-half-hour drive regularly for weekend visits. Sadly, Brian’s mother died in 2011 from Multiple Sclerosis. She was a gifted, wonderful teacher who inspired Brian’s great love of education, history, and reading. Brian’s close-knit and active family lives in Michigan, Indiana, and Louisiana. They can’t wait for another highchair at the table for holidays!
Both families have been very welcoming, loving, and embracing of us individually and together, and they are as excited about this next step in our family journey as we are!
We’re also blessed with a large family by choice. Through our participation in renaissance faires and reenacting, we have numerous brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, nieces and nephews, and several godchildren, all of whom will be a supportive and inspirational community to grow-up around.
What Led Us To Adoption
Adoption, to us, wasn’t just an option. It was the option. Brian was adopted at two months and has had a wonderful experience. Being adopted is special! Someone loved him so very much to give him the opportunity of a life like no other. And then, on top of that, his family was chosen just for him. It’s a unique gift to be given!
From our first date, we knew we wanted children. Family has been vitally important to both of us. There has never been a time that the importance and value of family have not been present. We could think of nothing we would love more than to introduce our values, love, and traditions to the next generation of our family.