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John and Erika

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John and Erika

Welcome!

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us a little better. We are John and Erika, and our dog, Bellah. We cannot imagine what you are going through right now and we feel honored that you are considering us to parent your child. We hope this page will show you about our lives and how we would welcome your child into our family.

We are very lucky to have a supportive circle of family and friends, which includes some young children. We look forward to including a child in our traditions and celebrations, as well as incorporating their family and culture. Our hope is to have an open relationship with you and that we can all always put the child’s needs first.

Thank you,
John & Erika

 

At A Glance
Ethnicity:

Erika is German, Irish, and Italian
John is German and Irish

Education:

Erika has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree
John has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Food Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professions:

Erika is an elementary school social worker
John is a flavor chemist

When did you meet and month/year of marriage:

We met in August of 2014 and got married in May of 2018

Religion:

We are both currently Catholic. Erika grew up in the Catholic faith and John grew up Lutheran

Information on your home/community:

We live in a ranch home in the northwest suburbs. We are very close to great public schools, the library, parks, and restaurants.

Number of children:

We do not have any children currently.

Pets:

We have one dog, Bellah, an 8 year old terrier mix. We got her from a shelter in 2016. She loves meeting new people, especially kids.

Desired contact with a birth family:

We would love to have an open relationship with the birth family that is comfortable for everyone. We hope to have regular communication and visits with the birth family.

In one sentence, why do you want to adopt a child?

We believe that families can be formed in many ways and we can provide a loving home for a child.

Fun Facts & Favorites
Favorite Childhood Memory:

Erika: Taking trips to southwest Michigan with her family to enjoy the beach
John: Traveling to Australia with his parents

TV Show/Movie:

We love Star Wars, anything Disney, and finding new shows to watch together on Netflix

Book:

Erika: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
John: “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Hobby:

Erika: Running, cooking, and gardening
John: Running, reading, and learning how to use our new smoker for meat

Food:

Erika: Ice cream
John: Anything barbecued

Vacation:

We love going to Colorado to visit family and ski. We love taking new adventures together.

Family Tradition:

Baking over 30 different types of Christmas cookies with Erika’s family
Going to as many fireworks shows around the Fourth of July as possible

Holiday Memory:

Getting engaged just after Christmas in Nicaragua

Fun Facts:

We both love reading and frequently read the same book so that we can talk about it together.

What Friends Say

“Erika and John put family at the center of their relationship. They care about their friends and create community. They will make great parents because they put other people first. We are excited to welcome a new member to our big family; any child would be lucky to be placed with my sister and her husband!” – Natasha, Erika’s sister

 

“Erika and John are smart, funny, thoughtful, and always seeking to be better. I believe a child’s life will be enriched by the strength of their partnership, their beautiful network of family and friends, and the immense love in their home.” – Francesca, friend of 18 years

 

“The couple is family oriented and value what it takes to make a strong family. Their home would be ideal for any child, where he or she would receive all the love and attention that they had to offer. Their home has a strong foundation based in their faith, and rooted in love for each other, perfect for any child to grow to their full potential!” – Jessica & Sean, friends

Find Out More About John & Erika

Contact a Social Worker at 847-870-8181 or email information@hopefulbeginning.org.
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