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You are facing an important and life-changing decision, and you are making a brave, unselfish, and loving choice. Thank you for considering me for the most-important role, parenthood.

Please keep reading to learn more about the kind of person I am, the loving family that surrounds and supports me, and the life that I envision for myself and my future child. 

Our Story

About Me

I was a city kid, born and raised in Chicago. I loved growing up in an urban neighborhood, where I could walk to school, go to the corner store on my own, and play soccer games in the nearby park. Mom and dad worked hard to make sure my little sister and I grew up in a loving, stable home, with wonderful opportunities to explore our world and find our own paths in life.  

Now, I own a business that helps city governments and non-profit organizations find funds for community projects, like building new playgrounds and parks. Watching happy people enjoy these places has been one of the great joys of my life.

I work hard, but I always make time for friends and family. I especially enjoy camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. I also particularly enjoy playing with my charming nephew. As a volunteer, I lead architecture tours of Chicago, showing people the beautiful buildings of my hometown.


As a future single parent, I welcome an open adoption. To the extent you are willing, I want to engage you in the child’s life, and share your traditions and culture. Openness is a journey, and I understand how your interest in engagement may change over time. The door is always open to you.

Parenting Plan

Growing up in a city was a great experience, and I want my child to enjoy the same opportunities and (safe) adventures that I did. I live in a vibrant neighborhood with lots of kid-friendly places and activity. An award-winning day care is just a couple of blocks away from my home as well as excellent public schools. In our free time, we will enjoy the neighborhood community center, close-by parks and Chicago’s famous lakefront. 

Being a single parent will be a unique experience. I am prepared to overcome the challenges and embrace the distinctiveness of our situation. My family is very supportive of my plans. They are all eager to participate in the child’s life and provide care as needed.

Thank You

Thank you for spending this time to get to know me. I hope to meet you soon and learn more about you.

All the best,

Fun Facts

  • Odd food allergies: Something called Jamaican Hog Plums. (Seriously, it’s a thing.)
  • Favorite teams: Iowa Hawkeyes football and Chicago Cubs baseball
  • Best National Park: I’ve visited 25 National Parks so far, and they’ve all been great
  • Skill I gained in my 30s: Cooking!
  • Volunteer activity: Architecture tour guide
  • Most rewarding experience: Helping families from New Orleans rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina
  • First movie: The Empire Strikes Back (and still one of my favorites)
  • Only states I have not yet visited: Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska

"Dan" Family Photos

Contact the Cradle

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

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