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Robyn & Andrew

Our Story

HI!

We're Robyn & Andrew. While our paths may have been different to get to this point in time, we are here together now. How much we appreciate your decision to learn more about us is hard to put in to words but a humble thank you is where we can start.

If we are chosen, we are here to follow your lead and help you along the way with your choice in any way that we can, be it adoption, your decision to parent or otherwise. Our support, sharing, and understanding will always be there for you to have.

We've been together since 2005 when we met in college as guidance counselors. We've grown quite a bit in that time through our love for each other and shared experiences. We try not to take ourselves too serious and love everything the world has to offer. Travel, design, goofy Halloween costumes, ice cream, antique markets, Chicago, drawing and painting, photography, reading, museums, food at home, food in restaurants, and music in all forms are some of the things you can find us enjoying on any given day. We truly look forward to sharing that love and excitement and seeing these things through new eyes and the perspective of our child!

WHY ADOPTION

This is a photo of Andrew's Mom (Bonnie) with her adoptive parents on the day she was adopted. The act of adoption has never been far from our minds. We have always loved the thought of growing our family through adoption and all that comes with an adoptive child and their birth family joining with ours, if they so choose. Here we are today with more excitement and happiness than ever!

OPENNESS IN ANY FORM

Our goal through the practice of open adoption is to give perspective to those tough questions of loss and abandonment so that they can be understood and used as a positive in our child's journey through life. It represents many other things to us as well, such as sharing with our child what adoption is and how our family came to be because of it. It will never be a taboo subject and any questions that come about will be answered honestly in a form that is appropriate for the age they're at.

It also includes sharing with you. We understand that might not be something you want or are ready for at this stage. That is absolutely okay! We will follow your cues as to how much communication you're ready for at any given time and will keep an open heart and understanding that what the openness looks like can change. Email, texts, Facetime, calls and visits are all forms of contact we're ready for!

Fun Facts

Robyn
  • I used to be very afraid of potatoes, only slightly afraid currently.
  • Loves anything and everything Disney, including Star Wars.
  • A proud Slytherin. My two sisters and I have matching tattoos of the Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter.
  • My favorite color is purple, although nothing I own is purple.
  • I do not like the smell of freshly cut grass.
Andrew
  • I have what has been described as a goat's stomach, there's nothing I can't eat.
  • I broke my nose in grade school in basketball practice while not playing basketball.
  • I almost entirely take photos with 35mm and 120 format film and develop photos for our family photo albums.
  • I have a rock collection that is made up of rocks from every place we visit.
  • My hair has been gray since the age of 16.

"Robyn & Andrew" Family Photos

  • At the Kane County Flea Market
  • Popsicles at the air & water show
  • Robyn’s family
  • Andrew’s family
  • The ‘Tree of Life’
  • Nieces & Nephew at Christmas
  • Decorating gingerbread cookies
  • Biz, Sara, and Robyn getting matching Deathly Hallows tattoos
  • Playing board games with Robyn’s family
  • Photo of Robyn taking photo of Andrew in Russia
  • Biking Montrose Hill
  • Lawn games with Andrew’s family
  • Robyn’s family at Niagara Falls
  • Jumping off the dock in the St. Lawrence River
  • Star Wars sweater Christmas gathering
  • Exploring the Milwaukee Museum of Art
  • Violet, the cat, working from home
  • Violet catching an afternoon nap
  • Visiting ‘House on the Rock’
  • Robyn & Andrew making stuff

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.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

If you’d like us to contact you, please use the form below.

If you are looking to adopt a child, please schedule a call with an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

If you are an adopted person looking for information, please schedule an informational consultation with our post adoption department.

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