Hello! We are Jill and Tony, and we're happy to share our story with you.

We have always wanted to have a family. Since we started our journey, we have learned a great deal. That said, we still cannot fully understand everything that you have been through or will go through, and we offer our support. 

We recognize the tough decision you face, as you seek to find a path based on the best interest of the child, out of love, courage and selflessness. We can provide a wholesome environment and support an open adoption that allows the child to soar. 

Thank you for clicking on our profile and giving us a chance.

Our Story

We met at a fitness center, where Tony was a personal trainer. We spent time together outside of the gym – first as friends. Then, Tony expressed he had “butterflies”. We dated, met families, traveled, cooked, volunteered and truly enjoyed spending time with each other.

Three years later and while on vacation to Disney World, Tony got down on one knee and asked Jill to marry him. 

In 2013, we hosted a destination wedding that brought our families together for an experience beyond just the ceremony. We were successful in making our marriage official and creating lasting memories for family and friends.

Why We Want to Adopt

Our families played an important role in shaping our relationship. We love being an aunt and uncle to many nieces and nephews, and we look forward to having children of our own. We went through two natural pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. We also had one unsuccessful round of IVF.

We have friends who adopted two daughters, and they introduced us to the Cradle. While looking at options, we attended an adoption orientation meeting. We were drawn to the Cradle’s commitment to doing what is best for the child and to open adoption. We see open adoption as a blessing. We recognize the benefits of allowing our child to know their birth mother, their ethnic background and their story.

After hearing the stories from birth mothers and adopted parents, we knew this was the path for us.

About Jill

I am blessed with a family full of unconditional love and support. I was born in Iowa near my father’s family and raised in Louisiana near my mother’s family. I was always close to family on both sides. My early childhood memories are from my grandma’s farm, and my cousins were my first friends.

I was the first in my family to graduate from college. My first job was a toy safety engineer, where I learned a lot about child development and safety. I have a successful career in communications that has given me great experience and the opportunity to travel to more than 35 countries on 6 continents.

I am a true optimist who is grateful for what I am given and driven to make a positive difference when I can. I love traveling, trying new things, dancing, driving fast cars and laughing at clever humor.

What I am looking most forward to as a parent is sharing life’s moments… like watching them take their first step, having our first Christmas morning together, baking cookies, introducing them to music and having spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen.

Why Tony loves Jill…

Jill is not only my wife but my best friend. She is one of the most thoughtful, loving, generous, caring and supportive people that I know. She can connect with anyone and makes them feel like the most important person during their time together. I have no doubt that she would make a great mother because she has the natural instincts to care for others. 

One of the first qualities that attracted me to Jill was how easy it was to talk with her. I felt valued and cared for upon just meeting her. I have also witnessed Jill’s love and care for her nieces. As a mom, I see Jill caring for our child and providing support and counsel to encourage them to grow.

Jill makes sure that everyone from the oldest to the youngest can participate and enjoys our family time together. My side of the family has come to appreciate Jill and how easily she fits in.   

Jill has a positive mindset and optimistic attitude that she applies to any area of life. I know that as a mother, she would cherish the little moments and look to create memories as a family. 

About Tony

I grew up on the NW side of Chicago. As the youngest of three boys, I developed great survival skills, including strength and sense of humor. My parents valued education, and my participation in sports and clubs helped me to understand respect, responsibility and integrity.

One of my proudest moments was leaving my career in fitness to pursue my life-long passion and dream of being a teacher. I am patient and a life-long learner who enjoys working with children. I strive to be a positive role model in their lives and provide them with useful educational tools for success.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have a positive, “can do” attitude, and I’m usually up for anything. I love live music and try to get to concerts when I can. I enjoy cooking all types of ethnic foods and look for ways to make recipes better. Mostly, I am still a kid at heart and find joy in the little things like animated movies, a stop at the ice cream truck and singing lyrics to a song (badly).

As a dad, I look forward to being a positive influence who sees them through their successes and any tough times. I look forward to coaching and supporting my child in any activity they are interested in. I will encourage my child to read, explore and learn new things – not just be a observer of life, but a participant.

Why Jill loves Tony…

He is the peanut butter to my jelly. Tony brings more passion, joy and uncontrollable laughter to my life. I know he will make a great dad, for the same reasons that I love him.

I first fell in love with Tony when he spoke about his family. It was easy to see how much he cared for them. Tony was an immediate fit into my family, too. They love him, and each has built a personal connection with him.

As a natural teacher and coach, he motivates others to learn and tackle new challenges. He has unparalleled patience and keeps great perspective in chaos or conflict.

He is a “gentle giant” at a height of 6’7”, with a caring and confident presence. People are drawn to him – especially kids of all ages.

Best of all, Tony can bring fun to even the most routine activities, like grocery shopping. He has a great sense of humor, and he reminds me to laugh often.

Simply put, I love Tony because he makes every part of everyday better.

Thank You

We have the space in our hearts and our home for children. If we are given this privilege to adopt your baby, always know we will unconditionally love and cherish your child and they will forever know the sacrifices you have made out of love.

We are comfortable with any level of openness that you desire. We are excited about the idea that the child could receive love from everyone in their family circle. We are flexible about cultivating the kind of relationship you seek.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read our story. We respect your decision to follow your heart and pray that God will give you the strength and courage to do what is best for you and your child.

Fun facts

  • Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Favorite Animated Movie: Toy Story series
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Mohawk (family lake house)
  • Favorite Meal: spaghetti with homemade meatballs
  • Favorite Childhood Memory: going undefeated in T-ball
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Ice-Cream Flavor: Oberweis Blueberry Pie
  • Biggest Fear: heights
  • Biggest Accomplishment: going to graduate school
  • Favorite Game: Pictionary
  • Favorite Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Favorite Animated Movie: Beauty and the Beast
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Italy
  • Favorite Meal: smothered pork chops with rice and gravy
  • Favorite Childhood Memory: playing kickball with my cousins
  • Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
  • Favorite Ice-Cream Flavor: chocolate and peanut butter
  • Biggest Fear: moths
  • Biggest Accomplishment: global success from a small town
  • Favorite Game: Heads Up!

Pregnant and exploring adoption?

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).

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