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Meet Joshua & Marc

Joshua & Marc

Fun Facts

Joshua’s Fun Facts

  • Created a small, non-profit community zoo with over 100 farm animals, exotic birds and other small animals.
  • Lived in Taiwan for 3 years, teaching English and exploring Asia
  • Born on Thanksgiving Day
  • Loves a good concert or Broadway show
  • Grows and cares for several household plants, including a rubber tree that’s been in the family for over 40 years
  • Is always ready to jump in the car for a road trip down south, out west or up to Canada


Marc’s Fun Facts

  • Loves to travel! Traveled to the Philippines alone at the age of 10 to visit his grandmother
  • Lived in New York City, San Francisco and Japan 
  • Is asthmatic, who’s completed 10 marathons (and running his 11th, 12th & 13th  in 2024)
  • Has skydived 2 times, once in Wisconsin and once in Mexico
  • Backpacked throughout Asia, visiting China, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Burma 
  • Has 2 “hitchhiker’s thumbs”
  • Is left-handed


Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. Our names are Marc & Joshua and we deeply desire to build a family unit filled with love, happiness and support. We are honored that you are taking the time to get to know us as you consider adoption. We are hopeful this will give you a glimpse into our life.

Walking down the aisle after “I Do”

Our Story

During our first date in the Spring of 2019, we shared with each other how our relationships with our grandparents shaped our lives and helped influence the people we have become as adults. We discussed how important family is to our lives and how we hope to one day have our own family.

We are Joshua and Marc, living in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. From the beginning of our relationship, we both knew we wanted to find a partner who enjoyed traveling the world and seeing what life has to offer. We have integrated traveling into our lives and enjoy a good road trip or adventure across the ocean. We enjoy supporting local businesses and advocacy in Chicago. 

 We were married in 2023, surrounded by our closest family and friends. We are eager to become parents and share our love for life with them!

Celebrating Marc’s Birthday

About Marc

Born in Chicago, Illinois, I’ve lived in different cities in the US and abroad but became an adult and found home here in Chicago. I’m unapologetically myself, and I welcome everyone I meet and create space to engage and embrace learning. Outside of working as an emergency room trauma nurse, I find time to embrace being a visible asthmatic runner for an LGBTQIA+ charity in the community. I am a foodie and enjoy taking Joshua to new restaurants throughout the city. I enjoy traveling, quality time with my chosen family and attending festivals. I also find great pleasure in reading a good book in the comfort of our home.

Exploring Italy on our Honeymoon

About Josh

Growing up in a small town in Iowa, I’ve fallen in love with the diversity and inclusivity of Chicago. As a public elementary school administrator, I am driven by cheering my students on at sporting events and theater or music productions while also striving to help educators support all students. When I am not supporting my school community, I enjoy travel (especially road trips), attending concerts or theater productions and cherishing moments with our families. I am also Marc’s biggest fan during his marathons and look forward to bringing our kiddo along to cheer! I am also a strong advocate for human rights, student needs and worker rights, both through organizational efforts and participation in demonstrations and civil disobedience.

Dressed up for a wedding in Napa


As our feelings about open adoption are important to us, we are flexible based on your needs and wants during this difficult decision. We want you to be comfortable and to honor your wishes in maintaining communication and visits. We intend to be flexible based on your needs and wants.

We can all work together to define our version of openness. From periodic visits to pictures sent via emails or updates, all of us together can come to understand what is most comfortable for you. We want to assure you that your child will be nurtured and loved. We will welcome and embrace your wishes through this journey and we are here to support a collective definition of openness for our family.

While we may not fully grasp the complexities of your journey, we appreciate the faith and love underlying your consideration of adoption. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our desire to be parents with a focus on openness, multiculturalism and love. We hope to provide a nurturing home filled with warmth, understanding and unwavering support.

With Love,

Joshua & Marc

Joshua & Marc Family Photos

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