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Alec & Cherise

We are honored that you are taking the time to learn more about our family and we respect the decisions that you are making for your child. Adoption has been a big part of our lives and it has always been a part of our family plan. We feel blessed to be on this journey and we are excited to welcome another child through adoption.

About Us

International Business Consultant
Master's Degree in Psychology
Master's Degree in Education/Spanish
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Florida Vacation

Adoption has always been part of our plan to grow a family and it has been a big part of our lives. We have one daughter who is adopted and we have regular contact with her birth mom. Our lives have also been touched by adoption in many other ways. A relative of Alec's made the courageous decision to place her first child for adoption when she was 18 years old and Cherise's father was adopted. We also have several family members, close friends, and neighbors who have adopted.

We have been blessed to be able to witness the love that has come from all of these relationships and we know that we have immense support from our close community. We plan to have open and developmentally appropriate, conversations with the children about their adoptions. Becoming parents through adoption has been the most fulfilling experience of our lives. We've learned so much and feel honored that we have the opportunity to be adopting again.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

A Night Out

Alec About Cherise: Cherise is a loving, dedicated, courageous, and authentic human being. She is an incredible mother and wife. One of Cherise's most prominent characteristics is her capacity for love. She takes genuine interest in the lives of the people around her and is willing to make sacrifices so that her family and friends are able to have their needs met. She also demonstrates a deep sense of balance as she gracefully manages all of the different roles she plays throughout her day. She is a true role model for the people around her.

Cherise About Alec: Alec is an intelligent, dedicated, and creative individual. He is the most amazing husband, father, and best friend. He has been a rock for our family when we've navigated challenges and he has been the most supportive partner. Alec is a mental health therapist and he is passionate about helping others grow into their best selves. Alec is extremely proud to be a father and it is so special to see how much he loves our daughter and how much he wants to grow our family.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is a big part of our lives. Cherise is bi-racial, our daughter is bi-racial, and we have a culturally diverse family. It is very important to us that our children learn to celebrate the beautiful differences that exist in our world.

We believe that experience and role modeling are the best teachers. We will expose your child to a variety of cultures and diverse people. This includes not only race, but also people who have different financial means, different beliefs, and different cultures.

After living abroad in Spain, Cherise started working with an international nonprofit to promote cultural exchanges and this led to a career advocating the importance of cultural diversity. She spent several years traveling the world engaging with people of different cultures, religions, and ethnicities, and she founded an international nonprofit that focuses on cultural learning to support world peace. Through these experiences we have had international students live with us and these opportunities have solidified our want to expose our future child to different cultures and beliefs.


Cherise & Willamena
Cherise & Willamena
Halloween Fun
Halloween Fun
Biking Around Our Beautiful City
Biking Around Our Beautiful City
Hiking in Arizona
Hiking in Arizona
Willamena Love
Willamena Love
Nieces & Nephews
Nieces & Nephews
Cherise's Homemade Birthday Cake for Willamena
Cherise's Homemade Birthday Cake for Willamena
Hiking in Portugal
Hiking in Portugal
Family Camping Trip
Family Camping Trip
Alec Teaching Willamena to Slackline
Alec Teaching Willamena to Slackline
Hiking Machu Picchu in Peru
Hiking Machu Picchu in Peru
Race Day
Race Day
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Cherise & Willamena
Cherise & Willamena
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Halloween Fun
Halloween Fun
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Biking Around Our Beautiful City
Biking Around Our Beautiful City
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Hiking in Arizona
Hiking in Arizona
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Willamena Love
Willamena Love
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Nieces & Nephews
Nieces & Nephews
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Cherise's Homemade Birthday Cake for Willamena
Cherise's Homemade Birthday Cake for Willamena
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Hiking in Portugal
Hiking in Portugal
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Family Camping Trip
Family Camping Trip
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Alec Teaching Willamena to Slackline
Alec Teaching Willamena to Slackline
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Hiking Machu Picchu in Peru
Hiking Machu Picchu in Peru
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Race Day
Race Day

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We love living in Wisconsin. The city we live in is culturally diverse which is very important to us. We live ten minutes outside of a big city in a residential neighborhood. We live one block away from a gorgeous park, pool, community garden, and city bike path that we use often. We also live just two blocks away from the local elementary school. Our house is situated on a cul-de-sac where the neighborhood children are always out playing. We love visiting a variety of local farmers markets and festivals with family and friends that live nearby. We are centrally located to our zoo, museums, and city center which keeps us busy.

Our Backyard Retreat

We live in a four-bedroom, two bath house, with lots of room for little ones to grow. We love cooking in our bright kitchen that overlooks our yard. We spend a lot of time in our backyard where we have an amazing vegetable garden and beautiful deck that Alec built.

Our Extended Families

Cherise's Family

Our families are a big part of our lives and we enjoy spending quality time with them. Cherise has four siblings and Alec has one sister. We have a combined total of 16 nieces and nephews who keep us on our toes. We love having our nieces and nephews over for sleepovers and playdates. With our families living close by, we see them weekly for quick visits, family dinners, day trips, bonfires, bike rides, outings to local events, or birthday parties, because there is always a birthdate to celebrate. We also love traveling with our families for yearly camping and beach trips.

Alec's Family

We are very involved in our families' lives and we couldn't imagine our lives without them. We are so grateful that we have an extensive support network of family and friends to be part of our children's lives. Our families and friends are overjoyed that we are adopting again and they are almost as excited as we are.

From Us to You

We are filled with a sense of gratitude that you are taking the time to learn more about our family. We want you to know that if we are chosen, we will provide your child with a safe, loving, and supportive home. We are genuinely excited to get to know you as well, in the ways that you are comfortable.

We cannot imagine the journey that you have been on and how difficult this decision may be. Please know that we work hard to live by our values like honesty, compassion, and respect, and we intend to remain open to you through letters, photos, emails, and visits if this is what you'd want.

We have been together for 14 years and married for seven. In that time, we have moved across the country, traveled the world, supported one another on finding our true callings in life, and worked hard to cultivate lives that allow us to be present and active parents and partners.

Adoption has always been part of our plan to grow our family and we were blessed to adopt our daughter almost two years ago. Becoming parents has been the most rewarding experience of our lives and we are forever grateful that we were chosen. We hope to adopt again so our daughter can have a sibling and we know that they will have a very special bond through adoption.

Alec is a business owner and mental health therapist and he is passionate about his work. He has always been interested in learning about the human condition and was taught by his parents to respect and help other people. Alec brings his experiences from his work into his personal life with the goal of continuing to develop and grow as a person. Alec loves being a father. He prides himself on providing unconditional support as a parent, and wants the children to grow into well-rounded, honest, and loving human beings.

Cherise has a background in education and spent years traveling the world for work. After living abroad, she founded an international nonprofit to advocate the importance of cultural diversity and world peace. As a business owner, she has the flexibility to work from home and make her own hours so she can be active with the children as they grow. Her goal is to instill the importance of balance in the children's lives, as we believe life is about living each day to the fullest.

Family and friends are very important to us. They are a big part of our daughter's life and they are excited that we are adopting again. We currently have 16 nieces and nephews and as their favorite aunt and uncle, we value our time with them. We are honest with them, we teach them how to respect others, and we have lots of fun together! Your child will be welcomed into a community full of love.

Thank you for taking this time to learn more about our family.

With love,

Alec & Cherise


Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Jennifer Lawrence
Maya Rudolph
Eric Larson
Brene Brown
Dare To Lead
Candy Bar
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Ninja Turtles
Childhood Memory
Playing kick the can at night with the neighborhood kids
Camping with family
Childhood Toy
Troll Dolls
Children's Book
I wish I has a computer that made waffles
Put Me In The Zoo
San Diego
San Diego
Classic Movie
Christmas Vacation
Day of Week
Banana Split
Key Lime Pie
Disney Movie
Lion King
Dream Car
Dream Job
Surfing and beach reviewer
Owning an International Hostel
Dream Vacation
Surfing in Thailand
Family Activity
Going on adventures in the woods
Flower / Plant
Tomato Plant
Peanut Butter
Homemade mushroom and parmesan risotto
Form of Exercise
Making floral arrangements
Holiday Song
The whole Mariah Carey Christmas album
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey
Holiday Tradition
Cooking with family
Cooking with family
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies
Leisure Activity
Spa Day
Psychology Today
Women's Health
Memory with a Child
Holding my daughter in my arms when she sleeps
Watching my adopted daughter be born and cutting the cord
Memory with Spouse
Walking to get ice cream in a blizzard
Honeymoon camping off the grid
5th Element
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"I was running" Forest Gump
"I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it." Elf
Movie Type
Musical Group
Foo Fighters
Adel & Sam Smith
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Sprider
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
100 Meter Spint
Personal Hero
My Uncle, Tom
Older Brother
Moon Over Buffalo
Moon Over Buffalo
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
"Be a rock that rolls"
"The only way out is through." Robert Frost
Maxie's Southern Comfort
Maxies Southern Comfort
Homemade Gilled Cheese
Shopping Store
Home Depot
TJ Maxx
"Wind Up" Foo Fighters
Video- India Arie
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Aaron Rodgers
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Sports Team
Subject in School
Ninja Turtles
Thing to Cook
Homemade Cornbread
Time of Day
Cooking with family
Cooking from scratch
TV Show
The Office
Parks and Recreation
TV Show Character
Michael Scott
Amy Poehler
Type of Music
Rock N Roll
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Mario Cart

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