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Daniel & Shannon

We are excited to be building our family through adoption. We had our first child using a donated egg, but the doctor has told Shannon that she should not become pregnant again. We both grew up with siblings, and always hoped to have multiple children in our family as well. We look forward to meeting you and the wonderful baby that you're bringing into the world!

About Us

Environmental Scientist
Master's Degree in Geology
Law Degree
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

In the Front Yard in the Fall

We love being parents and sharing our lives with our son, Vincent. However, the road to parenthood was not easy for us. Before we got married, we knew that it was possible that we might have fertility problems. When we were unable to conceive naturally, we started seeing a fertility doctor. Less invasive treatments were ineffective, and we eventually turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF) using an egg from an anonymous donor. Although Vincent arrived safely in 2020, the doctor strongly advised Shannon against getting pregnant again. Completing our family with an adopted child seems a natural fit for us. We will already be having conversations with our son about the unique circumstances of his birth, since Shannon is his mother, but not his genetic parent. We will greet our adopted child with the same love and open arms that we have for our son.

Vincent, now four years old, is excited about the prospect of being a big brother. He asks us lots of questions about what babies can do and picks out toys and books he wants to share. Preparing for your child's arrival in our home – decorating the baby's room and talking about how the new baby will change our routines -- has been a great experience for all of us because we've been able to do it together. It feels like the baby is a part of our family before he or she has even arrived.

Vincent will be a great big brother. He's got a goofy sense of humor and lots of energy. Outside, he likes to help Mom and Dad dig holes and plant flowers and add to his collection of cool rocks and sticks. Inside, he helps us cook; he can identify lots of ingredients and spices by sight, even though he can't read yet. He loves for us to read books to him about everything from trains and excavators to Cinderella. He frequently brings his toys and books into the baby's room to play by himself. It's like he's just waiting for the right playmate.

Our Leisure Time

Dancing Together

We met on the dance floor at a jitterbug swing dance event, and for a number of years, dancing was the core of our leisure time. We don't dance much anymore, but we still love to when we can. Nowadays, we are more likely to look forward to running/walking a 5K together.

We love tabletop gaming. We have a shelf in the living room with over 45 board games and puzzles. Daniel has been playing role-playing (Dungeons & Dragons-style) games with some of his friends since he was in grade school, and Shannon just joined a new board gaming group.

We love to travel. On one of our favorite vacations together, we went hang-gliding and hunted for shells on the white sand beaches of North Carolina. Shannon loves theme parks, and we had a great time seeing the Star Wars attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Closer to home, there is a lot to do in our city. We have a world-class zoo, a botanical garden, and a great symphony. We also do lots of events connected with Vincent's school. There's fun and holiday-themed events like Trunk-or-Treat, Shannon volunteers to work the book fair and as a lunch assistant, and Daniel volunteers to serve food at fundraisers.

We also both love to play the piano. We plan to get Vincent and your child involved in piano lessons, if they show interest. If either child does play, we will likely study alongside them, and the house will be filled with music.

Adoption in Our Family

We have several family members and friends in our circle who are adopted themselves or who are adoptive parents.

Two of Shannon's father's cousins are adopted and one of Daniel's cousins and his wife have adopted two sons from Korea.

Shannon talks to her Aunt Katie about once a month. Katie was adopted in the 1960s in a closed adoption. She located her birth mother some years ago and they have built a positive relationship. Katie is aware that we intend to adopt and she will be available to offer her love and an adoptee's perspective as we move forward.

In addition, one of Daniel's bosses, who he interacts with frequently, adopted both of her children as a single parent. Both of her children are of a different race than her, and one of them has special needs. One of their recent holiday cards included a family picture; their smiles were radiant. It was plain to see how happy adoption has made them as a family. Their experience has been an inspiration to us.

Finally, our son's daycare says they have several other families enrolled whose children are adopted. We look forward to connecting with them as we move forward.


At a 5K Race Fundraiser
At a 5K Race Fundraiser
Making Crescent Rolls Together
Making Crescent Rolls Together
Hiking in the Rockies
Hiking in the Rockies
Building a Crazy Castle
Building a Crazy Castle
Daniel Playing the Piano at a Friend's Wedding
Daniel Playing the Piano at a Friend's Wedding
On Vacation at the Cabin
On Vacation at the Cabin
Rainy Day at the Ballpark
Rainy Day at the Ballpark
Vincent at Basketball Camp
Vincent at Basketball Camp
Vincent & Shannon at Halloween
Vincent & Shannon at Halloween
Shannon & Vincent at Christmas
Shannon & Vincent at Christmas
Daniel & Vincent Decorate the Baby's Room
Daniel & Vincent Decorate the Baby's Room
Daniel & Vincent Shovel the Driveway
Daniel & Vincent Shovel the Driveway
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At a 5K Race Fundraiser
At a 5K Race Fundraiser
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Making Crescent Rolls Together
Making Crescent Rolls Together
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Hiking in the Rockies
Hiking in the Rockies
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Building a Crazy Castle
Building a Crazy Castle
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Daniel Playing the Piano at a Friend's Wedding
Daniel Playing the Piano at a Friend's Wedding
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On Vacation at the Cabin
On Vacation at the Cabin
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Rainy Day at the Ballpark
Rainy Day at the Ballpark
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Vincent at Basketball Camp
Vincent at Basketball Camp
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Vincent & Shannon at Halloween
Vincent & Shannon at Halloween
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Shannon & Vincent at Christmas
Shannon & Vincent at Christmas
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Daniel & Vincent Decorate the Baby's Room
Daniel & Vincent Decorate the Baby's Room
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Daniel & Vincent Shovel the Driveway
Daniel & Vincent Shovel the Driveway

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home in the Fall

We live in a suburb of a large Midwestern city, about 25 minutes from the city center. Our house is a three-bedroom ranch house with a nice yard. Our favorite rooms are the living room and kitchen; whenever we have people over, that's where people end up. There are seats at the counter so our guests can talk to us as we cook, and we can watch the kids play in the living room.

The baby's room has the best view in the house, onto our backyard, and a small wooded area. We see deer, hawks, owls, and the occasional fox and groundhog in our yard. The neighborhood is a quiet place with tree-lined streets, sidewalks and minimal traffic. We see dog-walkers and kids playing outside all the time. Our favorite park is about 10 minutes' drive away, with playground equipment for younger and older kids and a fountain that Vincent likes to run through in the summertime.

We chose this neighborhood in part because it is in the best school district in the area. As an added bonus, we've been happy with the daycare center we've found for Vincent, which is about three minutes' drive from our house. In addition to having an older brother, the baby will have lots of kids on our street and in our neighborhood to play with.

Our Extended Families

Daniel's Mom Tickling Vincent

Both of our parents live within 15 minutes' drive of our house. The baby will see both sets of grandparents at least once a week. In addition, we each have one sibling in town, who have families of their own. We see them for birthdays and holidays, and sometimes just to hang out. The child will have a cheering section at whatever activity they may get into and will have lots of people there to see them blow out their birthday candles.

When there's a problem, our families are there for us. This has been especially helpful because it means we have great baby-sitters when daycare closes early, we're juggling household events, or emergencies happen.

At the Zoo With Shannon's Family

Our families love holidays. Daniel's favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. His dad taught him to grill, and the guys all work the grill together. The table will be full of hamburgers, brats, roasted vegetables, and several kinds of BBQ sauce. Shannon's favorite holiday is Christmas. Her family loves to decorate a big tree and wrap gifts. Shannon's sister will put together a holiday playlist. We'll enjoy looking at each other's gifts and have a buffet lunch, with fruitcake, butter cookies, and chocolate peppermint cookies for dessert. But first, on Christmas Eve, we follow Daniel's family's tradition of driving around to look at Christmas lights with our son.

Our extended families are aware of and supportive of our adoption plan. They can't wait to meet the latest member of the family!

From Us to You

Hi, we are very happy that you have decided to learn more about us! We are honored that you are considering entrusting us with the precious little life you are about to bring into the world.

Let us tell you a bit about ourselves. We met on the dance floor in 2012 and have been married for about nine years. Shannon is an attorney at a large law firm, practicing banking and securities law and supporting underserved communities through her pro bono work. Daniel is an environmental scientist who works for a utility company. Both of us are fortunate to have jobs that allow us a measure of flexibility. We both work from home about 2 days each week and can take time off for vacations and to cover household responsibilities. We own our home. We don't presently have pets, although we remember our two cats fondly and look forward to adopting new pets into our life, once we're settled in with the baby we hope to adopt. We have one son, born in 2020, after four and a half years of fertility treatments, using an egg from an anonymous donor. He is the light of our lives and we'd love for him to have a little brother or sister. He asks us several times a week when the new baby is coming.

When we got married, we talked about and hoped for 2 or 3 kids, but we knew it was possible that we might have fertility problems - and we did. Getting pregnant was much harder than anyone would have thought and carrying a child also turned out to be more dangerous for Shannon than we had expected. Because of that, we decided not to attempt to get pregnant again and to instead grow our family through adoption.

We imagine that this must be a time of great stress and uncertainty for you. Every day moves you closer to one of the biggest decisions you will ever make: will you choose to parent, and if you choose not to, who will be the best parents for your child? We're sure that you will make the right decision for yourself and your child. Have faith in yourself, and you'll find the right answer in your heart.

In our experience, being parents is a balancing act, steadied by certain core principles that drive our lives:

  • We love and trust each other;
  • We're as well-prepared for the future as we can be;
  • We're committed to maintaining a loving and stable home for our son; and
  • We have room in our home and our hearts for another child.
  • Everything else is a process of discovery, a daily adventure that we take together.

    As you move forward, please remember that choosing to place your child for an open adoption does not mean the child disappears from your heart, or from your life. We'll send pictures and letters as the child grows. We should talk about a schedule for emails and phone calls, if you're interested. At least once in the child's first five years, we'll arrange a face-to-face meeting with you, if you're open to it. We promise you that the child will be raised to know your name, to honor your choice in placing him or her for adoption, and to think of you with respect. If the child is from a different ethnic or racial background than ours, we are prepared to forge relationships and learn how to connect the child to that part of their heritage.

    Adoption is a lifelong commitment. When you're ready, we look forward to meeting you and to talking about the kind of future we all hope to build for this child.

    Daniel & Shannon


    Michael Gambon, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Sam Elliot
    Tom Hiddleston, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
    Gemma Arterton, Meryl Streep, Annette Bening
    Julia Roberts, Judi Dench, Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Lawrence
    Penguins or cats
    R.A. Salvatore, Brent Weeks, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Michael A. Stackpole, Christopher Rowley
    Andy Weir, Amor Towles or Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Martian
    Candy Bar
    Voltron, Transformers
    Star Wars - Rebels, How to Train Your Dragon 1
    Childhood Memory
    Adventuring outside with my Dad
    Dad took me to see Return of the Jedi in theaters when I was 8. We had Junior Mints and popcorn and he got me a souvenir.
    Childhood Toy
    Legos, Ball push popper (looks kinda like a vacuum cleaner and the balls inside pop as you push it)
    X-wing fighter and my counted cross-stitch kits
    Children's Book
    Winken, Blynken, and Nod
    The Secret of NIMH
    Tulsa, OK is my favorite that I lived in.
    Can't pick just one; great people will make nearly anyplace seem fun.
    Classic Movie
    The Cameraman (Buster Keaton)
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Day of Week
    Any day can be good or bad
    Ice cream
    Ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce and extra cherries
    Disney Movie
    Fox and the Hound
    Beauty and the Beast or Moana
    Dream Car
    Impossible to answer without driving it.
    Red Mustang convertable
    Dream Job
    Game design
    Dream Vacation
    Going back to the Outer Banks, NC; trip to Spain
    Seeing the Pyramids at Giza
    Family Activity
    Playing games
    Cooking together, playing in the yard, board games
    Flower / Plant
    Dead Nettle
    Chicken Parmesan
    Italian, Thai or pub food
    Form of Exercise
    Working out with friends
    Gala apples
    Magic the Gathering
    Anything that's based more on strategy than luck
    Playing games (tabletop, video, etc.)
    Learning languages, gardening, swing dancing
    4th of July
    Holiday Song
    Christmans in Sarayevo
    O Holy Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Holiday lights
    Driving around on Christmas Eve and looking at the lights, baking chocolate peppermint cookies
    Ice Cream
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    My husband's homemade chocolate ice cream
    Junk Food
    Peanut M&Ms
    Junior Mints
    Leisure Activity
    Playing a game, reading
    Board games, looking for a new show on TV
    Men's Health
    People or In Style
    Memory with a Child
    Taking my son out in the yard his first spring, playing chase
    Vincent telling me how to reach the moon
    Memory with Spouse
    Movies, home-made pizza, and root beer on Friday nights. Also our wedding party - seriously one of the most fun parties ever.
    His smile when he used to step off the escalator at the airport
    Lucky Number Slevin, Spaced Invaders
    Star Wars: A New Hope.
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn and a Diet Coke
    Movie Quote
    Anyone else want to negotiate? (Bruce Willis in the Fifth Element)
    "The Force will be with you. Always."
    Movie Type
    Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Wicked, and Hamilton
    Musical Group
    Hard to pick, I've never had one group where I fell in love with everything they did, or the just the group itself.
    Ed Sheeran, Alison Kraus & Union Station
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle Twinkle
    Wynkin, Blinkin and Nod
    Olympic Event
    Don't have one currently, watched a lot of figure skating as a kid.
    Figure skating, gymnastics and diving
    Personal Hero
    Nightcrawler (of the X-Men)
    Abraham Lincoln
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
    Robert Frost
    Clement Clarke Moore
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her ability to care for others
    Upbeat and thoughtful
    You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that, a portion of courage lies in going on anyway.
    The one who says "I can" and the one who says "I can't" are both probably right.
    Andolini's Pizzaria
    Hot Turkey & Cheese
    Shopping Store
    Anyplace with a good petite department
    Be Yourself - Audioslave, House of the Rising Sun
    Patience (Guns 'n Roses)
    Sport to Play
    Never been athletic. Loved field hockey, but terrible at it. Liked rock climbing.
    Sport to Watch
    Baseball, intrigued by hockey
    Sports Star
    Ozzie Smith
    Yadi Molina
    Sports Team
    St. Louis Cardinals
    St. Louis Cardinals baseball
    Subject in School
    Foods class. Cooking was the most fun class I ever had in school.
    Spanish, biology and English
    The X-Men
    Iron Man
    Thing to Cook
    Chicken risotto with peas and zucchini
    Time of Day
    Afternoons and evenings
    Thanksgiving meal
    Baking Christmas cookies and decorating the tree
    TV Show
    Pretender, The Americans, Mandolorian, Burn Notice, Firefly, Ted Lasso
    Ted Lasso, White Collar, The Last Kingdom
    TV Show Character
    Zoe (Firefly) - cool under pressure with great wit.
    Neil Caffrey from White Collar, Captain Picard (from Star Trek)
    Type of Music
    Rock N Roll, Movie Soundtracks
    Movie soundtracks, salsa, pop
    Vacation Spot
    Outer Banks North Carolina, Mountains in Colorado
    A Disney park or the Outer Banks of North Carolina
    Video Game
    Final Fantasy 7
    Fallen Order

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