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Jeff & Jo

We are Jo and Jeff from Chicago. We met as students 10 years ago and have been together ever since. As you read about us in the coming pages, we hope to show you a diverse and loving family, already formed by adoption. We greatly admire your courage in this very difficult time, and we wish you strength in whatever you decide. Thank you for taking the time to meet us here.

About Us

Technology Strategy
Mergers & Acquisitions
Master's Degree in Business
Master's Degree in Business
Legally Married

Our Life Priorities

On Our Front Steps With Our Dog, Hans

We are explorers at heart! We spend every weekend walking around our city's neighborhoods and parks looking for an adventure. We love to visit new places and try new food - especially Mexican food! Jo plans out which neighborhood to visit and Jeff orders in Spanish. Recently we went to a local arboretum for "Dog Day." Our dog Hans was super excited, he couldn't resist jumping into every puddle he saw. By the time we finished, Hans was the muddiest dog in the whole park!

We are purposeful on making sure we have "family time" each day. We make it a habit to have a coffee together every morning, helping get everyone's day off to the right start. Our dog, Hans, likes to sleep in, and he won't get out of his bed until we are downstairs and dressed, seated on the couch, with a coffee in hand – and then he snuggles in our lap. Your child would start every day knowing they are loved with quality family time.

We also like to relax on the couch to unwind from the day. Recently, we've gotten into a "classic" TV show, NCIS Los Angeles. We love the friendship between the two main characters; they bicker and love each other like siblings! While it may not be most award-winning show, it helps us relax and laugh at the end of the day.

We can promise your child will have a balanced life of family time at home, lots of fun adventures, and different types of experiences.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Jeff Playing Tennis

Jo About Jeff: If I only had one word to describe Jeff, it would be "kind." Jeff is truly one of the best, most sincere people I have ever met. He rarely gets upset and is great with people from all walks of life. When Jo's sister lost her job at the beginning of the pandemic, Jeff invited her to move in with us to save money. Jeff loves learning and trying new things. One of his ongoing passions is practicing his Spanish. He's a near-fluent speaker, and he practices his Spanish with our Spanish-speaking neighbors every chance he gets.

Jo Volunteering for River Clean-Up Day

In the same way that Jeff supports and cares for other people, he will support and care for a child through all of life's challenges. Whether it's sharing his love of tennis or helping them speak Spanish y ser bilingüe (be bilingual), Jeff is going to be an amazing dad to his children.

Jeff About Jo: Jo has a huge heart. She is very alert to the needs of those around her and is generous in her response to those needs. Jo loves giving back – she grew up on a farm in a small town and was raised with "community" as a core value. She loves being a part of our city and is very involved in volunteering.

Jo is going to be an incredible mom who is loving and attentive to her children – caring for them deeply, inspiring them with the possibilities found in books, and providing them with a strong sense of community.

Our Professional Lives

Jo works from home, doing mergers and acquisitions. Her schedule is very flexible, and she frequently work with Hans on her lap! Jo would be available at the drop of a hat for any and all school events and key life moments!

Jeff works from home in technology strategy for a bank. He has a very predictable schedule, working from home, and takes Hans for an afternoon walk each day. Your child would have Jeff at home all day, and lots of fun outside each day with he and Hans on their daily walks!

We both feel that doing well in your work in important to personal well-being – but family comes first, always. We have worked hard to get where we are, but we are proud of the balance we have as well.


Dressed Up for a Wedding
Dressed Up for a Wedding
Jeff & Hans Boating
Jeff & Hans Boating
Biking Trip With Jeff's Parents
Biking Trip With Jeff's Parents
Board Games in the Kitchen
Board Games in the Kitchen
Chicago City Adventures
Chicago City Adventures
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
At a Local Brewery
At a Local Brewery
Christmas With Jo's Family
Christmas With Jo's Family
Jeff Skiing
Jeff Skiing
Morning Coffee on the Couch
Morning Coffee on the Couch
Jo on a Countryside Jog
Jo on a Countryside Jog
Road Trip
Road Trip
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Dressed Up for a Wedding
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Jeff & Hans Boating
Jeff & Hans Boating
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Biking Trip With Jeff's Parents
Biking Trip With Jeff's Parents
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Board Games in the Kitchen
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Chicago City Adventures
Chicago City Adventures
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New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
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At a Local Brewery
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Christmas With Jo's Family
Christmas With Jo's Family
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Jeff Skiing
Jeff Skiing
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Morning Coffee on the Couch
Morning Coffee on the Couch
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Jo on a Countryside Jog
Jo on a Countryside Jog
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Road Trip
Road Trip

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in Chicago! And we love our city!

Our home is a big house with a yard and a beautiful back deck where we spend every minute we can. Our favorite activity is sitting on the deck, enjoying the warm summer breeze while we grill dinner.

We live in an amazing and very safe neighborhood. Our local public school is very good, with a diverse population of students and lots of extra-curricular activities, and we are within walking distance of 7 playgrounds where the neighborhood kids play. We also live walking distance to a zoo, which is our favorite place to bring our nieces and nephews.

Halloween on Our Street

Another great spot that is walking distance from our house is a beautiful lake with a beach. We often walk along the lake with our dog and go to beach with friends. This summer, we organized a day of volleyball with our friends at the same court where we met. Even though it has been a few years since we first met on the volleyball court, nothing had changed. Jo was still captain of the team, and Jeff just tried to keep the ball in!

We live on a designated "Halloween street," and it's a big holiday for everyone on the block. This year, we dressed up as The Incredibles and gave out 1,500 pieces of candy in only 5 hours. It is always such an exciting evening!

Our Extended Families

Jeff's Family

We both have large, welcoming families. The child who becomes a part of our family will be immensely loved by 2 great-grandparents, 4 grandparents (with both sets still married 35+ years!), 12 aunts and uncles, and 4 cousins (so far!)!

Our family is diverse and very close, and adoption is a big part of our family. Not only does Jo have three siblings who were adopted, but our brother-in-law's father and Jeff's childhood friend were also adopted. We view adoption as making our family stronger, since each person brings a different set of talents and perspectives to the family.

Jo's Family

Recently, we took a trip to Thailand so Jo's sister, Maita, could visit the country where she was born. She was able to find out more about her birth parents and visit the orphanage where she lived before she was adopted. We feel very grateful that the child in our home will have others who share his or her story of adoption; while these stories will be different, we hope it will also help them feel seen, understood, and belonging.

While we know adoption can carry such loss and heaviness, we have also seen the beauty. And so, when we decided to start our family, adoption was already at the top of our minds.

From Us to You

From Jo's Sister Ni:
I'm Jo's sister, and Jeff's sister-in-law, and I was adopted as an infant. I'm writing this in the hope of giving you a little first-hand perspective of what your child's life would be like in our family.

Even when I was little, I never once questioned that Jo was my sister. She never made me feel different because I was adopted. She knows that family is not just blood, it is those who are there for you, who love you unconditionally, and who support you when you need it most. I remember when I ran away as a kid; Jo was the first one to realize I was missing and came and found me at our neighbor's house. She comforted me and brought me home.

In the case of Jeff, it has been my family who has "adopted" him – and I now view him as one of my siblings. Jeff and I have spent a lot of time discussing adoption, and I have told him about my personal experience. Jeff even started supporting my mother and I with our mission work at an orphanage in Nicaragua. We often get letters in Spanish, and Jeff helps translate them for us. Recently, Jeff helped us translate a letter from a pastor Mendez, even though he has never been to a church service in Spanish, and had to look up many of the words!

My husband and I recently had a daughter who we named Sapphira Jo. When my husband and I were thinking of who we would want to take care of her if anything ever happened to us, Jeff and Jo were the clear choice. They have been like second parents to me and would make great adoptive parents to our child. At Sapphira's baptism, I teared up hearing them swear to that effect in front of the church. We are lucky to be a family.

From Jeff & Jo:
Thank you again for letting us be here. From the bottom of our hearts, we are very grateful that you have taken the time to consider us as adoptive parents for your child. We know this must be an emotional process and we have the utmost respect for you as you try to decide what is best for you and your child. We have seen from personal experience how adoption can create an amazing family, and we are hopeful to embark on that journey with you. If you choose us, your child would grow up in a loving home, and we would speak of you often to your child. We look forward to sharing regular updates and photos to your level of comfort. If you do choose adoption and our family to join you in loving this child, we are excited to get to know YOU as well over the course of the next few months and the many years to come. The gift of adoption would be the greatest joy of our life. Thank you for considering giving us this chance. May you find peace and strength as you decide.

Jeff & Jo


Tom Hanks
Will Smith
Scarlett Johansen
Sandra Bullock
Ken Follett
Fredrik Bachman
Hammer of Eden
A Man Called Ove
Candy Bar
Tom & Jerry
Childhood Memory
Jumping into my Dad's arms after winning a baseball game!
Getting my first puppy, Angel, for Christmas!
Childhood Toy
Wooden Spoon
Red Wagon
Children's Book
Green Eggs and Ham
Winnie the Pooh
Mexico City
Classic Movie
The Wizard of Oz
Day of Week
Carrot Cake
Ice Cream Cake
Disney Movie
Dream Car
Dream Job
Tennis Playing
Dream Vacation
Egyptian Pyramids
Alaska Cruise
Family Activity
Family secret Santa for gifts
New Year's Eve Together
Flower / Plant
Pine Tree
Huevos Rancheros
Form of Exercise
Playing Tennis
Playing Tennis
Settlers of Catan
Scrabble with my siblings
Playing Tennis
Labor Day and watching the US Open tennis tournament
Holiday Song
We Three Kings
White Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Decorating the Christmas tree
Driving around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights
Ice Cream
Dairy Queen Blizzard
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Walking the dog
Watching TV
Men's Health
People Magazine
Memory with a Child
Bouncing my niece on my lap - she loves to jump!
Meeting my new niece and nephew for the first time - both in the last year!
Memory with Spouse
Celebrating Jo's 35th birthday with all our friends on the rooftop
Celebrating Jeff's birthday and 10 years together
James Bond
Miss Congeniality
Movie Munchie
Cruncha Buncha
Bright Crawlers
Movie Quote
"Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump
"I totally paused!" Clueless
Movie Type
Action & Adventure
Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy
Nursery Rhyme
Little Red Riding Hood
The Wheels on the Bus
Olympic Event
Figure Skating
Personal Hero
Nelson Mandela
Dolly Parton
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of adventure
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try." Dolly Parton
Panda Express
Dairy Queen
Shopping Store
Best Buy
I'm Good (David Guetta)
Shake it Off (Taylor Swift)
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Ice Hockey
Sports Star
Rafael Nadal
Torii Hunter
Sports Team
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Gophers
Subject in School
Creative Writing
Thing to Cook
Huevos Rancheros
Time of Day
Christmas & New Year's Eve with Family
Spending New Year's Eve with my family
TV Show
Law & Order
The Good Place
TV Show Character
Jack McCoy
Rory from Gilmore Girls
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Florida Keys
Video Game
Age of Empires II

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