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Chris & Erika

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile, and for considering the loving gift of adoption. We are fortunate to have a large, supportive group of close friends and family, and want to share all of that happiness and love with a child. If you choose us to be parents to your child, you would also be part of that circle of support and love for the child.

About Us

Chris
Erika
Job
Sales Director
Senior Human Resources Specialist
Education
Some College - Studied Business
Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Hopes For an Open Adoption

We Can't Wait to Share Our Adventures With a Child!

Erika was raised primarily by her father and stepmother. Erika knew her biological mother and visited her periodically throughout childhood, but her mother was not in a place in her life where she could raise a child. Through that experience, Erika saw how important it is for a child to know who their parents are, meet their parents, whether or not they are raised by those parents.

We believe that more people loving a child is better for the child. Any child we raise will be surrounded and supported by a network of loving friends and family, in addition to being loved and supported by us. If you choose us to parent your child, we invite you and your family to be part of the network of love and support for the child to the extent you wish to.

We understand that circumstances may change, and the degree of contact you wish to have may be greater or lesser at times. That is something we are open to communicating about on an ongoing basis with you. Whether you are most comfortable with letters and phone calls, or if you would like us to bring the child for periodic visits, we will do our part to ensure the child knows everyone who loves them.

Our Individual Strengths

At a Friend's Wedding

We asked some friends what they think of as our strengths. Here is what they said:

Winston: "Chris' careful attention to details he considers important is reflected in everything he does, whether it is doing work or selecting art. Erika has a well-honed ability to appear to do exactly the right thing in a given social situation, even if she is unsure."

Jo: "Erika can't stand to not feed someone. And she manages to so often maintain a sense of humor when things get hectic or stressful."

Maria: "You both are logical and practical but still dream big. If you want something you plan it out and then go for it. Erika has an uncanny ability to dress anyone to look fabulous. Chris comes across as a gruff kind of guy but is a softy. The voices he does for the dogs crack me up."

Rebecca: "You two have *very* different personality types, but you see and appreciate the best in each other (and it helps you see and celebrate the best in others as well). You talk to each other about hard things with compassion and empathy. You clearly see each other's' strengths, which you view with appreciation. You see each other's' weaknesses, and help each other grow through things."

Eric: "You put tremendous energy and commitment into everything you do. That's reflected in your successful careers, how you support your friends and your work to make your community better."

Cultural Diversity

We each determined years ago that what matters to us is to raise a child, not specifically to raise a child that is biologically related to either of us, or even one who looks like either of us. We understand that this means we may need to help a child navigate different cultural or societal experiences than we have had. We have been learning about different expectations, pressures, and experiences common to children of color, and also what to expect as a parent in an interracial adoption. Given the strong cultural values surrounding race held in American society, we expect this to be an ongoing subject to us as parents. However, it is one we are willing to face, to do our best to support our child and, to keep this child from feeling they must navigate cultural stereotypes alone.

We plan to learn about and celebrate our child's cultural heritage as a family. When we met and came to live together, we brought with us different traditions, but over time established our traditions and story as a couple. With a child, our household as well as our cultural story will grow to incorporate the child.

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Relaxing at Home
Relaxing at Home
Chris Kayaking
Chris Kayaking
Sunset Kiss
Sunset Kiss
Erika & Our Pup, Murphy
Erika & Our Pup, Murphy
Hamilton With Friends
Hamilton With Friends
Exploring Totems on Vacation
Exploring Totems on Vacation
At the Golden Gate Bridge
At the Golden Gate Bridge
Erika & Our Dogs in the Library
Erika & Our Dogs in the Library
New York City
New York City
Chris at a Cooking Class
Chris at a Cooking Class
Ready For Adventure!
Ready For Adventure!
Road Trip With the Pups
Road Trip With the Pups
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Relaxing at Home
Relaxing at Home
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Chris Kayaking
Chris Kayaking
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Sunset Kiss
Sunset Kiss
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Erika & Our Pup, Murphy
Erika & Our Pup, Murphy
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Hamilton With Friends
Hamilton With Friends
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Exploring Totems on Vacation
Exploring Totems on Vacation
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At the Golden Gate Bridge
At the Golden Gate Bridge
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Erika & Our Dogs in the Library
Erika & Our Dogs in the Library
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New York City
New York City
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Chris at a Cooking Class
Chris at a Cooking Class
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Ready For Adventure!
Ready For Adventure!
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Road Trip With the Pups
Road Trip With the Pups

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

The small city where we live is extremely active and connected with bike paths, parks, and community activities. We live less than a mile from our local library, and two miles from the local community splash pad. Our neighborhood has two parks with playgrounds, one at the end of the street and the other two blocks away from our house. We take our two dogs to an assortment of various dog parks in the area so that we can go for hikes while our dogs run and play and sniff with other dogs and families. Our city also has several lakes and waterways that connect them where we enjoy kayaking in the warmer months.

Our house has three bedrooms. We already have a bedroom and bathroom set aside for this child to have as their own. Probably the most unique feature of our home is our board game library and our art collection. We have over 500 board games and card games on floor-to-ceiling shelves, with wing back chairs and an ornate rug to look like a traditional "English" library. Chris collects comic and fantasy art; sketches and paintings from comic book artists he likes and from local and national artists he admires. We regularly attend art fairs and festivals in the Midwest to browse the work of artists and craftspeople, and our home reflects our love of fantasy and science fiction literature and art.

Our Extended Families

Chris' Family

Our families are incredibly supportive of our adoption plan and are excited about the prospect of welcoming a child into the family. None of our family members live in Wisconsin and instead are spread across Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio, with siblings and extended family in half a dozen other states from California to Kentucky. We alternate holidays between Chris' relatives and Erika's relatives and stay in touch with regular Skype and phone calls.

Erika & Her Parents

We are very close to our circle of friends here in Wisconsin and gather at our home or one of our friends' homes at least a couple of times a week to play board games, share a meal, watch a movie, or help each other with projects. Recently one friend was planning to bring pierogi (Polish dumplings) to her family Christmas celebration, so a few of us gathered at our house to help her. Erika helped make pierogi while Chris watched and played with the kids of those friends who came to help. We are so close to these friends we consider them our family of choice. They are also excited about welcoming a child into the family. Both our families of origin and family of choice ask regularly for updates on our adoption journey and encourage us that we will make excellent parents.

From Us to You

Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We are Erika and Chris. We are grateful that you love your child so much that you are willing to consider an adoption plan for them.

We met years ago and we both feel blessed to have found the other person. We have known both joy and sorrow. These experiences have helped us grow as people. We are fortunate in that we have a group of very close friends who are eager for us to adopt and welcome a new life into our family. We have learned over the years how important communication is. With life's ups and downs, we are always open and honest with each other. We can always fall back on how much we love each other and no challenge is thrown at us that we can't overcome by working together.

We live in a beautiful town with access to many outdoor activities, culture, museums, parks, and experiences. We love it here so much we can't dream of living anyplace else. Chris's mother lives less than a two-hour drive and while Erika's family is a little farther, we do go visit them a few times each year. We love to spend time in our backyard around a fire with friends or letting our dogs and friends' kids play in the sprinkler and wading pool. Alternatively, we enjoy traveling with the families we are friends with. Weekends spent camping or at the water park are some of our common adventures.

We have wanted to raise children for several years, whether they were biologically related to us or not. We worked with a fertility clinic for a few years, but without success. Now, we have set our efforts on adoption. We don't feel ashamed about this. We have long felt that what we want is a child to raise, and this gives us a new opportunity to share our life. We and our friend group are very excited to meet our future child and show them love.

We value education but not only in school. We will raise our children by showing them that learning can be fun. Teaching them about cooking, history, travel, language, working with your hands, and even with play. We plan to show them our beliefs and values. Respecting others who are from different places, have different values, and look different from us.

Chris is a big kid in his own right. We have a library of over 500 different games and Chris's work is to sell games and toys to different stores. Chris is the favorite uncle for family and friends and he always has new toys and games that need to be played (he calls it "product testing").

We will share with you your child's growth and experiences through photos, letters, and emails if desired. We are also open about our adoption journey with friends, family, and co-workers, and will be open with the child about how loved they are by all their parents. They will know that this was a hard but also a loving decision, and how much you love them.

Thank you for considering us as parents for your child. We are so excited to raise them in this world with love and respect.

Sincerely,

Chris & Erika

Favorites

Chris
Erika
Actor
Samuel L Jackson
Gerard Butler
Actress
Brie Larson
Rosario Dawson
Animal
Dog
Frogs
Author
Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman
Book
Dune
Wuthering Heights
Candy Bar
Sour Patch Kids
Snickers
Cartoon
Transformers
the Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Playing with action figures in the rain.
My father and I watching squirrels eating peanut butter from a piece of bread we put out for them on our patio.
Childhood Toy
Star Wars toys
ET doll with a chest and finger that lit up
Children's Book
Where the sidewalk ends
A Wrinkle in Time
City
Madison, WI
Madison
Classic Movie
Wizard of Oz
Auntie Mame
Color
Yellow
Blue
Day of Week
Saturday
Friday
Dessert
Anything chocolate
Raspberry rhubarb pie
Disney Movie
Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Corvette
1969 Corvette Stingray
Dream Job
I currently sell toys. What is better than that?
Foreign service officer
Dream Vacation
Cruise around the world
A month in Paris
Family Activity
Exploring Madisons waterways on kayaks
Exploring the small streams in and around Madison in a kayak
Flower / Plant
A palm Erika gave me when we first started dating. It was tiny 16 years ago and is huge today.
Jasmine
Food
Sushi
Olives
Form of Exercise
Biking
Kayaking
Fruit
Apple
Raspberries
Game
Codenames
Agricola
Hobby
Tabletop boardgames
Costuming
Holiday
Halloween
Christmas
Holiday Song
Stille Nacht
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Falling asleep by the Christmas tree.
Having cookies and egg nog while my father reads A Visit From St. Nicholas
Ice Cream
Chocolate varieties
Rocky road
Junk Food
French fries
Flamin' hot Cheetos
Leisure Activity
Reading
Hanging out with friends
Magazine
The Economist
National Geographic
Memory with a Child
The first time I changed a diaper.
Introducing my little sister to Japanese food when she was an infant. She would make a puckered face at something salty or sour, eat the food, then *lunge* forward for more.
Memory with Spouse
Our wedding day.
Deciding to make milkshakes, not looking at a recipe, and ending up making half a dozen different ones as the mood struck us
Movie
Star Wars
The Avengers
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Sour patch kids
Movie Quote
Do or do not, there is no try. Yoda
Yes! Live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! - Auntie Mame
Movie Type
Science fiction
Action films
Musical
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables
Musical Group
Metallica
Dropkick Murphys
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
This little piggy
Olympic Event
Triathlon
Swimming
Personal Hero
Lady Gaga
Irena Sendlerowa
Play
Death of a salesman
To Kill a Mockingbird
Poet
Edgar Allen Poe
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Always there to support me.
His sense of humor
Quote
People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes. Neil Gaiman
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin
Restaurant
Great Dane
The Weary Traveler in Madison
Sandwich
Cheeseburger
Reuben
Scripture
Matthew 21:17
James 4:17
Shopping Store
B&H Photo
JC Penny's
Song
Beethovens 9th symphony
Hallelujah
Sport to Play
Biking
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Hockey
Sports Star
Joe Montana
Megan Rapinoe
Sports Team
49ers
Golden State Warriors
Subject in School
Accounting
Literature
Superhero
Batman
Batman
Thing to Cook
Brisket
Tomato burst pasta
Time of Day
Bedtime
Dusk
Tradition
Coffee in bed on weekends
Going out for lunch together with friends after a convention ends
TV Show
The Simpsons
The X-files
TV Show Character
Baby Yoda
Scully (from the X-files)
Type of Music
Hard Rock
Blues
Vacation Spot
Anywhere a cruise ship can take me.
Valparaiso, Chile
Video Game
Overwatch
Beat Saber

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