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Jonas & Jen

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We have always wanted to be parents and are excited to grow our family through adoption. If given the opportunity, we will provide your child with a fun and loving home - full of great memories. We can guarantee that your child will always know they are loved, by us and by you.

About Us

Administrative Assistant
College Professor
Associate's Degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement
Ph.D. in Immunology/Microbiology
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Our Favorite Spot

Jonas enjoys listening to music and is a bit of a music buff. He can identify the artist of almost any song, regardless of genre or age, with only a few notes. He enjoys spending time hunting and fishing with his family and plans their family vacations each year, serving as their own personal fishing/hunting guide. He loves to be in our yard working on the weekends - keeping our yard, garden and house looking great. He's a great cook and pizzas on our fire-ring grill are a favorite after working in the yard all day.

In addition to being a science nerd, Jen is an outstanding artist. She enjoys photographing nature. West Virginia is a beautiful state, so it's always easy to find something new and exciting to capture "on film". She also enjoys kayaking, biking, hiking and traveling. A few of her favorite trips including kayaking through the Grand Canyon, hiking in Iceland and traveling with her students to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico on service trips. Her and her girlfriends recently took a week-long backpacking trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas.

We both have always been adventurous people who are looking for the next memorable experience. We can't wait to bring a little one along on these adventures and to share these memories on the way. In addition to our outdoorsy adventures, we both also enjoyed playing "organized" sports growing up and are eager to be "pee-wee" coaches and scout leaders in the future.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Jonas Fishing With Our Nephew

Jen About Jonas: Jonas is the kindest person you will ever meet. He absolutely loves to make others happy. He will spend the day making spaghetti sauce with my mom or go "yard sale-ing" with his grandma to spend quality time with the ones he loves. Family is his number one priority. He was the most amazing father to our foster son and spent every free minute with him. His selfless love and his constant willingness to help others are what I admire the most.

Jen Hard at Work

Jonas About Jen: My wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The first day I met her I knew there was something very special about her. She is the smartest person I have ever met, and by far the best decision maker. She loves her family very much and takes advantage of every opportunity to visit them. She has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever encountered. Our journey to build a family has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least, but I respect her for how strong she has been. She sees the positive in everything. I know that these qualities will make us a great family.

Discussing Adoption

No two families are alike. We think this is something to be thankful for. Life would be boring otherwise. We celebrate our uniqueness and the diversity of our friends and family. We will teach a child to do the same. They will be introduced to their adoption story early, emphasizing how special they are and how much they are loved, by us and by you. Adoption will also be positive topic in our home, as it has been in the homes of several of our family friends who have also grown their families through adoption.

We also recognize that others may not embrace diversity in the same way we do. As a result, a child may deal with prejudices that we've never had to face. We may never understand how it feels to deal with such biases, but guarantee that we will always be an advocate for our child and there to listen when they need to talk. We won't ignore these challenges and will surround them with friends from diverse cultures and backgrounds who will also encourage them to embrace their uniqueness.



Easter at Gram & Pop's
Easter at Gram & Pop's
Wild & Wonderful
Wild & Wonderful
Camping With the Pups
Camping With the Pups
Waterfall in Iceland
Waterfall in Iceland
Hanging With Aunt Jenny & 'Unky J'
Hanging With Aunt Jenny & "Unky J"
Jen Counting Iguanas With Students in Puerto Rico
Jen Counting Iguanas With Students in Puerto Rico
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
Best Friends
Best Friends
Just Chillin'
Just Chillin'
Colorado Backcountry
Colorado Backcountry
Just Married
Just Married
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Easter at Gram & Pop's
Easter at Gram & Pop's
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Wild & Wonderful
Wild & Wonderful
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Camping With the Pups
Camping With the Pups
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Waterfall in Iceland
Waterfall in Iceland
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Hanging With Aunt Jenny & 'Unky J'
Hanging With Aunt Jenny & "Unky J"
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Jen Counting Iguanas With Students in Puerto Rico
Jen Counting Iguanas With Students in Puerto Rico
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The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
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Best Friends
Best Friends
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Just Chillin'
Just Chillin'
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Colorado Backcountry
Colorado Backcountry
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Just Married
Just Married

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom log cabin located on about two acres of property in a rural setting. We typically have our cabin decorated for the season. We'd describe it as cozy. Our families agree and often joke that it is their "private retreat" when they come to visit. Jonas loves to cook, so we tend to greet people with good food, in addition to good company, in a beautiful peaceful setting. We can't wait for a child and their friends to play in our big yard. We already know its great for sled riding and building tree houses, but are excited to add more toys in the future.

We consider our home to be the best of two worlds. Just up the road is a large state forest and a regional park where we like to hike and bike. There's always a kid friendly activity going on there. Some of our favorites include their taboggan festival and their "Howling Halloween" hayrides. They also have ponds for fishing and several awesome playgrounds that our nieces and nephews give a big thumbs up. Despite seeming rural, we are only a few miles from a large "university town," which has the best schools in the state, an active art scene and numerous youth sport and leadership opportunities available. The diversity of the university has allowed us to develop friendships with people from all over the world and provides lots of opportunities to learn more about other cultures and traditions.

Our Extended Families

Jen's Niece & Nephews

We both adore our parents. They have been amazing role models to us and are great grandparents to our nieces and nephews. Jen's parents celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in January and Jonas' parents will celebrate their 41st in June. We visit them regularly and have great relationships with our siblings, their children and our extended families.

Jonas & His Family

Jen's family lives a little over one hour away. Her mom is an awesome cook and we enjoy spending weekends with her in the kitchen. Just like us, her dad loves the outdoors and spends as much time as he can with his family in it. Jen has always been close with her niece and nephews, who are now in high school and college. She loves that they still call and invite themselves down to visit on weekends.

Jonas' family lives about three hours away. We talk to them daily and see them at least once a month. His mom adores children and is amazing with them. She recently retired so that she could be "daycare" for Jonas' niece and nephew. His dad is a "handyman" and always has a home improvement project in the works. When they aren't visiting us in WV, we enjoy spending time with them at their fishing camp and at PSU tailgates.

Our families have been extremely supportive of our plans to adopt. They showered our foster son with love and gifts from day one and are excited that we are trying to grow our family once again.

From Us to You

Hi! Our names are Jen and Jonas. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Although we don't know the circumstances that have led you to consider adoption, we hope that knowing a little more about us and why we wish to pursue adoption will put your mind at ease if you were to decide that adoption was the right choice for you and your child.

We are a fun-loving, adventurous and happily married couple who loves to laugh. We are each other's biggest cheerleader and we continuously encourage one another to pursue new challenges that excite us. We have wonderful friends and family and attempt to spend as much time as we can enjoying life, making memories with them. We want nothing more than to share these memories and to make new ones with a child; becoming their biggest cheerleader in the process.

We are pursuing adoption because there is nothing we want more than to share our love and life with a child. Over our past 14 years together, we've established a stable, loving home. About 3.5 years ago, we decided the time was right to grow our family (beyond our beloved pets). Jen had earned a faculty position at a local university and Jonas was enjoying his job at the state forest just up the road from our home. The timing seemed perfect. However, life doesn't always go as planned. After repeated miscarriages and subsequent complications we realized that having a biological child would be difficult without assistance. We knew we wanted to have a family and that a child didn't need to be "born-to-us" to be loved as our own, so we decided to pursue adoption through the state's foster care system as a way to grow our family. Not long after becoming an "active" family, we accepted the placement of a beautiful newborn baby boy who was in need of an adoptive family. We loved and raised him as our own. Unexpectedly, after being part of our family for 8 weeks, a kinship placement was identified and he was moved to live with his extended family. We were heartbroken to see him leave, but our time with him was magical. We learned how much we loved being parents and what a great parenting team we made. We couldn't have imagined the amount of love we had to share and are excited to have the chance to share that love with another child in the future.

Given the opportunity, we promise to love and protect your child unconditionally. We will provide them with a childhood full of joyful memories. We will ensure that they are provided an outstanding education and will support them as they pursue their hopes and dreams. Most importantly, they will know how much they are loved. Not only by us and by our family, but by you. If you wish, we'd love to have you as part of their life, whether that be by exchanging pictures, emails and phone calls or planning visits in the future. It is obvious how much you love your child and we hope that it will bring you comfort knowing that they will be in a supportive and loving environment if this is the path you choose. We admire your selflessness and courage and you will always have a special place in our hearts.


Jonas & Jen


Ben Stiller
Paul Rudd
Leslie Mann
Kathy Bates
Call of the Wild
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,
Candy Bar
Garfield and Friends
Looney Toons
Childhood Memory
Fishing trips over Memorial weekend
Summer afternoons at our local pool
Childhood Toy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bozley (my stuffed rabbit)
Children's Book
The Cat in the Hat
Hungry Catepillar
State College, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Classic Movie
True Grit
Stand by Me
Day of Week
Carrot Cake
Coconut creme pie
Disney Movie
Toy Story
Finding Nemo
Dream Car
Dodge Challenger
Toyota Tacoma
Dream Job
Dream Vacation
New Zealand
Galapagos Islands
Family Activity
Football Tailgates
Dinners together
Flower / Plant
My moms ham pot-pie
Form of Exercise
Holiday Song
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
The Monster Mash
Holiday Tradition
Making perogies for Christmas with Jen's family
Decorating for Halloween
Ice Cream
Butter Pecan
Mountain Berry Cheesecake
Junk Food
Synders Jalapeno Pretzels
Ice cream
Leisure Activity
Raising Free Range Chickens
Bugle Magazine
American Whitewater
Memory with a Child
Changing my 1st. diaper
A behind the scene visit at the Pittsburgh Zoo with my nephew
Memory with Spouse
The first time she told me she loved me
Our wedding reception
Dumb and Dumber
Forest Gump
Movie Munchie
Snyder's Jalapeno Pretzels
Movie Quote
"You serious Clark?"
Life's a garden, dig it - Joe Dirt
Movie Type
Musical Group
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Suitcase Junket
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
My Dad
My grandma
Quality about my Spouse
Best/Logical decision maker
his kindness
Keep on keeping on.
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth
The Lake House
Ogawa Japanese Restaurant
BLT Club
Bacon Cheeseburger
Shopping Store
Cabelas/Bass Pro Shops
Tupelo Honey-Van Morrsion
"Love Shack" - The B52's
Sport to Play
softball, basketball
Sport to Watch
Football/NCAA Wrestling
NCAA football and wrestling
Sports Star
Saquon Barkley
Pat Summit
Sports Team
Penn State
Penn State
Subject in School
My Dad
The Incredibles
Thing to Cook
Time of Day
Early Moring
Pork & Sauerkraut on New Years
Making pierogies with my family at Christmas
TV Show
Family Guy
Bob's Burgers
TV Show Character
Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
Louise Belcher
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
In the mountains

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