James & Billy

“We are very fortunate to have a strong community of family and friends that will be there throughout our journey, and we dream everyday about being dads!”

Location: Illinois

Ages: 37 and 35

Religion: None/Christian

Professions: Sales Management/Non-profit

Other Kids: None

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn up to 12 months

How We Met: While Billy was living in South Florida and studying Urban Planning, James was living in Clearwater Beach and working in the related field of Economic Development. We were introduced through a mutual friend who thought we would be a great match- and he was right! Shortly after meeting, we began dating and spent the next 10 months in a long-distance relationship. This led to us relocating to the Midwest and moving in together.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: James is the yin to Billy’s yang. We have very different personalities which is something we both greatly appreciate. James is the strong silent type who has been there through the hardest of times. He can always be counted on to be calm and collected. James is also extremely knowledgeable on random facts and is the perfect teammate for a game of trivia! With Billy, there is never a dull moment and James loves him for that! He is the perfect complement to James’ more reserved nature. Billy’s energy and enthusiasm make all shared activities more enjoyable. While our personalities are different, we share the same values and enjoy the same activities.

Our Hobbies and Interests: Our many shared interests mean we get to spend lots of time together and we love it! Whether we are working on home improvement projects throughout our new home or gardening outside, we take great pride in improving our surroundings. When not at home, we enjoy exploring the outdoors while hiking, camping, and biking. We also love to travel, both to experience new cultures or just relax by escaping to the beach.

Why We Want to Adopt: We have always wanted to start a family together. We also knew that we preferred adoption over surrogacy. We were each raised by strong independent women who taught us a number of lessons, mainly to be open and accepting of all people. We plan to pass down those same values to our future children to keep the culture of acceptance alive. Our goal is to provide your child with the best life and the loving family you are searching for. We are very fortunate to have a strong community of family and friends that will be there throughout our journey, and we dream everyday about being dads!