Alex and Colleen - Ellen Kaplan Adoptions
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Alex and Colleen

“We both feel very strongly about our decision to adopt, knowing that this is a path we are meant to take. We want to experience the joys and opportunities that come with being a parent.”

Location: Wisconsin

Ages: 34 and 34

Religion: Lutheran/Catholic

Professions: Retail Material Planner/Software Implementation Manager

Other Kids: None

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn

How We Met: We met through mutual friends while we were in college. When we were introduced, Alex hugged me as if he had known me for years. After meeting again a few times with friends, we eventually started to hang out just the two of us. Within a few months, we were in love and together all the time outside of work and class. I knew we were meant to be when I explained that I wouldn’t be able to have children naturally and Alex was incredibly supportive and loving. We started talking about adoption and how wonderful it would feel to be parents someday, when the time is right. After college we became even closer and going on dates typically involved dinner and a movie or something like mini golf. He introduced me to new foods, and I introduced him to new music and Harry Potter books. We met each other’s families, and both fit right in, traveling back and forth for different family events and vacations.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Alex embraces his inner child. He loves playing games, whether it’s a simple card game, a complicated board game or a children’s game with our nieces. Beyond that he is funny and loves to make me laugh. He is also very hard working and always thinking of our future family. He is an amazingly loyal friend, always willing to help a friend move, or put together kid’s toys. He is caring, faithful and adventurous, always making sure I feel supported and reminding me to enjoy life.

Colleen is an amazing, loving, dependable person. She pushes me to be a better, more responsible person. She is always looking towards our future, which is something I value in our marriage. She is kind and cherishes her friends, typically coordinating get togethers to make sure they stay in touch. She has always been amazing with children, from working at a childcare center for 10 years, to babysitting, and now spending as much time with our nieces as possible. I know that she will be a fair and loving mother and a rock for our family.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We are very active together and separately. We are in a weekly volleyball league with our friends and Alex’s sister. We love playing board games together, going for walks and watching movies. Alex plays softball weekly in the summer and is also in a weekly bowling league the rest of the year. He also enjoys golfing with his friends in different outings each summer. Colleen loves singing, whether it is at home while cooking or baking, or out with friends at karaoke. She also loves reading, knitting and gardening. We love doing activities together and also enjoy telling each other about the activities we do separately.

Why We Want to Adopt: We both feel very strongly about our decision to adopt, knowing that this is a path we are meant to take. We want to experience the joys and opportunities that come with being a parent. We have worked very hard to create a stable support system, surrounding ourselves with compassionate, faithful friends and family who are as excited about us raising a child as we are. We know it takes a village to raise a child and we know ours is ready to help! We want to make sure your child knows their story and understands they are loved, not only by us, but ultimately by you because of the incredible life you have chosen for them. We have an enormous amount of love built up in our marriage and we are excited to share that love with a child.

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