Hello! We are Brandon and Rachel. We appreciate that you are here learning more about our family. We admire your strength and selflessness in considering adoption.  

Our story started in 2010. We were both out with our friends on a Friday night when a mutual acquaintance introduced us. We exchanged phone numbers and went on our first date a couple of weeks later. We hit it off immediately and both had a sense that we had found “the one”. In June of 2014, we were married. Our relationship is built on honesty, patience, and humor. We enjoy making each other laugh, going on adventures near and far, and spending time together as a family. 

Early in our marriage, we started to try to grow our family. After several miscarriages and fertility treatments, we received a diagnosis of unknown infertility, which means doctors do not know why we cannot have biological children. We both really love kids and wanted to experience everything that comes with parenting, so we decided to pursue adoption to grow our family. We adopted Olivia in 2019, and with loving hearts, cannot wait to welcome another child into our family. 

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Josie’s Birthday

01/18/2023

On Monday, we celebrated our dog, Josie's, birthday. She turned 8 years old. We celebrated with a peanut butter and banana "cake" that Olivia helped make. Olivia was so excited to take a break from taking her hair out of her twist out to celebrate Josie's special day by singing Happy Birthday and watching Josie enjoy her cake.

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Lottery

01/16/2023

Well, we did not win the Mega Millions big jackpot last Friday. We generally only play the lottery when the jackpot gets big. When we do play, Brandon and I enjoy dreaming about what we would do with the money if we won.  If we won the lottery, we would share some of the winnings with our family members. We would donate some to our favorite charities like St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the Make a Wish Foundation, and our local food shelf. Finally, we would invest the money into real estate. We love traveling, and we both agree that if we won the lottery, we would buy houses in some of our favorite places to visit. Our top three locations would be Colorado, Florida, and a Minnesota lake home. 

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Welcome 2023

01/01/2023

For New Year's Eve, Olivia had some friends over to ring in the new year. Rachel made lasagna and many other preschooler snacks. Although the girls didn't make it to midnight, a good time was had by all! Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

12/26/2022

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and holiday season! Olivia was so excited for Santa to come, that we were up to open presents at 5:30 on Christmas morning.

Open Adoption

12/20/2022

Today, Olivia received a Christmas package from her birthmom. We love having an open adoption with Olivia's birthmom! We text each other often and visit her every few months. It is a very special relationship that we are so grateful for. Finding a level of openness everyone can be comfortable with is something we look forward to in our next adoption. 

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Another Festive and Fun Weekend

12/12/2022

On Saturday we took the day to drive to an awesome Children's Museum where we spent several hours playing and exploring with Olivia. After the museum, we went to the huge Christmas lights display in the park where there are over 1 million Christmas lights! We had a great time admiring the beautiful lights! Bonus- we got to see the Disney princesses in the heated igloo and Olivia got a princess crown!

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Santa Visit

12/06/2022

This past weekend, Olivia visited Santa! He came to visit our town during our winterfest celebration. She was a little starstruck, but she was all smiles when she saw Anna and Elsa and friends!

Weekend Fun

01/24/2023

Winters do get long here in Minnesota, especially by the end of January, but we get creative in finding things to do to get out of the house and have fun. Over the weekend, we took Olivia to the local Children's Museum on Saturday to explore her senses. On Sunday, we went to our local trampoline park where we all were able to burn a little energy and get some exercise all while having fun.

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