Meet Chris & Jennifer

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Chris & Jennifer

Dear Birth Parent,

Thank you for making the unselfish sacrifice of giving your child a better life through adoption. As adoptees ourselves, we understand firsthand what a blessing this can be, and we want to give your child the benefits that we have been given by our parents through adoption. Having already adopted a baby through St. Mary’s Services, we know we can provide a loving, supportive, stable home for your child. Through our nearly 20 years of marriage, we have been with each other through college, first careers, several moves, the loss of loved ones, and the adoption of our first child. Being together through these ups and downs has allowed us to build a strong relationship that will provide a solid foundation for a family. We have lived in our house for more than ten years and live in a safe community with caring neighbors. We are close with our families, living just a few minutes from Jennifer’s parents and an hour from Chris’ parents and brothers. Both of our families, as well as our good friends who live nearby, are supportive of adoption and will help in any way they can. We are well-established in our careers and are financially stable.

Chris has been a teacher for fourteen years, and Jennifer has worked as a scientist for the last ten years. As much as Chris loves being a teacher, he loves being a father even more, and can’t wait to share his life with another son or daughter. He is a musician and also enjoys playing basketball and softball. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in biology but is still down-to-earth and fun-loving. She has a natural curiosity about the world and a love of learning that she will pass on to her children. She is an animal lover and enjoys nature photography and martial arts. Both Chris and Jennifer are avid readers and enjoy being outdoors, especially hiking with their son and two dogs.

This child will only be the second grandchild for both families, so he or she will get lots of love and attention! Our first child, Caleb, is an active, happy little toddler who loves to read and can’t wait to be outdoors. He already plays well with his classmates at school and will be a kind, gentle, and loving big brother.

We have made this profile to help you get to know us a little better. We hope you will consider us as you make this important decision.

All the best,
Chris, Jennifer, and Caleb

At A Glance



Chris: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Psychology and Communication, and a Master’s of Science in Adult and Higher Education, both from Northern Illinois University. Jennifer: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity International University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Northern Illinois University.


Chris: Social Studies teacher at Grayslake North High School for 14 years. Before that, he worked in the Admissions and Orientation offices at Northern Illinois University and Trinity International University.
Jennifer: Scientist at Abbott Laboratories and the University of Chicago for ten years.

Length of marriage:

18 years



Our Home:

We own a home in the northern suburbs and have lived there for 10 years. We live in a safe, diverse neighborhood and have good relationships with our neighbors. Our house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a basement and fenced-in yard.

Number of children:

1 (Caleb, 18 months, also adopted through St. Mary’s)


Two dogs – Riley, a 4-year-old hound/terrier rescue, and Joey, a 14-year-old rat terrier

Desired child ethnicity you would like to adopt:


Desired contact with a birth family:

We are open to discussing this with the birth family

In one sentence, why do you want to adopt a child?

Both of us are adopted and are successful adopted parents, and we want to bless a child in the way that we have been blessed by our adoptive families and through our son’s adoption.

Fun Facts & Favorites
Childhood Memory:

Chris: Family vacations to Door County, WI, playing basketball in the driveway and baseball in the backyard.
Jennifer: Working on cars and carpentry with her dad.

TV Show/Movie:

Chris: Everybody Loves Raymond
Jennifer: The Princess Bride


Chris: Father Joe
Jennifer: Harry Potter




Chris: Italian beef sandwich (dipped)
Jennifer: Smiley face cookies


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Family Tradition:

Christmas Eve with Jennifer’s family, Christmas Day with Chris’ family

Holiday Memory:

Trips to Galena over Easter weekend.

Fun Facts:

Jennifer knows Tae Kwon Do, Chris is a musician.

What Friends Say

“We don’t believe there are many couples who have been so ready, willing, and able to accept the responsibility of children. They have thrived as parents and will do just as well the second time around!”

“There is no doubt that Chris and Jen are wonderful parents. Moreover, any child of theirs gains an amazing extended family and community of friends that is full of love and support.”

“They are honestly the most responsible, level-headed couple that we know.”

Find Out More About Chris & Jennifer

Contact Jennifer Vergara at 847-870-8181 or email
Call St. Mary's Services

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