Meet Derek & Erin S.

Adoptive family.

Dear Birthparents,

We are humbled by your decision of an adoption plan for your child. We want the best in life for you and your child, and are praying for you during this trying time.

We are Derek and Erin. We met through friends in July 2010 at a concert. We felt something special between us right away, and after dating for a while, married in June of 2014.

A year and a half later, we moved into our forever home on three and a half acres in the country. We planted a garden, dug a pond, built a barn, and completed rural life with cows.

The best day of our lives came when we adopted our daughter, Claire, in January of 2017. She is the greatest joy in our lives and we look forward to the day we can bring her home a sibling to complete our family.

You can often find us doing family things together. We enjoy family time taking our camper around Ohio during the summer. We take Claire to the zoo and spend time outside going on walks, watering flowers, tending to our garden, barbecuing, and taking care of the cows in the barn. We love Ohio State Football.

Loving family.

Derek grew up on a farm in the small town of Glandorf, Ohio, with three older brothers and an older sister. We have 14 nieces and nephews on Derek’s side of the family, and everyone is excited for our adopted child to join the family.

After high school, Derek took an apprenticeship with the company he currently works for, in automotive, medical, and aerospace machines. He is a man of many hobbies, including woodworking, golfing, fishing, hunting, and watching sports. His favorite pastime, however, is spending time with Claire.

Erin grew up in the small town of Delphos, Ohio, about 20 minutes from Derek. She was raised as an only child by her mom Kathy until sixth grade when her mom married Charlie and Erin inherited two step-brothers, Matt and Brent. Erin and Derek enjoy being aunt and uncle to Matt’s two daughters. Kathy is greatly looking forward to another grandchild to spoil.

Erin is a third grade teacher and has taught for thirteen years. Teaching is the perfect family job, and her summers with Claire are one of her greatest joys. Erin likes walking and playing outside with Claire, scrapbooking, and reading. She is proud to have passed on a love for books to Claire already.

Happy family.

Claire is a happy, busy child. She is curious about everything. Claire loves being outside, climbing on her play set, going for walks, helping mom in the garden and saying hi to the cows out in the barn.

We live in the rural community of Putnam County, Ohio. Claire and our future adopted child will attend Glandorf Elementary, an excellent, sought-after school. We love our updated farmhouse. There is lots of space to run and play, and family is nearby.

If you were to choose us we want you to know that you would always have a place in your child’s life. We promise to provide your child with every opportunity to experience life to the fullest. We promise to instill the values of love, faith, family, friendship, compassion, honesty, learning, kindness, respect, and responsibility. It would be a pleasure and an honor to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to look into our hearts and read our story.

With loving thoughts,
Derek and Erin

For more information about our family, please contact Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356.