Our Story

We are high school sweethearts and began our relationship in 2003 when we were just 15 years old.

We met in high school drumline and soon after fell in love. We became best friends very quickly and have remained as such for almost 22 years. After high school, we continued on to the same college and we were married in 2010 on a very, VERY cold, Minnesota day in January.

We have always wanted children and were unable to have biological children. We decided on adoption because we have our hearts set on being parents. We are so excited to welcome a child into our family through adoption. We love spending time with our nieces and nephews, taking them on adventures, reading books and playing games with them and are so excited to get to do all of those things with our child.

Background Information

State Of Residence




Joe is of German, Danish and Norwegian descent. Whitney is of German, Irish, Scottish, and Welsch descent.


They are both in good health.


Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design, and Whitney has a Master’s of Secondary Education in Speech-Language Pathology.


Joe is an Operations Manager at an environmental landscape company. Whitney is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist in a K-5 school, working with a wide range of needs including non-verbal children.


We regularly attend and are active members at a Lutheran Church. Whitney grew up in a Lutheran Church and Joe grew up in a non-denominational Christian church.


Children In Family


Plans For Number Of Children


Race Of Child

We are ready to welcome a child of any race into our family.

Plans For Work/Daycare

We plan to have family watch our child during the school year and Whitney will stay home in the summers.

About Joe and Whitney Hansen (Written By Their Partner)

Joe in Whitney's words: Joe works for a landscaping company as the operations manager.

He enjoys working with the machinery. He is a talented woodworker and handyman. Joe loves to garden and do anything outside including camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing. Joe is a gifted pianist and often plays our piano in his spare time. Joe is a very talented woodworker and enjoys making a variety of wood crafts to gift to those in our life. He likes to play soccer every week on a community league and volunteer at church on the technology team.

Joe is a very kind, calm, generous, loving, patient, gentle and thoughtful person. He is the first to offer help to friends and family when they need it and never expects anything in return. Joe has a great sense of humor and is easy-going. When spending time with our families, he can often be found playing and being silly with our nieces and nephews, and they just love spending time with Uncle Joe.

Joe doesn’t let much bother him and is a dedicated, hard-worker. Joe is a do-it-yourselfer for sure, even making wooden toys for our nieces and nephews for Christmas. Joe is the most loving, supportive and accepting person I know, and he will make a great father.

Whitney in Joe's words: Whitney is one of the most thoughtful people I know.

She always thinks about other people in her life and often puts their needs ahead of her own. As a speech and language pathologist in an elementary school, she works with children with special needs to develop communication systems. She loves working with children of all ability levels and is skilled at connecting with kids and discovering their needs when others can’t.

Whitney enjoys traveling and experiencing new things. She has been to Europe several times but also loves exploring the Twin Cities by going to various events like mystery dinners, escape rooms and museums. Whitney is a talented crafter and enjoys making new Christmas ornaments every year. She has made several quilts and blankets and has recently started working with leather.

Whitney’s faith is very important to her. She teaches Sunday school and volunteers at Vacation Bible School each summer. Whitney has a huge heart for animals (especially elephants) and loves spending time with our pets. She can’t wait to share that love with a child of our own.

A Message From Us Both

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us.

We are very excited for our family to grow through adoption! We admire your strength and courage as you navigate this process. We want you to know how appreciated and prayed for you are. We value and feel it is important that our child always knows how they joined our family and the decision made out of love to choose us as their forever family.

We want them to know that you made such a selfless, loving choice and gave us the greatest gift we could ever hope for. We would hope to be able to share photos and updates with you and would like to share with our child how much you love them as they grow.

We thank you for considering us and look forward to getting to know you. We hope you find peace as you make this decision.