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Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Tom and Tina


For more information on Tom and Tina, contact their LSS adoption social worker, Kristin Roovers at

Family Information

Tina Eileen and Thomas Edwin Novak

Married: 15 years

Children: Adeline - 2 years old, adopted

Religion: Christian-United Methodist

Child Care Plans: Tina will take a year off from her part time job and then return (40%). Tom will take a couple weeks off and return full time

Pets: None

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Tom, 48 years old

Education: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Occupation: Manager

Tina, 42 years old

Education: Master of Arts in Education

Occupation: Teacher

Family Traditions

Holidays: One of our unique traditions for celebrating Christmas is the ornaments we use to decorate our tree. Many represent special memories from activities or hobbies significant to the year. For example, we have a pine cone from a hike, a fishing lure from Tina’s first salmon catch, a keychain from a national park, Packer ticket stubs and many others. We also attend the family worship service at our church.  We color eggs for Easter in a toddler-friendly way (shaking food coloring, dried beans and an egg in a Ziploc bag).


  • Adventures in the outdoors, (hiking and camping out west)
  • Museums or other tours

Family Gatherings:

  • Dinner gatherings at our parents’ homes
  • Road trips across Wisconsin and beyond to visit siblings


Family Favorites 






Historical fiction or cultural fiction





Culver’s Bacon Deluxe

Avocado chocolate pudding

TV Show 

NCIS (original only)

Survivor and Last Man Standing


Woodworking, fishing

Yoga, decorating cakes, sewing quilts





Card game-Skip-Bo

Card game-Skip Bo






City Type: Metro

Years lived here: Tom-all his life, Tina 20+ years, 15 years in our house together


  • Single family brown brick Cape-Cod style house
  • Close to: park with playground, wading pool, library, elementary school


Adoption Preferences

Issues We Are Open to Discussing: 

  • Alcohol use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use during pregnancy
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Clinical depression in birthparents
  • Mental health issues in birthparents
  • Developmental disabilities in birthparents
  • Conceived through forced intercourse
  • Conceived through incest
  • Limited or no information about birthfather
  • Assist birthparents with expenses (as allowed by WI state law)
  • Ethnicity:  Caucasian/Asian/Hispanic/Native American
  • Ongoing contact: Open to all forms of contact
  • Open to states other than Wisconsin: Willing to discuss neighboring states (Minnesota, Illinois, Upper Michigan)


Birthparent Letter 

Dear Birthparent(s),

Hello!  Thank you for reading our letter.  We would like to introduce ourselves; we are Tina and Tom, and our daughter Adeline. 

We have been married since 2001. Tom admires that Tina is sincerely compassionate, open-minded, and willing to try new things. Tina appreciates that Tom is smart, resourceful, hardworking, patient, and a good problem-solver. 

We have always wanted children. Faced with infertility, we chose adoption over advanced medical procedures. Our families and friends’ lives have also been touched by adoption and we decided it was the right option for us. We adopted our daughter Adeline, who was born September 20, 2014. We have a very open relationship with her birthparents, and we enjoy getting together with them for dinner or meeting at a fun place for Adeline to play. We see them often and cherish this relationship. We look forward to providing a loving, stable, and nurturing home for your child, also.

Stay-at-home parenting is important to us. We want to enjoy watching our children grow. Tina currently works part time (40%) as a teacher and plans to take a year off with the birth of our next child. Tom’s position in the family business allows him ongoing flexibility. He plans to take a couple weeks off and then return to work.  

We live a balanced life, spending our evenings eating dinner together and playing with Adie in the backyard, at the park, or right at home in our living room.  We also have an active and adventurous side that takes us kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and exploring America’s national parks. Tom likes fishing, woodworking, and photography, while Tina practices yoga, sews quilts, and decorates cakes.

Our faith is important to us and we are active participants in our church’s contemporary worship service. Our faith community is like an extended family to us. They are people, much like us, who live out their faith in their daily lives, supporting and loving one another. 

We admire the courage you have in the journey before you, and we pray God watches over you and your child.  May He give you strength and peace.


For more information on Tom and Tina, contact their LSS adoption social worker, Kristin Roovers at

647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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