Darren & Ryan
Darren & Ryan
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: FL
Dear Expectant Mother,
We appreciate you already. We acknowledge the difficult decision you’re making and the many choices you’re facing. It is apparent you have a huge heart, from your willingness to create an adoption plan. Thank you for learning more about us and considering us for this incredible gift. We look forward to having a strong and understanding relationship with you that consists of what all of us want and need.
If you choose us, our promise to your child is to provide unconditional love in a safe home where differences are accepted and encouraged and with parents who value education, hard work, and big dreams. A home where having fun and laughing is a requirement - we are positive your child will have a great sense of humor. As a family, your child will learn by being provided with life experiences through strong relationships, travel, and lots of adventures. While we know there will be challenges in life, we promise to learn from them and to be a stronger family because of it.
Since our first date, we have always known we both wanted to be parents, and words cannot express the gratitude we feel to be on this journey. We know there will always be a part of you in your child, and we will recognize and celebrate that always. While we hope you choose us, no matter what, we wish nothing but the best for you and your child in the future.
We both grew up in the Midwest, Ryan in Illinois and Darren in Ohio. While we both have a strong independence, we truly bring out the best in each other. We met six years ago in the checkout lane at the grocery store and have been married for the last three years. It didn’t take long for us both to know we had met our match. Together our personalities complement each other through laughter and learning from every life experience. As a couple, our loves include traveling the country and world, cooking together, listening to live music, and challenging each other.
Ryan has always liked solving problems and helping others. He currently leads a business insurance sales team. His favorite parts of the job are coaching and teaching. Darren started working in the food industry at 15 years old and then waited tables while putting himself through college. His love for food and making people feel special led him to his current job in HR for a restaurant company.
We love the many things that come with living in Florida: Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and being close to the beach. Our diverse neighborhood is very active and family friendly, with several parks and lakes within walking distance. We live in a spacious 1800-square-foot condo with our spoiled dog, Mateo, a 14-year-old beagle. Mateo insists on joining us on many of our adventures throughout Florida, which we happily let him do, and we look forward to enjoying new adventures with our future family.
Our Extended Family
Our family may not be big, but it is full of big personalities. We have family across the country, and we enjoy seeing them as much as possible. We are both the youngest in our families and the only boys. Darren’s parents both passed away before he graduated from college, but the lessons he learned from them of working hard, providing for family, and strength are still a part of who he is. Ryan’s parents are both retired and raised him to dream big, treat others with respect, and always be honest.
One of our favorite holiday traditions is to spend time with family, especially our seven-year-old niece. She wants to be a veterinarian like her mom, so we spoil her with life-sized stuffed animals. Her parents don’t always like that, but we love it!
What Led Us To Adoption
Early on in our relationship, we both knew we wanted to have a family. We were not just looking for someone that we could see ourselves being married to but also someone that we could see raising a family together, and we found that in one another. For us, adoption is an important part of how we want to grow our family. We have a loving home to share and two supportive families. We have always talked about our future family, and this past year on our wedding anniversary, we decided to start planning. Our hope is to partner with an expectant mother to help fulfill her wishes and ours together.