Mark & Ryan
Mark & Ryan
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: IL
Dear Expectant Mother,
First of all, thank you for taking the time to learn about us and our families. We know this is not an easy decision, and we want you to know we believe you are incredibly brave. We are truly humbled and grateful you would even consider us in this process. While we know this is a difficult decision, we want you to know that we can provide all the love, commitment, and support to take this journey together.
Should you choose us as parents, your child will enter a loving home, full of laughter, high expectations, and family. As educators, we are committed to ensuring your child is always provided for, has every opportunity to flourish in their own passions, and most importantly, is bombarded with non-stop love and care. We really hope you consider us as we plan to take this journey together.
We met and fell in love doing what we love most: ensuring all kids in this country have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Mark was an elementary teacher and Ryan was a high school science teacher. United by our passion for equal education, our strikingly similar tight-knit families, and our love of laughter, we fell in love. In July of 2011, we were married in D.C. with 100 of our closest family and friends. In our professional lives, we’re leaders in the education system, with both of us currently leading non-profit organizations that work to ensure all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. In our personal lives, we find every opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, including serving as proud uncles to seven nieces and nephews. Some of our favorite things to do together include sightseeing, exercising, cooking, attending shows, and anything that involves being outdoors.
We live in a warm and spacious three-bedroom home with plenty of outdoor space for playing and creating memories. Our home is located in a beautiful and culturally robust neighborhood, filled with many neighboring families, children, schools, and places to explore. In fact, we live just minutes away from quite a few parks parks, museums, restaurants, and the neighborhood schools. We are proud to live an area that can provide access to many diverse people, experiences, cultures, and food. Our home is a perfect location for a family who wants to live in a city, keep the spirit of a true family-friendly neighborhood, and still have access to high-quality child care and schools.
Our Extended Family
Family is incredibly important to us. We both come from very loving and supportive homes, and we truly believe that family comes first and find every opportunity to spend time with ours. While culturally different, our families share many of the same values that are important to us when raising a child, such as communication, empathy, perseverance, love, and equality.
Mark comes from a large Puerto Rican family, and a rich is deeply ingrained in their traditions. Therefore, we spend a lot of time together for holidays, birthdays, as well as any and all life events. His loving family is made up of five siblings, two nephews, and many extended uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Shockingly similar, Ryan also comes from a large and compassionate family. He has five siblings as well as five nieces and nephews. Much like Mark’s family, Ryan’s family is also made up of many close aunts, uncles, and cousins who spend major holidays and life events together. In both of our families, aunts, uncles, and cousins are just as close as parents and siblings.
What Led Us To Adoption
We’re both part of large, loving families and always dreamed of starting a family of our own. We were those kids who spent every moment possible creating memories with our siblings and cousins, who are still our best friends to this day. As for adoption, both of us have several family members who have successfully adopted children, including siblings and cousins. Given how important family is to us and how influential adoption has been in the lives of our families, we always dreamed of adopting children, and with our amazing network of loving friends and family, we know we can create a great home and life for our children.