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
State we live in: IL
Thank you for taking the time to read about us and our family. We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to pursue adoption and do so with love and excitement. We know this is not an easy decision for you, but we are hopeful we could provide you with the commitment and support to take the journey.
We feel passionate about ensuring your child would enter a loving home full of structure, support, and care. As educators, we are committed to ensuring that your child would always be provided for and would receive all the love and opportunity you would hope for them. It should read instead, “ If we are lucky enough to become your child’s future parents, we are committed to learning about and discussing your desires for communication after birth. We really hope you consider us as we plan to take this journey together.”
We met and began our relationship ten years ago while serving as teachers in Washington, D.C. United by our passion for equal education and a love of laughter, we ourselves feel in love. We have been building our lives together ever since. After four years, we were married in July of 2011 in D.C. where we first met with 100 of our closest family and friends.
In our professional lives, we are both non-profit education leaders at the same national organization. We believe all children deserve the right to an excellent education and have committed the past ten years of our work to this goal. In our personal lives, some of our favorite things to do together include sight-seeing, exercising, cooking, being outdoors, and spending quality time with our family and friends. Very close to our families, we also are proud uncles of six nieces and nephews and enjoy spending time supporting and loving them.
Our home is located in a beautiful neighborhood filled with many families, schools, and places to explore. We are just minutes away from many parks, museums, restaurants, and more. We are proud to live an area that would provide our child access to many diverse people, experiences, and food. Our condo 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. While culturally different, our families share many of the same values that are important to us when raising a child. We consider spending time with our family one of our top priorities and make sure to be present to celebrate holidays and the many major milestones in our families’ lives several times per year.
Mark comes from a large Puerto Rican family. He has five siblings and two young nephews. His family spends a lot of time together for holidays, birthdays, and life events and is made up of many extended uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Ryan also comes from a large family. He has five siblings, three he grew up with and two younger brothers, as well as four nieces and nephews with one on the way. Much like Mark’s family, Ryan’s family is also made up of many close aunts, uncles, and cousins.
What Led Us To Adoption
Growing up, we both had large, loving families, including many siblings and cousins who we are still close with today. 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 of our own.
Additionally, we’ve spent our adult lives as educators, working closely with kids of all ages and from all backgrounds and have always desired to be parents ourselves. We have an amazing network of loving friends and family and know we would create a great home and life for our own children.