Ryan & Phillip
Ryan & Phillip
Race of child interested in adopting: African American, African American/Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian/African American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
State we live in: WA
Although we can’t imagine the difficult emotions you may be experiencing in considering adoption for your child, we can imagine you want the very best for the little wonder you are about to bring into the world. We hope this glimpse into our lives will offer you some assurance - if you choose us as your child’s adoptive parents - that we will do everything in our power to provide a safe, healthy, and happy home. If you choose us, we will pour all our love and energy into offering your child the opportunity to live up to his or her full potential.
Ryan’s Mom, known as “Grammy” to all our nieces and nephews, and Phillip’s Dad, eager to be a Grandpa, taught us the value of standing up for what we believe in. They taught us to work hard to reach our goals and to pay it forward. We would be so very honored to have the opportunity to pass these lessons along to a child, to introduce the great diversity of the world to a boy or girl, and to help him or her empathize with people who may be different. We want to teach a child to make our world a better place.
Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We are so humbled and excited by this journey we are on. We cannot express in words our gratitude to you for taking the time to learn more about us.
We met in 2010, and our chemistry was instant. We’ve moved across the country, and we’ve brought three pets into our home. We love spending time with our pups and cat. We love entertaining at our home, taking advantage of the natural beauty of Washington, and going to museums, concerts, movies, and the theater.
Ryan is a quirky person, formed by experiences gained throughout the country. He grew up in Arkansas, spent most of his 20s in Boston, and lived for years in New York City. After receiving his MSW degree, he left for Washington and now works as a therapist at a non-profit behavioral health agency.
Phillip moved from Washington State to NYC in the 1990s, earned an MBA from Columbia, worked in the investment industry, and studied acting, filmmaking, and fashion design. Now he works in finance for a non-profit healthcare system, embracing the values of compassion and respect.
We relocated from New York City to our quiet lakeside town, specifically to escape the buzz of city life. In addition to the large lake, our homeowners’ association maintains parks, playgrounds, and beaches. We can jump in the car for day-trips to the mountains or national parks. Some weekends we head to the ocean to stay in our neighbors’ beach house. We are an easy drive into a major city, so we have ample access to museums, the theater, ballet, music halls, etc.
We have two pups: Chloe and Dozer. We also have a nine-month-old kitten named Sylvester. We’ve cobbled together a fun little family and can hardly wait to have the laughter of a child gracing the halls.
Our Extended Family
Ryan has a brother, two sisters, three young nieces, and three young nephews spread around the country, in Georgia, Arkansas, and Hawaii. Ryan’s Mom plans to move near us once we have a little one in our home, and she is tremendously excited about having another grandchild to spoil. One of Ryan’s sister, with two of our nieces, will be relocating to our area, as well. It will be fantastic to raise the cousins together. The whole family is extremely excited about our journey to adopt.
Phillip is an only child, raised by two loving parents with large extended families. Although his mother is no longer alive, the amazing traditions and experiences she shared with him continue to positively influence our daily lives. Phillip’s Dad is only 30 minutes away, and he can barely wait to introduce a grandchild to his many and diverse interests.
Our friends are a huge part of our lives. Ryan talks to his two closest friends daily. We live just a few minutes from Phillip’s closest friend - we are godparents to his youngest child. These friends will be an invaluable support in our journey of raising a child.
What Led Us To Adoption
Ryan knew in his mid-20s he would someday try to adopt a child. His biological mother died in a car accident when he was three-and-a-half and his biological father disappeared. He was enormously fortunate that his mother’s sister, whom he considers his Mom now, was able to raise him. This aspect of his life is why having biological children was never on his radar. It is why almost his whole adult life he has hoped to adopt. Phillip is an only child and has always wanted a large family. He receives a great deal of joy from the close bonds he has formed with our friends’ children. He knows it’s time now to raise children of his own. We would be so very grateful should we be able to offer a child a life filled with love.