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Ross & Megan

Thank you for reading our profile. We feel humbled and honored by the adoption process and the incredible amount of love and sacrifice it takes to make such a difficult decision. Considering us to be your child's parents means the world to us. We are music teachers who cannot wait to connect through love, humor, music, and happiness with a child of our own.

About Us

Teaching Artist
Senior Manager of Curriculum Support
Doctorate of Musical Arts
Doctorate of Musical Arts
Legally Married

What Makes Us Unique

Megan & Her Oboe

Something that makes us unique is that we are both professional musicians and music educators. Music plays a huge role in our relationship, careers, and daily routines, and fills our lives with so much beauty and joy. Ross is a classical guitarist and Megan plays the oboe. When we were younger, we got to travel and perform all over the world. Now we both focus on teaching music at a community music school in our city so that we can share the gift of music with a new generation. We see how much music enriches the lives of our students and we are looking forward to making music with our own child.

Our Leisure Time

At a Local Nature Preserve

Something that helps us connect with each other are the hobbies that we have in common. We both love taking long walks around our neighborhood, doing puzzles, playing board games, reading, cooking, and gardening. We love learning and these hobbies involve challenging our minds and exploring new things. Our shared hobbies also allow us to let go of what happens during our workdays, unplug, and spend meaningful time together.

Some other hobbies allow us to pursue our individual interests–Ross likes video games and swimming, while Megan enjoys yoga and learning languages. It’s fun to learn from each other when our interests differ, and we cannot wait to one day see our future child grow up and share their own unique interests with us as well.

Addressing Cultural Diversity

Our lives have been enriched by the cultural diversity of our family, neighborhood, and workplace. We are an interfaith couple, meaning that we have many beautiful holiday traditions to celebrate–Christmas with Ross’s family, Hanukkah and Passover with Megan’s, and Thanksgiving with both. As we’ve settled into our home and careers, we’ve been drawn to the beauty and strength of diverse multi-racial and multicultural communities. Our neighborhood is considered to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world, representing heritages from over 80 countries. We also both work for a tuition-free music school that is racially, economically, and culturally diverse. We feel fortunate to have neighbors, colleagues, and students from such a wide variety of backgrounds– it allows us to constantly learn about and try new foods, music, and languages. We cannot wait to celebrate the diversity of our community with our future child, and to learn and share the cultural background of their birth family.


Ross Playing Guitar
Ross Playing Guitar
Celebrating Our Anniversary in Maine
Celebrating Our Anniversary in Maine
Hawaii Volcanoes
Hawaii Volcanoes
Michigan Vacation
Michigan Vacation
Megan Baking
Megan Baking
Family Thanksgiving
Family Thanksgiving
Ross Grilling
Ross Grilling
Exploring Sweden
Exploring Sweden
At the Getty
At the Getty
Megan & Sister Hannah in Sarajevo
Megan & Sister Hannah in Sarajevo
Huntington Gardens
Huntington Gardens
New York City
New York City
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Ross Playing Guitar
Ross Playing Guitar
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Celebrating Our Anniversary in Maine
Celebrating Our Anniversary in Maine
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Hawaii Volcanoes
Hawaii Volcanoes
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Michigan Vacation
Michigan Vacation
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Megan Baking
Megan Baking
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Family Thanksgiving
Family Thanksgiving
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Ross Grilling
Ross Grilling
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Exploring Sweden
Exploring Sweden
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At the Getty
At the Getty
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Megan & Sister Hannah in Sarajevo
Megan & Sister Hannah in Sarajevo
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Huntington Gardens
Huntington Gardens
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New York City
New York City

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a residential neighborhood at the edge of a large city. We chose our neighborhood because it is very friendly, and we love that it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world!

We know our neighborhood will be a great place to raise a child. Two parks with playgrounds are within a block from our home. We also live close to a sandy lakeside beach, which we walk to almost every day in the summer. There are a lot of families with young children nearby and an excellent local public elementary school.

Because we live in a city, there are so many things for kids to explore--museums, sports teams, art classes, dance concerts, and more. As music teachers, we excited to bring our future child to kid-friendly music concerts, especially outdoor concerts in the summer.

We live in a single-family home, which we purchased so that when we have a child, they will have plenty of space to play. We love spending time in our backyard gardening, grilling, and entertaining. During BBQs and get-togethers, we have had a ton of fun playing with our friends and their children in the backyard. In the winter, we cuddle up in the living room, play games, and watch movies. The layout of our house is perfect for having kids and we cannot wait to bring a child home one day.

Our Extended Families

Ross's Family

We met and started dating when we were freshmen in college, so we’ve been able to experience our families changing and growing together over time.

We visit Ross’s parents for Christmas every year. Christmas time is filled with many fun family traditions, like decorating gingerbread cookies, reading Christmas stories together on Christmas Eve, and opening presents on Christmas morning. We also love traveling to Maine with Ross’s family every summer. While we are there, we are able to unplug (no TV or internet!), relax, and eat lots of seafood and blueberries!

Megan & Her Mom

Megan’s family often connects over their love of animals. Megan’s sister, Hannah, runs a pet-sitting business and her other sister, Carrie, is a veterinarian.

Megan is very close to her mom, Sue, and talks to her every day. Although Sue lives in another state, she loves to travel and visits frequently. Sue is very energetic and loves to try new things, and we both love exploring Chicago with her.

We both have cousins who were adopted and other cousins who have recently adopted children. Our family is inter-religious and multi-racial, and we love to celebrate our diversity with yearly traditions like "Christmukkah," a party with both our families that takes place around Christmas and Hanukkah.

All of our relatives cannot wait to welcome another child into our loving family.

From Us to You

Each morning as we look outside our living room window, we see a neighborhood filled with toddlers being led on their daily parade from the local preschool, school children playing in the park across the street, and parents taking their youngest ones on a stroll around the block. We’ve been wanting to have a child for a long time and we can’t wait to share and introduce this beautiful world to our child. Looking out at all the happy families and children is a great way to start the day. It’s a great reminder of an exciting future, and it brings a smile to our faces. Right now, the only thing missing from the picture is us. Our family joining in.

We are tremendously grateful and in awe of your decision to consider an adoption plan, and we hope that you will take a moment to also think of us as future parents. We’re excited to share our wonderful home, family, neighborhood, and love with a child. Without you, our future family could not exist, so we want to express our incredible respect for your compassion and your consideration.

Our adoption journey properly started a few years ago when we discovered that we probably won’t be able to conceive. But adoption has always been on our minds and it has been part of our family lives for as long as we can remember. Many of our friends growing up were adoptees, and Ross’s cousin was adopted into the family as a baby. Megan’s cousins have more recently adopted two wonderful children into the family. When we consulted with the officiant for our wedding (Megan’s uncle, a former clergyman) he asked us about having children. We mentioned adoption as one of the many ways we would like to have children, and we are thrilled that it will be a reality soon!

We promise to offer a stable and loving home life. We met in music school in 2002 when we were teenagers. We began dating shortly after that and we got married in 2011. Our life as partners and best friends has been incredibly blessed. We both achieved our dreams of becoming professional musicians. We play music together regularly. We attend our students’ recitals together, and we look forward to sharing recitals and concerts with a child of our own.

In our twenties, we began our music careers and we travelled the world together and with our families. We’ve enjoyed meeting koalas in Australia, sipping coffee in Vienna, encountering great snowy owls in Sweden, and many more adventures-- often while touring with an orchestra, playing impromptu concerts, and attending various music festivals. We cannot wait to share some of this amazing part of our lives with our child.

At this point, we have settled into secure teaching jobs and purchased a home. Our travelling days aren’t totally behind us, but we are very happy and have no plans to make any changes. We love our students, we love our home, and we love the stability that this life offers. This is the life we want to share. As musicians who work with children, our lives are still full of creativity, spontaneity, and surprise. And, of course, traveling on the occasional family vacation is something we’ll always plan for and cherish.

When our child arrives, we promise to give all the love and happiness our family has to offer. We promise to keep track of milestones and day-to-day life with photographs, videos, journals, and scrapbooks. We promise to send letters and pictures and video so you, too, can share in our happy and healthy family. We are also interested in an open adoption that could include phone calls, emails, and occasional visits.

Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents.

With respect, love, and gratitude,

Ross & Megan


Edward Norton
Wayne Brady
Mariska Hargitay
Penelope Cruz
Kurt Vonnegut
Elena Ferrante
The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
Candy Bar
Almond Joy
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Building "forts" and "houses" with my neighbors by using pillows/blankets inside, and by digging outside.
Mini Golf with my family, with Slurpees on the way home!
Childhood Toy
Peanut Butter and Jelly dolls
Children's Book
The Light in the Attic
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sydney, Australia
Classic Movie
The Godfather
Day of Week
Cold fruit in the summer, hot cocoa in the winter.
Key Lime Pie
Disney Movie
The Jungle Book
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Hotwheels :). I'm not into cars-- good mileage and space to fit family/friends/stuff.
Never having to drive again!
Dream Job
Writer/Guitarist... and I'm a guitar teacher/writing tutor, so pretty close.
Principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony
Dream Vacation
A clean, uncrowded sand beach by the ocean.
Family Activity
Movie night
Board Games
Flower / Plant
Plum trees
Form of Exercise
Games with friends
Learning Spanish
Holiday Song
This Is Halloween
The Nutcracker Ballet
Holiday Tradition
Breakfast together then opening stockings and presents on Christmas morning.
Decorating gingerbread cookies with Ross
Ice Cream
Mango sorbet
Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Cheese puffs
Leisure Activity
Walking on the beach with friends and family
Snuggling with my cat
New Yorker
The New Yorker
Memory with a Child
Teaching card games to my younger cousins
Seeing my students faces when the audience cheers for them at the end of a performance.
Memory with Spouse
Meeting her family and spending New Years with all of them for the first time
Vacation in Maine
Life is Beautiful (Italian film, 1997)
Movie Munchie
Sour Patch Kids
Movie Quote
"When you gotta go, you gotta go" -Jurrasic Park
We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas, we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. --Best in Show
Movie Type
Romantic Comedy
Musical Group
The Beatles
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Nursery Rhyme
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Jack Sprat
Olympic Event
Ice Dancing
Personal Hero
Stephen King, the author
Michelle Obama
Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo and Juliet
Allen Ginsberg
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
"Few people have the imagination for reality." -Goethe
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. --e.e. cummings
El Cholo
Nepal House
Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Hebrews 13:16 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have."
Love your neighbor as yourself
Shopping Store
Longfellow Books
Tattered Cover Bookstore
All Apologies, Nirvana
I Feel Good --James Brown
Sport to Play
Mini Golf
Sport to Watch
Ice skating
Sports Star
Andre Agassi
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Portland Seadogs
Subject in School
Rocket (the racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy)
Thing to Cook
Grilled fish
Pumpkin bread
Time of Day
Spending our anniversary in Maine, where we got married.
Cheese plate with Ross on our anniversary
TV Show
The Wire
The Office
TV Show Character
John Munch (originally from Law and Order & Homicide)
Omar from The Wire
Type of Music
Hip Hop
Vacation Spot
Peaks Island, Maine
Video Game
Mario 64

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