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Daniel & Ryan

Hi! We're Ryan and Daniel. We are a loving, committed couple and are so excited for the opportunity to grow our family. We are blessed with wonderful family and friends and we can't wait to share that love and support with a child. We are so grateful for you taking the time to learn more about us.

About Us

Law Degree
Doctor of Medicine
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Hawaii Trip With Ryan's Family

After Ryan's birth, Ryan's mother was no longer able to have additional biological children. Their family was blessed to adopt Ryan's brother, Evan.

Ryan's family was always open about Evan's adoption and he had the opportunity to connect with his birth mother and biological siblings. We remain so grateful to Evan's birth mother for giving Ryan the gift of a younger brother.

Evan's adoption journey has been wonderful and positive filled with love and happiness. We've seen what a wonderful experience adoption can be to expand our family and are eager to greet all the love and adventures that come with our own adoption.

Our Lifestyle

Hanging Out in the Backyard With Melvin

When we're hanging out at home, you will often find us in the kitchen, either cooking dinner or baking a new treat. On weekends we like to hike the trails near our home with our puppy, or curl up on the couch with coffee and a crossword. We love the arts and enjoy seeing local theater and music in town.

Exploring Barcelona

We also love traveling and exploring the many towns and parks southern California has to offer. A couple times a year we make bigger trips to see the world (Daniel particularly loves planning these to make sure we get to learn and experience as much as possible).

Spending time with our friends and family is a big part of our lives, and we love to have people over for a good dinner and a board game, or to splash around in the pool.

As our child grows up, we look forward to sharing these activities and more as they discover new interests and passions.

Our Family Traditions

Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Every summer we make a tradition of going to the Hollywood Bowl for a picnic and show with friends and family. One event we try to make it to each year is The Sound of Music sing-a-long. Ryan and his brother Evan are not great singers (Evan still enthusiastically joins in) but Daniel and Evan's wife Katie have great voices. It has turned into a big group affair some years, joined by Ryan and Evan's and Katie's parents, costumes and all!

Daniel loves hosting friends and family, and hosting the annual 4th of July party has become a staple event. He loves decorating with red, white, and blue and hosting everyone in the Southern California sun for a fun day of games, grilling and pool time. Ryan bakes a dessert (usually a pavlova!) topped with strawberries and blueberries for those with a sweet tooth.


With Our Pup, Melvin
With Our Pup, Melvin
Out Seeing Some Beautiful Botanical Gardens
Out Seeing Some Beautiful Botanical Gardens
Story Time!
Story Time!
Going Around the World at Epcot!
Going Around the World at Epcot!
On a Fjord in Norway
On a Fjord in Norway
Go Dodgers!
Go Dodgers!
Visiting a Temple in Japan
Visiting a Temple in Japan
Seeing a Monastery in the Mountains of Spain
Seeing a Monastery in the Mountains of Spain
Hiking With Melvin
Hiking With Melvin
Game Night With the Nephews
Game Night With the Nephews
Christmas Photo With Our Smiley Nephews
Christmas Photo With Our Smiley Nephews
Taking a Break in the Park
Taking a Break in the Park
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With Our Pup, Melvin
With Our Pup, Melvin
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Out Seeing Some Beautiful Botanical Gardens
Out Seeing Some Beautiful Botanical Gardens
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Story Time!
Story Time!
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Going Around the World at Epcot!
Going Around the World at Epcot!
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On a Fjord in Norway
On a Fjord in Norway
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Go Dodgers!
Go Dodgers!
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Visiting a Temple in Japan
Visiting a Temple in Japan
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Seeing a Monastery in the Mountains of Spain
Seeing a Monastery in the Mountains of Spain
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Hiking With Melvin
Hiking With Melvin
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Game Night With the Nephews
Game Night With the Nephews
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Christmas Photo With Our Smiley Nephews
Christmas Photo With Our Smiley Nephews
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Taking a Break in the Park
Taking a Break in the Park

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in a four-bedroom house in a beautiful suburb of Los Angeles, lush with mature trees along the sidewalk lined streets.

Our Backyard

We take a stroll around our neighborhood at least once a day with our dog, Melvin, and are always greeted by our neighbors with their own dogs or kids on bikes and scooters. We have several good friends within walking distance who have recently started or will soon be starting their own families. We're so excited to share this experience together and are so happy our kid will be able to grow up in a neighborhood full of kids to play with, an experience we both had growing up ourselves.

We have a grocery store and restaurants within a ten-minute walk from our home and love getting out and about, exploring the city on foot. Our local elementary school is a short walk from our house and we have plenty of hiking trails we regularly take advantage of. There is a large park a short drive from us for organized sports and a big complex that includes an Olympic-size swimming pool.

At our home, we also have a beautiful lawn, pool and hot tub that we enjoy year round in the wonderful Southern California weather.

Our Extended Families

Family Outing

We both come from very loving and supportive families. Ryan has a younger brother who was adopted at birth, and Daniel has an older sister who now has two young boys of her own. Ryan grew up in San Diego, where his parents still live, and we regularly take a short road trip to visit each other on weekends and holidays. Ryan's mom is a retired OB/GYN and can't wait to welcome a baby into our lives. We are so fortunate that Ryan's brother Evan and his wife, Katie, also settled in Los Angeles, a very short drive from our home. We spend a great deal of time together with a weekly tradition of cooking dinner, watching TV and movies, and letting our puppies run wild in the backyard.

Daniel's Family

Daniel's parents, sister and two nephews live in Ohio in the same neighborhood where Daniel grew up. We take regular trips to visit them for holidays where we love to play with the kids at the park and take them on trips to the museum. We keep up with Daniel's large extended family (his dad is one of eight!) at family events in Ohio and all over the East Coast for weddings and holidays. Family is very important to both of us and everyone is so excited to be able to meet our own little one!

From Us to You

Hi there, we're Daniel and Ryan. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us a little better. It's a big decision and we are so humbled and grateful that you are considering us for the privilege of raising your child.

We met and fell in love in 2015. On our second date, over burgers we discussed our hopes for a family of our own. With Ryan's brother, Evan, being adopted, even then we knew that adoption was the path we wanted to take. It's been a long and wonderful road since then, moving in together to our Los Angeles suburb in 2017, bringing our cuddly puppy, Melvin, into our lives, and getting married in 2020 (not even the pandemic could stop us). Through that time our love has grown deeper and stronger and we want nothing more than the chance to share that love with a child.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by loving friends and family who also cannot wait to welcome a child into their lives. We've made a tradition of Sunday night dinners with Evan and his wife, Katie, and with them looking to start a family of their own, we know your child will be surrounded by a warm and involved extended family. We are also close to our parents, who are so excited to bring a new grandchild into the family.

Our home is spacious and comfortable, with a beautiful backyard and pool to play in. We spend many summer evenings swimming and grilling out in our yard with friends. Our neighborhood is quiet and friendly and is close to the parks, schools, museums, beaches and hiking trails that make LA such a great place to live. When we go on walks with Melvin, we always see our neighbors out and about with their children and pets.

We have been blessed to have both found fulfilling professions that have allowed us to create a comfortable and secure life. Ryan is an oncologist, a role that requires empathy and compassion, which he brings to every aspect of his life. Daniel is an attorney for an animation studio, which reflects his joyful and fun-loving nature. Additionally, Daniel's work provides generous paternity, vacation and flexible schedules that will allow us to be present for our child.

We understand how important it is for you to know your child is happy and thriving in the life you helped make possible for them. To that end, we're committed to regularly sending letters and pictures to update you on their growth, interests and achievements. We're open to further contact, through emails, phone calls, or even in-person visits in the future, if you feel comfortable with it. We understand preferences can evolve over time, and are committed to building a relationship that honors your vital place in the child's story.

Thank you for taking the time to consider us for the privilege of being adoptive parents for your baby. Whatever your decision, we wish you both the best.

Daniel & Ryan


Robin Williams
Meryl Streep
Kurt Vonnegut
Pillars of the Earth
Breakfast of Champions
Candy Bar
Bob's Burgers
The Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Thanksgivings with my extended family
Fishing at the beach with my dad
Childhood Toy
Marble Run
Bop It
Children's Book
The Lorax
Where the Sidewalk Ends
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
Classic Movie
Sunset Boulevard
Baby blue
Day of Week
Lemon Meringue
Disney Movie
Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Ford Mustang Mach E
Dream Job
Dream Vacation
Family Activity
Sunday night dinners
Playing code names
Flower / Plant
Thai food
Form of Exercise
Settlers of Catan
Playing piano
Roasting coffee
Holiday Song
Christmas Time is Here
Carol of the Bells
Holiday Tradition
Baking, decorating and delivering cookies
Making Japanese food on Christmas Eve for our family (carrying on a tradition of Ryan's grandmother)
Ice Cream
Rocky Road
Cookie Dough
Junk Food
French Fries
Yogurt Pretzels
Leisure Activity
Board games
Memory with a Child
Going to Disney World with our nephews
Memory with Spouse
First time we went to Paso Robles together
Adopting our dog Melvin
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Movie Munchie
Sour Patch Kids
Movie Type
Into the Woods
Merrily We Roll Along
Musical Group
The Mountain Goats
Nursery Rhyme
Humpty Dumpty
Olympic Event
Figure skating
Personal Hero
My grandfather
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
His curiosity
"There's only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time."
Poquito Mas
Any Thai restaurant
Tuna Melt
Tuna melt
Shopping Store
Take Me Home, Country Roads
Sport to Watch
Sports Team
OSU Buckeyes
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Thai food
Time of Day
Morning coffee & crossword with Ryan
Sunday night dinners with family
Sunday dinners with my brother and his wife
TV Show
Modern Family
TV Show Character
Leslie Knope
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Mario Kart
Zelda Breath of the Wild

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