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Ryan & Tara
We are overjoyed at the thought of expanding our family through adoption. We know what a blessing a child is and truly hope that our long-time wish to become parents becomes a reality. We cannot wait to share our life, love, and future with an addition to our family. We hope that you consider us, and we really appreciate your taking the time to read our profile.
Why We Chose Adoption
Children have always been a big part of our lives. Tara received a degree in Early Childhood Education and was a babysitter for several families over the years. Ryan and Tara love spending time with Ryan's niece and nephew. They also enjoy spending time with friends and their children. After trying for a child and being unsuccessful, we wanted to find a way to start our family. We have always known that adoption was a potential path for us. Biologically ours or not, we would love a child unconditionally.
After several discussions, we decided that this journey was meant to be ,which led us to where we are today. After speaking with our parents and immediate family, they gave us their full support and are extremely excited to have a new member of the family. We are very excited to have the opportunity to be considered as potential parents.
We have many family traditions that we celebrate and participate in throughout the year. Birthdays are especially important to our family. We tend to gather and celebrate each person’s birthday at Ryan’s parents’ house with a favorite cake of the birthday family member’s own choosing. We also sing songs, take pictures, and open presents. Also each summer, we take a family vacation. Usually it’s a fantastic trip to Myrtle Beach. Two years ago we shook things up and took a Disney World vacation. It was magical and so wonderful to see the faces of our niece and nephew as they experienced Disney World for the first time. Finally, we love Thanksgiving and Christmas. Typically both are spent with family at Ryan’s parents’ house, where we enjoy a huge meal, watch football, and play games with the children. On Christmas Eve, we open gifts and play family games. On Christmas morning, we get up with the children to see what Santa brought them. That is followed by a big family breakfast and a relaxing day experiencing the joy of family at Christmas. It’s such a fun time!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
As a new parent we will address cultural diversity daily. We will teach our child about his or her racial, ethnic, and cultural background, because we believe this is essential in raising a happy and healthy child. We will continue to educate ourselves on all races. As our child has questions, we will strive to help them understand all different races and backgrounds. Exposure to different cultures by attending various events and joining culturally diverse groups will be part of our journey. Our town has several multicultural events each year that are extremely well attended. We also have several friends whose children have attended diverse summer camps and music classes and have loved them. We will enjoy exposing our child to those wonderful experiences. Education through books, articles, and social media groups will also help us on the journey to being successful in addressing cultural diversity. These books will be both for our child and us as parents. Finally, we cannot wait to have our child interact with the children in our neighborhood. We are proud of our diverse community.
Our Extended Families
We are both very fortunate to have a great extended family. Tara has a brother and sister who live about two hours away. Her sister has two daughters. Ryan also has family close by and his sister has two children. When family and friends are around, we love to do outside activities that accommodate family interaction. Corn hole, baseball, basketball, and soccer are some of our favorite things to do. Christmas is also very important to us. We typically spend it in our parents’ hometown and enjoy a tree trimming party, cooking food, and playing games during the Christmas holiday.
We appreciate our blessings and would welcome a child into our family with whom we could share them. Our parents are very supportive of our adoption plans. They will help us in any way they can and will love any child we bring into our family. They will love your child unconditionally as will we. We are very fortunate to have such a loving and supportive family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our neighborhood and couldn’t do it justice in mere words. Our community has several family-oriented events. These include movie nights by the pool, swim parties, and Halloween parades. Many families near us have become our good friends, and we enjoy spending time with them.
Our home is two stories with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. There is an office on the first floor, which could be converted into a playroom. We also have a kitchen, dining room, and a great room on the first floor. We love spending time in the great room each night talking and catching up on our day.
Our neighborhood has three community pools and several playgrounds. It also includes basketball and tennis courts. Children enjoy using these facilities frequently. We are also in walking distance of the YMCA.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for the opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our life together. We are so grateful that you love your child so much that you are considering an adoption plan for him or her.
We met in high school attending the same college composition class (Ryan's Junior year and Tara's sophomore). We knew each other's names but did not hang out with the same circle of friends. Tara was extremely shy and very studious. Ryan was also school minded but had many friends through playing high school basketball. We met again at a Virginia Tech football game tailgate through mutual friends in fall of 2014. To our surprise, we both lived for almost fourteen years in the same town and were very excited to hear we had a lot of common interests. After talking for about twenty minutes we decided we would keep in touch via social media. A couple of weeks later, we went to a local restaurant to watch a football game. From there we were inseparable and were married in the spring of 2016.
We are extremely fortunate that our parents are less than two hours away. Several weekends are spent in our hometown visiting with our niece and nephew who often visit from Pennsylvania.
Our current town is also a wonderful place to raise a family where we see neighborhood children playing outside daily. The neighborhood in which we reside is very community oriented. Many of the activities are held with children in mind - including pool swim nights, movie nights, Halloween parades, and visits with Santa.
We truly enjoy living life. We love being outside, whether it's common like walking through the neighborhood or special like attending our alma mater's football game, we love the outdoors. Any activity where we can be together makes us truly happy. We cannot wait to share these moments with a child. We promise that your child will be loved, celebrated, protected and surrounded by family and friends who will cherish him/her. Though we have not met, we truly respect you and your decision. We hope in this process and after, we can keep contact through calls, emails, etc. You are extremely brave in the decision you are making. We truly appreciate you considering us.
Ryan & Tara
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