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Davis & Allison

We are so glad you found our profile! Thank you for considering our family for your little one. We have always dreamed of having another little one and a big family. We hope you can learn about us here, and we look forward to getting to know you and your hopes and dreams for your child.

About Us

Senior Program Director, Strategy
Master's Degree in Urban History
Law Degree
Elliot, Ruby
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

Our Family

We are very involved in our community. We both serve on boards of local non-profits focused on education and opportunity. We love going to concerts and taking advantage of all the incredible live music in our city.

Mother-Daughter Concert

Allison comes from a family of swimmers, and our girls are definitely water bugs. Elliot and Ruby love doing summer swim team, tennis, ballet and hip-hop classes. We are also members of the local zoo and science center, and visit both often.

We love to cook and garden. In the summer, we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers in the back yard. Elliot and Ruby like to make fresh pasta and their own personal pizzas.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

On a Beautiful Fall Day

Davis About Allison: Allison is extremely thoughtful, nurturing, and patient. Her hugs and kisses heal "boo boos" faster than anyone else our kids have ever met, and she makes cozy, comforting dinners for us all. Allison is also unfailingly loyal and committed. She always puts her family first and goes the extra mile to make sure we're all safe and happy. Our daughters know they can do anything and be anything they want, because they see their mama do it.

Allison About Davis: Davis is a natural leader and a fun, lighthearted husband and dad. Being around him makes every day better. He is a hard worker and a thoughtful friend. Most important to Davis is making his family feel loved, cared for, and joyful. He is great at thinking of fun adventures and science projects for our kids. He listens to all of their stories, and plays make-believe games with them. Our children adore him.

Cultural Diversity

We will love and celebrate your child's race and cultural background as one of a thousand special things about them. We know from being foster parents to children of color that we, our children, and our extended families are ready and excited to welcome a child of any racial or cultural background as part of our family. Through our life experiences and social circles, as teachers in majority Black schools, and through serving as foster parents, we have been able to learn about and celebrate Black and Latin cultures. We chose a diverse elementary school for Elliot and Ruby, who have close friends from lots of different racial and cultural backgrounds. We know that these cultures have a rich and important history and identity that should be celebrated at every turn.

Every non-white person in America faces challenges of systemic racism that we and our biological children will not face. We will teach and guide your child through any challenges they face. We also will make sure to cultivate a network of people of your child's racial and cultural background who can be positive role models and can serve as mentors and teachers. We also will encourage a strong bond with you - their birth family - that will help our child be grounded in their heritage. Most importantly, we will be humble, open listeners to those in our lives and, including your child, to learn about how we can support their education and growth in these traditions.


At a Soccer Game
At a Soccer Game
On Vacation in Oaxaca!
On Vacation in Oaxaca!
Davis Reading at Ruby's School
Davis Reading at Ruby's School
Family Mini-Golf
Family Mini-Golf
Excited to Be Big Sisters!
Excited to Be Big Sisters!
A Night at the Symphony
A Night at the Symphony
Cooking Class
Cooking Class
Celebrating Our Friends' Wedding
Celebrating Our Friends' Wedding
Beach Trip!
Beach Trip!
Christmas Brunch With Elliot & Davis
Christmas Brunch With Elliot & Davis
Pottery Class
Pottery Class
Ready for the Daddy-Daughter Disco!
Ready for the Daddy-Daughter Disco!
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At a Soccer Game
At a Soccer Game
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On Vacation in Oaxaca!
On Vacation in Oaxaca!
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Davis Reading at Ruby's School
Davis Reading at Ruby's School
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Family Mini-Golf
Family Mini-Golf
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Excited to Be Big Sisters!
Excited to Be Big Sisters!
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A Night at the Symphony
A Night at the Symphony
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Cooking Class
Cooking Class
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Celebrating Our Friends' Wedding
Celebrating Our Friends' Wedding
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Beach Trip!
Beach Trip!
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Christmas Brunch With Elliot & Davis
Christmas Brunch With Elliot & Davis
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Pottery Class
Pottery Class
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Ready for the Daddy-Daughter Disco!
Ready for the Daddy-Daughter Disco!

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a large city in Tennessee. Our home is in a family neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown, and is nearby lots of great parks, the zoo, and the science museum. Every year, we go trick or treating at the zoo, and in the spring we go to its Teddy Bear Clinic to get check-ups for our favorite stuffed animals.

On Saturdays, we love to go to the nearby farmers market, where our kids get to pick out a treat, and we stock up on fresh vegetables from local farmers and baked goods from artisans. We also have a lot of fun, new restaurants nearby that we love to try out on weekends.

Our four-bedroom home is on a one-acre lot, so we have lots of nature and room to run around. A big family of deer passes through each morning and evening, and we have a pair of owls living in some of our big front yard trees. We spend a lot of time in our living room, reading, playing, and doing art while keeping an eye out for the animals. We have a big, fenced-in backyard with a hammock, swing set, and tree house.

Our Extended Families

Reading With Grandmom

We're fortunate to live in Allison's hometown, so her sister and brother-in-law, niece, father, aunts, uncles and cousins all live just a few minutes away. On the weekends, we regularly spend time playing with cousins. We often have Sunday night dinners with Allison's dad, and build fires to make s'mores if it's chilly enough. We also have friends who are like family nearby who are honorary aunts and uncles to our kids.

Breakfast With Aunt Perry & Uncle Zach

We spend every Thanksgiving at Allison's mom's farm, hiking around, playing with the animals, and making hot chocolate with Grandma and Elliot and Ruby's aunts. Each Christmas, Allison's mom and sisters come over first thing in the morning to open stockings with our daughters and make a big Christmas brunch.

Every year growing up, Davis spent a week at the beach with his grandmother, aunts and uncles, and all of his siblings and cousins. Allison loved taking part in this family tradition once they began dating. And now, our daughters love to spend time with their cousins every year, who are just a few years older than they are.

Our families are thrilled that we are adopting. They have had a chance to get to know and love the foster children we have had in our home, and we know they will be just as welcoming and loving to your child, who will be cherished and loved by our whole family.

From Us to You

Thank you so much for reading our profile! We hope you will consider us to be your child's - and your - family.

We've always dreamed of having a large family, but after Ruby's birth, we learned that it would not be safe for Allison to carry another pregnancy. We're excited to grow our family through adoption and are so grateful you're taking the time to read our profile and learn about our family.

We are excited to raise your child to celebrate that they have an extra special origin story - they have a wonderful, brave, kind and strong birth mom who chose Allison to be their other mother, Davis to be their father, and Elliot and Ruby to be their big sisters. We look forward to sending you pictures and letters from your child about their growth and milestones, and showing your child letters you send to them. If you want to, we would also love to have you celebrate birthdays and other milestones with us. We want your child to know as much about you as feels good for you to share. We truly hope that we will all be one big, extended family.

We absolutely love being parents. We have two daughters, Elliot is 7, and Ruby is 5. They are both incredibly excited to have another sibling! Elliot is empathetic, silly, and earnest. She is so excited to welcome a baby brother or sister into our family. She loves to help take care of her baby cousins and wants you to know, "I have a lot of practice being a big sister so I know how to do it. When the baby is little, I will rock it and give it hugs. When it grows up we will give it pizza, because that's my favorite." Ruby is adventurous, bold, and warm, and wants to try every new food under the sun. Ruby wants you to know, "I will love being a big sister. I will help the baby learn how to walk and take care of the baby and give the baby sister snuggles, and I will kiss it and I will love it."

We have been together for 14 years and have been married for ten (we still feel young in our mid-30s, but wow, that seems like a long time!). We respect each other, believe in each other, and live as true partners and co-parents. We met as public school teachers in a Midwestern city. We've lived in several cities since then, and six years ago we settled back in Allison's hometown.

We are fortunate to live near a great deal of close family. Our children have aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, all within 20 minutes of our house. As a result, we have an amazing support system for us as parents, and a network of champions for our children, who are loved so fully and completely.

Elliot and Ruby go to our neighborhood elementary school, which is just five minutes from our house. It's a diverse school community - more than 25 countries are represented at the school! We love getting to celebrate lots of different holidays and share in our neighbors' cultures and family traditions. On the weekends, we love to take walks and go to parks. We also have a big yard with a tree house, a swing set, soccer and basketball goals, and four chickens who give us fresh eggs for baking. We can't wait to share our joyful, fun, boisterous home with your child.

You are making an extremely tough, nuanced, and brave decision. We want to be a support to you as much as we can. We will love your baby so fully and completely. And every day, we will honor you, your love for your child, and your bravery in making this choice.

We can't wait to learn more about you, your dreams for your child, and how we can help make those dreams come true.

Davis & Allison


Daniel Day-Lewis
Denzel Washington
Jennifer Garner
Kristen Bell
Truman Capote
Roxane Gay
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Candy Bar
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Hey Arnold
Childhood Memory
Yearly beach trips with aunts, uncles, and cousins (more than 30 of us, in total!)
Sunday Supper at my grandparents' house
Childhood Toy
Razor scooter
Children's Book
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
St. Louis
Classic Movie
The Godfather
The Sound of Music
Day of Week
Banana Pudding
Chocolate Pie
Disney Movie
Frozen, because it's about siblings helping each other!
Dream Car
1957 Corvette
Mercedes G-Wagon
Dream Job
Museum Curator
Resort and Spa Reviewer
Dream Vacation
Family Activity
Road trips
Going on hikes
Flower / Plant
Allison's mac and cheese
Form of Exercise
Bananagrams with adults, hide and seek with kids
Art Collecting
Holiday Song
Mistletoe and Holly by Frank Sinatra
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
Holiday Tradition
Carving pumpkins
Baking cookies for Santa
Ice Cream
Peanut Butter
Cookies & cream
Junk Food
Giant cinnamon rolls
Leisure Activity
Watching Movies
Reading and listening to music
Vanity Fair
Memory with a Child
Introducing our older daughter to her baby sister
The first time our older daughter held her baby sister in her lap
Memory with Spouse
Our honeymoon in Jamaica
Being snowed into our tiny apartment and spending a whole weekend just the two of us
Jurassic Park
A League of Their Own
Movie Munchie
Junior Mints
Buncha Crunch
Movie Quote
I do not regret the things I have done, but those I did not do. - Empire Records
Do not let anyone ever make you feel like you do not deserve what you want. - 10 Things I Hate About You
Movie Type
Halloween movies
Sweeney Todd
Musical Group
Hootie and the Blowfish
The Highwomen
Nursery Rhyme
Jack and Jill
Going on a Bear Hunt
Olympic Event
Track and Field
Personal Hero
Robert Kennedy
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
W.H. Auden
Mary Oliver
Quality about my Spouse
Allison is an immensely empathetic person whose concern for others is deep and genuine.
I love that Davis is a fun, engaged dad to our children, who is always ready to play and explore with them.
You see things; and you say, Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, Why not? - George Bernard Shaw
I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. - Michelle Obama
Anything TexMex
Pi Pizzeria
Pimento Cheese
Psalm 23
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving. - Love Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda
Shopping Store
Tennessee Song by Margo Price
Stay With You by John Legend
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Lebron James
Serena Williams
Sports Team
Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Titans
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Anything in our cast-iron skillet
Homemade Pasta
Time of Day
Cooking weekend breakfast together
TV Show
30 Rock
The Good Place
TV Show Character
Liz Lemon
Syndey Bristow
Type of Music
Folk, Hip Hop
Folk, Pop, Hip Hop
Vacation Spot
The Rocky Mountains
The beach with our kids and nieces and nephews
Video Game
Goldeneye 007

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