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Chris & Rob

Hello and thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Adoption holds a special place in our hearts and we look forward to the opportunity to expand our family through adoption. Our promise to you is raising a child to love and respect others, to love themselves, to learn and explore, and to dream big. We hope you'll join us on this adoption journey. Thank you!

About Us

Assistant Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Stay-at-Home Parent
Master of Business Administration
Master's Degree in Education & School Counseling
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Our Family

Adoption has changed our lives in so many beautiful ways. We hold a personal understanding, connection, and appreciation for adoption. Our son, Isaac, was adopted at birth and we have an open relationship with his birthmother. It is a special and wonderful relationship that we hold with her. Also, Chris was adopted as an infant from Seoul, South Korea. Additionally, we have three cousins who were adopted. Because of our families' love and appreciation for adoption, this has been a natural path for us to grow our family. When Chris was growing up as a child, adoption in his household was celebrated as something unique and special, illustrated by things such as celebrating his "adoption day" just like a birthday. In turn, we celebrate Isaac's adoption and look forward to celebrating that same special time with our next child. Chris also knows from personal experience how important it is to know, understand, and appreciate his story. In 2014, he "went home" and travelled to South Korea to explore his heritage and his background and it is something he will never forget. Our family looks forward to carrying that tradition and sentiment that adoption is special – because it truly is.

Our Leisure Time

Isaac's First Trip to the Beach

Life is meant to be experienced and we believe in sharing in meaningful experiences. Growing our family has also meant experiencing new things together. Isaac had his first long road trip to the beach when he was just 9 months old and it was so exciting! When we're not traveling, we enjoy simple but fun things such as impromptu gatherings with friends and family, weekend BBQs, or better yet, enjoying the local donut shop. We also enjoy watching "the game" and rooting on our favorite Kansas City sports teams. While we enjoy road trips throughout the Midwest, we also enjoy fly destinations where we can really explore – our current favorites are Hawaii, Florida, and California! Also, both of us grew up in the music world. Rob is a former band teacher and Chris grew up playing many instruments including piano, clarinet, and bassoon. We both really enjoy going to concerts, musicals, and other activities centered around the arts. We look forward to exposing our children to new and diverse experiences and are anxious to see what they will want to explore – be it sports, music, or something completely different. We believe it is important to explore their own curiosities and independence to help develop a well-rounded upbringing.

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

Having Fun on Vacation at a Beachside Carnival

Chris About Rob: Rob has become such an amazing Papa, and provides a truly nurturing, loving, and caring environment for our family. He is a genuine, gentle, and caring person, and these are the traits that first caught my attention when I met him 13 years ago. He is an introvert at heart and a very thoughtful person and good listener. I honestly can't imagine a better person, devoted partner, parent, and best friend. These are also traits which I know make him such a great counselor to his students (officially) and so many friends and family (unofficially).

Rob About Chris: Chris is a great Daddy and a devoted family man. He is a kid at heart and brings a lot of fun and joy to our family! He puts people first and loves bringing happiness to others. Chris is the extrovert of the family and is a driven and action-oriented person. He is an incredible chef, a great money manager, an Eagle Scout, and very creative. We balance each other very well. Because he grew up in Kansas City, he never knows a stranger and is well connected and you can see his love of the city shine through brightly!


All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Fun at the Park
Fun at the Park
Chris in the Sun Porch Playing His Childhood Piano
Chris in the Sun Porch Playing His Childhood Piano
Ready to Race!
Ready to Race!
Morning Donuts!
Morning Donuts!
Go Chiefs!
Go Chiefs!
In a Sea of Sunflowers - The Perfect Kansas Sunshine
In a Sea of Sunflowers - The Perfect Kansas Sunshine
Standing Under an Arch Known for Bringing Good Fortunes
Standing Under an Arch Known for Bringing Good Fortunes
Sailing Away on the Lake
Sailing Away on the Lake
Being Silly With Family During Christmas
Being Silly With Family During Christmas
Getting Ready to Explore the Sea Caves by Kayak
Getting Ready to Explore the Sea Caves by Kayak
Playing With Our Godson, Tommy
Playing With Our Godson, Tommy
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Fun at the Park
Fun at the Park
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Chris in the Sun Porch Playing His Childhood Piano
Chris in the Sun Porch Playing His Childhood Piano
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Ready to Race!
Ready to Race!
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Morning Donuts!
Morning Donuts!
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Go Chiefs!
Go Chiefs!
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In a Sea of Sunflowers - The Perfect Kansas Sunshine
In a Sea of Sunflowers - The Perfect Kansas Sunshine
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Standing Under an Arch Known for Bringing Good Fortunes
Standing Under an Arch Known for Bringing Good Fortunes
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Sailing Away on the Lake
Sailing Away on the Lake
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Being Silly With Family During Christmas
Being Silly With Family During Christmas
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Getting Ready to Explore the Sea Caves by Kayak
Getting Ready to Explore the Sea Caves by Kayak
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Playing With Our Godson, Tommy
Playing With Our Godson, Tommy

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home - We Look Forward to Years of Family Fun!

We live in a nice suburb of Kansas City and have lived here since 2013. We love our community because it is a perfect place to raise a family. It's a very clean and safe area, with a lot of parks, pools, and green spaces for kids to play. People are so friendly and welcoming and there are always people outside walking, running, or biking (including us!). Because the schools are some of the best in the city, there are many families in the area. Some of our favorite community and neighborhood events include Independence Day celebration, Jazz Festival, and lots of block and neighborhood parties and gatherings (yay for ice cream socials!). We take pride and ownership in our home (twice named Home of the Month!) and have created a warm and homey environment. Gathering with friends and family and hosting at our place is a regular occurrence. Because of this, we spend most of our time in the living room, family room, and dining room – our favorite spots for food, fellowship, and friendship. We also host our annual Thanksgiving festivities at our place and if the weather is nice, the Thanksgiving gathering extends out to our deck and backyard. When it's just us, we enjoy grilling out on the deck, exploring and playing wherever Isaac takes us, or relaxing on the porch.

Friends & Family

Family Hike

We have a large community of family and friends, and strongly believe that family is defined by more than blood relatives. Chris is an only child and was adopted from South Korea. His parents live only a short 10-minutes away from our home and they are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a future grandchild! Chris also has extended family that lives in the Twin Cities, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Rob's family is mainly in southwest Missouri where Rob grew up. He has close relationships with his four siblings, as well as many cousins and other extended family. Professionally, our family has lawyers, finance professionals (including Chris), and a lot of educators (including Rob). Outside of work, our families are very involved in the communities in which they live, volunteerism, and serving as advocates for issues passionate to them such as social and educational issues. In addition, we count many friends as family, and love that we get to be "uncles" to many of their children.

Date Night With Friends

From Us to You

We admire your strength and courage as you seek a loving home for your child. We're also filled with joy that we could potentially become part of your child's life. It has been a dream of ours to grow our family and we look forward to nurturing and raising this child in a loving and caring home. And together - along with our community of family and friends - we believe that we can surround this little one with a ton of love, joy, and happiness!

Our journey as a couple has grown in love, experiences, and partnership. After meeting in 2008, moving in together in 2012, purchasing our home in 2013, getting married in 2017, beginning our adoption journey in 2018, and later welcoming Isaac into our family, we have experienced a wonderful journey so far. Since moving into our home, we have really settled into our community, which we absolutely love. It is an ideal place to raise children - between the families and sense of community, to the neighborhood conveniences (parks, schools, etc.), and discovering all that our family-friendly community has to offer! We have been intentional in preparing ourselves and our home as we look to grow our family. Chris has also progressed in his career and is on a fast track for executive leadership positions at his company. Because of this, we are fortunate that Rob has been able to stay at home to focus on raising Isaac and he will do the same with our future child.

We can't wait to expand our family and we know Isaac will make a great big brother! Rob's experience as a school counselor will be invaluable to our family. His understanding and background of helping youth through social and emotional development will help us to provide a nurturing and support-filled environment. In addition, Chris' experience in the Boy Scouts, as both a leader and member of the Board of Directors, has provided him a valuable background in child and youth development as well.

As a gay and interracial couple, we understand, appreciate, and embrace diversity and inclusion. This unique and diverse background is why we define "family" beyond those who just share blood relation. Love is what makes a family. As we look to expand our family in the future, it is very important to us to raise children in an inclusive and well-rounded environment. This environment would include exposure to some of our values and experiences, including: respect and compassion for others; learning about and experiencing new things; traveling and seeing the world; community service and volunteer work; fine arts and cultural events; and maintaining an active and healthy life - physically, mentally, and spiritually. It will be equally important that our children grow up to be independent and confident as they find their own path in this world. We look forward to discovering their hobbies, interests, and passions, so that we may support their own individual growth and development.

Through adoption, we look forward to the role and relationship that you desire and choose to play. You will always be an important part of this journey and we are committed to ensuring that you remain part of your child's life. We believe open adoption is a healthy way to raise a child, allowing them to grow up feeling connected and confident about their background, who they are, and what their story is about. Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We wish you peace, comfort, and strength as you make your decision. We send you our love and support.

Chris & Rob


Will Smith
Johnny Depp
Jennifer Lawrence
Octavia Spencer
My grandmother - author of many children's books
Dr. Seuss
To Kill a Mockingbird
Candy Bar
Kit Kat
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Weekend camping trips
Traveling in an RV across the country
Childhood Toy
Star Wars action figures
Children's Book
Curious George
Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss
Washington, D.C.
Classic Movie
The Wizard of Oz
Sound of Music
Day of Week
Homemade cookies
Warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream
Disney Movie
Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Mustang convertible
Dream Job
Broadway musican
Travel agent
Dream Vacation
Cruise around the world
Travel all over Europe
Family Activity
Family dinners
Road trips
Flower / Plant
Form of Exercise
Holiday Song
Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Holiday Tradition
Baking cookies for Santa
Decorating the house for Christmas
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Evening walks
Being outside in nature
Money Magazine
Runner's World
Memory with a Child
Adopting our son Isaac
Seeing Isaac learn to walk
Memory with Spouse
Running the Dallas Marathon - twice!
Getting married in Hawaii
James Bond movies
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Movie Munchie
Peanut M&M's
Movie Quote
"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" - Wizard of Oz
"You have to do the best with what God gave you." - Forest Gump
Movie Type
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Musical Group
Marching Mizzou!
Anything from the 80's and 90's
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Olympic Event
Ice Skating
Personal Hero
My parents
My students
Amanda Gorman
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
"If you think you can, or think you can't... you're right."
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch
Olive Garden
"Love your neighbor as yourself" - Mark 12:31
"He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless." - Isaiah 40:29
Shopping Store
Amazon Prime
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"Running Down a Dream" - by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes
Sports Team
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Chiefs
Subject in School
Black Panther
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Sloppy Joes
Time of Day
Nighttime - seeing the stars and constellations
Dusk - just as the sun is fading into the darkness
Family 5k walk/run during Thanksgiving
Getting together with family on a Christmas (or Thanksgiving) morning or afternoon and enjoying a big home-cooked meal together!
TV Show
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
TV Show Character
Michael Scott from The Office
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) from Big Bang Theory
Type of Music
Top 40
Anything from the 80's and 90's
Vacation Spot
Anywhere with a warm beach and beautiful ocean
Video Game
Mario Kart

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