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Hello, we’re Tara and Alan! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us as you think through this difficult decision. As the parents of a daughter through adoption, we’ve come to a deeper understanding of the agonizing struggles and depth of emotions you are probably facing. We have so much admiration and respect for you that these words do little justice.

Soon after getting married, ten years ago, we grieved the reality that we’re unable to conceive children. After coming to terms with our infertility, we became very excited to become parents through the incredible gift and sacrifice of adoption. In 2011, our daughter, Kaylin, was born. Since that time, we have shared a close relationship with Kaylin’s birthmother and her family. We have so greatly enjoyed raising Kaylin that it excites us all the more to grow our family by adding a new little one to love.

We believe wholeheartedly in the importance of our children knowing their complete stories. If you choose us to parent your precious child, we will do everything we can to help your child know of your love and would gladly honor and respect your wishes for your adoption plan. Thank you again for considering our profile as you think through all of your options.


I love cooking, taking family walks, enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, and traveling. Making our home a warm and inviting space where others can visit, relax, and find friendship and comfort is a priority for me.

Career: I work part-time in women’s ministry at our church and plan to go back to school to get my Master’s degree in counseling.


Color: Red

Food: Mexican, Indian and Thai food

Holiday: Christmas

Type of Music: Country


Writing novels is a passion of mine, as well as reading and playing the guitar. As a diehard Phillies fan, one of my favorite activities is watching and going to baseball games. When I really want to relax, there is nothing better in the world than spending time with my family.

Career: I work as a publications editor at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also in the process of getting my novels published.


Color: Blue

Food: Chocolate

Holiday: Baseball Opening Day (does that count?)

Type of Music: Blues & Rock

Our favorite vacations have included:

  • Disney World
  • The Pocono mountains
  • New York City
  • The Jersey shore
  • Riviera Maya, Mexico (our honeymoon)

is a nurturing, adventurous, goofy, and affectionate four-year-old. She is very interested (maybe even a little obsessed) in becoming a big sister and we know she will be a positive influence and loving companion for her brother or sister. She prays daily for a sibling and lists all the ways she will help take care of him or her. Some of Kaylin’s favorite activities include exhausting herself at the playground, learning to cook and doing art projects with Mommy, and playing board games and watching movies with Daddy.

Bailey is a playful, friendly, 10-year-old collie mix, who we adopted as a puppy very early on in our marriage. Kaylin and Bailey are best friends, and Bailey is super gentle and great with all children.

Alan has a younger brother; Tara has a younger sister. Both sets of parents and siblings live within an hour’s drive from us. We all frequently get together for birthdays, holidays, and just to hang out. Our parents and siblings enjoy lots of quality time with Kaylin and cannot wait to extend that love to our next child.


We live in a sun-soaked, three-story row home in a family-friendly neighborhood in Philadelphia. Our house has three bedrooms, a cozy living room and dining room, a finished basement (which serves as an entertainment/play room), a backyard (where we enjoy grilling), and our personal favorite—a roof deck overlooking the center city skyline (where we spend many summer evenings and have family picnics).

We live close to a variety of restaurants, stores, coffee shops, playgrounds, and parks. We also have a tremendous community of friends within our local church, who have become like family to us.

THANK YOU again for taking the time to read about our family and getting to know us a bit. We would love the opportunity to meet with you. Please know we are praying for you to experience tremendous comfort and peace as you make this important and difficult decision.


With love,

Alan & Tara