Ryan & Heather /adoption-family/ryan-heather 1536

Ryan & Heather

Hello! We are Heather, Ryan & Norah. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and for considering us as you make this difficult decision. We are excited to welcome another child into our family.

Our Story

We were both raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and have spent our entire lives in Illinois. Our years together have taught us so much about commitment, trust, and building a strong family foundation. Years of struggling with infertility lead us to adoption. We were blessed with our daughter, Norah, through The Cradle in 2019.


As a transracial family, we are open to welcoming a child into our family from any race. We promise to love, support and embrace all that makes your child unique and special. We plan to raise our child to have pride in their culture and ethnic background. We have a big diverse group of family and close friends.


We are completely open to involving you in our lives in a way that makes you feel comfortable and connected to your child. We look forward to learning more about you and what kind of relationship you would feel comfortable with having. Openness could include things like regular visits, exchanging emails or text messages, and/or sharing photos. If you need time, we will make sure to send updates to The Cradle until you are ready. No matter what, you will always be a special and important member of our family.


Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We would love to open our hearts to you and your child. We hope to get to know more about you too. We wish you comfort and peace as you make your decision.

Fun Facts

  • Superpower: Can pull together a meal out of random foods in our fridge/pantry.
  • Weakness: I can’t parallel park to save my life.
  • I love to visit Galena, IL every year. I have been going there since I was a baby.
  • Addicted to dark chocolate.
  • My favorite time of year is Fall. All 3 of us have birthdays in the fall. We love the cooler weather, changing trees, and fun fall traditions.
  • I’m a huge fan of binge-watching TV shows and cuddling up on the couch with my family.
  • Superpower: Can fix anything around the house or on a car.
  • Weakness: Zero sense of direction. Thank goodness for navigation systems!
  • I’m a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. I have a goal of visiting all of the MLB ballparks in my lifetime.
  • Addicted to white chocolate.
  • My favorite time of year is Spring. The baseball season kicks off. Everything outside is new and green. Our family can start to spend most of our free time outside again.
  • I love to watch movies. Some of my favorites are The Count of Monte Cristo, The Godfather trilogy, Deadpool, and just about any Marvel movie.

"Ryan & Heather" Family Photos

  • Wrigley Field is our happy place
  • Bringing Norah home from The Cradle
  • Norah and our dog Mabel
  • Celebrating Norah’s birthday
  • Visiting the pumpkin patch
  • Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays
  • Christmas morning snuggles
  • Ryan and his little Cubs fan
  • We love spending time as a family
  • Mabel is the best big sister

Contact the Cradle

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

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If you are looking to adopt a child, please schedule a call with an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

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