Robby and Shane - Ellen Kaplan Adoptions
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Robby and Shane

“As we take the next steps together as a family, we look forward to providing all the love and support we can to a child.”

Location: Massachusetts

Ages: 37 and 36

Religion: Unaffiliated

Professions: High School Counselor/Registered Nurse

Other Kids: None

Preferences: Caucasian, Either Gender, Newborn

How We Met: We went on our first date after meeting online several years ago. Shane had already known of Robby through sports leagues they each played in-and you might say that Shane already had a bit of a crush on Robby. Robby likes to tell the story that, on their second date, Shane added Robby’s birthday to his phone’s calendar-repeating forever into the future. As our relationship grew over the next few years, we moved in together, got married, and are now excited to grow as a family.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Robby’s caring and compassionate nature makes him a wonderful partner in our relationship. He is a terrific listener, always there to be a sounding board when Shane has had a tough day, ready to talk it out or give advice. Shane is adventurous, helping to push Robby outside his comfort zone and encouraging him to explore the world. We complement each other in so many ways. Shane is always ready to try new things and Robby helps to keep us both grounded. As a team we’ve been through both challenges and adventures—and our love and connection grow with each new experience.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We’re generally pretty active guys. Over the years, we’ve played soccer, softball, flag football, kickball, cornhole, and volleyball on teams with our friends. We both go to the gym regularly and hope to keep up our active lifestyles when we become parents. As much as we love playing sports, we also enjoy spending time outside the city, hiking and taking in the quiet of a mountain landscape or hidden beach. We also enjoy travelling further afield. We’ve been all over the world together—from Greece and Iceland to Maine and Key West.

Why We Want to Adopt: We’ve talked about adopting together throughout our relationship. Robby was adopted and has wanted to be an adoptive father his entire life. Growing up, he didn’t have anyone to empathize with what he was feeling or to ask about his own adoption. Although his parents were wonderfully supportive, they could not relate to his experience. Now, he wants to be there to listen and share his personal experiences with a child. As we take the next steps together as a family, we look forward to providing all the love and support we can to a child.

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