Allison and John Mark

Hi there, 

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile!  We’re Allison and John Mark, and we’re hoping to grow our family through domestic infant adoption. 

We are a couple who loves to explore the world around us!  We believe that people grow best by experience, so we love to travel new places and explore the world with our dog Watson in tow. One of our favorite places we’ve been is Muir Woods in California.   We cannot wait until one day when we can show our little one the beauty the world as to offer and create new memories and traditions with them.  When we’re not traveling, we love to seek experience here in our own city – we love going to Hawks and United games and seeing shows at the Fox.  When we’re at home we enjoy cooking new recipes, binge-watching tv shows like Criminal Minds, Black Lightning, and The West Wing, and eating Mexican food with friends. 

Allison is a math teacher and former special education teacher who teaches in a school in the suburbs of Atlanta.  She is also the varsity volleyball coach at her school.  She earned her Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas.  John Mark is a former teacher who now works in Advocacy and Partnerships at a religious non-profit.  He works hard every day to fight for Payday Lending and Immigration reform.  John Mark earned his Masters degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Watson is a seven year old small terrier mix who loves to go hiking, cuddle on the couch, and play with our nephews.  

We met our freshmen year of college in Kentucky and moved to Atlanta in 2011 when we joined Teach For America.  Allison was immediately drawn to John Mark’s good-natured personality and John Mark loved Allison’s effervescence.  We both felt strongly about the power of education and fighting for equity and equality, so we picked up everything and moved to Atlanta. We got married in 2014 after dating for seven years, and committed to growing together in all things. The two of us now live in a very diverse community in the suburbs of Atlanta with our dog, Watson.   

We have always felt called to adoption as the way to grow our family.  We both grew up with divorced parents and have been lucky enough to have stepparents who loved us like their own children.  Many of our close friends have adopted for different reasons and we’ve gotten to see the love that they share as well.  To us, adoption is about extending love to create a family and we cannot wait to get started.  We promise to make sure our child knows who you are – your story and the love that you have for them.  Should we adopt transracially we plan to ensure our child feels a part of their culture by living among and having experiences with people who look like them.  We want our child to feel valued for every part of themselves. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and consider us as potential parents for your child.  We promise to give our future child a home where they are both supported and given space to grow, a community in which they are prepared for and cared for, and a love that knows no bounds.  We pray that you have peace as you make this decision.   

Peace and Love, 

Allison and John Mark