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If you are looking for a way to help with our adoption, and you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to being interviewed by Barbara Walters, here’s your chance! We would like to start posting videos of friends, family, and neighbors answering a few brief questions. These interviews can be very casual, taken with a cell phone, tablet, whatever is handy. After you are done with the video, just email us the file at RyanAndMattAdoption@gmail.com. Then we will post them on the website under the “About Us” tab. Matt and I also plan on doing a separate set of interviews that will also be posted. We are hoping that these videos can be used by people who would like to donate who may not know us very well, and possibly by expecting birth mothers to get a better sense of who we are as people, as a couple, and as prospective parents. These videos are very important! We appreciate everyone’s efforts in making these videos and we thank you in advance.

If you are interested, you can find the interview questions below:

Friends and Family interview Questions

  • Introduce yourself, note how and how long you have known Matt and Ryan.
  • How would you describe Ryan and Matt’s personalities?
  • What is there sense of humor like?
  • Can you describe an experience that you felt illustrated who Ryan and/or Matt are as people or a favorite memory?
  • How would you describe their excitement in becoming parents?
  • How would you best describe their love for one another?
  • If you are a parent, what is some advice you would want to impart to Matt and Ryan?

Interview Questions for Friends Who Are Adoptees or Have Adopted

  • Introduce yourself, note how and how long you have known Matt and Ryan? Are you an Adoptee and/or have you adopted children?
  • How would you describe Ryan and Matt’s personalities?
  • How would you describe their sense of humor?
  • Why do you think Ryan and Matt would make excellent parents?
  • Can you describe an experience that you felt illustrated who Ryan and/or Matt are as people or a favorite memory?
  • How would you describe their excitement in becoming parents?
  • How would you best describe their love for one another?
  • What advice would you give Ryan and Matt in becoming parents of an adoptee?

We have also had some friends who have same-sex parents who have offered to do an informational interview to be posted. If you happen to have same-sex parents and want to provide an informational video, the questions that we would like the interview to answer are as follows:

Interview Questions for Friends who Have Same-Sex Parents

  • Introduce yourself, note how and how long you have known Matt and Ryan.
  • How did it come to be that you had same sex parents? Adoption? IVF?
  • Some people believe that children born into same-sex households will grow up unhappy. How would you describe your childhood? How was it similar or different from your peers?
  • Did you ever experience any prejudice or discrimination as a child with same-sex parents? For example: did any of your peer’s parents not want their children to have playdates with you or go over to your house? If so, how did you parent’s handle it? How did they comfort you?
  • Did you ever witness your parents being discriminated against due to their sexual orientation? What example did they set regarding how to handle those situations?
  • What are some of the strangest questions you have been asked regarding your parents’ relationship, parenting style, or what it’s like being a child being parented by same-sex parents?
  • Do you recall if your parents ever experienced any legal difficulties in their parenting due to their sexual orientation? Example: issues with legal guardianship.
  • Do you feel like you were raised any differently than your peers? If so, in what ways?
  • Did you or do you ever feel like you missed out on anything because of being a child in a same-sex household, that your peers got to experience?
  • How was your neighborhood and school growing up? Do you feel like they respected your family in the same way as your peers? How did they handle holidays such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?
  • Do you ever wish that you had heterosexual parents? If so, when do you notice those feelings raising for you? How do you manage them?
  • What do you call your parents? Example: dad and pop; ma and mom?
  • Did you parents seek out any special supports for you? Example: therapy, LGBTQ family meetups, adoption support groups.
  • Some people are concerned that children raised by LGBTQ parents will have their sexual identity effected. If you don’t mind answering, what is your sexual orientation and how do you feel it was impacted by being raised by same-sex parents?
  • Are there any questions that we haven’t asked that you feel are important? Could you answer them now?

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