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Meet Jeff & Ridz C.

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Dear Birthparents,

Thank you for letting us share a little bit about our family with you. We are Jeff and Ridz. We have been married for more than seven years, and have been trying to grow our family for about four years. Jeff grew up in southern Ohio, and Ridz grew up in India and in Michigan. We met in 2009 at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor and have been inseparable since then. Because of our hard work and many blessings, we have been able to establish a welcoming home for a child. We have always wanted to adopt and are very excited to have this opportunity.

Loving family
At Rainbow Mountain during our trip to Peru in July 2019

Jeff is an attorney who works in downtown Columbus. He is very close to his family, and he and his siblings and parents still vacation together and play virtual trivia every week. He also has seven nephews and nieces with whom he loves to play.

Ridz is a pharmacist who works in Washington Court House. While she has to drive quite a distance, her hours are flexible and she’s willing to go part-time as needed. She is very close to her family, and talks to her sisters almost every day. She finds immense joy and satisfaction in her job and loves serving and helping others live their best possible lives.

Wonderful family ready to adopt
The day we picked up Blake. Inset: Our little house lion, Mr. Kittums.

Blake and Mr. Kittums are our fur children. Blake is a five-month-old golden doodle puppy, and Mr. Kittums is an almost three-year-old cat. Both are thoroughly spoiled.

Love Begins at Home. The day doesn’t officially start at our house until Jeff wakes up and starts singing. (This is a family trait.) While Jeff expresses his love through music, Ridz expresses her love through cooking. We enjoy staying active, exercising, being outside, and soaking up as much sunshine as possible. We also love going on family vacations, or any beach vacation. While Jeff may appear to be a very serious person in public, he has a talent for making Ridz laugh every day.

Our Families. Jeff is part of a large Irish family. He is one of five (his youngest brother is adopted from the Philippines). His father is one of thirteen children, and his mother is an identical twin. Ridz’s immediate family is smaller, but she grew up in joint family system: She was raised not only by her parents but also her grandparents, uncles, and aunts, and she treated her first cousins like her own siblings. Both Jeff and Ridz consider themselves blessed to be part of such loving families.

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Jeff and his dad playing guitar around the bonfire at a family gathering

Dreams for Our Child. Growing up, we were raised in different cultures, celebrated different religious holidays, and lived different lifestyles. But despite these differences, we were raised on the same values, and this is what makes our relationship strong. We want our child to experience the same cultural diversity we have experienced, to grow in faith and love, to have every possible opportunity, to feel loved and accepted, and most importantly—to know his or her own story.

Thank You. We already feel so fortunate that you are considering our family. We thank you for this selfless decision of planning for adoption, and cannot wait to meet you. We believe that “it takes a village” to raise a child, and your child will receive double the love and care, right from the moment he or she is born.

With love and respect,
Jeff and Ridz

Our Family At a Glance

We live in the suburb of Upper Arlington, Columbus, Ohio. We’ve been married since June 2013. Jeff is an Attorney in downtown Columbus, and Ridz is a pharmacist at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House. Our hobbies include exercising, reading, walking, hiking, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Jeff also loves singing and playing guitar, and Ridz loves yoga, rock climbing, trying new recipes, and trying different kinds of foods. We wholeheartedly believe that being a real parent isn’t in the DNA but in the heart, and we will do whatever is in the best interest of the child.

For more information about our family, please contact Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356.