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A Letter from Derrek & T.K.

Hello! We are a social couple who enjoy traveling, volunteering in our community, and laughing! Our home is the hub of our family. We are always the hosts for family gatherings, holidays, boxing match watch parties, and all of our nieces’ and nephews’ home away from home. We crack playful jokes and never take ourselves too seriously. We strive to find the joys in life, and hold on to them tightly.

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About Us

How we met, as told by T.K.: We met in 2009 at work. We worked together for several months and quickly became friends. Derrek eventually asked me out on a date and we have been together ever since! We’ve been happily married since October of 2016.

Things we love to do:
• Go on date nights! Whether its dinner, a networking event, or cuddling on the couch, we think it is important for us to create special moments together.

• Have big family dinners! T.K. cooks all of the food, while Derrek acts as the taste tester and DJ. When we have family over, we play trivia games with everyone, have family movie night in the backyard, or have dance battles.

• Volunteering together! We like to serve our community in different ways, helping others or raising awareness to causes important to us.

Meet T.K.

T.K. has worked as a nurse for many years and is one of the most caring, positive people you’ll ever meet. She is the backbone of our family! She is a planner and thinks things through carefully. She dreams of being on the PTA and going on class field trips with your child. I look forward to seeing her and our child cuddling or napping on the couch or watching Disney movies together.

Meet Derrek

Derrek will be a supportive, protective, and fun father! Since he works directly with youth for his job, he is up-to-date on all the latest trends. He will definitely be the “cool dad.” I have no doubt he will always be looking up educational but inspirational extra-curricular activities for your child to experience something new. He is a fierce protector, social butterfly, and is always making me laugh.

Our Home in South Carolina

We live in a young neighborhood with great neighbors! We have Girl Scout clubs, back-to school bashes, summer BBQs, tree-lighting events, rodeos, and winter carnivals. We are in close proximity to a large theme park and there are several smaller playground parks nearby.

We live close to multiple large cities, while still having the quaint feel of our town. There is always something fun to go to! Our favorite thing about where we live is that we are within two hours from beautiful beaches.

Our Family

Derrek has five siblings and T.K. has eight siblings. We have 37 nieces and nephews! Much of our family lives in the immediate area and others live in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Mississippi, and Washington D.C. T.K.’s mom is a retired social worker and will help us with childcare while we are at work.

We are active in our church and consider our church family an extension of our own. We also have many friends with children who live nearby. We like to get together for Sunday dinners, game nights, movies, and for travel.

Our Promise

We are eager to share our love of travel with a child! We believe seeing the world provides a global perspective, which encourages acceptance, tolerance, and curiosity. We are also eager to share our love of education. We both hold graduate–level degrees and believe that education is the gateway to opportunity.

We promise to provide a stable, loving, and happy home filled with opportunities to learn and grow. As parents we will love and embrace our child as their authentic self. We believe uniqueness and diversity are essential in our world, and should be celebrated!

We promise to create joyous moments and show up for this child in every way. Lastly, we promise to do silly parent things that embarrass them and make them laugh!

If you’d like, we welcome a connection with you and are open to sharing updates and getting to know you. Thank you for considering us as parents for your child! We’d love to talk or answer any of your questions. Please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Love, Derrek & T.K.

Learn More About Derrek & T.K.

  Derrek T.K.
Our EducationMaster's Degree Management & LeadershipMaster's Degree of Nursing, Nursing Education
Our ProfessionsDeputy Director and County CouncilmanChief Nursing Officer
Stay-At-HomeNoNo
Our Racial BackgroundAfrican AmericanAfrican American
Some of Derrek & T.K.'s Favorites
Musical ArtistJ-Cole and Jay-ZJill Scott and Jazmine Sullivan
SportFootballDouble Dutch Jump Rope
FoodAnything my wife cooks!Baked Mac & Cheese
HobbyGolfShoe Shopping
Destination in the U.S.Las Vegas, NevadaNew York, New York
Place to Visit InternationallySt. LuciaPunta Cana, Dominican Republic
MovieScarfaceWhat's Love Got To Do With It
More About Our Family
Why Adoption...

The infertility struggles we've faced together have made us stronger. We know that the love we have in our hearts and the desires we have to nurture a little one are gifts. We want to give a life to a child that will position them for success, happiness, wholeness, and creativity.

Fun Facts

Derrek: "I love socks. Not just any socks, but dress socks with designs."

T.K.: "I am a world record holder for double Dutch jump rope and was in the Guinness Book of World Records."

Hobbies & Interests

Derrek: Community work, classic movies, music
T.K.: Singing, shopping, and reading

Family Traditions

• Matching holiday pajamas
• Attending the farmer’s market
• Seafood boils and mac and cheese cook offs

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn up to 2 years old

Twins

Yes

Gender

Either boy or girl

Sibling Group

Yes, up to 2 years old

In Closing

We're grateful to be considered as an adoptive family for your child! We promise to provide a safe, supportive, open, and loving place for your child to grow up. If you'd like, we would be happy to stay in touch, share updates, or grow a relationship with you after the adoption. We are excited about raising a child and making memories as a family. If you have questions or want to talk, just ask Lifetime about us!

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