Cooper came to us from Changsha, China in March, 2013 along with Connor. Though we adopted them in the same time frame, they are not biological brothers and lived in two separate provinces.

Cooper was nine years old when he became a Rylands. We first saw him on another family’s adoption blog. They had traveled to Changsha and met him and made it their mission to advocate for him to find a family. I remember one of my first thoughts when I saw him was, “How in the world is this kid still waiting for a family?”

We began the process of adopting him in April, 2012 and brought him home almost a year later.