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Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Tyler and Deidre


For more information, contact their LSS adoption social worker, Kristin Roovers at

Family Information

Deidre Anne Raulin and Tyler Dewitt Raulin

Deidre, 34 years old

Education: Bachelor of Arts-Psychology. Master of Science: Organizational Development

Occupation:  Product Analyst

Tyler, 35 years old

Education: Bachelor of Science-Computer Science

Occupation: IT Manager

Married:10 years

Children: None

Religion: Methodist/Catholic

Child Care Plans: Deidre plans to take off 12 weeks after adoption. Tyler plans to take off 2 weeks. Once Deidre returns to work, the baby will go to a state licensed daycare.

Pets and Names: Reggie-Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Ethnicity: Deidre: Scottish, Irish, German. Tyler: Dutch, German, French


Type: Metro/Suburb/Rural Medium Sized City

Years lived here: 10

Community/Neighborhood: We live in a medium-sized city right on Lake Michigan. We are halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay.  We have great parks, beaches, and schools.

Family Traditions 

Holidays: Thanksgiving is Tyler’s favorite holiday, and Christmas is Deidre’s favorite. For Thanksgiving we gather at Tyler’s parents’ house and feast on a delicious meal (Tyler’s mom’s stuffing is amazing) with family and friends followed up by football.  At Christmas we visit both sets of parents’ homes. We go to church on Christmas Eve and open up our stocking presents. On Christmas morning we open presents and have brunch together. Our Elf on the Shelf often visits Tyler and Reggie throughout the holiday season.  At Easter, both Tyler’s and Deidre’s families gather together at a local hotel and eat brunch together. We can’t wait to add some fun with kids’ Easter egg hunts and bunny fur!

Vacations: We like to travel!  Many of our siblings live in other states (Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia) so we get the opportunity to visit them often.  Deidre loves beach vacations and Tyler loves historical vacations. Some places we have traveled to over our marriage include the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Florida, Boston, San Diego, and LA.

Family Gatherings: Every year Tyler’s family hosts a Family Campout on his uncle’s land in rural Wisconsin. Since he owns a camper dealership, each family gets their own camper. We ride four wheelers, cook, and eat a ton of food (including a shrimp boil and pudgy pies). We enjoy playing cards and yard games. This is Reggie’s favorite weekend of the year!  We do get to see both our moms and Tyler’s dad on regular basis as they live only two hours away. They often come and stay at our house and we take them to local restaurants and have cookouts with our neighbors.

Others: We have a very close neighborhood, particularly two families who we consider our Sheboygan Family. We have started a Thanksgiving in summer tradition with them. They are also teaching Tyler how to become a Grill Master!  We often go to our younger neighbors’ sporting and school events, and love being a part of their lives.


Family Favorites 





The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


Purple or Green




Mac and Cheese

TV Show: 

Breaking Bad or House of Cards

Rules of Engagement


Reading, biking, crafting, yoga. cooking

Golf, watching football, baseball, and basketball



Our Dog, Reggie








Deidre loves animals of all kinds!  She also enjoys volunteering with kids and with a local inter-faith organization.

Ty loves the Packers! He and Deidre are Packer season ticket holders so they get to enjoy many games.


Adoption Preferences

Issues We Are Open to Discussing: 

  • Alcohol use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use during pregnancy
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Clinical depression in birthparents
  • Mental health issues in birthparents
  • Developmental disabilities in birthparents
  • Conceived through forced intercourse
  • Conceived through incest
  • Limited or no information about birthfather
  • Assist birthparents with expenses (as allowed by WI state law)
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian/Black/Asian/Hispanic/Native American/Open to any child
  • Ongoing contact: Open to all forms of contact/Letter and Photos/In-Person Visits
  • Open to states other than Wisconsin? Yes


Birthparent Letter

Dear Expectant Parent,

A quote on adoption by an unknown author states that “It takes someone brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child, and someone special to love someone more than herself.” More than likely, the decision to choose adoption for your child has not been an easy one for you, with the path having many twists and turns. We thank you for being that special person to love someone more than yourself and being brave enough to choose adoption. 

We have also had some twists and turns on our path to parenthood. Like a lot of other couples you will consider, we tried unsuccessfully for years to have a child of our own with a label given of unexplained infertility. While there was sadness and confusion over this, we were filled with hope after learning more about adoption as an option. We have friends and coworkers with adopted children, so we realize it really is a gift that the birthparents give to a child and a family.

We can promise you that we will give your child a home that is filled with love, humor, and stability.  Being married for almost ten years, we have a marriage based on true admiration and respect for one another. When we decided to get married, we did so because we were each other’s best friend, and that holds true today!    

Both of us work at a local insurance company in the area. Ty is a manager of IT, and Deidre is a Product Analyst. Our company is very family friendly and offers flexible hours to accommodate busy lifestyles.

Please know that we respect you for your decision to create a loving and stable home for your child, whoever you choose for adoptive parents. We both had very happy childhoods, and our dream is to enjoy life’s milestones and daily events with a child one day. Open adoption is a good option for us because we believe that it’s important to a child’s wellbeing to understand where he or she came from. Thank you for considering us to take on the most important job in the world, being a parent.

With love,

Tyler, Deidre, and Reggie




For more information, contact their LSS adoption social worker, Kristin Roovers at

647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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