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Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga

Denver, CO

Thank you for taking time to read our site. We are very excited about being parents and expanding our family. Since we are both adopted, we believe in open adoption and are grateful that you are considering this as an option for your baby. We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your life plans as well as the hopes and dreams you have for your baby.

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About Us

We met over ten years ago in Austin, Texas and were drawn to each other because of our common interests, values, and love of life. Since that time, we've moved to Denver, Colorado where we've built a fun and adventurous life together with our family, friends, and pets. Whether it's hosting a clan of 15 for Christmas activities in Denver, participating in an urban scavenger hunt, or inviting 8 furry friends over for Garbo and Joey's birthday party, our lives are wonderfully rich and happy.


We both come from loving and supportive families. Julie was adopted through a closed adoption at two weeks old and grew up in Minnesota. Growing up, her household consisted of her mother, father, maternal grandmother, and two younger sisters. In 2005, Julie found her birthmother and found out she has two half-brothers. Getting to know her birth family has been an incredible experience! Her adoptive and birth family are so excited to meet the newest member of our family. Raheleh was adopted at two and a half years old through an orphanage in Iran. She has two older sisters, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and a great nephew. Raheleh’s family is pretty multicultural, peppered with native Texans. One niece was adopted from San Antonio and is Hispanic and one nephew was adopted from Guatemala. Everyone cannot wait to continue expanding on all the love and laughter our family has to offer.

Our Home and Community

Denver is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We look forward to raising our child in this community because there is so much to do. We would love to see our child go horseback riding for the first time, look in awe at the exotic fish at the aquarium, taste new foods that Denver has to offer, and cheer for the Denver Broncos. We want our child to travel the world, explore our neighborhood, play with the dogs and cats, and feel so much happiness within our family. We cannot wait to make birthdays and holidays magical and watching the wonderment in our child’s eyes as he or she experiences things for the first time.


We love to travel. We are currently planning a trip to Morocco. A couple of years ago, we crossed an item off of Raheleh's "Bucket List" by going to the Wimbledon tennis championship in England. In May of this year, we flew to Boston, MA and then rented a car to drive down to Orlando, FL. We stopped in Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah along the way. Aside from being a really fun adventure, it also ended up being a great American history lesson. We also enjoy doing new things such as zip lining, snowmobiling, and white-water rafting. In October of last year, we dressed up in Iron Man shirts and glasses and competed in a Super Hero Urban Challenge. In June, we ran in a 5K that was made up of inflatable bounce house obstacles. We can’t wait to share these types of experiences with our child. Our love of learning, travelling, and our belief in experiencing life to its fullest are what we look forward to sharing with our child.

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