Profiles & Adoption Stories
The best examples of the families and children we’ve matched are when they share their personal journeys in their own words, so here we tell some of the stories of real life adoptive families. They share from the very start of their journeys through to the experience of assessments, matching, and parenting. The children’s profiles are examples of the types of children that wait the longest for an adoptive family.
Coming from a Caribbean background, it's deemed important to have your own biological children.
Sarah’s sibling story
Nothing can beat the feeling of knowing, as you watch your children laugh and play together, that you are the reason that they are still together.
After five failed courses of IVF, it was a friend who brought up the idea of adoption.
I see my daughter as a child born out of my heart .... She is now 8 years old and I help to preserve her identity by visiting the countries we originate from, eating cultural foods and discussing our history.
To anyone in the black community considering adopting, I’d say there are a lot of black children needing homes and that we are their best chance.
There was no caution or question marks with him, it was just "yes", so we were over the moon when we were given the thumbs up for a transracial placement.
Louise and John’s story
When the children first came to live with us, we were completely shell shocked! Socialising at toddler groups was tricky, because you can't talk about your pregnancy.
It’s easy to get caught up in specifics on ethnicity but my advice to adoptive parents is that it’s best to be open minded so that you can be placed with the child that’s right for you and your family.
One piece of advice she would give to other people in the community considering adoption is: “Go for it, don’t let anything hold you back.”
Asye and Hakim’s story
Our son has a medical diagnosis called Spina Bifida, with a high chance he will need a wheelchair. When we saw his photo, we wanted to know more.
Danny has a lovely, cheeky personality. He loves to be busy and enjoys soft play, toddler groups, playing outdoors, climbing, running and especially likes bouncing on the trampoline.
Heather and June enjoy a close sibling relationship. The girls were removed from their birth family due to on-going concerns about neglect, domestic violence and alcohol misuse.
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