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.
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.
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.
Lois and David’s story
"Birth mum fought to keep Frank right to the end. She attended every meeting and every court hearing. She spoke out fluidly and passionately. She tried her very best and loved him dearly. To us, that is the most important message that our son needs to hear."
Tim and Sara’s Story
Tim and Sara talk to us about having adopted three; now very tall teenagers and the different ways that they all do amazing things. Plus the mud, the arguing, the cooking and the endless need for new shoes for growing feet…
Evan’s Story 2
As a gay dad, as an adoptive dad, I spend a lot of my day over-analysing how I’m dadding – what I should be doing to parent my son and how to make sure he turns into a fine young man.
As my son gets older – I realise how much my anxieties about him feeling ‘different’ having two dads were unwarranted. Like any kid, his primary concerns are when can he go outside and play football and what’s for pudding.
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.
Selwyn and Jade’s Adoption Story
Much Like a Normal Family - this is an honest account of life after adopting a sibling group of three that all have additional needs.
Eddie is 37, and his partner Jody is 39. They adopted siblings, two brothers - Samuel is now aged 5, and Jermaine is 4. It was a tough slog and took almost three years, but they agree it has been amazing and the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
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.”
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.
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.
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