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.

Adoption Stories

Children Matching

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.

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BME

Rosaline and Robert’s story

Rosaline had a child from a previous relationship, but after getting married to Robert they decided they wanted a child of their own. They became aware of the number of mixed-race children who needed adopting and found that they were in a unique situation as a bi-racial couple, to help make a difference to a child's life.

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Birth family

Margaret’s 1971 adoption story

Adoption is a lifelong experience. Read Margaret's 1971 adoption story, a birth mother’s perspective.

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Early Permanence

An early permanence story

We thought that as we had two of our own birth children, that Early Permanence was not be something that we would be able to manage. It was our social worker who asked us to consider it and explained the challenges.

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LGBT Transracial

Evan’s story

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.

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LGBT Transracial

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.

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Siblings YouCanAdopt

Selwyn and Jade’s 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.

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Adopted Adult Birth family

Toni’s story

‘I was taken from school to my last foster home. I didn’t get to say goodbye to anyone. I didn’t know I would NEVER go home again. My birth parents had run out of chances.’

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BME IVF NationalAdoptionWeek

Ikemba and Funmi’s story

Funmi and Ikemba went into the adoption process wanting to adopt a black African child and yet their adopted son is Caribbean. The reality is for them the bond was immediate.

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Adopted Adult BME Transracial

Orla’s story

Orla was adopted by a white couple in the 19070s, who then moved to London to live in a more diversely rich area. Read Orla’s adoption story from the perspective of the adopted adult.

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