Watch this short film to find out how adoption has changed over the decades.
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.
Intercountry and transracial adoption
We spoke to Dominic about his experience of being adopted by a white British couple and brought to the UK as a baby from Thailand. Dominic is a strong advocate for adoption; he wears his adoption ‘like a badge of honour’ and hopes that talking about it will give other children the opportunities and aspirations that they deserve.
Adopting three siblings
If someone had told me two years ago that I would, in a matter of months, become the instant parent of three children aged 4, 5, and 6, I’d have thought they were completely mad!
One piece of advice Henrietta would give to other people in the community considering adoption is: “Go for it, don’t let anything hold you back.”
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.
‘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.’
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.
Margaret’s 1971 adoption story
Adoption is a lifelong experience. Read Margaret's 1971 adoption story, a birth mother’s perspective.
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.
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.
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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