For Harriet and Dan starting a family wasn’t easy. After losing their two birth children due to a genetic disorder they revisited the idea of adoption.
This is their story:
We had a long phone call with a social worker and were instantly put at ease, our fears about adoption were put to rest as we were told the facts about the process, that it wasn’t complicated but that it could be lengthy, but suitably so.
Adoption can be an inclusive and rewarding experience for all the family. Carol and her husband Tony have been married for 53 years and are grandparents to eight children: four of whom are adopted by their daughter, Claire. Carol shares her adoption story from a grandparents’ point of view:
Single adopter Sarah proves there are no barriers to adopting siblings once you set your mind to it. Here she shares her story to happiness:
Kate and Liz live at home with their two adopted children and dog Bob.
This is their story.
"We met at an adoption support group which we attended because we had each adopted a child with previous partners,” said Kate
“After our relationships ended we started seeing each other and then lived together as a family of three with Liz’s little boy Aran while my son lived with my previous partner. We decided we wanted to adopt again and enquired with the council’s adoption team.
Alex 34 and Simon 36 decided to start their family more than four years ago and are now getting ready to welcome a little sister for their daughter, Amy
We’ve been together for 12 years and married for seven. I had always wanted a family and Simon had thought that being gay he would never be able to have kids. After we got married it really felt like the next step was to start a family and it was something we both wanted. We went to an adoption information event just before our honeymoon, so we had lots of things to think about!
Two years after adopting their son Ben, Liam and Nick welcomed half-sibling baby Jodie into their home to complete their family
‘I had a call from our social worker about adopting Ben’s baby sister while we were in the park,’ says Liam. ‘It was tipping it down and we were sheltering under the slide. I rang Nick and rushed round to my mum and dads and it didn’t take us long for us to decide what we were going to do.
Jo and Mandy are the proud parents of two adopted boys, who have found they learnt more about themselves through adoption than they ever thought possible. Jo tells their story:
Being in a same sex couple we had always considered adoption as an option, especially Mandy – she had always wanted to adopt, and when it turned out that I couldn’t have children anyway, adopting was the natural thing for us to do.
Samantha is passionate about adoption, having been adopted herself. Aged 41 and single, living with her mum and dad, she adopted a baby through Early Permanence Placement.
I was adopted at nine months old and wanted to adopt from an early age. I had a great experience of being adopted as a mixed heritage child into a white British family, with three adopted siblings. Every one of us was unique and I never felt any different growing up.
Annie and Bob got the family they always wanted when they adopted three sisters...
When serious illness struck, Annie 30 and Bob 31 were forced to halt the adoption process and reconsider their options. They decided to adopt three sisters and embrace family life full on...
Welcome to the house of fun...
Kate 47 and Alfie 54 had always wanted more than one child and after exhausting fertility treatment chose to adopt two brothers to create an instant family and a house full of fun. Four years on they share their sibling adoption journey.
The stories featured are from interviews with adopters, some details have been changed and stock images are used to protect identities.
‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Alice and Ben learned that honesty really is the best policy’
Alice and Ben adopted James and his disabled brother Luke, when they were four and three years old respectively, and their four birth children were in their teens.