Kate and Liz

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!

Liam and Nick

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's story

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...

Kate and Alfie's story

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.

Kathryn and James' story

After trying for a family for 10 years Kathryn and James adopted siblings and have never looked back

We always wanted more than one child and James really wanted a daughter, but we didn’t really discuss adopting siblings. We had spent 10 years trying for a family and had talked about adoption for a few years before attending an adoption information event and starting the assessment process. Six months later an adoption social worker told us about two sisters aged two and three and asked if we would be interested. I said yes!

Melanie and Pete

Melanie and Pete had hoped to have their own children but after IVF was unsuccessful, decided to go along to a local adoption information event 

We had been together for 10 years before we went along to the local authority adoption information evening. I was 30 and Pete was 35 at the time. Pete was a bit doubtful at first, but he met an old school friend when we were there and this seemed to help him to warm to the idea. Also we have friends who have adopted, and my cousins are adopted, so I think we started out with a reasonable awareness of adoption, its challenges and rewards. 

Louise and David had tried for a family for seven years before deciding on EPP as the way ahead

Louise and David had tried for a family for seven years before deciding on EPP as the way ahead

‘We had tried for a family for seven years,’ says Louise. ‘Over those years we looked at all our options, we even considered surrogacy. I had multiple miscarriages during that time, so it was a bit of a roller coaster emotionally.’

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Liam and Nick

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.