Due to genetic issues on one side of the family, Charles and Sophie felt they didn’t want to take the risk of a child inheriting a debilitating disease that had affected a family member

Due to genetic issues on one side of the family, Charles and Sophie felt they didn’t want to take the risk of a child inheriting a debilitating disease that had affected a family member

‘We’d been married for about five years when we decided to explore the possibility of adopting a child. Our initial contact with our local adoption service quickly led to a home visit and then we were invited to attend a preparatory course. ’

For Megan and Angie, starting a family was a little more complicated than for some couples.

For Megan and Angie, starting a family was a little more complicated than for some couples.

‘We thought about all the alternatives - and explored some a little more than others - and although in the beginning I was keener than Angie to consider adoption that was the path we decided to follow.’

Matt and James wanted to adopt a very young child so Early Permanence Placement (EPP) seemed like the natural choice

Matt and James wanted to adopt a very young child so Early Permanence Placement (EPP) seemed like the natural choice

‘We started talking about adoption with friends, family and work colleagues, and it became clear that many people had some knowledge of, or had their lives touched by adoption,’ says James. ‘So, armed with encouragement and reassurance, we began researching online to learn more about opportunities for adoption and the processes involved.’

Nicola had always wanted a family, but hadn’t found the right partner to make the commitment to parenthood. She had considered adoption as a possibility, and read and researched the routes available, before taking the next step and going to an information event.

‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Nicola learned that two can be family’

Nicola had always wanted a family, but hadn’t found the right partner to make the commitment to parenthood. She had considered adoption as a possibility, and read and researched the routes available, before taking the next step and going to an information event.

Michelle and Chris started their adoption journey wanting a baby girl and completed it by adopting a five-year-old boy.

‘You learn a lot as an adopter. Michelle and Chris learned a little personality goes a long way!’

You've got a lot of new things to get used to. Some things you get used to more quickly than you would think and other things seemed to take longer. It's not like having a baby, because our son has already got a personality, he's already learnt a lot of behaviors and he can speak for himself. 

Liam and Nick have been in a relationship for seven years. In the early days they didn’t really discuss having children, but as their family and friends began to start families they became the go-to babysitters, and an idea became a reality.

‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Liam and Nick learned that sharing really is caring’

Liam and Nick have been in a relationship for seven years. In the early days they didn’t really discuss having children, but as their family and friends began to start families they became the go-to babysitters, and an idea became a reality.

Jane and Simon made the decision to adopt, rather than pursue fertility treatment, after trying for a baby for over five years. They felt that they could provide a loving, stable family home for a child that needed one.

‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Jane and Simon learned how many toys fill a house ’

Jane and Simon made the decision to adopt, rather than pursue fertility treatment, after trying for a baby for over five years. They felt that they could provide a loving, stable family home for a child that needed one.

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.

‘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.

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Jane and Simon made the decision to adopt, rather than pursue fertility treatment, after trying for a baby for over five years. They felt that they could provide a loving, stable family home for a child that needed one.

‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Jane and Simon learned how many toys fill a house ’

Jane and Simon made the decision to adopt, rather than pursue fertility treatment, after trying for a baby for over five years. They felt that they could provide a loving, stable family home for a child that needed one.