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
‘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.’
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. ’
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
The stories featured are from interviews with adopters, some details have been changed and stock images are used to protect identities.
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.