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.
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!