Real stories

Nick and Sarah have three adopted children. Nick says:

We have three children, all adopted. They are inquisitive, curious, argumentative, energetic bundles of mischief. They are also beautiful, angelic, adorable and can even be well-behaved at times! They are just like any other children and their moods and needs change with the wind direction. What doesn’t change, though, is our love for them. Before we adopted, I admit that I was not sure how I would take to the role of adoptive father. We were both nervous about doing the right things and looking after them properly but, as each of our children came into our lives and added their own colour and character to our family life, it became the most natural thing in the world to be their forever mummy and daddy. We couldn’t love our three gorgeous little ones more and helping them to grow, develop and tackle the challenges that life brings is the most joyful and rewarding experience of both of our lives.

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Laura and Claire have adopted two children

We always knew we wanted children, and we always knew that we wanted more than one. We adopted Emily about 2 years ago, and we’ll never forget the day we first met her. We were really nervous, but everything just felt right, we can’t explain it really, it just all ‘clicked’. She knew who we were as she has seen photographs, but to hear her say ‘Mummy’ was just incredible. Now, we’ve adopted our second child, Poppy, and our two daughters get on brilliantly. Of course there’s the normal sibling rivalry, but that happens in all families. We really cannot imagine our lives without our girls, and we just love them so much!

Siobhan is a single adopter with one child

The funny thing is that I thought I would not be able to adopt as I am single, but how wrong I was! My social worker was brilliant and took me through the assessment process at my own pace. She also helped me to really think about what sort of child I wanted. Millie has been with me now for 3 years – she was 5 when she arrived. I have never looked back, and cannot imagine my life without her. That’s not to say that there aren’t any challenges – there are – but you always know that your social worker is there to help you. I love my daughter, and my life is so much happier for having her in it.