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  • “Becoming a Dad was the most radical thing I’ve ever done”

    March 9, 2017

    In this special blog for LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week, Rupert Smith reflects on changing attitudes and new opportunities for gay parents.   I was at an adoption event recently, talking to a young man who wanted to be a father but also wanted to carry on going out to clubs, having lovely foreign holidays […]

  • “Making a positive impact on a child’s life is all the motivation I need”

    February 22, 2017

    Will Storey, a Regional Business Partner for Adoption Match, shares his experience of being a professional ‘family finder’ Adoption Match is a national matching service that brings together children awaiting adoption with the approved adopters who can give them permanent homes. Our team manages the Adoption Register for England. The Register is the statutory online […]

  • “I wanted his trust, his love, his affection but he didn’t know me” – an adoptive Mum writes

    February 8, 2017

    @blogforadoption and her husband adopted a little boy in 2014. Here she tells how, slowly at first, she has bonded with her son:  Pretty much from the moment we saw Danny’s profile at the Exploring Adoption Event we were attached. We loved this little guy and couldn’t wait for him to feel the same way […]

  • “Different is okay. Different is often beautiful”

    January 31, 2017

    Eden Fried is an American writer with 6 adopted siblings. Here she shares the joys and challenges of being part of family that includes members of different ethnicities and abilities. “Were my instructions unclear?” asked my 5th grade English teacher. I was certain I understood, as her directions had been fairly simple:  bring in a family […]

  • “I sometimes feel like a puzzle piece trying to fit in”

    January 17, 2017

    Like many adoptees, Claire has often felt like “an outsider”. Her she shares her story and some advice for her younger brother.  I was adopted at a very early age. For me, adoption was not a full stop as some people misconstrue it, but the start of a brand new story. Fast forward 20 years […]

  • “We were about to meet our son and I almost passed out from the enormity of it all”

    January 4, 2017

    In his 3rd and final post about becoming a Dad, adopter Tom remembers the last  few weeks before bringing his son home.  We had been given a Matching Panel date of April 9th. This was the day we’d meet the people who would decide whether the little boy we’d set our hearts on was going […]

  • “I loved him but I didn’t like him” – parenting a violent child

    November 29, 2016

    An adoptive Mum shares the challenges of caring for a child with behavioural difficulties. My son, Ralph, was 3 and my daughter, Hera, was 2 when they came to us. They had endured dreadful abuse and neglect in their early years. My son was lovely and charming but had violent tantrums. Ralph took up all […]

  • Brownies had to be made, the house cleaned, the cat kicked out… This was what we’d been waiting for.

    November 18, 2016

    Tom and his husband adopted in 2015. In the 2nd of 3 blogs he remembers the excitement and uncertainty of waiting to be matched with a child.  When we were approved as adopters in October 2014 we knew that we would potentially have to play the waiting game.  Everyone we talked to – social workers, […]

  • “Thankfully, birth parents of children adopted today don’t need to go through it alone”

    November 10, 2016

    Many of us will have been saddened by the ITV documentary “Britain’s Adoption Scandal: Breaking the Silence” which focused on a handful of the many thousands of women pressured into “giving up” their babies for adoption in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Here, Frances Coller from After Adoption shares her experience of working with today’s birth families.  […]

  • “Your mouth goes dry & you start to realise how important this actually is…”

    November 2, 2016

    Tom and his husband adopted their son in 2015. In the first of 3 blogs, he shares his story from deciding to become a Dad to attending the adoption panel :  Where do I begin? It all feels so long ago now. But here we are a whole 18 months into life as a family […]

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