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  • When everything else was strange, unsettling, weird, they had each other

    Emma and Andy adopted two siblings, ‘Nibbles and Bubbles’,  four years ago, when the children were one and two years old respectively. Emma shares their story… I am not going to tell you that adopting siblings is easier than adopting one. It isn’t. When my husband returned to work I was scared. I felt woefully […]

  • “Their bond is beautiful & with each bedtime kiss we thank them for choosing us”

    It’s almost 7 years since Poppy and her husband adopted two young brothers. She shares their story in our latest sibling themed blog. First-time parents and four months into our adoptive placement, excitement and jubilation at finally having the family we longed for – and without any warning, a knock at the door. That familiar […]

  • “None of my 6 children is related to me by birth but each has a unique place in my heart”

    In our latest blog exploring sibling relationships, @adoptionof2 shares the joys and challenges of being Mum to “a blended family”:   Let’s put my family in context. My husband has four children from his first marriage. The eldest and the youngest came to live with us when they were 18 and 13 respectively. Before they moved […]

  • “I hope that, as they grow, our 4 girls will be thankful to have a tribe they can call their own”

    In our latest blog exploring sibling relationships, “Mrs 6”, Mum to 4 girls, reflects on the rewards and challenges of growing her family by adoption.  Last weekend our girls had their first sleepover as a group of four sisters. It has been over two years in the making and much longed for by our Little […]

  • “Being adopted with my sister was like having a family within a family”

    Continuing our series of blogs on the theme of brothers and sisters, adoptee, Claire Eastwood shares her sibling experience : I am 23 years old now and I was adopted at the age of 3 with my half-sister who was 7. She had cared for me prior to our adoption so unfortunately she had had […]

  • “When do me & my brother move to our next house?” – the first months with my sons

    In February 2017 Matt and his husband adopted 2 young boys. Here, he describes the highs and lows of their first weeks together… It is three months since we had two wonderful boys placed with us. Each day brings immense progress. But, just when you think you have made a huge leap forward, BANG! You take […]

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

    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”

    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 […]

  • “Different is okay. Different is often beautiful”

    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”

    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 […]

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