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  • Adult adoptee Chris writes to his year 7 self

    January 22, 2016

    For an adopted person, the secondary school years can be be a particularly challenging time. First4Adoption’s Chris Burton wrote this letter to his 12 year old self : Dear Chris, There’s so many things I’d like to tell you, me, or whatever we call ourself. Really important stuff I wish we’d known in Year 7. But […]

  • I became a father at the age of 53

    November 27, 2015

    I became a father at the age of 53. If you’d told me this would happen twenty years, ten years, even five years earlier, I wouldn’t have believed you. Parenthood was something I’d always thought about, but it was never for me. Why? Because, until 2005, gay couples couldn’t adopt. It took a change in […]

  • Jesse Toksvig-Stewart celebrates families of all shapes and sizes

    November 10, 2015

    I guess you could say that our adoption story is not a typical one. In the beginning it was my two Mums, my siblings and I. We lived together in a great house in Surrey and we had the best up-bringing any children could ask for. One of my Mums changed career about 6 years […]

  • The blessings of adopting an older child – a Dad shares his adoption story

    October 29, 2015

    It’s quite understandable that most people start by thinking about adopting a baby. Having a baby is the biological norm: adopting is initially about replacing like with like: I can’t have a baby, so I will adopt a baby. It would be quite a leap of the imagination to think, ‘I can’t have a baby so I’ll adopt a […]

  • Volunteering at First4Adoption

    August 10, 2015

    I have just come off the phone from today’s third potential adopter. As a volunteer for the national information service, First4Adoption, I take calls from a wide range of people considering the tremendous emotional journey that is adoption.  Some of them are telling us things they have never shared with even their closest family and […]

  • A birth Mother writes…

    July 7, 2015

    I gave up my son for adoption in 1967 when practices were very different from today. My son hadn’t been neglected or abused.  My only ‘sin’ was to be a 17 year old single mother.  There was no support for me and I had no choice in the matter.  I grieved for him through all […]

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