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

    In 2017 Matt and his husband adopted 2 young boys. Here, he describes the highs and lows of their first weeks together… We first met our boys in October 2016 at an adoption activity day. The day was amazing and allowed us to spend four hours with these wonderful boys.  Smiling, laughing, playing and getting […]

  • “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 […]

  • “6 things I wish I’d known before I became an adoptive Mum”

    In 2013 Emma and her husband Andy adopted two toddlers – a brother and sister. Here she shares some hard won wisdom… “When I took my children home I was over the moon and under prepared. If only I had known then what I know now, those first few weeks would have been easier and more […]

  • “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 […]

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

    @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 […]

  • Promoting positive communication with our daughter’s school

    In her first blog, Sophie talked about the importance of developing a collaborative approach with teachers to help her adopted daughter get the best out of school. Here she shares how things worked in practice…  We were nervous and excited in equal measures when Lucy started school. We were fully aware of the significance of her […]

  • Working with school to support our daughter’s development

    Our daughter Lucy had been with us several months when she was due to start the local school in Reception. We were excited for her, and really hoped that she would blend in with the other children and not stand out as being different in any way that resulted from her unfortunate start in life. […]

  • “A vicious circle that can be broken by teamwork between parents & teachers”

    Adoptive Dad Rupert writes about finding the right support for his son at school. When my son started school at the age of four, he really wasn’t ready. He enjoyed a lot of it – particularly being around other children, using play equipment and doing sports – but he was very resistant to actual learning […]

  • Adoptive Dad, Barry writes about finding the right school for his daughters

    Looking at social media or talking to adopters about their children’s school can be a disheartening business. The overall message seems to be that schools just don’t seem to understand the needs or behaviour of adopted children. Which is why I wanted to write about our family’s positive experiences. I also thought I’d share some […]

  • I became a father at the age of 53

    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 […]

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