Real-life adoption and fostering stories and articles for families and agencies

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We publish a variety of articles and features about adoption and fostering which you can access on this website - for free! To look at some or all of the articles, simply explore the categories on your left, or see below.

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Read our most recent features:

Becoming an adoptive parent will turn your life around!
Brett and his husband Matthew started their family using surrogacy but decided to turn to adoption when they felt ready for their second child.

"My family felt right from the start"
Nikita, 18, and her sister were featured together in Be My Parent ten years ago. She tells us about her life, her adoptive family and how they have influenced her.

“Time and energy to give another child a chance”
Margaret, a housewife, and her husband Robert, a self-employed builder, were 47 and 52 when their adoptive son, George, aged three, joined their family. They already had five, mostly grown up, birth children, but realised they had space in their hearts and lives for another child. Margaret talks to Emily Pearce about their adoption journey.

“Don’t wait to do it!”
Janusz and Aleksander, a same-sex male couple, found their sons, Alfie and Bradley, in Be My Parent. They tell us their adoption story.

What's outside goes inside
Play is a language beyond words. When adults are alert to its emotional content they can support children and young people as they work through difficult, sometimes traumatic, experiences. Berni Stringer, Trainer Consultant from BAAF, tells us more and gives an overview of play and filial therapy.

Charlotte's adoption advice
Charlotte was adopted when she was four, and now aged ten, she gives her advice to people thinking about adopting.

"Are you my new dads?"
Scott, 35, and his partner Tris, 41, adopted their sons Frasier and Brandon, then aged eight and seven, back in 2007 after seeing their profile in Be My Parent. Scott tells the story of their journey to becoming adopters, from believing that as a same-sex couple they would always be childless, to being welcomed as adopters, going through the process, and becoming proud dads.

Just one enquiry
Valerie, 48, was a single mum to Lilly, 17, and an adoption and fostering social worker herself, when she looked through Be My Parent at work and saw Noah’s profile. She had always thought she might like to adopt, but the time had never felt right. She took the paper home and, with encouragement from her daughter, she enquired about him. Although she had been turned down by other agencies, Noah’s agency agreed to assess her, and 14 months later he moved in. She speaks to Emily Pearce about her and Noah’s story.

Last updated: 08 January 14

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