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Ben and his children“Have an open mind”
Despite the recent decrease in the number of children with a care plan for adoption, there remains a gap between the type of children who continue to wait for a family, and the children many families wish to adopt. Children with disabilities or complex needs are amongst the groups who wait longest to be adopted or fostered. We speak to adoptive father of three, Ben, whose children all have complex needs. He tells us about his family’s adoption journey, and urges prospective adopters to have an open mind when thinking about the kinds of children they would consider adopting.

Adopted children with their mum
“Adoption is not an easy path, but it's a rewarding one”
After being approved as adopters, Sam and Tina decided to subscribe to Be My Parent: they found that it helped them to get a better sense of the children waiting. They were matched with Kevin and Emily after reading about them in Be My Parent.

Posed by models © Digital Vision/David Ellis; An adoptive mother welcomes her children home
“Adoption is about finding parents for children – not the other way around”
Amy and James subscribed to Be My Parent when they started on their adoption assessment process, partly to help them find out as much as they could about the kind of children waiting for families. Josh and Chloe’s profile, especially their photo, stood out from the others…

Football"I am so pleased we are together"
Frasier, 16, and his younger brother, 15, were adopted together when they were aged eight and seven, after their adoptive parents saw their profile in Be My Parent. Frasier tells us what he feels about adoption generally and being adopted with his brother.

Photo of three sisters © Fololia.com/Auremar (posed by models)
"We are a family"
Linda and her husband Paul were 37 and 39 when their three daughters, Emily, Chloe and Katie, came to live with them. Six years on and Linda talks us through her family’s adoption journey, tells us about the girls, now aged 9, 10 and 11, and gives us her thoughts on adopting a group of siblings.

Photo of sisters (posed by models)The girls have their say!
Sisters Emily, Chloe and Katie, now aged 9, 10 and 11, were adopted together six years ago. They tell us about themselves, each other, their family, and how they feel about being adopted together as a sibling group.

Annette Hope
A rewarding challenge
Adoption social worker Annette Hope, from Wigan Council, appeared on Channel 4’s 15,000 Kids and Counting series. This gave an unprecedented glimpse into the adoption process. Annette talks through some issues involved in the difficult but rewarding task of family-finding for siblings.

Photograph of Kiera & Liam"We were meant to be together"
Each year, many babies are adopted into the adoptive families of their older brothers and sisters, and this is one way of keeping birth siblings together through adoption. Lesley Felce talks to Christine about the adoption of her now three-year-old daughter, Kiera, and hears how, two and a half years on, they have just welcomed Kiera’s baby half-brother, Liam, into the family.

Last updated: 30 July 15

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