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Family and support is one of the most important factors when adopting, and knowing of others' stories can help to provide confidence and reassurance.  Here you can find some families experiences when adopting through Families for Children, and hopefully help to provide some insight into what to expect.

Joy talks about adopting 4 children with complex needs

Love everything about them

Joy talk about her unique experience of adopting 4 children with additional needs. Could you adopt? Children with additional needs feature highly in the numbers of children considered “hard to place” for adoption. We are asking if you could embrace their disability or diagnosis and love the whole child.

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Anna shares her experience of adopting an older child.

Same journey, best of friends

Anna adopted Aiden at 6 years old. Here she shares her adoption journey about becoming a mother at 55 to an older child. Could you adopt an older child? Children over 4 years old often wait the longest to find a family. Families for children urgently need adopters to come forward for this group of…

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Annmarie talks about adopting a group of three siblings

One, Two, Three Sisters

  After trying for a birth child for nearly 5 years Annmarie and Will decided to adopt. They adopted a group of three sisters and never looked back. Here she talks about their decision to adopt the girls and the impact it has had on their lives.

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Kally and her husband adopted not once but twice

Adopting the two Liams!

Kally and her husband adopted not once but twice and both boys are called Liam! Here on this short video they talk about adopting their 2 boys and their experiences.

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Joe & Reece talk about adopting a group of brothers and sisters

We always wanted to adopt siblings

Take a look at a recent interview with Reece and Joe from Cornwall. They are an LGBTQ+ gay married couple who have adopted a sibling group of 3 children. Watch their amazing story “We always knew,coming from large families ourselves, that we always wanted to adopt sibling -we wanted a big family.  Doing our research,we…

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Nick & Paula adopted an older child

Take each day as it comes

Nick & Paula share their story of adopting their son aged 6 and what life is like now. Could you adopt an older child? Children over 4 years old often wait the longest to find a family. Families for children urgently need adopters to come forward for this group of children

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Tracey talks about her experience of adopting two brothers.

Life is completely mad but wonderful!

Tracey adopted her 2 boys with her husband after having grown up children. Could you adopt siblings? Brothers and sisters who have been through hard times with their birth families have formed a strong, intense bond: they’ve been the only constants in each other’s lives. Staying together is the only thing they care about. Parents…

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Kate and Owen have two birth children adopted a third child.

They build and grow until now everyday is a win filled with joy!

“I am a social worker and work with children who’ve experienced the care system and moved to adopted families. It has been in my heart for a long while that I’d like to adopt. However, as a couple, we wanted to try for birth children in the first instance. We have been blessed with a…

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This Devon couple went down the Foster for Adoption route to adopt their daughter. Read their full story…

We have no regrets and love our little family

“My husband and I went through fertility treatment and underwent three rounds of IVF. We both agreed that after our third attempt we didn’t want to continue. The whole process really takes its toll, both emotionally and physically and you almost feel like your life is on hold. Following a frank conversation, the question came…

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Sarah and Louise tell us their adoption story

To be an adopter you need to be honest with yourselves, your social worker and your child.

We tried fertility treatment for quite a long time and that was unsuccessful so we were exploring our options and looked at adoption. We went to a coffee morning with Families for Children. There were only five couples sitting around a table, it was very informal. They had an adopter who came along and spoke…

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