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.

Hannya was adopted and tells her story

Adoption is a beautiful, crazy thing

To say I have procrastinated for around three weeks ahead of writing this is somewhat an understatement. I love telling my story about the love, care and support my adoptive family have given me over the past 22 years; the only barrier I face when telling my story, is my audience’s misconception about adoption. If...

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Accepting a child for who they are.

I always had a feeling I would end up adopting a child. I had friends at school who were adopted from within the UK and abroad and we had many conversations about their experience as an adopted child. I worked and volunteered in children’s work. Even with this knowledge it took me years to take...

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A wonderful piece written by the Diocese of Salisbury’s Grapevine publication

Making A New Family

“Faith gives us the extra strength to go through the adoption rollercoaster.” Joe and Mary (not their real names) are a churchgoing couple in East Dorset who have recently adopted a son through a Christian agency. “We both grew up in churchgoing families”, says Joe, “but lapsed as young adults. As we thought about marriage,...

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Noisy, fun, always changing and always rewarding.

Adopting a sibling group can be challenging; listen to the experiences of a couple in Devon who adopted a group of five… We wanted to adopt because we always knew we wanted children. As  a gay couple there were a couple of options open to us, but it the end it seemed like the better...

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Sally & Adrian adopt 5 year old Jasmine

A new lease of life

We are Sally and Adrian, our 2 sons were on the point of leaving home, and having given respite care for children with disabilities for several years we decided we could offer a permanent home for a child. The adoption process can be exhausting at times but with the support of a great social worker...

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If you have room in your heart and house then do it

Growing up in a family of eight siblings was competitive and exciting. I always knew that I wanted a child but as a single person in full-time employment, I had no idea how to go about it. I wasn’t even sure if adoption might even be a possibility for me. One day, I plucked up...

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Be prepared and make sure that you have a supportive network. No one has had a perfect life

My husband and I tried to have a baby through IVF but sadly it didn’t work. We spent a lot of time looking after our nephew and niece and knew that we could love someone else’s children. We decided to go for adoption and went through the charity, Families for Children. They were very thorough...

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Rachel & Sarah adopt a son
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100% Born for us

Sarah and I have been together for 12 years and two and a half years ago we had a civil partnership. We talked about having children and Sarah was keen to have our own by using artificial insemination. However I just didn’t feel that it was right as it wouldn’t seem equal, the baby would...

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Anna & Peter adopt 6 month old Teddy
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Teddy’s Adoption

“When we decided to adopt, we already had the perfect family: our two birth children; one healthy girl and one healthy boy. However we thoroughly enjoyed being parents and felt we would be a good match for a disabled child. We approached Families for Children who agreed to assess us and after several homestudy visits...

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Two Children aged 19 months and 1 year old
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Liz and Danny adopt twice

Our Fairy-tale Journey. Once upon a time in a little part of Cornwall a little older man and a little older lady were busy dreaming of finding their forever children. They met a very wise owl who had tremendous knowledge and skills as well as loads of patience and passion. She took them on a...

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Zoe & Russel adopted a little boy aged 2
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Zoe & Russel’s first little boy

“At ages 40 and 42, we decided to reapply to be adopters, after resolving a lot of key health issues that had been the reason for being declined the first time round. Unlike conceiving your own family naturally, adoption isn’t for the faint hearted. The pre adoption process is sometimes difficult, testing and requires a...

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Sarah adopted a little girl aged five, as a single adopter
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Single Adopter Sarah

My phone rang at work, and I scribbled down notes as a social worker spoke: “Girl, five years old; feisty, screams a lot, communication issues, charismatic, likes grapes, unidentified triggers, when can we see you?”. Two months later and there she stood – tiny – on my doormat; delivered unceremoniously along with three heartbreaking black...

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Claire and Julian adopted a sibling group of 3 children
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Claire & Julian Adopt Siblings

We could see the three faces peeking out above the windowsill, eagerly awaiting our arrival. They were 2 , 3 and just 5. We had spent most of the previous year thinking about this moment, when we would become Mum and Dad to a family. Many meetings with our social worker, group training sessions, lots...

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Hannya was adopted and tells her story

Adoption is a beautiful, crazy thing

To say I have procrastinated for around three weeks ahead of writing this is somewhat an understatement. I love telling my story about the love, care and support my adoptive family have given me over the past 22 years; the only barrier I face when telling my story, is my audience’s misconception about adoption. If...

Read More...

Accepting a child for who they are.

I always had a feeling I would end up adopting a child. I had friends at school who were adopted from within the UK and abroad and we had many conversations about their experience as an adopted child. I worked and volunteered in children’s work. Even with this knowledge it took me years to take...

Read More...
A wonderful piece written by the Diocese of Salisbury’s Grapevine publication

Making A New Family

“Faith gives us the extra strength to go through the adoption rollercoaster.” Joe and Mary (not their real names) are a churchgoing couple in East Dorset who have recently adopted a son through a Christian agency. “We both grew up in churchgoing families”, says Joe, “but lapsed as young adults. As we thought about marriage,...

Read More...

Noisy, fun, always changing and always rewarding.

Adopting a sibling group can be challenging; listen to the experiences of a couple in Devon who adopted a group of five… We wanted to adopt because we always knew we wanted children. As  a gay couple there were a couple of options open to us, but it the end it seemed like the better...

Read More...
Sally & Adrian adopt 5 year old Jasmine

A new lease of life

We are Sally and Adrian, our 2 sons were on the point of leaving home, and having given respite care for children with disabilities for several years we decided we could offer a permanent home for a child. The adoption process can be exhausting at times but with the support of a great social worker...

Read More...

If you have room in your heart and house then do it

Growing up in a family of eight siblings was competitive and exciting. I always knew that I wanted a child but as a single person in full-time employment, I had no idea how to go about it. I wasn’t even sure if adoption might even be a possibility for me. One day, I plucked up...

Read More...

Be prepared and make sure that you have a supportive network. No one has had a perfect life

My husband and I tried to have a baby through IVF but sadly it didn’t work. We spent a lot of time looking after our nephew and niece and knew that we could love someone else’s children. We decided to go for adoption and went through the charity, Families for Children. They were very thorough...

Read More...
Rachel & Sarah adopt a son
rachel-and-sarah.jpg

100% Born for us

Sarah and I have been together for 12 years and two and a half years ago we had a civil partnership. We talked about having children and Sarah was keen to have our own by using artificial insemination. However I just didn’t feel that it was right as it wouldn’t seem equal, the baby would...

Read More...
Anna & Peter adopt 6 month old Teddy
about-us-family-stories-anna-and-peter-2

Teddy’s Adoption

“When we decided to adopt, we already had the perfect family: our two birth children; one healthy girl and one healthy boy. However we thoroughly enjoyed being parents and felt we would be a good match for a disabled child. We approached Families for Children who agreed to assess us and after several homestudy visits...

Read More...
Two Children aged 19 months and 1 year old
adoption-the-adoption-process

Liz and Danny adopt twice

Our Fairy-tale Journey. Once upon a time in a little part of Cornwall a little older man and a little older lady were busy dreaming of finding their forever children. They met a very wise owl who had tremendous knowledge and skills as well as loads of patience and passion. She took them on a...

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