UK Adoption

10 Common Adoption Misconceptions Quashed

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

In the last few years, the UK has seen a huge increase in those applying to become adoptive parents. This has led to a misconception that there is no longer a need for adopters to come forward. Sadly, this is wrong.

Can Big Business Learn Lessons For Their Working Parents From Families Who Adopt?

Helen Costa | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Costa

During that process to become "approved" you are given training and preparation. But nothing prepared us for the monumental task of learning to become a parent to a traumatised young child who was effectively a stranger and one that didn't want to be there.

A Letter To My Adoptive Parents

Megan Alston | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Alston

The one piece of advice I can give to anyone who has been adopted, is to be proud. Proud to be where you are today, to have been saved from that horrible beginning of your life, proud of how brave the people who took you in were, and ignore all the ridiculous comments of people who are too closed-minded to understand all of this.

Toddler's Supper And My Path To Adoption

Deborah Sawyerr | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Sawyerr

For me the path to adoption was very similar, it took two years and one week from the initial meeting until the first day of introductions. In honesty it felt so much longer and this was within the new speeded up adoption process.

Mum Shares How She Stopped Her Sons' Violent Attacks

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents

An adoptive mother who was repeatedly attacked by her sons has told how she learned to de-escalate their anger so violent incidents are now ‘very ra...

Adoption, Connection And Place

Clair Rees | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Adoption legislation and practise has come far since Richard was a child being adopted and thanks to Ministers in Government such as Tim Loughton MP and Edward Timpson MP, who have sought to improve the lives of so many children in our society who seek to find a loving family to call their own we continue to grow the circumstances that make an enriching and nurturing experience in the first 1001 days of a child's life.

'I Remember When I First Came To Live Here I Couldn't Work Out Who My Family Were, I Kept Expecting A Mummy To Appear'

Nick King | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

With hindsight we made mistakes in the early days of our son's adoption by allowing too much access from friends and family. My mother in law stayed for a long weekend. After the first day there was a small, but perceptible shift in our son's attitude towards me. He became less tactile, less cooperative.

Katie Price Is In The Process Of Adopting Sixth Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

Katie Price has revealed she has started the “process” of adopting a child with her husband Kieran Hayler. The 38-year-old was discussing expandin...

The Women Who Chose Open Adoption And Why

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Parents

Amy Seek is a birth mother who gave her son up for adoption when she was 23 years old. Her pregnancy was unplanned, she was unable to financially supp...

Mum Shares Open Letter About How Adopting Her Son Changed Their Relationship Forever

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has shared an open letter about how adopting her son changed their relationship, and reminding everyone that it’s not always blood that makes ...

Teenager Gives Mum's Boyfriend The Best Present He Could Ask For

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Parents

A video has gone viral reminding everyone about the joy of adoption (and reducing us all to tears). Lauren Hernandez, 18, has just graduated from hig...

Should I Take Our Adopted Kids to See 'Finding Dory'?

Nick King | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

thriving families.jpg Our children have information about their birth families. They take the form of 'Life Story Books', age appropriate records of their lives. Provided initially by the Adoption Team and subsequently updated by us. They look at them often.

Make It a Magical Summer for Children In Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

As foster carers we have the same aspirations for the children who are in our care as for our own daughters: we want them to enjoy a carefree summer, to feel safe and happy, and to grow and flourish. We want to hear laughter and singing.

Why Family is All About the Team

Stuart Flint | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents
Stuart Flint

My wife, natural born daughter nearly 12-years-old and I adopted a short time ago after a three-year journey of waiting and hoping. It felt strange and almost surreal when you open your doors, hearts and life to a stranger. The range of emotions that you and the child go through is well documented, however nothing can prepare you for the rollercoaster ride that both us and our new son will experience.

Dog's Quirky Adoption Photos Prove You Should Always Be Yourself

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to striking a pose, four-month-old Carpe Diem has got it sussed. The energetic pooch took the internet by storm after the rescue shelte...

Couple Who Had Fertility Struggles Share Adoption Photos With A Twist

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A couple who struggled to conceive have revealed they've adopted an adorable puppy. The pair shared their happy news on Imgur with photos of their new...

Mum Pens Heartfelt Tribute To Son's Non-Biological Dad

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has written a heartfelt tribute to her son's non-biological dad, praising him for being the father he "didn't have to be". Imgur user 'Poopjustp...

Parenting With a Large Age Gap

Nic Williams | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Nic Williams

Did your family happen the way you planned it? Mine didn't. My plan was to have two children close together before I was 40. I was so used to getting what I wanted I didn't counter the possibility it might not happen. On my 40th birthday I was childless.

5-Year-Old Surprised By Disney Princesses At Adoption Hearing

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

A five-year-old had all her dreams come true at once when her favourite Disney characters turned up at her final adoption hearing. Danielle Koning had...

Saira Khan On The Heartbreaking Moment Her Daughter Nearly Died

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Parents

Saira Khan opened up about the devastating moment doctors said her daughter was an "hour away" from being brain damaged when she adopted her. The 46-y...

The Death of Liam Fee Is a Feminist Issue

Esther Freeman | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Esther Freeman

The death of two-year old Liam Fee is cruel and heartbreaking. It hits me hard as an adoptive parent because I know, but for a little luck, that might...

Lisa Riley On Why She Would Rather Adopt Than Get Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Parents

Lisa Riley has revealed she would like to "adopt" as she feels it "wouldn't be fair" for her to get pregnant. Discussing the possibility of becoming a...

What to Say and Do When Someone You Know Adopts

Nic Williams | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Nic Williams

When someone announces a pregnancy, congratulations frequently come easily and naturally. On the other hand, an adoption announcement doesn't always get the same reaction. I speak from experience; my two children are adopted. My son came to us when he was 3.5 years, and our daughter came to us when she was 10 months.

Queen's Speech: Significant Steps Forward for Children, But There Is No Fix-All

Javed Khan | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Today's Queen's Speech promises some significant steps forward for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK today. While we share the Prime Minister's high ambitions for children, the proposed legislative changes are not, by themselves, a fix-all. Every child deserves to have a happy childhood and to get the support they need to succeed in life. They are our future.

Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

David Cameron's weekend announcements heralding major reforms for children in care in the Queen's Speech stands to be an important act of national lea...