UK Adoption

Waterways - Serenity In A Bustling World

Jack Abrey | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Jack Abrey

Our canals and rivers are cherished outdoor spaces which enable visitors to take a breath of fresh air and simply relax - something that is becoming i...

Tory MPs Slam Government For Limiting Number Of Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have hit out at the government’s decision to limit the number of child refugees it will accept from Europe to just 350 - rather tha...

Madonna Confirms She Has Adopted Malawian Twin Girls With This Adorable Instagram Snap

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Madonna has welcomed two new additions to her family after adopting twin sisters Stella and Esther from Malawi. The 58-year-old said she was “overjo...

Building A Bond With My Son

Sarah Fisher | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Fisher

As a parent we want to build a bond with our child and when I adopted my son I thought it would be relatively easy to do. After all, I'd had some training, done some reading and was used to working with children, how hard could it be?

Coming Out, I Thought I'd Never Get To Be A Dad

Tuvia Borok | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I'm still very much gay, but I'm a dad first. I don't think the things I do are "gay" dad things (OK, yes, the Spotify playlist that we dance to around the house may differ to my straight counterparts), they are just "dad" things.

Madonna Disputes Claims She Has Applied To Adopt Two More Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

UPDATE: This article has been amended to reflect the fact Madonna has denied a statement made by a Malawi government spokesperson to news outlets. M...

Missing

Viola Helen | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Viola Helen

It took one question on one of those standard, typical Oxford nights out at the sweaty, overly-packed club that is Bridge. One question to make me recognise and acknowledge that this is what is missing in my life. And this is what will always be missing.

Being Gay Doesn't Make My Family Dysfunctional

Tuvia Borok | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I accept that some people still don't understand LGBT parenting as a concept, and may question its validity. Once you meet a gay parent, you quickly realise we are just as tired, run down and always questioning if we are getting it right, just as any other parent.

Katherine Heigl And Josh Kelley Have Welcomed Their Third Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents

Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have welcomed their third child. Heigl gave birth to a son named Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on 20 December,...

Non-Verbal 6-Year-Old Finds Friend For Life in Adopted Deaf Boxer Dog

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents

A non-verbal six-year-old boy has formed a strong bond with a deaf dog. Connor Guillet, from Florida, was adopted at birth. He has only ever used sign...

As An Adopter, I Am So Angry At Carol Sarler's Stigmatising Article For The Daily Mail

Nick King | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nick King

I'm angry that in resorting to easy stereotypes Ms Sarler takes attention away from the vital central point. This is that some adopted young people are traumatised. Some have terrible trouble coping. Some families struggle. Many cry out for help and face a wall of indifference in return.

Little Boy Who Receives Adoption Certificate As His Xmas Present Is Making Everyone Cry (In A Good Way)

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Parents

Stemming some of the relentless awfulness of 2016 is no mean feat but 11-year-old Landon Rice has managed it. In the short video below, we see the mo...

Three-Year-Old's Reaction To Being Adopted After 832 Days In Care Has Everyone In Tears

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents

The moment a three-year-old boy was officially adopted after 832 days in foster care was caught on camera, and it has moved people to tears. Michael B...

Touching Moment Son Tells Adopted Father He's Taking His Surname

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lucky was raised by adopted parents John and Kathy Keith since birth and recently, he decided to take their surname. He revealed his plans to John by ...

The Emotional Dad

Tom McIlvenny-Cox | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom McIlvenny-Cox

bmm banner.jpg I'm going to have to reign it in the coming years... my boy doesn't need a blubbering mess of a dad at his school plays. Or maybe that is exactly what the boys of the future generation need? To teach them they can be emotional if they want to be.

No Ordinary Birthday

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The venue is booked, the guests have been invited. The eldest of our three foster children is preparing to celebrate her birthday. She is drawing up a list of presents that she would like, tentatively at first but gradually growing in confidence, with some encouragement. This is not something she has been able to do in the past, and it takes some getting used to.

Adopting Older Children

Gemma Bailey | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Bailey

As the family or parent of that young person, the most important thing is that you do, and feel completely self assured that you are doing your absolute best to be fair and inclusive. That you are patient and give them the time to learn your ways and to feel comfortable with you.

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...