UK Adoption

Nine Reasons Why Being a Foster Carer Rocks

Martin Barrow | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

She leaves us with many happy memories, as have all the children who have been in our care. Like all foster carers we rarely have time to reflect on the wonderful times we have enjoyed. This seems like a good moment to pause and consider some of the very best.

Mum Seeks Adoptive Parents For 4-Year-Old On Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother turned to Facebook to try and find adoptive parents for a four-year-old girl. Mallory Donath, 24, wrote the post on a private Facebook gr...

What It Means to 'Protect Our Foster Kids'

Kevin Williams | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

"A foster carer treats you like family, like their own children."

Why Don't We Talk About Adoption?

Jules Furness | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jules Furness

When your child starts school and they decide to tell their class mate they have a tummy mummy, how well educated on adoption will those class mates be? Or the other parents If we can't talk about adoption?

Teenager Posts Heart-Wrenching Ad For A Family On Craigslist

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 19-year-old college student has posted a heart-wrenching advert on Craigslist looking to 'rent a family' to spend her birthday with. Natalie Car...

Adoption Is a Good Thing - It Gives Children a Second Chance

Hugh Thornbery | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Hugh Thornbery

Adoption is a good thing, it gives children a second chance of experiencing enduring family relationships when birth parents cannot care for them and no other reasonable options are available in the wider family.

Look How Grown Up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's Adopted Children Are

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman may no longer be married, but their adopted children are still very close. The couple married in 1990 for 11 years, du...

How Adopted Children Inspired Their Parents To Help Others Become Families

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

When adoptive parents are matched with their children, they know their lives are about to change infinitely. But for many building a relationship w...

Gay Couple Successfully Adopt After Meghan Trainor Parody Video

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Joe Morales and Joey Famoso took inspiration from Meghan Trainor's 'Dear Future Husband' song to adopt, they were probably unaware how successful...

Woman Raises Neighbour's Twins As Her Own After Mum Dies Of Cancer

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Marcia Young heard her neighbour had died of cancer leaving behind nine-year-old twins she didn't hesitate before stepping in to look after them....

(Coconut) Smells Like Victory

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

It's probably nothing, probably just some tick of genetics she will grow out of as she settles into her new world. But Dr Internet tells us that it might be something, might mean too that we're wrong to think that the orphanage treated her well.

Too Much Going On!

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

The adoption process itself is long and arduous, and it must be adhered to precisely at all times. That means bureaucratic hoops and jumping through them, many hoops and near constant jumping. It took us just over a natural gestation to navigate the maze.

Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

Alix Long | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Keren David, author of Salvage, to explain her inspiration for writing the book, the issue of broken family relationships and if everything (as is suggested by her title) can eventually be 'salvaged'...

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

How to Be a Child-Full Couple

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

I want to challenge that phrase 'A childless couple', It assumes Ramin and I, and others like us, are missing out. We live in a time when the quest for possessions, status and fame is well and truly up there with the quest for enlightenment. 

Dog Deemed 'Too Ugly To Love' Has Been Up For Adoption For Two Years

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A deaf dog with different coloured eyes has been deemed "too ugly to love". Buddy the lurcher has been up for adoption for two years, but he has ye...

Parents-To-Be Share Big News With Heartwarming Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget the innovative pregnancy announcements on YouTube, one couple decided to share some big news of their own using a simple card. But it's the twi...

#IGetCounselling: Time for this chick to Find a Counsellor

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Counselling isn't all lying on couches in dark rooms with pointed-nosed, sharp-spectacled counsellors. It's just talking. Talking with a professional who is trained to not only hear, but to actually listen, and offer some thoughts that are at this point in time, alien.

What Is a 'Real' Mother?

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

My natural mother, has proved to me on many occasions that if her presence in my life is unwanted, if it causes too much trouble, if I decide that I need to choose a mother, then she will step back. She believes that I should be able to decide the extent of my involvement with her, whereas my adoptive mother at least for a time, wanted all or nothing.

Plunging Adoption Figures a Wake-up Call for All in Children's Care Sector

Javed Khan | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

During the last decade, authorities and agencies across the country have found it increasingly hard to find permanent, loving families for children in care in a timely way. The government's plan to speed up adoptions, announced by Michael Gove in 2012, briefly reversed that trend. But it looks as though there has now been a dramatic loss of nerve by many in the social care sector...

Five Hard Truths About Adoption Adoptive Parents don't want to Hear

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Adoptees. We're allegedly 16% of America's estimated 500 serial killers whilst we represent only 2-3% of the population1. We're also the heroes of pop culture from Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins, to Superman and Luke Skywalker. In real life we're Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Marilyn Monroe...and Ted Bundy.

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

Javed Khan | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

This week is National Adoption Week (3-9 November) and this year the focus is on finding new parents for groups of brothers and sisters. According to research carried out by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering around half of the 6,000 children in the UK currently waiting to be adopted are in sibling groups.

'I Want To Give A Child What I Didn't Have'

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

Susan Boyle has spoken about her desire to become a mother. The ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ singer, who has released millions of albums all over the wo...

'Long Lost Families' and 'Masters of Sex'

Hugh Salmon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Salmon

The most interesting thing in the world is people. And, talking about interesting, which we were, and people, which we are, there is a peculiar juxtaposition in two TV series currently on air.

We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

Javed Khan | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare. For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another day spent longing for the love and support that, through no fault of their own, they are currently being denied. Everyone involved with these brave children wants to see them all get the family they deserve. To make sure each of their dreams come true we need a system that gives them the chance at a new life as quickly and effectively as possible.