UK Adoption

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...

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.