UK Adoption

'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...

How Combining Fostering and Adopting Provided My Son With the Loving Care He Needed as a Baby

Phil Smith1 | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Phil Smith1

We had to approach this process appreciating that if it was possible, it would be the first choice for any baby. We would know we had been a vital safety net for the child, that we had minimised upheaval in the child's life and provided stability and love.

9-Year-Old Helps To Fund Own Adoption With Lemonade Stand

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents

A nine-year-old decided to help to fund his own adoption by selling homemade lemonade and cookies in his garden. Tristan Jacobsen from Springfield wan...

How to Make the Perfect Child's Bedroom - Listen to What They Want and Need

Nic Williams | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents
Nic Williams

In common with other parents, I decorated and lovingly prepared my son's bedroom before his arrival. However he didn't arrive as a new born he arrived aged 3 and a half. H came into our lives and hearts a bewildered beautiful boy with flushed red cheeks.

For the Sake of the Children, Foster Carers Deserve Better

Martin Barrow | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We have witnessed the wonder of adoption first hand. As foster carers we were present when the baby we had cared for since birth met her new parents for the first time, and we have been blessed to be part of their lives ever since.

'Forced Adoption' Criticism Shouldn't Get in the Way of Helping Children

Hugh Thornbery | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Hugh Thornbery

I fear, based on what we've seen at Adoption UK over the past 18 months, there will be a dramatic fall in adoptions this year. My best estimate is the number of children in care will rise again in 2015-16 but the proportion leaving through adoption will be halved from around 8% to 4%.

Saira Khan: 'I Send A Wish To My Daughter's Birth Mother Once A Year'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents

Loose Women star Saira Khan's road to becoming a mum-of-two was far from easy. Not long after she married her husband, Steve Hyde, Khan realised s...