Real adoption stories

Every adopter’s experience of becoming a parent will be different – there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ adoption!

Here, we share the thoughts and reflections of a number of adopters, both couples and individuals, who became parents with the help of our Adoption Connections service.  Their circumstances are diverse, and their routes to becoming parents were all different.

We’re grateful to the adopters who were willing to share their stories, and we hope these testimonies give you a flavour of what it really means to become an adoptive parent…

Michael & Kate’s story 
Michael and Kate adopted siblings last year through Adoption Connections. Here, they share the highs and lows of their journey…

An adopter Q&A: Elaine’s story 
Elaine adopted three siblings using the Adoption Connections service. Here, she answers our questions.

Marie’s story
Marie shares her thoughts on becoming a single mother when she adopted her daughter through the Adoption Connections service.

Sarah & Dave’s story
Sarah and Dave share their experiences of adopting their daughter Freya – an ‘older child’ at 7 years old – through Adoption Connections.

Lisa & Stuart’s story
Lisa and Stuart tell us about the first time they met their children, Matthew and Hannah – and how dramatically their lives have changed since then!

Maggie & Iain’s story
With the help of Adoption Connections, Maggie and Iain adopted siblings – Maisie and Aaron – after attending an Adoption Activity Day.

Caroline’s story
Single adopter Caroline tells us about her journey to adopting her son, Steven.

Andy & Jackie’s story
Andy and Jackie adopted 7-year-old Jenny after attending an Adoption Exchange Day.

We believe that it is vitally important for potential and prospective adopters to have contact with others who have been through the process. Anyone attending our information events gets the opportunity to hear from and speak to an existing adopter about their experiences. And our Buddy Scheme puts prospective adopters in touch with existing adopters to support them through the ups and downs of their journey.

Please get in touch with us if you require any further information.

“The adoption process has been a stimulating experience in terms of how you reflect on who you are and what made you that way. Neither of us found it intrusive. In certain ways it confirmed what we already knew, and the sensitive and open way it was handled by SFCS has been invaluable.”

An SFCS adopter