Adoption Stories


We feel the best people to tell you what adoption is really like are people who have already been on their own adoption journey. Here are some adoption stories from real families who have adopted in the One Adoption area. Every story is different and unique, as yours will be too, so read on to learn about the process, assessment and matching from the real experts! 

(These stories are taken from real interviews with adopters but the names have been changed and stock photos used.)

Angela and Fran adopted two siblings and have also built a great relationship the children’s younger sister and her adoptive family. Angela shares their adoption story
James and Louise had been trying for a family for several years and due to existing health conditions, had discussed adoption as a possibility. After they were told it wasn’t possible for Louise to have a child, and after an upsetting experience with the local authority in their area, they contacted One Adoption after seeing an advert on Facebook. Having overcome many hurdles they are now the proud parents of siblings, Christopher (six) and Alice (four). This is their adoption story.
James (33) and his husband Bobby (33) felt that with James’ healthcare experience and open-minded attitude they could offer a loving home to siblings with additional health needs. This is their story.
Single adopter Sarah proves there are no barriers to adopting siblings once you set your mind to it. Here she shares her story to happiness.
Annie and Bob got the family they always wanted when they adopted three sisters. When serious illness struck, Annie 30 and Bob 31 were forced to halt the adoption process and reconsider their options. They decided to adopt three sisters and embrace family life full on.
"For me, adopting a child who had a different background to me wasn’t an issue – I did have some concerns that family members might not accept him as mine, but I didn’t need to have worried at all. I have a diverse network of friends and they think he is a real character and absolutely gorgeous, as do I!"
“You get a huge amount of pleasure from seeing them hit their milestones, however small. I never thought I would hear my son say, ‘I love you’ but he did.” Here Tom and Janet share their story of adopting two children with additional health needs.  
Jane was 41 and single when she adopted 6 year old Cora. Here she shares her story....
Samantha is passionate about adoption, having been adopted herself. Aged 41 and single, living with her mum and dad, she adopted a baby through Early Permanence Placement.
Jo and Mandy are the proud parents of two adopted boys, who have found they learnt more about themselves through adoption than they ever thought possible. Jo tells their story: Being in a same sex couple we had always considered adoption as an option, especially Mandy – she had always wanted to adopt, and when it turned out that I couldn’t have children anyway, adopting was the natural thing for us to do.
Liam and Nick have been in a relationship for seven years. In the early days they didn’t really discuss having children, but as their family and friends began to start families they became the go-to babysitters, and an idea became a reality.
Two years after adopting their son Ben, Liam and Nick welcomed half-sibling baby Jodie into their home to complete their family.
Melanie and Pete had hoped to have their own children but after IVF was unsuccessful, decided to go along to a local adoption information event.
Welcome to the house of fun!  Kate 47 and Alfie 54 had always wanted more than one child and after exhausting fertility treatment chose to adopt two brothers to create an instant family and a house full of fun. Four years on they share their sibling adoption journey.
Kate and Liz live at home with their two adopted children and dog Bob. This is their story.
"We were able to give James a secure and nurturing family, so that he could thrive and enjoy the opportunities, cuddles, love and support he deserves." Alice and Michael share their story of adopting a child with developmental delay
"Dealing with the unknown and uncertainties for the child they adopt can be a barrier for some people. I’ve always said I would take a child with additional needs. Many people wouldn’t consider those children but I’d rather be the one who said ‘yes’." Louise and David share their story of adopting a child with additional needs.