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If you are thinking about adoption it can help to hear from real people who were once right where you are. We created Adopter Stories by Adoption Now to bring you real life stories from real life adopters. You will hear that no two adoption journeys are the same and not every adoption is the same. We talk about the challenges that people face during the adoption process but we also talk about the highs too!

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Could you consider adopting siblings?

Throughout June we have been focusing on our need to find adopters who can consider adopting siblings or family groups. So in this latest episode we thought it would be good to talk to one of our team about the siblings groups that we are currently finding families for. I sat down to chat with Lisa, one of our social workers on the Family Finding team here at Adoption Now. We talked about the role that the Family Finding team carry out, along with an insight into how they go about keeping siblings together as best as they can.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting a Family Group

Throughout June we are continuing to look at our need to find adopters who can consider adopting siblings or family groups. 49% of our children needing forever families are in family groups of 2 children or more, and we always try our best to keep siblings together. They have often been through extremely difficult circumstances together and have been the only constant throughout their lives. This means that together they often are their own support network, relying on a shared unique and powerful bond.

In this latest episode we are revisiting our conversation with Shauneen who, along with her husband Oliver adopted siblings. Adoption can have challenges, so we will be hearing about those but we also talk about the highs too!

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Could You Adopt Siblings?

Throughout June we are highlighting our need to find adopters who can consider adopting sibling or family groups. At the end of May 2022, 49% of our children needing forever families are in sibling groups of two or higher. Brothers and sisters have such a unique, and powerful bond, so when it comes to our family groups, we always try our best to keep them together. They have often been through extremely difficult circumstances and in most situations have been the only constant within each other’s lives and Living through such difficult times together, means that they are often their own support network. So, by adopting a family group, this allows important bonds to be maintained and strengthened even more, keeping together an existing family unit whilst growing yours.

In this latest episode we are revisiting our conversation with Rav & Phil. This particular episode has been our most popular show across all platforms and I think their story is one that is absolutely fantastic and shows the magic of adopting a sibling group aswell as the challenges and surprises that can happen along the way.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Being single and achieving the dream of being a parent.

In this episode we finish our month long focus on being single and adopting by speaking to Lyndsey. She has always wanted to be a mum, however after her marriage sadly ended and finding herself single, she had to think about how she was going to achieve that dream. In this episode we find out about Lyndsey's adoption journey, how she found the adoption process and completing her family unit.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting as a Single Adopter - forming an extra special bond.

Children need a loving stable environment and adopting a child on your own means that you may well build an extra special relationship together. As you will hear in this episode featuring Emily. You’ll be hearing about her adoption journey, how she came to the decision to adopt on her own but also the bond between Emily and her adopted son.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting as a Single Woman

Throughout May we are talking about being single and adopting. We are continuing our interviews with some of our adopters who were single when they adopted. In this episode we are talking to Zoe, where among other things you will be hearing about her adoption journey and how she came to decision to adopt on her own.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Can I adopt if i'm single?

In this episode we are going to be talking about being single and adopting with out special guest Sharon. Sharon is a social worker who is a member of the recruitment team here at Adoption Now and she has a wealth of experience in helping and guiding single adopters throughout the adoption process. In this episode she talks about some of the challenges that anyone who is single and thinking about adoption may face, and she will also be talking about some of the benefits too, for both the child or children and the adopter.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting as a Single Man

A common misconception when it comes to the adoption process is that you can't adopt if you're single or not in a relationship. In this podcast we sit down to have a chat with Christopher who made the decision to adopt on his own. We will be finding out more about what it was that lead him to make that decision, as well as what it was like going through the adoption process as as single male adopter.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Care For Me First? Adopting via the Fostering for Adoption (FfA) route

In this latest episode we are continuing to focus on Fostering for Adoption (FfA) by talking to Laura who, along with her husband adopted via Fostering for Adoption. She tells us about their adoption journey, why they chose to adopt via this particular route to adoption and also about the challenges and highs that can come with Fostering for Adoption.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Fostering For Adoption (FfA)

In this episode we sit down to talk about Fostering For Adoption (FfA). Our guest is Kayleigh, one of our team of social workers here at Adoption Now and she is here to tell us just what Fostering for Adoption is; she talks about some of the challenges of this particular route to adoption but she also talks about the fantastic the highs too.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2022 Special!

The LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week is back for its tenth year. Led by New Family Social the campaign looks to encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both adoption and fostering as routes to parenting. The first LGBT+ Adoption And fostering week was back in 2012 and the campaign has gone from strength to strength each year. Read more about it here: https://newfamilysocial.org.uk/afw22

Adoption Now are once again proud to be supporting this year’s campaign and so, as a special episode we felt a great way to finish the weeks celebration would be to speak to Sam who, along with his partner Tom adopted their amazing little boy. In this episode we find out about their adoption journey, and amongst other things, how, as part of the LGBT+ community, they found the adoption process.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adoption Fun Day Special!

On Saturday 26th February 2022 children from across the North West of England, who are waiting to be adopted, along with approved and prospective adopters, all came together for a day of fun and finding families at the 'North West Adoption Agencies Together' Adoption Fun day.

In this Adoption Fun Day special we will be hearing from social workers who were at the event, getting their take on why Adoption Fun Days are so important. And we will also be hearing from two prospective adopters who attended the event. Finding out about their thoughts on the day itself.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Why You Should Come To Us If You're Thinking About Adoption

We thought a great way to start the new year off would be to do a small episode about who we are as an agency, what we do, and why, if you’re thinking about adoption then you should speak to us. There’s no guest in this episode so instead our host, Ian, will be telling you a little bit about the history of adoption now, our reputation as an agency and about your first steps on your adoption journey.

 

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adoptee Special Episode 1

This month, instead of bringing you adopter stories we are actually going to be releasing two very special episodes in which we will be talking to two adoptees. In these special episodes of our podcast we will be continuing the theme of the recent #YouCanAdopt National Adoption Week campaign by focusing on their story and their experiences of adoption as adoptees. 

In the first episode we talk to Nicole. She was placed into foster care around 3 years old and then adopted at 6. Amongst other things Nicole shares with us her memories of that time and her life growing up as an adoptee. 

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting A Child With Complex Needs Episode 2

In this latest episode of Adopter Stories we are once again talking about adopting a child with complex needs by speaking to our guests Kathryn and Adrian. Having adopted 3 children already, with each child having some form of additional needs, Kathryn and Adrian are currently waiting to be matched with their 4th child. In this episode we talk about their adoption story, the battles that the couple have faced and also about why they are adopting for a 4th time!

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopting A Child With Complex Needs Episode 1

Some children with a plan for adoption have complex medical needs and, many people who consider adoption will often think that adopting a child with complex needs can at first, be a little over whelming. However, Nas & Rick's story will go to show that although it does without doubt have it's challenges, adopting a child with complex needs has fantastic highs that, for them far outweigh the challenges that they faced. Nas & Rick adopted their child 6 years ago and in this episode we will be talking about how they came to adopt, the challenges and difficulties they faced adopting a child with complex needs and we'll also talk about the fantastic highs too. 

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - #YouCanAdopt Black Adopters Campaign Special

The nationwide campaign #YouCanAdopt has been relaunched to positively improve perceptions and break down any barriers that people from the Black community may have in coming forward when considering adoption. In this episode of Adopter Stories we are speaking to Prossy. She started her adoption journey last year and adopted her child in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. Prossy is of Black African heritage so we wanted to catch up with her and find out about her adoption journey and her thoughts on the national campaign. Just to note, we did have some technical issues during the recording process so we apologise that audio quality of the interview isn’t always as perfect as we would like – but what Prossy has to say totally perfect!

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - LGBTQ+ Pride Special - Episode 2 - Heather & Emma

In 2020 1 in 6 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples, and with the Manchester Pride Festival due to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, we thought it would be a great time to talk about adoption and LGBT+. In this episode we speak to Heather and her partner Emma, we talk about their adoption story and why they came to adopt.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - LGBTQ+ Pride Special - Episode 1 - Lee

In 2020 1 in 6 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples, and with the Manchester Pride Festival due to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, we thought it would be a great time to talk about adoption and LGBT+. In this episode we speak to Lee, who, along with his husband adopted their little boy. Just to note that the name he refers to in this interview has been changed for the safety of all involved.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Abubakar & Uzma: Faith and Adoption

Faith. For many people it plays a fundamental role in their lives, and if you are a person of faith then we understand that it’s a huge part of what makes you, you. For Abubakar & Uzma their Islamic faith plays a very important part in their life, so, in this episode we find out about their adoption story, finding out just how much their faith helped and inspired them in their decision to adopt.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Shauneen & Oliver: Adopting Brothers & Sisters

The 23rd April 2021 see's the start of a new national adoption campaign from #YouCanAdopt that focuses on the need for more adopters to consider adopting brothers & sisters. Often taking longer to place, we wanted to shine a light on the process of adopting siblings by talking to one of our amazing adoptive families. In the episode we talk to Shauneen who, along with her husband Oliver adopted siblings. We talk about how they both arrived at the decision to adopt more than one child, the challenges they faced and also the highs of adopting brothers & sisters.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Rav & Phil: Adopting Brothers & Sisters

The 23rd April 2021 see's the start of a new national adoption campaign from #YouCanAdopt that focuses on the need for more adopters to consider adopting brothers & sisters. Often taking longer to place, we wanted to shine a light on the process of adopting siblings by talking to one of our amazing adoptive families. In this episode we talk to Rav who, along with his husband Phil adopted siblings. We talk about how they both arrived at the decision to adopt more than one child, the challenges they faced and also the highs of adopting brothers & sisters.

Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Gill & Paul: Faith and Adoption

We understand that if you are a person of faith it is a significant part of what makes you, you. Here at Adoption Now we welcome people of all faiths who are considering adopting a child or children through us. In this latest episode of Adopter Stories we welcome on to the progam Gill & Paul. Their Christian faith is a very important part of their life, and so, in this episode we find out about their adoption story, finding out just how much their faith helped in their decision to adopt and during the adoption process itself.

Adopter Stories By Adoption Now - Julie's Story

In this feature length podcast we are sitting down to have a chat with Julie who, along with her husband, made the decision to adopt after they were initially considering fostering. We will be finding out more about that decision to adopt as well as talking about the process as a whole, adopting whilst having 2 birth children and we also talk about fostering for adoption.

Adopter Stories By Adoption Now - Taking That First Step

If you follow our social media channels you will no doubt have seen us talk about our information line, and how best to contact us if you’re thinking about adoption. However, we don’t always say exactly what happens when you do call, who will answer the phone and about the warm welcome that you will receive when you call us. So, in this episode of Adopter Stories we spoke to Debbie, one of our highly experienced social workers who may well be the person who picks up the phone when you call us. Amongst many things we talk about how much it means to you to pick up the phone and make that first call and the most common questions that we receive to our Information Line.

Adopter Stories By Adoption Now

If you are thinking about adoption it can help to hear from real people who were once right where you are, and at Adoption Now we fully understand that. So, to help we spoke to some of our amazing adopters about their own personal experiences and what they had to share is just superb!

Sit down, relax and for next 5 minutes listen to the amazing journeys that some of our adopters went on to find their forever families.