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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 - ...Extra Time with Adoption Now - Episode 3

In episode 3 of Extra Time we recap on: 

Our current Hope for a Brighter Future Campaign, finding out about the pressing need we have for adopters to come forward. 

Our adoption now roadshows across our local authority areas carries on with Bolton and Blackburn.

And then we finish the episode with part two of our brand new, monthly feature – getting you ready to adopt. In this series of interviews with our Welcome Team Manager Dan; we will be running through each step of the process so you will know what to expect as part of your adoption story and in this episode Dan talks to us about Initial Visits.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...Extra Time with Adoption Now - Episode 2

In this episode we are taking a look at our brand new campaign with Sarah, a member of our welcome team and our marketing team; I’ll be chatting with Amanda about our recent Adoption Day and also Catrin, one of our social workers here at Adoption Now about the brand new, regional campaign Adoption North West.

And then we’ll finish up the episode with the start of our brand new, monthly feature – getting you ready to adopt. In this series of interviews with our Welcome Team Manager Dan; we will be running through each step of the process that you can expect to form your adoption story. Today we are going right back to the very beginning and talk about Initial enquiry Forms.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...hope for a brighter future


This April we are launching our brand new campaign – hope for a brighter future. This will be a large scale campaign as now more than ever we need adopters to come forward for all our children. The campaign focusses on raising awareness of the positive difference adopters can make to a child’s future. This campaign is going live on the 22th April so keep your eyes out for our adverts when you’re out and about in our local authority areas!


In this latest episode we catch up with Dan & Hayley, who adopted siblings, and find out the positive difference that they have made to the lives of their adopted children. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...Extra Time with Adoption Now - Episode 1

Going forward this podcast is changing with the addition of a new, extra episode each month! In this new episode we are going to be able to bring you more about what’s going on within the agency by going behind the scenes, important dates for your diary, occasional case studies of some of the children that we are finding families for, updates on any campaigns that we are currently running and much more.


In this first episode we take a look back at our recent ‘I Became a Parent when…’ campaign, and we also find out about our roadshows…and much more!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...how choosing to adopt can lead to making big changes in your own lifestyle.

Choosing to adopt is not a decision that is taken likely. We get that. It’s a life changing decision that can often lead to making big changes in your own lifestyle before you take on the responsibility of a child or children. That could be choosing to become a little healthier, gaining more experience in child care or even moving house. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...what is care planning?

If you are new to adoption and new to thinking about whether adopting is right for you and your family, during your research you may or may not have heard the term care planning or family finding. 

For this episode I sat down to chat with 2 members of our Care Planning team to find out how they go about finding a family, some of the challenges that they face and what they look for in adopters for their children

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...I became a parent when...

If you have been out in our local authority regions you may well have seen billboards for our latest campaign  ‘I became a parent when…’  We have launched this campaign to highlight the positives that come with becoming or growing a family through adoption.

For this campaign tie-in episode we put the call out to some of our amazing adopters to find out just when they felt that spark, that time when they felt like they felt that special moment happen. And they answered with some amazing memories!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...there's so much love in our house! LGBTQ+ Adopter Special

Our guests on this episode are Emma & Jo and Rhiannon. Emma & Jo are a young LGBTQ+ couple who have adopted two children and Rhiannon, along with her partner has adopted via the Fostering for adoption route. 


We brought Emma & Jo and Rhiannon together to help us record our latest ad for GAYDIO however, what we ended up with as a bonus is a whole episode for our podcast. You will find out about their adoption story, the support that they felt throughout the adoption process and also some of their most memorable moments so far.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Start YOUR adoption story!

For our first episode of 2024 we wanted to take things right back down to basics and give you the best advice possible for starting your adoption story. There are a lot of myths that still exist around adoption and the adoption process and often a lot of these myths will tie in with your own questions that you want to find the answers too. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - ...preparing for Christmas with our Therapeutic Parenting expert!

At Adoption Now we take great pride in the way we are able to support our families so, with Christmas just on the horizon we thought it would be good to offer some extra support and advice for the holidays. In this episode I sat down to chat with Rita, one of our resident Therapeutic Parenting experts to get some hints & tips around making the most of the festive period and creating the best time possible for children and the wider families.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Keeping Family Groups Together...Adopting Siblings
 

Brothers and sisters, or sibling groups, are often one of the groups of children who often wait the longest for their forever families. These siblings have such a unique, and powerful bond and they have often been through extremely difficult circumstances and in most situations have been the only constant within each other’s lives. So when it comes to our family groups, we always try our best to keep them together and need adopters who can consider adopting siblings. 


We always ask our adopters if they could open their minds and consider whether they could adopt siblings, which we know can seem a little daunting, but rest assured that we have the Adoption Support team to help and support both you and the children.


For our current Do you know our children? campaign I sat down to chat with Andrea, who along with her husband adopted their two boys. We not only find out about their story, but we also talk openly about the challenges that they encountered and the fantastic joys too.
 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Could you adopt an older child? Adoption Now Roadshows!

The overwhelming majority of people who contact our agency and are thinking about adopting do so with the intention of adopting a child that is aged 0 to 2 years old.  However, our latest figures show that 40% of our children that have a Placement Order are in fact 3 years old or older, and with this group of children waiting the longest for their forever families we have more need than ever for adopters to consider whether they could adopt an older child. 

These are still very young children, and due to the nature of their births there will be some developmental delay, meaning that while these older children may present as older they are in fact still very young and need just as much love and attention.


But how do you officially class a child as older? At what age do YOU consider a child to be classed as old?


The team at Adoption Now hit the road at shopping centres in Bolton, Blackburn and Bury to challenge these preconceptions at our recent July Roadshows!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - No one get's adoption like another adopter.... Adoption Now's Mentor Service

Did you know that we are the only Regional Adoption Agency in the North West of England that offers a Mentoring Service to adopters?

It’s an invaluable service that we offer to all of our adopters and is designed to be a safe and supportive space where they can share their experiences with their Mentors who are themselves experienced adopters.

In this episode I sat down to chat with members of our Mentoring service to find out how it all works, when it started and just how much our adopters value the service.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - The breadth of Adoption Support that we offer & You Can Adopt 2023!

Our guest in this episode is our Head of Service Karen Barrick. She tells us about the breadth of Adoption Support that is available here at Adoption Now, we cover the Adoption Support Fund and we also find out about the goals of this years You Can Adopt National Campaign!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - The benefits of Therapeutic Parenting!

In this episode I sat down to chat with one of our adopters who accessed our therapeutic parenting course. We find out how they accessed the course, how they found it and how it helped their family. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Come and join our team!

On the 1st June we are holding our Online Jobs Fair and we are inviting YOU to come and find out what it's like to be part of this amazing team along with finding out about the roles that we currently have vacancies for. In this episode you will get a sneak preview by hearing from some of our team talking about their roles and what they enjoy most about working at Adoption Now. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - We're with you EVERY step of the way!

The beginning of April saw the launch of our ‘We’re with you EVERY step of the way campaign’, in which we focus on the support that we offer here at Adoption Now. In this episode I sit down to chat with Sarah, a member of our Welcome team and who is often the voice that you will hear answering the phone. You will hear that no question is a bad question and that between them, our Welcome Team have probably heard your question many times before. What you can expect is a warm, friendly greeting from someone who is there for you right at the start of your adoption journey!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - DAD POD!

In the longest episode we have ever done we sat round the table with 4 of our adoptive dad's to find out about their experiences of adoption and the adoption process itself!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - "...they are there to help people on their first steps through the adoption process" Online Information Events Special!

Have you been to one of our Online Information Events? When the Covid 19 pandemic started we had to stop hosting our in-person Information Events. However, this enabled us to re-evaluate how we do them and by taking them online we have made it easier than ever for any one who is thinking about adoption to attend from the comfort of your own home! Book YOUR place on one of our events here!

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Could you be part of a Life Story?

One of the ways in which we help our children maintain some form of link to their past is by creating a Life Story book for them. In this episode I sat down to chat with Kerry, a member of the team here at Adoption Now to find out more about Life Story books and the critical role that they play in an adopted childs identity.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Adopted at 6 years old 

The You Can Adopt National Adoption Week campaign this October aim’s to highlight the importance of identity; to recognise the significance of identity for children who are adopted. Our guest in this episode is Nicole; she was adopted at 6 and in this episode she tells us her story and experience of adoption, sharing with us her memories of that time and her life growing up as an adoptee. 

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - 'Involve your children from the start'...adopting whilst already having a birth child.

Our guests are Nicky & Simon, once they were thinking about adopting they sat down with their birth children to discuss what they were thinking, what it could mean for their family and they also gave their children a veto if they weren’t comfortable with the idea of adopting. As we will hear their children were fully behind their parents and as well as this we will be hearing about some of the challenges that were presented to them but we also find out about the joys too.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Growing your family by choosing to adopt

In this episode we are talking with Kathryn who, along with her husband adopted their daughter after having their birth son. We find out about their adoption story and why they chose to adopt.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - 'We've not been treated any differently'... David & Michael's adoption story

In this episode we are talking to David who, along with husband Michael adopted their two boys. We find out about their adoption story, how they came to adopt and also what advice they would give to anyone from the LGBTQ+ community who is thinking about adopting.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Catching up, one year on...

In this very special episode we are catching up with Rav & Phil, who are previous guests on the podcast. It’s been a while since we first spoke to them about adopting siblings so we thought it would be great to catch up with them and to see how they are. It’s fair to say that they have had some ups and downs along the journey since we last spoke however, what is in no doubt is that they are an amazing, strong and loving family unit who are constantly learning from and inspiring each other.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - Still think you can't adopt if you're in a same sex relationship?

Family is family, and at Adoption Now we welcome your enquiry no matter what your sexuality. A common myth that still exists is that you can’t adopt if you are part of the LGBT+ community and in a relationship. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 came into law in December 2005, giving unmarried couples the right to adopt and this included the same rights to adopt for same sex couples.

In this episode we are going to be hearing from not one, not two but 3 of our adopters! Sam, who adopted with his husband Tom, Heather & Emma and Lee. As we always say, no two adoption stories are the same and that is certainly the case with the adopters featured in this episode. But you will be hearing about their adoption journeys and some of the challenges they faced during the adoption process.

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Adopter Stories by Adoption Now - We are with you every step of the way...and beyond!

Across our website and social media we talk a lot about adoption support. The support we provide for our children is our number one priority and we are also passionate about supporting adopters throughout the adoption process and beyond. We are extremely proud to have our own team of specialist, therapeutically trained adoption support workers who are there for you once you have been approved and matched with a child or children. In this episode we are talking to Elaine and Laura, two of our social workers who are on our adoption support team. They are here to talk about what that support actually looks like and how they go about delivering that support.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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 is totally perfect!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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