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Rosina

Rosina

My husband and I tried to have a baby through IVF but sadly it didn’t work. We spent a lot of time looking after our nephew and niece and knew that we could love someone else’s children. We decided to go for adoption and went through t... Read more...

ITV feature with Belinda and Andrew and single mum Holly

ITV feature with Belinda and Andrew and single mum Holly

Most people who are considering adoption as a way of becoming a parent say they would prefer to adopt a baby, meaning that older children, who are desperately hoping for a parent to come forward, can be overlooked. Devon adopters, Belinda and And... Read more...

Rosina and Andra on Hiblio TV

Rosina and Andra on Hiblio TV

Watch adopter, Rosina, and Adopt South West's Andra talk about the process for adopting a child who needs a permanent family home. View video...

Steve and Sarah

Steve and Sarah

“We wanted to adopt a baby…” Steve and Sarah's Devon Adoption story After trying IVF twice, adoption was the next obvious step for Sarah, 42, and her partner Steve, 47, rather than feeling like "the last resort". ... Read more...

Martin and Craig and Sarah on BBC1 Spotlight

Martin and Craig and Sarah on BBC1 Spotlight

Interview for National Adoption Week, with Devon adopter Martin, and Torbay adopters Craig and Sarah Aired on Monday 3 November 2014. View video...

Hannah and Mike

Hannah and Mike

Hannah and Mike live in Exeter and always hoped that they could adopt siblings as they feel strongly about childhood and siblings. They adopted their daughter at 13 months old and her brother five months later when he was four months old. Hannah ... Read more...

Martin - on adopting an older child

Martin - on adopting an older child

IVF was unsuccessful for Martin and Sue, and they decided to adopt. At the age of 22, Martin was involved in an accident which immediately paralysed him from his shoulders down. He had already been with Sue for five years, and they wanted children... Read more...

Tracey and Richard

Tracey and Richard

Dairy farmers and adopters of four siblings, Tracey and Richard, share their adoption story. "Don’t think it’ll be a walk in park and don’t think it’ll necessarily be easy... We got all the gain without the pain, they’re our children but they arrived differently. That’s the way we look at it anyway." View video...

Belinda and Andrew

Belinda and Andrew

We started trying to have children when we were older and it just didn’t happen. Andrew suggested adoption but to begin with I wasn’t very keen.  We went to an initial Devon County Council meeting which encouraged us to adopt. We... Read more...

Jenny and Richard

Jenny and Richard

I consider Richard and I to be a normal couple, there is nothing particularly special about us. We tried to have a family, we did IVF for a number of years and it didn’t work. We thought that adoption might be a solution but were aware of th... Read more...

Rachel and Sarah

Rachel and Sarah

Sarah and I have been together for 12 years and two and a half years ago we had a civil partnership. We talked about having children and Sarah was keen to have our own by using artificial insemination. However I just didn’t feel that it was ... Read more...

Martin

Martin

“People might think, “How did a guy in a wheelchair get to adopt a child?” I am proof that anyone can adopt, and I believe that my attitude and my desire to have our own child are bigger than my disability." View video...

Forever Dad

Forever Dad

"I’m a single man, and adopting Alex has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my life. It has also been by far the most challenging. Learning to manage Alex’s controlling behaviour; supporting him through regular toddler-like tantrums; helping him deal with the demands of school to be an 11-year-old boy." View video...

Lilly - Single full time working Mum

Lilly - Single full time working Mum

Growing up in a family of 8 siblings was competitive and exciting. I always knew that I wanted a child but as a single person in full time employment, I had no idea how to go about it. I wasn’t even sure if  adoption might even be a pos... Read more...

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