Local 11-year-old Lillybelle has written a book about being adopted, called In My Own Words on Amazon: https://amzn.eu/d/dcpiY38
Here’s her story…
“I’ve written a book, just to explain how it feels to be adopted. I would say it’s about my life about how I felt during adoption.
“It felt at first nervous, but it gets better as time goes on. I think it’s important for other people, like adopted to children, to read my book because then they won’t be too scared about going to a new family – they’ll feel a bit nervous and just a little bit scared of course, because everyone does. But there’s no need to worry, because you’re with a happy safe home and family.
“My favourite part is near the end where it says “life gets good” because it actually does. Adoption is great because you get to have a bigger family and you get more love, and you get more care for yourself, and you get to live a happy great life. I just enjoy my new family.”
Step into the mind of 11-year-old Lillybelle as she reflects back on her adoption journey.
We hope that her story will bring comfort to children on their own journey. There is a strength of hearing children and young people’s voices.
At Adopt South West we fully support adopted people’s reflections on their relationships from before, during, and after they were adopted, connecting them to their heritage to help them develop a sense of their identity as they grow up. Nationally, we want to challenge perceptions of modern adoption and show how important it can be for adopted people to be able to understand and feel connected to their past.
We wish Lillybelle huge success with her book and hope it will support and enable families, friends, professionals, classrooms and communities to discuss fostering and adoption in an open and informed way.