Isabelle adopted her son Nathanial, who is Ugandan, ten years ago. Three years ago she adopted her daughter, MG, who was just three months old.  

She is hoping her experience will encourage more members of the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community to consider adoption.

Isabelle is of Sri Lankan heritage, while Nathanial, now 13, is black; and MG, now three, is of mixed race heritage.

But inter racial adoption is nothing new to Isabelle, who was adopted herself by white British parents when she was three months old.

Isabelle, aged 36, said: “I had a very positive experience of being adopted that made me want to adopt too.

“I’d be lying if I said adopting trans racially made no difference at all, but it certainly doesn’t make a massive difference. There are a few issues but that’s no different to any other adoptive person.

“My view is that you need to be mindful of colour, so if a child is old enough to give their opinion then that should be considered but a loving family should override everything else because the longer a child stays in care, the harder it is for them to adjust.”

Children from black and minority ethnic communities wait longer to be placed for adoption because of a shortage of prospective adopters from ethnic minority backgrounds. Some, unfortunately, will never find a family. 

Isabelle, who is a single adopter, would “absolutely encourage” members of the BAME community to adopt.

She said: “I was welcomed with open arms when I approached my local authority.

“I don’t have an amazingly well-paid job and I don’t own my own home. But what I do have is a good support network and a loving home.

“My dad helps me out as he lives locally and I go to church so the church family is also on hand, as are work colleagues. People have loved and accepted my children from the minute they came into my life.”

Nathanial as doing “amazingly well” – he’s just received a scholarship to attend a local grammar school. And MG has met all of her developmental milestones, despite health experts predicting that she may never walk due to Global Developmental Delay.

Isabelle added: “Adoption can be hard, no doubt about it, but it’s so, so rewarding.”