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Adoptive families at Christmas

Lewis and Ellie's story

Lewis and Ellie, struggle in the build-up to Christmas but thanks to Adoption UK's support, their parents Sarah and Andrew feel more confident about coping with Christmas this year...

Lily and Megan's story

Although the girls have never spoken of their experiences of Christmas in their birth family, Mum Regina recalls how the lead up to Christmas and the celebrations have always been tricky for the girls – especially in the early years of placement...

Tommy's story

Like many adopted children who have experienced abuse and neglect, Tommy viewed the world and everyone in it as dangerous and unsafe...

Wendy and Mark's story

Thanks to Adoption UK's support this year, adoptive parent Wendy feels she and her son Mark can spend Christmas their way, rather than trying to meet other people's expectations...

Charlotte’s story 

Adoptive parent Charlotte says last Christmas Day was probably their family’s best after her youngest son ate his lunch with everyone for the first time in eight years...

Helen's story

Adoptive parent Helen recalls how the behaviour and anxiety of her two daughters leading up to and during Christmas “tells a story of unmanageable tension and sadness”...

Bethany and Claire's story

Because of her birth mother's considerable alcohol consumption during pregnancy, Bethany was born with a life-long condition known as Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)...

Scott's story

Adoptive parent Scott concedes that Christmas is his least favourite time of year – but he’s now hopeful of navigating his family through the festive break by lowering his sons’ expectations...

Polly's story

Polly will be spending Christmas with her adoptive parents but she will also be exchanging festive cards and gifts with other members of her birth family...

Clare's story

Clare gets emotional as she recalls how her then newly adopted son told her that Father Christmas never visits him or his sister...

Alison's story

Adoptive parent Alison is "immeasurably proud" of her adopted daughter who is taking part in an ice show this Christmas - but not for the same reasons as the other skater's parents...

Rosie's Story

Adoptive parent Rosie spent her first Christmas together with her daughter Megan, as a “real family”, last year...

 

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