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Adopting a sibling group of three

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Adopting a sibling group of three

My husband and I adopted a sibling group of three children five years ago. Our children are now nine, 10 and 12 years old. They all have varying degrees of attachment difficulties.

We decided to adopt due to infertility and started the adoption process seven years ago. The process took three years and even though long was not too difficult.

The main challenge we've experienced is delivering therapeutic parenting to traumatised children.

We've also encountered great changes in relationships particularly friendships.

All our previous friends have disappeared since our children were placed. We have made many new friends as a result but it's taken a while to accept that things have changed with people we've known for many years.

We used the Adoption UK buddy scheme early on in our adoption process. We have attended support groups consistently over the last seven years and I now run one of the groups.

I feel very positive about adoption. Even though it is not easy by any means I would not want it any other way now.

I am passionate about getting a positive message of hope across to other adopters. There are so many of us who are families in need, and unfortunately some families are in crisis due to the lack of post adoption support.