Adoption UK - 50th Anniversary

Adoption UK 50 Years logoAdoption UK is 50! 

50 is a big milestone, and an opportunity to pause, reflect and plan for the futureFor 50 years we have supported, advocated, championed and been there for adoptive families around the UK.

Today our cause is as clear and compelling as ever; to secure the right support at the right time for the children at the heart of every adoptive and kinship care family.  

For Adoption UK, this all began in 1971, when Elvis Presley and The Jackson 5 were in the charts, a gallon of petrol was 33p and two adopters starting running a voluntary organisation from their homes, for adopted children with special needsAdoption has changed a lot since then, and so have we. 

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GarethGareth is an author and stay-at-home dad, living in Nottingham with his partner, two huskies and their two adopted children. He is originally from a small village in Northamptonshire, where he once ran his own theatre school. Gareth, and illustrator Garry Parsons, are the creators of My Daddies! a picture book about two book-loving dads and their adopted child.

Every single day I am thankful I got the chance to become a dad. It was something I’d dreamed about since I was fourteen. Like any family, we have our ups and downs, but each day is special and unique… just like our beautiful boys.

My partner and I have been together for 17 years and we’d always talked about extending our family. We grew up in the 90s and didn’t learn about diverse families at school. We felt adoption was the right course for us, and after 18 months of assessments and matching, our son moved in. It was over five years ago… but seems like yesterday. Two years later we adopted again.

I am proud that my boys are growing into amazing young men. They are full of energy, happy, creative and love books… which is obviously very important to me. They change and grow every single day and it’s fun to see them learning new things… and we do too.

For us, adoption is so rewarding. All of the challenges are worth it when you get called Daddy for the first time or they run to hug you when they’re sad. I am proud of my family and I’ll always be forever thankful to those that fought for same-sex rights.

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