Photo by Lili Gooch 

How and when does your child/children wake you in the morning
Daughter shouts “mum, mummy, MUM, MUUUUUMMMMYYYYY”. Son babbles to himself or cries if his babbles aren’t responded to in time.

Why adoption?
We had a still born baby girl following IVF and wanted to do something worthwhile instead. Also my husband is adopted.

Mainly we wanted a family.

From start of assessment to bringing your child home how long did the process take?
16 months

How could it be improved?
We started the new short assessment but due to lack of resources it still took nearly a year to be approved despite us being described as straight forward adopters.

What has been the biggest surprise?
How much I’m enjoying it. And how supportive others have been.

How was the assessment process?
Good, interesting and reassuring.

What’s your favourite thing to do together?
Outdoor play in a park.

What makes you and your family laugh?
Playing together. Tickling and rolling around cuddling.

The best thing about being a parent?
Rewards of seeing how the children have progressed. Meeting new people.

The hardest thing about being a parent?
Frustration that we do everything we can to make them happy and they don’t understand that and have tantrums.

The piece of wisdom you would pass on to a child?
Just to let them be. For them to be honest in asking for what they want.

What time do you go to bed?
10.45 – 11.00 but it’s too late and we are always tired.

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