Catherine’s adoption journey first began when she applied to be an adoptive parent with another agency. However, she soon realised that the agency had a 'strong bias' against single people hoping to adopt. Shortly after, Catherine approached Barnardo’s and found the fit to be more natural, and soon became an approved adoptive parent.

She says 'Barnardo’s support has been great and I have regular contact with my social worker. I was prepared for the challenges, but the fact that you can have so much fun with a young child almost took me by surprise… He is so much my son!' 

Whether you are single or part of a couple, we will support you every step of the way, both during the adoption process and in the years beyond.