After 12 years together, Marilyn, then aged 62, and Rochdi, 39, adopted two Muslim siblings through Barnardo's. 

The couple had initially approached other agencies, but were unsuccessful. Marilyn feels this was because of her age and the fact that she and her husband had decided late in life that they wanted children.

Before the children were adopted, they had been in foster care for more than three years and were about to be placed in separate foster homes.

'The thought of them being split up sends shivers down my spine!' says Marilyn.

Rochdi tells us that he was adopted as a child, which helps him to understand his children's experience, and make sure they can achieve their full potential.

Since being adopted, the children’s school grades have significantly improved. They both enjoy an active social life with a wide circle of friends, attending after school clubs, including football and drama. Above all, they are part of a happy, loving family.