After 20 years together, Steve and Shane decided it was the right time to provide a loving, stable and happy life for a child.

Two men standing next to each other

Steve had always wanted to be a dad. He dreamed of taking his son to watch his favourite football team play on a Saturday.

The couple considered surrogacy at first, but decided they wanted to improve the life of a child who hadn’t had the best start.

Barnardo’s was recommended to them by a friend. Once approved, they were soon matched with their four-year-old son. The loving, adoptive parents can't imagine life without their him.

Steve says 'It’s a wonderful feeling being called Daddy, I love him so much.'