Claire's experience of adoption with Barnardo's

“The preparation course was emotional, informative and worth every minute. In terms of content and tasks undertaken, I felt it was a fantastic insight into what might be ahead - challenges and possibilities.

The best bit however – the people. From the Barnardo’s staff to other possible mummy’s and daddy’s, we instantly had a connection. Within minutes we were speaking to each other about things perhaps we had found tricky to discuss with family members and friends. Even though I had had the best support in the world, these strangers knew exactly where I was coming from.

I am not going to lie, the assessment process was tough. There were many highs and lows. This was probably one of the deepest looks at my life and the lives of those around me, I had ever undertaken. However, I was matched with a really super social worker; she guided me and supported me in the right direction."

Your decision to adopt has the potential to change a child's life and yours.