Fran and Claire’s adoption experience

Friends Fran and Claire discuss their experiences of adopting disabled children through Barnardo’s. For several years, they have actively been involved in teaching, youth work and respite care.

"We have done emergency care for a longer period of time. But at the end you always have to hand the children back and we just wanted to give a bit more.” said Claire.

As caring women, they realised that they wanted children of their own. Barnardo’s helped Fran and Claire to become adopters.  

"It was a two way street with Barnardo’s, a working partnership. We got to know the social workers like friends in the end. We can’t imagine ever being without the boys” said Fran.  

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