John and Anna’s adoption experience

Read why married couple John, 44 and Anna, 43 from Edinburgh adopted their daughter with Barnardo’s.

“The assessment process was a necessary but emotional journey. Our social worker now knows more about us than our mothers do! However it was all done with respect and kindness and we feel that our relationship as a couple, and now a family, is stronger having gone through the process.

After our daughter came to live with us we were visited weekly by our adoption support team who gave us guidance on how to understand behaviours and encourage attachment.

Barnardo’s have proved to be the best partner in our adoption process. Their experience, compassion and understanding of the needs of children in care meant as adopters we were under no illusions as to what adoption meant for us and our future child.” - John.

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