Steve and Shane's adoption experience

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

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 Richard*.

The loving, adoptive parents cannot imagine life without their son.

Steve said, “It’s a wonderful feeling being called daddy, I love him so much.”

*child’s name has been changed to protect identity.

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