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National Adoption Week 15-21 October

Published: 27 September 2018

Becoming a family

It's National Adoption Week from 15 – 21 October so to celebrate Surrey Matters talked to Sarah*, a 47 year old nursery nurse about her family's adoption story.

"Mike* and I met in 2012 and married two years later. We'd both been in previous relationships. We'd spoken about having a family quite early in our relationship. Mike already had an 11 year old son and he really wanted him to have a brother or sister. But unfortunately, I was unable to have a child of my own, so our thoughts turned to adoption.

As soon as we knew that we wanted to adopt, we contacted Surrey County Council who suggested that we adopt an older child aged three and upwards. We didn't need much convincing as we knew that some older children were being overlooked and staying in the system for too long. We also felt we had the right life skills to cope with an older child.

After going through the process supported and guided by our social worker, we were finally approved to adopt a child in September 2016. Three months later we were matched with four year old Sophie*.

Nearly two years on and Sophie is a happy little girl, making friends and thriving at school. She has a sensory disorder but goes to a fantastic mainstream school with a very therapeutic approach, which has really helped her settle. Naturally she has some tricky moments but now she's really settled and enjoys lots of singing, dancing, gymnastics, swimming, trampolining and pretty much anything to do with animals!

Working with Surrey County Council has been really good. They are always there when we need them, whether that's a phone call, email or visit. They organise great adoption fun days for families and toddler groups too, which gives us the opportunity to meet other families who have adopted.

I hope our story inspires people to consider adopting. Just pick up the phone and chat to the council, it really could change yours and a child's life."

If Sarah and Mike's story has inspired you to consider adoption, you can call the Surrey County Council adoption team on 0800 096 9626, text 07527 182 861 or visit the adoption website.

*Names changed to protect identity/identities

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