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Adoption undone

| Karen Carr

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the true story of an adoption and an adoption breakdown, bravely told by the adoptive mother. From the final court hearing, when Lucy returned to local authority care, Karen Carr looks back over the four years that Lucy was with them and, without apportioning blame, describes what went wrong and why.

An adoption diary

| Maria James

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the true story of an adoption – a story that follows Maria’s and Rob’s adoption of a two-year-old child. Told by Maria, this moving memoir follows the joyful highs and heartbreaking lows of the journey that led them to their new adopted son.

As if I was a real boy

| Gordon and Jeannie Mackenzie

When Jeannie adopted Gordon, their new family would not be without its problems. Gordon was 10 years old, and had been living in a psychiatric hospital for three years, with undiagnosed mental health issues. Jeannie was adopting as a single parent, with all the challenges this can bring. In this moving account, published as part of the Our Story series, mother and son look back on how the adoption came to be, and how both their lives were changed for the better.

Becoming dads

| Pablo Fernández

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the story of Pablo and Mike, and their journey to becoming adopters. Set against a contemporary background of diverse perceptions - both encouraging as well as hostile - as to whether gay men should adopt, Pablo’s diarised narrative tracks this journey, from early challenges through to the positive affirmations they receive.

Dale's tale

| Helen Jayne

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the story of Helen, a foster carer, and her family, and what happened when Dale joined their family as a foster child. But what was planned as a short-term foster placement soon became longer than expected, and inevitably the family grew attached to Dale, and he to them.

Flying solo

| Julia Wise

Published as part of the Our Story series, Flying Solo tells Julia Wise’s story of adopting on her own. In this personal story, Julia offers a realistic look at the joys and pitfalls of being a singe adoptive parent and the impact of her decision on herself, her family and close friends.

Frozen

| Mike Butcher

What happens when IVF goes wrong? Published as part of the Our Story series, in Frozen Mike Butcher recounts his, and his wife Lesley’s, experience of undergoing IVF treatment. But when Lesley suffers a near-fatal reaction to the treatment, the couple’s lives and plans for a family are thrown into turmoil. After an escalating series of setbacks and heartache, Mike and Lesley are almost resigned to giving up their dreams of parenthood – until they pick up a flyer from a local adoption agency.

Holding on and hanging in

| Lorna Miles

This compelling story, published as part of the Our Story series, tracks Wayne’s journey from first being fostered by Lorna at the age of nine, in a therapeutic fostering placement, through nearly four years of family life. Wayne is traumatised by his early experiences of neglect and domestic abuse. Even when surrounded by a team of experienced foster carers, counsellors and therapists, helping him grow and heal will be a long and difficult process. But Lorna and her family are determined not to give up hope…

In black and white

| Nathalie Seymour

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the true story of the adoption of Danny and Rita. Spanning three decades, the story tells how Tom and Nathalie, a white couple, adopted the two children of a young black woman with a serious mental illness. Rita settles in with her new family, while Danny isn’t sure. It follows the children as they get to know their birth father’s family and in time make their dramatic decision, one by one, to leave their adoptive home. But this is not the end of the story…

Is it true you have two mums?

| Ruby Clay

Published as part of the Our Story series, this is the heart-warming story of Ruby and Gail and their belief in their potential to adopt. The story charts their journey to becoming parents to their three daughters and offers a glimpse of their family life over these extraordinary years, as their family grows together.