Jessica, Millie, Alice, Jan and Peter
Jessica (6), Millie (4) and Alice (2) were fostered for twelve months before it became clear that the plan to return them with their parents would not be successful. At that point their foster carers Jan and Peter came forward to adopt them.
“We had been looking after the children for a year. We knew that they had become very settled with us and we had grown to love them very much. We thought that we would be ruled out as being too old to adopt them but our request was treated very seriously and gained support quickly”.
“We got on fine with their Mum Sarah when we met her at contact. We could see that she was struggling but did want what was best for her children. When the court agreed with the plan for the children to be adopted Sarah was in favour of us going through the approval process to adopt them.”
“The children are fantastic. They keep us very busy but we already knew the children’s different needs, fears, vulnerabilities and their strengths. We are running around after them pretty much non stop but we laugh a lot and wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Jessica tells us:
“It is nice living with Jan and Peter as they look after us and take care of us. They take me and Millie to school every day and help me with my reading.They look after Alice good and let me help as she likes me to.”
Sarah (birth mum's view)
“I won’t lie, it was horrendous when I realised that the children would never be returning to live with me. But now, it sounds strange but there is almost a sense of relief to know that if my children can’t be with me at least they will have each other. I met Jan and Peter before we knew they would be adopting them. They seemed like good people and didn’t seem to judge me.”
“I get an update and photos once a year. I can send letters and let them know how I am. I will never forget them and want them to know that. When I hear the girls are doing well, it does help. I do appreciate what Jan and Peter are doing for the girls. Giving them a good life together.”