Adoption experience of same-sex couple by Steve and Shane

Feb 27, 2015, 11:42 AM

“It just felt right, as soon as we walked in, Barnardo’s welcomed us as an LGBT couple” said Steve.

Steve and Shane decided it was the right time to provide a loving, stable and happy life for a child – becoming adoptive parents after 20 years together. Steve had always wanted to be a dad, he dreamed of taking his son to watch his favourite football team play on a Saturday. At first, the couple considered surrogacy but decided it would be better to improve the life of a child who hadn’t had the best start to life. Barnardo’s was recommended to them by a friend. Once approved, they were soon matched with their four year old son Richard*. The adoptive parents cannot imagine their lives without their son. Steve said “It’s a wonderful feeling being called daddy, I love him so much”.

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