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We have been privileged to interview several adopters, all have their own personal journey to tell, and we are very grateful to everyone involved. The children's experiences represent the range of siblings, older children and toddlers we have placed with adoptive families over the years. They are settling into their new families and many are making good progress. Their new parents are enjoying family life as well as facing up to the challenges of helping their children develop. Read their real experiences.

“Just be open and honest about your situation and feelings” – Lee and Mark’s Devon Adoption story

From a timing point of view, we initially applied in the February, got approved in the June. And in October our first bundle of joy (and poop) arrived! Continue reading

“We wanted to adopt a baby…” Steve and Sarah’s Devon Adoption story

Thinking back, we went into adoption thinking we wanted a baby, but the turning point for us was seeing that the children who are considered ‘harder to place’ or ‘old for adoption’ are still very young. They are toddlers in pre-school or are only just at primary school – they are not ‘old’ Continue reading

Fostering to adopt – Clare and Andy ‘s Devon Adoption story

Overall, fostering to adopt our daughter has been a real roller coaster but the outcome is definitely worth it. I had shivers down my whole body when I met Evie and she couldn’t be more amazing. We have now completed our family. Continue reading

Fostering to adopt – Rachel and Ben’s Devon adoption story

When we were first approached about the foster to adopt programme, before being approved as adopters, we said no. As time went on, we began to think differently. We tried to put our own feelings aside and think of the benefits of foster to adopt from the child’s point of view, the consistency and stability of having just one home. Continue reading

Fostering to adopt – Louise and Neil’s Devon Adoption story

Louise and Neil from East Devon are adopting through Devon Adoption on the foster to adopt programme. They were nervous about fostering to adopt at first, but Devon Adoption supported them through the whole process. Continue reading

Sarah and Gill’s experience

When Sarah and Gill first came forward to adopt Fergus they were worried about the proposed contact with the birth family, but on meeting Fergus’ birth parents, who have moderate learning disabilities, they realised that, over time, contact with them would be good for Fergus… Continue reading

Paul and David’s experience

Paul and his partner David adopted a sibling group of two boys in 2006. During National Adoption Week 2005, they read a story about a male same-sex unmarried couple who had adopted. This made them start thinking seriously about adoption… Continue reading

Believe in the children – Hannah and Mike’s Devon adoption story

You need to be positive as well as realistic. Believe in the children, the importance of family, laughter, and the shining light which is your child or children. Continue reading

Devon adopter, Martin, on BBC1 Spotlight

Devon adopter, Martin, and two Torbay adopters feature on BBC1 Spotlight to highlight National Adoption Week 2014. Continue reading

People like you adopt – Devon adopter, Martin, is proof…

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have a job or be under 40 to adopt a child. Martin adds: “People might think, “How did a guy in a wheelchair get to adopt a child?” I am proof that anyone can adopt, and I believe that my attitude and my desire to have our own child are bigger than my disability.” Continue reading

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Our Devon Adoption Videos

People like you adopt – Devon adopter, Martin, is proof…


Devon adopters Tracey and Richard have how many children?


Forever Dad – single male Devon Adopter’s story


BAAF have also produced and collaborated on a number of video resources that feature on their YouTube channel: