Becoming a parent: Planning to adopt

Adoption can be an uncertain process, writes Daniel Hugill. But the one thing you can be sure of is your rights

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Uncertainty is an emotion that potential adopters have to get used to very quickly. And it isn’t just those adopting who become familiar with uncertainty; their family, friends, and employers will, too.

In my case, my school colleagues joined in our excitement and trepidation at a very early stage. I had planned to get my own head around the process first and tell folk at school at a much later date. This was not to be.

On meeting our social worker for the first time, she suggested that my partner and I go on an adoption preparation course the following week (social workers are subject to ...

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