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Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Adopting a child: your health and wellbeing

Your decision to adopt may be affected or influenced by your medical history, including any attempts to start a family. Any adoption agency will take into account your health and needs when it considers whether you are suitable to be approved as an adoptive parent.…

'We adopted after IVF'

After unsuccessfully attempting IVF, Andrew McDougall and his wife adopted their two-year-old son in January 2013. Here Andrew describes their adoption journey to date and shares his tips for other new adopters. "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…

Sally's story: post-adoption support for our children

Sally Donovan opens up about the health issues experienced by her two adopted children and the support they receive. Sally and Rob Donovan decided they wanted to start a family in their early thirties. But after years of trying, they were told that they couldn't conceive naturally,…

LGBT paths to parenthood

The number of LGBT people becoming parents, or thinking about becoming parents, is increasing. If you're thinking about having children, here's an overview of the various routes to parenthood available to you. This page covers: donor insemination co-parenting adoption surrogacy trans and non-binary parents Donor…

Posture tips for laptop users

Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems. The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to…

Cancer and fertility

Cancer, and some cancer treatments, can affect your reproductive health. It could be worth considering ways of preserving your fertility before starting your treatment. When you're told you have cancer, your ability to have children (your fertility) may be the furthest thing from your mind.…

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) helps your child achieve 5 A Day. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet. It's recommended that children - like adults - eat at…