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Saturday 6 January 2018

Five makes a forever family for Marie and Neil

New year, new start? Adopt a sibling group of two or more and complete your family in 2018 with Adoption Counts – the new regional adoption agency for Manchester, Stockport, Salford, Trafford and Cheshire East.

Marie and Neil adopted their three children – a two year old girl and her two brothers aged four and five in 2009. They are now blossoming as 14, 12 and 11 year olds.

“Neil and I wanted to adopt siblings from the start, as we wanted a ready-made family. We also wanted our children to have each other. My brother was adopted and he and I are very close, so it was important for me to see that special bond with my own children” says Marie.

“We were a little nervous at first, but were reassured by our brilliant social worker on how long the process would take. She was very clear about what would happen at each stage and beyond. We were also very impressed that they put us in touch with other adopters who had adopted siblings, so we had a ‘buddy’ to lean on. When we were finally matched with our children we felt elated, relieved and scared all at the same time!

Family life has its ups and downs but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our children are now older and becoming more independent, but we always try and find time to spend together as a family, such as watching our favourite films, ticking off places we’ve been on our family map and enjoying family meals. We enjoy going to our local climbing wall, although I’ll leave the actual climbing to the kids!

We always do something special on the anniversary of when they were placed with us, like a day out or weekend away. It’s the little things that make me smile and feel so proud to have adopted a sibling group that are growing up to be amazing individuals.

My advice to anyone considering adopting is don’t sit and wait, talk to someone about it and the support you have from Adoption Counts is invaluable. You never feel you’re alone”.

Adoption Counts is the second regional adoption agency to be established in the UK. This incorporates local authority adoption services for Stockport, Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport and Cheshire East as a new integrated service.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming adopters in and around Stockport, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Cheshire East should contact Adoption Counts on 0300 123 2676 or visit

Names have been changed.

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