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Rachel

I felt that I was at a point in my life where I could provide a child with the love, care, nurture and stability they required.

I had always envisaged becoming a mum. Sadly, I had never been in a relationship which I felt might lead to settling down and starting a family. As I reached my 39th birthday I acknowledged that my desire to become a parent had grown and I suppose I started to consider adoption more seriously.

I knew becoming a single parent would be challenging but this did not deter me and I was reassured by the response I received from Lancashire’s Adoption Service, who welcomed my enquiry. I suppose I worried how they would perceive my enquiry being a single childless woman but the social worker I spoke to was helpful, encouraging and reassured me.

On the training course I was surprised that I was not the only single applicant and I have maintained contact with another single adopter and we have been a great support to each other since.

I am now mum to a little boy aged 4. He was placed with me 10 months ago. I can’t deny that it is hard work initially – sleepless nights, temper tantrums and adjusting to living with a little person, but being his mummy makes it all worthwhile.

Children and families depicted in these stories are not real children or adopters but are developed using the experiences of staff working on adoption to demonstrate real situations.

Thank you to Lancashire County Council for providing us with this case study from their website: lancashire.gov.uk/adoption