ROB and Sam Langley-Swain had always wanted to be parents.
After ten years together, the Warwick couple decided to begin their adoption process for not one, but two children, in January 2013.
And the following year, their family was complete – with the couple welcoming a seven-year-old and a four-year-old to their home.
For National Adoption Week, which runs until tomorrow, Rob has opened up to share the highs and lows of the adoption process, advising others who might be considering the same route.
“It is much harder to find adopters who are willing to adopt siblings as opposed to one child, and we knew we wanted to help keep a sibling group together,” Rob explains.
“We did have initial match in December 2013 but it fell through the following February. We had photos of the children and had even decorated their rooms.
“It was heart-breaking and we were ready to give up and walk away.”
The couple decided to attend an adoption activity day on Sam’s 30th birthday in March 2014, where adopters can meet children in need of adoption with a view to a match.
It was there that they eventually found their children.
By July their family was complete, and after an initial two weeks of visiting the children at their foster home, Rob remembers their early days together.
“I remember feeling very conscious of every action I made when welcoming them into our home for the first time,” he recalls. You’re welcoming kids that have already had negative experiences in their