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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

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