Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Giving Kids a Better Life

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Giving Kids a Better Life

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EMMA and Angela Bunn-Close, both 38, adopted their fiveyear-old son, Tom, almost three years ago through Salford council.

Having a child through sperm donation was not an option for the couple so they opted for adoption.

They say they were fortunate to have been approved for a child so quickly and have never looked back.

Their advice to anyone thinking of adopting is to speak to other parents in a similar situation.

Their son's name has been changed for legal reasons. Emma, a children's nurse, said: "We were lucky really because it all happened quite quickly. We talked to a lot of people before we started the process. We spoke to another lesbian couple and lots of other parents through the New Family Social group.

"It was actually quite therapeutic because Angela had quite a tough time coming out to her family, and to talk about that actually helped us both.

"We had a lot of support from people from the start. Manchester has a strong LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community and is very accepting of lesbian and gay parents.

"Angela and I can walk round the Trafford Centre with Tom and no- one bats an eyelid.

"Our advice to other people trying to adopt would be to talk to other people in the same situation as you and remember that you're not alone.

"The north west branch of New Family Social were brilliant to us in terms of advice. They supported us through the whole process and most other parents were more than happy to share their experiences." Angela, a special needs teacher, said: "The process itself was quite easy for us. We were very lucky. Some people have to wait 18 months to two years before they are actually approved to adopt a child.

"We submitted our papers in August and the following April we were approved for Tom, and by July we had him.

"It was quite a nice road for us and our social worker was brilliant. She made it very easy.

"When we started going through the process we said we didn't mind whether the child had additional needs.

"I think it was perhaps because of our jobs that our social worker considered us for Tom, because there was a chance he would have special needs.

"And we were fine with that. …

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