I’m a primary school teacher and have taught a few children who have had horrendous home experiences and some who have been in care and always thought it would be nice to have children and give them a good home.
Our borough council placed advertisements on bus stops saying they were looking for gay and lesbian adoptive parents. They were obviously quite keen to attract gay couples and had children who needed parents.
It took about three years in total with an 18-month gap between approval and the children being placed. We had a really decent social worker. Although the process was slow, she stayed with our case the whole way through. Often they change jobs or move away, so it can be difficult.
We had some very probing and testing questions in the home study about our relationship, sex life and previous partners. They also asked how much we drink. Sometimes, it was more like a therapy session.
The boys we eventually adopted were...