After enduring the heartbreak of failed IVF treatment, which nearly ended in tragedy, Mike and Lesley Butcher’s dreams of parenthood were transformed when they picked up a flyer from a local adoption agency. Here Mike describes the joy of becoming a family at last.
There are days of your life you will never forget. I may have had more than my fair share already, but 2 September 2009 is out in front for me now. That was the day we met our son.
Following the decision to place him with us, there was all the usual red tape to deal with: meetings with the medical adviser and his foster carers; a placement planning meeting; more forms to fill in for the Panel that would be asked to recommend the match; and of course attending the Panel itself.
It all took time, but everything went without a hitch. After the Matching Panel, we agreed the final...