When Stephen & Derek met Peter

When Stephen & Derek met Peter

Our Adoption Journey – a 100 Voices story.

We started out adoption journey back in 2018 when we attended an LGBTQ+ event ran by Scottish Adoption. We had always wanted kids and now we were married and had made a home together, we felt the time was right.

On our first initial meeting with Scottish Adoption we met Julie and we had to describe ourselves and our lives. We told Julie we hoped to adopt a boy aged between 2 to 5 years. With all that information Julie processed our application and before we knew it we were heading to our first preparation group in July 2019. After preparation group we were allocated, and met regularly with, our adoption worker Morven who conducted our home study. Whilst it was quite an intense process we found that Morven always made us feel at ease and took us through the home study without incident.

At the beginning of 2020 we had our Adoption Approval Panel and we were unanimously approved for one boy aged between 2 and 5 years old. Shortly after we were approved Morven got in touch saying she had the perfect child for us! After looking at his profile we agreed that he was perfect. We did have some reservations about not wanting to put all of our eggs in one basket so we did look at other profiles. But our hearts were set on that perfect 5-year-old boy and that boy was Peter.

Soon after, we met with Peter’s social workers and started the process of getting us to matching panel. We were officially matched with Peter on 28 April 2020 and started introductions in June 2020. Due to Covid, introductions were quite brief, just 4 days before we welcomed Peter home. Covid was a blessing in some respect as it meant we could funnel properly as it was just the three of us at home for a few weeks. Peter was officially adopted when the Adoption Order was granted in February 2021.

Peter is the best son we could hope for! There has been difficult times which has put strain on us as a couple and as individuals but with support from Scottish Adoption and our families we have pulled through and would not trade the last 3 years for anything!

Peter is a bright boy who gets on with anyone, he loves to bake, play Minecraft and read ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. We have been on lots of day trips as a family, as well as holidays to Centre Parcs, London & Disneyland Paris. Peter now has a dog called Max who is a Mini Dachshund.

Thank you Scottish Adoption!