Adopters Ruth, 55, and Peter, 54 who both live in the Cheshire area, are delighted their children have chosen this amazing challenge to support the charity and adoption agency they adopted their children through and whom Ruth now works for as an Adoption Social Worker.
Here Ruth shares their adoption story:
“My husband, Peter and I adopted a sibling group of three children, Shelly, Scott and Ella, 18 years ago. We had come to adoption through not being able to have birth children and had always wanted a large family. It therefore made sense for us to adopt a sibling group. Seeing the family likeness between them then, and as they have grown up, has been a joy. Sibling groups are so often split up because finding families for them is hard and this would have been the case for our three children had we not adopted them. Our eldest daughter was just 3 years old and the twins were 19 months when they were placed with us.
Our friends laughed at us when we said we were planning to adopt three children at once and we soon found out why when they arrived! Becoming parents overnight was a shock; it was very intense and fairly overwhelming for the first few months.
We had a lot of support through Adoption Matters, both at the time and since, through the Centre For Adoption Support. Once the children were in school and life had settled down I trained as a social worker, working first in child protection before becoming an adoption social worker.
I have worked for Adoption Matters since 2014 and I have found it so rewarding being able to use my personal experience as an adopter when training and assessing adopters now.
As a family we have always been members of a local church and through the church we have been massively supported. Adoption Matters works in partnership with Home for Good, a Christian charity, and through them and the wider church we have been able to help and support many families considering adoption and those that are sometimes struggling with the reality of parenting traumatised children.
Shelly, Scott and Ella have now chosen to do a tandem skydive as they all love a challenge, particularly where there is an adrenalin rush! They have always known about being adopted – we have a family birthday every year to celebrate the day they moved in and we became a family. They also know all about their birth history and background and why they were adopted. This has given them the desire to want to do something for Adoption Matters who brought us together”.
Shelly, Scott & Ella commented:
“We are really excited to do this skydive jump as a way of giving back to Adoption Matters for all the work they have done in getting us to where we are in our lives today, and for the work that they will continue to do for the years to come for other families across the country”.
To donate to Shelly, Scott and Ella’s fundraising skydive on 11 May 2019, click: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Threefallers
Pictured: Shelly, Scott and Ella along with team members from the Ice Cream Farm who are also taking part in the challenge.
Adoption Matters are always looking for adopters who can adopt siblings. With over 50% of the 2,150 children currently waiting for a family in the UK being part of a sibling group, the demand for adopters is very high. If you feel you could offer a child or siblings a home, please visit: www.adoptionmatters.org for more information.