Adoption Story

Doreen Ingleton is an actress and has starred in Law & Order UK, Doctors,

Green Wing 2, Hollyoaks, Family Affairs, Grange Hill and Inspector

Morse. Doreen has also appeared on stage at the Royal National Theatre

and Royal Shakespeare Company

This is Doreen's story:

Adopting a child has got to be the most difficult yet one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done in my life! I was tired of hearing that there were so many black children waiting to be adopted - yet so few black adopters coming forward. As a single black adopter I did think long and hard about whether or not I would make a suitable candidate for adoption – but then decided that there was going to be only one way to find out!

I knew that the assessment would be thorough and it certainly was – I hoped that as they were apparently so desperate for black adopters that I would not have to wait too long to have a child placed with me.

The whole process from start to finish took 4yrs! There were so many times that I just wanted to give up in despair – but now when I look at my little girl – I just want to cry with joy that I held my resolve and stayed determined.

These children have already had the worst possible start in life – and they deserve the chance for a normal life in a secure and loving home like any other child. I would heartily recommend adoption to anyone – and don’t be put off by the process – our children deserve it.