Jack & Wes’s Adoption Story
Married for five years and together for 10, Jack and Wes met at work, and the rest they say, is history! From the beginning, they knew they wanted to start a family together and that went on to be a strong cornerstone in their relationship.
Jack has autism and Wes was born three months premature with mild cerebral palsy. Throughout their relationship, they’ve had to navigate their conditions together and prove people’s misconceptions wrong.
They knew that as a same-sex couple, there was no better time to adopt as so much progress has been made in terms of changes to the law and increased awareness. They knew that it was a realistic dream that they would one day be parents.
Their adoption journey began in July 2018. They had to do voluntary work with children at a nursery before they were accepted into stage one of the process, which was very admin heavy. Their initial social worker meeting was three hours long, and they soon realised that they were in for the long haul!
Nothing prepared them for becoming first-time parents during the pandemic. They adopted at the beginning of lockdown, which meant they were cut off from the support of their friends and family. The day their baby son came to live with them was the first time they had met him in person. Due to the pandemic, their only previous contact with him was over video call.