A MUM has put pen to paper to thank the Wearside adoption agency that gave her a family.
After being turned away by two Sunderland agencies, Charlie Carter, 47, from County Durham, has shown her appreciation to Sunderland’s ARC Adoption for helping her adopt her two children, Aimee and Ja.
The 47-year-old has written and illustrated a storybook, The Wish Listeners, to guide young children through their adoption.
She said: “As somebody who has been through the adoption procedure, it seemed like a natural and obvious step to give back to the people that were so supportive of me and my husband and to help the children understand a little more about their situation. Having two adopted children, I know only too well how important it is to provide life story work, which helps children separated from their birth families make sense of their past experiences from birth. I am hopeful the book will be a useful tool for parents of young adopted children.”
In 2003, Charlie and husband Steven fostered three-week-old Aimee, and adopted her a year later. In 2006, they went on to adopt Aimee’s seven-month-old half brother, Ja.