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Adopting an older child

Fiona Holmer Fiona Holmer | 15:30 UK time, Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Maybe you saw the programme on adoption, that went out yesterday on BBC2 ‘A Home for Maisie’. 

Featuring an eight year-old girl who has two failed adoptions behind her, Maisie is adopted by Jim and Sue Clifford. We see how hard it can be to adopt an older child. They have already been through the process with their eight older children so they know it can be very rewarding, even if it's not always easy.

Often therapy is needed if a child has suffered abuse when younger, but if issues can be worked through, the outcome for them is infinitely preferable to going into care. Being welcomed into a loving family whom she can trust gradually transforms Maisie. Sue writes: 'We have helped Maisie not only to trust, but also to experience feeling cared for, nurtured'.

The Clifford family with Maisie

You can read Sue Clifford's blog on her experiences.

If you missed the programme, why not catch it on BBC i-Player?

Fiona Holmer works on the BBC Parents Blog.

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