One of the first ever gay couple to adopt children in Stoke-on-Trent will share their emotional story in an ITV documentary to be shown tonight at 9pm.
Civil partners Glenn and Chris will speak about the adoption process and family life on ITV1’s ‘Wanted: A family of my own.’
The couple, who have been together for 14 years, are parents to Jack, 9, and Logan, 5, but decided in October to adopt two more children.
Chris, who is the main carer for the children, said he thought his sexuality would prevent him from ever having his own family.
He told ITV: “I never ever thought about having a family, I thought with being gay, children are completely out of the question.”
Glenn added: “As the eldest brother of four my life has always been about children, always been about family, so perhaps for me the hardest part of coming to the realisation that you’re gay is coming to the understanding that you’re not going to be a father – so my whole future that I had thought about as a child had been wiped out.”
But the pair looked into adoption and five years ago were approved to become adoptive parents.
The couple now want to extend their family by adopting for a third time.
Glenn said: “When thinking about how many children we should have it’s almost an ethical or moral decision for me now. If we’ve got the resources, if we’ve got the patience, if we’ve got the love to give, it’s not should we adopt another child – it’s why shouldn’t we?”