“My name is John, I am 16 and I was adopted by my Mum and Dad when I was a one. Zoe and Phil (my birth Mum and Dad), had lots of problems – they drank a lot and used to argue a lot. This is what my Mum and Dad have told me growing up. They have also told me Zoe and Phil loved me but their problems were just too big to keep me safe.
“So I get why I was adopted and I love my Mum and Dad loads, but I went through a stage a few years ago of questioning who I was and I was angry at everyone. Luckily for me, I have a great Mum and Dad who are patient with me and talked to me about why I might feel certain ways. I also had a social worker for a bit from the support team, she helped too. She would come and talk to my mum and dad to help them to understand why sometimes I did the things I did, like shouting and getting angry.