Permission To Parent

Everybody said that Mike and Liz Evans would make great parents.

They had good jobs, a stable relationship and an active social life.

But after several years of marriage, no baby had arrived - so in summer 2004, they called an agency and offered themselves as adoptive parents.

The couple thought it would be a straightforward business and weren't prepared for the intensely detailed and searching assessment that followed - a process designed to test their motives, health, attitudes, and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

The Evans' personal diary - with frank and perceptive contributions from friends, family and social workers - tells the story of the highs and lows of the last 12 months, right up to the meeting of the legal panel which has the power to grant or withhold permission to would-be adoptive parents.

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Everybody said that Mike and Liz Evans would make great parents.

They had good jobs, a stable relationship and an active social life.

But after several years of marriage, no baby had arrived - so in summer 2004, they called an agency and offered themselves as adoptive parents.

The couple thought it would be a straightforward business and weren't prepared for the intensely detailed and searching assessment that followed - a process designed to test their motives, health, attitudes, and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

The Evans' personal diary - with frank and perceptive contributions from friends, family and social workers - tells the story of the highs and lows of the last 12 months, right up to the meeting of the legal panel which has the power to grant or withhold permission to would-be adoptive parents.