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Other options to parenthood and living without children

Fertility treatment does not always work, and some couples decide it is not for them.

If this is the case, there are other options to parenthood to consider, such as adoption or fostering.

Alternatively, you may want to know more about the experiences of others who are living without children, and the support which is available to those who are involuntarily childless.





FNUK: Support and resources

The charity Fertility Network UK offer special support and resources to those who are involuntarily childless. There is an online community and webinars and a support line.

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Gateway Women

Gateway Women is a friendship and support network for women who are involuntarily childless.

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Adoption and fostering

Some people decide that they would like to explore the options for adopting or fostering.

Adoption involves legally taking responsibility for a child who becomes part of your family.

Fostering is not always long-term, and the foster parents do not legally take over care for the child.


Government guide to adoption

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Adoption UK

Adoption UK is a national charity providing support, community and advocacy for all those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.

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Government guide to foster caring

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The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network is a national charity dedicated to fostering.

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