For Malcolm and wife Shelley, it was vitally important to adopt brothers Kieron, now 22, and his brother Tyler, 21, together. The two boys have grown into adults that make their parents proud every day



You Can Adopt: Adoptive parents reveal why adoption is so important

At just two years old, Kieron Atherton knew how to use and control a lighter after his heroin-addicted mother had taught him how to heat up her drugs.

But thanks to the loving couple who adopted him, Kieron, now 22, and his brother Tyler, 21, were given a fresh start in life and have grown into adults that make their parents proud every day.



“They’ve brought a lot of love into our lives,” says Malcolm Atherton, 62.

“It was very emotional being able to adopt the boys and becoming their mum and dad. We initially fostered them but loved them to pieces.

“Kieron studied health and social care at college and Tyler recently passed his motor mechanics apprenticeship and is a talented musician who plays guitar and drums. We are extremely proud of them.”

For Malcolm and wife Shelley, it was vitally important for them to adopt both brothers together.

Sibling groups are among the many children judged “harder to place” – but they are not harder to love.

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