The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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Two months after Laura returned home from hospital she had not changed her mind about adopting a child, both Albert and Laura had been in touch with several agencies. For some reason Laura liked an agency called Cornerstone, it was based in Hexham. They were invited for interview by Mrs Patricia Allen who was a lovely lady who welcomed them on arrival. She went through all the legal implications and asked them about their life styles, their financial stability, their marital stability she studied them both and how they interacted with each other during the interview. She asked if either of them had been in trouble with police or had a criminal record. She explained the procedure from top to bottom with them after which she said that a social worker would pay them a visit. It would be unannounced so that she could get a real incite to how they both lived as a couple. She asked if they had any questions that they would like answered. And Laura asked if they could choose the sex of the child that they could adopt.’

“Yes, said Patricia, if you were to choose say a boy for instance that child would have to have the characteristics of one or both of you. The colour of your eyes, and the colour of your hair are all important. Do you have a preference?’

“Yes, we would like a boy if we could said Laura.’

“Is there a reason for that?’

“Yes, my father is the last of the Millsap generation and I would like to carry that name on if it is possible.’

“Isn’t your married name Kinnear.’

“Yes but I would want Millsap as a middle name if it is at all possible. I kept my maiden name when I got married you see.’

“Yes, I see how important that is to you.’

“Once you legally adopt a child you can give that child your name, however if the biological parents named the child and it is registered on the birth certificate then that cannot be changed. You can name the child and it can have your surname but in the official records that child would still be formally known as whoever the biological parents were called. Do you understand that?’

“Adoption can be a complicated process Mr and Mrs Kinnear but the rewards are worth all the effort. We will endeavour to place you with a child that doesn’t have these complicated issues. Is there anything else you would like to ask?’

“I honestly cannot think of anything Mrs Allen said Albert?’

“How long does the adoptive process take asked Laura?’

“I know you are both keen to adopt, but please be patient we will do our best for you. Sometimes it can take up to a year.’

 “If you do have any other questions that you would like answered please don’t hesitate, give me a call. You have my telephone number and I am available most days.’

“Thank you for your time, we are a lot clearer on the adoptive process now than we were when we first came here.’

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