Hi Charley and Kylie,
Great to hear from you. We only joined this forum today too and decided to create a post, so thanks for replying to it.
We are based in Bournemouth and like you researched a lot of agencies and spoke to a few and decided to go an agency called Aspire - so far they have been really great. We've attended an information session with them, which talked about what to expect throughout the various stages of adoption - if you've not attended one of these, we can definitely recommend it. We've also had our first interview with an agency manager - which really was explore our reasons for adoption, an initial getting to know us and what we were considering as adoption, age, gender etc and we are now just awaiting the report from this, along with the paperwork to submit our official application to proceed. We hope to receive at some point this week. Very exciting!
We're also looking to adopt siblings up to the age of four, but depending on the situation with the siblings, we will keep an open mind if it's a year or two for the older sibling.
There is a forum we've also joined today for the LGBT community called New Family Social, however we appear to be having issues with viewing the forums, so will try again tomorrow.
I hope the above helps, do stay in contact and it'd be great to know of any other forums that you have joined that you could recommend.
Dion and Jay.