Has anyone adopted a child in the UK? Is so, what was the experience like? Did you adopt a child with special needs? Everybody I know who has adopted in the UK has adopted a child with special needs. Is there a shortage of children who don't have special needs? I'm a bit shy about asking these families as I don't want to cause any offence. Also people around me would also presume that I would want to adopt a child with special needs as I grew up in a family with special needs children.