With two gorgeous sons and a loving partner, Terri should be happy. But she is haunted by the fact her first child was adopted…
When Terri was 15 she accidentally got pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy, whom she called Nicholas. She adored Nicholas, but as she was no longer with his dad and her parents were in the middle of a divorce – and she had also gone back to college – she found it exhausting. When Nicholas was three months old it was suggested she contact social services for some support and respite and they offered to have Nicholas cared for one weekend so she could catch up on some sleep.
It seemed a good idea. But when Terri went back on the Monday to pick Nicholas up she was told the social worker involved wasn’t there and to come back. It was to be the beginning of a nightmare. Social services then said they wanted to look into whether she could cope with her baby. And against her will, and despite getting a lawyer to try to keep Nicholas, to her horror Social services then decided he would be best off with a family.
When he was fifteen months old months old he ended up being adopted. The last time she saw Nicholas he clung to her legs crying to her. It was heartbreaking and she has never got over it.
Terri was incredibly depressed but she moved area and has since gone on to have two more children with a different partner, 26, who works in computers. She is now aged 26 and has two sons aged 4 and 1. Because her first child was adopted, she was visited by social services in the new area – they cannot understand why her baby was adopted. She has since seen her records and it says she gave Nicholas up willingly. This has shocked her – it is not how it was and she worries that when he is 18 and sees these records he will believe she didn’t want him.
She thinks about Nicholas all the time, she feels always she is a mum of three but is unable to tell people that. The only good thing is she knows Nicholas did go to a good home and consoles herself that he will be well loved. His adoptive parents regularly send her updates in letter and she knows Nicholas is happy.
But she just wishes she was there to cuddle him, see him home from school. It is an ache in her heart that simply won’t go away.
Terri says: “If Nicholas does trace me when he’s 18 I will be able to show him this feature and he will then know how much I loved him.”
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Kerry McDougall – the girl Social Services claimed was too dumb to be a mum – talks about Mother’s Day and the new baby she is expecting in the SUNDAY MIRROR newspaper at the weekend.
As regular sell your story blog readers will know, this long-running story already commands its very own page on my main sell my story website Featureworld and this is because I have followed this couple’s emotional journey since September 2009.
During that time I really have been through their nightmares – when Kerry was judged by Social Services too dim to marry and their wedding was cancelled – to the unthinkable happening when I picked up the phone and Mark could barely speak through the tears. That was an hour after their baby Ben had been taken from the maternity ward by social workers who deemed Kerry too stupid to keep him (and ironically because they weren’t married Mark had no rights as a dad…)
I have also been through times of sheer joy with them. The most wonderful times were when they got Ben back (this was after numerous court cases) and when they finally got married.
But on a daily basis I absolutely love seeing the little photos Mark and Kerry upload onto Facebook, where we are friends. Perhaps they remind me more than a little of when I had my first child. I too was a very young mum with a beautiful boisterous little boy and some of the photos take me back 23 years…
In those pictures Ben is in Kerry’s arms, Ben is sat in a high chair laughing, Ben is running on the beach, Ben is learning to take his first steps, Kerry is chatting about how much she loves him and their new life in southern Ireland (they fled there from Fife to try to keep their baby) and most recently she’s uploaded photos of her positive pregnancy test. She is now all set to have a similar gap between Ben and his brother and sister as I did with my first and his little brother (I then went on to have a daughter with a 17 month gap – madness!)
So to me, this story was a definite to celebrate Kerry’s first proper mother’s day (last year Ben was in care…) and together with some of Mark’s own photos, it looked fantastic in the Sunday Mirror.
Unsurprisingly, I have now placed their story again with two big UK women’s magazines – and Mark is writing a book. Roll on the next chapter…
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Another magazine story for Kerry Robertson (now McDougall) in PICK ME UP magazine – and she and new husband Mark make the front cover of this week’s issue.
Featureworld clients Mark and Kerry’s story looks fantastic laid out in over the double pages of women’s magazine, Pick me Up this week.
Regular sell your story blog readers will recall I have followed Mark and Kerry’s unfolding real life story for over a year now. Kerry is the young woman whose wedding was halted by social workers who said she was too stupid to marry. The couple then fled the UK to Ireland in a bid to save their unborn baby going into care. There they believed social workers would be more understanding. Sadly three days after baby Ben was born, Irish social workers were alerted by the UK ones and their baby had to go to live with foster parents. However, having been thoroughly investigated by the Irish, Ben has now been returned to his Mark and Kerry. The couple have also since married and this Christmas therefore promises to be a world away from last Christmas. Then, they were on the run and fearful of the future. Now, Ben is with them and they have started a new life in Southern Ireland where they plan to bring up Ben. And they also recently married.
Via sell story website Featureworld, their story has appeared in the Daily Mail, Sunday Mirror, Mail on Sunday and also Reveal magazine. And the feature in Pick Me Up has some never seen before photos of their wonderful white wedding – which Ben attended as guest of honour!
Mark said: “Kerry and I are delighted are story has made the front page of the magazine!”
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Mark and Kerry’s real life story about how they battled to keep their baby appears this week in REVEAL magazine.
In September 2009 Mark and Kerry’s wedding was stopped 48 hours before the ceremony was due to take place after social workers claimed Kerry was too stupid to marry. A few days later Mark contacted me through my website and I placed their story in the Daily Mail newspaper. The couple were then told their unborn baby would be taken away for the same reason and they went on the run. As regular Sell your story blog readers will know despite this their baby was still snatched at birth – but the story has a happy ending as the whole family was recently reunited.
Mark and Kerry’s unfolding story has appeared in the Daily Mail three times, the Sunday Mirror twice and most recently the Mail on Sunday. They have also appeared in numerous local papers and appeared on GMTV (now Daybreak). And yet, as well as Reveal this week, their incredible story will also be appearing in another popular weekly magazine as I have gained another deal for them.
Over all this time, I have been with them through their ups and downs. Their stories needed to be written with the utmost care and attention – putting them first. I admit I have also turned some offers down for their story as I didn’t feel they would be beneficial to Mark and Kerry. But then I always put the interviewee first. The outcome is that they are now married AND have their beautiful baby boy, Ben back.
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Kerry Robertson’s real life story about her battle with social services to get her baby back appeared in the MAIL ON SUNDAY newspaper yesterday…
Sell your story Featureworld blog readers might recall my post a couple of weeks ago about Kerry and how at last she and fiance Mark McDougall have now married. She is the young woman whose wedding was halted by Fife social workers a year ago who judged her too unintelligent to understand the vows. A few months later Kerry, who was expecting the couple’s first child, and Mark fled to Ireland after the same social workers threatened to take their baby into care at birth – because they felt she was too dim to be a mum.
Tragically, although the couple felt they would be safe in Ireland, the authorities there did take baby son, Ben, into care just three days after he was born. It was absolutely traumatic for Kerry and Mark and at the time there was a huge outcry on the internet at what many saw as a persecution of a young couple.
So, knowing as I have done for a while now that Ben was being returned to Mark and Kerry, I am delighted that this wonderful follow-up story has been published at last.
Mark said yesterday: “We’re really happy with the story. It is fantastic and we can’t thank you enough.”
Since the couple approached me last year for help and support to get married and keep their son, I have placed the story with the Daily Mail several times, the Sunday Mirror, again several times, as well as the Mail on Sunday – and also on TV.
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Kerry Robertson – who was judged by social workers to be too unintelligent to marry – has wed… story in the SUNDAY MIRROR yesterday.
A year ago Kerry, 18, and her fiance Mark McDougall, 27, came to me to sell a story for justice after their church wedding was cancelled by social workers who decided Kerry was too dim to understand her vows. At the time the story made The Daily Mail newspaper. But worse was to come for the couple. For Kerry, who was pregnant, was also told she was too stupid to keep her baby.
The couple fled to Ireland where they believed their case would be looked on more sympathetically but tragically when their son was just four days old he was taken into care. Kerry’s devastating case caused a public outcry. Thankfully, Kerry was since reunited with her son when she went into a mother and baby home.
But last Friday Mark and Kerry finally did get married. I am delighted to report they had a beautiful – and very poignant – wedding in a hotel in Ireland with around 25 close family and friends.
I then arranged for a small announcement to be put in the Sunday Mirror at the weekend – this is another national newspaper that has also closely followed their story.
The couple now hope they will be able to bring their son home and live as a normal family at last. And I will keep you posted with any updates.
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Featureworld.co.uk received yet another card from a wellwisher for Kerry Robertson, who recently gave birth to Ben. Kerry was the mum whose story was recently in the Daily Mail newspaper. Her baby was taken away from her four days after birth because social workers deemed her too stupid to be a mum.
Thankfully Ben was returned after two weeks on the condition that Kerry was monitored with Ben in a mother and baby unit. Kerry and Ben are still in the mum and baby home, where Kerry is still being monitored. Kerry told me today that Ben is thriving and has put on lots of weight. She is tired but thoroughly enjoying motherhood. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to stay in the home all day and is able to take Ben out for lots of walks Meanwhile dad Mark is visiting regularly. The family hope that they will be reunited soon.
To read more about Kerry’s story go to: http://www.featureworld.co.uk/kerrys_story.html