When Cherry adopted these 'angelic' sisters she thought a loving home would heal the wounds of their troubled past. How terrifyingly wrong she was
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The moment Cherry Willoughby saw a photograph of the two angelic-looking girls she was about to adopt is forever etched on her memory. ‘My hands were trembling as I opened the brown envelope,’ she recalls, ‘but when I saw their little faces, my heart leapt.’
A week later Cherry, a portrait artist, and her husband John, who had a well-paid job on an oil rig, went to visit three-year-old Maryann and her six-month-old sister Nicola at their foster home.
But Cherry and John believed bringing up the sisters in a stable and loving home with all its middle-class trappings — a large five-bedroom house, a village school and supportive grandparents — would conquer all.
Because middle-class people don't raise bad kids, right?
Today Cherry, 52, still struggles to comprehend what happened to her children — and admits that in many ways the adoption has ruined her life. Her marriage to John crumbled under the strain and she suffered a stroke, which doctors put down to severe stress.
So where did it all go wrong? And does this story demonstrate a child’s genetic make-up determines their future, rather than the love and care lavished on them?
Phew, thought not.
‘John and I painted the spare room pink, splashed out on brand new prams and dressed the girls in designer clothes. When I went out passers-by commented on how gorgeous they both were and I was so proud.’
Shortly after, the couple moved from their luxury flat into a large 17th century five-bedroom house in Wiltshire with rambling and formal gardens.
she wants to warn other parents of the perils of adopting ‘damaged’ children.