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"The childless couple who adopted eight scared, troubled children"

"Sitting in a sprawling seven-bedroom house in a Home Counties village, a blonde seven-year-old boy with an impish grin clambers on to his mother's lap to demand a cuddle. Common enough, you might think, but for Sue Clifford these hugs are particularly precious.

For two years ago, when Sue, 48, a special needs teacher, and her 46-year-old husband Jim, a senior partner in a corporate finance practice, first adopted Patrick, he would lash out in rages, kicking, punching, cursing, even trying to strangle them. But the couple's patience, constant calm and unfailing love, have been rewarded by a remarkable transformation in their son. . ."

Two wonderful people doing the country's most important work brilliantly.

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