Could you give a child a loving home?
11 October 2018
It’s National Adoption Week from 15 to 21 October and Norfolk County Council is appealing to anyone considering adoption to take the first step and get in touch.
Councillor Stuart Dark, Acting Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee, said: “If you can offer a vulnerable child a permanent, stable and loving home, we want to hear from you. We currently have 15 children in Norfolk waiting to be adopted and we’re particularly keen to find adopters for brothers and sisters who need to stay together and children over the age of four. Your patience, love and care can give a child a happier and healthier life.”
The Council is holding an adoption information event at The Forum, Norwich, on Monday 19 November. Drop in and chat to staff from the adoption team any time between 11am and 7pm.
Case study – Amy and Tom*
After several rounds of IVF were unsuccessful, Amy and Tom decided enough was enough. “Adoption was something we’d discussed many times”, Amy recalls. “We wanted to start a family but both of us agreed if it turned out we couldn’t have our own child, we’d definitely apply to adopt.”
The couple filled in Norfolk County Council’s online application form, then went to an information evening where they found out about the adoption process and met other potential adopters. Regular home visits from a social worker followed with lots of discussion about adoption and what it involves. “It’s important to be completely open and honest,” says Amy. “We talked about what we wanted out of adoption and the kind of child we hoped for.”
Amy and Tom were interested in adopting siblings up to the age of three. But when their social worker talked to them about three-year-old Jamie*, they were very keen to meet him. “Jamie was going to be at an adoption activity day, where potential adopters spend time with children who are waiting for a family. As soon as we met him, that was it – we both knew we wanted him. It was such a powerful, emotional feeling.”
The adoption process can take some time but overall, Amy and Tom had a very positive experience. “We had a very supportive social worker who guided and advised us throughout and that made all the difference. When Jamie came home to us, the council provided a play therapist who worked with us as a family and helped Jamie to settle in and feel comfortable.”
Jamie had some difficulties with his speech and language development when Amy and Tom first met him. But since they adopted him, the couple have seen huge changes. “We spent a lot of time talking to Jamie, reading books and encouraging him to express himself. We go on lots of family outings to give him new experiences and he loves his bike, swimming and music. The change in him is amazing – he soaks up new information and just loves to talk!”
* Names have been changed to protect confidentiality