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More loving parents urged to come forward this Adoption Week

14 October 2019

It’s National Adoption Week (14 -20 October) and the hunt is on to find more loving parents for the children that need them.

Adoptive families are being urged to come forward during National Adoption Week in an effort to provide homes for children in Norfolk.

To coincide with Adoption Week, Norfolk County Council is launching a new campaign which aims to dispel the myths around adoption and encourage potential adopters from all walks of life to come forward.

John Fisher, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said; “I urge anyone who has been thinking about adoption to make contact and speak to our friendly team.  They will be able to talk to you about what adoption might mean for you, and start you on your journey to giving a child their forever family.  Whether you are single, in a same sex relationship, are living in rented accommodation or own your own home, have a pet or have a disability – please don’t rule yourself out - all we see are potential loving adoptive parents.”

Case study - Rebecca*

Rebecca always thought she would end up married with children, but when she was 36 years old and still hadn’t met Mr Right she decided that becoming a mum was something she wanted to do alone and started looking at the options available to her.

“To start with I was really unsure, and wondered if I would be eligible to adopt as a single person but was very quickly reassured at an information evening that this would be possible.  I took my sister along to the first event, and before making the final decision I also took my mum.  It was really important to me that if I was going to go it alone that I had the support of my family.

“It took me 10 months to be matched with my son, which at the time felt like forever – but the wait was worth it and finally being matched and bringing Alfie* home was just wonderful.  He was 11 months old, and it was the best feeling in the world knowing that I was now his mummy.”

Making the decision to adopt is a huge step and it makes sense to gather as much information as you can.  One of the first things you will discover is that there are no short cuts, but our friendly and professional staff are available to help you through the process.  Rebecca was fully supported by her allocated social worker who helped to reassure her throughout her journey towards getting her son.

Rebecca and Alfie bonded quickly, and she now has a very happy four-year-old who has just started school.  “I have been really lucky with all of the support I’ve had in becoming a mum, and I would say that is key, you don’t need to be in a relationship to be a good parent – just a good support network, an open mind and love to give.  So I urge anyone thinking about it to take the first step and contact the team.”

*Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Norfolk County Council does not discriminate, and welcomes applications from all.  Since April 2018, 8% of approved adopters in Norfolk have been single and 20% have been same sex couples.

More information about adopting in Norfolk, and the children waiting to be adopted, can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoption. You can also call 01603 638343 to speak to the team.

There is an adoption information day on Thursday 7 November at The Forum, Norwich.  Staff from the Norfolk County Council Adoption Team will be available 11am–7pm with information and advice for anybody thinking about adoption.

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