This week is National Adoption Week: 17th – 23rd October 2016.
Across the UK, statistics show that there are almost 60,000 looked after children in local authority care. Around 5000 are adopted every year. Moves have been made in recent years to speed up the adoption process, whilst ensuring the selection process for prospective adoptive parents, couples and individuals, remains robust. However, there are still tens of thousands of children, many often incredibly vulnerable, looking for the security of a permanent home. The reality is that many will end up in long-term foster care, cared for by dedicated foster carers. However, there are plenty of people out there in Plymouth and beyond who would make amazing adoptive parents, and many, many children who would benefit from becoming part of their family.
People in the South West are significantly more likely to have one or more family members who have adopted than those living in any other region of England according to a new survey. The YouGov poll commissioned by national adoption information service, First4Adoption, reveals that 26% of South Westerners have a family connection to adoption. The research, published today to mark National Adoption Week is part of a campaign to promote a wider understanding of adoption and to encourage adopters to come forward for children currently waiting for “forever families.”
As this new survey shows, adoption is part of all our lives. Whether it’s within our own family, in our neighbourhood, at work, or at school, we all know someone who’s been touched by adoption. The aim of National Adoption Week is to dispel some of those stubborn myths that cling to adoption and to invite everyone, whatever their adoption connection to find out more.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how you could adopt, you can contact any of the following organisations:
Plymouth City Council – http://web.plymouth.gov.uk/adoptforplymouth.htm
Families for Adoption – http://familiesforchildren.org.uk/
Adopt South West – http://www.adoptsouthwest.org.uk/
First4Adoption – http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/