This week as part of National Adoption Week, Herefordshire Council is promoting the rewards of adoptive parenthood.
Last year, 125 children came into care in Herefordshire and each year there are around 20 children in the county who are unable to return to their birth family; so are in need of a permanent loving home through adoption.
This year’s National Adoption Week campaign is focussing on siblings and the support they give to each other. One Herefordshire couple, who originally only planned to adopt one child, recently also opened their home to his brother: “We just knew they had to be together. Raising two children is challenging but possible. The boys are everything, they’ve made our lives complete and we’re a family now.”
Hilary Hale, Herefordshire Council’s adoption service manager, said: “We’re hoping that National Adoption Week will encourage people to find out more about adopting and consider whether they could become parents through adoption. Whilst it is a lifetime commitment with challenges along the way, our adopters will tell you it’s a rewarding experience.
“All sorts of people adopt, the only qualification needed is that you have to be over 21, although we do recommend a lot of energy too! We have so many brilliant adopters, some of whom are single, in same sex relationships, already have children or have never had children and we hope that people will count themselves in and not out. As some of our children will need to live outside of Herefordshire, we’d love to hear from people living outside the county too.”
If you think you could offer a child a place in your family, simply visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/adoption or call 01432 383241.
You can also meet members of the adoption team and find out more at our informal information days:
- Saturday 8 November 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye
- Thursday 13 November 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth
- Wednesday 19 November 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Moor House, Widemarsh Common, Hereford