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Wednesday 20 October 2010

Help give youngsters a home to call their own


Cheshire East Council is appealing for families to come forward to adopt children.

A place they can call ‘home’ is all that 25 youngsters being cared for by the local authority’s children’s services really want.

The figure is among alarming statistics released to highlight National Adoption Week, which starts on November 1.

Every year around 4,000 children wait for adoption in Britain and sibling groups and older children wait the longest for adoptive families. Some may never find a new family home at all.

Despite the public perception, adoption is not just about babies and pre-school children. In fact, such cases are becoming increasingly rare.

The greatest need is for people who are able to provide the stability and security of family life for two, three or even more brothers and sisters. Children with disabilities also need adoptive parents.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services, said: “Providing a child with a loving and protective home is one of the most important and rewarding things that families can do.

“Many children have had difficult experiences early in life and may already have been with a number of different carers. So what they need more than anything else is long-term stability and the security of a warm, loving home environment.”

The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has produced a short film called Three Stories: One Family, showing the reality of adoption today. The film follows three children adopted into one family.

To view the film visit the Cheshire East Council homepage at and click on the In Focus link. Alternatively, visit:

Like all parenting, adoption can be challenging but also one of the most rewarding things you can do. For more details, call the Adoption Hotline on 0300 123 3223 or visit:

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