Cheshire East Council is urging people to step forward and help change young lives – by getting involved in adoption.
“Adoption isn’t a label, it’s a story. It is as unique as we are. Nobody shares the same story as us and this is why we talk about it every day. Like all great literature, it has defining chapters. Some were written for us but since the minute we met, we’ve been writing our own.”
These are the words of a mother, Lucia, to her adopted daughter, who is now eight-years old.
National Adoption Week runs from 15-21 October. Across the North West, there are more children in need of a loving adoptive home than there are adopters to offer this.
National Adoption Week aims to raise awareness in order to find homes for those children, who so desperately need them. But this year, adopters will be the focus.
Our regional adoption agency, Adoption Counts, understands that adoption is life-changing. That’s why it’s here for the adopter – every step of the way. From the first phone call, our dedicated team will be there to support and guide new adopters through the adoption process with compassion, honesty and respect.
Each adoption is as unique as the people being brought together. This is why we are proud to encourage inquiries from a diverse section of the community, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race or faith.
We are currently looking for adopters for children of all ages and have a high number of children, aged two and under, who need families. Additionally we are always very keen to hear from people who will consider children aged four and above, sibling groups, children of a black, minority background and children with additional health needs.
Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We’re proud to be supporting this campaign and continuing to spread the word on how amazing and life-changing adoption can be.
“Through our regional adoption agency, Adoption Counts, we’re seeing some great results creating forever-families and helping to offer a loving home for children and young people when they need it most.”
Adoption Counts is the second regional adoption agency to be established in the UK. This incorporates local authority adoption services for Cheshire East, Manchester, Salford, Stockport and Trafford as an integrated service.
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming adopters in and around Cheshire East, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, and Trafford, should contact Adoption Counts on 0300 123 2676 or visit: www.adoptioncounts.org.uk