85 fam­i­lies found in re­gional adop­tion agency’s first year

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

AREGIONAL adop­tion agency has found fam­i­lies for 85 chil­dren since open­ing its doors to adopters a year ago.

To­gether For Adop­tion brings to­gether the adop­tion ser­vices of five lo­cal au­thor­i­ties – Hal­ton, War­ring­ton, Cheshire West And Ch­ester, St He­lens, and Wi­gan.

In the last year, 85 chil­dren in care have been adopted through the agency and 46 adopters have been ap­proved.

A cel­e­bra­tion event was held in War­ring­ton to mark the agency’s first an­niver­sary and adopters spoke about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

There is still an ur­gent need for more adopters across the re­gion, with 23 sib­ling groups and 35 in­di­vid­ual chil­dren cur­rently wait­ing to be adopted.

One cou­ple who adopted a baby boy 10 weeks ago said: “We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter so­cial worker and we feel priv­i­leged to have had con­tin­u­ing sup­port through­out our jour­ney.

“It’s been a roller­coaster, but it’s been a good ex­pe­ri­ence and we’ve en­joyed it.

“Has it all been worth it? Ab­so­lutely.”

An­other cou­ple, who adopted a twin boy and girl, said: “It’s not with­out its chal­lenges, but I would ab­so­lutely rec­om­mend adop­tion.

“They have brought so much joy to our lives. We wanted a fam­ily and that’s what we’ve got.”

A scheme spokesman said: “We ur­gently need more adopters to come for­ward so our chil­dren in care can find lov­ing, sta­ble homes.

“If you could of­fer a lov­ing fam­ily home, please get in touch and change a child’s life.

“Adop­tion is an im­por­tant part of the coun­cil’s work and re­quires car­ing and skilled peo­ple to make it hap­pen so that to­gether we can help lo­cal chil­dren get the best start in life.

“Work­ing with our part­ners across the re­gion means those go­ing through this jour­ney get the best sup­port avail­able.”

To­gether For Adop­tion was de­vel­oped fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment changes an­nounced in 2015 to the way adop­tion ser­vices op­er­ate by di­rect­ing that they be run on a re­gional ba­sis by 2020. ● Any­one who has room in their home and wants to adopt, can find out more about To­gether For Adop­tion at www.to­geth­er­foradop­tion.co.uk or by tele­phon­ing 01942 487 272.

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