It’s National Adoption Week, Monday 14 to 20 October, and Knowsley Council – as part of the regional adoption agency for Merseyside – is highlighting the need to find parents for 50 children across Merseyside.
The figures from AiM (Adoption in Merseyside) – which recruits for local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – come as analysis published by the Government shows that the North West has nearly three times as many children awaiting adoptive families as there are adopters.
Adoption in Merseyside are looking for potential adopters that could take on the needs of a child until they are an adult.
People who adopt a child can be:
- Single, married or unmarried
- From any ethnic or religious background
- Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- Employed or on benefits
- Those who have children or who have none
- People thinking of adopting for a second time
Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM said:
“The latest figures show that we urgently need loving homes for our children and if anyone has ever thought about adoption to go and find out more.
“Whether you’re married, single, gay or heterosexual, if you think you might be able to give a venerable child a loving home, please get in touch.”
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I’d urge anyone who has been thinking about adoption to reach out to Adoption In Merseyside and talk about what it might mean for you.
“Please don’t rule yourself out because there is something about you or your family’s circumstances that you think would make you unsuitable – all sorts of people make great adopters!”
Want to find out more?
For more information about adoption, visit www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk or call 0151 477 8700.