As National Adoption Week gets underway on Monday 15 October, Knowsley Council – as part of the regional adoption agency for Merseyside – is highlighting the need for more people to provide homes for children.
Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) – which covers Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – is urging people to think about providing a loving, stable home for Merseyside’s children.
Adopted children are unable to live with their birth families for many reasons and move to live permanently with a new family, taking their surname and assuming the same rights and privileges as if they had been born to them.
Children who need adoptive families often need a little extra from their new parents, and over the next year AiM is looking to recruit over 80 sets of adopters.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:
“We’re dedicated to finding loving, stable homes for Merseyside’s children and providing first class support to our adopters.
“We need adoptive families who have the time, patience and love to help a child reach their full potential.
“We welcome adoptive parents from a wide range of backgrounds as it helps us to match them with children who have very varied needs. I’d encourage anyone who has ever thought about adoption to get in touch – it could be the best thing you ever do!”
Adoption is life changing for everyone involved and AiM is particularly looking for people to provide families for children of all ages including siblings, children who are disabled or who have a medical condition or complex needs and those from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds.
Adoptive parents need to be over 21 and able to offer a secure home with a spare room for one or more children.
All kinds of people adopt and we welcome enquiries from couples, single people, disabled people and people from all cultures regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
A drop-in adoption information evening is being held on Tuesday 30 October from 4-7pm in Garston.
Please contact AiM directly on 0151 477 8700 for further details
For more information about adoption, log on to www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk or call 0151 477 8700.