With National Adoption Week taking place this week (November 1-7), it is more important than ever that new adoptive parents are found in Bolton.
Bolton-born comedian Dave Spikey is backing Bolton Council’s campaign to recruit more parents keen to take on adoptive children.
As a local lad he knows better than most what it means to be part of the Bolton family, and he has many happy memories of growing up here.
Dave said: “The Adoption Team give people in the borough who have so much to give, the chance to welcome a child into their family. Adoptive children who come into families in Bolton are coming into loving, supportive homes.
“To make a space in your life for a child is an amazing thing to do, and I urge those who think they could adopt, to pick up the phone and find out more.”
Across the borough, there is a shortage of families for a wide range of children. This includes: individual children, varying in age from 12 months to eight years; sibling groups; children who have a disability; and children from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Applications are welcome from all areas of the community, from people of varying ages and marital status.
Councillor Madeline Murray, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Looked After Children and Safeguarding, said: “Adoptive parents get the chance to give a loving home to a child or sibling group who can no longer be brought up by their birth parents, and to make a real difference to their lives.
“Sometimes, children in need of adoption may, for many reasons, require a permanent home, and caring for them may not always be easy, but it is certainly extremely rewarding. I would urge anyone who has thought about adoption, but has any concerns or a need for more information, to pop in and talk to our staff at the open meeting.”
Bolton is committed to providing support to adopters via regular support groups, training or work with individual families.
The Adoption Team will be holding an open meeting on Wednesday November 24, from 6pm until 8pm in the Ante Room of the Town Hall. Prospective parents can drop in, with the opportunity to talk to members of the team, adoptive parents and foster carers.