Bolton Council is appealing for residents from all walks of life to consider adopting as National Adoption Week 2009 gets underway next week (November 9 to 15).
The council is particularly looking for families for four to ten year olds, sibling groups, black and minority ethnic children and children with particular difficulties. Applications from all sectors of the community are welcomed.
A meeting to give potential parents more information and meet other adopters will take place on December 1 at Tonge Children’s Centre, Starkie Road, between 4.30pm and 8.00pm. Anyone who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life should call in for an informal chat.
Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked-after Children and Safeguarding, said: “Children come into care for all sorts of reasons, and adoptive families are giving them the stability to thrive and flourish. It is also such a rewarding experience for the family themselves. Making a space for a child in your life is an amazing thing to do, it is also a big decision and there is a lot to think about and learn. It is not always easy but many adoptive parents find it very rewarding.”
She added: “In Bolton there is a need for adopters for sibling groups who often wait longer than others for a new family, so we are particularly looking for people who can offer more than one child a loving home.”
National Adoption Week is a nationwide campaign organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. It aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential adopters to come forward.