Could you give a permanent loving home to a young child or siblings?
Published: 09 Oct 2018
Caring people are being asked whether they could provide a stable and loving home, and a lifelong family for a child in Hertfordshire.
As part of National Adoption Week (October 15-21), Hertfordshire County Council is appealing to people to consider adopting a child.
This year, families are particularly needed for younger children and also for groups of brothers and sisters to ensure that they grow up together.
All children who need adoption will have had a tough start in life and the council are also looking for adoptive families for children who may have complex needs.
So far this year, there have been 24 children placed for adoption, and there are currently nine children waiting for adoptive placements in Hertfordshire. Last year, a total of 55 Hertfordshire children were placed for adoption.
Hertfordshire adopters Susanna and Ben* adopted two sisters, having fostered them for a couple of years before the adoption went through.
Susanna, who also has three birth children, said: I had simply been seeing a family through a difficult time by fostering and we were quite prepared that they were going to move back home but when that didn’t work out, and the children were going to leave, I couldn’t bear to see them go.
“They are very much part of our family, and we love them unconditionally and they love us. It really is amazing. We can now plan our future with these beautiful girls as part of our family.
“There is nothing as cute as listening to adopted siblings when they talk about things to each other. It really is a unique experience when you adopt siblings.”
She added: “We couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. If anyone has any worries about going for adoption, that’s only natural, and shows that you are going to be a good parent. You will get support throughout from the Hertfordshire adoption team.”
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It is wonderful to hear that many children have been found a loving family to care for them, but we are always looking for more parents like Susanna and Ben to come forward.
“The most vulnerable children in our society need a safe and secure home. If you think you can offer a child a loving and stable place in which to grow up, we want to hear from you.”
Hertfordshire County Council welcomes applications from people from all walks of life. Applicants should not rule themselves out on the grounds of marital status, not owning their own home, sexuality, disability or age (although all adopters must be over 21).
If you are interested in finding out more about adoption, an adoption open evening is being held at Beales Hotel in Comet Way, Hatfield from 6.30pm on Wednesday 17th October. Adopters from Hertfordshire will speak about their experiences and will be able to answer any questions.
To book a place, or for more information on adoption in Hertfordshire, ring 0800 917 0925 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/adoptwithus
*names have been changed to protect identity