This year’s National Adoption Week campaign aims to shine a light on real-life adoption stories with a rounded, honest, and inclusive portrayal of the journey – showcasing the highs and lows and championing all the voices involved in adoption.
Adoption plays a big part in our society with 40,920 adoptions having taken place in England in the past 10 years.
Adoption Now is supporting the campaign to educate and inform people about adoption in today’s world and give a voice to all those whose stories are often less heard such as; adopted children, adopted adults, adoptive parents, birth parents, and the social care workforce that work tirelessly to get children into loving permanent homes.
National Adoption Week brings some real adoption stories to life with an emotive short film by illustrator and adoptive parent, Garry Parsons. The four-minute animated film features six people that have had their lives changed by adoption – birth mother Anna*, single mum and adopter Sarah*, social worker Paula, 11-year-old Roman who was adopted age five, 19-year-old Tiegan who was adopted age four, and Sue who supported her daughter through the adoption process.
With 2,100 children currently waiting to be adopted, putting adoption in the spotlight is vital to help find safe and loving homes for children who really need them, so if you want to find out more visit www.adoptionnow.org.uk or call 01204 336096.
Why Should I Adopt?
There are children all over the North West looking for safe and loving homes. Adoption is incredibly rewarding for both the adoptive parent and the child/ren. It can be life changing for children who are so desperately in need of a new and loving home.
Over the years, adoption has evolved to become a much simpler and quicker process than it has been previously. There is also far more support available to adoptive parents to help guide them through the journey.
At Adoption Now, we are here for everyone involved in adoption. Adoptive parents need guidance and support as they go through the process of adopting a child. We can provide information, mediation, therapeutic support, counselling and advice whatever your situation.
The Adoption Process
The process of adoption aims to take around six months to approval, and involves the following 3 stage process:
Stage 1 (Approx 2 Months) Involves:
• Registering interest in adoption and submitting paperwork.
• Training and preparation.
• A medical examination.
Stage 2 (Approx 4 Months) Involves:
• Adoption Now will discuss with you your current situation along with what sort of children you will adopt.
• Number of meetings with your social worker.
• The Adoption Panel. Stage 3 (Approx 6 months) Involves:
• Matching you to a prospective adoptive child.
• Activity and Exchange Days
In 2018/2019, the average time between placement order and match for children was 6 months.
Common Myths About Adoption
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt Until You’re 25
28% of people believed that you must be 25 or older to adopt a child. This is false. You must be at least 21 to adopt a child. So long as you are financially secure and able to support a child. Every child needing adoption has a story, but you could be the one to pathe the way for a better future for them.
FALSE: People Over 50 Can’t Adopt
There really is no upper age limit on adoption. However, your eligibility is based on your health and ability to take care of a child up until adulthood.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You’re LGBTQ+
You can adopt regardless of your sexuality and/or gender identity. In fact, 1 in 7 adoptions in England were to same sex couples in 2019.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Have a Disability
There are many adoptive parents with medical conditions and disabilities. A disability does not necessarily rule you out from adopting a child so long as you are capable of taking care of them into adulthood.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Rent Your Home
You are able to adopt whether you own or rent your home.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Are On Benefits
24% of people believe that you cannot adopt if you receive benefits, however, this is false. So long as you are financially stable enough to support a child, you will be able to adopt.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Are Religious or from a BAME background
You can adopt regardless of your religion and ethnicity. We strongly encourage potential parents from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds as children from the same backgrounds tend to wait longer to be matched with a new adoptive family. At Adoption Now, we focus on achieving the best we can for our children so having adopters from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures is essential to us.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Are Single
17% of people believe single people aren’t eligible to adopt. This is incorrect and 12% of adopters were single in 2019. Children’s needs vary and all sorts of people are needed to adopt. You can be single, married or in a long term ‘live in’ relationship.
FALSE: You Can’t Adopt If You Already Have Children
You can adopt if you have children, if you don’t or if you have adopted in the past.
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