Potential adopters are being urged to support vulnerable children across the county as National Adoption Week gets takes place this week.
More than 80 children in Norfolk need permanent homes and potential parents are being encouraged to come forward to provide a family and stability for what are some of the county’s most vulnerable children.
Norfolk County Council is hoping that people from a range of backgrounds will come forward - and is interested to hear from people in their 40s and 50s who often believe that they may not be considered because of their age.
People like 48-year-old Louise, who adopted her six-year-old daughter.
She said: “Adopting our daughter has given us a new start in life and a new focus. It is fantastic to see the world through the eyes of a child and has brought us such joy and given a new sense of purpose to both us and our wider family.
“It’s the best thing that we have ever done. We have seen her achieve so many milestones and make so much progress. We are her forever family and it is really fulfilling to be able to give her the love and security that every child needs.”
In the last year, the County Council has seen an increase in both the numbers of children approved for adoption and the number of approved adopters. However, because of the increasing number of children coming into care, the numbers waiting for adoption has been climbing.
James Joyce, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding Children, said: “Adoption is life changing for adoptive parents and children, creating a family for a child who needs love and stability to achieve their potential.
“Where adoption is in a child’s best interests we want to make sure that they can be matched with a family as soon as possible. At the moment some children are having to wait too long and we urgently need more people to come forward so that they can make sure these children can have the family life they deserve.”
Norfolk County Council is keen to hear from married couples, single people, unmarried couples and same sex couples who want to adopt.
Adopters must be over 21 and many people successfully adopt into their 40s and early 50s. Childless couples and those with children, including those with older children, are welcome to apply.
Families need to have the time and commitment to give to an adopted child, many of which may have some developmental delays because of their previous family circumstances.
Anyone interested in adopting a child, should call 01603 617796, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoption or email email@example.com