Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly urges people to consider adoption

On the eve of National Adoption Week (15-21 October), more people are being urged to consider adoption, with around 40 children a year in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly needing permanent homes.

Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly Adoption Agency say children who require adoptive parents could have suffered from abuse and neglect and need parents who can help them with their previous experiences by offering them acceptance, guidance and nurture.

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Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, Sally Hawken, encouraged people who have considered adopting in the past to take the next step.

“Children deserve to have the best possible opportunities in life. Being adoptive parents can be challenging and rewarding in equal parts. The  Adoption Service, has  over the years has provided many children with a loving and secure family life and are on hand to provide support and guidance to anyone who is ready to take the next step and find out more.

“Adoption provides vulnerable children the love and security of family life. We encourage adopters from all walks of life, and backgrounds. You can be single, in a same sex relationship and any age. We need people who are able to emotionally meet the needs of a child and provide a loving and stable home, but who can also offer a child understanding and acceptance of their past history. 

Lisa and Max recently adopted two siblings through the Adoption Service. Lisa said while the route to adoption was long and intense, it was worth it.

“The process helps you prepare  emotionally and practically for your much-awaited for child or children.  Nothing can prepare you for the excitement of the day you get told you have been 'matched', and the magic only continues to grow from that point.  Our two little girls came to us neglected, emotionally and physically fragile and mistrusting of people and their surroundings.  It has been a sheer joy to watch them evolve and change… to see them learn to laugh and smile without inhibition and watch their demons melt away. 

“There is perhaps a misconception that a bond with an adopted child is not as strong as with birth children - this is not true.  The longing and yearning for a family that has been felt by both parents and children ensures a bond and love that is deep and ever growing. 

“We know we will never do anything again that will bring us such joy, happiness and unadulterated laughter as adopting our babies has.  We would urge anyone to consider adopting as so many children need a loving home, whatever the dynamic and make up of your family, you will undoubtedly have something to offer.  It is no cliché to say that adopted children are special.  They will make your house a home and make you a family.  A special family.” 

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent call 01872 322200 or visit www.adoptincornwall.co.uk.

Posted on 12 October 2018