Could you give a child a new start in life?
Next week is National Adoption Week (19-25 October) and the council is appealing for more residents to help give children here a new start in life.
We have been very fortunate to have had some extraordinary people come forward to become adoptive families in the past and would welcome interest from more residents.
In Central Bedfordshire there is a need for adoptive parents for children of all ages, especially children with complex needs, who may have been affected by drugs or alcohol, or with additional health or behavioural needs, as well as sibling groups of various ages.
A couple who chose to adopt a sibling group said: “We felt we wanted to help keep siblings together and offer a home to an older pair of children who sometimes get left in the care system. It was certainly the right decision for our boys to be placed together as they have a close bond (despite the usual sibling rivalry) and have helped each other to settle into their new home.
“Going from zero to two children overnight was more challenging than we expected, but the training and reading we did beforehand gave us a good grounding to help parent them in the therapeutic way they needed.
“We have been very lucky with our match and love our boys so very much. We would certainly recommend adoption to anyone: it is incredibly hard work but so very rewarding all at the same time.”
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “Central Bedfordshire Council has a responsibility to find adoptive families for children who cannot live with their birth families, for a number of reasons, and we are working very hard to do that.
“Children should all be offered the best possible start in life and to have the chance of being brought up in the heart of a loving home. We are very grateful to all of our adoptive families who have come forward to give a child or children a new start in life and would encourage anyone thinking about adoption to get in touch and find out more. An initial phone call or email for more information is a great start.”
The council welcome applications from couples and single people aged 21 and over of all backgrounds, ethnic origins and religions. People with childcare experience, especially with children not related to them, and people with experience looking after children with additional needs are particularly needed.