Adopt and change a child’s life

16:26, Friday, 11th October 2019

North Lincolnshire Council is looking for more adoptive parents and is spreading the word during National Adoption Week (14 to 20 October) that people of all ages can adopt.

In North Lincolnshire, adoptive parents are needed for children of all ages from a range of backgrounds. The adoption team is looking for adopters who have the ability to provide a fun, stable and loving home to help our children achieve their hopes and dreams.

The team would particularly like to hear from people who can consider parenting siblings.

Anyone who is over 21 can adopt – there is no upper age limit. It doesn’t matter if they are single, don’t own their own home, or are in a same sex relationship, they can adopt.

To celebrate National Adoption Week, the team is holding an information day on Saturday 19 October, 11am to 5pm at Brumby Centre, Grange Lane North, Scunthorpe, DN16 1BN.

People can drop in, meet experienced adopters, and learn more about what it is like to adopt. Throughout the day different adopters will share their experiences of adopting as a couple or as a single adopter. The adoption team will be on hand to answer any questions.

People don’t have to live in North Lincolnshire to adopt with North Lincolnshire Adoption.

If adoption isn’t for you, do you know someone who would make a fantastic adoptive parent? Tell them about North Lincolnshire Adoption.

Further information about adoption can be found on the adoption pages or by calling 01724 297000.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for children, families and culture, said:

“If you have ever thought about adopting, now could be the time for you to take your first steps towards changing a child’s life. Making the decision to adopt is one of the biggest steps that anyone can take but it is also one of the most rewarding.

“During National Adoption Week we want to spread the word that adoptive parents are needed and that there is no upper age limit. Quite often people will believe they are too old to adopt. However, this often isn’t the case.

“If you would like to find out more about adopting, go along to our adoption information day on Saturday 19 October. You’ll be able to meet adoptive parents and speak to the experienced adoption team.

“Our adoption team provide a fantastic service to ensure our young people find their forever homes. They have been rated as outstanding by Ofsted, which highlights their commitment to children and young people in North Lincolnshire.”

To keep up to date with what is happening throughout National Adoption Week in North Lincolnshire like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @northlincscnews and Instagram @northlincolnshirecouncil. Share your adoption stories using the hashtag #supportadoption #NLadoption.

Information evenings have been organised every month to give people the opportunity to find out more about adopting.

Drop-in to an information evening at Brumby Centre on:

  • Wednesday 13 November, 6pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 11 December, 6pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 8 January, 6pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 12 February, 6pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 11 March, 6pm to 8pm

Adopting later on in life

Andrea, aged 51 and her husband, Mark aged 50 from North Lincolnshire have adopted three children aged three, four and six with North Lincolnshire Adoption, she said:

“We were recommended to go through North Lincolnshire Adoption by another family who were also adopting. I am so pleased that we did.

“We thought we may be too old. How wrong we were.

“There are so many positives to being an older parent. We have more patience and time for each other and a family as our lives have changed from wanting to experience new things to being happy with where we are and what we have.

“We have adopted all our three children at different times whilst they were all aged under one.

“Yes I am 51 but I still bounce on a trampoline and bouncy castle, play football, do acrobats, lay on the floor playing with toys, piggy back, run around endlessly making silly noises, paint, read books, teach life skills and so on, with all the important stuff that every mum does. Yes I am slower at getting up and running around, yes I get tired quicker, yes I mix with younger mums, but does it really matter?

“What matters is the love you and your child have for each other and the quality of life you can give each other.

“The love between you and your child isn’t going to be any less. The life you can give your child isn’t going to be any less.

“Being a parent at any age can give so much to a child that needs you and I am a big believer in things happening for a reason. I waited to be a mummy because I needed to be a mummy to my children. Your children will come along at the right moment too, you just have to believe in yourself.

‘I have three unique little people to nurture into adults. I know that our lives were meant to be together because our souls needed each other to become who we are. All the pain, trauma and heartache I suffered along the way was meant to be because I was waiting to be their mummy and I am thankful every day.

“I want to celebrate adoption and the wonderful life it can lead to, and give all those hopeful mummies and daddies out there a warm hug.”