Find the missing piece of your family this National Adoption Week

People, Health and Care
11:43, Monday, 16th October 2023

It’s National Adoption Week and local agency Family Adoption Links North Lincolnshire has organised a week of activities to celebrate modern adoption and encourage more people to consider adoption as a way of creating or adding to their family.

An adoption briefing session, taking place in Scunthorpe on Saturday 21 October from 9.30am, is the perfect chance to find out more about the journey and chat to North Lincolnshire’s adoption team – rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

To book your place please call 01724 297024 or email: adoption@northlincs.gov.uk.

Cllr Julie Reed, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Communities at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’re looking for adopters for children of different ages. Having adopted two children myself, I know first-hand how adopting a child can change their life forever.

“If you’d like to know more, we’d urge you to book on to briefing session or give us a call and speak to our friendly team.”

Activities planned during the week include an event to match waiting children with waiting adopters and the chance to listen to a podcast featuring a local Mummy who has adopted two children with additional needs.

Family Adoption Links is also taking part in the national You Can Adopt campaign which features powerful portraits of generations of adopted people released to spotlight how adoption has evolved.

Royal, fashion and celebrity photographer Philip Sinden, – who was adopted himself in the 1970s, captured the images of a group of adopted people – from baby boomers to Gen Z – as they came together to share their story as part of a new photo series and short film which spotlights how adoption has changed over the years.

Family Adoption Links team member Isabelle Coad features in the national campaign. She explained “I was adopted in the 70s, I have two adopted children, plus I work in adoption so as you might imagine I’m a major advocate!”

Each individual portrait features a backdrop of emotive and poignant words that bring to life how adoption has shaped, and continues to shape, their life and highlights how adoption has changed over the years.

The portraits have been released alongside a new short film, captured during the photoshoot, where you can hear first-hand the group’s different experiences – challenging misconceptions about what adoption looks like today.

The campaign shines a spotlight on the positive impact adoption has had on the individuals’ lives, and the strides made in the sector to put children and their sense of identity at the heart of the adoption journey. Whilst recognising the challenges they have faced along the way, the new campaign brings to life the transformational power of a permanent family home.

If you’d like to know more about adoption, please visit the Family Adoption Links website.