Thinking about starting your adoption journey?

People, Health and Care
09:21, Thursday, 6th October 2022

We want to hear from people who can offer a child a warm, loving home. We are looking for adopters for children of all ages and in particular would love to hear from people who can consider adopting brothers and sisters.

You don’t have to be living in North Lincolnshire to contact us.

You may not be thinking about adoption for yourself, but you can still help make a life-changing difference by spreading the word and letting people know North Lincolnshire are looking for adopters.

As one local adoptive parent tells us, adopting siblings can be a challenging but hugely rewarding experience.

Lucy and her boys, aged four and six, became a family in 2021. They live together with their two dogs in a coastal village that gives lots of opportunity for trips to the seaside and beach walks to tire the children out before bed.

For Lucy, adoption “seemed as natural as having birth children”, and, having grown up with two brothers, she wanted to adopt siblings so the boys could experience the same close family bond.

She is honest about the joys and challenges of the last year. The children have a close relationship and want to be together, but like many siblings can sometimes want their own space.

Last Christmas they experienced the lovely family times she had long hoped for.

“When I look at them playing together or hugging each other as they leave a carrot out for Santa’s reindeer, any crossed words they have fade away”, she said.

She recalls that as much as she wanted to adopt more than one child, there were times before the boys came home when she became nervous.

However, the adoption process equipped her with a comprehensive support plan to make the transition as smooth as possible. This included a dedicated social worker, who made sure she had full information about the boys’ interests and personalities.

Family Adoption Links also introduced her to a strong support network and groups where she could access therapeutic parenting techniques.

Lucy does not live in North Lincolnshire but approached Family Adoption Links North Lincolnshire, who are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, following a recommendation by a friend.

Her assessment and training were completed using a combination of visits, workshops and online calls so the distance was easily manageable.

Asked whether she had any advice to people who may be considering adopting siblings, Lucy said: “do it!”.

“I can’t imagine life without my boys…the smiles on their faces and joy in their laughter never fails to brighten even the dullest of days. They make every aspect of life richer.”, she added.

Find out more about starting your own adoption journey on the Family Adoption Links website.

Call Family Adoption Links North Lincolnshire on 01724 297024. Or email: adoption@northlincs.gov.uk.