There are currently 69 children across East Riding, North Yorkshire and the Humber who are waiting for permanent, loving homes due to a shortage of people coming forward to adopt.
Unfortunately many potential adopters rule themselves out, due to myths and outdated beliefs about who can adopt and the qualities they need. During this year’s National Adoption Week, which takes place from 14-20 October, One Adoption North and Humber is urging all potential adopters to come to an information event or contact the agency to find out how they can create a forever family.
One Adoption North and Humber is the adoption service of five councils in the North Yorkshire and Humber area - East Riding of Yorkshire , City of York, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire County Councils - working together to deliver a single regional adoption service at a local level.
In addition to a series of information events across the region, One Adoption is hosting a live online question and answer session via social media. The Q&A, which will be hosted on the agency’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/oneadoption, will enable people who are thinking of adopting to get up-to-date and correct information about who can adopt, the adoption process and anything else they are curious about from adoption professionals.
Suzie Grove, head of One Adoption North and Humber, said: “We would love to hear from anyone interested in learning more about adoption. We need all kinds of different families to meet the varied needs of children across our region and particularly need adoptive parents for sibling groups of all sizes.
“People often assume that you have to be a certain type of person to adopt, but this isn’t the case. We want people who are committed to having a positive impact on a child’s life, and are devoted to providing them with a secure and loving home.
“As the adoption service of five councils working together we are able to speed up the adoption process for our children and help find the right adoptive parents for them more quickly. Our team has lots of experience helping people create a family and are always on hand to answer your questions.”
The regional adoption agency for East Riding, North Yorkshire and the Humber is also keen to ‘bust’ the myths which often put people off from taking the first step into adoption.
Suzie added: “You don’t have to be married to adopt, we have some excellent single adopters, and we have approved lots of adopters from the LGBTQ+ community. People of any race or religion are welcome to apply as are people who have a disability or are an older parent. The only criteria is that you must be 21 years or older, have space in your home and a willingness to provide a safe and loving home for a child. We are so grateful for the wonderful adopters who have chosen to adopt with us but we always need more people to take that first step towards becoming a parent.”
People who are concerned that they may not get the support they need once they adopt can also be reassured. One Adoption parents are supported throughout the whole process by highly experienced, dedicated adoption support teams. There is a comprehensive programme of pre- and post-adoption training and support – from stay and play sessions to more in-depth workshops and a new peer mentoring scheme.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "I would like to urge anyone that has even briefly thought about adoption to find out more. To give the chance of a happy home to a child is a wonderful thing to do."
During National Adoption Week One Adoption North and Humber has arranged some additional drop-in information events to help more people find out about the adoption process and the needs of children who are waiting to be adopted. These are:
Hull - Wednesday 16 October, 17:30-19:30 (The Guildhall, HU1 2AA)
Harrogate - Wednesday 16 October, 11:00-13:00 (80 High Street, Starbeck HG2 7LW)
Scarborough - Thursday 17 October, 13:00-15:00 (North Yorkshire House, Scalby Road YO12 6EE)
York - Saturday 19 October 09:30-11:00 (West Offices, YO1 6GA)
These are in addition to the regular adoption information events held across the North Yorkshire and Humber region.