Next week is National Adoption Week (Monday November 4th until Sunday November 10th) and West Sussex County Council is taking the opportunity to encourage more people to think about offering a child a permanent home. It’s a life-changing decision, but it could fill your home with love, laughter and even tears of joy.
Sue, from the Adur district, has two adopted children.
She said: “The feelings you experience when you see photos and then meet your child for the first time are incredible. I don’t think we’ve ever cried so much – all happy tears.
“It’s been an amazing experience. The process to adopt our first child took around 13 months and you get a lot of support along the way – our social worker was fantastic and has really become a part of the family.
“I think it’s important to remember that the social workers aren’t working against you, they are working with you, and want to see happy families at the end of it.“To anyone thinking about adopting, I’d say go for it! Find out more and take that first step.
“It wasn’t easy – you get asked a lot of tough questions, a lot of personal questions and there are difficult decisions – but you know it’s necessary because there are children involved and, for us, the outcome made it all worthwhile.
“Words can’t really describe it but I feel like the luckiest mum in the world to have two absolutely gorgeous kids.”
Since April, 28 children in West Sussex have already been adopted while in 2012-2013 a total of 37 were adopted.
Currently 36 children are in adoptive placements, and the County Council’s Adoption Team are actively finding families for a further 35 children at this time.
Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “In an ideal world, every child would be able to grow up in a stable and loving environment with their birth family. Sadly, that isn’t always the case which is why we need more people to come forward.
“We are particularly looking for people who can provide homes to older children – those aged five and over – and sibling groups.
“Adoption is open to more people than you might think. We encourage prospective families from all walks of life to come forward. You can apply to adopt regardless of your marital status, sexuality, gender, cultural or ethnic background.
“We know adoption can be hard work, but the rewards are endless. This is a chance to completely transform the life of a child. It is an amazing and inspiring experience.”
For more information, please contact the Adoption Team on 0330 222 7775 or visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/adoption.