Sunderland families urged to change the life of children waiting for adoption

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DESPERATE for families to love and look after them, children living in care are hoping this week will change their lives forever.

National Adoption Week will be marked across the country by events trying to raise awareness of the plight of the thousands of children who are without families.

In Sunderland, the city council is calling on potential adopters to consider taking in one of the 25 children who are waiting for adoption.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children and learning city, said: “National Adoption Week is a really important way to highlight the fact that there are children in the city who are in need of a permanent, stable, loving family home.

“Of the 25 children currently waiting for adoption, many of the youngest will be placed in the next three months but the older children and large sibling groups have to wait the longest for suitable families to be found.”

The council is particularly keen to find parents for the boys they care for as out of the 25 children, 18 are male.

As part of this strategy they are emphasising there is no upper age limit for adopters and some people in their 40s and 50s can provide loving homes for older children.

People with all different backgrounds are also being encouraged to consider adopting – including couples and singles, people from any ethnic background, employed or not, married or not and with religious beliefs or none.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering says it is so important to remind people the difference adoption can make to a child’s life.

They say they know from existing adoptive families that it can be hard work, but the rewards are huge and it is the chance to transform a child’s life forever.

For more information about adoption contact the council on 520 5555 or go to the information session on Wednesday, November 16, at 6.30pm at Leechmere Training Centre, Grangetown.

Adoptive parents as well as adoption staff will be on hand at the session to talk about the ups and downs of adoption.

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