This week is National Adoption Week (12 – 18 October) and in recognition, we’re getting involved in the #YouCanAdopt campaign.
In the UK, there are almost 3,000 children in need of an adoptive family, but the number of adoptions in England has fallen by a third in the last four years. In response, the #YouCanAdopt campaign was launched to bust myths around who is eligible to adopt, as well as to explore what the adoption process involves.
The nationwide campaign – which is being delivered by adoption agencies across the country and is supported by the Department for Education – aims to change perceptions around adoption and ensure people feel capable to adopt.
So, who can adopt?
When adopting with Together for Children you need to be over the age of 21. You can adopt with us whether you’re single, married or in an unmarried couple, no matter your gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
You can adopt with us if you have a disability, if you’re a first-time parent or already have children, and regardless of your employment status. All we ask is that you have a permanent residence, whether that be a home you rent or own.
Whilst we’re based in Sunderland, you don’t need to live in the city to adopt with us, you just need to be close enough for us to do home visits and for you to attend our training courses. Lots of our adoptive families live outside of the city, across the North East of England.
What about the covid-19 pandemic?
Whilst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic might have slowed down or even stopped many things, adoption isn’t one of them. There are still children in Sunderland who are looking for their forever family. Could it be you?
Our Adoption team are hosting virtual information evenings on a monthly basis to answer all your questions about adoption. Our upcoming dates are:
- Wednesday 4 November 2020
- Wednesday 2 December 2020
If you’d like to attend, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
If these dates aren’t suitable for you – or if you’re prefer to talk to us over the phone – we’re happy to arrange a call at a time that suits you. Get in touch via email or on 0191 561 2221.
In the meantime, you can read more about:
- Adopting with Together for Children
- Our two-step adoption process
- Our adoption FAQs
- Our After-Adoption support