Call for 'forever families' in Ceredigion
12:19pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
ADOPTION experts say there is a desperate need for more people to come forward to offer 'forever families' in Ceredigion.
They hope National Adoption Week will provide inspiration for some people to come forward.
Ceredigion is looking for families for children of all ages, some may need to stay with their brothers and sisters, and others may have a disability. For some children it is important to have continued face to face contact with their birth families. They welcome applications for all sectors of the community.
Angharad Jones of the West Wales Adoption Service said: “There are no blanket bans in adoption, so please don’t think we’ll turn you down because you’re over 40, single, or don’t own your own home. What we really need are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life. People who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care and can help them go on to thrive in a new family.
“Initially, we are simply asking people to come forward and find out more about adoption. If you think you might have what it takes, please pick up the phone today.”
National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.
Wendy Keidan, Director of BAAF Cymru, said: “Whilst in Wales there is evidence to suggest that we are seeing a small rise in the number of adopters being approved, there continues to be a concerning gap between the numbers of adopters available compared to the numbers of children requiring families. This not only applies to children with particular needs but also very young children. Sometimes children can wait for over two years before they are placed in their forever family. "
For more information call the West Wales Adoption Service on 01545 574000. For general information about National Adoption Week visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk.